September 23, 2018

All-on-Four is a treatment modality for replacing all of the teeth in a single arch (either upper or lower). It is called All-on-Four, because all of the teeth are replaced by a fixed dental prosthesis (like a denture or a bridge) that is supported by four implants. So...

September 17, 2018

One of the most frustrating things for dental implant patients is waiting for healing. After implant placement we wait four to six months before restoring - or putting the abutment and crown on - the implant. Why do we need to wait that long? Bones heal slowly!

If you f...

Braces, used to move teeth, are usually associated with nerdy junior high kids in movies. Orthodontics has come a long way since the practice first started. These days we can use braces that are clear, attach to the inside of your teeth, or even are removable (think In...

Before we place implants on any of our patients we always take a 3D x-ray called a CBCT scan. This allows us to measure the amount of bone present, and the proximity of any anatomical structures that we wouldn't want to stick an implant into (like your nerves, blood ve...

"Our objective should be the perpetual preservation of what remains rather than the meticulous reconstruction of what is lost"

-- Dr. Muller DeVaan, Prosthodontist

I heard this quote at a continuing education class recently and immediately wrote it down. As a dentist I s...

April 23, 2018

 In dentistry we have a name for the area of the mouth consisting of the front six to eight teeth. We call this area the "aesthetic zone". This is because it is so important for your smile; these teeth are your "money makers". They are the teeth people see when you tal...

April 18, 2018

This case is a great example of minimally invasive implant placement using technology. This patient came in to our office stating that he had been missing his lower back teeth for a while and was interested in having implants placed to replace the teeth. Here is a scre...

January 17, 2018

There are three main components to most implant restorations. There is an implant, which is the titanium post that is implanted in the jaw bone and serves as an anchor. It is like a synthetic root of a tooth. Then there is the crown, which is the sparkly white part tha...

January 10, 2018


For my first non "Welcome" post on Smile Again, I thought I'd start out with something rather basic, but foundational. What are Dental Implants? How do they work? Why would anyone want one?

The simplest way to explain the role of dental implants is to call them "artif...

January 3, 2018

Welcome to Smile Again, my blog about dental implants. I started this blog for two reasons. Firstly, I enjoy writing. Putting digital pen to paper helps me organize my thoughts and often helps me find insight and clarity. Secondly, I started this blog to inform the gen...

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