Letter to Our Patients

What We Are Doing to Keep You and Our Team Safe.   We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back! Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the CDC guidelines, however, in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure…

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Same Day Crowns

The technology now exists to offer patients single-visit dental restorations. It’s no longer necessary to wait months for restorations and undergo multiple appointments. Same day crowns were unheard of just a few years ago. However, this cutting edge technology is changing the way crowns are installed, and how metal crowns can quickly be replaced. To…

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Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full-mouth reconstruction or a “full mouth rehabilitation” refers to a complex, comprehensive restoration procedure that involves replacing all of the teeth — both upper and lower — and may even require reconstruction of the structure of the mouth such as gums and jawbone, in addition to creating new teeth. The ultimate result of a full…

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The link between oral health & overall health

Good Oral Health = Good Overall Health   Oral health is essential to overall health. Your dental care provider may focus primarily on teeth and gums, but the truth is, your family dentist does not treat oral health in isolation from other health issues. In fact, dental health professionals play a key role in your…

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Differences between All-on-4 dental implants and traditional implants

Your family dentist offers a number of options for replacing lost and damaged teeth. There are some advantages of the All-on-4 dental implants over traditional dental implants. For example: • All-on-4 dental implants use only four implants per arch, (meaning 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom) while traditional implants may require six…

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Temporary Crowns

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that improves the strength and appearance of a damaged tooth. Temporary crowns can be made in your family dentist’s office, whereas most permanent crowns are made in a dental laboratory.   Temporary crowns are utilized in several situations: Typically, temporary crowns are made of an acrylic-based material or stainless…

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Ceramic Porcelain Dental Crowns

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that improves the strength and appearance of a damaged tooth. All-Ceramic Porcelain Crowns are the most realistic looking “caps” for damaged teeth. Your family dentist will likely suggest this option for teeth that show when you smile and when you speak — particularly those teeth in the front of…

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Metal Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns are prosthetics that your family dentist attaches to a damaged tooth. A dental crown may be needed in order to: Protect a weak tooth from decay Hold parts of a cracked tooth together Make cosmetic changes Hold a dental bridge in place Cover a dental implant Here we examine metal dental crowns in…

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Types of Dental Crowns

What is a Dental Crown? A dental crown is a protective covering or “cap” that your family dentist affixes onto a damaged tooth which strengthens the tooth, protects exposed nerves and may also improve tooth alignment and the appearance of the mouth. A dental crown may also be used to anchor a dental bridge in…

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Custom Mouthguards Protect Student Athletes from Dental Injuries and Concussions

Custom-made mouthguards are widely accepted as an important component of protecting student athletes from orofacial injuries, and new research suggests they may also reduce the incidence of traumatic brain injuries (TBI)/concussions. The research, published by the Academy of General Dentistry in the May/June, 2014 issue of General Dentistry, followed 412 male high school football athletes…

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