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    In-Office Dental Implants Are Possible

    shutterstock_92989378There’s a reason dental implants have become the gold standard when it comes to replacing teeth. The permanent nature of implants makes them ideal for comfort, ease and a greatly improved quality of life over dentures, dental bridges or gaps left from missing teeth.  In addition, because implants replace the teeth all the way down to the root, the jawbone stays strong and continues to support the structure of the face. Many people don’t realize that when you don’t replace teeth from the root up, the jawbone can be compromised over time, leading to signs of premature aging in the face. We try to take care of as many of our implant patients in our office as we can. This allows us to see the treatment through from start to finish. We plan the treatment process from the beginning with the desired end result always in mind, and we achieve that...
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    A Dentist Who Goes Above and Beyond

    shutterstock_444243769There’s a saying from Newton D. Baker that sums up the importance of continuing education perfectly: "The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after."   Never has this been truer than in today’s world of ever-evolving technology. All dentists are required to take 25 hours of continuing education a year. For those with a passion for what they do, like Dr. Pappas, 25 hours a year isn't nearly enough. Each month Dr. Pappas takes 10 to 20 hours of continued education, and by the end of the year, he always has well over 100 hours. Why does he take continuing education so seriously? His office uses a lot of advanced technology that is always changing and getting better. In order to offer patients the latest and greatest treatment options, Dr. Pappas and the entire staff devote hours a week learning and further developing skills so...
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    Misconceptions About Smile Makeovers

    movie star pap 2Sometimes news travels via word of mouth that can help change lives for the better. But other times, the message can get cloudy and convoluted along the way, and it takes some research to sort out the fact from the fiction. Here are a few common myths about smile makeovers: Full Mouth Reconstruction vs. Smile Makeover Sometimes these terms can be mistakenly used interchangeably. A full mouth reconstruction is usually undertaken in an attempt to correct a health concern as the most important goal. Sometimes cosmetic dentistry is used in this approach and when restoring the teeth or bite, the smile almost always looks better aesthetically after the process is complete. On the other hand, a smile makeover is usually completely cosmetic in nature. The number one goal is to help you look your absolute best and to give you a smile you can be 100% confident in. A Fancy Term...
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    Can Certain Medications Cause Implant Failure?

    pills500,000 Americans a year receive dental implants to replace lost teeth. These implants are anchored permanently in the jaw where the root used to be and act just as normal teeth do. Many people report a huge increase in their quality of life after getting implants due to a more confident smile, easier chewing, speaking and comfort of fit. The success rate of dental implants stays above the 90% range consistently but sometimes things go wrong, and complications arise. An implant is considered a "failure" if it becomes loose, falls out or shows bone loss. Dental implant success depends on many elements. One of the biggest factors is the health of the jaw bone. The length of time a tooth has been missing has a huge effect on the jaw bone. When a tooth is lost, sometimes the root is forgotten about. Dentures and bridges fill the space the tooth itself...
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    More Realistic CGI is on the Way

    3D hand blocksDisney Research and ETH Zurich, a STEM university located in Switzerland, have made a breakthrough in the world of CGI. Computer-generated imagery is used in creating characters and entire worlds in video games, movies, television, commercials, videos and more. In CGI, the human face is one area audiences pay close attention to in regards to realistic representations. It can make or break the feelings and looks the artists and directors are trying to convey in films or video games. Giving a digital character human characteristics is hard enough when it comes to large, completely observable areas of the body such as limbs. However, features like eyes and teeth aren’t even completely visible at all times and have always created quite a challenge. Now, thanks to Disney Research and ETH Zurich, something as simple as a smartphone camera can create a 3D model of someone’s teeth based on photos or videos. After...
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