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Is the Michigan Dental Assisting School at Bright Side Dental worth it?

Question by : Is the Michigan Dental Assisting School at Bright Side Dental worth it?
It’s a 10 week program. The tuition is $ 3,500 due up front. I’m thinking about signing up for their application for their credit card so I can make monthly payments, but I doubt I’ll get approved. I have my bachelors degree in speech pathology but I only applied to one school for the masters program and I did not get in. I applied to dental assistant jobs that say they will train the right person, but unfortunately, I received no calls. I’m just trying to find a decent paying job so I can move out of my parents house and live on my own. Anyway, they say DA’s make 29-37,000 in Michigan. I have to pay back the money they loan me on their credit card in 18 months at 14.9% interest. I’m not good with numbers and calculations, but should I just apply anyway?

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Answer by jannsody
Please be aware that their website doesn’t mention anything about being accredited in any way (not even nationally accredited which is basically worthless 🙂 In addition, the school is NOT accredited by the “American dental association”.

Please also instead consider the more affordable (and usually more reputable) *community college* and/or the *state-public university* (or even the county vo-tech adult school) as long as the program is accredited within the industry. Just an fyi that “American public university” is a for-profit school.

For U.S. colleges (though please still forgo those for-profit schools): http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ

General career info: http://www.bls.gov/ooh and can search.

Before considering dental assistant training, please look through some dental textbooks such as those found at the local community college library that offers a dental assistant/dental hygiene program or a local dental/medical school library. Some patients may have severe dental disease which can be difficult for some to handle.

To search for an accredited dental assistant program: http://www.ada.org/5500.aspx

With regard to moving out, you may be aware, but saving up one’s money is crucial before having enough to get one’s own place 🙂 How about working out a budget of your monthly expenses vs. how much money you have to work with, at this point.

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Crowns And Bridging


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Crowns And Bridging

A root canal is a dental procedure that all of us are familiar with. Root canals are something we all dread, although when someone else is getting the procedure most of us find it to be somewhat amusing.  When someone asks for a root canal on the other hand, most of us, including dentists, find it to be very absurd to say the least.
 

Although many aren’t aware of this, root canals have been around for many generations.  Many years ago, ancient civilizations used this method to save teeth that would have been lost otherwise.  These civilizations offered root canals to those such as queens, kings, pharaohs, and the rich.  The teeth from peasants were normally extracted then sold to aristocrats.
 

Many years ago, doctors believed that worms were the reason for tooth decay.  They also believed that there were many ways to kill the worms, including rinsing the mouth in one’s own urine both day and night.  Although this is sick to say the least, this remedy was discarded in 1728, proven to be non effective and replaced by other more suitable treatment.  As time passed, doctors proved that the best way to stop the pain was to clean and remove the nerve and pulp of the tooth.
 

Root canals are a very common procedure these days, as they help to save the tooth by removing the dead or dying pulp.  The pulp exists inside of the tooth, and can spread to abscess if it isn’t taken care of.  The tissue in the pulp is kept alive by the blood vessels that come from the tip of the root and travel along the root canal into the tooth.
 

Decay is the main reason for pulp in the tooth dying.  Once the decay has reached the pulp, it will keep eating away until the pulp has died.  Once it dies, the toxins from the decay will be released into the root tip and make it’s way into the jawbone.  If not taken care of properly, the jawbone can become infected, which can lead to death in rare cases.
 

To fix this problem, the dentist will need to perform a root canal.  During the procedure, he will numb the area then drill a hole into the tooth.  Using various tools and equipment, he will go down inside of the tooth and scrape away the nerves and dead pulp. 
 

This is a very effective procedure, although very time consuming as well. In most cases, a root canal can take several hours, although it is the only way to stop the dying pulp and save the tooth.  Even though it may take a long time – it is more than worth it when it saves your tooth from being extracted.

How to become a Tooth designer/Dental Technician Basically….in Houston Texas or surrounding areas.?

