What is a Dental Crown?

What is a Dental Crown?

We use dental crowns to strengthen a tooth that has been injured or has a large cavity. Crowns fit over the tooth and are made to mimic the proper shape and size of a real tooth. Another way of thinking about dental crowns is that they are “caps” for teeth. They can be made out of gold, stainless steel, porcelain... read more »

Who Should Perform Your Dental Implant Surgery?

Who should perform your dental implant surgery?

Highly skilled partitioner, one who is trained in soft tissue manipulation, hard tissue manipulation, restorative treatment, able to deal with complications in soft, hard, and restorative issues and maintenance of the dental implant.  Thus, a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology DABOI. This individual has been tested on their knowledge of head and neck anatomy, bone physiology, dental... read more »

What to Know About Dental Implants

Dental implants are a wonderful alternative when your natural teeth cannot be saved. They are a considerable investment, so for most of us, being able to afford it is a major factor in the decision to accept this type of treatment. The average cost of a single dental implant, from start to finish, is about $6,500.00. Insurance can help, but... read more »

What to Expect with Tongue-Tie Surgery Blog

First, and foremost, we are so happy to be able to help many babies nurse or bottle-feed effectively and many toddlers & school-age children be able to use their tongue and/or lip to pronounce the words or taste the foods they were meant to! It has truly been such a rewarding experience! With that being said, we have also had... read more »

laser treatment

Is Laser Treatment Good for Gum Disease?

One of Dr. Kusek's earliest interests in laser dentistry was the ability to treat gum disease in a non-invasive manner.  Traditionally, dentistry would surgically cut open the gum tissue from the teeth, scrape the teeth and close the gums back together. This caused more bone loss around the teeth, post-operative pain, and unpredictable results. Laser treatment is less invasive and... read more »

sedation

3 Types of Sedation & Why It’s Important to Be Properly Trained

Oral Sedation Oral sedation is a less effective means to sedate patients. The patient takes a pill and in 30 minutes, they get some effects of sleepiness. Due to the fact you swallow a pill and it takes a half-hour to kick in, makes oral sedation less predictable and more dangerous for the patient.  If you must wait for sedation,... read more »

root canal

What is a Root Canal Treatment?

What is a root canal? A root canal is a procedure that allows your dentist to save an infected or damaged tooth instead of extracting it.  The tooth pulp is the soft, inner core of the tooth and contains blood vessels and nerves. That is why the procedure is called a root canal.  If the pulp gets infected with bacteria... read more »

laser dentistry

What Can Laser Dentistry Treat?

What Can Laser Dentistry Treat? Laser dentistry can treat all soft tissues procedures with less post-operative pain, faster healing times, and quicker procedures than traditional dentistry. The main reason Dr. Kusek got interested in lasers for dental patients. Almost 20 years ago, Dr. Kusek was introduced to laser dentistry due to his surgical expertise in his profession. What he found,... read more »

implants vs. dentures

Are Implants Better than Dentures?

The goal of modern dentistry is to restore normal contour, functions, comfort, aesthetics, speech, and health, regardless of the disease, or injury of the dentition.  However, the more teeth a patient is missing, the more difficult this goal becomes with traditional dentistry.  The loss of teeth results in shrinkage of the bone in the upper and lower jaws. This ultimately... read more »

placing implants

Who Should You See When Placing Implants

What is the difference between a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology (DABOI) and a specialist in dental professions like oral surgery, periodontal and general dentistry? Specialist training does incorporate some of the requirements of a DABOI, but it is minor in comparison to that of a DOBOI. When searching for a dentist to place implants, look into... read more »