Wisdom teeth – Definition

Wisdom teeth are the third molars, the very last teeth on the arch. They form during childhood and usually erupt in the mouth around the age of 18. Humans normally have four wisdom teeth (blue pointers). However, some people may have three, two, one or none. These teeth are generally used for biting and chewing. However, since most wisdom teeth…

Let’s Talk About Saliva

Saliva is mostly water. But it also contains proteins, electrolytes, and mineral salts. An adult produces about 0.5 L to 1.5 L of saliva per day. Saliva is mostly produced by the parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands. The amount produced depends, for example, on hydration, physical and emotional state, hormonal changes, and intake of certain medications. Alcohol and tobacco intake…

Importance of Using Cone Beam CT in Dentistry: Case Review

Cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Unlike other equipment that render images in 2- dimension, the CBCT renders images in 3 Dimension. The importance of using Cone Beam CT is illustrated by the case below. A 19-year old boy presented with misaligned teeth (malocclusion).…

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