AdVance Dental's Staff is 100% Vaccinated!

AdVance Dental’s Staff is 100% Vaccinated!

AdVance Dental‘s staff is now 100% vaccinated against COVID-19! We were all fortunate enough to receive the Moderna vaccine through our affiliation with St. Vincent’s Hospital. Some of us experienced very mild symptoms, for others the symptoms were more severe (read about the Moderna vaccine and possible side effects here). But we did it to…

It is safe to go back to the dentist

It is safe to come back to the dentist!

If you’re wondering if it’s safe to come back to the dentist, the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama has issued a statement saying that it is! Key points from the recent statement from the state’s dental board: The American Dental Association (ADA), the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama (BDEAL), and the Alabama Dental…

Time to use your insurance benefits

Time To Use Your Insurance Benefits!

As 2020 comes to a close, it’s time to use your dental insurance benefits! Most dental insurances renew on January 1st of each year, and any insurance benefits that have not been used generally do not roll over to the next year (they are lost). So if you’ve been putting off going to the dentist…

Major Molar’s Dental Tips

Major Molar, who made a brief appearance in the Cavity Destroyer video, has some dental tips to share. Below is a Major Molar’s backstory: Maximilian Molar was the product of Dr. Vance’s experiment with a reverse shrink ray and stem cells, and became the first (and so far only) sentient tooth to attend West Point…

Paul Revere: Patriot, Silversmith, Dentist

Paul Revere: patriot, silversmith, dentist. Revere is best known as the galloping rider who rode through Boston late on the eve of April 18th, 1775, to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the approaching British Army. The British were headed to the armory at Lexington with the intention of confiscating its store of ball…

Loss of Eddie Van Halen

The Loss of Eddie Van Halen

This week the world became a little quieter with the loss of innovative musician and inventor Eddie Van Halen (EVH). A seemingly larger than life “guitar god” has passed away due to metastatic throat cancer at age 65. EVH was a very private man about his health so hard facts about his illness are currently…

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…

Marc Vance - Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry

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…

10 things about Dr. Vance you may not know

10 things about Dr. Vance you may not know

Want to learn about Dr. Marc Vance? Watch this video to see 10 things about Dr. Vance you may not know! As a new patient at our office, Dr. Vance will speak to you and review your medical history personally before any treatment is provided. However, there’s always more you can learn about someone. So,…

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. Dentists helped convict Ted Bundy! 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,...