Concerns regarding dental stain and whitening are commonly encountered worldwide. To many, addressing the stain by whitening is often seen as a luxury. It no longer needs to be considered an extravagance because whitening options have become so diverse and economical. It is important to understand that not all stains can be removed by whitening. Stain from tetracycline and dental fluorosis is within the dental hard tissue and is much more difficult to remove with traditional whitening options. Microabrasion and restorative options may be the best option for those situations. Ask Dr. King and ... read more

Tooth sensitivity is of concern to more than half of our patients to one degree or another. Tooth sensitivity can be triggered by hot, cold, acidic foods, sweets, or biting. People have varying degrees of discomfort as well as different causes of hypersensitivity. For some people, they may feel a zinger (similar to and electric shock), or perhaps it is more like a dull ache. Others may feel a sensation that is truly painful. The first rule of thumb is that if it lingers for more than 15 seconds (at the same intensity), then the discomfort/pain is not just a nuisance. It is likely a symptom of... read more

Root canals unfairly get a bad reputation. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard a patient groan at the prospect of a root canal. “I heard root canals are so painful,” says the patient. The reality is that the root canal therapy/root canal treatment is the “good guy” and is what brings relief to the patient. By removing the nerve from the tooth and filling the canals with a material called gutta percha, all sensation to the tooth has been eliminated. If you have an active infection (abscess), antibiotics may mask the symptoms; however, once the antibiotics have run their course, the in... read more

People are walking around every day completely unaware that there is a cracked tooth in his/her mouth. Why? This is because cracked teeth do not necessarily hurt. We see cracked teeth in our practice every single day. Sometimes it’s during routine hygiene appointments, because the tooth has broken, and other times it’s because it hurts when the patient chews or eats crunchy things. This phenomena is known as “cracked tooth syndrome”. According to the publication Dental Economics , problems related to cracked and fractured teeth are the third leading cause of tooth loss after caries (cavities)... read more

A dry mouth is not just a nuisance. Yes, it makes it more difficult to talk and even chew your food. It can even cause bad breath. You may wake up with your mouth glued shut or your lips stuck to your teeth. You may have dry lips/throat, mouth sores, or perhaps a burning sensation on your cheeks or tongue. Dry mouth can even be a sign of untreated diabetes and uncontrolled high blood pressure. All of these are signs that you likely have a dry mouth. Dentally speaking, dry mouth is mostly an issue because it causes (and even speeds up) tooth decay! Every 30 seconds, your mouth undergoes an aci... read more