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12-28-2009

Whitening/Bleaching a Tooth that’s had a Root Canal in San Francisco, Piedmont, Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Walnut Creek, San Jose, Concord, Danville, Dublin, San Ramon, Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro Kensington

When a tooth has had a root canal, it often becomes darker than the teeth around it.  This is especially a concern with front teeth that are not crowned or capped after the root canal.   In the past, an “internal bleach” or “walking bleach” procedure was done using 35%…

12-21-2009

Implants Then and Now using Guided Implant Surgery in San Francisco, Oakland, Piedmont, Berkeley, Emeryville, Orinda, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Moraga, Kensignton, Montclair, San Jose

When a patient loses a tooth, there are 4 options: 1. Do nothing and simply live without the tooth. 2. Replace the tooth with a removable partial denture 3. Replace the tooth with a fixed bridge (as long as there are strong teeth on either side of the empty space)…

12-17-2009

“Up in the Air” starring George Clooney

The television trailer for “Up in the Air” depicts this fine film as a comedy, but the writer clearly points out the emptiness of a life without human connection.  There are a number of funny scenes to be sure, however, the stark reality of George Clooney’s dispassionate character–a professional job…

12-17-2009

Migraine Headaches, TMJ, Grinding Teeth, Vertigo, Facial Pain,Chronic Jaw Muscle Tension, Bite Problems, Malocclusion in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont, Emeryville, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Walnut Creek

Every year, countless dollars are spent on over-the-counter headache medications such as Advil, Tylenol, Alleve, and Excedrin, not to mention the prescription medications such as Imitrex and others.  Tension headaches are from tension in the muscles of the head and neck.  So what makes these muscles tense? One common cause…

12-17-2009

Headaches, TMJ, Grinding Teeth, Vertigo, Facial Pain,Chronic Jaw Muscle Tension, Bite Problems, Malocclusion in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont, Emeryville, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Walnut Creek

In nearly every case of TMJ I have seen, there is some form of airway obstruction.  Either a narrow airway in the throat, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, allergies, sinus problems, deviated septum or small mouth with limited tongue space. Many researchers believe that airway obstruction in one form or another…

12-16-2009

Somnomed/Somnodent Treatment for Snoring and Sleep Apnea for those that can’t tolerate CPAP in San Francisco, Oakland, Piedmont, Emeryville, Berkeley, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek

Snoring is common but not normal. Snoring is often associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition where the patient stops breathing many times during a typical night of sleep. Many sleep apnea patients do not snore and are known as “silent” apnea patients. Here in our Piedmont office, we…

12-12-2009

Sedation Cosmetic Dentist San Francisco, Oakland, Piedmont, Berkeley, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Alameda, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, Moraga, Kensington

Patients always appreciate a comfortable, painless, experience at the dentist.  Whether you need emergency procedures, such as composite white fillings, crowns, root canals or extractions, to relieve toothache pain; or if you want elective cosmetic dentistry such as a smile makeover, porcelain veneers, Emax crowns, Empress Veneers, Da Vinci veneers,…

12-12-2009

Invisalign San Francisco Oakland, Piedmont, Berkeley, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Alameda, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, Moraga, Kensington

Increasing numbers of patients prefer Invisalign to metal braces.  Invisalign has some real advantages: 1. The aligners are make it easier to clean your teeth than with braces because the aligners are removable. 2. The aligners are clear so they’re almost invisable which makes smiling in public a lot easier.…