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Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Dental Services
...  Digital Xrays Because many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when your dentist examines your mouth, an X-ray examination can help reveal: Small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings); Infections in the bone; Periodontal (gum) disease; Abscesses or cysts; Developmental abnormalities; Some types of tumors...

No "Glee" in Tooth Grinding
...When the teeth are unconsciously ground together, the forces they produce can wear down the enamel, cause chipping or damage to teeth or dental work (such as veneers or fillings), or even loosen a tooth! While it’s common in children under 11 years old, in adults it can be a cause for concern...

What are Inlays and Onlays?
... Inlays and onlays are to fillings and are used to restore decayed or damaged portions of a tooth...

Inlays and Onlays are they right for me?
Like an old plaster cast or pair of crutches covered in the colorful signatures of former classmates, a mouth full of silver amalgam fillings used to be a symbol of childhood dental rights of passage, at least up until a decade or two ago...

Regular Examinations Aren't Just About Cleaning Teeth
... Dental Services in an Exam Besides hygienic cleaning, a 6-month check up includes: visual inspection for tooth decay, including state of the art diagnosis by laser VELscope screening for oral cancer, a deadly cancer increasing in incidence, particularly in men over 40 bite evaluation and check for any abnormalities in the jaw or tooth development digital x-rays and CAT scans to visualize the roots and bone structure periodontal probing, a simple measurement of gum pocket depth and assessment for gum disease inspection of existing restorations such as crowns and fillings When the San Jose dentist completes her examination, she devises a treatment plan and discusses results with the patient...

Chrissy Teigen's Teeth-Grinding Troubles
...In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out...

What Can a Digital X Ray Capture?
... Digital X-rays reveal: Tooth decay between teeth and under fillings and crowns Impacted wisdom teeth Bone infections and bone loss Cysts, abscesses and tumors Gum disease Injuries to tooth roots Developmental abnormalities What are the benefits of digital X-rays...

Could a Tooth-Colored Filling Help Me?
Find out when composite resin fillings are used and how they could benefit your smile...

Tooth Decay can be Less of a Problem with Minimally Invasive Dentistry
...On the downside, though, it also created larger than normal fillings...

Oral hygiene and Preventive Care
... When your dentist arrives, she'll inspect several aspects of your oral health: Tooth decay Periodontal disease Dental alignment and bite Oral cancer (an eyes-on inspection of your soft oral tissues and examination with the sophisticated VELscope system) Jaw joint function The condition of existing fillings, crowns, veneers, and other restorations Signs of undue wear and tear such as bruxism, or tooth grinding Also, your dentist will share a treatment plan with you, based on her findings and your concerns and goals for your health and smile appearance...

5 Causes of Bad Breath and What You Can Do About It!
...Sometimes old fillings wear out, allowing bacteria to re-infect a tooth that was once treated for decay...

Janet Jackson: Even pop stars get insecure about their smiles!
...Tooth-colored fillings: If you have silver-colored fillings on teeth that show when you smile, consider replacing them with unnoticeable tooth-colored fillings...

FAQs on Sedation Dentistry
...This medicine is good for cleanings, fillings, crowns, and even tooth replacements such as dental implants...

Veneers
... Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth...

Teeth Whitening
...These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings (porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate in this case)...