Are your front teeth lined up with with the middle of your face?

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 21. May 2014 07:00
Should you care? In dentistry, this is called your dental midline. If you drew a line down the middle of your face, would it go right between your two front teeth? This is an ideal location for your front teeth when a smile is restored. Studies have shown that a midline can be off 2mm and no one wou... [More]

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Worn teeth

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 20. May 2014 07:00
The important thing to determine about worn teeth, whether in the front or back teeth, is did the wear occur in the past, or is it changing on a microscopic level daily, that gets igonored? Photos of the mouth are a great diagnostic tool to see changes, especially close up photos. Patients can ... [More]

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Night guards to protect the front teeth

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 19. May 2014 07:00
A night guard will protect the teeth only when it is in the mouth. Patient often think they may grind their teeth only at night and are protected with the night guard from tooth breakage and worn teeth all the time. Many patients can still have abnormal habits that will cause front teeth to wear thi... [More]

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Thinning front teeth

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 18. May 2014 07:00
Many patients have chips and thinning of the front teeth. This can occur on both the top teeth and bottom teeth. When this occurs, the bite is not stable and can rapidly deteriorate further. The wear on front teeth can be very different from worn back teeth. They can be part of the same problem or c... [More]

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TMJ problems and unstable bite

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 17. May 2014 07:00
When should the TMJ be evaluated and treated if nothing hurts? This is very important if cosmetic dentistry is going to be done. Often when a patient changes their smile, the bite may function differently. If the normal jaw movements interfere with the proposed treatment, the cosmetic dentistry will... [More]

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Clicking Jaw joints

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 16. May 2014 07:00
Do you have a jaw joint that clicks? This jaw joint is known as the TMJ. The click is from the muscles of the jaw joint not working in co-ordination with the disk that allows the jaw to move. There are numerous reasons why this click can occur. Some can be related to a problem with th... [More]

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How to treat a broken or lost front tooth from trauma

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 11. May 2014 22:34
  In my last post, I discussed how to prevent mouth and teeth injuries in sports. What happens if you experience trauma anyway? First, what happens if part of a front tooth should break off? Make sure the person is OK physically. Control any bleeding with pressure to the affected area... [More]

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Baseball Dentistry: Keep your smile looking great

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 6. May 2014 18:16
SPRING’S ARRIVAL means baseball diamonds will soon fill with boys and girls of all ages competing in America's favorite summer sport. Accidents do happen, so here are tips to help preserve everyone’s teeth until the final out of the World Series. First to report are catchers and umpires,... [More]

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Digital Dental Impressions: No more messy impressions

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 5. May 2014 09:28
The latest digital impression system, the 3M "Lava COS" has been available for over 2 years. You are probably wonding what that device is. In the past, when patients had any new crowns (caps) or bridges made, a dentist had to take an impression with unpleasant and messy stuff in your mouth. A d... [More]

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