Where Does Your Dentist Get Their Crowns From?

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    Dental Work Made in China Might Contain Lead

    When Faye Lewis became concerned about her painful new bridgework, she had it checked out and received some disturbing news: Her bridge was manufactured in China and tainted with lead.

More dentists are using crowns and bridges made in China. According to the United State Customs Office, the number of dental products coming into the United States from China has doubled in the last year.

An investigation by ABC News affiliate WJLA-TV found that at least some of those dental products contain lead.

 

At Heritage Dental all of our Crowns and Bridges are fabricated at Bayview Dental Laboratory in Virgina.

Check them out at   Bayview Dental Lab

 

 

By: Brian R. Guldbek, D.D.S.

 

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Provisional Restorations Vs Temporary Crowns

Part I

Have you ever had a crown prep by a dentist only to have a temporary crown placed that doesnt fit and looks like the original broken down crown? And for the next two weeks you complain that the temporary constantly falls off and the tooth is sensitive?

Many dentists look at temporary crowns as just that: Temporary.  Hey, why should I spend a lot of chairtime  on a temporary that I will throw away in two weeks.

I have a completely different approach to providing  coverage to a crown prep:  Provisional Restorations

As the name doesn’t imply, there is nothing temporary about the restoration. As a matter of fact, provisional restorations  provide important functions which ensure the success of the final restoration. The provisional restoration provides thermal protection, positional protection and restores form and function to the tooth while the permanent crown is fabricated. It should look and feel as good as the permanent crown and provisional restorations facilitate an easy delivery of the final restoration.

In Part II,  I will show you how I fabricate a provisonal restoration in the lab and not in the patients mouth and why this is a superior treatment approach.

 

By: Brian R. Guldbek, D.D.S.

 

 

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Interesting Dental Facts in the Animal World

*  The  mouth of a snail is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth!  

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  * The Elephant grinds down its molars and grows new ones. This happens six times in its lifetime!

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* The elephant’s molar is about 7″ square!!!

 

 

 

* The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth!

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By: Brian R. Guldbek, D.D.S.

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Singing Dentist

For all of my patients who have complained about my singing during treatment I would like to share this from the American Dental Association:

Have you ever wished that your dentist would turn up the music while he/she is drilling your tooth? The American Dental Association recommends that patients listen to music in the dentists office as a form of distraction. A combination of music and an anesthetic during dental procedures can reduce the patients blood pressure and pulse rate more than an anesthetic alone. It has also been noted that patients who listen to music at the dentist office tend to have lower levels of stress-related hormones. Many dentists are aware of this anxiety-reliever and provide their patients with headphones.

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By: Brian R. Guldbek, D.D.S.

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Toothpaste

Did you know that the toothpaste we use today used to be very different. Ashes, chalk, charcoal, honeyand lemon juice have all been used as a cleaner for the teeth. Over the ages people have even tried things that are dried and rough, such as crushed egg shells and parts of animal hooves to clean their teeth. A form of minty cream used to clean the teeth was first invented at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Thank Goodness for Toothpaste!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: Brian R. Guldbek, D.D.S.

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Remember….Floss is Boss

 

 

By: Brian R. Guldbek, D.D.S.

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Proper Nutrition and Dental Health

 Sugars from soft drinks and non-nutritional foods combine with the bacteria in our mouths which produces acids that can attack the enamel of your teeth. This can lead to cavities and periodontal disease. Limiting the amount of colas and foods that are high in sugar will  help maintain good dental and general health.

Limit Your Intake of Soft Drinks

 

By: Brian R. Guldbek, D.D.S.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables!

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CDR Brian Guldbek is Awarded Meritorious Service Medal

On Dec 08, 2012 CDR Brian Guldbek, Dental Corps, United States Navy was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by BGEN Machut, Commanding General, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve.  This award was for meritorious service as Company Commander, Surgical Company Alpha, 4th Medical Battallion from Dec 2008 through Nov 2011.

 

Brigadier General Machut and CDR Guldbek

 

By: Brian R. Guldbek, D.D.S.

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