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Dentistry in the Last 35 Years

December 18th, 2014

From the desk of Dr. Fass

My, how things have changed. In the last 35 years the dental office has become quite a different place that provides many new procedures and products in a very different environment.
Let’s start with the changes in staff attire. Can you believe we were practicing without gloves! Read More »

DENTAL CARE AT MY AGE?

June 4th, 2014

Unfortunately, as we reach the “Golden years”, all our previous dental treatment may begin to catch up with us.  Fillings done years before become brittle and need replacement and periodontal problems may even cause some tooth loss.  By the age of retirement, usually still considered to be 65 by many, there may be some need for some dental work that may be somewhat expensive. Read More »

ABFRACTIONS

March 26th, 2014

Don’t get nervous, this isn’t a mathematics article.  Abfractions are a common finding in middle aged to older adults.  We often notice grooves at the necks of the teeth near the gum line, especially if there is some gum recession.  These are usually not symptomatic, although some patients notice some cold sensitivity. Read More »

RISK OF TOOTH DECAY

February 10th, 2014

Many medical diagnostic and preventive regimens involve first assessing the patient’s risk of getting a disease.  The risk factors can be identified and then tests and treatments adjusted appropriately.  This is the case with heart disease risk related to family history, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and chronic periodontal infection.  A new dental program strives to do the same thing for dental caries (decay). Read More »

Tooth Terminology

September 12th, 2013

Did you ever listen to your dental team calling off the descriptions of your fillings and areas of concern?  Sounds like a bunch of alphabet soup.  Well, there is a method to our madness.
The teeth are somewhat complicated to describe.  Since the dental arches are just that, arches, the simple front and back designations don’t apply well. Read More »

FILLING OR CROWN

February 14th, 2013

When a tooth has a need for restoration, your dentist will use many criteria to decide on the recommended course of treatment.  In today’s dental world, there are usually multiple options for treatment of any tooth.  We will use several criteria to suggest what we believe to be the best treatment for any one patient.  Remember, of course, that everyone is different. Read More »

CRACKED TOOTH SYNDROME

February 6th, 2013

Do you have a tooth that only hurts occasionally, usually with biting on something hard or chewy?  The pain may often be hard to localize and doesn’t last long.  In fact, it may be more of an annoyance than a real problem and you may choose not to visit your dentist right away.  This might be a mistake. Read More »

The Importance of Dental Health

November 22nd, 2012

There is a general consensus amongst professional and public health groups that there are some barriers to people accessing dental care.  Poor dental conditions result in some surprising statistics. Read More »

WHAT TYPE OF CROWN

September 27th, 2012

When a tooth has been extensively filled or decayed, often the treatment of choice is to place a crown (sometimes referred to as a cap).  Crowns cover the entire surface of the tooth and provide strength that resists further breakage with normal function.  But what material is best? Read More »

YOUR SMILE AND YOUR HEALTH

July 30th, 2012

Did you know that one of the first things that people notice about you is your smile? In study after study, the smile was at or near the top of the list in everything from job interviews to political campaigns. Read More »

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