Dental Implants

Dental implants are now an accepted treatment for missing teeth. Dental implants can be placed in healthy patients in about an hour. Although there are different sizes of implants and hundreds of companies that make dental implants, all dental implants require certain conditions for implant success. Over all, the five year survival rate of an implant depends on many factors. The patient must have healthy bone and a healthy body to increase the success of an implant. The maxillary bone or upper jaw bone is softer and not as dense as the mandibular or lower jaw bone. The lower jaw bone has a much higher success rate then the upper jaw for implants. The five year survival rate for implants is 85-95%.
Patients who smoke or who have have poor bone quality are discouraged from having dental implants. There must also be adequate bone width and height to receive a dental implant. If there is inadequate bone to accept a dental implant, then a bone graft is recommended.
The implant is a titanium root that is placed in the bone and gum. After the implant heals, a crown or tooth is cemented onto or into the implant. when finished and restored, the dental implant, looks natural, like any other tooth in your mouth

New Painless Cavity Detection Method

Diagnodent is a new FDA approved laser cavity detector. The Diagnodent uses a painless laser that can detect cavities that traditional methods usually miss. Developed in Germany by Kavo Corporation, the Diagnodent detects cavities that lie below the surface and are easily missed with a dental explorer or dental pick. The Diagnodent is painless and emits an audible noise when a cavity is found. The Diagnodent can detect cavities on the surface of the tooth. Cavity detection X-rays are still required to find cavities in between teeth. The dentists at Main Family Dental Care employ the Diagnodent during routine examinations.

White or silver fillings

Patients always ask me if I recommend white composite or silver fillings. Silver or amalgam fillings have gotten lots of press lately because of the mercury content of these fillings. I offer both in our office and I let patients decide which is best for them after they have all facts. Silver fillings have been around for over 100 years, and yes a silver filling does contain mercury along with other important metals such as silver, zinc and copper. Silver and zinc prevent the tooth from reinfecting with another cavity. The mercury that is in the filling is inert and bound and does not leak or dissolve. When patients say they want to replace their silver fillings because they are unhealthy , I always ask, what are you going to replace them with? White fillings also contain harmful chemicals such as Bis-Phenol A which does leak and is a know carcinogen. Bis-Phenol-A also damages kidneys and causes diabetes. White fillings leak and many times when I remove a white dental filling, there is usually decay under the white filling. The reason? Bacteria can eat a white filling, bacteria can’t eat silver. Silver has been used for centuries to clean water. In ancient times water was stored in vessel with bars of silver to kill germs. Modern in home water filters use silver to purify water.
We do however use white fillings. We use white fillings on front teeth for aesthetics and we do place white fillings on back molars when a patient request a white filling. We do not recommend replacement of a good silver filling with a white filling. It is unethical and illegal for any dentist to recommend removal of a good silver filling just to replace with a white filling. Any dentist that does this is committing fraud and does not have your best interest in mind. He only has his own best financial interest in mind.
You may have also heard that silver fillings crack teeth, this is false and in fact white fillings have been known to crack teeth during the curing process. Any dentist that tells you that silver fillings cause any systemic disease is scaring you and committing fraud and does not have your best interest in mind.
And that’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth.