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  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS in Chemistry, College of William and Mary
    Graduate: Master of Science in Chemistry, Emory University
    DMD, University of Louisville, 1989
    Master Series Preceptorship and Dental Implant Continuum, 2013

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I am 20 years old, uninsured and I need a root canal on a molar. What are the pros and cons of a root canal vs. extraction?

Short n sweet: save the tooth if it is reasonably savable. There are NO pro's to having savable, functional teeth removed. Not even financial. Sooner... READ MORE

Can this be fixed? I love to smile but this misalignment of my smile gives me a lot of insecurities. (photo)

The basic problem seems to be tooth position. Orthodontics (braces) is the traditional and best way of addressing malpositioned teeth. In severe cases... READ MORE

Is it a better option aesthetically to do a bridge across the front four teeth with two implants or individual implants?

This question cannot be answered definitively in the abstract. Your case will be unique and not optimally answered by folks like me, on line. If... READ MORE

Pre-op: Can I get dental implants when I get my teeth pulled?

Probably in Costa Rica you can. But it leads to fibrous encapsulation (Google that one). In the USA most dentists agree that the BEST way to go (most... READ MORE

My mom has been without the majority of her teeth for approximately 6-7 years. Is she a candidate for implants?

Welcome to dental implants. You are accustomed to hearing dentists talk about only teeth, but implants have changed all that. Now you will hear... READ MORE

Hi, I'm a 37 year old that had the left lower molar removed and I'm debating the best option : braces or implants?

Implant. While what you propose about moving 17+18 forward has some logical appeal, I have never seen it done successfully in 30 years of practice.... READ MORE

I had a molar pulled on the upper left. One Dentist says must have implant, another says not true don't need it, who is correct?

ALL restorative dentistry is elective. You can survive without any teeth at all. I never tell any patient that they "have to" do anything. Hey...it's... READ MORE

What would be the best option for my broken tooth - Ceramic again, root canal with post and crown, or implant and crown? (photo)

Define "best". There are a lot of factors to sorted out according to YOUR priorities: cost, esthetics, invasiveness, treatment time, number of visits.... READ MORE

Cracked bridgework - can a loose tooth be cemented back in?

I have never seen a repair of this kind last long term. Be sure be ask the dentist how long he/she will stand behind the repair. In the original... READ MORE

I have a two week old crown. There a visible black line where it meets the gum. Should I be worried?

Without a picture (I have none now) I can only generalize. Worried? About looks or about fit? Porcelain fused to metal construction often has that... READ MORE

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