Archives for Diagnosis

What are These Gum Measurements? What is a Pocket?

What are These Gum Measurements?  What is a Pocket? August 29, 2018 The people who come to Prosper Family Dentistry regularly for professional teeth cleanings know that once each year, they will have gum measurements taken by the dental hygienist.  We use terms like “FMP”, “pockets”, and “probing depth”, as well as a long list of numbers. What are Gum Measurements? Gum measurements are a way to evaluate the state of the gums and jawbone around each tooth.  These measurements tell your dental hygienist and dentist whether your gums are healthy or unhealthy. You cannot have a healthy mouth without
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How PFD is Different

  How PFD is Different January 31, 2018  We are thrilled to be a multiple-time winner of the living magazine’s “Best Of” series of awards.  We have won Best Cosmetic Dentist and Best Family Dentist for several years in a row. It is voting time again. In light of that, we are using this blog to explain how we are different, and why that makes us the best. Risk Management Approach At each dental evaluation that you have with Dr. Jill and Dr. Cara, your particular risk areas will be assessed and discussed with you.  Did you know that some
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Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer August 23, 2017  Cancer is a disease caused by uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in a part of the body.  Oral cancer is a type of cancer in which these abnormal cells originate in the mouth.  Cancer is classified by the original site of abnormal cells.  Oral cancer kills approximately one person every hour in the United States.  About 50,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year. What are the different types of oral cancer? The most common type of oral cancer is squamous cell carcinoma, and it occurs in the tissues lining the inside of
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Crowns

Crowns July 26, 2017  Most people have heard of the terms “crown” and “cap” in regard to dentistry (they are interchangeable, and dentists prefer the term crown), but few actually understand what a crown is.  This blog will explain this, along with why they are necessary, what types of crowns are available in modern dentistry, and what to expect if you are in need of one. What is a crown? There are actually two meanings of the word “crown” in dentistry, which can sometimes make things confusing.  We will define both here, and the rest of the blog will pertain
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Bad Breath

Bad Breath June 28, 2017 It would not be a stretch to say that every single person has experienced bad breath at some point in his or her life.  We are all susceptible to “morning breath” or “garlic breath”, which are neither surprising nor difficult to fix.  Many people suffer from persistent bad breath which seems difficult to cure.  As with most things, finding the cause of the problem will lead us much closer to a solution.  Let’s take a look at the most common causes of bad breath. What causes bad breath? When you get to the bottom of bad
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Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth Sensitivity Juse 7, 2017 Many people experience sensitive teeth, and not everyone has the same symptoms. You can have one sensitive tooth, or a mouth where every single tooth feels sensitive. You can have sensitivity to cold and/or hot temperatures and sweet and/or sour flavors. However you experience it, it is not fun! Teeth are not supposed to be sensitive, and if they are, it is a symptom you should share with your dentist. She will discuss your specific issues and try to isolate the cause of your sensitivity so that you can remedy the situation. What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
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Dental X-rays and Radiation Safety

Dental X-rays and Radiation Safety May 11, 2017 Radiation Safety We are often asked by our patients about the safety of dental x-rays.  Many people are curious about the levels of radiation they are being exposed to when diagnostic x-rays are taken.  Since exact measurements are difficult to obtain, this article will use averages and comparisons to help you understand what levels of radiation you are receiving with dental x-rays. Risk There is risk associated with any type of x-ray because it involves the use of radiation.  The level of risk varies among the different types of x-rays and is
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