Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

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In this blog post from Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, we decided to share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

  • Many dental patients are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists? How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
  • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools.2 (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material. (“Mom, my toothbrush smells like bacon!”)
  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.3 There is no evidence that it actually worked and it is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys.
  • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.
  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.

At Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find unmatched dental care and our c committed team of dental professionals. Our services includes pediatric dentistry, and general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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You Can’t Afford Cheap Dental Work

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Have you ever gotten a bargain on a used car that turned out to be a lemon? After a couple years of endless repairs, you realized that it ended up costing as much as a new automobile would have. And after spending all that money, you still have a a clunker. The same is true of substandard dental work, but you won’t have to worry about that with the dentists at Durham Dental Group.

You have probably received sleek postcard ads that proclaim amazing deals on cosmetic dentistry: porcelain veneers, crowns, white fillings, and dental implants. The prices may be enticing, but make certain you do plenty of research before committing. We aren’t trying to imply that all dental practices that publicize low procedure prices in their ads provide unsatisfactory work—we are just cautioning patients not to settle upon a cosmetic dentist based on price alone. Unlike a car, you can’t sell your smile and buy a new one.

We will use porcelain veneers as an example. What can go amiss if you fall victim to substandard porcelain veneers?

  • The dentist may be inexperienced and make mistakes: improper placement, inadequate color matching, bite complications.
  • The materials may be inferior: unnatural color, prone to breaking, veneers pop off.
  • The lab techs that create the restorations may turn out inferior work: unnatural color, poor fit.

If you are considering a cosmetic dental smile makeover, meet with the team at Durham Dental Group first. We provide a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services, and have in-house specialists for many procedures. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Why Look For The Seal?

Look For The Seal In Durham

When you go to a drugstore or supermarket looking for toothpaste, mouthwash, toothpaste, or other oral care products, the team at Durham Dental Group reminds you to make sure they carry the seal of the American Dental Association. This is a quick way to make smart choices about the products you need to keep your mouth clean, healthy and free of cavities.

You can depend on the American Dental Association (ADA), which only places their seal on a product after it has been evaluated to be safe as well as effective. This often means that companies have to meet standards even higher than those required by law.

Making sure to purchase products with the seal is practically like shopping with someone from Durham Dental Group right by your side!

Many of our patients want details about smile redesigns. If you’d like to know what innovative cosmetic dentistry from Durham Dental Group can do for your smile, schedule an appointment and we’ll guide you on possible courses of treatment.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Dental Veneers: 7 Fast Fixes

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This post from Durham Dental Group focuses on porcelain veneers, which are used extensively in cosmetic dentistry.

Porcelain veneers (also called laminates) are custom made to permanently cover the front part of one or more teeth. Wafer-thin, super-strong veneers can correct a variety of problems including:

1. Chips
2. Cracks
3. Stains
4. Teeth that are misshapen
5. Teeth that are too short
6. Teeth that are misaligned
7. Gaps between teeth

To create perfect-fitting veneers, we first create a model of your teeth. Following this, an experienced dental technician will use the model to make the veneers. In some veneer procedures, a small amount of the enamel from the face of the tooth has to be removed. Today’s veneer process leaves most of your healthy tooth structure.

To find out more about porcelain veneers from Durham Dental Group in Charlotte, call our office to set up a consultation. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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7 Ways Bonding Can Beautify

Durham Cosmetic Dentist

Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure, but there are many patients who don’t know exactly what it is. In this Durham Dental Group blog, we explain seven ways dental bonding is used in cosmetic dentistry.

Dental bonding uses a resin material that is sturdy and tooth-colored. It is applied to the teeth while soft, like putty, and then hardened with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

Dentists will usually consider the option of bonding when 1) decayed, 2) chipped, or 3) cracked teeth need to be repaired.

4) Large spaces between teeth can be filled with bonding material, and 5) roots can be protected by bonding after gums recede.

6) Discolored teeth can also be improved using the bonding process, and, since the material is easily shaped, teeth can be made to 7) look longer or just have the general shape changed. Bonding is often used, along with teeth whitening as part of a total smile makeover.

Durham Dental Group provides general and cosmetic dentistry, along with pediatric dentistry and other services. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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