Archive for 2014

Oral Cancer- What you Need to Know

One of the most important jobs we have in our practice is to examine, monitor and diagnose head and neck pathology in our patients. What we are really looking for is any sign of oral cancer. Each year, about 42,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with oral cancer. Unfortunately, more than 8,000 of those people will […]

Dental Implants- A Three-Step Procedure

One of the most common questions we hear from patients when it comes to dental implants is “Why does it take three separate procedures?” It helps to understand that within the entire dental implant process, there are not just three stages; there are also three important parts to the final product that replaces your tooth. […]

Dental Checkups – How Important Are They?

  We know that for most people, going to the dentist’s office is not high on their list of favorite things to do.  A visit to the dentist takes up valuable time in our busy, modern schedules! So we are not surprised that we hear this question time and time again from our patients: “Is […]

What To Expect When Having a Tooth Extracted

One procedure done in our office is tooth extraction. The removal of teeth can be necessary for a number of reasons, including: Joint problems in your jaw Shifting teeth Too much damage to tooth to be repaired Baby teeth that don’t fall out 3rd molars (Wisdom Teeth) impacted (wedged between the jaw and another tooth […]

The Evolution of Dental Care

  Did you know that the toothbrush is one of the oldest tools that humans still use? In fact, in a survey conducted in 2003, Americans chose the toothbrush as the number one invention over the car, personal computer, cell phone, and microwave. This may come as a shock in a day and age obsessed […]

Dentures – The End of An Era

  You may have heard the term “edentulous”, a term that describes someone that has no teeth. Incredibly, more than 35 million Americans do not have any teeth. Despite advances in dentistry, this number is expected to grow in the next two decades along with an aging baby boomer generation. Tooth loss commonly results from […]

All Oral Bacteria are Not Equal

All Oral Bacteria are Not Equal The mouth harbors a diverse and plentiful and microbial community due to its hospitable environment. It is warm, nutrient-rich and maintains an ideal pH balance. This highly diverse microflora inhabits the various surfaces of the normal mouth- gums, teeth, tongue, and cheeks. What many people don’t realize is that most of […]

5 Possible Cavity Killers You Wouldn’t Expect

  The Green Goblin of oral hygiene is an influx of cavities in one’s mouth. Most patients are aware that brushing and flossing is the central defender of cavities. However, few people know about these foods, drinks, and other tips that may help prevent cavities and tooth decay. 1)   Cheese- Evidently, being cheesy isn’t always […]

Dental Implants:  Changing the Way We Treat Missing Teeth  

Dental implants are rapidly becoming the standard of care in how we, as dental professionals, deal with missing teeth.    And while the incidents of adults losing permanent teeth has been declining for decades, there is still a good chance that at some point in your life you too will require treatment for a lost permanent […]

TMJ Treatment: A Cooperative Approach

As with many dental health procedures, the treatment of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders requires a cooperative approach between you (the patient) and me (the doctor).  Once we have diagnosed the condition and narrowed in on the problem, we have many different treatment options to explore together.   And luckily, most cases of TMJ do not require […]