What is a 3D dental scan?

One of the most important and exciting developments in dental diagnostic technology in the past decade has been the advent of 3D dental imaging. However, most people likely aren’t even aware of what 3D dental technology is — that’s how new it is! Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental x-rays are not sufficient. This type of CT scanner uses a special type of technology to generate three dimensional (3-D) images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan. Images obtained wit... read more

Replacing Silver Fillings

       I’ve had these silver fillings for years, why do I need to replace it if I am not in pain? These questions almost always come up when the topic of “old” dental fillings is discussed during dental exams. In this blog, this question will be answered. The information below will help you to understand why old silver fillings need to be replaced when pain isn’t present. Take a look at amalgam fillings needing replacement         The need to replace old amalgam (silver) fillings depends on multiple factors: Silver fillings can hide decay - Because silver fillings are opaque to x-rays, it’s di... read more

Internal Bleaching

                                                                                                                                   There are a number of reasons teeth lose their luster. Smoking is perhaps one of the most common, followed by food and beverages that stain our teeth, like wine and coffee. Aside from these external factors, however, a tooth can undergo staining from within the tooth itself. Typically this is due to a structural defect within the tooth, a dying tooth, or because blood and other bodily fluids penetrated the tooth during prior root canal treatment. Restoration of a d... read more

When it comes to oral procedures that involve the use of anesthesia, many patients find themselves apprehensive. Horror stories float around of anesthesia injections taking too long to kick in or feeling unpleasant. For many patients, receiving shots at the dentist is a source of great fear or anxiety. Localized anesthetic is necessary for a number of general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. However, the traditional method of delivery – multiple shots – can create its own discomfort and may even increase anxiety in people prone to dental phobia. At the dental practice of Christopher King, DD... read more

                                                                                                                                         Understanding TMD The TM joints are made up of the temporal bone of the skull (T) and the mandible (M) the lower jaw. The joint (J) they form is the Temporomandibular Joint which connects the lower jaw to the skull.  These joints are located in front of the ears and allow the jaw to open and close, move side to side, forward and backwards. Unlike other joints of the body, these joints move in unison. When one or both are not functioning properly, it is referr... read more