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What Does A Crack In My Tooth Mean?

Cracked Tooth in Manhattan Beach CA

As Dentists in Woodland Hills and Manhattan Beach, California we are commonly asked the question, "I see cracks and fractures in my teeth. Should I be worried?"

When patients are asking this question they are generally seeing cracks or small fractures (AKA: craze lines) that they see on their front teeth as you see on the first image. It is difficult or pretty much impossible for the patient to see a crack on the back of their molar in a mirror. It is often difficult even for a dentist to see these fractures without proper lighting and magnification.


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Tooth #1: Craze Lines

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Is Mercury in Dental Amalgam Fillings Toxic?

Dental Amalgam Fillings

dental fillings Northridge caWhat is Dental Amalgam?

In use for over 150 years, silver  amalgam, a mixture of various powdered metals (such as silver and tin) elemental Mercury, which binds them all together into a putty like material that is packed into teeth, replacing missing tooth structure lost forms a hard strong stable compound.

Why is Mercury Used in Amalgam Fillings?

Liquid mercury is the only substance known that is able to effectively bind the alloy particles together to form a strong, hard, and stable compound.

Mercury Toxicity, Dentistry, and The Environment.

Mercury toxicity has been a topic of concern for decades. Mercury is present naturally and as ...

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Is Botox the Solution for TMJ Pain?

TMJ and Botox in Woodland Hills

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are a group of conditions that affect the temporomandibular jaw joint and the surrounding muscles, often resulting in prolonged and severe pain.

At Modern American Dentistry, we often see patients in the Southern California area who say that TMJ pain is affecting their quality of life. We have found Botox to be an effective solution to help TMJ sufferers manage their pain.

How does Botox help TMJ Pain?

Botox works by paralyzing the tight muscles around the jaw, eliminating the resulting pain. Botox can also be used to relieve headaches caused by clenching or grinding. A small amount of Botox is injected into the problematic muscles, and injection sites ...

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PTSD and Insomnia - Guest Starring Maria DiGiovanna

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Many Americans suffer from insomnia on a nightly basis. The reasons for this can vary, but PTSD can be the root of intense and tragic sleeping disorders. People suffering from PTSD are often victims of domestic violence. On Episode 18 of “Get Your Smile On” on FoRe! Radio, Modern American Dentistry’s Dr. Joel Gould delves into the scary world of PTSD and insomnia with guest speaker Maria DiGiovanni.

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Why Do You Need a Regular Dental Cleaning?

You might be wondering what the point of dental cleaning is. In fact, it is one of the most important services Modern American Dentistry offers to the Southern California communities. Regular Dental cleaning is the best preventive measure you could take to ensure the optimum health of your teeth and gums, and prevent significant restorative work being needed later down the track. Here’s why:

Dental cleaning involves the removal of plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth between appointments.

Even if you practice a strict brushing and flossing routine, it is likely that you will still have plaque and tartar to remove. This is because your saliva contains calcium ...

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