Every day, I come to work excited about the variety in my job, both with the procedures I perform and the personalities of people I meet. I love changing my patients’ quality of life for the better, whether they need emergency dental work or want a cosmetic change to their smile. I have found a passion for cosmetic cases that can change a person’s self-esteem, as well as their smile. The ability to have this level of variety is what I enjoy most about being a part of the dental profession.
Education and Continuing Education :
- Bachelor of Science in neuroscience – University of Michigan
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Michigan
- Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
When it comes to continuing education, I tend to focus on things that interest me as well as help my patients. I like to concentrate on restorative rehabilitation, such as endodontics, cosmetic dentistry, cone beam computerized tomography, and dental implants. I feel it is my responsibility to be well versed in all the different techniques involved in rebuilding and restoring my patients’ mouths and smiles.
Professional Affiliations :
- Michigan Dental Association
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- MIMORT (Michigan Mortuary Response Team)
- Chicago Dental Society
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
Outside the office :
I grew up in Clinton Township, MI and after a spell in Chicago, my wife and I moved back to southeastern Michigan in 2013. My wife and I are high school sweethearts and have been married since 2010. Our family is beginning to grow more with time. Back in March 2018 we welcomed our son Baden to the world, and he is growing up faster than we had expected!
When I am not at work, you can find me with my family. We enjoy walking our dogs around the city, exercising, and going to sporting events like Michigan football and Red Wings hockey. You can also find me participating in community events. During the summer months, we have a cottage south of Traverse City on Lake Michigan where we love to vacation.
Dental Implants :
People are living longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can’t keep up. If you’ve lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.
The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease.
Single or multiple implants :
Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
Advantages over Dentures or Bridges :
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don’t directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime.
Post-treatment Care :
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
Implant Services :
Our implant services include:
Sinus Lift Augmentation: Often the sinuses will enlarge following loss of the upper back teeth. This can preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth, since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that restores the sinus cavity to its original size, and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes nine to 12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
Autogenous Bone Grafting: Occasionally, the ideal areas for dental implants do not have sufficient bone quantity to support the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of your mouth and graft it into the deficient area. Often, the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.
Implant Site Development: When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning: We have special software on our computer that allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location, enabling the best possible placement of your dental implants. This also allows us to work closely and smoothly with your restorative dentist to ensure an ideal result where your dental implants are concerned.
Implant Maintenance: Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, a professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.