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What are dental crowns?

A crown is a tooth shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to cover the tooth in order to restore its shape, size, strength and improve its appearance. They are very common and can last from 5 to 15 years.

If your dentist has told you that you need a crown, here are some reasons why:

1) To protect a tooth that is weak (from decay, perhaps) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.

2) To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn.

3) To cover and support a tooth that has a large filling where there isn't a lot of tooth left.

4) To hold a ...

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IMAGINE...CLONING JOHN LENNON FROM HIS TOOTH

The man who bought John Lennon's molar two years ago--Canadian dentist Michael Zuk--is seeking headlines again, putting out a press release and launching a website indicating his intention to extract DNA from the tooth with the lofty goal of cloning the legendary musician.

At the time of the tooth's sale, Rolling Stone magazine reported Lennon's molar was too fragile to be DNA tested to confirm it belonged to Lennon. However, Zuk now contends he has hopes to "fully sequence" Lennon's DNA. "With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the same technology certainly could make human cloning a reality," he said in a statement. "To potentially say I had a small ...

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FAMOUS DENTAL MOMENTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY

Paul Revere
This American Revolution Patriot, who is celebrated for his "Midnight Ride" shouting "The British are coming!," took up dentistry when his silversmith was struggling. He was trained by a practicing surgeon that was staying at a friend's house. Revere was skilled in the art of dentures and he advertised his denture services in Colonial newspapers.

John "Doc" Holliday
"Doc" Holliday is known for his gunslinger days in the Old West with his friend Wyatt Earp and their gunfight in the O.K. Corral. Before he became a gambler and a gunman, he received his degree as a DDS and practiced dentistry in Atlanta.

Pearl Zane Grey
American author of adventure and ...

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USE IT OR LOSE IT!

We're quickly approaching the holidays, and before you know it, it's New Year's Eve.

When you're thinking about what kind of resolutions to make, consider your dental needs. If you have dental insurance, remember that many insurance plans are based on a calendar year, which means any of their 2012 annual benefits will expire at the end of the calendar year.

The phrase "Use it or Lose it" really does apply to dental benefits. If you have dental insurance, your insurer has allowed so many dollars per calendar-or fiscal year, and unused dollars do not carry-over. If you participate in a Flexible Spending or Health Savings Account, and you don't use all ...

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