Q: I would really like to fix my smile, but I know veneers can be costly. Do dentists use the zero interest credit cards called Care Credit that many plastic surgeons use? A: You know what gets me. Ever since ...
Ask the Dentist Column
January 14, 2015
Q: I was told I have severe bone loss and deep pockets on one side of several back, molar teeth. The doctor wants to pull them and replace them with implants. Is there any possibility to save teeth in this condition? Can I ...
January 7, 2015
Rather than spend more “quality” time (yes that is in quotes) with my family in New York, I spent the winter break with my wife and son in the jungle. (Ok, Royal Caribbean dropped us off, but it was the jungle non-the ...
December 24, 2014
Q: I’m a physician and regular reader of your column. I notice that my patients who wear dentures seem to have more respiratory problems than those without dentures. Is there any proof of this in your literature? Dr. Steve MD A: Glad to ...
December 17, 2014
Man! I’m still recuperating from a hellish Thanksgiving. My son called me an “idiot”, my brother-in-law told me I’m “no Tom Cruise” in reference to my appearance, one of my older sisters laid a guilt trip on my about not visiting my ...
December 10, 2014
Q: I hear from my friends who have had implants all different stories: Some had crowns attached right away on their implants, some after three months, some after six months, some after a whole year. Why the variation? A: Thanks to the ...
December 4, 2014
Q: How important is the brand of implant and how do I know which are the best? A: Squeezed between billboards yelling “Freeze your Fat!” and “Ron Jon Surf Shop” I recently spotted an ad for $400 dental implants. Radio also ...
November 26, 2014
Q: I have none of my teeth left and suffer with dentures. I have several French Canadian friends with the same issues due to poor dental care as children. We have heard some bad stories of implants failing and patients losing their ...
November 19, 2014
Q: Why are my brand new front and back crowns trapping food up in the gum line between the teeth? This is very annoying! A: I actually answered this reader’s question by having him shoot me an iPhone picture. I ...
November 12, 2014
Q: My new dentist wants to replace all my silver fillings with composite resin, white fillings because he believes that the mercury in the amalgam fillings is toxic. Is this appropriate? A: Let me first answer the ...