Tag: dentistry

Busting Wives Tales: Crushed Aspirin for a Toothache

Aspirin is a Non-Steroirdal Anti-Inflammatory or NSAID, commonly used for everyday aches and pains. Some people are also prescribed this drug to manage the risk of heart attack. So besides taking this over-the-counter drug for cardiovascular reasons, it might make sense to take it… Continue Reading “Busting Wives Tales: Crushed Aspirin for a Toothache”

2022 Dental Assistant Recognition Week Interviews

In Honor of National Dental Assistant week, I decided to interview a couple of my awesome dental assistants. Without them, my job would be 1000% more harder and a lot less fun. This post contains good information on the not so obvious parts of… Continue Reading “2022 Dental Assistant Recognition Week Interviews”

What The Dentist Sees in Your X-rays

A series of photos below will walk you through the progression of some cavities, and what we are looking out for after your most common X-rays. Now you know what to look for at your next cleaning and exam appointment with your dentist when… Continue Reading “What The Dentist Sees in Your X-rays”

What Are These White Spots On My Child’s Teeth?

Those are white spot lesions! Let’s talk a bit about why they happen and what we can do about them. What Are White Spot Lesions (WSLs)? White spot lesions are simply areas of decalcification of our enamel. Before we have a true cavity (a… Continue Reading “What Are These White Spots On My Child’s Teeth?”

A Little Dental History: Ancient Egypt

Remember learning about all of the Pyramids and Pharaohs of ancient Egypt? Unsurprisingly Egyptians from ~3000b.c. to ~300bc also had teeth, and those teeth also had the same issues we deal today. You may have seen images similar to the bridgework completed above making… Continue Reading “A Little Dental History: Ancient Egypt”

Comparing Bulk Fill Composites With Conventional Composite Materials

What Is A Composite? Resin composites consist of four parts: An organic polymer matrix Inorganic filler particles A coupling agent An initiator-accelerator system. The organic polymer matrix usually consists of dimethacrylate. The inorganic filler particle can be finely ground quartz or glass, or other… Continue Reading “Comparing Bulk Fill Composites With Conventional Composite Materials”

Pathology Post: Hypercementosis

Hypercementosis is a nonneoplastic deposition of excessive cementum that is continuous with the normal radicular cementum¹. What is Hypercementosis? Hypercementosis is a thickening or blunting of the root due to excess cementum, surrounded by an intact PDL space, as evidenced in the photo above.… Continue Reading “Pathology Post: Hypercementosis”

Pathology Post: Angular Cheilitis

What is angular cheilitis? Angular cheilitis is a red ulcerated lesion found on the corners of the mouth that can cause soreness and itch. Many times, angular cheilitis is due to a reduced vertical dimension of occlusion seen in older individuals and those that… Continue Reading “Pathology Post: Angular Cheilitis”

Pathology Post: Ludwig’s Angina

Ludwig’s angina is a serious cellulitis (bacterial tissue infection) of the submandibular region. Although it shares a name with ‘angina,’ this disease has very little to do with chest pain – in fact, this disease gets its name due to another reason completely. Angina… Continue Reading “Pathology Post: Ludwig’s Angina”

Local Anesthetics and When to Use Them

What is a local anesthetic? Local anesthetics are one of the safest, most reliable ways to achieve anesthesia in dentistry. Local anesthetics contain three parts – an aromatic group, an intermediate chain, and a secondary or tertiary amino terminus. The portion known as the… Continue Reading “Local Anesthetics and When to Use Them”