Dental Implants: The Recovery

recovering from dental implant surgeryThe recovery time following dental implant surgery tends to vary,but is usually based on the amount of teeth being implanted, whether or not a bone graft was needed and the individual and how well they manage their recovery. Luckily, the science and technology behind dental implants has improved drastically over the last few years, improving […]

Where Do Dental Implants Come From?

Where Do Dental Implants Come From?Dental implants have a surprisingly rich and interesting history. Across centuries and throughout cultures around the world there is evidence of attempts at replacing missing teeth with various objects and materials. The oldest dental implants can be traced back to 2000 BC in China, where missing teeth were substituted with bamboo pegs. Fast forward a […]

Impacted

about impacted teethWhen you hear this word in our office, it is most likely that we are talking about your wisdom teeth. And while we know that it may sound scary to have “impacted wisdom teeth”, we want you to know that, actually, it is very common. What are impacted wisdom teeth? Throughout evolutionary history, human mouths […]

Kaitlin’s Amazing Journey – Part 4

dental implant patient journeyIn each video journal entry, Kaitlin shares her progress and experience as she gets closer to having her new, permanent smile. After years of monthly dental visits for ailing teeth caused by a past eating disorder, Kaitlin is excited by the promise of having a permanent solution to her dental problems and a confident, beautiful […]

Autograft vs. Allograft

autograft vs allograftSo, you were recently told by your doctor that you need a bone graft, but you aren’t quite sure what that means. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that is used to fix bones or joints that were damaged by trauma, and it is also used to replace bone that is missing to provide […]

Why do we have wisdom teeth, anyway?

Wisdom teeth were once an extremely valuable asset to our ancestors. When a typical diet consisted of chewy plants and uncooked meat, third molars (wisdom teeth), which fit easily into our ancestors’ larger jaws, were absolutely necessary. Wisdom teeth were the evolutionary answer to the need for chewing power to combat excessive wear. Today, our […]

Missing Teeth: More than Just a Gap in Your Smile

While it is true that the most obvious effect of missing teeth is a gap in your smile, missing teeth can cause other problems that you might not be immediately aware of. For example, did you know that for every missing tooth you have you lose 10 percent of your chewing ability? Read on to […]

Making Progress – Journal Entry #3

With surgery #1 under her belt, Kaitlin is beaming with hope and pride as expressed in her third entry of her video journal. Watch more of Kaitlin’s inspiring story, this time as she shares her experience after her first surgery. Another step has been completed in her journey toward a new, permanent smile and renewed […]

Kaitlin’s Amazing Journey – Part 2

In this entry of Kaitlin’s video journal, she talks about her feelings of nervousness and excitement heading into her first permanent, full-smile restoration procedure, with Dr. Lane. Kaitlin’s teeth were badly damaged from eating disorders while growing up. Drs. Lane and Scardella, and other dental professionals are working to give her back the beautiful smile […]

Kaitlin’s Amazing Journey – Part 1

Eating disorders took Kaitlin’s smile away 15 years ago. Drs. Lane and Scardella, and other professionals in the dental community are in the process of giving Kaitlin her smile and, most importantly, her self-confidence back. This amazing story of a complex oral health case coming full circle speaks to the amazing power of Kaitlin’s strength […]