Do you really need your wisdom teeth removed?

The topic of wisdom teeth comes up a lot at our practice.

Typically, parents come in with their teenagers because they’re curious about having their children’s wisdom teeth removed. They’ve heard that wisdom teeth can cause a number of problems and want them removed as soon as possible. Continue reading

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The 4 Types of Crowns

If you have a tooth with a large portion of decay or a significant chip or break in the enamel, you will most likely need a crown. However, not all crowns are created equally and many have unique properties that some teeth require for a successful treatment.

Below are the four types of crowns we use in our office, listed from most common to least common, as well as the pros and cons of each:

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Which is My Best Option – Crowns or Veneers?

Something that I’ve seen a lot of lately is crowns being placed where veneers were the best option, and vice versa. Patients enter our practice experiencing issues that could have been avoided if they were treated correctly the first time.

I think this is an important subject to talk about because oftentimes patients will blindly trust their dentist to choose the best treatment. They don’t ask questions because they don’t know enough about their options. That’s why it’s important to (1) find a dentist that you trust and (2) educate yourself on the different treatment options. Continue reading

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Want Your Teeth to Outlive You? Avoid These 10 Things

My ultimate goal as a dentist is to help patients to create sustainable dental health, where their teeth will outlive them. Doing this requires me to look 20 or even 30 years in the future when planning out a course of treatment.

However, there are also things that patients can be doing to prolong the life of their teeth. At the top of this list is avoiding things that contribute to poor dental health. Continue reading

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3 Things that Age your Smile

Over the years, I’ve found that there are three things that prematurely age a smile – color, wear and mismatched dentistry. Regardless of the patients’ physical age, these traits can make them look much older than they are and create a smile that they are embarrassed to show.

The good news is that there are strategies to correct these issues. With proper care, patients can have a smile they are proud of and create true dental health where their teeth will actually outlive them. Below are a few simple strategies to correct an aging smile. Continue reading

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The Daily Grind: FAQs about Teeth Grinding

Roughly 20-30 percent of my patients have issues with teeth grinding. It’s a common problem that can be quite serious, particularly if it is not addressed in a timely and effective manner. Unfortunately, many patients do not realize that they are grinding or clenching their teeth until the effects are obvious – worn enamel and loss of tooth structure. Continue reading

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How to Stop Cavities in their Tracks

As I’ve mentioned before, adults should not be getting any new cavities. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you the number of adult patients I see who are getting them, and bad ones. The problem is that these adults are often susceptible to cavities, and where one cavity forms, others will soon follow. Continue reading

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3 Reasons You Should Keep Flossing

According to a recent Associated Press (AP) report, there is a striking lack of evidence to show that daily flossing actually prevents gum disease and tooth decay.

As a result, the Federal Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has dropped flossing from its recommended oral hygiene practices. This is in large part because all federal recommendations must be backed by strong scientific evidence.

After years of hearing that flossing should be a part of your daily routine, it may be confusing to hear this news. However, don’t quit flossing just yet. Continue reading

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Partials and Bridges and Implants, Oh My!

For patients who are missing a single tooth or several teeth, there are many ways to address these gaps. These include partial dentures, bridges and implants – but what’s the difference? And which option is best for you? Continue reading

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Regain your Confidence with a Winning Smile

Over the years, teeth get worn, discolored and change positions. I often have patients who come in feeling self-conscious about their teeth and want a quick fix.

But sometimes it’s more than a couple of teeth that need fixing. If I agree to do “patch” dentistry by replacing old dentistry, I’m not creating a better smile.

I tell patients I don’t want to do something that will add to their collection of dentistry. Instead, I want to add to their quality of life and help them regain confidence in their smile. In these cases, I will typically suggest renewing a patient’s smile with veneers. Continue reading

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