Ways to keep teeth beautiful looking after braces - Dr. Fred Peck

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 27. June 2014 06:30
How do you help your child's teeth looking great after orthodontics? Braces do a great job improving the aesthetics and self esteem of children and adults. But all too often, removal of the braces reveals discolored teeth that were not present prior to the braces. This happe... [More]

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Dry Mouth and Tooth Decay - Dr. Fred Peck

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 24. June 2014 07:00
Dry mouth, the technical term being xerostomia is a very serious and prevalent problem in older adult patients. This results in unnecessary cavities, root canals, lost teeth and more along with a significant amount of expense to patients. Dry mouth is caused by a number of conditions. As w... [More]

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Replacement of a single front tooth - Dr. Fred Peck

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 23. June 2014 07:00
There are three basic options to replace a single front tooth. The first option is a dental implant. This has become the standard of care for a tooth replacement. A dental implant is an artificial root over which a dental crown can be placed to match the adjacent teeth. The process for an upper fron... [More]

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Closing a single space between front teeth - Dr. Fred Peck

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 22. June 2014 07:00
There are many options to close a space between two front teeth. These options include resin bonding, orthodontics (braces), porcelain veneers and crowns. The patient and dentist should discuss all options along with advantages and disadvantages.  The more conservative the dental treatment is, ... [More]

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Is all dental bonding material the same? - Dr. Fred Peck

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 21. June 2014 07:00
 Most people have undergone some type of dental bonding procedure or know of someone who did. This includes all tooth colored fillings and cosmetic bonded procedures. There are three types of dental bonding products on the market today. One allows for a great high shine and polish, but is not s... [More]

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Discolored dental fillings - Dr. Fred Peck

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 20. June 2014 07:00
Do you have a dark filling in your front tooth that matched at one time? Studies have shown that the foods that cause the most staining are red wines, cola, tea, coffee and orange juice. Red wine causes the most staining, followed by other substances to a lesser amount. A good polish of the filling ... [More]

Fixing a dark front tooth Part 3 - Dr. Fred Peck

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 17. June 2014 06:00
 The other posts relating to dark teeth gave some options that should be tried first. If the color cannot be changed and the tooth is too broken down, more invasive procedures are needed. A porcelain veneer or crown is then needed to restore this tooth in the mouth to match the other teeth. An ... [More]

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Fixing a dark front tooth Part 2 - Dr. Fred Peck

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 16. June 2014 07:00
What if you have a dark tooth visible when you smile? The first option was discussed below with a special bleach. What if the tooth has no root canal filling? The dentist should check the tooth to see if the nerve has died. If so, then a root canal is needed. If the nerve is healthy, then the next c... [More]

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Fixing a dark front tooth Part 1 - Dr. Fred Peck

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 15. June 2014 12:00
     What if you have a single dark tooth visible when you smile? This addresses the dark tooth that has had a previous root canal filling. The first option is called a "walking bleach". This is wear a special bleaching agent in placed inside the back part of the tooth over a sealed r... [More]

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Treating the gummy smile - Dr. Fred Peck

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 14. June 2014 13:00
What is a gummy smile? That is when you smile and you show too much of the gum tissue and not enough of your teeth. There are several things to consider in eliminating the gummy smile. First, are the teeth in the right place? The ideal front tooth should be about 10-11mm long. After it is determined... [More]


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