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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!  Caries detecting dye […]

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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 […]

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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 silver/mercury tooth filling on […]

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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! Tooth decay occurs in general at the edges of a filling and the remaining tooth. […]

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Did your dentist ever warn you about tooth bleaching and having dental treatment that includes any type of bonding? If not, they should have! In a nutshell, do not bleach your teeth at all for a period of two weeks before having any bonding procedures completed! I will try to explain this in common terms!  Bonding is a term used […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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