Category: dentist

Ask a Dentist: Veneers

A veneer is like a false fingernail, but instead of enhancing the top surface of a finger, a veneer is bonded onto the front surface of a tooth. Preferentially, veneers are attached on to the enamel (outside) surface of a tooth. Full preparation of a tooth is not needed, and in many cases, no preparation…


Dental Crowns: From Alloys to Zirconia

My front tooth is broken, discolored, looks different than the tooth beside it—it just doesn’t look nice. It looks like you need a crown or a veneer. By the 1960s, it became increasingly possible to restore teeth to highly aesthetic renditions of the originals. As with an inlay (mentioned in a previous article), a dental…


A Rundown on Dental Fillings

In the past, moviegoers hanging onto the edge of their seats during some climactic moment, watching their leading actor shout out at the top of his lungs, might have found themselves somewhat jarred from the immersion when the close-up revealed a mouth full of black fillings. Perhaps such details were overlooked, though, since many in…


Texas Man Accused of Fatally Shooting 2 Dentists at Clinic

TYLER, Texas—A Texas man was arrested on a capital murder charge after fatally shooting two dentists at a clinic, authorities said. Steven Alexander Smith, 40, is accused of shooting the two people Wednesday afternoon at Affordable Dentures in Tyler, about 90 miles southeast of Dallas. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office said Smith “became angry at…


Italian Dentist Presents Fake Arm for Vaccine to Get Pass

MILAN—A dentist in Italy faces possible criminal charges after trying to receive a coronavirus vaccine in a fake arm made of silicone. A nurse in the northern city of Biella, Filippa Bua, said she could tell right away that something was off when a man presented the phony limb for a shot on Thursday. “When…


Boy with Autism Afraid of Dentist’s Chair Until Service Dog Gets Her Teeth Checked First

A 7-year-old boy with autism, terrified of the dentist’s chair, summoned the bravery to open his mouth wide thanks to his loyal service dog who had her teeth checked first. Mom Nicole Duggan of Cork in Ireland shared about Riley’s first visit to the dentist in a social media post. To say that her little boy was…


Minnesota Adopts Bill Letting Dentists Give COVID-19 Jabs to Speed Rollout

The Minnesota State Senate passed legislation Monday that would allow dentists to administer CCP virus vaccines in a bid to accelerate its rollout. The bill, called SF 475, amends a section of Minnesota Statutes 2020 to allow dentists who have undergone relevant training to administer both influenza and CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus vaccines. While…


Minnesota Adopts Bill Letting Dentists Give COVID-19 Shots to Speed Rollout

The Minnesota state Senate passed legislation on Feb. 8 that would allow dentists to administer CCP virus vaccines in a bid to accelerate their rollout. The bill, called SF 475, amends a section of Minnesota Statutes 2020 to allow dentists who have undergone relevant training to administer both influenza and CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus…


Tooth or Consequences

Dental care remains critical for tens of millions of Americans, even during the pandemic. More than one-quarter of adults in the United States live with untreated tooth decay, with nearly half of adults over 30 showing signs of gum disease. And nearly 1 in 4 adults reports having felt pain in or around their mouth in the past…