Smile enhanced with crowns and a bridge

Smile enhanced with crowns and a bridge

Crowns aren’t just for kings! Below is an example of a smile we recently enhanced with a mixture of crowns and a bridge. Teeth are covered with enamel, which is the hardest natural substance in our bodies. Despite this, the mouth is a tough environment. Pressure, food/drink, and time combined can cause teeth to wear,…

AdVance Dental Reopening and COVID-19 Precautions

AdVance Dental Reopening

See below for details regarding AdVance Dental’s reopening and COVID-19 precautions. We have been here for our patients throughout the pandemic for emergencies. We are now in the process of slowly reopening over the next few days. Using the published guidelines from the American Dental Association and the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama, we…

AdVance Dental Coronavirus Update

AdVance Dental Coronavirus Update

AdVance Dental would like to update you about our operations and how it is being affected by the coronavirus. In keeping with guidelines issued at both the national and state levels, we are currently delaying all elective dental procedures until at least mid-April. However, we are open in a limited capacity to deal with dental…

Dr Vance: Cavity Destroyer

Dr. Vance: Cavity Destroyer

Who is Dr. Vance: Cavity Destroyer? Video games have always been a great source of joy and stress relief for me. I grew up in the golden age of 8-bit Nintendo games (the 1980s). When I started my practice I had the idea to make a video tribute to the old-school video games we grew…

DMD and DDS Degree

What’s the difference between a DMD and DDS degree?

What’s the difference between a DMD and DDS Degree? Other than the spelling… nothing! In the United States the Doctor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Dental Medicine are both professional degrees which qualify a dentist for licensing. The DDS and DMD degrees are considered equivalent by the American Dental Association. [1] The DDS degree…

Dentist Doc Holliday and two of his more famous movie portrayals

Doc Holliday: Gambler, Gunfighter… Dentist

John Henry “Doc” Holliday (August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887) was an American gambler, gunfighter, and dentist. A close friend and associate of lawman Wyatt Earp, Holliday is best known for his role in the events leading up to and following the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. He developed a reputation as having killed…

a dentist helped save a president's life

A dentist helped save a president’s life

Time for another “Sweet Moment in Dental History” – read below to learn how a dentist, along with a team of talented surgeons, helped save a president’s life. In 1893, soon after entering his second term as president, Grover Cleveland noticed a rough spot on the roof of his mouth (known as the palate). When…

Dermal fillers (including JUVÉDERM®) now at Advance Dental!

Dermal fillers (including JUVÉDERM®) are now offered at Advance Dental! What are dermal fillers? Dermal fillers (or just “fillers”) used at AdVance Dental are smooth injectable gels made from naturally occurring hyaluronic acid (HA). Fillers add volume to weakened facial features and can stimulate collagen growth. Each type of filler is unique in its own…

I’m an AGD Fellow!

I’m an AGD Fellow! What does that mean for you and your family? FAGD stands for Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Earning Fellowship takes dedication to dental continuing education (CE) beyond graduation. Only about 6 percent of general dentists in the U.S. and Canada are AGD Fellows. When you see a dentist…

Silver diamine fluoride can help protect teeth

What is silver diamine fluoride?

What is silver diamine fluoride? At AdVance Dental we have recently added a new treatment option for tooth decay. Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a high concentration fluoride solution that can be used to treat cavities and in some situations can be used to keep from drilling on a tooth and doing a filling. SDF…

Botox glabellar before and after

Botox® now offered at AdVance Dental!

Botox® is now offered at AdVance Dental! Last year I was trained by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics in how to use Botox® and dermal fillers to minimize (and in some cases remove) certain facial wrinkles. This was an exciting experience and an opportunity to offer new services to my patients. My assistant, office…

A dentist helped convict Ted Bundy

Dentists helped convict Ted Bundy

Bundy often appeared confident, happy, and well dressed. This was in stark contrast to the crimes he was accused of. Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy confessed to 30 homicides that he committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. His confession, however, came a decade after his trials and convictions, only shortly before his execution...
Alzheimer's disease linked to gum disease

Does gum disease cause Alzheimer’s disease?

Does gum disease cause Alzheimer’s disease? A new research article explains how periodontal (gum) disease bacteria is linked to the terrible mental condition. A growing number of scientific studies have given credence to the theory that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an infectious process. While the exact mechanisms of this infection are something researchers are still trying…

Sweet Moments in Dental History

Sweet Moments in Dental History: Ep 1

Welcome to a new series: Sweet Moments in Dental History! In these segments I will review an event involving dentistry that some people may find interesting. It may be from a movie, from a historical figure/event, or a dental invention that has an intriguing story. For our first episode I will review how dentistry was...
What drinks are OK for my teeth?

What drinks are OK for my teeth?

There may be many of you out there that wonder "what drinks are OK for my teeth?" "Are diet soft drinks better for me than regular soft drinks?" If sugar is bad for your teeth, then if a drink has less or no sugar then it should be better for my teeth, right? Well, even...