What happens if I do not have enough bone for dental implants?

This question comes up a lot. Many patients are told that they do not have enough bone left to have dental implants placed. Typically they had the teeth removed a while ago, they wore denture for long time, the bone melted away and all that is left now is an […] Read more »

Why is the Sinus Lift Needed?

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 »

Invisalign Treatment Steps

A lot of patients might have an idea of what the Invisalign treatment consists of, but here are the broken down steps: 1. The patients shows up for a consultation for Invisalign with a dentist or orthodontist. At that time, the patient will be examined and will find out if […] Read more »

The Importance of wearing the Retainers After Invisalign or Braces

After active orthodontic treatment(braces or Invisalign) the teeth have the tendency to move back into their initial position if they are not retained(kept in place). Actually this is the main problem in orthodontic therapy: retention. After one year or 18 month of treatment, it is very easy for the teeth to […] Read more »

Advantages of Invisalign Over Metal Braces

Invisalign braces  are a set of plastic aligners (plastic removable coating on the teeth) that have some force or torque incorporated in them when they are manufactured. That force is going to be transmitted to the teeth when the aligners are inserted in the mouth. The aligners are made of […] 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 »

Why Treat Gum Disease?

In United States, about 80% of the population has some sort of gum disease. If you think about, that means 4 out of 5 people have some sort of gum inflamation or infection, bad breath, mobile teeth, pus coming out through the gums, etc… One interesting characteristic of gum disease […] 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 »