Periodontics: Treating Gums and Bone Surrounding the Teeth

Periodontics: Treating Gums and Bone Surrounding the Teeth

Although this area of dentistry – just as all others – is incredibly important, periodontics has essentially been neglected by both patients and dentists alike. Periodontics focuses on treating and maintaining the health of the structures that support the...

Pediatric Dentistry: Dentistry for Children

Pediatric Dentistry: Dentistry for Children

The special psychological challenges and often peculiar conditions presented by children require the need for their own dental specialty: pediatric dentistry. While general dentists perform most types of pediatric dentistry, a pediatric dentist is required for...

Orthodontics: Straightening Your Teeth

Orthodontics: Straightening Your Teeth

If you haven’t had your teeth straightened yourself, you probably know someone who has. Orthodontics is the dental specialization of straightening crooked and misaligned teeth – which is one the most common undesirable conditions in humans – to improve...

What You Feel or See: Conditions, symptoms, or signs relating to oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral pathology, or oral medicine

What You Feel or See: Conditions, symptoms, or signs relating to oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral pathology, or oral medicine

The mouth and facial areas are incredibly complex, which is why they function so well when we’re in good health. The downside of this is that there’s a lot that can go wrong if our health isn’t up to scratch, if we’ve become injured, have genetic abnormalities, or a...

Surgery and Diseases of the Mouth and Face

Surgery and Diseases of the Mouth and Face

Did you know your dentist can tell a lot about your overall health just by looking in and around your mouth? There are several different factors that can affect the health of your teeth, gums and jawbone, such as your genetics, diet, oral hygiene, and your health as a...

Occlusion: Your Bite, Temporomandibular Joints and Temporomandibular Dysfunction

Occlusion: Your Bite, Temporomandibular Joints and Temporomandibular Dysfunction

The areas of occlusion (dental bite) in dentistry hasn’t had much emphasis until recent years, meaning dentists haven’t been involved in treating patients with disorders relating to their bite and the related joints and muscles. As a rule of thumb, the specialty most...

Implant Dentistry: Replacing Tooth Roots

Implant Dentistry: Replacing Tooth Roots

Since the beginning of dentistry, practitioners have made attempts to develop replacement teeth to be placed into the jawbones. In the 1960s, Swedish researchers initiated the concept of modern implant dentistry, where small titanium cylinders are placed into the...

Geriatric Dentistry: Oral Health of the Mature Person

Geriatric Dentistry: Oral Health of the Mature Person

Thanks to the continued advances in medical care, people are living much longer, healthier lives. Although the increased availability of health care advice and resources have contributed to people leading relatively normal lives well into their 80s and 90s, these...

Esthetic Dentistry: Cosmetic Dentistry to Improve Your Smile

Esthetic Dentistry: Cosmetic Dentistry to Improve Your Smile

People almost always want to appear ‘normal’ in most ways, and like their appearance to be acceptable to the people they interact with. In general, very little of our bodies is observable to the public when we are clothed. Surveys have shown that when we first meet...

Infection Control in Dentistry

Infection Control in Dentistry

The surgical nature of many dental procedures present a risk of contamination and infection of bloodborne diseases, such as AIDS and hepatitis B. Although this is an unavoidable occupational risk, there are numerous steps a dental practice can take to minimize the...

Endodontics: Root Canals, Dead Teeth and the Inside of Teeth

Endodontics: Root Canals, Dead Teeth and the Inside of Teeth

If you’ve ever experienced tooth pain, you’ll agree that the pain caused can be almost as bad as any other physical condition. But why is this? How can something as small as a tooth cause so much pain? And perhaps more importantly, how can it be prevented or treated?...

Types of Dental Pain Relief: Electrical Anesthesia

Types of Dental Pain Relief: Electrical Anesthesia

Electrical anesthesia is used by some dentists as an alternative form of pain control for many minor oral procedures. It is a valid medical concept that is frequently used for sports injuries, muscle pain, veterinary medicine, and many other situations.   How does...

Types of Dental Pain Relief: Hypnosis

Types of Dental Pain Relief: Hypnosis

Despite the fact that hypnosis is typically associated with a mystical form of entertainment, it is in fact a legitimate form of pain relief and control. However, only a few dentists practice hypnotherapy as a method of controlling pain.   What is hypnosis? Hypnosis...

Types of Dental Pain Relief: General Anesthetics

Types of Dental Pain Relief: General Anesthetics

Most pain control methods used in dentistry are used to either numb the area to be treated or relax the patient. However, there are some dental procedures that are better accomplished when the patient is asleep, under the influence of a general anesthetic.   What is...

