Three Dimensional X-rays in Dentistry

3D XraysDental 3D cone beam technology is also known as computed tomography (CT). This is a specialized type of x-ray machine which is well utilized for circumstances requiring a clearer and deeper picture of a dental or facial condition. These x-rays have not been routinely used in the past because the radiation exposure is higher than traditional dental x-rays. However, having the opportunity to get a three dimensional image is a fantastic tool in certain cases.

3D Cone Beam X-rays

Dental cone beam x-rays allow inner views of dental structures including soft tissues, nerve paths, and craniofacial bone. In spite of radiation concerns, all of this is accomplished in one (more…)

TMJ and Neck Pain: How Do They Relate?

Screaming Jaw PainMuscles in the human body intertwine into a complicated tapestry. When you are in excellent health, your body parts work in harmony and function at optimal levels. Unfortunately, sometimes one health condition can extend into causing symptoms in other parts of your body, making diagnosis a bit elusive. Take temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) as an example. Amongst the unpleasant elements of this jaw joint condition are uncomfortable aches and pains from your head to your back, and potentially everywhere in between.

TMD Basics

Craniomandibular Dysfunction describes a cluster of symptoms which present when the jaw (more…)

Reasons for Dental Implant Popularity

Older FriendsDental patients who are missing teeth have several options to restore form and function. Traditional dentures once served a great purpose, but new technological innovations over the years have allowed dentists to provide patients with restorations which closely mimic natural teeth through strong and beautiful dental implants. Dental implants consist of biocompatible titanium posts which are surgically implanted into the jawbone to create a strong attachment point for a variety of prosthetic teeth options. Dental implants are sturdy, easy to clean, and designed to keep your jawbone density health. (more…)

Sedation Dentistry Makes Dental Appointments like a Dream

Happy DreamingMany people suffer from severe dental anxieties and phobias. Sedation options in dentistry have evolved over the years to help the most nervous patients get through the dental work they’ve been putting off. Extensive training in dental sedation is required in order for a dentist to provide varying sedation options to their patients. Katy TX dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop, will tell you more about sedation options for dental appointments.
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True-or-False Questions about Aging Teeth

True or falseAging doesn’t mean your body has to deteriorate rapidly. When you’re inching up towards the 100 year mark of your life, however, you may feel less healthy than you once were. Your teeth, just like the rest of your body, are certainly subject to gradual aging over the years. If you drink too much coffee, soda, wine, chew on ice cubes and popcorn kernels, use tobacco, or just partake in normal living, your teeth will show their age eventually. Katy TX dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop, would like to see how you fare on this true-or-false quiz regarding aging teeth. (more…)

Beware the Dental Damage that Oral Piercings can Cause

Pierced LipOral piercings are not generally recommended by dentists. Creative forms of self-expression are understandable. We all want to control our fashion statements. Besides, of all of the possible bodily adornments, piercings are one of the most temporary options when compared to something like tattoos, for example. Unfortunately, when you pierce your tongue or lip, dental damage and even tooth loss can result. (more…)

Test your Dental IQ

Brainy GuyThe American Dental Association tested a sampling of Americans on their knowledge of oral health a couple of years ago, to somewhat embarrassing results. The series of true or false questions regarding some basic oral hygiene information were posed to almost 1,500 adults representing a wide range of the population in the United States. Unfortunately, the results of this “dental IQ test” suggested that Americans knew much less about their oral health than the ADA had originally hoped for. Are you smarter than the average American when it comes to your dental health knowledge? (more…)

Understanding the Parts of a Tooth

Loose ToothThe importance of your teeth is certainly obvious. Beyond the role of breaking food down into digestible pieces, your teeth provide the structure for your smile. Confident smiles can affect job performance, relationships, and general life quality. The part of a tooth that people can see when you talk or smile is called the crown. However, there’s plenty going on below the gumline, in your dental pulp.

About Tooth Enamel

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Lost a Dental Crown? Now What?

Tongue Question MarkImagine that you’re enjoying a nice dinner out, and suddenly you bite down on a hard object? “Oh wonderful!” you sarcastically think. While you’re cursing the chef of the restaurant in your mind, you suddenly realize that the object actually came from you. In fact, it’s your dental crown. Once it has popped off of the tooth it was meant to restore, will you have to start from scratch? Skilled dentists do their best to provide you with a crown which will last. However, there are no guarantees, so you should always be prepared regarding how to deal with an incident such as a lost dental crown. (more…)

Does your Dentist Embrace 3D Technology?

3D XraysHave you been going to the same dentist for many years? When you love and appreciate the people at the dental practice you frequent, you may overlook certain elements in the office. However, look around. If the dental team hasn’t made the effort to keep up with the times by updating their office technology, you may want to think about a switch. New techniques and procedures are improved upon constantly, so an office that has the same outdated machines from when they first started their practice 20 years ago may not have your best interests in mind. Katy, TX dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop keeps his office equipped with the latest advances and is even hosting a 3D technology summit at the end of June. (more…)