How long do porcelain veneers and crowns last?

Whenever a patient is interested in porcelain veneers, I always get asked, “How long do porcelain veneers last?” Porcelain veneers on average last 15 years but there are a number of variables. If the risk of caries is low and you generally have healthy teeth then they can last a long time. If you clench […]

Broken tooth fixed in one day in Poway

Yesterday, we were presented with a fun case. This very pleasant man came in with a broken upper left molar. Fortunately, he had no pain. There was just barely enough tooth structure allowing us to restore this with a crown. The tooth in front of it also needed a filling, so we went ahead and […]

Jimmy Fallon chips tooth

Jimmy Fallon, the Tonight Show host, chipped his tooth and posts a selfie while in the dental chair. He chipped his tooth while trying to open a tube of scar tissue repair gel. The gel was for a previous finger injury. My hygienist’s mom had a similar accident happen to her. She had arthritis in […]

San Diego Magazine Top Dentist

I had a patient email me that he was reading San Diego Magazine and saw that I was included in the Top Dentists List for April 2014. It’s really nice to have the recognition in the magazine. Check out the issue. https://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/April-2014/Top-Dentists-2014/

How strong are crowns?

I am sometimes asked how strong dental crowns are. Some people have had a crown chip or break and are concerned that a new crown may not survive the brutal daily use that our teeth endure. I found a video on YouTube illustrating what a Bruxzir type crown can handle compared to a traditional crown. […]

Cracked Teeth

How do I know I have a cracked tooth? You may have a cracked tooth and not know it until it hurts. A crack may be asymptomatic for many years or may grow quickly. Cracks can occur from trauma such as a sports injury, biting on hard objects such as ice or a popcorn kernel, […]

Mercury Fillings

There has always been some debate about the different types of filling materials used in dentistry. In my office, I haven’t placed an amalgam filling in over 11 years. The primary filling material I use is tooth colored composite or ceramics. Dental amalgams are composed of 50% mercury and the remaining amount is silver, copper, […]