Year: 2014

Are Metal Free Dental Implants the Wave of the Future?

A dental  implant, called CeraRoot, is an all ceramic dental implant (non-metal).  This implant was FDA approved in 2011 and is made of zirconium.  Zirconium has been used for crowns in dentistry and is known for its strength and durability under pressure. Many patients like the idea of non-metal implants and this offers them an …

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What Causes TMJ Pain

The healthy function of your teeth and jaws (TMJ) depends on the proper balance and function of your jaw joints, facial muscles and teeth. Harmony between the jaw joints, jaw muscles, and teeth is what allows one to function without strain or tensions. If these three factors are not in balance  a wide range of disorders can follow. A …

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Can Underbite and Overbite Problems be Corrected Non-surgically?

Many patients present with overbite and underbite dental problems.  A large number of these can be corrected non-surgically and without braces. This is all related to the bite or the way the teeth meet together.  Bad bites can contribute to the collapse of facial muscles which can in turn cause a host of problems from: …

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Is Surgery Necessary to Fix My TMJ Pain?

Most TMJ patients are relieved to find that surgery is most often not needed to help them with their TMD issues and that there are often many non-surgical TMJ options. There are certainly some indications for surgery, however, in our office, almost 95% can be treated non-surgically. In fact, more so today than ever before, advanced non-surgical options …

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Can Dental Implants Look Natural and Cosmetic?

Many patients are concerned about dental implants and if they can look natural with cosmetic dentistry on the front teeth.  With proper surgical and restorative planning they can.  The photo below is of a young lady who had accident and broke the upper right front tooth and fractured the upper left front tooth beyond repair.  This tooth had …

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Will People Know I have Porcelain Veneers?

Will people know I have porcelain veneers?  Porcelain veneers are an artform and science as well. Patients have different desires and thoughts about what they would like achieved with veneers. Some desire Hollywood White teeth and others prefer to have a natural white appearance that fits them as an individual. To best answer the question, …

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Great News About Chocolate!

An article in the NY Times discusses recent research  reports showing an antioxidant in chocolate appears to improve memory skills that some people lose as they age. The research, conducted by scientists at Columbia University Medical Center, shows that healthy individuals who drank a mixture high in antioxidants called cocoa flavanols for three months performed better  on …

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Cosmetic Dentistry: The Importance of Design with Porcelain Veneers

Are all natural teeth the same?  Obviously not, so porcelain veneers should be designed for the individual and designed differently for different patients.  These after photos are pictures of the same case in which we used different smile designs to show how important artistry is when working designing porcelain veneers.  These are two differently designed …

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Dental Implants Used to Replace Lower Dentures: Fixed Dental Hybrid Bridge (All-on-4)

This photo shows a lower fixed dental All-on-4, Teeth in a day type prosthesis and an existing upper denture. Nobel Biocare coined this term, however, more than 4 implants are often used. These “bridges” are firmly anchored in place by implants and are fixed, patients cannot remove them.  Most patients love this type of bridge …

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Do I Have to Live With a TMJ Splint the Rest of My Life?

The answer is NO! Patients frequently come into the office asking this question, so TMJ Dentist Dr. Konig wants to address this concern. Many times patients are treated with large appliances/splints to help with their TMJ issues.  Fortunately, these appliances do sometimes help relieve or decrease patients TMJ pain.  Most of these splints are arbitrarily …

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