Posts for: February, 2016
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Presi-dental Health: 4 Strange (But True) Tales
George Washington Never Wore Wooden Dentures
Grover Cleveland Had Top-Secret Oral Cancer Surgery – On a Yacht
Near the beginning of his second term in 1893, Grover Cleveland faced two major issues. Nationally, the country was entering a depression. Personally, a bump in his mouth had formed, grown and was diagnosed as cancer. To prevent nationwide panic, a clandestine plan was hatched.
Dwight D. Eisenhower: Dental Emergency or UFO Coverup?
On February 20, 1954, Dwight D. Eisenhower was eating a chicken wing in Palm Springs, California, when the cap on one of his front teeth popped off. He spent his Saturday night at an emergency dental appointment, and the unexpected trip caused led to many false reports (including an Associated Press report that he had died of a heart attack).
It also birthed a UFO conspiracy theory. Some believe the dental visit was a cover up for a secret meeting with aliens at Edwards Air Force Base. “In the most recent version of this story, alleged in several books dating back to the late 1980s, two aliens offered to share their knowledge with earthlings if Ike would eliminate America’s nuclear weapons,” according to the Bulletin of Dental Education (July 2004).
The President Doesn’t Go Far to Visit to the Dentist
If you have a tooth that’s suffered trauma or decay, you may be wondering how much longer you’ll get to keep it. Fortunately, there is a common and straightforward dental procedure that could help you save it. Receiving a dental crown can extend the longevity of a weakened tooth and protect it from further damage.
A crown is a covering for a damaged tooth that helps restore both its strength and appearance. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials,--most commonly metal, porcelain, or ceramic. Some back teeth receive metal crowns for their additional strength and durability, while most front teeth are crowned with porcelain or ceramic to match the color of natural teeth.
Reasons your dentist may recommend a crown include:
- Fractured teeth: Trauma can lead to internal fractures that cause pain when you bite down. A crown provides support to hold the tooth together, alleviating stress along the fracture lines to relieve your pain.
- Extensive decay: When much of the tooth's structure has been replaced by fillings, the tooth becomes weak and prone to breaking. A crown will help it withstand the pressure of chewing and protect it from further decay.
- Root canal: Receiving a crown is an essential step in saving a tooth with root canal therapy. Once the decayed and inflamed parts have been removed, a crown both stabilizes the remaining structure and protects it from future fracture.
- Worn-down teeth: A tooth grinding habit (bruxism) or a misaligned bite can place extra pressure on certain teeth, leading to excessive wear. A crown can restore a tooth to its original shape and reduce the risk of additional damage.
Dentist in Roswell, GA
The Martin Dental Center for Oral Health and Aesthetics provides general and cosmetic dentistry to Roswell and the surrounding areas. If you have a tooth that’s causing you problems, ask Dr. Martin if a dental crown could be the solution to protecting your tooth and relieving your pain. For dental crowns in Roswell, request your appointment online or call (770) 993-7424 today