Soft Tissue Grafts

We are concerned foremost with your health. However, some of the procedures we perform are intended not only to control disease, but to provide you with a cosmetic benefit. Some patients may look older than their years because their teeth appear to be too long (“long in the tooth”). Soft tissue grafts and other root


The danger of snoring Although the frequent subject of humor, in many cases, snoring is no laughing matter! Not only does snoring disrupt the sleep cycles of other family members, but in the case of sleep apnea, snoring can be a sign of a dangerous health problem. Sleep apnea actually cuts off the flow of oxygen to

Early Childhood Caries

Early Childhood Caries or Baby Bottle Syndrome is the rapid decay of baby teeth in an infant or child from frequent exposure, for long periods of time, to liquids containing sugars. The upper front teeth are most commonly affected. The problem is usually caused by a baby falling asleep while nursing a bottle or while breast feeding. While

Tooth Discoloration

What Causes Tooth Discoloration? Teeth become discolored for different reasons: Drinking coffee, tea, or colas. Some antibiotics may darken developing teeth in children. Aging – The dentin underneath the enamel of a tooth gradually darkens with age. Use of tobacco products. Accidents – If a tooth has been traumatized, sometimes the nerve will gradually “die”, and


Teeth can be sensitive for many reasons. Pressure Sensitivity to chewing pressure can be caused by: Clenching/Grinding Decay Abscess Cracked tooth     Sweets Sensitivity to sweet foods is usually caused by decay.         Hot and/or Cold Sensitivity to hot and/or cold foods usually indicates: Decay Abscess Worn Teeth (Attrition) Receded Gums It is not unusual for recent dental restorations to be

Denture Problems

Loose Fit Dentures rest on a ridge of bone and gum tissue. Over time, that ridge will shrink causing the dentures to no longer fit properly. If there are tooth roots that have been retained to hold the denture (Overdenture), or if implants have been placed to retain the denture (Implant-Retained Denture), or if it


When most or all your natural teeth have been lost, dentures provide many benefits: Restore your self-esteem Regain your eating ability Aid speaking ability Give support back to the lips and cheeks (giving you a natural and younger appearance). A Complete Denture is placed in the patient’s mouth after all the teeth have been extracted and the


Molars Trap Food and Bacteria The most common area for children to get decay (like most adults) is on their permanent back teeth (molars). The molars have very deep grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces. This is where food and bacteria hide and form cavities. No matter how well your child brushes, it is nearly impossible to

Cracked Tooth

When a tooth is cracked, a filling may not seal the crack. A crown may have to be placed over the tooth to hold it and the crack together. If the crack is not restored, the tooth will become sensitive to chewing pressure, or will eventually break. It is important to restore a cracked tooth before it breaks, because in some cases a broken

Root Canal Therapy

When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected or abscessed, Root Canal Therapy is the only way to save the tooth. A tooth can become abscessed as a result of deep decay, a cracked tooth, or trauma to the tooth. The only alternative to Root Canal Therapy is an Extraction. During Root Canal Therapy, the tooth is “numbed” (just like having a filling).

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