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 […]

Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

Almost everyone has wisdom teeth. Many people have them removed and some choose to leave them. The question is, “should I get my wisdom teeth removed?” Personally I had mine removed when I was 31 years old. Mine grew into a functional position and I used them to chew. The only problem was, they were […]

Dr. Joe Gets His Teeth Whitened

A new teeth whitening system was recommended to me and I decided it was time to whiten my teeth again. I am like everyone else and I love my morning coffee. If there was one thing I could not give up is my coffee. I’m not necessarily into fancy mochas or lattes but just plain […]

Gum Recession and Toothbrush Abrasion

Gum recession is a common occurrence. It varies in different degrees from mild to severe. The causes can be hereditary, aggressive brushing, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, clenching and grinding, oral piercings and crooked teeth. The exposed roots may become very sensitive and susceptible to decay. Recommended treatment depends on the causes of the recession. […]

Do We Need to Floss?

Recently, an article came out from the Associated Press stating that flossing has no benefit compared to not flossing. The article¬†states that since flossing is no longer in the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines then it must have no benefit. Many of my patients have asked me about this article and I think it is a […]

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 […]

The Tooth Fairy is Coming

The first baby tooth to be lost is usually the lower front teeth. This occurs between 5 to 6 years old. Parents and kids get excited because they know if the kids place their baby teeth under the pillow then the Tooth Fairy will come and leave them some money in exchange for the tooth. […]

My Son Fell on his Tooth

Last Sunday my son and I were at the park and he is still getting used to his new scooter. He was getting really good but is not used to using the brake so he puts his foot out to slow down. Well, he lost his balance going down a slight hill and fell. No […]

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/