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Why do I have horizontal dents on my thumbnails?

Why do I have horizontal  dents on my thumbnails?

Beau's Lines: You are describing beau's lines caused by a temporary cessation of cell division in the nail matrix. Can be caused by an infection or problem in the nail fold, where the nail begins to form, or it may be caused by an injury to that area. Some other reasons for these lines include trauma, coronary occlusion, hypocalcaemia, and skin disease. Should see your doctor to investigate for these causes. ...Read more

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There's a dent in the middle of my fingernail, it almost looks like it collapsed, its the best I could describe it. What could this be?

There's a dent in the middle of my fingernail, it almost looks like it collapsed, its the best I could describe it. What could this be?

Trauma vs inflam'n: Indentation in the nail plate is generally caused by injury to the nail matrix, which sits under the skin where the nail grows out (opposite end to the free edge of the nail called proximal nail fold). So, either trauma (ie from picking) or inflammation (ie chronic eczema, or psoriasis) can cause nail plate abnormality. To avoid permanent scarring, see your dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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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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What is traumatized in dental?

What is traumatized in dental?

Hit, slapped: Traumatized could be any of a number of factors. Blunt could be from an outside force such as a ball or fist. Trauma from within would be more strongly associated with how your teeth fit together. Trauma from food comes in the form of too hot or too cold. Many others as well, but a limited number of characters available. Hopefully your teeth aren't traumatized! ...Read more

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What are dental injections for?

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 recommended mouthwashes?

Depends: I recommend smart mouth, and crest pro health for gingivitis. Listerine only for short term use due to alcohol content. Phosphlur is a good flouride rinse. ...Read more

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Are fmris used for dental scans?

Are fmris used for dental scans?

Soon: Currently conebeam volumeteric tomography or cbvt is widely used in dentistry to make 3d images of your teeth and jaws. There are companies currently developing an MRI for dental applications. This will allow dentists to scan the teeth and jaws without the radiation exposure to patients that cbvt scans give. ...Read more

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Dental exposed roots?

Dental exposed roots?

Dental root: Dental exposure of dental roots can occur naturally with aging. Recession of the gums can occur with overzelous brushing especially with an electric tooth brush. Also attack of the dentin by plaque formation or disease of the gums can cause exposure of the roots. ...Read more

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What is dental insurance?

What is dental insurance?

Insurance for teeth: As above - covers most services at dental offices. ...Read more

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What is a dental flipper?

What is a dental flipper?

Slang: Dental slang , but commonly used by all, to refer to a removable acrylic / acrylic and wire prosthesis with one or more denture teeth attached to temporarily replace missing teeth. Think of a retainer with teeth. Mostly for holding space and appearance, not for function. Named this because often can be "flipped" out of place with the tongue. Temporary transitional partial denture -- TTP. Good Luck ...Read more

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