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Why are crowns recommended after root canals?

Tooth #3 - Lingual cusp is broken off.

We had an interesting emergency visit recently. A guest from out of state asked if we could remove a tooth for him. He was not interested in saving it, he just wanted it out. He had a root canal that was done a number of years back, and unfortunately he never had a crown done afterwards, and the tooth had cracked. From what I could see the tooth was not infected, and my inclination was that the broken part of the tooth was tugging on the gum tissue causing discomfort while eating. A dental crown could have prevented this. We recomend crowns on all posterior teeth that have had root canals, as soon as possible.  We have seen situations where a … Continue reading →

Grandma’s Fine China – Is there one missing from the family heirloom?

Grandma's China Heirloom

Have you ever thought of teeth as fine china?  I do.  What is a complete set?  Everybody’s set is unique and different.  In some situations the perfect set could be 32, in other situations 24. How about a perfect 27?  Is it possible to have a  perfect set with a odd number?  I think it’s possible. Unfortunately, time can go by so fast. As we all know, time can be hard on the fine porcelain.  Every once in a while, even though all precautions have been taken to maintain and protect,  something goes awry. A few years back we had a patient in that very situation: The patient had a perfectly beautiful set of 28 teeth. Unfortunately, one had to … Continue reading →

Dentures – Frequently Asked Questions FAQ – Conclusion

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  If you or a loved one has questions regarding dentures and would like to meet with us, we can be reached at (207) 236-4740. We would love to help you have the best possible denture possible. Where do we go from here? Where do we go from here?  It would be fun to do another denture for a patient for Donated Dental Services.  What can we do to make a better denture?  What can we do that is “New and and Improved“? Dentures with Color Characterization One of my pet peeves with dentures is the pink acrylic. We like dentures that look natural. It’s a dead giveaway to a denture when someone smiles widely and you can see the … Continue reading →

Dentures FAQ – The First Visit

X-Rays showing teeth #'s 22,27.

This is our first visit with Mike, and in the back of my mind I knew that I wanted to do a write up, a step-by-step journal with pictures on what it takes to make a new set of dentures. There are so many concerns and anxieties expressed about dentures, and we’ve been looking for a way to share the process; dispel the fears and anxieties; and answer the many questions about dentures. But if we are to share this with our Internet friends, I wanted to work with an ideal denture candidate. What, you might ask, makes an ideal denture candidate? Every case is a bit different. If you would like to meet with us to discuss your options, … Continue reading →

Dentures FAQ – The Second Visit

Dr. Medina and Anastasia at work removing extracting teeth #'s 22 and 27.

We have set the photos up as a slide show, if you press on the photo, you can proceed slide by slide and read the captions to get an idea what we did for the day. Day 2 – This is a busy visit! We administer nitrous oxide to Mike so we can extract two teeth and take master impressions that will lead to his new smile. It is a few weeks before Christmas and we are wondering if we can get this project done before the holiday. This second visit is a long one; we will break it up into three parts. In the first part, Dara lends a hand as we take photo records. Dara takes photo records … Continue reading →

Dentures FAQ – The Third Visit

We are done for the day! We will be sending this off to Eliason Dental Lab. Thank you, Julie Skelton, for all your help; Eliason Dental Lab has offered to do this work for us at no charge. They can be reached at Eliason Dental Lab, 190 Riverside St., Unit 6B. Portland, ME 04103 (207) 774-7881 http://www.eliasonlab.com

We have set the photos up as a slide show, if you press on the photo, you can proceed slide by slide and read the captions to get an idea what we did for the day. In today’s visit, the first thing we do is check to see how Mike is doing. The extraction sites are healing nicely. I’m happy for Mike: he will never have another tooth ache, ever again. Remold, Reshape, Recontour The lab has sent us upper and lower wax rims for today’s visit. The wax rims are a starting point: we take the wax rims and remold, reshape, recontour them to the shape we think would be ideal for Mike’s mouth. Also in this visit, we … Continue reading →

Dentures FAQ – The Fourth Visit

We visually check to see how the denture looks.

We have set the photos up as a slide show, if you press on the photo, you can proceed slide by slide and read the captions to get an idea what we did for the day. On the last visit, we took the wax rims and sent them off to Eliason Dental Lab in Portland, Maine.   They took the wax rims and replaced the wax with the teeth we custom selected for Mike’s new smile.  These dentures may look real but only the teeth are real, everything else is wax. I have heard stories of patients taking their wax dentures home to show their families and drinking hot coffee! As you can imagine, the wax melts — a dental … Continue reading →

Dentures FAQ – The Fifth Visit

. . and a wonderful laugh!

We have set the photos up as a slide show, if you press on the photo, you can proceed slide by slide and read the captions to get an idea what we did for the day. The final dentures are back from Eliason Dental Lab and boy, do they look great! The dentures go in a little tight. Mike liked the idea of leaving them tight and I agreed, knowing that I would see him in 24 hours for the routine denture check, when we could start adjusting out the sore spots. Unfortunately, because of transportation issues we were not aware of, Mike was not be able to come in for another week. I think it was a long sore week … Continue reading →

When Crest Whitestrips are a mistake.

Central incisor showing translucency.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Crest products. My personal favorite toothpaste is Crest ProHealth, the regular version. I just love the taste.  I’m also a big fan of their ProHealth mouth rinse. In the office we have Listerine mouth rinse and Crest ProHealth mouthrinse.  When I’ve had onion or garlic for lunch, and I want to blister my breath with something strong, I will reach for the Listerine.  But in general, I prefer Crest’s ProHealth mouth rinse.  It has a much nicer flavor. So what about Whitestrips? The first time I saw Crest Whitestrips was at Yankee Dental a few years back, a yearly Dental Convention that is held in Boston. I just had a bad feeling … Continue reading →

How can a fixed bridge replace a missing tooth?

Chewing surface of a bridge

I just love the idea of family heirlooms. Heirlooms that are passed down from generation to generation. My wife has her grandmothers china from the 1920s, and on special occasions, we set the table. A beautiful white set, with a green leafy theme, and gold trim around the rim. We also have a china set that we purchased when we were married.  Four kids and 30 plus years later, as you can imagine, we have a few bowls and cups that have broken, and are missing.  A few years back I remember scouring the internet and searching eBay.  It was so satisfying, whenever I could find a match, that we could purchase to add to our set. Do you have a … Continue reading →

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