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
About 20 percent of the population has had a “canker sore,” officially called an apthous ulcer. It’s a painful sore that I see my patients dealing with frequently.
As a result, I get asked a lot of questions about canker sores. Here are six things that you need to know: Continue reading
Acid reflux effects about 20 percent of the U.S. population. However, many people who suffer from acid reflux don’t know they have it, and even fewer are aware that it can erode tooth enamel and wear down tooth structure. To make matters worse, acid reflux is often misdiagnosed for teeth grinding, resulting in improper treatment. Continue reading
There are many reasons people don’t go to the dentist. However, in my many years as a dentist, I’ve found three to be most prevalent: (1) their dental health has been put on the back burner, (2) they are embarrassed to go to the dentist because it’s been so long or (3) they’re unsure where to go.
If you’ve been concerned about your dental health, or haven’t been to the dentist in more than three years, the best time to start is now. The sooner you start, the sooner your dental health will return to good standing. Continue reading
As a cosmetic dentist, I get asked about teeth whitening all the time. What I tell my patients is this: Whitening works, for some people.
The truth is that the success of the tooth whitening depends first on the quality of your enamel and second on whether or not a person is committed to putting in the time and effort. Continue reading
April 19 is National Garlic Day, and if you’re celebrating by eating a meal that contains this tasty bulb, you might be interested in simple ways to get rid of the bad breath that will soon follow. Over the years, I have found three things that work to remove garlic breath. Continue reading
Over the years, I’ve learned that there are three things that keep people from coming to the dentist – lack of time, lack of money and fear. The latter is something that we help patients to overcome every day. How, you might ask? Sedation dentistry. Continue reading
Over the last several weeks, we’ve taken a look at how the dental insurance mindset can often keep patients from dental health. We’ve debunked a number of myths and discussed the problem with completing dental work $1,500 at a time. Another situation I see that can get patients into trouble is when cost becomes more important than care. Continue reading
Unfortunately, for many individuals who are stuck in the dental insurance mindset, dental work is viewed as an expense that can be completed $1,500 at a time. We touched on this briefly in the last blog post, but I think that it’s worth exploring further. Continue reading
Over the years, I have seen a number of patients who quit going to the dentist because they do not have dental insurance. It’s a common scenario, particularly for those who don’t understand how dental insurance works, and can result in a number of issues for patients as the years go on. Continue reading