Tooth Socket Bone Grafting — Keeping Your Options Open

When a tooth is removed, nearly 50% of the bone will shrink away. This is bad news if you may want to replace the tooth with a dental implant someday. If the lost tooth is in the front “esthetic zone”, it is particularly difficult to get the best fit without bone grafting. This relatively simple […]

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The Gummy Smile

Do you or someone you know have a “gummy” smile? When they smile, does their upper gum tissues show excessively? It may even look like they have short teeth. This is caused by a variety of things, including bone structure, overgrowth of the gums, or genetically short or worn teeth. Extreme cases require upper jaw […]

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The Dental Makeover — Is It Worth It?

Just like hair, skin or wardrobes, our smile and mouth can sometimes use a makeover. The first step is to treat and resolve any pain or infection issues. Then procedures can be performed to enhance your ability to chew properly and thereby enjoy greater health — whether they be simple fillings, crowns, implants or bridges. […]

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Sugar Frequency = Decay Frequency

Don’t understand? You’re not alone. Often we see patients who do not understand this! Does it mean if we eat sugar, we always get decay? NO! In fact, I eat it myself (It’s in so many things), but if you keep your teeth CLEAN (Yes, that includes brushing AND FLOSSING), you have very little chance […]

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Smoking And Gum Disease!!! Partners???

Yep!!! They go hand-in-hand! Smoking has an overall weakening effect on a person’s immune system. A strong immune system is of major value when it comes to fighting off the bacteria that can invade your gums.  Smoking also removes antioxidants from your bloodstream, including Vitamin C. This is one reason why smokers many times look […]

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Short Teeth?

When you smile, do your teeth look short or nubby?  Severe wear or chipping can cause front teeth to appear short. Another reason is sometimes your gums can “overgrow” due to many factors thereby hiding some of the tooth underneath the excessive gum tissue. Then there is just the simple fact of genetically small teeth. […]

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Root Canal

What a scary phrase! Why is it such a “sore” subject? Well, first of all, years ago it was rather difficult, lengthy, painful and had limited success. But no longer!! Sadly though, old stories and myths die slowly! Root canal treatment is needed when the dental pulp (center of the tooth) dies or becomes infected. […]

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Putting Off Dental Treatment

What a formula for problems! It is sad but true that delaying any needed dental treatment nearly ALWAYS leads to: 1) more pain, and 2) higher costs than if the problems were handled sooner. So why would someone delay treatment? Mostly fear of the unknown — unknown needs, unknown expenses and unknown pain factors. These […]

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Go Ahead Enjoy Those Holiday Treats, But…

Like me, I know you are looking forward to all of the sweet goodies that mean the holidays have arrived. And don’t worry, eating those sugary treats doesn’t mean we always get decay. NO! In fact, if you keep your teeth CLEAN (Yes, that includes brushing AND FLOSSING), you have very little chance of decay. […]

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Early Diagnosis — The Name Of The Game

Tooth decay is a common affliction of mankind — one of the most common — and yet there are proven ways to prevent and control it.  The key is good patient education — something we do in our office every day. Did you know that recent research reveals most decay goes undiagnosed and untreated for […]

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