Periodontal Disease: Causes To Consequences

If you have been told that you have periodontal (gum) disease, you’re not alone. Many adults have some form of the disease; however it affects some individuals differently than others. Periodontal disease ranges from simple gum inflammation to major damage to the soft tissue and bone around teeth, which if left untreated, can result in… Read more »

Dentures – What To Expect?

There are many reasons why people lose their teeth.  The most common causes are cavities, periodontal disease, tooth wear, tooth erosion, and accidents.  Years ago, extraction was one of the only options available for the treatment of these dental diseases, and many of us have parents or grandparents who had all of their teeth pulled… Read more »

What are the Risks of Dental Radiographs?

Radiographs (x-rays) have always played a large part of diagnosis and planning within dentistry, and with the advent of cone-beam CT (CBCT) scanners, that role is becoming bigger still. Briefly, a CBCT is similar to a medical grade CT machine in that it allows 3-dimensional evaluation of bone (as well as other tissues); however, the… Read more »

Do My Silver Fillings Need to Be Replaced?

Silver fillings, also referred to as amalgam fillings, are used to treat cavities, and have been one of the most common dental restorations over the last century.  However, silver fillings contain mercury particles, and as such, have also been at the center of a long running debate related to patient safety.  Some dentists have recommended… Read more »

Inlay and Onlay Restorations

Alternatives to Conventional Fillings If you get a cavity, chances are that your dentist will recommend a filling.  There are two common types of fillings available, amalgam (aka silver) and composite resin (tooth-colored).  Although silver fillings have a proved track record of long-term success, there has been a general trend away from them in practice. … Read more »

How Many Teeth Do You Really Need?

Tooth replacement and the shortened dental arch This may seem like a silly question, but considering the cost of tooth replacement, this topic comes up frequently in real life.  To provide the answer, lets start with the fact that adults are supposed to have 32 permanent teeth.  However, the vast majority of people in the… Read more »