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

December 3, 2016

Filed under: Fillings,General Dentistry — Tags: — Dr 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 […]

Bad Dental Work? Defective Fillings Can Cause Serious Problems!

May 4, 2013

Several defective restorations shown here along with decay! Can you tell if you have a bad filling? The answer to this question is YES – usually you can! Patients should expect their dentist to provide the highest quality dental care. There should not be rough fillings, decay remaining below fillings – sealed in decay, or rough areas that are difficult to clean.  These types of […]

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 […]

Can patients evaluate their own dental work?

March 6, 2013

Filed under: Customer Service,Dental Hygiene,General Dentistry — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 1:15 am

As a patient it would be helpful to be able to see what my dentist sees! Our previous blog discussed problems that can be seen on an x-ray.  Some problems can be seen just by looking at your teeth.  See the photos of defective restorations here.   Although it is difficult to see your own teeth, you should try to inspect your teeth in your […]

Can You Tell If You Have a Cavity or Decay?

February 27, 2013

Can You Tell If You Have a Cavity? Sometimes you can, ususally you can’t!  However, the more aware you are of what is going on in your mouth, the more likely you will be to notice if something changes.  Little things like your dental floss ‘catching’ on a rough area between your teeth or on the edge of a filling or a crown could mean […]

Ugly And Sensitive Notches In My Teeth – Dentists may call them abfractions

January 8, 2013

Filed under: Customer Service,General Dentistry — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 9:41 pm

What Are The Ugly Notches in My Teeth By My Gums?   In the photos shown you can see areas where the gums have receded showing the roots of the teeth.  There are several ‘notches’ present in these root surfaces near the gums and dentists call these types of notches abfractions.  Typically, lesions like this are seen in patients with fairly healthy tissue and there […]

What is Tartar and Why Should I Care?

December 17, 2012

What Is Tartar and Why Should I Care? Please see the tartar on the following photos: The real problem with tartar lies in the fact that once tartar forms, it is very difficult or impossible to remove with a toothbrush and floss. We compare the formation of tartar on your teeth to the formation of calcium deposits on your faucets or the formation of barnacles […]

Mouth Rinses, are they useful? What kind to use?

December 28, 2011

Submitted by my hygienist Diane  hygienist with the office of Dr. Julie Gillis Mouth Rinse Options (Kidding about the soap!) Patients often ask us which mouth rinse is the “best.” Though we generally do not advocate any one in particular, we have found the use of a daily rinse containing fluoride is beneficial to patients prone to decay. Fluoride has been shown to strengthen the enamel of […]

Why compare sweat and body odor to bacteria and mouth odor!

November 28, 2011

Why compare sweat and body odor to bacteria and mouth odor! Mostly for fun, partly for information, and possibly for motivation! This blog is not for the squeemish or the faint unless they can use this information as a motivation for regular, thorough brushing and flossing and dental visits.  The terms are not particularly scientific, but we have found them to be more easily understood. […]

Dental Floss – A history and does floss type matter?

November 22, 2011

(Submitted by my hygienist, Pam) Recently a patient reminded me of a saying I hadn’t heard in a while.  “You don’t have to floss all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.”  Hopefully we all want to keep all our teeth for the rest of our lives.  And research has shown that flossing can prolong life, up to 10 extra years!   In 1815, […]