Dental Implant Surgery

  More and more people are getting dental implants to replace missing teeth. They’re a long-term solution that is imbedded in your jawbone, just like your natural teeth. They even go your natural teeth one better, since they can’t develop cavities. Plus, unlike fixed bridges or removable dentures, dental implants will not affect neighboring healthy […]

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Am I a candidate for dental implants?

We often hear from patients that they were told they are not able to get dental implants.  That is typically not the case.  There are few patients who cannot receive dental implants.  Those patients are typically very ill with poorly controlled disease, active bone diseases or cancer and severely immunocompromised patients.  The reason patients are […]

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Access to Care

One of the significant problems that the healthcare industry faces is access to care.  Access to care has many aspects but primarily involves the ability of a patient to get an appointment for treatment with a doctor.  Everyone has had the experience of calling a doctor’s office and being told that the earliest appointment available […]

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Do I Really Need My Tooth Removed?

Virtually every dentist out there will go to any length possible to try and repair or “save” a bad tooth.  Certain situations however may arise where a tooth cannot be repaired and must be extracted.  In other cases the degree of difficulty of the procedures necessary to repair a broken tooth may not lead to […]

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Pain Management

Recently there have been some concerns amongst our patients with regard to the management of pain through medications post-operatively.  These concerns fall on both sides of the argument where some people feel they haven’t been given enough pain medication and others don’t want pain medications at all.  This is a very tricky subject, not just […]

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Full Mouth Rehabilitation

With the advancements in dental technology and treatment methods, patients faced with losing all of their teeth are no longer limited to traditional dentures.  One of the main concerns for these patients is that they will have to go without teeth for an extended period of time.  Several methods now exist to allow patients to […]

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Informed Consent

Part of the consultation process for any surgical procedure is obtaining informed consent.  Informed consent is the process by which the surgeon explains the procedure being done and the risks, benefits and potential complications which can occur from undergoing a procedure.  Additionally the consent process implies that with full knowledge of what can occur as […]

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Why do I need a consultation?

When making appointments at our practice whether it is for extraction of wisdom teeth, dental implants, TMJ or tooth extractions and other dentoalveolar procedures the front office staff is almost always told/asked “I don’t need a consultation I just need the procedure done.”  In the back of my mind I always wonder if the same […]

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What are Mini Implants?

The other day I was watching television when an advertisement came on for mini implants to aid in fitting lower and upper dentures.  This advertisement (as most advertisements do) made it seem like these miniature implants cost less than regular implants and do the same job for less money.  But the purpose of this post […]

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How Do You Become an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Another confusing topic for patients is the training and background that Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery entails.  Prior to starting the residency portion of our education all oral surgery  residents will have completed nationally accredited dental school and obtained their doctorate.  A very small percentage of new dentists or experienced practitioners will then apply to a […]

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