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Digital Cone Beam Tomography: Perfect Placement For Dental Implants

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 20-Apr-17 14:40.
Having changed the face of dentistry, dental implants have become a pleasing and permanent solution for replacing missing teeth and a welcome alternative to dentures. In turn, dental implants are more durable, last longer, and are easy to care for. Yet, advancements in dentistry continue to make even the most promising solutions more predictable. While Digital Cone Beam Tomography (DCBT) has been present in the medical community for decades, it offers a clear advantage for dental professionals and patients alike, allowing for perfect placement for dental implants.

Pediatric Dentistry: Promoting Dental Health For Life

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 29-Mar-17 12:28.
Devoting their time and attention to serving little patients from birth to adolescence, Pediatric Dentists are among a special group of dental professionals that promote healthy habits and good dental health for life. As recommended by the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), parents should schedule their child’s first dental appointment within six months after their first tooth erupts. Not only does this provide an opportunity for the dentist to examine the structure of teeth as they come in, it allows for early detection and treatment of decay before it becomes a bigger concern.

The POWER in PowerProx Six Month Braces

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 27-Feb-17 13:38.
Advancements in the area of orthodontics over the past 20 years have been nothing short of remarkable, especially in the use of accelerated orthodontics and other short-term straightening systems. Yet, when it comes to PowerProx Six Month Braces, many do not realize that it has been used for several decades around the world.

The Toll That Smoking Takes On Dental Health

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 19-Jan-17 16:25.
It’s safe to assume that everyone is aware of the damaging effects of smoking on one’s health. From cancer to cardiovascular and pulmonary concerns to respiratory problems and more, the health risks are severe. While 40 million adults continue to smoke, there’s another serious consequence that dental professionals urge individuals to consider the toll that smoking takes on dental health.

Is It Wise To Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 30-Dec-16 01:47.
As the last teeth to erupt, wisdom teeth are really no different than any other teeth. In fact, they are incredibly useful, assuming that they are able to erupt correctly and have healthy gum tissue surrounding them. Yet, many individuals run into problems when wisdom teeth begin to erupt, leading them to have them removed. Is it wise to remove wisdom teeth?

Does Pregnancy Affect Oral Health?

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 14-Nov-16 14:09.
While pregnancy and the promise of new life brings much happiness and expectation, the onset of biological and physical changes to a woman’s body has dental professionals urging “expecting” patients not to neglect their oral health. Considering the many changes, not to mention the effects of morning sickness, that the average woman will experience, this may be easier said than done.

Short-Term Orthodontics

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 20-Oct-16 13:12.
While “accelerated orthodontics” or “six month braces” may seem new for most, many are surprised to learn that there’s nothing new about short-term orthodontic treatments. For the most part, braces used by dentists offering a shorter treatment time are essentially the same as those offered by orthodontists. In fact, the rate at which teeth move is believed to be the same, which may have you wondering, “How can patients achieve the same orthodontic result in only six months?”

The Luxury Of Lumineers

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 22-Sep-16 12:04.
Designed to give patients a beautiful smile with a simple, pain-free process, Lumineers are easily one of the most requested veneer systems today. For front teeth that are chipped, cracked, broken, or even stained, Lumineers are Cerinate Porcelain coverings that are as thin as a contact lens. While they are comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, they require minimal preparation. Thus, it’s easy to see why many are enjoying the Luxury of Lumineers.

Burning Mouth Syndrome

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 12-Aug-16 15:17.
We’re all familiar with the scalding sensation felt from drinking a hot beverage, right? Can you imagine feeling this intense burning in your tongue, gums, and palate on a daily basis? Burning Mouth Syndrome, sometimes called Burning Tongue Syndrome, is a real oral concern, and the exact causes are difficult to pinpoint. Even so, dentists have identified a few causes believed to be associated with Burning Mouth Syndrome.

What is Meth Mouth?

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 17-Jul-16 21:51.
The widespread use of methamphetamine in the United States is growing in intensity and complexity. While it contributes to physical and psychological issues short-term, the long-term effects can be irreversible, often ending in death. Dental health professionals are becoming more and more familiar with the devastating oral effects of methamphetamine usage, given the distinct pattern of tooth decay they see in patients that use it. Known as Meth Mouth, teeth become blackened, stained, and rotted, and often fall out.

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