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What is Disclosing Solution or Caries Detecting Dye?

February 1, 2017

Filed under: Cavities and Dental Decay,Fillings — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 7:00 am

What is Disclosing Solution or Caries Detecting Dye? This blog describes the use of disclosing solution which is the same as caries detecting dye and shows photos of caries detecting dye used during tooth preparation.                 If your dentist is using disclosing solution or caries detecting dye that means they care about you and they care about your teeth!  […]

You Just Had a Tooth Filling. Was It Done Well?

December 3, 2016

Filed under: Fillings,General Dentistry — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 12:13 am

So, you just had a tooth filling? Can you tell if it was done well? Can you tell if your dentist is concerned about the quality of his or her treatment? What should you expect to feel? Was your tooth filling done well?  This can be a very difficult question to answer! This article discusses some of the things patients should be aware of to evaluate […]

Ever Wondered What is Under Your Tooth Filling?

May 18, 2016

Filed under: Fillings,Uncategorized — Tags: , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 2:37 am

Ever Wondered What is Under Your Tooth Filling? Ever had a tooth filling replaced? Many people have wondered what is under their fillings and usually don’t have the opportunity to see what their dentist is removing.  If this is true for you, this blog will show you what we found below two very small silver restorations.  We knew that there would be decay below the […]

Tooth Decay That Extends Below the Gums and How to Treat It!

December 2, 2015

Filed under: Dental Health,Fillings — Tags: , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 7:40 pm

Tooth Decay That Extends Below the Gums and How to Treat It! When you have a cavity or tooth decay that extends below the gums (subgingival) it may be difficult to treat.  Most dental restorative materials require a dentist to keep the area dry during the restoration.  This can be difficult when decay is below the gums!

Did Your Dentist Ever Warn You About Tooth Bleaching and Bonding?

October 27, 2015

Did your dentist ever warn you about tooth bleaching and having dental treatment that includes any type of bonding? If not, they should have!

Treating Tooth Cavities Without The Drill? Yes we can!

April 17, 2014

In September 2009 DMG America came out with a new product for dentists known as ICON Our Treatment Assistant, Regina, shares these notes about this exciting new product for treating small areas of decay or decalcification without using the drill as would normally be done for dental fillings! ICON stands for infiltration concept. Dentists with the use of this new technology can treat incipient tooth decay […]

ICON – It’s New, It’s Cool, and It’s Good For Teeth!

November 21, 2013

Filed under: Cavities and Dental Decay,Fillings,Tooth Decay — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 7:12 pm

When a tooth starts to decay, the tooth looses minerals in the affected area and gradually becomes weaker and weaker until a soft area or hole forms in the tooth – a cavity.  Early tooth decay may be treated as an area to ‘watch’ by your dentist. As the tooth decay progresses, the tooth is usually treated by drilling out the weak area and restoring […]

Can Stains Be Polished From Tooth Colored Dental Fillings?

May 9, 2013

Do I have to have a new filling or can this one be polished? Many times teeth and tooth colored fillings become stained from different foods and beverages. It is the nature of tooth colored dental fillings – sometimes called white fillings or composite restorations –  that they will discolor and stain as they age.  Over time the edges of dental restorations or fillings may become more noticeable […]

X-rays Showing Decay and ‘Bad’ Fillings

March 12, 2013

Bad Dental Work?  Decay? Defective Fillings Can Cause Serious Problems! Patients should expect their dentist to provide the highest quality dental care.  While patients aren’t expected to be able to read their own x-rays, I feel it may be helpful to show you some problems we sometimes see around defective dental work.  The very bright or white areas on these x-rays are where silver dental […]