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  • Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

    Posted on in Educational

    Is it true that time can be valued as money? Consider the following situation: A patient comes in, and considers having some cosmetic dentistry done that would greatly improve her smile. After learning more about the procedure and the costs, she consulted a financial planner. She wanted to make a wise decision, you see. Her financial …
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  • A Dental Implant, Personified

    Posted on in Cosmetic

    I have been put in my place. The site was prepared six months earlier by removal of the tooth and placement of a mineral substrate protected by a collagen plug. It has taken six months for the bone to grow in properly. Bone grows slowly, you see, and the collagen plug protected the bone substrate …
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  • Teeth Or Not: Are Dentures The Best Answer?

    Posted on in Family

    “To have teeth, or not to have teeth, dear Hamlet.” That is the question, and dentures are seldom the answer. Many times a patient will come into my office and indicate that they think all of their dental problems will be over if they could just get dentures. In fact, some think they never have …
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  • The Story Of A Teething Baby

    Posted on in Children

    I cry and cry. My cheeks are flushed and I am running a slight fever. I am uncomfortable. I can feel it growing, pushing up from within me, the hard tip that I can just touch with my tongue. I drool and drool. I want something cold to chew on. Maybe even that ointment my …
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  • Finding Relief After 30 Years Of Pain

    Posted on in Family

    I have had TMJ problems for so long — 30 or more years. Dr. Johnson made a mouth gaurd for my bottom teeth. I came back several days later to say that it was the first time I’ve been pain free for over 30 years. I also had chipping on my front teeth. There have …
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  • Requiem For An Old And Weary Denture

    Posted on in Food & Health

    I have served many years. I have destroyed my foes: deviled eggs, cottage cheese, and even ham sandwiches, but I could not defeat all. Steak always bested me, and I would shrink in terror from almonds. Now I am being replaced. Replaced, but rightly so. I have broken many times and each repair has made …
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