Occlusal Equilibration Guide

What is Occlusal Equilibration?

Occlusal equilibration is a therapy that is used when the cause of TMJ is due to the bite surface of the teeth. This therapy involves the reshaping of the teeth where the improper biting surfaces are located. This allows the jaw to close correctly into its position of the temporomandibular socket, relieving pain. This may […]
Night Guard

What is Splint Appliance Therapy?

The primary purpose of splint therapy is to alter how the teeth come together through the use of a retainer like devise to achieve a more comfortable and stable relationship of how the upper and lower teeth come together. Your dentist may recommend a splint as part of your overall treatment for a variety of […]
Dental Implant

Dental Implants

If you are missing teeth or faced with the prospect of losing a tooth or teeth, dental implants are a state of the art option that can replicate the quality of life that you enjoyed with your own natural teeth. They are essentially artificial roots that allow the dentist to either design a crown or […]

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What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, also called “dental caps,” serve a similar purpose as veneers. Both can fix cracked and crooked teeth, as well as other flaws. Keep in mind that the difference is that porcelain veneers conceal only the FRONT of the teeth. Dental crowns cover the ENTIRE tooth. This enables crowns to improve both the appearance […]
Dental Bridge

What are Dental Bridges?

Bridges are also called fixed partial dentures and help people with gaps or missing teeth. Bridges are long-lasting artificial teeth that “bridge” the gaps between teeth. They look and feel like real teeth and are bonded into place. Typically they are not removable and can provide many years of service.  Do I need a bridge? […]
Smile Design

What are Smile Makeovers?

Smile enhancement can range across the board from simple smile whitening to a complete smile makeover. Disfigurement can be due to dental disease, trauma or congenital conditions. Regardless of the extent of these conditions, the impact of a smile on someone’s life can be as significant to the individual as to those around them. One […]
Smile Design

What is Smile Design?

There is a lot of excitement these days in dentistry about smile enhancement, veneers and in general dental esthetics.  How do you know what is possible for your smile and what is Smile Design? Smile Design is a protocol of managing the shapes, contours and color of the teeth as they appear in a smile […]
Cosmetic Dentist

What is a Cosmetic Dentist?

Cosmetic Dentistry relates to those procedures and techniques that manage the appearance, function and health of an individual’s smile. The ancient Greeks taught us centuries ago that the foundation of aesthetics is essentially a reflection of the relative health of any system. If it is healthy in form and function, it will probably be deemed […]
Dawson Dentists

What is a Dawson Dentist? What is a Complete Care Dentist?

A Dawson dentist is one who has dedicated many hours of postgraduate education to learn how to care for patients at the highest ethical and professional level. A primary principle of Dawson dentistry is to do what is necessary to achieve long-term maintainable health and comfort as well as the creation and maintenance of a […]
How to Evaluate Dentist

Should You Trust Your Dentist?

Just like other medical professionals, dentists spend a considerable amount of time studying and learning to become dentists. Some even choose to do residencies after they finish dental school. Just with any profession, you will find dentists with varying levels of expertise, though. Some dentists have made very little effort to seek advanced continuing education […]