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Denture Replacement

March 12th, 2015

From the desk of Dr. Fass

It’s unfortunate in this day and age that there are still some people who have such overwhelming dental problems that full dentures are the only viable option to restore a healthy oral environment. How well you might function with dentures is a very individual trait. Suffice it to say that at least half the success is a good mental attitude that you will learn to use these new tools. Read More »

Plaque Facts

December 4th, 2014

From the desk of Dr. Fass

Plaque, that sticky layer of bacteria that coats our teeth, is the source of most dental disease; Tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. But there’s more to dental plaque than meets the eye. Read More »

THE HISTORY OF ROOT CANAL

November 20th, 2014

From the desk of Dr. Fass

Half the readers of this column probably stopped at the topic and continued on to read the library notes or the dockets columns. That’s how powerful the image of root canal treatment has become over the years. By today’s standards, it’s surprising that a common, relatively easy and predictable procedure would have such a bad rep. But you need to understand some of the history to appreciate that reputation. Read More »

September 11th, 2014

TRENCH MOUTH
Trench mouth is an old term for what we now refer to as ANUG, or Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis. This is a very painful infection of the gums that can happen very quickly. Read More »

SENIOR DIETS AND ROOT DECAY

August 14th, 2014

The good news is that we’re all living longer. But with this longer life come some challenges to keep our bodies healthy to enjoy these additional years. Among these challenges is the drive to keep our natural teeth. 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 »

FACIAL PROTECTION

May 13th, 2014

April is National Facial Protection Month.  The American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Academy for Sports Dentistry have joined together to support and promote the event. Read More »

IMPLANTS

April 9th, 2014

Dental implants have come of age.  Over the last ten years or so, implant success rates have increased to be equal to other standard dental treatments, 98-99% over 5+ years.  This makes implants a routine option for care. Read More »

Dangerous Diets

February 26th, 2014

Many people resolve to lose weight as the Winter progresses and Spring clothing begins to appear in the stores.  According to a recent study, weight loss was the number 1 new year’s resolution for Americans in 2012 and 2013 with nearly $61 billion spent on weight loss products in 2011.  Products such as juice cleanses, diet drinks, smoothies, and shakes promise an easy way to cut overall calories in a flavorful way and without much effort. Read More »

ADAPTING TO DENTURES

January 2nd, 2014

Getting used to new dentures can take patience, but with perseverance and some practice, they can become completely comfortable.  Modern denture base materials are so good, so life-like and so compatible, that adapting is usually quite easy. Read More »

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