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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?”

So You Lost Your Tooth

You’re putting up the Christmas tree after Thanksgiving (hopefully) and, while carefully placing ornaments, you turn around to be greeted by your kid swinging a branch. You look down to reveal your front tooth in your hand and you’ve quickly realized what has happened… Continue Reading “So You Lost Your Tooth”

Let’s Talk Fluoride

I have a patient at least once a week tell me they don’t use fluoridated toothpaste, and I promptly ask them to divulge why. Let’s talk about why dentists recommend the use of fluoride and why I believe you should use it, too. What… Continue Reading “Let’s Talk Fluoride”

How Long Will My Crown Last?

More often than not, patients ask me how long their restorations will last. Why should they get a crown when they have a filling that’s doing just fine? There’s a lot of factors that go into the treatment plan a dental practitioner creates, but… Continue Reading “How Long Will My Crown Last?”

What Is Combination Syndrome?

The study of prosthodontics allows us to create appliances for those who are missing teeth, and give those who are edentulous a chance to speak and chew properly again. Edentulism (the process of losing teeth) comes with it a host of issues – the… Continue Reading “What Is Combination Syndrome?”

Tobacco And Its Effects On Oral Health

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. CDC, 2021 For most of us, we’ve been told about the dangers of tobacco and its detrimental effects on our health since we were children. The cat’s been… Continue Reading “Tobacco And Its Effects On Oral Health”

The Lingual Nerve

The lingual nerve is a part of the mandibular branch of the trigeminal nerve (V3). The lingual nerve provides general sensory information to the floor of the mouth, the lingual mucosa, as well as the anterior 2/3rds of the tongue. What makes the lingual… Continue Reading “The Lingual Nerve”

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”

Extraction of the Maxillary First Premolar

What does the maxillary first premolar look like? The maxillary first premolar has the longest crown of any of the maxillary posterior teeth and has a prominent mesiolingual developmental groove on its mesial side. The maxillary first premolar is single rooted for the first… Continue Reading “Extraction of the Maxillary First Premolar”

Maintaining Space in the Primary Dentition

When it comes to children, maintaining the amount of space available in their arch is very important. If space is not maintained, the permanent teeth may not have room to erupt, causing long-term problems that may have complications in the future – such as… Continue Reading “Maintaining Space in the Primary Dentition”