Cosmetic Dental Blog

Update on Dr Stafford’s Jack-O-Lantern smile

Published on December 1, 2011 by

There are three common reasons why people lose their teeth. 1) The tooth is ruined by decay. 2) The bone support is destroyed by periodontal disease. 3) The tooth is knocked out by some trauma. I lost my tooth due to another, less common, cause. I was having intermittent mild pain in the tooth so […]

What’s the Big Deal about Baby Teeth?

Published on July 18, 2011 by

When facing the decision to invest in restoring decayed primary teeth, I am often asked the legitimate question by parents. “Why should we put money into the baby teeth? Aren’t they just going to come out anyway?” Primary teeth are smaller and less durable than permanent teeth which have much thicker enamel and larger roots. […]

Dental Insurance 201

Published on July 16, 2011 by

In my last column I explained the difference between medical “insurance” and dental “benefits.” Understanding this is critical. The next step is to find out just exactly what benefits you have. It is important for you, the policy holder, to obtain this information from the insurance carrier or the human resources department at your work. […]

Dental implants Simplified

Published on June 30, 2011 by

One of the most positive developments in dentistry during the last decade is the increase in the success and popularity of dental implants to replace missing teeth. In this article I intend to outline, in ordinary language, what dental implants are and what they are used for. Dental implants are pure titanium cylinders that are […]

Dental Insurance 101

Published on June 6, 2011 by

In my experience, the topic which causes the most misunderstanding in dentistry is dental insurance. My goal in this series of articles is to give you some basic information to help you understand this often confusing issue. First of all the term “insurance” is really a misnomer in the context of dentistry. The word “insurance” […]

Pearls from Boston

Published on May 25, 2011 by

I recently returned from the annual conference of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in Boston. This meeting, more than any other, re-ignites my passion for dentistry and gives me a higher vision of what is possible to achieve. The lectures and workshops I attended were first rate, and the knowledge and skills I acquired […]

The Truth about Tooth Colored Fillings

Published on May 6, 2011 by

In the last decade tooth colored fillings have become a very popular alternative choice to traditional silver/mercury amalgams. The latest insurance company statistics show that 65% of the fillings placed in the US are tooth colored composites compared to 35% amalgam. If you prefer tooth colored fillings, there are some things you need to know. […]

What Sally Fields Doesn’t Tell You

Published on April 17, 2011 by

Bisphosphonates are medications commonly used to prevent or treat osteoporosis (a thinning of the bones) or as part of cancer treatment. Some bisphosphonate medications (such as Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva) are taken orally (swallowed). Others, such as Aredia, Bonefos, Didronel or Zometa, are administered intravenously (injected into a vein). In rare instances, some individuals receiving bisphosphonate […]


Published on April 6, 2011 by

According to the American Dental Association, more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented annually in this country by sports mouthguards. While this is an impressive preventative figure, unfortunately many teeth will still be damaged because failure to wear a proper sports mouthguard exposes an athlete to a 60 times greater chance of dental injury. In […]

Change the Oil in Your Mercedes

Published on March 16, 2011 by

I see patients in my office who have previously committedsignificant amounts of time and money to have their teethrestored. They have replaced missing teeth, repaired damagedones, straightened them, and enhanced the appearance oftheir pearly whites through a variety of cosmetic procedures.Most of these folks recognize the importance of follow up careto preserve their investment, but […]

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