Do My Silver Fillings Need to Be Replaced?

Silver fillings, also referred to as amalgam fillings, are used to treat cavities, and have been one of the most common dental restorations over the last century.  However, silver fillings contain mercury particles, and as such, have also been at the center of a long running debate related to patient safety.  Some dentists have recommended… Read more »

Inlay and Onlay Restorations

Alternatives to Conventional Fillings If you get a cavity, chances are that your dentist will recommend a filling.  There are two common types of fillings available, amalgam (aka silver) and composite resin (tooth-colored).  Although silver fillings have a proved track record of long-term success, there has been a general trend away from them in practice. … Read more »

How Many Teeth Do You Really Need?

Tooth replacement and the shortened dental arch This may seem like a silly question, but considering the cost of tooth replacement, this topic comes up frequently in real life.  To provide the answer, lets start with the fact that adults are supposed to have 32 permanent teeth.  However, the vast majority of people in the… Read more »

Different Types of Dentists

General Dentist General dentists are by far the most common type of dentist.  General dentistry encompasses all of the 9 recognized specialties listed below, though each general dentist is allowed to decide which procedures he/she will do.

Finding the Right Dentist

Over the past few years I have heard an increasing number of patients say how hard it can be to find the right dentist. First off, there are a number of different types of dentists (general dentists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, etc.) and many people are unaware of what each does or doesn’t do.  Another challenge… Read more »

Alternatives to Dentures

The recent passing of Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, better known as the inventor of modern dental implants, serves as a reminder of the remarkable impact that dental implants can have for patients currently struggling with conventional dentures.  Dental implants can be used in several different ways to help denture wearers and the purpose of this article… Read more »

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

“How much is a dental implant?” This is a common question from patients, and unfortunately it is not always so easy to answer. The purpose of this article is to outline the factors that affect the cost of dental implant therapy and offer recommendations to help patients understand their dental care.

Same-Day Dental Implants

Over the past few years, the possibility of removing one or more failing teeth, placing dental implants, and fitting artificial teeth in the same appointment has become increasingly popular.  This is certainly possible, but there are benefits and risks that patients should know about before agreeing to move forward with this type of protocol.