Question by Sergio: How to become a Tooth designer/Dental Technician Basically….in Houston Texas or surrounding areas.?
Currently have RDA Registered Dental Assistant License, Over 1 year experience working in dental field from : (General Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Orthodontics, Dental Assisting College background. I like working chairside with Dentist working in the lab, but would like to actually design teeth on computers or in a laboratory. I tend to do great in the dental office laboratory and would like to get a job working where your not always working with the dental patients. I was thinking working in the front office, which seems really intriguing. But then again there’s customers to attend all day there too. I’d like to gain experience as a Dental Technician, I have a friend who designs teeth also but im trying to get in these field doing it on my own without asking for help except on here yahoo answers is very helpful.

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Answer by Hawkeyesrule
Dental labs often train their technicians themselves. There are about 30 dental lab tech programs at various colleges throughout the country–you could see which is the closest to you.

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BRUXISM

by Dr. Nadia Abazarnia

What happens when a person grinds and clenches their teeth and how does it affect the anterior teeth?

Do you ever wake up from a night’s sleep with sore teeth and jaws? You could be grinding your teeth. Grinding your teeth is known as bruxism. This rhythmic clenching of the jaws and grinding of the teeth may develop at any age.

Teeth grinding is usual done unconsciously in your sleep, but it can also occur when you are awake. During the day, a person who is concentrating on a task will often place his teeth together and apply force through a contraction of the jaw muscles.

During sleep, it presents as clenching and rhythmic contractions. The most common symptom of teeth grinding is a headache other symptoms include muscle aches, enlargement of facial muscles, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discomfort, stiffness of the shoulders and neck, ear pain and sleep disorders. The teeth are adversely affected and show abnormal wear and mobility. This leads to fracture and loss of teeth.

It is important to have your dentist evaluate you with a comprehensive exam and develop a treatment plan that is specialized for you. The best way to protect your teeth and prevent tooth wear and fracture is to wear an occlusal appliance. These are custom made, specially fitted plastic mouth pieces that fit over your top or bottom teeth.

Wearing one of these appliances will reduce jaw muscle pain and protect both your teeth and temporomandibular joint. The appliances are usually worn at bedtime and are considered the treatment of choice.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS of BRUXISM

  • excessive tooth wear, which flattens the occlusal (biting) surface.
  • tooth fractures, and repeated failure of dental restorations (fillings, crowns, etc.)
  • hypersensitive teeth, caused by wearing away of the thickness of insulating layers of dentin and enamel around the dental pulp
  • inflammation of periodontal ligament of teeth, which may make them sore to bite on and possibly also a degree of loosening of the teeth.

How dose Clenching and grinding affect anterior teeth

The anterior (front) teeth show severe tooth wear which has exposed the dentin layer (normally covered by enamel). The pulp chamber is visible through the overlying dentin. Tertiary dentin will have been laid down by the pulp in response to the loss of tooth structure. Multiple fracture lines are also visible and can lead to cracking and chipping of these teeth.

The treatment of choice in these cases are wearing an occlusal guard at night time and restoring these teeth with composite resin material (tooth color material), in severe cases full coverage crowns are the treatment of choice.

Loss of Vertical Dimension

Vertical dimension is the space between the upper and lower jaws. In a normal occlusion with a full dentition the space is ideal with the teeth and jaw working in harmony. Over time, especially in older patients this space can diminish if the natural teeth are worn down  from bruxism or lost due to decay or periodontal disease.

This loss of vertical dimension or bite collapse can result in damage to the jaw joints, severe pain or dysfunction in the jaw joints, frequent muscle tension headaches, tooth fractures and tooth loss, and aggravation of periodontal disease if present. Other resulting issues are shortening of the lower face height, an inverted smile (corners of the mouth sag), a toothless smile, frequent cracking or chapping at the corners of the mouth (angular cheilitis), and problems chewing.

Restoring the proper vertical dimension and associated cosmetic and functional problems can be obtained by proper treatment planning. In the case of a full dentition with worn teeth, the teeth can be crowned and returned to their natural size. For partial or fully edentulous patients implants can be utilized along with removable or hybrid appliances. Below are some before and after pictures depicting loss of vertical dimension and its correction.

by Dr. H. Kopel, DDS

 

 

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