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An Implant Case

My patient had a tooth in his lower right side, the first molar, that was very mobile due to advanced gum disease with severe bone loss. The tooth was deemed hopeless in prognosis, so I recommended the patient have the tooth extracted. The patient has presented the different options with the would-be space left behind in detail: leaving the space…
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Lip Tie

About lip-tie: In my last blog, I mentioned seven frena (also called frenula) in the mouth, found in the top, bottom, sides of the mouth, underneath the upper and lower lips, and below the tongue. The primary function of the frena is to keep the different structures together with flexible but restricted movements. The flexible and yet controlled movement of…
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Tongue Tie

Tongue Tie Tongue Tie: There are seven frena (also called frenula) in the mouth, found in the top, bottom, sides of the mouth, underneath the upper and lower lips, and below the tongue. A frenum (singular for frena) is a fleshy piece of soft tissue comprised of elastic and striated muscle fibres attached between the gums and the other tissue…
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Moderate Sedation with Nitrous Oxide and Benzodiazepine

Moderate Sedation with Nitrous Oxide and Benzodiazepine Moderate sedation: Dentistry has long been associated with pain, fear and anxiety. Fortunately, most of the general population in North America are slightly to somewhat afraid of dentistry, but over 5.5% are highly phobic about dental treatments. 15% of the people are interested in having sedation during a dental visit. We all know…
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Gum Disease Treatment

Gum Disease Treatment The goal of gum disease treatment is to control the infection and restore the health of the gums and bones. There are two approaches to it – allopathic and holistic. The two approaches are not mutually exclusive and can be employed together to achieve "wholistic" results. When I say holistic approach, I do not narrowly mean detoxification…
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Gum Disease Risk Factors

Gum Disease Risk Factors Gum disease risk factors could affect your overall health. Gum disease is classified by stage and grade – like cancer staging. After conducting a thorough assessment of your gum health and bone status, dentists/periodontists assign a stage ranging from initial to severe, localized to general, that describes the acuteness of the disease. We also give a…
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Gum Disease

Gum disease is a general diagnostic term used by the public referring to diseases in the gum tissues. We have gum disease when we see our gums are swollen, red, bleeding (when touched or during brushing), receded, enlarged, purulent or painful. Indeed, gum disease does not only refer to the pink or red gums that are readily visible; it also…
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Dental cosmetic issues – overbite and overjet

The terms overjet and overbite are commonly coined to describe a dental cosmetic problem. They are often used to express misalignment of front teeth; while both conditions are similar, they are not the same. Patients can have both or one of them that stands in the way of a great smile. A beautiful smile can work wonders on your confidence…
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Holistic and Wellness Dentistry

Holistic and Wellness Dentistry: Dentists were traditionally regarded as teeth doctors. However, I believe dentists are oral and maxillofacial physicians for the following reasons: We have education in general medicine, surgery and pathology in dental school. We have training in recognizing (and sometimes diagnosing) diseases in the said areas. At the same time, we can see manifestations of some illnesses…
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Omicron Sar-Cov2 versus Influenza

When the world started to regroup and gather together, as the number of COVID cases dropped, in late November 2021, there was news about the new Omicron variant first reported in South Africa that this variant has been shown severely contagious.  At the start of the COVID province-wide lockdown on March 23, 2020 (right after the march break), there were…