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Surgical Tooth Removal

Surgical Tooth Removal

Surgical, or “open” extractions do require a surgical incision, and/or dividing the tooth into pieces to remove it less traumatically. This tooth has a curved or “dilacerated” root, which could make removing it in one piece more difficult. By dividing the tooth in pieces, the back half can be withdrawn first, allowing for a rotational …

Tooth Whitening

Tooth Whitening

Teeth which have been stained by tobacco, coffee, wine, or other dietary products can yellow over time. If the teeth are straight and uniform, and don’t have fillings or other dental restorations present, they can often be whitened significantly with bleach. Most commonly, this is done using custom-made bleach trays which you can get from …

Impacted Tooth Removal

Impacted Tooth Removal

Impacted wisdom teeth can present significant risks to a patient’s dental health. Those which are only partly covered by gum tissue (like this) can make the patient especially vulnerable to tooth decay, periodontal disease, and potentially serious infections. This radiograph series demonstrates how food and bacterial plaque become trapped beneath the gums, where it is …

How to Use a Floss Threader

How to Use a Floss Threader

A floss threader is a flexible, yet rigid plastic tool for passing dental floss under fixed bridgework, behind orthodontic wires, and beneath removable denture retainer bars. Without it, pushing the string into such areas would be difficult. Once the floss has been inserted, the ends can easily be manipulated to clean under bridgework, behind the …

Oral-Systemic Health Issues

Oral-Systemic Health Issues

Periodontal disease is significant because it leads to the loss of teeth and tooth-supporting bone. It is pandemic, with some 75% of adults worldwide affected by the disease to some extent. However, its true significance lies in its ability to cause life-threatening illness. Studies reported in the international medical and dental literature have documented heart …

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

if you have obstructive sleep apnoea your breathing pauses for brief periods while you’re asleep normally when you breathe in air flows in through your mouth and nose and down your throat also called the pharynx air then flows down your windpipe or trachea spreading through a tree like structure of smaller tubes into your …

Periodontal Stabilization Splints

Periodontal Stabilization Splints

Periodontal disease can destroy enough tooth-supporting alveolar bone that teeth loosen, and some (frequently the back ones) may be lost. Those that remain may be incapable of withstanding the increased chewing forces placed upon them. This can lead to pathologic migration, tipping and displacement of the remaining teeth, bite collapse (or “loss of vertical dimension …

TMJ and Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Animation.

TMJ and  Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Animation.

The temporomandibular joint – the TMJ – is the joint between the lower jawbone – the mandible – and the temporal bone of the skull. The TMJ is responsible for jaw movement and enables chewing, talking and yawning. Temporomandibular disorders, or TMD, refer to a group of conditions characterized by pain in the jaw area …