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 ...
Ask the Dentist Column
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 ...
November 5, 2014
Q: My sister lost all of her teeth due to gum disease without ever having any pain to warn her. Is there any new technology that can prevent my teeth from reaching the same fate? A: I know ...
October 29, 2014
Q: While traveling, my temporary crowns and veneers kept breaking. I wont get back to Florida until early next month. I am angry with my dentist. Why are they not lasting until my permanent crowns are ready? A: Easy there. If you ...
October 22, 2014
Q: I take Boniva for osteoporosis and need dental implants. I read I cannot have them due to dangers in healing from my medication. Is this true? A: Unfortunately, consumers today are getting most of their information from ...
October 15, 2014
Q: I’m 70 years old and would like a more attractive smile. I show way too much gum and have crooked dark teeth. My neighbor is an orthodontist and claims that I need to go with braces for one to two ...
October 8, 2014
Q: Several years ago I had six upper implants placed to secure my denture. I recall that my previous dentist said that two of the implants “did not take”, but allowed him to use the remaining four to support the denture. ...
October 1, 2014
Q: I have no upper teeth and have been using a full upper denture for decades that is horribly loose. I recently landed a new job that will finally allow me to invest in implants, but I cannot bare the ...
September 24, 2014
Q: I am missing all my upper and lower teeth. How many implants for permanent teeth would I need to have a full arch of non-removable? A: Tombs of classic literature repeatedly refer to the mystical number 3, ...