Types of Dental Pain Relief: Intravenous (IV) Sedation

Types of Dental Pain Relief: Intravenous (IV) Sedation

Some dental procedures, such as complex oral surgeries, can be much more painful or stressful than others. For this reason, some dentists (though not all) may offer intravenous sedation. This type of sedation is applied directly to the bloodstream via needle inserted...

Types of Dental Pain Relief: Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Types of Dental Pain Relief: Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous Oxide – commonly known as laughing gas – is a safe and highly effective sedative that is used widely in dentistry. Over half of U.S. dentists have nitrous oxide as part of their pain control repertoire, and for many good reasons. When properly...

Types of Dental Pain Relief: Local Anesthetics

Types of Dental Pain Relief: Local Anesthetics

As one of the most commonly used forms of pain relief in dentistry, local anesthetics are a great way to temporarily control pain during oral therapy. It works by numbing the area to be treated, resulting in a pain-free procedure. And, unlike general anesthetics, this...

Controlling Pain in Dentistry

Controlling Pain in Dentistry

From toothache indicating an oral problem to soreness after receiving dental treatment, pain is simply a part of dentistry and unfortunately it cannot be avoided. If you’ve suffered from toothache, you won’t be surprised to find it is considered one of the most...

A Tale of Two Treatments: Periodontal Maintenance Vs A Prophy (Dental Prophylaxis)

A Tale of Two Treatments: Periodontal Maintenance Vs A Prophy (Dental Prophylaxis)

There can often be some confusion between periodontal maintenance and dental prophylaxis (prophy). After all, these are two very similar teeth-cleaning procedures, and it can be difficult to tell the difference without some background knowledge of each one. In almost...

Managed Care Dental Programs

Managed Care Dental Programs

Financing your dental care can come in many different forms and can range from self-funded fee-for-service dentistry to comprehensive employer-provided dental plans. Although dental fees may appear high to some people, they are usually rather competitive, with most...

Choosing the Right Dentist for You

Choosing the Right Dentist for You

There are many reasons you may choose to visit a particular dentist. It could be for convenience because they are located close to your home or place of work, or because their services are more affordable for you. However, these reasons don’t always mean a certain...

Specialist and Non-specialist Areas of Dentistry

Specialist and Non-specialist Areas of Dentistry

When most people think of dentistry, they often think of the types of procedures carried out by their primary dental care provider – usually a General Dentist. There are in fact several different branches of dentistry. Some are specializations which usually...

Holistic Dentistry

Holistic Dentistry

Unlike most other forms of dentistry, Holistic Dentistry focuses on the whole patient rather than on one particular area such as a diseased tooth. A dentist that practices Holistic Dentistry will consider all areas concerning a patient, such as their overall health...

Oral Medicine & Oral Diagnosis

Oral Medicine & Oral Diagnosis

Dentists that focus on Oral Medicine and Oral Diagnosis will have the knowledge and understanding of some of the more unusual oral diseases. Other dentists may not be able to diagnose or treat these diseases, and the few dentists that choose to focus on this area tend...

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry focuses on the measures taken by dentists to help prevent dental disease. As prevention is always better than cure, almost every dentist places emphasis on preventative dentistry of some form. However, when a dentist designates themselves as a...

Restorative/Operative Dentistry

Restorative/Operative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry or Operative Dentistry focuses on the restoration of damaged teeth, such as the placement of fillings. Although all dentists are trained in performing basic restorative or operative dental procedures, there are some that focus on this particular...

Implantology

Implantology

A dentist that focuses on providing dental implants (replacement teeth that are implanted into the jawbone) is known as an Implantologist. Although not a particularly new area of dentistry, recent advancements have led to Implantology booming in popularity since the...

Family Practice Dentistry

Family Practice Dentistry

Dentistry is generally divided into many subdivisions. Some of these areas are legally defined specialties that usually require the dentist to have completed a 2 year (or longer) postdoctorate in their chosen area. Other areas are not legally defined, but rather they...

Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics

Prosthodontists specialize in replacing missing parts of teeth, gums, bone or other structural parts of the face. Your General Dentist will usually perform some form of Prosthodontics, but a Prosthodontists will have received at least 3 years of postdoctoral education...

Occlusion, TMD & TMJ

Occlusion, TMD & TMJ

Many people suffer from a poor or inadequate dental bite (malocclusion), which can either be associated with or separate to poor function of the temporomandibular joints that connect the jaw to the skull – a condition known as Temporomandibular Dysfunction...