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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 »

EVOLUTION OF THE DENTAL CROWN

June 18th, 2014

When teeth have lost a significant portion of their structure to decay or trauma, a dental crown (sometimes referred to as a cap) is indicated for long term protection and functional rebuilding of the tooth.  This treatment has been done for thousands of years.  Crowns and bridges go back to the ancient Etruscans in about 200 AD and, as with everything else, the process keeps getting refined and materials keep changing. 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 »

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 »

Your Toothbrush

November 12th, 2013

Of all the things we can do to maintain our health, tooth brushing is perhaps the easiest to perform.   The new public education campaign of 2minutes twice a day stresses the importance of proper brushing.  (For more information about the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign go to www.2min2x.org).  But which brush to pick and how to take care of it and when to replace it? Read More »

GETTING OLDER

September 26th, 2013

As we age, the body undergoes changes that are inevitable.  But as our medical knowledge advances, we identify some changes that, while once thought to be a fact of aging, are indeed preventable.  Such is the case with the loss of teeth.  As recently as 50 years ago, 80% of  Americans reaching the age of 65 had lost all of their teeth.  Today, that figure is under 20%. 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 »

ROOT CANAL OR IMPLANT

April 12th, 2012

With the advent of new technologies, dental implants that replace missing teeth have become very reliable and quite common.  In fact, implants have become the standard of care in many situations.  This has led to new decision making when faced with the prospect of a damaged tooth. Read More »

CARE OF FULL DENTURES

March 1st, 2012

This past year, a group of researchers looked into the recommendations that we give to patients who wear dentures.  It seems that many of the instructions we provided did not have proper scientific study or proof of benefit. Read More »

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