Everyone wants a beautiful smile – and everyone should have a healthy one. The orthodontist’s goal is to achieve both for the patient.
Artificial teeth mean dentures to many people, but there’s something new on the market, which may be just for you – dental implants.
Long held by comedians and pundits as the ultimate in pain, the root canal is quite the opposite – a way to avoid and alleviate pain and save otherwise hopeless teeth.
In the early part of the 20th century, a Colorado Springs dentist, where fluoride occurs naturally in many wells, observed that some of his patients had lower tooth decay. Organized dentistry led the way in the coming decades to promote water fluoridation as a cost effective method of decay prevention.
For thousands of years man had searched for a stable and effective filling material to restore broken and decayed teeth until an alloy called dental amalgam was created in the early 1800s. It revolutionized dentistry.
Over 75 percent of Americans over the age of 35 have some form of gum disease. Known as pyorrhea, gum disease – or if you’re a dentist, periodontitis – it’s the main cause of tooth loss in adults.
Known as carious lesions to a dentist, tooth decay is a process more than a condition; ranging from small, decalcified spots that may remain so for years, to completely destroyed teeth requiring immediate attention, decay can run the gamut.
Getting an oral exam at the dentist means more than hunting for cavities and evaluating your home care. Vital to each exam is a thorough check for oral cancer.