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Facts & Myths about TMD, TMJ, & Orofacial Pain
In dentistry as in medicine, you’ll find doctors on every side of contentious issues: is the mercury in amalgam dental fillings safe or not? (Yes, the science is clear that it’s safe). Is fluoride beneficial or dangerous? (Again, the science is solidly on the side of safety and efficacy). While dentists argue about which bonding […]Read more
Do You Need a Crown on a Cracked Tooth?
We recently had a new patient see us with no tooth complaints, she just needed a check up and wanted to discuss her headaches to see if we could help. During her exam, I noticed that several of her molars were severely worn down (which she already knew about) and had cracks visible. We didn’t […]Read more
How Do I Know You Grind Your Teeth, Even if You Don’t Believe Me?
I don’t know why exactly, but patients at my Charlotte dentist office (and all around the country, according to my colleagues) seem to have a problem believing me when I say, “Wow – you grind your teeth really badly.” In fact, the most common response is, “No I don’t!” said with a passion that makes […]Read more
Our Convenient Dental Office
Have you ever gone to the dentist for a problem, only to learn that you were going to have to see 1 or even several specialists to get all your treatment done? It’s a bit irritating and inconvenient, isn’t it? Even having to make appointments at the dentist and the orthodontist to get a cleaning […]Read more
Do You Need a Dental Root Canal?
Of all dental procedures, a root canal is probably one more dreaded by patients than any other, because practically everyone has heard some nightmare story about them. Remarkably, though, with proper diagnosis and management, the need for root canals can largely be avoided, and in cases where they are needed, they are virtually never painful, […]Read more
My Tooth is All Cracked Up!
The Value of a Nightguard to Protect Teeth It’s been quite some time since I talked about how important a nightguard can be to protect teeth and decrease the risk of major problems that can cost a lot to fix. Personally, I think it’s a little on the ironic side when someone tells me, “Doc, […]Read more