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Patching Up Leukoplakia: “What’d You Call It?”

Patching Up Leukoplakia: “What’d You Call It?”

Set the scene: You bolt out of bed to get ready for your first Zoom call. In the bathroom, you manage a glance at yourself in the mirror. Opening your mouth to see how white (or yellow) your teeth are going to look on camera, you notice a thick, white/greyish patch...

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Patching Up Leukoplakia: “What’d You Call It?”

Patching Up Leukoplakia: “What’d You Call It?”

Set the scene: You bolt out of bed to get ready for your first Zoom call. In the bathroom, you manage a glance at yourself in the mirror. Opening your mouth to see how white (or yellow) your teeth are going to look on camera, you notice a thick, white/greyish patch...

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Do You Need A Gum Makeover?

Do You Need A Gum Makeover?

If you’re not satisfied with the contour of your smile, you’re not alone.

Sometimes, your smile may seem overly gummy, or just the opposite, too toothy. Here are some causes and solutions you may find helpful if this is an issue with you or someone you know.

When there’s too much gum…

Some people have what is known as a gummy smile. This is caused by a number of possible reasons…

First, naturally thin lips often making the gums look larger by comparison.

Second, your gums could be swollen from gum disease, poor hygiene, or even some types of medication.

Third, the act of “bruxing” or grinding your teeth while sleeping or while under stress could have an effect on your gum/tooth balance.

Fourth, simply due to the “blessings” of genetics, there’s the possibility your gums cover your teeth to the point where they look unnaturally small. The condition is a purely cosmetic one, but of course, if it makes you unhappy, then it’s a problem. What to do?

We have gum liftoff!

For a gummy smile, your dentist may suggest using a technique called gum re-contouring or gum lift to bring prominent gums back down to size. Performed under a local anesthetic, the dentist uses a laser or scalpel to cut away a small amount of gum to give a smoother, more natural-looking line.

If contouring doesn’t quite do the trick, a periodontist might go deeper with a procedure known as crown lengthening. This is where part of the gum and some of the underlying bone is removed, to change the anatomy of the teeth, themselves. Since this surgery involves altering bone and generally requires stitches, recovery is typically longer.

These procedures can not only make you look better, but also improve dental health by creating a tighter seal between gum and tooth, reducing the area where bacteria can lurk.

Recovery from this treatment takes a few weeks, and complications are unlikely.





Did we mention the frenum?

Gums and teeth may be “balanced” but it can still seem like the gums are too large for your smile.

The frenum is that flap of skin connecting your gums with the upper and lower inside of your lips. If you look in the mirror and pull your lips back, you’ll see what we’re talking about.

When the frenum has too tight a grip, it could force the upper lip to rise unnaturally, causing your gums to be overly exposed. A frenectomy, the removal or reduction of the frenum, is a possible solution.

The opposite problem: Too little gum

It’s just as common to have receding gums which reveal more of your teeth than usual. Sometimes it’s the whole mouth that’s affected, sometimes only one or two teeth. Receding gums are usually the result of one of these factors…

  • Genetics
  • Gum disease
  • Poor hygiene (including excessive brushing and flossing)
  • Lifestyle factors, such as smoking or drinking alcohol

Receding gums can be more than a cosmetic worry. They not only make your teeth look more prominent, but can also cause future dental problems. If the gums recede far enough to uncover the roots, the possibility of infection, tooth decay and even tooth loss can increase.

Possible Solution? Gum Grafts





Practitioners use a technique to graft gum or palate tissue from other parts of the mouth to build up the receding areas. This improves your smile’s appearance, but it also gives a little extra protection to tooth roots, reducing the chance of decay. Recovery from this procedure takes a little longer, usually around six weeks.

During Recovery

There will naturally be some swelling and discomfort as your gums start to heal. There may be a little pain and increased tooth sensitivity, but this usually only lasts for a week at most.

If the surgery required deeper or more extensive cuts, you might need to wear a dressing until the swelling subsides, and healing has begun.

But in all cases, you’ll need to avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and use a straw until your mouth fully heals. You’ll also need to take extra care when brushing, and it may be best to avoid flossing until the discomfort has passed. Your dentist will give full advice for your particular situation.

The final word

Improve Your Smile

The therapies we mentioned here are a safe and effective means to giving you a more natural-looking smile to be proud of, and possibly improve your dental health as well. Ask your dentist!

