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Ever Wondered What is Under Your Tooth Filling?

May 18, 2016

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

Ever Wondered What is Under Your Tooth Filling?

Ever had a tooth filling replaced?

Tooth filling present in both molars. Notice the gray halo around the larger silver filling - that is tooth decay!

Tooth filling present in both molars. Notice the gray halo around the larger silver filling – that is tooth decay!

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 silver/mercury tooth filling on the first molar (note the dark halo surrounding the filling on the photo) but our patient wanted us to remove the silver/mercury filling that is present on the back tooth as well.

See the photos below to see what we found below these tooth fillings.

Our office would like your teeth to be as healthy as possible and certainly as healthy as you would like them to be!  Oftentimes decay can be caught early enough that the treatment is much less expensive and much less invasive.  Patients will often ask us to remove their old silver/mercury fillings because they want the look of white teeth.  We find decay often (maybe 50% of the time) when we do this which indicates the limit of x-rays in determining decay.

Your dentist and dental hygienist should look and feel carefully around every restoration in your mouth as this is the area where tooth decay often starts!  Finding problems early is another advantage of seeing your dentist regularly for examinations and cleanings!  Please call our Western Colorado office at (970) 242-3635 if you have questions about tooth decay or any other dental topic.

Yours for better dental health, Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Teeth/Restoring Smiles

Dark stained, decayed tooth present below the existing silver/mercury tooth filling. You can also see the dark area of tooth decay below the tooth filling that was on the back molar.

Dark stained, decayed tooth present below the existing silver/mercury tooth filling. You can also see the dark area of tooth decay below the tooth filling that was on the back molar.

Existing small silver/mercury tooth filling. You can also see an area of stain behind the existing tooth filling.

Existing small silver/mercury tooth filling. You can also see an area of stain behind the existing tooth filling.

Brighten Teeth With Food!

April 1, 2016

Filed under: Dental Health — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 4:33 am

Some Foods May Actually Brighten Your Teeth!

Tasty, crunchy and may remove stains on teeth!

Tasty, crunchy and may remove stains on teeth!

Can you brighten teeth with food? Celery is crunchy and delicious and just may brighten teeth and benefit your mouth!  And it’s good for you!  The extra chewing celery requires produces plenty of saliva which neutralized the bacteria Streptococcus mutans that causes cavities.  Additionally, chomping on naturally abrasive foods massages gums and cleans between teeth.

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These delicious Clifton, Colorado pears are crunchy like an apple and scrub the surface of your teeth as you enjoy them.

Strawberries:  This delicious fruit contains malic acid which can act like a natural astringident to remove stains on the surface of teeth.

There are lots of reasons to eat nuts like almonds and walnuts.  These mildly abbrasive foods rub plaque and stains off of the teeth. Yum!  And most nuts like almonds and walnuts are packed with protein and minerals which are good for you.

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Delicious Grand Junction, Colorado apples grown by one of Dr. Gillis’ treatment assistants. Yum!

Apples:  Crisp and delicious, apples stimulate saliva production.  Pears can do the same. Saliva is a natural lubricant, and it can neutralize colonies of bacteria and help maintain healthy teeth and gums.  and the chewing of apples strengthens the jaw muscles.  Eating apples naturally scrapes plaque off the surfaces of your teeth.

2014-08-23 17.58.49Carrots:  Chewing these crisp vegetables stimulates saliva production which is good for the health of your gums, and washes away food debris.  While you are chewing carrots, you are helping remove stains on your teeth due to carrots being mildly abrasive.

There you go, some natural ways to brighten your teeth with food.  Foods will just remove the surface stains though. But so many are good for you and good for your overall health.  To really brighten your teeth our tooth bleaching products really do the trick!  Please ask our office for more information about how to have the healthiest teeth and gums.  We would be happy to let you know if you would be a good candidate for tooth bleaching!

Yours for better dental health, Julie Gillis DDS, PC
Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health
You may be able to brighten teeth with carrots in a variety of colors!

Carrots in a variety of colors!

All 32 Teeth – All Healthy!

September 9, 2014

Filed under: Customer Service,Dental Health — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 2:20 am

All 32 Teeth – All Healthy!

All 32 Teeth - All Healthy!

All 32 Teeth – All Healthy!

 

Sometimes you just have to blog about a person having all 32 teeth – and all of them healthy.  Most of us have at least lost our four wisdom teeth leaving us with 28 teeth.  A very few people have more than 32 teeth but this is considered an anomaly.  In general, probably over decades of evolutionary time, our jaws have gotten smaller so that there is not enough room for  the full compliment of 32 teeth.  Wisdom teeth are often extracted to prevent crowding of the other teeth, or because they are creating a problem for the patient.

Even more healthy molars are present that cannot be seen!

Even more healthy molars are present that cannot be seen!

Additionally, premolars, or the medium sized back teeth, are often extracted as part of orthodontic treatment to provide space for alignment of the remaining teeth. This used to be done more frequently in the past.  Extractions made straightening the teeth easier for the orthodontist but we now know that the non judicious loss to teeth may create aesthetic problems with a person’s profile (and I’m not talking about their Facebook page!)  Premolar extraction is a good treatment decision when done in the correct circumstance.  Ask your dentist or orthodontist for more information!

Healthy teeth, healthy gingiva as far as the eyes can see!

Healthy teeth, healthy gingiva as far as the eyes can see!

But, back to our patient here with 32 healthy teeth!  Note healthy gum tissue, excellent oral hygiene, a wide band of pink attached tissue surrounds every tooth.  This patient will most likely keep all of these gorgeous teeth for a lifetime and could, with proper care, proper diet, and a little luck, look this good into their 90’s and beyond!

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

It is a pleasure treating all types of patients, with all types of dentitions!  I just wanted to share these healthy images as we often discuss problems!

Our office in Grand Junction, Colorado would be happy to answer your questions related to dentistry and dental health.  Please call us at (970) 242-3635 or visit our website www.juliegillisdds.com or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc for more information!

Yours for better dental health,

 

Julie M. Gillis, DDS

Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health

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