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When you think about someone losing a tooth, what are the replacement options that come to mind? Although my goal in dentistry is always to prevent tooth loss, sometimes things happen and a patient ends up with a missing tooth or teeth. So we need some options on what to do next. Without getting too in depth on the history of tooth replacement options, I'll briefly review some of the "older" options then spend some time talking about dental implants, which have truly become t
I recently had my annual wellness visit with a physician whom I have been seeing for a few years now. She is a member of a group practice that is under the umbrella of one of the major hospital systems in Pittsburgh. While I truly like her as a person and trust her expertise, it became very clear to me at this last visit that her hands were tied in a way that hurts both her as the provider and me as the patient. As I sat in the exam room waiting for the doctor to enter, I not
For the second year in a row, I had the absolute pleasure of volunteering at an event hosted by Discovery Church called "A Night to Remember"- and oh, how aptly named!!! This annual event is a formal gala for young adults with a variety of physical and mental disabilities. Each guest was paired with a volunteer with whom to party the night away. "A Night to Remember" pulls out all of the stops for these amazing guests- before the event even begins, there is hair and makeup fo
Do you avoid ice in your drinks? Does the idea of biting into an ice cream cone send shivers down your spine? In my professional and personal life, I have noticed that most people at some point in their lives have experienced sensitivity. Some experience ongoing or chronic sensitivity, some have intermittent cold sensitivity, and others experience a one time "zing" for no apparent reason. So what exactly causes this sensitivity? The answer can be as varied as the symptoms the
Welcome to our first blog! Why did I start out with this topic? Simple answer: this is probably the most frequently asked question we get in our office. And I completely understand why! Even as a dentist, I sometimes feel overwhelmed while walking down the drugstore aisle dedicated entirely to toothpastes. Wouldn't it be nice if there was one blanket answer for everyone? Sorry to disappoint you, but there isn't :-( By asking a few key questions though, we can narrow down the