Smile Again! The Benefits of Full Arch Implants

Smile Again! The Benefits of Full Arch Implants

If you require replacement of several teeth, dentures used to be the only solution. Now, many dental patients are opting for full arch implants. Discover how this wonderful dental technique that can leaving you smiling again!

read more
10 Top Kids’ Books on Teeth and The Dentist

10 Top Kids’ Books on Teeth and The Dentist

Few would disagree that children’s books are a staple for raising a thoughtful, inquisitive kid, and reading to your children is a cherished experience that strengthens your bond with them.

As dentists, we’re all for, at least once in a while, choosing books that acclimate kids to taking care of their teeth and allaying fears of visiting us (makes sense, right?).

Here are a few choice books we think you and your child will love. Many have been around for years, if not decades and are considered classics.

Feel free to share!

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Stay tuned for more suggestions for your kids!

I’m Not A Dentist, But I Play One On TV (Or In The Movies) – Part II Revisited

I’m Not A Dentist, But I Play One On TV (Or In The Movies) – Part II Revisited

Back by popular demand, we present some of the craziest, funniest, and most memorable dentists to ever have graced the silver (or small) screen. Enjoy!

Jerry Helper, The Dick Van Dyke Show

For those of you old enough to remember 60’s TV (or are currently Hulu fans), you may recall actor and frequent show director, Jerry Paris as the affable neighborhood dentist, Dr. Jerry Helper, on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Jerry often played straight man to Dick Van Dyke’s character, script writer and ideal husband, Rob Petrie, making for some quality comedy. Here’s an entire episode mostly about Rob’s teeth, featuring Dr. Jerry.






Barry Farber, Friends

Portrayed by actor Mitchell Whitfield, Dr. Barry Farber popped up several times over the course of the show’s run. Once engaged to Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), the orthodontist left her for maid-of-honor, Mindy, only to cheat on Mindy with Rachel, setting up a frequent cycle of spousal betrayal. 






Mike Reynolds, Me and the Chimp

In this universally panned and incredibly ridiculous sitcom, a dentist adopts a chimp named Buttons. His “hilarious” hijinks kept viewers riveted from January 13th, 1972 all the way to April 27th, 1972, a sterling 13-episode run. Ted Bassell, of That Girl fame, starred as Mike Reynolds, who took care of a simian named Buttons. 






Dr. Walter Waldowski, M.A.S.H. (movie)

Dr. Waldowski, nicknamed “Painless Pole”, was played by actor John Schuck in Robert Altman’s breakthrough film, M.A.S.H (1970).

A classic neurotic, Painless experienced a “lack of performance” while on a date with a visiting nurse he adored. So great was his upset that he convinced himself to commit suicide. As both a gag, and a wake-up call, the MASH unit convinced Painless to take “the black capsule” and end his sorry life.






Dr. Goodwin, The Middle

Funnyman Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) portrayed The Middle’s Dr. Goodwin, Frankie’s (Patricia Heaton) frequently clueless boss. The long-running ABC sitcom, which lasted for nine seasons, introduced McBrayer at the beginning of Season Two. As Dr. Goodwin, McBrayer’s signature country-bumpkin persona really shined when contrasted with the rest of the cast, making for one incredibly goofy and lovable dentist. 






Jeremy Jamm, Parks and Rec

Orthodontist and councilman, Jeremy Jamm, is a constant thorn in the side of Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec, stubbornly voting down any bill she proposes. Always looking out for himself, Jamm is also keen on using his signature line “You just got Jamm-ed” whenever he thinks he’s one-upped an opponent. Portrayed by Jon Glaser, Jamm was introduced to the show at the start of Season 5, and lasted through Season 7.






Bertram Pincus, Ghost Town

In Ricky Gervais’s first leading film role, he plays narcissistic and unfriendly jerk, Bertram Pincus, a Manhattan dentist who finds just about everyone around him to be irritating and a hindrance. After a brush with death, Bertram befriends a friendly ghost (Greg Kinnear), and an assortment of other dearly departeds, that go on to help him become a better person.

Gervais’s signature British sneer cultivates some great laughs, and the movie helped launch the comedian’s career in the States. 






Dr. Frank Sangster, Novocaine

In the comedy-film noir Novocaine (2001), Steve Martin plays a dentist who gets mixed up in a murder. While most viewers will probably remember Martin as the evil dentist, Orin Scivello, in Little Shop of Horrors, he also does a great job here as Dr. Sangster, a classic wrongly-accused man tangled in a web of lies, violence and deceit. Martin’s typical straight-man dentist is surrounded by a top-flight cast, making this a memorable film. 






