CURE For Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Cure for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?! Mighty big words for an ailment that inflicts millions of people around the world today and with millions more being diagnosed every year. If you read my blog posted a few years ago on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the other on AM re-positioners then you have the history of how […]

Sinusitis and the Dental Office

Practically every week of the year at Cape Dental Care we will have someone come in with a toothache that ends up being diagnosed sinusitis.   Their symptoms include: Sore upper posterior teeth (percussion, usually more than one) Feeling sensitive/swollen to the touch on their cheek Headaches Stuffy nose (runny nose, possibly green or yellow […]

Dental Fluoride: Savior or Poison?

Savior or poison?  The answer is both!  Living through 25+ years of treating patients with fluoride, I have heard it all.  A large majority of my patient do not give having fluoride a second thought.  It is simply something you need to have to maintain a healthy dentition.  However, there is a small minority of […]

Tooth Subluxation Case Study

This 61 y/o/w/f has been a long time patient at our office.  She has become more incoherent over the past few years and is under psychiatric care.  She made an appointment at our office for a loose tooth after an emergency room visit, but no showed.  A week later she presents to our office looking like this: […]

TekScan

This is a piece of dental equipment that I cannot believe every dentist is not required to own.  It is a very accurate sensor that fits inside the mouth and is used to make a movie of how you put your teeth together.  It was invented in the 1980's for dentistry, but never caught on […]

Joint Vibration Analysis for TMJ and Myofacial Pain

As part of every dental exam the Cape Dental Doctors palpate the face and TMJ's to see if there is any clicks or pops associated with opening and closing the mouth.  Occasionally, a patient will have clicks and/or pops during the examination.  Thankfully, most clicks and pops have been happening for years and are not […]

The Pregnant Dental Patient

Nine Months! Then they make you take it home with you!  Yeah, I know there's a little more to it than that.  A whole lot more.  We actually break pregnancy down into pre-conception and  three distinctive trimesters: Pre-conception: Stop smoking Stop drinking Stop waiting! Seriously, if you are thinking of or trying to conceive you […]

Denture Reline: A Common Denture Maintenance Procedure

"Doc.  Just pull out all of my teeth so I won't have anymore problems with them!"  Ever hear of jumping out of the frying pan into the fire?  Unfortunately, some people loose all of their teeth and have to have dentures made.  Many have their teeth removed and the very same day  have immediate dentures […]

Occlusal Wear: Why Do My Jaws Hurt So Much?

What do you think the expected life span of a human being was 100 years ago?  Forty-three.  Life is so much more complicated today!  Are we living longer than our teeth were design to last?  Do people have more stress in their lives than way back then?  These are a few of the complicating factors […]

Tooth Whitening: Is This For You?

The pros and cons of whitening your teeth.