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CAD/CAM, CEREC®, Imaging for Crowns and Implant Crowns

CAD/CAM dentistry is a field of dentistry that uses CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing). These imaging techniques enable better treatment planning for dental procedures such as crowns, inlays, onlays and implant crowns. The imaging technique creates a CAD 3D model of the patient’s dentition. This information is integrated on the computer to create a custom prosthesis.

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Oral health and hygiene your way to fame and stardom

Proper brushing is one of the primary tasks that need to be done to maintain good oral hygiene. Each individual needs to make this a priority in order to maintain healthy teeth. Along with brushing your teeth and gums, it's very important to clean your tongue.

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Mouth Guards: What Types Are Available and Why Are They Used?

Mouth guards are essential dental appliances which are used for a different purposes. Based on their use, the guards are referred to as dental accessories, night guards, athletic mouth guards or oral mouthpieces.

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Is There a Difference Between Toothbrushes, Toothpastes, Flosses and Rinses?

A myriad of dental products exist in the commercial marketplace for improving dental hygiene. Different types of manual toothbrushes, toothpastes, flosses and rinses can be purchased to aid in improving oral health. The question is whether there is a difference between the types of products that are present in the marketplace.

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What to Expect When Wisdom Teeth or Third Molars Need to Be Removed

Many young adults have heard incredible accounts of the ordeals experienced when wisdom teeth need to be removed or extracted. Although there are some great stories, most of these dramatic accounts can be minimized if a patient is prepared for what to expect before, during and after the dental procedure.

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What Is an Apicoectomy and Why Would I Need This Procedure?

Most individuals have heard of a root canal, but few individuals are familiar with the root end surgery called apicoectomy. When a tooth has an infection, which can be due to deep decay or trauma, the typical options given to a patient are to treat the infection by removing the tooth (an extraction) or to clear the infection with root canal therapy.

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What Are My Options If I Need a Crown?

Optimal dentistry is achieved when an individual can retain and maintain one's natural teeth; however, situations may arise when a tooth is compromised due to decay, trauma or other situations which require a patient to make treatment decisions. Restorative options including fillings, root canals and crowns are typically the 'go to' treatment when minor problems such as decay, infection or broken cusp tips arise.

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What Are My Restorative Options When I Need a Tooth Extracted?

Losing a permanent, adult tooth due to trauma or infection can create serious issues. When a tooth is lost, not only does it affect one's appearance, but adjacent teeth and overall oral function can be hindered. Addressing the problem early is the best way to avoid future issues. When a tooth needs to be extracted, it is best to discuss with one's dentist the options that are available to replace the missing tooth or teeth.

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What Are Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings?

Periodontal or gum disease is a growing problem in the United States. This disease not only affects the teeth, bone and surrounding tissues in the mouth, but it is now proving to have a systemic effect on the body. Maintaining a fit mouth is not only a cosmetic matter, but it is proving to be an overall health issue.

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What Are My Options for Gum Tissue Therapy and What Is LANAP?

LANAP, laser-assisted new attachment procedure, is a protocol used to treat and to improve the pocket depth and bone density in individuals with moderate to advanced periodontal disease. This technique has been in use for more than a decade, and it has become more widely implemented since its FDA approval in 2004. It is an alternative to the traditional periodontal osseous surgery with cutting a flap.

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Veneers vs. Resin/Composite Bonding - Which Is the Better Choice?

The term cosmetic dentistry can refer to a variety of dental procedures; however, the term is primarily used when dentistry is performed for appearance rather than function. Today's society is greatly concerned with physical appearance. Veneers and dental bonding can produce an improved aesthetic smile in few dental visits.

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What Options Are Available for Dental Bleaching or Teeth Whitening?

A clean, white smile is viewed as a symbol of beauty and health. Dental bleaching is a common cosmetic procedure which uses a product to whiten teeth beyond their natural color. To help consumers improve their tooth color, a variety of different products are available over-the-counter and in a professional setting.

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What Amount of Care and Cost Should Be Expected With a Denture?

There are a variety of options available for individuals who need dentures or false teeth. The different types of dentures include: conventional complete dentures, immediate full dentures, partial removable dentures and implant supported dentures. Conventional dentures are appropriate when the patient has already gone through the process of tooth extraction. A denture can be delivered to this patient for current use.

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When Should My Child Be Evaluated for Braces?

There is certainly no question that our American society has a love for a beautiful smile. In fact, many a time in my travels to other countries, I have asked citizens how they were able to identify that my family was American. Interestingly enough, the answer was always the same — only Americans have such straight, beautiful teeth.

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The Importance of Saliva in Maintaining a Healthy Mouth

The best weapon we possess to fight decay is the watery substance produced by the glands surrounding the oral cavity. Saliva is composed of over 99.5 percent water. The remaining elements of saliva include mucous, ions such as potassium, chloride, sodium and various phosphates. All of these substances work together to provide buffers that help to regulate the pH in the oral cavity and to create enzymes which help to start the process of breaking down our food.

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To Floss Before or After Brushing? That Is the Question.

Lately, there have been numerous patients with questions regarding the flossing of their teeth. Some questions have simple answers. Other questions have a range of answers depending on personal preference. The favorite question of late has been, 'Should I floss my teeth after I brush or before I brush?' I have given this question some thought and have taken an informal survey of patients regarding their flossing habits. The answer to the question is a simple . . . . YES!! Whether an individual chooses to floss before or after brushing is really not important.

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When Should My Child First See a Dentist?

Providing a positive first dental experience for a child can be a challenge. Many factors should be evaluated to help the parent determine the appropriate time for a dental appointment. Home dental care should begin with the eruption of the first baby tooth. Baby teeth should be kept clean by wiping them with gauze or a clean cloth. As the child grows older, a soft-bristled tooth brush can be used to remove accumulated food debris.

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Why Do I Need My Teeth Cleaned More Than Two Times Per Year?

Periodontal gum disease is a common problem that plagues more than 75 percent of Americans. Current research has shown that dental gums or gingiva is a body tissue that can indicate the relative health of the body, especially the heart. Presence of disease in these dental supportive tissues can be a sign of larger problems or issues in the body.

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Reasons for Use of Topical Flouride in Preventing Dental Decay

Dental decay is known by a variety of different names including dental caries or cavities. The process of decay occurs when there is irreversible damage that occurs to the hard tissues of the teeth (enamel, dentin, and/or cementum). The decay or cavities is created from the interaction of bacteria in the mouth and the food that one eats.

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Removal of Third Molars or Wisdom Teeth

The reasons for removing third molars or wisdom teeth can be divided into two categories. The first being prevention of problems associated with wisdom teeth and the second category involves treating infections involved with retained third molars.

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Root Canal - When Is it Necessary and Why?

When considering root canal (endodontic) treatment, it is important to have all the necessary information to make an educated decision. Root canal therapy consists in the debridement of infected or damaged nerve (pulp) tissue and blood vessels located on the internal surface of the tooth. This is done in an effort to save the tooth, relieve any pain associated with the infection, and prevent further bone loss in the area of the infected tooth.

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The Process and Reasons for Needing a Tissue Graft

A tissue graft is the moving of tissue from one site to another. A gingival graft is done to increase attached gingival tissue or the tissue around the gums. This periodontal procedure may help to arrest further dental problems and/or gum recession as well as improve the aesthetics of your gum line. The gingival tissue graft is highly predictable and results in stable healthy attached tissue below the tooth.

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