Dental bridge before/interim/after

Why do dentists use temporaries?

Why do dentists us temporaries? In previous posts I have talked a bit about crowns – what they are, why they are needed, and what is involved in making them. In this post I will explain temporaries. Some readers may have had this experience – a dentist tells you that you need a crown, and…

Oral Sedation Graphic

Sedation Dentistry

According to a survey from the 1987 Dental Health Advisor rating people’s biggest fears, going to the dentist was #2 on the list (second only to public speaking). Sedation dentistry to the rescue! This common fear of the dentist office is often expressed in film and television as stylized, exaggerated visions of torture, showing dentists…

Crown diagram example

How are crowns made?

People may wonder why crowns cost so much more money than fillings. This is mainly because of the amount of time and expense that goes into making them, which I will try to illustrate with a few pictures. As I touched on the in the previous post, a crown is a restoration that goes completely...
Root canal and crown graphic

What is a Root Canal, Buildup, and Crown?

What is a root canal, buildup, and crown? This was a case I treated at my Birmingham, Alabama office that (I hope) illustrates a very common situation (a tooth needing a root canal, buildup, and crown) and an explanation of why all those things are sometimes needed to save a tooth. This tooth had a...