The short answer to the title’s question is “because the lowering of the sinus floor was not prevented earlier”. The more detailed answer follows below. One very specific type of bone graft is the sinus lift. The maxilary sinus is located above the roots of the upper teeth from the […] Read more »
Why Some Patients Need Bone Graft or Sinus Lift?
In order for the dental implant to integrate with the bone(fuse, bond with the bone), it has to be surrounded by a layer of bone of at least 1.5 mm. Sometimes, some patients do not have enough thickness of the bone to ensure that the implant is completely surrounded by […] Read more »
How Comfortable is Invisalign?
How Comfortable is Invisalign? Very comfortable. And I am saying this from my personal experience. I am wearing Invisalign clear aligners myself at this point and I can state that they are very comfortable. Most of the time I am not even aware that they are in. When I take them […] Read more »
What is a Permanent Denture?
A denture is a man made set of teeth for the upper and/or lower jaws. After the teeth are lost, all that is left is the gums covering the jaw bone. It is not the best situation to function. Practically a person cannot chew with the bare gums, being limited […] Read more »
Psychologic and Other Side Effects of Missing Teeth
Nearly 50% of the adults in United States have missing teeth. As dentists we wonder how come in the richest country in the world, with all the financial and technology resources, we still have a lot of patients losing teeth. The two main clinical factors are gum disease and dental […] Read more »
What Toothpaste Should I Use ?
This question comes up often when doing the 6 months recall exam or exams for new patients. It could be quite confusing for a patient what toothpaste to use when there are so many products out there, each of them claiming to be the best. There are probably as many […] Read more »
Why Are The Refined Sugars So Bad For You?
Why are the refined sugars so bad for your teeth? In the natural form the sugars are found as glucose, fructose, galactose, sucrose, sacharose, starch, etc…in fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, etc…in low concentrations and blended with proteins and fats. Because they are combined with other structures and they are in […] Read more »
How Often to Brush and Floss?
By surveying my new patients on the subject of brushing and flossing, I realized that the general public does not really know how many times they should brush daily and especially how many times they should floss. The very few who know(about 5%) do not follow what they know all […] Read more »
Mercury Safe Dentist with a Holistic Dentistry Approach
Amalgam(silver) fillings contain 50% mercury, 35% Silver and 15% Tin, Copper and Zinc. The percentage of Mercury in the dental fillings is huge. One silver dental filling weights on average 1000 mg. That means it contains about 500mg of mercury. If a patient has 10 silver fillings, that patient carries […] Read more »
Importance of Pediatric Dentistry
People are born with 20 baby(deciduos) teeth. They start coming out(erupting) at the age of 6 months and continue erupting until the age of 18-24 months. There are 8 incisors, 4 canines and 8 molars. At the age of 6-7 yo, the front teeth(incisors) start being replaced by permanent incisors. The […] Read more »