The Implant Restoration: Everyone has questions about implants and abutments. Here is how an implant restoration is put together.  This is a laboratory model with an abutment in place.  The abutment is the white piece in between  the teeth.  An abutment connects an implant in the jaw to a crown which is placed on top of.. read more →

  Growing up with junior: Moms and Dads are always concerned about their child’s thumb sucking habits.  I am not going to get into the origin of why some children suck their thumbs controversy.  It’s complicated.  I usually encourage kids not to suck their thumbs or fingers.  One has to choose one’s battles wisely and.. read more →

The diagnosis: Dental x-rays are important in the diagnosis of impacted canines.  The panoramic x-ray, shown here, is the most  powerful tool to screen patient for impacted teeth.   Everyone involved in dentistry over the past generation implemented improvements to reduce radiation and improve x-ray images. Impacted canine: Here we have a digital panoramic x-ray taken of a.. read more →

The Situation: How do we decide to use a bridge verses an implant treatment plan. This gentleman was wearing a partial denture replacing his left central and lateral incisors.  Partial dentures are sometimes challenging to wear and he was tired of wearing it.  In addition wearing a partial could be embarrassing.  No one wants to be without.. read more →

 Your road map for dental implants. 1- Implants work.  They take some time, patience, a well thought out treatment plan and finances. http://www.straumann.us/en/patients.html 2-When placing implants in an extraction site plan on bone grafting the site. (more in a separate post) Healing time after grafting a site is at least 3 months but  an extra.. read more →