Traditionally, silver fillings are used for repairing cavities. These fillings are a mixture of metals called amalgams. As these amalgams are known to be half mercury, this leads to many concerns.
Mercury in most forms is a very toxic metal, even at its lowest levels. It may affect large numbers of people through dental amalgams. The vapors of mercury are released throughout their lifetime from dental fillings which easily enter the body. Following the drilling out of old fillings, these mercury Read More
Dental bonding uses a durable tooth-colored plastic that is hardened with a special light, bonding it permanently to the tooth.
It is used to repair decayed, chipped and cracked teeth. It is also used to deal with gaps between teeth, small or misshapen teeth, and to deal with exposed roots.
Bonding is one of the simplest and most inexpensive cosmetic dental procedures. It is generally painless and can be accomplished in a single visit. However, the material is not as long-lasting, hard Read More
A bridge is termed a bridge due to the fact that it ‘bridges the gap’ between two or more teeth. It is not removable by the wearer. It is a structure supported by teeth on both sides of a space in which it replaces a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge matches the adjoining teeth and is a natural looking replacement for those missing teeth.
Let’s examine how a bridge is made.
The first step is necessary to prepare the supports for Read More
Good dental health care starts with a solid foundation. This means you should start thinking about the health of your baby’s teeth and gums right from the beginning.
Parents may wonder why they need to think about dental care before their baby’s teeth have even arrived, but that is a great time to start good habits. Using a soft, clean washcloth on your baby’s gums twice a day before teeth have erupted will get your baby used to having his teeth Read More
Toothaches are of course the most common dental emergency. If there should be damage to teeth as in the instance of being knocked-out, broken or chipped, or even partially dislodged, those teeth can sometimes be saved. As quickly as possible get to a dentist, bringing any tooth or teeth fragments along with you.
Soft tissue injuries may be minor but should there be consistent pain or bleeding that cannot be controlled, be sure to see a dentist, or a physician at Read More
By Sam E. Ruvinov, D.D.S., Originally printed in St. Louis Women’s Journal
Healthy teeth are a gift we often take for granted. Losing one or more teeth impacts our smile, our confidence, and enjoyment of favorite foods. Dental implant technology is taking us a step closer to ideal tooth replacement. They feel secure, look and function like natural teeth.
Dental implant technology has been around for decades.In the Read More
Inlays are located on the top of the tooth, inside the cusps (bumps on top of the tooth), and are mainly used for cosmetic or restorative work. These inlays are composed of non-metallic or porcelain material and are natural looking.
As with most dental procedures, an impression of the tooth is taken and used to create the custom piece. Inlays can also be used in cases of filling replacements and for cavities. Until the permanent inlay is ready to be installed Read More
Onlays are located on the top of the tooth, including the cusps (bumps on top of the tooth), and are mainly used for cosmetic or restorative work. These onlays are composed of non-metallic or porcelain material and are natural looking. Even though the amount of the existing damaged part of the tooth that must be removed is minimal, onlays may extend over one or more sides of a tooth and are used most often for a crown or cap.
As with Read More
Dental sealants are plastic coatings developed and used since the 1970s, to help protect teeth from decay. They are not a substitute for fluoride treatments as they are used only on the chewing surfaces of permanent back teeth.
They are usually applied during childhood, once these permanent teeth come in. In some cases, they can also be recommended in adults.
Sealants were developed because chewing surfaces on the molars and premolars have grooves that make them harder to clean and more prone Read More
“The role of sugars and other carbohydrates is critical. Nearly all carbohydrates have caries-promoting properties…” – U.S. Surgeon General’s Report
What is the main dietary cause of tooth decay?
What is dental plaque?
Why are sugars so harmful to dental health?
Are all sugars harmful to dental health?
Which foods are bad for the teeth?
Will reducing my sugar consumption prevent tooth decay?
How can I be sure that I am eating a healthy diet?
Are there any foods that inhibit dental disease?
1. What is the main dietary Read More