Q: I am angry with my dentist who made me responsible for additional dental fees even though he gave me a fixed price at the start of my treatment. Is this ethical? A: Welcome to another exciting edition of ...
Ask the Dentist Column
April 12, 2017
The Dental Drill Has Finally Been Silenced Q: I have hearing aids that are very difficult to remove and cannot stand the wine of the dental drill at my dentist’s office. I can’t use music headphones either due to the interference ...
April 5, 2017
Today was a great day for dentistry and for all dentists that do what I do. I received a gift from a patient who had gone through major dental implant reconstruction with me for nine months. (She told me she ...
March 29, 2017
Q: I need to have a tooth removed, but cannot leave the office without a tooth due to my profession. What are my options? A: This reminds me of a story in my early years in practice where I inserted my foot ...
March 22, 2017
Q: I had some dental work done last April before I returned to my summer residence for the summer. I had problems with the work and had another doctor perform the needed repair and replacement. Is it the norm to ask ...
March 15, 2017
Porcelain Crown Q: I have a temporary crown. Money is tight for me to have a permanent porcelain crown and wonder how long I can hang on to this one before I have a problem. A: I will answer this great question ...
March 8, 2017
Dental Implants Q: Some doctors told me they can pull my tooth and stick the implant in right away; others said I have to wait 3 to four months before they do the implant. What are the pros and cons? A: I ...
March 1, 2017
Full Dentures Q: Other than not “feeling great”, do I have other potential health risks using dentures? A: The thing I like least about my profession is breaking bad news to patients. (Not the mild stuff; like “Too Jays is ...
February 22, 2017
Porcelain Veneers Q: My granddaughter wore braces for over two years and also had a retainer that was worn fairly often. After the braces were removed she looked lovely. As the years went by, (about two or three) her teeth reverted back ...
February 15, 2017
Root Canal Treatment Q: I have a toothache. One dentist says I need a root canal to save my tooth, another one says it can’t be saved and needs to be removed and ...
February 8, 2017
Dental Implant Q: My upper front tooth, just next to the two big front ones has been missing since birth. I have an ugly plastic tooth glued to the adjacent tooth, which falls off periodically. The doctor said I don't have enough ...
February 1, 2017
Annual Consumer Dentistry Summit Q: What do you do if you get hungry between breakfast and lunch like I do? A: Book a reservation for next Friday February 10th at the Double Tree Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens for the Annual Consumer Dentistry ...
January 25, 2017
General Dentist Q: My general dentist wants me to have a root canal with the specialist located inside his office; I would like to go back to a previous specialist in another town that I ...
Guided Tissue Membrane Q: I was looking at an itemized bill for removing and replacing two upper right back teeth. It shows I am getting a “membrane”. Is this needed, as it does add to the cost? A: Do you ...
January 4, 2017
Q: I have had implants up north were the doctor removed the tooth and then waited three months before the implant was placed. A local doctor wants to place the implant immediately after he pulls the tooth. Is this ok? A: Recently ...