patient education / dental definitions

Education is a key component in achieving and maintaining your dental health. By understanding what we procedures are available to you, as well as some of the potential challenges to your dental health, you will feel confident of the selections you make regarding your dental treatment with us. Please browse through the following articles to learn more about dental health care issues — as always, we are available via phone, email or by appointment to discuss the following information (or other information) with you.

Amalgams/Mercury Fillings-- Why?

There's some debate in the dental industry regarding the pros and cons of using silver fillings, or dental amalgams, to fill cavities. At our Glendale dental office, we exclusively use composite resins for several reasons. Learn more about fillings »

Brushing Right Can Save Your Life

Although most people are aware of the reasons behind proper, daily tooth brushing, few people realize that clean teeth and healthy gums can protect against a wide variety of other general, even life-threatening, health problems! Learn more about brushing »


If you’re self-conscious about your smile due to cracked, broken, decayed, or worn teeth, we can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile with dental crowns. Learn more about crowns »

Fixed Bridges

If you've lost teeth due to accident, injury, or gum disease, we can create a permanent 'bridge' appliance to replace the missing teeth. Learn more about bridges »

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer, which has a high mortality rate unless caught in the very early stages, is painless, sneaky and often undetected until it’s advanced far beyond what's successfully treatable. Learn more about oral cancer »

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can often provide people who have chipped, stained, discolored, unevenly spaced, or even slightly crooked front teeth with a completely new-looking smile in just a few simple appointments.
Learn more about veneers »

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a safe, effective and lasting way to lighten most people's smiles, available in a wide variety of methods and concentrations for various kinds of teeth. Learn more about teeth whitening »

Test Drive Your New Smile

Committing to a smile makeover is a major decision-emotionally & financially. We never want to proceed with treatment until you are comfortable with the expected outcome. Since most procedures are irreversible we want to have your confident prior & during treatment. Learn more about digital imaging »

Keeping Wisdom Teeth Not so Wise

Young adults who keep their wisdom teeth often quickly develop gum disease, which appears to increase the risk of pregnancy complications and possibly other health problems, according to the first large studies to carefully evaluate the risks posed by wisdom teeth. Learn more about wisdom teeth »

Maintaining a Healthy Mouth

Maintaining a healthy mouth is no longer just about brushing your teeth. In the last 10 years dentistry has been revolutionized. The materials now are so much more advanced. Learn more about oral health »

Breakthrough Treatment for Gum Disease

Laser gum treatment or Laser Attachment Procedure: This is a new innovative procedure for periodontal (gum) disease. Learn more about gum disease »

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