First Visit: This is a five year old at her first dental appointment.  She has a beautiful smile and a radiant personality.  Even a five year old can have a cavity.   Her cavity was in her front teeth.  We used a dental laser and repaired the tooth. What to expect: It’s best to star kids.. read more →

The Implant Restoration: Everyone has questions about implants and abutments. What is an implant? What is an abutment? This picture shows a laboratory model of the lower teeth.   The abutment is the white piece in between  the teeth.  Abutments connect implants in the jaw to the crown which is placed on top.  The pink material.. 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?  This gentleman was wearing a partial denture replacing front teeth.  Partial dentures are challenging to wear. He was tired of wearing his.  In addition wearing a partial can be embarrassing.  No one wants to be without their front teeth.  My patients tell.. read more →