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Tooth Whitening

by Smile Design SI

Posted on April 26, 2017 at 01:57:58 PM

What Causes Discoloration? While people have different colors of skin and hair, they also have genetic differences in tooth color. Some teeth are more yellow, while others yellow with aging. Natural tooth color can be discolored by a number of causes. The surface of the teeth can be stained by tobacco, coffee, tea, berries and other foods as well as by deposits of calculus (which is better known as tartar). Discoloration of the tooth internally can also result from aging, injuries, excessive fluoride, certain illnesses and taking antibiotic tetracycline during early childhood. Although bleaching successfully lightens most discolorations, certain types (like those caused by tetracycline) are more difficult to remove. There are two types of bleaching procedures. Bleaching may be done completely in the dental office (known as “chairside bleaching”) or a system may be dispensed by the dentist to use at home (called “in-home bleaching”). Chairside bleaching takes...

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Canker Sores...Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

by Smile Design SI

Posted on April 09, 2017 at 11:59:56 AM

A canker sore is a small, painful sore that develops inside the mouth. Also known as aphthous ulcers, these shallow sores can be found on or under the tongue, inside your cheek or lip, at the base of the gums or on the soft palate. Canker sores can appear on their own or in groups and are recurrent. Although canker sores can be painful, they will usually clear on their own within one to two weeks. Although often confused, canker sores are not like cold sores, which are caused by the herpes virus. Unlike a cold sore, canker sores do not appear on the lips and are not contagious. What causes canker sores? Although the exact cause of this type of mouth ulcer is unknown, hereditary factors, stress or tissue injury are the likely causes of canker sores on the gum, tongue or soft palate. Acidic or citrus foods can also trigger a canker sore, as can sharp teeth, braces or ill-fitting dentures. Cigarette smoking and allergies may also increase the likelihood of canker sores. Some cases...

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Do Wisdom Teeth have to be removed?

by Smile Design SI

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 07:04:02 AM

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the final teeth to develop in the mouth, usually in our late teens or early twenties. Often times, wisdom teeth become trapped in the jawbone and don't break through the gum tissue. Not everyone has wisdom teeth and if they do not crowd other teeth, they can stay and act like other molars for chewing food. Sometimes wisdom teeth are crooked and cause cavities or gum disease. If wisdom teeth are crooked, blocked by other teeth or have a flap of gum tissue on top, plaque and food can enter around the tooth and cause cavities, gum disease or wisdom tooth infection. In many cases, it is a good idea that trapped wisdom teeth be extracted. Depending on the location of the tooth, taking out the wisdom tooth can be done in your dentist's office or in an oral surgeon’s office. Angular, bony impaction of third molar (wisdom tooth)  ...

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