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August 17, 2017
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Remember when losing a tooth was fun?!?  As a child we were paid to lose teeth and now, as adults, losing a tooth means replacing that tooth with (let’s be honest) a somewhat pricey dental restoration.  The two most common options to replace a missing tooth are a Bridge and an Implant.  So, how do we know which to choose?  When making the decision between a Bridge and an Implant it is important to consider the lifespan of the dental restoration, the patient’s financial situation, and the overall dental health of the patient.  “While an implant restoration is more expensive than a bridge”, Dr. Frasier states, “the prognosis is much longer than that of a bridge and the impact to the patient’s overall dental health is much better.” 

  Bridge                                                      Implant

The bridge is one fixed prosthetic, but spans over 3 teeth/areas and requires dental work on what might be two otherwise healthy teeth.  The bone under a bridge will usually resorb/recede to a certain degree.  This happens slowly, but can open a space under the bridge for food to get trapped.

An implant has 3 components as well (the surgical implant, abutment, and crown), however all 3 of these dental procedures are performed in the area of the missing tooth.  The two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth area remain untreated when performing the implant procedure.  An implant also maintains the bone height/volume in the area of a missing tooth.

Because an implant does not attach to the adjacent teeth, the patient is able to floss in all areas around the implant as well as the adjacent teeth.  A bridge makes it more difficult to floss in the areas surrounding the bridge.  This can result in recurrent decay around and under the retainer crowns and can also lead to gum disease beneath the bridge.  This compromises the patient’s oral health as well as the longevity of the bridge.  While gum disease is still possible around an implant, it is far easier to prevent due to the ability to properly floss in that area. 

Dr. Frasier believes that an implant restoration is the best option for most patients due to the prognosis, the ability to maintain good oral hygiene, and conservative treatment of adjacent teeth.  However, there are situations where a bridge would be indicated over an implant.  “Sometimes there isn’t adequate bone volume to place an implant without extensive bone grafting”, explains Dr. Frasier.  “Financial considerations can dictate bridge placement.  If the adjacent teeth need crowns, this can make a bridge more appealing.  If a bridge is the treatment of choice, detailed hygiene instructions are given to maintain the bridge as long as possible.”  If you are wanting to replace a missing tooth, ask Dr. Frasier what your options are.  Giving you the best treatment is our goal!


While patient concern for radiation exposure with dental x-rays has lessened, every once in a while we have a patient with a heightened fear of radiation exposure.  And with that comes the question, "Am I going to be glowing by the time you're done?".  So, we thought it might be helpful to compare the amount of radiation exposure in dental x-rays to some every day radiation exposure that people are likely not even aware of.

But first, we must know how radiation is measured.  Because different parts of the body have a different level of sensitivity to radiation due to tissue make-up, the radiation is measured in terms of total body exposure or 'effective dose'.  The scientific units of measurement for an effective dose of radiation are the micosievert (µSv) and the millisievert (mSv).

Here at Forest Creek Family Dental Care, we take a set of 4 Bitewing x-rays 1 time per year for the average adult patient.  According to the ADA, the amount of radiation in a set of 4 Bitewing x-rays is only 5 µSv or .005 mSv.

Ok... enough of all of that science talk... let's compare some real life radiation exposure scenarios.

Take a look at the Radiation Dosage Chart below which starts with the lowest amount of radiation... -1 microsievert in a banana!!

**µSv=Microsievert          mSv=Millisievert**

Radiation Dosage Chart


Amount of Radiation

Eating a banana


Natural radiation in the human body


Set of dental x-rays (4 bitewings)


Average daily background dose received by humans


Flight from New York to LA


Smoking 1 ½ pack of cigarettes in a day


Yearly dose from food



1,000 µSv=1.0mSv

Spinal X-ray

1.5 mSv


3 mSv

CT Scan

10 mSv

Annual dose at which risk of cancer increases



As you can see, dental x-rays are safer than that long flight you will be taking on your next vacation, the cigarettes you may or may not smoke and the yearly dose of food you take in.  Not to mention the health benefits received by catching that dental decay early!!

   Sources: American Dental Association and

By angie
June 19, 2012
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Many people do grind, and it can cause permanent damage to teeth such as mobility and cracking/fractures.  A mouthguard is a simple tool used to help protect the teeth of grinders.  Read more at:

By angie
March 20, 2012
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For the first time in 40 years, cavities in primary/baby teeth are on the rise.  Change in diets to more high-sugar foods seems to be the culprit.  Read the attached article for more information.  Forest Creek Family Dental Care recommends children have first dental visit by their first birthday.  Diet and oral hygiene techniques can then be discussed with the parents/caregivers.  This gives us the best chance to reverse this disturbing trend.

By angie
December 12, 2011
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Major League Baseball recently agreed to restrictions to smoke-less tobacco use in front of fans. The ADA was instrumental in getting this agreement pushed through. This should have a positive effect on the millions of young fans that watch Major League Baseball.

For more information visit the following link: