|This patient did not like the space between these teeth. We closed the space with a tooth colored filling.|
|The x-ray on the left is of a tooth with a cavity that lead to an infection. The picture on the right is of the nerve exposed by the decay leading to an infected tooth. The infection could have been prevented with regular exams and x-rays. A sealant could have prevented this tooth from decaying.|
|A sealant placed on a lower tooth. Notice the dark, discolored grooves that were cleaned and then sealed to prevent further stain and future decay.|
|These pictures show decay from poor hygiene and soda drinking on several teeth repaired with tooth colored fillings. Soda drinking is very destructive to teeth due to the combination of the acidity of soda and the sugars which are further broken down by bacteria into more acid to dissolve teeth. Try to minimize soda drinking and increase hygiene to avoid this problem.|
|Aggressive toothbrushing cutting the necks of most of this patient's teeth. Brushing should be done with a soft toothbrush held at a 45 degree angle to the tooth with circular motion over a few teeth at a time. Do not use a medium or hard toothbrush and do not use a sawlike motion on the necks of your teeth to avoid this problem.|
Q: Why do I need x-rays?
A: Many times teeth look healthy to the eye. A normal appearing tooth on the left with its x-ray on the right revealing decay (outlined in green) very close to the nerve (outlined in red).
|A silver colored restoration that a patient wanted replaced due to the "darkness of her tooth" was replaced with a tooth colored filling lightening her smile.|
|The same tooth pictured above with the silver colored filling (left) and with the tooth colored filling (right). Notice that the "dark tooth" (left) was lightened (right) with only a filling change.|
||Calculus on the necks of these teeth reveal the patient has not been to a dentist in years. Calculus can only be removed by a dentist. No amount of tartar control toothpaste or rinsing can remove this once it forms. Dental visits are recommended by the American Dental Association every 6 months for most patients.|
|Heavy calculus and stain on the teeth pictured on the left were removed from this patient's teeth and the result is pictured on the right. Removing calculus allows for more healthy teeth and gums. The toothbrush can now reach below the gums and further between the teeth disrupting bacteria from forming plaque (colonies of bacteria) which damages teeth and gums.|
|This is a retained baby tooth that was repaired with a tooth colored filling to look like an adult tooth.|
|These second molars are not getting the proper brushing attention. They are decalcified (white marks) and stained due to plaque acid damage. These teeth are often poorly cleaned due to not getting the toothbrush back far enough in the mouth. Hint: Close your mouth slightly so that your cheeks relax enough so the toothbrush can adequately brush these teeth. Opening very wide often causes part of your jawbone (coronoid process) to block your toothbrush from reaching the back top teeth. Opening wide also causes your cheeks to be firm and prevent your toothbrush from reaching back teeth.|
|This is a series of photos of one primary or "baby" tooth with decay. The tooth did not appear very damaged upon examination (1) and there was no pain complaint from the patient. Once some tooth was removed the decay became obvious as a dark brown area (2). The decay was removed (3) and the tooth was filled with a silver colored filling(4).|
|Preop photo of decay and a diastema (space between two front teeth) and after photo with decay removed and tooth colored filling closing the space.|