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…

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...
How our crowns are made

How our crowns are made

How are our dental crowns (also called caps) made? In a previous post I talked about how they are made and the difference in the process in relation to fillings. In the attached video I have attempted to give more insight into the process of making crowns, showing how our crowns are made at Barnes…

Diabetes and oral health are related

Diabetes and oral health are related

Diabetes and oral health are related? Yes they are! I recently had the opportunity to film a segment for the Alabama Department of Health on how diabetes affects oral health, and vice versa. Through contacts at The University of Alabama at Birmingham I became involved in an initiative called PPOD (Pharmacists, podiatrists, optometrists, and dentists)....
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…