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What are dental dams?

What are dental dams?

Clean working field: Dental dams are rubber dams used to isolate the tooth or teeth the dentist the dentist is working on for the purpose of infection control and better visibility ...Read more

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Dental dams what are they?

Dental dams   what are they?

Isolation of teeth: Dental dams are used to isolate the teeth that the dentist is working on to prevent contamination of the treatment site. A secondary benefit is that the dental dam prevents substances from entering the mouth and throat. ...Read more

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What are dental sealants?

What are dental sealants?

Cavity preventers: Posterior permanent teeth have deep grooves and crevices on the chewing surface. This is the most common area to get a cavity on these teeth. Dental sealants are a composite material that is flowed into these areas to make them "shallow valleys" so food and bacteria can't get stuck in these grooves, thus making it harder to get a cavity. Sealants are cost effective and easy for the patient. ...Read more

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What are dental appliances used for?

What are dental appliances used for?

Many Uses: There are many dental appliances with different uses depending on your dental need. I will give you some examples. Night Guards and Day Guards are used to help with bruxing or tooth grinding, retainers are used to maintain tooth position after orthodontics and Oral Sleep Appliances are used to treat sleep apnea and snoring. ...Read more

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What are the dental materials used an fillings?

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What are the dental materials used an fillings?

Amalgam or composite: Dental fillings can be amalgam, composite, gold, or porcelain. ...Read more

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What are the dental procedures?

What are the dental procedures?

What a Dentist does: anything a dental profession does to treat a patient could be considered a "procedure". There are a list of codes and definitions that insurance companies use and are listed by the American Dental Association. ...Read more

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What are dental x-rays for?

What are dental x-rays for?

Visualization: Dental x-rays are used to allow the visualization of cavities, bone level, tumors and infections causing bone loss in areas that cannot be seen directly by the eye. They can be used to determine the presence of unerupted teeth as well as malpositioned teeth. Specific x-rays may show the adequacy of one's airway space. ...Read more

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What are common dental anesthetics?

What are common dental anesthetics?

Several choices: We have quite a few in our arsenal. Just to name a few....Lidocaine, prilocaine, marcaine, articaine, and several more. They all have slightly different properties in duration and their ability to get you numb. Some also have Epinephrine while others don't. ...Read more

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What are dental implants made from?

What are dental implants made from?

Ti, Zir, or Ta: While titanium (commercially pure ti, or medical grade to) is still primary material for dental implants, the use of zirconia implants are getting more attention specially in europe ; asia , specially japan. But due to restorative issues, not settled in usa yet. The tantalum implants while are already in orthopedic field for several years, they don't have a proved track record yet, but promising. ...Read more

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What are dental injections for?

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What are dental injections for?

Pain control: Dental injections most frequently used for pain and anxiety control in dentistry. ...Read more

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Dental experts! what types of metals are used in dental implants?

Dental experts! what types of metals are used in dental implants?

Titanium-zirconium: The implant is a small part made of titanium or titanium zirconium alloy. This materials generally well-tolerated by the human body. ...Read more

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What are orthodontics?

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What are orthodontics?

Orthodontics: is the branch of dentistry that use a variety of techniques to help patients straighten teeth and improve their appearance and function. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of dental sealants?

What are the benefits of dental sealants?

Prevents decay: Sealants are commonly done for children on their molars to seal the fissures (valleys) on the tops of the teeth. This helps to prevent decay in these areas. It is not usually done on adults but if you desire this, you should consult your dentist. ...Read more

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What are some dentists recommended toothbrushes?

What are some dentists recommended toothbrushes?

Soft toothbrush: The brand name of a toothbrush is not as important as making sure you use a soft toothbrush. This is important to prevent wear and abrasion. ...Read more

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Are dental crowns /posts dangerous and what is the difference?

Are dental crowns /posts dangerous and what is the difference?

Not dangerous: A crown is a dental restoration used to restore a tooth when the tooth is so broken down that a simple filling just won't do. It covers the entire tooth and helps prevent the tooth from further damage. If the tooth had root canal therapy, a post is often placed into the tooth to help redirect chewing forces towards the stronger, inner portion of the tooth. The post is placed under the crown. ...Read more

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How are dental floss and dental tape different?

How are dental floss and dental tape different?

Floss - Tape: Dental tape is wider than dental floss. Otherwise they are basically the same. ...Read more

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What endodontic procedures are there?

What endodontic procedures are there?

Ortho/retrograde: Orthograde - open the tooth, perform the root canal therapy and fill the tooth/canal. Retrograde or apicoectomy - seal the tip of the root after convention root canal therapy has been completed but has not fully resolved the problem. ...Read more

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What are interproximal caries?

What are interproximal caries?

Cavities: Interproximal are cavities between the teeth. These are usually caused by lack of flossing. ...Read more

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