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It's about emotions!

July 24th, 2017

Most decisions are made on an emotional basis. This is the conclusion of current research of human behavior.

When we first met Marilyn, she wanted to know her options about one front tooth that had decay.

In a process of co-discovery, it became evident that Marilyn wanted more. She really wanted to be proud of her smile!

It was an emotional decision to proceed with a comprehensive approach to improve Marilyn's smile. A rewarding one! This process was successful because it was based on solid knowledge, skill and exemplary communication between the treating clinicians, Drs. Mears and Ntounis.

Initial situation

Proper planning with the final result in mind

Implants placed according to template

Before and after

Marilyn's radiant new smile!

No guess work here! Use of digital technology allows for safe, predictable and awesome transformations!

June 26th, 2017

The use of digital technology has revolutionized the way we practice. It allows for safer implant placement and allows us to provide magnificent treatment! This patient came to us and was concerned about broken down teeth that severely affected her quality of life.

After comprehensive planning, we were able to provide a complete make-over in one visit and provide our patient with teeth she can enjoy. She looks amazing and her implants will perform for the rest of her life.  They were placed in a fully-guided manner with the help of computer technology in the best positions available! She can now smile confidently!

No guess work here!

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Initial condition affecting esthetics and the ability to eat properly.

Digital set-up of new teeth (in green) superimposed on the existing broken down dentition

Digital planning for implant placement in the best positions possible!

Within a day, our patient leaves with fixed teeth. This set will serve as a "test drive" before the final upper and lower implant supported bridges in 6 months. The transformation is life changing and our patient is so happy!

Have you been told that you don't have enough bone for implants?

March 27th, 2017

Good thing technology and techniques improve! Drs. Ntounis and Pitman travelled to Budapest, Hungary to attend a rigorous course on a brand new technique that allows getting bone back to resorbed areas of the jaws. The course was given in the prestigious Urban bone regeneration center by the leading expert in this field.

This technique allows for bone growth in all the areas of the mouth! We can confidently say that we have a great solution here in the US for severely resorbed jawbone.

Flossing- Myths and reality

August 4th, 2016

It all started with an ambitious reporter Jeff Donn and an Associated Press BIG STORY!

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/f7e66079d9ba4b4985d7af350619a9e3/medical-benefits-dental-floss-unproven.

It is true that the evidence as evaluated scientifically from systematic reviews and meta-analyses may demonstrate weak evidence on the efficacy of flossing. The truth of the matter is that flossing efficacy has never been studied properly. According to a statement released by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP): ""Because the development of periodontal disease is slow in nature and because a variety of factors can impact its progression, studies that examine the efficacy of daily flossing are best conducted over a number of years and among a large population." https://www.perio.org/consumer/AAP-recommends-flossing

The fact that existing evidence appear weak according to our strictest scientific criteria can be misinterpreted by the public as there is no need to floss !! Such a gross conclusion is not only wrong but also harmful for our patients...

In fact, it's not even about flossing... it is more about cleaning between our teeth. Most of our long standing patients with periodontal disease (a chronic inflammatory condition), have had treatment that has resulted in more open areas between their teeth. In fact for these patients, floss is not the most appropriate way to clean between the teeth. In these cases we recommend inter-proximal brushes and other means to effectively remove plaque.

I wonder if there are published evidence that are deemed strong according to our strictest criteria that the parachute works?? Guess what... NO! http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC300808/

Does that mean that I am not going to use one if I had to jump off a plane??

We recommend flossing or even more importantly cleaning between your teeth daily to avoid gum disease and cavities! Next time you are in check with Drs. Pitman and Ntounis!