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Boise Dentist Blog

The professional blog of Doctors Dan Bruce, Steve Bruce, Rosa Pothier and Rob Ririe

Teens and Oral Health

Teens and Oral Health

Teenagers and Oral Health Challenges The back to school season makes life crazy for everyone. How does this affect oral health for teenagers? It’s a crazy time! With so much to think about, it’s important that proper and thorough brushing and flossing is not lost in the morning routine.

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Dentures or Implants

Dentures or Implants

Dentures or Implants? For many patients looking to replace missing teeth, the choice typically comes down to dentures versus dental implants — both of which have pro's and con's. To find out which option is best, ask yourself these key questions:

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Teeth Removal: What You Can Expect Just the phrase "wisdom teeth removal" is enough to make your mouth hurt, but do you actually know what to expect during and after the procedure? Taking the time to learn more about it can reduce anxiety and help you better prepare for recovery.

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Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Some people would do just about anything to avoid a visit to the dentist. Even though dental procedures generally aren't painful, just being examined can make people feel stressed. Most people can live with having some dental anxiety, but for those with dental phobia, the thought of a dental visit can be terrifying.

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Single tooth anterior implant using a 3d CT scan

Single tooth anterior implant using a 3d CT scan

This week I was able to complete a long treatment process that started with a cracked front tooth.  Jeff originally had a root canal on his front tooth 25 years ago after trauma to the tooth.  He then had a crown which matched fairly well, but not perfectly.

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Anterior Dental Implant

Anterior Dental Implant

This patient had a previous root canal treated tooth that failed and became loose.  The tooth had been splinted to the other two teeth.  We extracted the tooth and placed an implant with a ceramic crown.  Note the discoloration in the other central incisor.

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Extraction socket preservation and bone grafting

Extraction socket preservation and bone grafting

I just finished a day-long class on bone grafting and extraction socket preservation.  Many people don't know that bone is lost after a tooth has been extracted.  The most resorption occurs within the first year, but the bone slowly goes away in height and width with time after that.

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Advantages of implants

Advantages of implants

I have talked to two people in our practice in the last week about dental implants. These people questioned whether or not they really needed to replace a missing tooth anyway. Here is my response: There are two types of bone in your jaw--cortical and alveolar bone.

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Laser dentistry for soft tissue & periodontal therapy

Laser dentistry for soft tissue & periodontal therapy

Doctors Steve Bruce, Rob Ririe, and Dan Bruce have recently been certified in laser therapy. Lasers are used to treat periodontal conditions and perform common soft tissue procedures such as removing excess soft tissue, correcting "gummy smiles," removing fibrous tissue, and frenectomies, often using only topical anesthetic.

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