The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a complex joint that combines both a hinge and sliding motion. The movement in this joint is usually smooth, thanks to cartilage that covers the parts of the bone that interact with each other. There is also a shock absorbing disk that keeps the bones separated during movement. When the…

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If you have a missing tooth, you used to only have three options: leave the space open, get a partial denture, or have a bridge made to fill it in. Bridges look like 3-4 dental crowns bonded together, with the end crowns resting over supporting teeth and the ones between floating over the open space.…

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If you’ve ever searched for dental care or DIY tips online, sites like Pinterest are filled with claims that say it’s possible to reverse cavities, heal your own teeth, and avoid getting dental fillings through seemingly before-undiscovered homeopathic treatments. Is it true? Can you reverse tooth decay? The short answer is “no” but the long…

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The mighty toothbrush—perhaps the most essential piece of equipment to ensure dental hygiene—is often overlooked and under-appreciated. A common staple of bathrooms across the world, it’s easy to stay in the habit of using the same kind, year after year, even if it’s not the best fit. Choosing the right toothbrush is important—it ensures that…

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