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 →

 Your road map for dental implants. 1- Implants take time and patience.   Each patient receives a well thought out treatment plan.  I use two implant systems.  Straumen at http://www.straumann.us/en/patients.html  and Keystone Genesis at https://www.keystonedental.com/genesis 2- After I place an implant I allow three months healing time before restoring an implant.  Additional healing time often yields.. read more →

Dentists love compressed air: Twice this week, people asked me why do we blow compressed air on teeth during an examination.  One person prefaced the question saying, ‘You’ve been blowing air on my teeth for 15 years.  Why?’.  Well, he didn’t have to wait that long to ask me, I would have answered the question.. read more →

Time to chose a dentist: Choosing a dentist uses all of your intuitive skills.  Realizing the need for dental care is a start.  Next, people check with their friends or coworkers and ask for referrals.  Location plays a roll in most people’s decisions.  View the doctor’s web site to get a feel for the practice. .. read more →