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Ahhh, that’s so much better: What is a Root Canal and Why You Should Choose this Treatment

Ahhh, that’s so much better: What is a Root Canal and Why You Should Choose this Treatment

Your dentist has just told you that you will need to have a root canal.  Just the word “root canal” causes a dreaded chill for most people.  It brings to mind the oft repeated phrase,  “I’d rather have a root canal than a  . . . (plug in your own unpleasant phrase here).”

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NEWSFLASH! New Digital Panoramic Radiographs

NEWSFLASH! New Digital Panoramic Radiographs

In the interest of offering the best care to patients, our office is proud to announce the availability of digital panoramic radiographs.  As current patients will know, we upgraded to intraoral digital radiography ("X-Rays") in the summer of 2012.  If you are a current patient and didn't know then you may be overdue for your cleaning!  A panoramic radiograph provides a survey of the teeth, roots, jaw, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and other head and neck structures and is diagnostic for large cavities, chronic abscess, boney lesions of the jaw, supernumary (extra) and impacted teeth and other pathologies and normal variations of anatomy...

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Ask the Specialist: What is the Best Approach for Successful Dental Implants?

Ask the Specialist: What is the Best Approach for Successful Dental Implants?

The Answer: A Team Approach

Guest post by Steve Koo, D.D.S. and Thomas Weil, D.D.S., Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

 

Implant restoration of single teeth, multiple teeth or the whole mouth requires a team approach.  One thing that we have learned in the long collaboration between our offices is that when it comes to dental implants creating the ultimate success requires a team approach.  General dentists often rely on the experience and extensive training of specialists when it comes to particular tasks such as implant placement.  Dr. Tollett and Dr. Bahm have learned that the key to mastery in making implant-supported crowns, bridges and overdentures is implant placement. 

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Halloween Candy for Parents (and kids)

Halloween Candy for Parents (and kids)

Believe it or not, I was once a kid, roaming the neighborhood stuffing my plastic pumpkin with Pixie sticks, Sugar Daddies and Tootsie Rolls.  I can still remember the taste and smell of the Casper the Friendly Ghost mask. We would take our bags home, throw out the apples and funny looking candies and then gorge ourselves into a sugar coma.  Then, the candy would disappear; I imagine my parents eating it while we were at school, but I’m sure mom threw it out, after secreting all the red hots.   Who knew then that I would become a dentist? Of course the official party line on candy is that it is evil incarnate (unless it is sugar-free gum).  We are an obese nation, childhood diabetes is at record levels and on the rise, so of course we should moderate intake.  From a pure dental point of view, gorging on candy for a day has only limited impact.  Heresy, you say?  Sticky and hard candies can damage restorations and appliances like palate expanders, space maintainers a ...

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Why You Should be Asking Your Dentist for X-rays

Why You Should be Asking Your Dentist for X-rays

Your oral health is important and numerous studies have linked oral health status to systemic health. To help maintain your good oral health dentists want to keep your radiographs up to date and so should you. Periodic radiographic examination of your teeth and jaws plays an important role in prevention and early detection of ...

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The Case of the Hidden Hosepipe, or Emergency Dental Repair Saves the Reunion

The Case of the Hidden Hosepipe, or Emergency Dental Repair Saves the Reunion

One minute you're out in the garden, the next you realize you've broken a tooth. But why does it have to happen on a Friday afternoon, and worse, the day before you're leaving for Italy? Here's how one local gardener was able to keep smiling and enjoy her vacation. 

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What is Personal Dentistry?

What is Personal Dentistry?

What in the world is "Personal Dentistry?" Our patients seem to like it - and I'll try to explain. In my Uptown Houston office, I believe in spending the time necessary with every patient in order to provide the care each one deserves. That's one part of what I think "Personal" dental care should be.

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Dental Education, for Doctor and Patient

Dental Education, for Doctor and Patient

What do the latest techniques in dental implants mean to you? What about new tooth bleaching techniques? Are there any truly proven cavity prevention programs? If any dental office in Houston can tell you, we can.

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A Dental Health Lesson You Can Chew On

A Dental Health Lesson You Can Chew On

Good news: Demineralization is reversible, and chewing gum can help. A dental health lesson that will really stick with you.

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Children at the Dentist: Game Time?

Children at the Dentist: Game Time?

Exam rooms with TVs playing children's movies. Video games. Should a child equate visiting the dentist with playtime?

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