Get Those Requirements

In my book, Dental School, I mentioned the trials and difficulties of the dental school experience.  One thing I would like to bring out more is the relentless pursuit of “Requirements.”…

What is an Indirect Pulp Cap? For that matter, what is a direct pulp cap? I was asked this in the comment section of a few other posts, so I…

What is a Root Canal? Sounds bad doesn’t it? Well, where a pulpotomy is the removal of the pulp tissue in the upper chamber of the tooth, a pulpECTOMY (root…

Sometimes we use this stuff called IRM, that stands for Intermediate Restorative Material. It was developed as a temporary filling material; used to buy time till the patient could have…

Dental Enamel is the outer part of a tooth; the part you see. It coveres the tooth like a thick eggshell. In baby teeth, it is quite thin. In permanent…

I don’t want a silver filling! I hear this from time to time in the office. What are silver fillings (amalgam fillings)? They are sometimes called amalgam because they have…

What is that blue light you are shining in my child’s mouth? Dentists are very gadget oriented. We love the newest gizmos some of which are valuable to our clinical…

What does a Pediatric Dentist do? I mean, what do we actually do on a daily basis? In Part One on this, I described without too many specifics, the flow…

Novocaine, that’s the stuff that makes it possible to complete complex dentistry without discomfort. It’s the stuff that “numbs” the tooth. Now really we don’t use basic novocaine. I would…

Recently, the incidence of tooth decay has been rising particularly in young children! How can this be? Over the years, we have seen the beneficial effects of fluoride and increased…