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Dental Bridges (Fixed Partial Dentures)

Dental Bridges (Fixed Partial Dentures)

Teeth occupy a neutral position in the dental arches, maintained by a delicate balance of forces from the cheek, tongue, and lip muscles – and by each other. When a tooth is lost, adjacent teeth may drift into its former position, the opposing teeth begin to extrude, and forces on the remaining teeth are increased. …

Dental Crowns and Onlays

Dental Crowns and Onlays

Crowns are prescribed for teeth which are so badly damaged or decayed that they require a solid encasement to hold the tooth together – like this tooth, with the large silver filling, which has developed an obvious crack. Before the crown procedure is started, an impression is first made of the tooth to be crowned. …

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 By dividing the tooth in pieces, the back half can be withdrawn first, allowing for a rotational …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 …

Dental Abscess

Dental Abscess

An abscess is a painful infection that arises when bacteria gain access to the pulp tissues of a tooth by way of a crack, leaking dental restoration like a crown or large filling, or even the lateral canal which may naturally occur and be exposed to the oral cavity by gum recession. Many different species …

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 …

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 …