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Notice of Privacy Practices

In our office, we utilize the most current Privacy Practices. Our notice of privacy practices are located in our office and on our office website for patients to view at any time. Also check the links below to read them in English or Spanish. Please take note that this notice is important as it involves your personal information. Give us a call if you have any questions.

Spanish Notice of Privacy Practices
English Notice of Privacy Practices

CBCT Scan: Fracture Case Study

Despite years of training and practice, it has been difficult to correctly diagnose what can barely be seen on 2-D intra-oral images. The Kodak 3-D extra-oral imaging shows the whole picture from the axial, coronal, sagittal views. CBCT provides additional information that is indispensable when used in endodontics for finding canals, diagnosing calcifications, determining the precise ares of perforations and visualizing vertical and horizontal fractures. Here is a recent case study.

A 41-year-old man fell out of a third-floor apartment and landed on a concrete sidewalk. He was treated for a broken jaw and was released. He arrived to our office with tooth #7 that looked suspicious on the 2-D view. A CBCT scan was taken of tooth #7 and the results were much clearer. In all three views, a horizontal fracture was visible. The recommended treatment consisted of an extraction followed by an implant. With conventional 2-D views, the correct diagnosis could not be made.

We have seen over 200 ca…

Trashmouth: Your mouth is a gateway to diseases that can kill you.

Did you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health — or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Understand the connection between oral health and overall health and what you can do to protect yourself. What’s the connection between oral health and overall health? Like many areas of the body, your mouth is filled with millions of bacteria — most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. 
In addition, certain medications — such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers and diuretics — can reduce saliva flow. Our saliva is important because of its antibacterial fighting power. Saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, helping to protect you from microbi…

Happy 4th of July!