worn-teeth"I want to keep my teeth for a lifetime-!"----Its very rare to find anyone who does not have that as a goal. What we are finding as dentists is that the increased lifespan is creating challenges to that goal. What is happening is teeth are just simply WEARING OUT! If you see chipping or flattening on the edges of the top front teeth, it is a tip off that the hard enamel layer is damaged. For teeth to last 80,90,or even 100 years the wearing must be addressed -----or it could be a disaster. The next time you are in for a dental visit ask about how the enamel is holding up. It could save you dollars and -------your teeth!

A common statement I hear from teeth whitening patients in my office from attempts at making their smile brighter is "whitening doesn't work for me, I have tried everything and they went back to the same color".

In taking their history, various whitening methods will have been tried. Among them:

  1. A one time procedure with a light that changes them multiple shades, but fades back.
  2. Over the counter methods like crest strips and such that give mediocre results but gain less than expected.
  3. Tray systems that are involved with whitening materials that helped some but not a bright as you expected.

Bottom line -  teeth whitening is generally an experience that most feel did not give the expected result.

Tooth Grinding HeadacheTo continue to be current on the latest information for my patients, I just attended an extensive, in-depth training on a growing dental disease trend - Tooth grinding. Other names associated with tooth grinding are bruxism or clenching.

It is associated with symptoms in a percentange of individuals such as headaches, jaw aches, toothaches and muscle spasms of the head and neck. But here in lies the irony- more than 70% of people who grind do NOT know they do. The take home lesson, is you could be inflicting irreversible damage and wear without realizing it. It is also known to be linked to sleep apnea, which is also increasing at a rapid rate unfortunately.

richard_webI trust you will truly find unique. It is designed to be frank and based on my experience of thirty-plus years in dentistry, thousands of hours of continuing education through conventions, seminars, webinars, CD's and study clubs. I am always learning and most importantly, listening to my patients.

Common concerns that most patients have are is it going to hurt, how much does it cost, and how long does it take. After these entry level concerns, are the dentist and team likable and trustworthy?  When you get to the foundation of a patients concern, however other things that are extremely important include:

  1. Does my dentist and team have my very best interests at heart?
  2. Can I find good rapport and develop professional relationships with my dentist and team?
  3. Will they truly listen to whats important to me?
  4. Will they not make me feel bad or ridicule my past dental histroy or present conditions?