Well, that’s our second installment of “I’m Not A Dentist, But I Play One On TV (Or In The Movies)”. Keep a lookout for Part III in the coming months.

In the meantime, please visit your REAL dentist soon!

Contributed by: Bryan Armetta

Do You Need A Gum Makeover?

Do You Need A Gum Makeover?

If you’re not satisfied with the contour of your smile, you’re not alone.

Sometimes, your smile may seem overly gummy, or just the opposite, too toothy. Here are some causes and solutions you may find helpful if this is an issue with you or someone you know.

When there’s too much gum…

Some people have what is known as a gummy smile. This is caused by a number of possible reasons…

First, naturally thin lips often making the gums look larger by comparison.

Second, your gums could be swollen from gum disease, poor hygiene, or even some types of medication.

Third, the act of “bruxing” or grinding your teeth while sleeping or while under stress could have an effect on your gum/tooth balance.

Fourth, simply due to the “blessings” of genetics, there’s the possibility your gums cover your teeth to the point where they look unnaturally small. The condition is a purely cosmetic one, but of course, if it makes you unhappy, then it’s a problem. What to do?

We have gum liftoff!

For a gummy smile, your dentist may suggest using a technique called gum re-contouring or gum lift to bring prominent gums back down to size. Performed under a local anesthetic, the dentist uses a laser or scalpel to cut away a small amount of gum to give a smoother, more natural-looking line.

If contouring doesn’t quite do the trick, a periodontist might go deeper with a procedure known as crown lengthening. This is where part of the gum and some of the underlying bone is removed, to change the anatomy of the teeth, themselves. Since this surgery involves altering bone and generally requires stitches, recovery is typically longer.

These procedures can not only make you look better, but also improve dental health by creating a tighter seal between gum and tooth, reducing the area where bacteria can lurk.

Recovery from this treatment takes a few weeks, and complications are unlikely.





Did we mention the frenum?

Gums and teeth may be “balanced” but it can still seem like the gums are too large for your smile.

The frenum is that flap of skin connecting your gums with the upper and lower inside of your lips. If you look in the mirror and pull your lips back, you’ll see what we’re talking about.

When the frenum has too tight a grip, it could force the upper lip to rise unnaturally, causing your gums to be overly exposed. A frenectomy, the removal or reduction of the frenum, is a possible solution.

The opposite problem: Too little gum

It’s just as common to have receding gums which reveal more of your teeth than usual. Sometimes it’s the whole mouth that’s affected, sometimes only one or two teeth. Receding gums are usually the result of one of these factors…

  • Genetics
  • Gum disease
  • Poor hygiene (including excessive brushing and flossing)
  • Lifestyle factors, such as smoking or drinking alcohol

Receding gums can be more than a cosmetic worry. They not only make your teeth look more prominent, but can also cause future dental problems. If the gums recede far enough to uncover the roots, the possibility of infection, tooth decay and even tooth loss can increase.

Possible Solution? Gum Grafts





Practitioners use a technique to graft gum or palate tissue from other parts of the mouth to build up the receding areas. This improves your smile’s appearance, but it also gives a little extra protection to tooth roots, reducing the chance of decay. Recovery from this procedure takes a little longer, usually around six weeks.

During Recovery

There will naturally be some swelling and discomfort as your gums start to heal. There may be a little pain and increased tooth sensitivity, but this usually only lasts for a week at most.

If the surgery required deeper or more extensive cuts, you might need to wear a dressing until the swelling subsides, and healing has begun.

But in all cases, you’ll need to avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and use a straw until your mouth fully heals. You’ll also need to take extra care when brushing, and it may be best to avoid flossing until the discomfort has passed. Your dentist will give full advice for your particular situation.

The final word

Improve Your Smile

The therapies we mentioned here are a safe and effective means to giving you a more natural-looking smile to be proud of, and possibly improve your dental health as well. Ask your dentist!

Smile Again! The Benefits of Full Arch Implants

Smile Again! The Benefits of Full Arch Implants

If you require replacement of several teeth, dentures used to be the only solution. Now, many dental patients are opting for full arch implants. Discover how this wonderful dental technique that can leaving you smiling again!

read more

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