Are Porcelain Veneers Right For Me?
Porcelain Veneers are thin dental coverings which are placed on top of front teeth to make your teeth look more beautiful. They are very useful in dentistry since they let dentists do so much with your smile. Since Porcelain Veneers are very thin, typically the size of a thick contact lens, they do minimal damage to your teeth. They are made from durable porcelain, which is very resilient and can stand your bite forces. Porcelain Veneers match your teeth shape and are nearly impossible to distinguish from natural teeth. Plus, they don’t stain or change color over time, so they look as good as new even ten years down the line. Your Porcelain Veneers are custom designed with the goal of restoring your ideal smile based upon your idea of the perfect smile. They are the most common cosmetic treatment offered by cosmetic dentists, aside from teeth whitening and Invisalign©. To learn more about Porcelain Veneers, click here. Now, let’s find out if Porcelain…
Should I Consider Sedation Dentistry?
If you are reading this article then it’s probably safe to say that going to the dentist is not your favorite activity. If this is the case, then you may want to consider being put to sleep as an option. Sedation “sleep” dentistry, is a fancy word for using a combination of drugs and gases to achieve different levels of “sleepiness”. The lowest level of sedation is achieved with sedative pills or Nitrous Oxide gas which puts you at ease and takes the edge off. The next level of sedation uses oral conscious sedation or IV sedation and makes you very drowsy, although you still breath on your own at this level of sedation. The highest level of sedation uses general anesthesia which requires an anesthesiologist and completely knocks you out. Before you read the rest of the article, please come up with a number between 1 to 10 describing how scared of the dentist you are, with 1 being not afraid at all and 10 being deadly afraid. Great, now let’s find o…
Should You Connect Dental Implants to Natural Teeth?As a general rule, you should NEVER connect a dental implant to natural teeth. There may be rare exceptions where this may be acceptable, but it really should be a last resort option. Consider getting a second opinion if your dentist is encouraging you to connect your natural tooth to a dental implant. Often times this is a shortcut technique, which like most shortcuts in dentistry, ends up failing.

Take the above illustration as an example which shows a dental implant connected to natural tooth with a dental bridge. This is not an ideal treatment option and is not recommended. A better solution would be to place an extra dental implant in the gap region to avoid splinting the dental implant to your natural tooth. Typically, this alternative treatment takes longer to complete and costs substantially more money, as it requires additional dental implants and bone graft, but the results are much more predictable with reduced risk of fail…
Are Dental Implants Safe? When questioning the safety of dental implants, there are a few different concerns which come to mind. Are dental implants compatible with my body? Are there any risks? Am I a good candidate? Am I too old for implants? How successful are dental implants really? To help you better understand the safety of dental implants and put you at ease, here are all the answers you need to know about dental implant treatment:

Are dental implants compatible with my body?Dental implants are made from material which is extremely safe and compatible with our bodies. Most dental implants are made from a titanium alloy. Titanium is super compatible with our bodies, does not cause rejection or allergic reactions, plus titanium is very sturdy and lightweight. These characteristics make titanium an excellent choice for dental implants. In fact, hip and knee replacement implants are also made from a similar titanium alloy and in many cases by the same manufacturers. There are other m…
Dental Implants vs. Bridges & Dentures

If you're missing one or more teeth, then you might have been thinking about replacing your missing teeth with dental implants. At the same time, you might also be considering less expensive alternatives using a dental bridge or denture. Of course, dental implants typically cost several folds more than bridges or dentures, so what should you do? Is it worth spending the extra bucks to get dental implants? Or is it fine to settle for a bridge or denture instead? To make the right decision, you need to understand the benefits of dental implants over alternative treatment options. Here is everything you need to know about the pros and cons of dental implants over bridges and dentures: Pros of Dental ImplantsImplants Do No Harm
Implants are superior to bridges and dentures in that they don’t damage your other teeth. Placing a dental implant does not negatively impact any other tooth in your mouth. On the other hand, placing a bridge means that y…
9 Secrets to Keeping Your Teeth Till 90!
During my career as a dentist I've seen a handful of patients in their 70s, 80s and even 90s whom had all of their original teeth. Impressive I thought, so I asked them questions about how they've maintained such great oral hygiene. Here is what I have learned are the top 9 secrets you to keeping your teeth forever:
(1)Don’t get cavities: Especially on your adult teeth! We're given two chances with our teeth, once when our baby teeth come out as a child and a second time when our grownup teeth come out as an adult. Unfortunately, our adult teeth come out between the ages of 6 to 12 when we're really not much of an adult. These adult teeth are the important ones which we must maintain for the rest of our lives. Now if you end up with a cavity on your adult teeth early on, you're likely to face a lifetime of problems. Dental fillings will eventually break and need crowns, crowns leak and need root canal treatment and teeth with …

Why Do We Even Need Teeth (Especially Because My Dental Insurance Always Has Huge Co-pays)?

Check out the two photos which I've posted. Now tell me who do you think is healthier? Who do you think is happier? Who do you think enjoys her life more? And who would you rather be friends with? Luckily in this case, it turns out that they are photos of the same patient which I treated over a year long period. As you can see, having nice, healthy teeth really make quite the difference. It's true, your teeth do more than just chew and cut your food; they help you look good and feel beautiful. Here are some other things your teeth do for you which you may not be fully aware of:

(1) Better Speech: If you have a tooth or two missing, pronouncing "S" and "F" becomes more challenging. Now if you have all of your teeth missing, then speech in general becomes more difficult.

(2) Better Taste: Yes, teeth have nerve endings and contribute to better tasting your meals. Many people without teeth complain about a loss of taste and tend to enjoy their meals less.