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The Dental Visit

Your Dentist's Education

In the United States, a dentist must complete four years of dental school. Read "Your Dentist's Education" article


X-Rays for Children

X-rays, also called radiographs, are a valuable diagnostic tool. Read "X-Rays for Children" article


What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a natural mineral found throughout the earth's crust and widely distributed in nature. Some foods and water supplies contain fluoride. Read "What is Fluoride?" article

Adults and Fluoride

Can adults benefit from fluoride? Read "Adults and Fluoride" article


Fillings: the Basics

Determining If You Need a Filling Your dentist may use several methods to determine if you have tooth decay (caries), including: Read "Fillings: the Basics" article

What is a Filling?

A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling.    Read "What is a Filling?" article

Types of Fillings

Amalgam Made of: A mixture of silver, tin, zinc, copper and mercury. Mercury is nearly 50% of the mixture. Read "Types of Fillings" article


What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?

Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures.    Read "What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?" article


A crown is a tooth-shaped cover placed over a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed. A crown is made to look like your tooth. Many people call it a cap. Read "Crowns" article


A bridge, also known as a fixed removable denture, is made to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be supported in any of three ways: Read "Bridges" article

Root Canal Treatment

Slide show: Root canal treatment

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with diseases of the tooth's pulp. The pulp is found in the center of the tooth and in canals (called root canals) inside the root of each tooth.     Read "Slide show: Root canal treatment" article

What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth's pulp, a small, thread-like tissue in the center of the tooth    Read "What is Root Canal Treatment?" article

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease

If you have been told you have periodontal (gum) disease, you're not alone. An estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of the disease. Read "Periodontal Disease" article

AAP Clears up Misconceptions About Periodontal Health

What causes bad breath? Is it normal for gums to bleed? Should pregnant women avoid the dentist? Read "AAP Clears up Misconceptions About Periodontal Health" article

Dentures and Dental Implants

What Are Implants?

Implants are devices that replace the roots of missing teeth. They are used to support crowns, bridges or dentures. Implants are surgically placed in your jawbone. Read "What Are Implants?" article

Who Is an Implant Candidate?

If you're interested in replacing a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants may be an option for you. Most people are good candidates for implants. A good candidate should have the following: Read "Who Is an Implant Candidate?" article


Local Anesthesia

Sometimes your dentist needs to numb a part of your mouth. He or she injects medicine into your gum or inner cheek. This medicine is called local anesthesia. Read "Local Anesthesia" article


Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are usually placed on the chewing (occlusal) surface of the permanent back teeth — the molars and premolars — to help protect them from decay.    Read "Dental Sealants" article

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