Posts Categorized: Patient Education

What Purpose Do Baby Teeth Serve?

Have you ever wondered why humans have two sets of teeth, primary teeth (also referred to as baby teeth) and permanent teeth? Our permanent teeth are big and strong and meant to last a lifetime, but what purpose do our baby teeth serve? Consider the size of your jaw when you were born compared to… Read more »

Why Orthodontics?

You may think that straightening your teeth is simply for esthetic reasons only, but while esthetics is certainly one reason to straighten teeth, it is not the most important reason. The most important reason for straightening teeth is to maintain your oral health. Misaligned teeth can lead to numerous problems including decay, gum disease, chipped… Read more »

What Is Maxillofacial Surgery?

includes the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face, and neck. An OMF surgeon requires dual qualification in both dentistry and medicine and treats conditions that require expertise from both backgrounds. Some issues that may require OMF surgery include facial pain, facial disproportion, impacted teeth, temporomandibular joint disorders, cysts, tumors, head and… Read more »

Are You Partially Edentulous?

Edentulous means that you have no original teeth remaining in your oral cavity. Therefore, you are completely toothless. Partially edentulous is really an oxymoron like jumbo shrimp. You cannot be “partially,” edentulous but you can be partially toothless. Confusing? The plain fact is that if you are missing several of your teeth and they are… Read more »

Weighing The Pros And Cons To Find Out If A Dental Bridge Is For You

If you are having trouble with a tooth and a root canal is not an option, or if you have lost a tooth, or need one pulled, there are two particular treatment options available to replace a single missing tooth: a dental bridge and an implant. Dental bridges are a minimally invasive procedure in contrast… Read more »

Do Dentists Still Extract Teeth?

With all of today’s modern technology that seems like a good question, right? Your natural tooth structure should be saved whenever possible, and that’s why there are so many treatment options available today. Although dental implants are one of those options, your natural tooth root is, of course, preferable, if only because you won’t have… Read more »

What Are Dental Crowns Used For?

There are several different dental treatments to choose from when needed. Of course, you need to consider certain aspects such as price, what dental problem you are trying to fix, where the problem is located in your oral cavity, whether or not the treatment is conservative or invasive, what materials to choose, how long the… Read more »

3 Reasons To Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings

Dental fillings are meant to fill the holes left in your teeth by tooth decay. For decades the only filling material available was metal. There were gold fillings, which were the strongest and most expensive, or silver amalgam, a mixture of metals held together with mercury. Finally, composite resin, or tooth-colored fillings were invented. Since… Read more »

Did You Know Your Child Can Spread Cavity-Causing Bacteria?

It was originally believed that only mothers and their children could swap cavity-causing bacteria, but new research has indicated otherwise. In fact, a recent research study showed that 72 percent of children participants harbored at least one strain of the bacteria Streptococcus mutans that causes cavities, that was not found in any other family member who… Read more »