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What is the Vertical Dimension of Occlusion?  Laymen’s terms, please! At its most basic, the vertical dimension of occlusion is a measurement between two specific points when the teeth are biting fully.  As teeth wear or shift, this measurement changes.   It is very important if you are having major dental work that your face and your mouth are comfortable when […]

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When is it necessary to complete Full Mouth Restorations & Periodontal Plastic Surgery? Let’s start this discussion by looking at a dental situation where Full Mouth Restorations are the best treatment for the patient’s concerns. This case also demonstrates a situation where Periodontal Plastic Surgery significantly improved the outcome. Jody’s main concerns: Alignment – The teeth used to be even […]

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What can be done when the teeth are severely worn and uneven? Sometimes the damage to the teeth is so extensive that the only way to make a significant change is to complete what we call “Full Mouth Restorations.”  This blog describes how completing full mouth restorations provided a solution to the problem of severely worn and uneven teeth. So […]

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What is a chairside tooth veneer or a direct composite veneer? Is a direct composite veneer different than a porcelain veneer?  This blog will answer some basic questions about the differences between direct composite veneers which are also called ‘chairside veneers’ and porcelain veneers. The patient above was concerned about the appearance of her front four teeth.  She had heard […]

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What is a ‘Reverse Smile’? and Options to Correct a ‘Reverse Smile‘. Have you heard the term, ‘Reverse Smile‘?  What does that mean?  What is a ‘reverse smile‘ and what are some options to correct this? A reverse smile is simply a when the edges of the upper teeth follow along a reverse or inverted curve to the lower lip. […]

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Tips for balancing life with career, family, friends and self. This article was submitted to the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry to keep the membership abreast of what’s happening in the world of credentialing.  I am far from an authority of life management but I do work on this daily and have found the following bullet points useful.  These ideas […]

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Why is it that these days you can’t tell whether someone’s terrific smile is a gift of nature or has been revitalized by dentistry?  It’s because fabulous restorative materials like porcelains and ceramics are used to create veneers, crowns, and bridges that are so beautiful and translucent that they look just like natural enamel.  A talented ceramist can recreate color […]

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 There are many reasons to replace crowns – poor aesthetics is one of them! Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health with Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry This is our office‘s byline, so it is fun to show one of many beautiful results!  All-porcelain crowns replace the existing porcelain fused to metal crowns that had metal below the porcelain.  Metal is often used to strengthen […]

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Porcelain Veneers or Instant Orthodontics? Carla was concerned about her crooked anterior teeth and wanted to see what could be done to improve her smile.  We discussed the options and advantages/disadvantages of orthodontics and porcelain veneers or some combination of these two. Braces were an option to improve the alignment, but she did not want to do this.  Even if the teeth […]

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