From the Doctor

Preventive Dentistry

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The old analogy works especially well in dentistry. There are many forms of preventive dentistry such as daily brushing and flossing and twice yearly periodic exams and professional cleanings. Brushing is the most important aspect. It should be done with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association. The ADA. You should replace your toothbrush every month. YES!!! Every month!!! Don’t wait until you go on vacati...

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Thomas G. Botis, DMD, FAGD 6/29/2014 Comments(0)

Geriatric Dentistry

Today let’s talk about geriatric dentistry. Not too long ago the general public would joke that you had three sets of teeth. Your baby teeth that naturally fell out, then a second set of teeth and lastly a set of dentures!!! At the end of the nineteenth century the average life span was 49 years. At the end of the twentieth century it was 76. People are obviously living longer and the need for geriatric dental care is increasing. So what happens as the dentition ages? Attrition wear and te...

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Thomas G. Botis, DMD, FAGD 5/10/2014 Comments(0)

Today I’d like to talk about replacing missing teeth.

Loss of one or two teeth in section of your mouth can lead to drifting of neighboring teeth, whereby the adjacent teeth lean over into the vacant space where the teeth have been lost. Similarly, loss of a tooth or teeth can lead to shifting of opposing teeth as they drift down into the open space. Could you imagine so many changes happening from the loss of a single tooth??? YIKES!!! Now the teeth that have drifted down are not contacting their adjacent teeth properly allowing food to collect ca...

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Thomas G. Botis, DMD, FAGD 4/23/2014 Comments(0)

Let’s talk about silver fillings.

The old fashioned way to fill back teeth is to use a silver amalgam filling. What you may not realize is that a silver filling is 50 percent mercury! Yes that’s right a full half of your silver filling is mercury. That is not a good thing. The newer tooth shaded filling materials are so much better for your teeth. They mechanically bond to the dentin and enamel to strengthen the tooth. The tight seal of this type of restoration helps to prevent new decay from starting at junction of the fi...

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Thomas G. Botis, DMD, FAGD 4/1/2014 Comments(0)

Let’s talk about the newest, most exciting procedure in dentistry today: Implants.

Implants are a way to permanently replace missing teeth or even all your teeth. How do they work? An implant consists of a new titanium root, a support section, and lastly a crown that’s the part that looks like a tooth . Four to six implant roots with their support sections can be used under a denture which then snaps into place. This increased stability makes eating a pleasure. The implant retained denture is smaller and more comfortable than a traditional denture. You will never use a d...

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Thomas G. Botis, DMD, FAGD 3/25/2014 Comments(0)