Is Vaping Safe?

Is Vaping Safe?

I have never been a cigarette smoker, but they have impacted my life significantly. My maternal grandfather died from emphysema when I was an infant after roughly 40 years of smoking unfiltered Camels. My father smoked and tried to quit for many years unsuccessfully, and died from a heart attack at the age of 57....
Becoming a published author

Becoming a Published Author

A few months ago I hit a very cool personal milestone. A research project that I completed in dental school was published in a dental scientific journal. So what does it mean to have research published? It means that you conducted a research project or study that has something unique about it, and it is added to…

youtube video explaining dental bridges

Dental bridges explained in a Youtube Video

What is a bridge? When is it used? Watch this Youtube video explaining dental bridges. More info on the subject available at the bridges service page of our website. Bridges commonly involve the process of making a provisional or temporary bridge. Read about that process here. Check out our Youtube Channel for educational videos about dentistry, our practice, and...

Why do dentists use temporaries?

Why do dentists us temporaries? In previous posts I have talked a bit about crowns – what they are, why they are needed, and what is involved in making them. In this post I will explain temporaries. Some readers may have had this experience – a dentist tells you that you need a crown, and…

Sedation Dentistry

According to a survey from the 1987 Dental Health Advisor rating people’s biggest fears, going to the dentist was #2 on the list (second only to public speaking). Sedation dentistry to the rescue! This common fear of the dentist office is often expressed in film and television as stylized, exaggerated visions of torture, showing dentists…

How are crowns made?

People may wonder why crowns cost so much more money than fillings. This is mainly because of the amount of time and expense that goes into making them, which I will try to illustrate with a few pictures. As I touched on the in the previous post, a crown is a restoration that goes completely...

What is a Root Canal, Buildup, and Crown?

What is a root canal, buildup, and crown? This was a case I treated at my Birmingham, Alabama office that (I hope) illustrates a very common situation (a tooth needing a root canal, buildup, and crown) and an explanation of why all those things are sometimes needed to save a tooth. This tooth had a...