Patient Education

We believe that an educated patient is a healthier patient. The better informed you are about dental health, the wiser you'll be when making decisions about care and treatment. Included here are videos explaining various dental procedures, as well as post-surgical instructions for ensuring a healthy recovery.


Single Tooth Implant Tooth Replacement

The steps of a single stage placement of an implant and then a crown. It is called single stage because the healing cap is placed at the same time as the implant fixture, eliminating another surgery to expose the implant and place the healing cap. After a few months of healing the healing cap is removed and the final crown restoration is cemented on top of the post and core.

Denture Supported by 4 Implants and a Bar

This animation shows 4 dental implants connected by a bar. It supports the denture and keeps it in place.

Other Implant Videos:

Bridge vs. Implant Tooth Replacement: two types of tooth replacement options. A bridge and an Implant. It shows that through time the Implant is a much better option to replace a missing tooth. The bridge eventually fails and more teeth are lost. Also due to the missing teeth there is atrophy of the ridge and the area does not look as natural as the implant option.

Lower Back Tooth Loss Problems: this movie demonstrates the problems that can occur when the back (posterior) teeth are missing in one jaw and the teeth in the opposing jaw over erupt. In this case the lower teeth are missing and the upper teeth overerupt. The area of tooth loss atrophies and the top teeth are eventually lost.

Tooth Removal and Immediate Implant: the extraction of a broken tooth with an implant being placed immediately. This example shows that we can correct some minor bone deficiencies by grafting the area at the same time. In this situation the area will be closed and a two-stage type of implant placement will be performed.

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How Braces Work 1

See how 'memory' allows the wire to be bent in different directions to allow for the alignment of the teeth. The orthodontic brackets are attached to the wire and follow its 'memory'.

How Braces Work 2

Braces are used to make a tooth move sideways without tipping. The teeth are stabilized with braces and a wire. An elastic is used to apply a constant force on the tooth. The periodontal ligament allows the tooth movement and bone remodeling to occur.

Other Orthodontic Videos:

Flossing Around Braces: we can use floss to clean the teeth with braces. It takes a little more time to clean around braces, but once the technique is mastered it becomes quite easy.

Thumb Sucking Problem: the habit of thumb sucking in children can cause very severe orthodontic problems. The thumb acts like an appliance that moves the teeth. The front teeth are moved apart and the back teeth overerupt to make the problem even worse.

Eruption of Baby and Permanent Teeth: this movie demonstrates normal eruption of the primary and permanent teeth. The eruption position corresponds to the patient's age, which is shown along the bar at the bottom. This eruption sequence represents an average patient; an actual patient's sequence and timing may vary.

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General Dentistry

Tooth Anatomy

Basic anatomy of the tooth and surrounding tissues.

Cavity and Tooth Destruction

A demonstration of the consequences of not treating a cavity. It shows how the situation worsens over time if left untreated. If the cavity reaches the pulp tissue, we will need to perform root canal therapy to save the tooth.

Other General Dentistry Videos:

3-Unit Bridge: a bridge is a more permanent option for replacing one or more missing teeth. It can usually be completed in two visits. One disadvantage of this option is continued bone resorption, which can lead to compromised aesthetics. In addition, the adjacent teeth have to be cut down (prepared) and, if these teeth are healthy and without decay, it is not an ideal procedure to perform.

Root Canal Treatment: a root canal treatment procedure involves removing the decayed part of the tooth followed by filling the canals with sealant material and then restoring it with one or two posts and a resin filling. For ideal treatment a crown should be placed on the tooth to prevent fracture.

Progression of Periodontal Disease: view how the teeth and gums look on the outside during the progression of Periodontal Disease. The act of biting puts even more stress on the teeth making them more mobile as they continue to lose tissue and bone support. Periodontal disease can lead to such severe levels that the teeth actually fall out on their own.

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Diagnosis of Poor Gums and Consequences

How we check for areas of minimal attached gingiva (sometimes called Marginal Gingiva). The areas that do not have enough attached gingiva often experience recession on the buccal (outer) area of the tooth.

Pocket Recording Around Teeth

How we can determine pocket depths around teeth. The amount of bone loss around teeth can also be evaluated from these pocket readings. The dentist checks 6 areas around every tooth to get accurate recordings. Pocket depths and bone loss readings are important in determining the type of treatment that may be needed.

Other Periodontics Videos:

Recession Correction Gum Graft: this movie shows how we use a connective tissue graft to cover root exposure.

Recession Correction Gum Flap: how we can manipulate the soft tissue around a recession defect to cover the exposed root without having to perform a graft from another area of the mouth.

Bone Surgery for Filling Under Gums: a broken tooth that needs to be restored. The bone level must be lowered in order to be able to restore the fractured tooth.

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Wisdom Teeth Causing Crooked Teeth

How wisdom teeth can put pressure on the arch and cause crowded teeth. This can occur even after orthodontic treatment.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

This movie demonstrates how we remove a wisdom tooth that has been impacted in soft tissue (not in bone).

Other Surgery Videos:

Wisdom Tooth Removal Complicated: the removal of a wisdom tooth that is closely associated with the mandibular nerve.

Facial Surgery Large Jaw Correction: this movie demonstrates how we can correct mandibular prognathism. The lower jaw is cut on an angle and the front slides back over the rear piece. The jaw is kept in place for healing with bone screws in the jaw as well as braces on both the top and bottom arches.

Sinus Grafting with Implant Placement: how we can perform a sinus lift grafting procedure as well as implant placement at the same time.

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