Everyone has questions about implants and abutments.  I’ll try to make things simple here.  What you are looking at here is a laboratory model with an abutment in place.  An abutment connects an implant in the jaw to a crown which is placed on top of the abutment.  The pink material is called a tissue.. read more →

  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 its easy to lose.. read more →

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.  Here we have a digital panoramic x-ray taken of a teenager.  https://www1.dentsplysirona.com/en/products/imaging-systems.html  Digital x-rays.. read more →

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 their front.. read more →

Here are a few of my thoughts that you can use as your road map for 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.. read more →