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If Your Teeth Could Talk...

Check out this article from The Wall Street Journal released on December 27, 2011 written by Melinda Beck. The mouth offers clues to disorders and disease; dentist could play larger role in patient care.
The eyes may be the window to the soul, but the mouth provides an even better view of the body as a whole.  Some of the earliest signs of diabetes, cancer, pregnancy, immune disorders, hormone imbalances and drug issues show up in the gums, teeth and tongue—sometimes long before a patient knows anything is wrong. There's also growing evidence that oral health problems, particularly gum disease, can harm a patient's general health as well, raising the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and pregnancy complications. Such findings are fueling a push for dentists to play a greater role in patients' overall health. Some 20 million Americans—including 6% of children and 9% of adults—saw a dentist but not a doctor in 2008, according to a study in the American Journ…

Merry Christmas!

CBCT Scan: Root Fracture Case Study

Please enjoy our latest CBCT case. This patient was sent to our office for a second opinion of tooth 3, the first maxillary molar. The patient has had off and on pain in this area for about one year. His dental history disclosed that he hit his head when he slipped and fell on ice in the winter about a year ago. The tooth was sensitive to percussion and palpation. The 2-D radiograph image was vague so a CT was taken of this area to determine the extent of damage to the tooth.

After a thorough investigation of all the roots, it was noted that only the mesial bucal root was damaged. The fall on ice resulted in an accidental root amputation. The remaining other two roots appeared to be intact. The treatment for this tooth could be an extraction of the tooth. Another option may be to remove the damaged root,  then threat the remaining roots endodontically followed by a crown. The benefit of the CT in this case not only to determine the cause of his pain but to suggest a treatment plan for …

Happy Holidays!

We wish all our readers a happy holiday season with your family and friends. May it bring joy and peace as we conclude one year and start another. Happy Holidays!!