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Category: Podcast

Podcast – Sectioning Teeth During Extractions

One of the serious consequences or side effects of losing a tooth is the jaw bone erodes over time. In the lower jaw, bone melts away and develops into a curved area where the tooth once was. In the upper jaw, bone loss occurs from both sides of where the tooth was, the top area called the crest, and the bottom area which is the floor of the sinus.

Podcast – What Happens with Bone Loss and Sinus Dropping?

One of the serious consequences or side effects of losing a tooth is the jaw bone erodes over time. In the lower jaw, bone melts away and develops into a curved area where the tooth once was. In the upper jaw, bone loss occurs from both sides of where the tooth was, the top area called the crest, and the bottom area which is the floor of the sinus.

Podcast – Consequences of Losing a Tooth

Sometimes, a patient comes into my office in so much pain that the only thing they want is for me to extract their tooth. It’s hard to evaluate your options clearly if you’re in severe pain. There are lots of consequences of having a tooth extracted, leaving you with a space.

Podcast – Kids Snoring & Grinding Teeth


Night guards, also known as bite splints, are acrylic appliances that protect your teeth from wearing down while you sleep. But why would patients get a bite guard custom made from their dentist when they can pickup a generic one from the local drug store?

Podcast – 3D Printing in the Dental Office


A lot has changed in dentistry, in just the past couple years even. One area that is quickly evolving is laboratory work.
Traditionally, impressions are poured up in stone, making for a messy, contaminated, dusty lab area.
One area that is changing the fastest is the incorporation of 3D printers into the dental laboratory.

Podcast – Bite Splints & Night Guards


Night guards, also known as bite splints, are acrylic appliances that protect your teeth from wearing down while you sleep. But why would patients get a bite guard custom made from their dentist when they can pickup a generic one from the local drug store?

Podcast – Root Canal After a Crown

Podcast: Do I Always Need a Root Canal After a Crown?  You know it as the worst procedure to get done at the dental office. Even worse than pulling teeth! It’s the dreaded root canal. I don’t think I’ve come across a single patient who has had a GOOD root canal experience. And after […]

Podcast – Deep Cleanings for Life


The term “deep cleaning” is an unfortunate description for what dentists and dental hygienists call periodontal maintenance.

Periodontal maintenance is a dental cleaning AFTER treatment. A “regular” dental cleaning implies there has never been periodontal treatment performed.

When do patients receive periodontal maintenance instead of prophylaxis (a “regular cleaning”)? Periodontal maintenance is performed after scaling and root planing, which is therapy to treat moderate to severe gum disease, or periodontitis.

Once you go through periodontal therapy, the healthy environment needs to be maintained. So, once you go through treatment and have subsequent maintenance appointments (deep cleanings) you will ALWAYS have maintenance appointments.

This is like a one-way street past the point of no return. Once you have a deep cleaning, every cleaning appointment after that, for the rest of your life, should be considered a deep cleaning periodontal maintenance.

Podcast – All Zirconia Implants

With dental implants becoming more popular and prevalent, and implant education readily available on the internet, patients can do their own research and hear from friends and family how their implant treatment went.

One area of contention is all-zirconia implants. Dental implants are typically made of titanium alloy. But some dentists place implants made of zirconia.

Why would they do this? you ask? Zirconia implants are white, while titanium implants are dark gray and look like a traditional metal. There can be major problems with zirconia implants, though, that might not make them suitable for implant treatment.

Podcast – Teeth Whitening Options


America’s Dental Expert, Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver of Great Lakes Dentistry in Shelby, discusses the options for teeth whitening to give you the beautiful smile you deserve.