Two Years of Offering Dental Implants!

Dr. Mike McCracken and Dr. McCrea

This week marks the second anniversary of placing my very first dental implant. In November 2014 I went to Bessemer Alabama for a week of training at the Alabama Implant Education Institute. The course focused on protocols for safe, successful implant placement. While there, I had the opportunity to place multiple implants under the supervision of experienced doctors.

New Technology! Cone Beam Imaging helps Implant Placement

Jennie and our new cone beam

In order to provide the best implant services possible we have upgraded our digital panoramic x-ray unit (the wrap around x-ray in the hall) to a newer unit that takes a digital panoramic x-ray, digital cephalometric x-rays (for orthodontics), and cone beam images for dental implants.

Why are lower dentures frustrating?

I just returned from session 2 of the Comprehensive Implant Residency in Bessemer Alabama. As always Dr. McCracken was teaching us about achieving predictable, consistent results. This weekend we were reviewing his protocol for the mandible (lower jaw). Folks that are wearing lower dentures know what a huge challenge not having your lower teeth anchored can be. Almost anyone you know well enough to talk to about their dentures with, will confirm that their upper denture does “ok”, but their lower denture is frustrating.

Early Orthodontic Treatment at AGpO Meeting in Memphis

Dr. McCrea and Dr. Wilkerson at AGpO Annual Meeting in Memphis 9-2015

This past weekend I was at the the Academy of GP Orthodontics Annual Meeting in Memphis Tennessee. One of my classmates from dental school, Dr. Keith Wilkerson, a pediatric specialist,  was there to lecture on interceptive orthodontic treatment for the children in our practices. In some cases early treatment provides better outcomes for later orthodontic treatment or even eliminates the need for braces completely. Keith has some techniques that we are starting to use at the office.


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