Dealing with Cracked or Fractured Teeth

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Dealing with Cracked or Fractured Teeth

Your teeth go through a lot. Like any machine, wear and tear needs to be considered. Imagine the stress that chewing muscles alone (for decades!) put on your teeth! Generally, we put anywhere between 16 and 34 lbs of force on our teeth when chewing our food. Some people can apply up to 160 lbs of force (1). Imagine then how much force we apply when grinding or clenching. Studies have recorded forces nearing 275 lbs with a single clench. Could you imagine having to offer a warranty for this machine? How in the world do our teeth withstand these forces without failing? The answer: sometimes they don’t… 

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The Problem With Prescription Pain Killers

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The Problem With Prescription Pain Killers

Over the last several years you may have noticed many news stories regarding the impact of prescription pain killers in America. Dr. DuPre՛ and I, along with all licensed dental practitioners in New York State, were recently required to take course on the effects of opioids. The problem has become very real...

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Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?

Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?

Are you the type of person that suffers from tooth sensitivity? Does it happen constantly? Is it occasional? Do you cringe at the thought of eating ice cream on a certain side of your mouth? Tooth sensitivity bothers many people and there are a few causes that are most often the culprit. We’ll cover a few common ones here and tell you how to reduce the discomfort...

The 4 things needed to cause a cavity

The 4 things needed to cause a cavity

One of my great professors at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, Fred Ferguson, used to tell us that there are four key requirements for causing a cavity. As you'll see from a previous CrossKeys Dental blog post, there are many factors to cavity production, but when looked at on the most basic level you might be surprised by how easy it is to understand the process...

An Update on the Use of Antibiotics Before Your Dental Visit

An Update on the Use of Antibiotics Before Your Dental Visit

I have come across a recent statement from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) that reverses many years of thinking regarding the use of antibiotics prior to a dental visit. The ADA has analyzed years of data and concluded that there is very little evidence that a visit to the dentist increases the risk for septicemia (blood infection)...

My dentist says I need a Root Canal! What does that mean?

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My dentist says I need a Root Canal! What does that mean?

Every tooth has a root canal. That is the name of the tiny canal that runs through the center of each tooth's root. This "tube" houses the pulp, which is the soft tissue inside of the tooth that includes nerves and blood vessels. When there is a problem with the pulp, your dentist will perform endodontic treatment, otherwise known as root canal therapy (RCT)...

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