Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Online Dental Education Library Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums...

New Patients
... Earn the trust and respect of patients, profession and community...

Welcome
...With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice...

TV Host Maria Menounos Puts Diabetes in the Spotlight
...In fact, because she saw first hand the power of communication in the lives of diabetes patients and their families, Menounos is an avid ambassador for the American Diabetes Association...

Matthew Lewis Adult Orthodontics
...If you're wondering whether there's still time to get orthodontic work done, then take heart — it's never too late to straighten your teeth! Today, an estimated twenty percent of orthodontic patients are adults...

Stay Alert to Your Oral Health During Cancer Treatment
...Patients undergoing cancer treatment can develop painful ulcers and sores within the mouth cavity, and reduced immunity makes them more susceptible to tooth decay or gum disease (especially if risk factors were present before cancer treatment)...

A Fixed Bridge Remains an Effective Option for Tooth Replacement
... Some patients may not have enough bone mass to support an implant...

Tooth-Colored Fillings Are the Restoration of Choice for Ballroom Dance Star Cheryl Burke
... Lots of dental patients feel the same way, even if they don't spend time in front of television cameras...

X-Ray Radiation Exposure is Much Less than Daily Environmental Radiation
...But despite its obvious benefits, it’s still a form of released energy that exposes patients to a certain amount of radiation...

Lamar Odom Rebounds From Dental Anxiety
...With anxiety-relieving medications that can be delivered orally (in pill form or by gas) or intravenously (into the bloodstream), the techniques of sedation dentistry can help even the most fearful patients get the dental care they need...

Managing Gum Disease Could Benefit Other Conditions You May Have
...This is especially true for periodontal infections: the resulting inflammation can be greater and harder to control in diabetic patients...

An Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea may be the Right Option for You
...These effects can be so pronounced for some patients, they’re unable to adjust themselves to the machine...

Implant Placement in the 'Smile Zone' Requires Extra Attention
Dental implants are popular with both patients and dentists for their durability and likeness to natural teeth...

Dentistry is Changing to Meet Dental Care's Emerging Challenges
...Advances in 3-D digital imaging are giving dentists amazingly detailed views of patients’ mouths that surpass the accuracy of traditional imaging...

Monitoring Blood Pressure is Also Important During Dental Care
...That’s why it’s increasingly common for dental providers to include blood pressure monitoring for patients during routine visits...

Complications from Missing Teeth Could Limit Your Replacement Options
...Patients wear each individual tray for about two weeks, and then switch to the next tray in the series to continue the process...

Local Anesthesia Provides a More Pleasant and Thorough Dental Experience
...Because teeth and gum tissues are rich in nerves, patients can have a heightened level of sensitivity that can increase anxiety and discomfort during dental work...

Although Rare, Allergic Reactions to the Metal in Implants Could be a Concern
...A mix of metals — mainly mercury with traces of silver, copper and tin — dental amalgam has been used for decades with the vast majority of patients experiencing no reactions...

OTC Pain Relievers Usually Enough to Relieve Post-Procedure Mouth Discomfort
...While a few procedures may require prescription opioids or steroids to manage discomfort after a procedure, most patients need only a mild over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever...

Air Abrasion Offers a More Pleasant Dental Office Experience than Drills
...That and the noise it generates can be unsettling for many patients...

With Proper Management, Dental Implants can be a Reality for Diabetics
... Recent studies, though, are encouraging especially for patients who have their diabetes under control through medication, diet and exercise...

You can Still have Implants with Diabetes - if you have it under Control
... But research has shown that diabetics with good glucose management have as high a success rate (over 95% after ten years) as non-diabetic patients...

Root Canal Therapy
... Most patients who have root canal experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original...

Extractions
... Patients with extracted teeth sometimes need to take an antibiotic, and at the very least, take precautions following the procedure to ensure that infection doesn't occur...

Veneers
...Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers...

Implants
... Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure...

General Dentistry
The first line of defense against oral health problems In general dentistry, the dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the teeth, gums and maxillofacial (jaw and face) parts of the body...

Fillings
...However, no valid scientific evidence has shown that amalgams cause harm to patients with dental restorations, except in rare cases of allergic reactions...

Infection Control
... All hand instruments used on patients are washed, disinfected and/or sterilized with chemicals or steam after each use...

Medication and Heart Disease
... Antibiotic Prophylaxis In some cases, patients with compromised immune systems or who fear an infection from a dental procedure may take antibiotics before visiting the dentist...

Tobacco
Dentistry health care that works: tobacco The American Dental Association has long been a leader in the battle against tobacco-related disease, working to educate the public about the dangers inherent in tobacco use and encouraging dentists to help their patients break the cycle of addiction...

Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Patient
... (Adopted by the American Dental Association in 2009) American Dental Association Leads Fight for Patient Rights The American Dental Association has supported legislation that will set a few basic rules to promote high-quality care and protect patients in an increasingly bottom line-driven health care system...

Anesthesia
... Some patients, especially children, may require higher doses of anesthetic than others...

Air Abrasion
...The most exciting thing for patients is that air abrasion is painless and, in some cases, doesn't require an anesthetic...