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]

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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