Accidents can happen any time. For this teenager, the accident happened the day before the prom. We saw him for an emergency visit on a Friday night.  As is all emergencies we took the time for a proper evaluation, x-rays, discussion of the alternatives, and a good deal of assurance that when he left the.. read more →

If you are reading this blog and can’t sit still because of a tooth ache get yourself to a dentist, now. If you keep putting cold water on a tooth to control the pain, you have an acute pulpitis.  You may need endodontic treatment (root canal treatment) for that tooth.  Antibiotics may also be needed… read more →

Bonding is the term for restoring teeth with a composite resin.   The process consists of etching  a tooth and then adding an  acrylic ‘bond’ to the enamel.  A composite is a mix of a liquid resin and porcelain particles of various sizes.  The buzz word in dentistry for composites and Silicon Valley is nano-particles (very small porcelain.. read more →

We now do invisible braces.  The trade name for this technology is called Invisilign or Clear Correct  by companies bearing those names. This is an option for adults who are highly motivated and want to improve their smile.  Traditional braces are bonded to teeth and then the forces for movement are provided by high tech titanium wires or.. read more →

A Patient’s Guide to Implants   This is a short guide to dental implants. Dentistry has over 30 years experience with the modern dental implant.  Dental implants work. Implant therapy requires a well thought out treatment plan,  patience and financial commitment. The surgeon (in this instance me) can place an implant in an extraction site  the.. read more →

Success with implants is  predictable.  I know you may be looking at the x-ray and thinking  ‘What is that?’.   You may not be familiar with implants.  So let me take a few moments to explain. About thirty five years ago a researcher in Sweden, Dr. Ingmar Branemark, discovered that when he used a titanium cylinder in his research subjects (dogs) .. read more →

Peg laterals or lateral incisors is a common problem which people like their dentist to address.  Melissa’s lateral incisors (the teeth next to two front teeth)  were very small.  We opted to place crowns on her teeth following orthodontic treatment.   Melissa had orthodontic treatment in our office when she was a teenager.  We placed ‘temporary’.. read more →

Ten years later still smiling.  Her smile is as beautiful as the day we placed Empress veneers.  Porcelain veneers are very reliable whether they are placed for esthetic reasons or for restorative reasons such as a fractured tooth.  Few technologies have come along in dentistry which promised so much and lived up to the promise.  We placed.. read more →

Slipped on ice.

Our patient slipped on ice on her driveway this winter. It happens.    She arrived in our office with two front teeth broken and a kitchen cloth with some ice cubes to her lip to keep the swelling down. I took pictures when she arrived at the office but I promised not to show it to any one. Although ice is a..

This person is worried about losing her tooth because of recession around the roots of her teeth.  Having recession around the upper canines is very common.  People are concerned about this because they don’t want to look ‘long in the tooth’. She had a persistent periodontal problem around the upper left lateral incisor for several years.  Some.. read more →