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Free dental advice doesn’t come along every day, but Dr. Crapo has been providing just that for several years in his column for the Times Colonist, a Victoria newspaper. Many patients have expressed gratitude for his insightful writing. Now, thanks to the web, his “Ask the Dentist” column is available to a wider audience.

February 5, 2023

A Boatload of Trouble

Learn about the causes of tooth decay and steps to maintain oral health for long-term benefits.

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January 29, 2023

But I've Got No Pain

Read on our blog Dr. Crapo's advise on how to end unconscious teeth grinding, restore tooth length and function, and prevent further damage to your teeth.

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January 22, 2023

To Bridge or Implant?

Read on our blog Dr. Crapo's answer to a parent of a 21-year-old with the question of either a bridge or implants.

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January 15, 2023

My Teeth Are Growing Out Of Control

Learn on from blog how dental implants can provide a long-term solution for healthy teeth, even in severe cases. Get a diagnosis that will guide treatment for a lifetime.

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January 8, 2023

Let's Blow This Joint - Not!

How the TM Joint can effect your bite: Dr. Crapo explains the cause and treatment.

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January 1, 2023

The “New Man” Theory

Dr. Crapo gives advice on overcoming gum disease to an older patient with a young spirit.

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December 24, 2022

Loose Teeth and Implants Don't Mix

Are dental implants the answer to loose teeth? Read our blog to see Dr. Crapo's answer.

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December 18, 2022


I’m 80 But I Still Want to Look Good!

Dr. Crapo confirms a patient's class II bite! 

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December 11, 2022


Curbs, Gutters, & Gums – A Continuation

Preventing decay and gum disease is this reader’s main concern.


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December 04, 2022


Curbs, Gutters, & Gums

A reader asks Dr. Crapo for solutions in dealing with plaque build-up, bleeding gums, and bad breath.


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November 27, 2022

I Don't Like You... Can You Help Me?!

Dr. Crapo discusses how to keep your beautiful smile.

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November 20, 2022

Up a Creek Without a Bridge

Dr. Crapo offers three helpful solutions for a patient dealing with a loose tooth and an uncomfortable partial denture. 

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November 13, 2022


Disease and Function – Do I Have A Choice?

"Freeing your mouth of disease is very important, take care of it now." Read our blog to learn the context for why Dr. Crapo offered this answer.


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November 6, 2022


I Mash Quickly and Gulp

Dr. Crapo explains what to do when you wear your teeth down from keeping them tightly together, something that often comes with stressful jobs.


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October 23, 2022


Crowns In My Mouth… Not My Hand!

Dr. Crapo is confirming and gives a detailed explanation to a patient that keeps losing his implants and why that happens.

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October 23, 2022


I’m Out of Crunchers, Doc

Even if you live on a farm, there are options to replace "crunches". Read Dr. Crapo's answer on our blog.

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October 16, 2022


I Can’t Have Implants, Really?

Yes, there is a way for your missing teeth to be replaced with implants - Ready why Dr. Crapo gave this answer to a patient on our blog.

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October 09, 2022


Headach Malaise All Gone?

Dr. Crapo confirms that one’s overall health can be dramatically affected by disease in the mouth. Read the rest of the answer on our blog.

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October 02, 2022


Watch Out for Those Soft Bread Rolls!

Dr. Crapo discusses how implants can help if you have a broken tooth.

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September 25, 2022

Grind Once, Grind Twice, Gone!

When a tooth or group of teeth is worn to a high degree, it is at times necessary to root canal these teeth and it often requires all the teeth in the arch to be crowned to return the missing tooth architecture for proper function.

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September 18, 2022

I Wish I’d Known To Act Sooner

"Bone development is very important." Read the entire answer given by Dr. Crapo to a patient with a bone condition.

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September 11, 2022

A Trifecta Of Problems

Dr. Crapo suggests implants for a senior with decay problems. Read our blog for the whole answer.

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September 4, 2022

Pulled in Different Directions!

Dry Mouth and Tooth Decay: Dr Crapo explains 

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August 28, 2022

Cadillacs Break Down Too!

Dr. Crapo explains what to do if your bridgework breaks down.

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August 21, 2022

What are my odds?

Dr Capo looks at implants and the risks?

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August 14, 2022

What if I change my mind?

Dr Capo discusses the various teeth replacement options.

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August 07, 2022

Not Enough Bone?! Really?

A patient neglecting to see the dentist in his adult life asks Dr. Crapo's advice about the problems he's currently facing.

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July 31, 2022

I want to Eat, Speak, and Smile… In That Order

A patient asks Dr. Crapo about implants and if they work for his particular case. Read Dr. Crapo's answer on our blog.

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July 24, 2022

My Teeth Are Done With Me and I With Them

A patient who always did "dentistry by emergency" asks Dr. Crapo what options he has now, in his current described situation. 

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July 17, 2022

I Had A Mad On!

Fitting Dentures over Implants: Dr Crapo provides two options

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July 10, 2022

I Need a Good Overbite?

Edge to edge bites are complex. A client asks if he needs a good overbite. Read Dr. Crapo's answer.

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July 03, 2022

Having Your Cake and Eating It Too – If!

The healing issues with implants while smoking. Dr. Crapo discusses what options you have!

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June 26, 2022

Four Hours – That’s All!

A patient neglected his teeth for the past 40 years and now he's having issues with decay. Read Dr. Crapo's answer.

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June 19, 2022

Europe or Bust?!

A patient's bridge broke two days before he needs to go to Europe. He asks Dr. Crapo what to do.

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June 12, 2022

My Crown Isn't Royal

A patient asks Dr. Crapo about getting implants in Canada and if she can find support for those types of implants in England.

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June 5, 2022

Wrestling With Difficult Issues

A reader’s elderly mother has lost most of her teeth. As a result, eating is difficult for her, and she suffers from pain. The reader asks Dr. Crapo if dentures or implants could be a solution.

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May 29, 2022

I Want It My Way

Dr. Crapo tells a patients to trust the dental office that offers him a thorough treatment plan.

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May 22, 2022

There's No Easy Answer

Dr. Crapo explains to a patient he should expect an entire year until full recovery after the entire procedures the dentist suggested.

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May 15, 2022

I Saw It But I Didn’t Think Much Of It

Dr. Crapo gives an explanation of the fillings for clenchers and non-clenchers. 

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May 1, 2022

I’m As Good Once As I Ever Was

Dr. Crapo tells an older patient that teeth-in-a-day can be a solution for her.

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April 24, 2022

It’s Another Whopper!

Dr. Crapo describes to a patient in his early sixties what is involved in the treatment of a split root.

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April 17, 2022

I Keep Losing My Teeth

Dr. Crapo tells a patient in her early fifties what could be the cause of her sudden teeth loss and what are the solutions.

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April 10, 2022

Not Again!

Dr. Crapo offers helpful solutions to a patient with broken teeth that are still attached to veneers.

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April 03, 2022

You Should Always Keep Your Own Teeth - Right?


Dr. Crapo offers options to a patient that is wondering if they should retain their own teeth. 


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March 20, 2022

Hard Decisions

Dr. Crapo encourages an older patient to get as many information as possible in terms of his options and the money he has to spend.

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March 13, 2022

Sedation Dentistry

Different option for Sedation Dentistry

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March 6, 2022
Yes, My Dog Ate It!

Dr. Crapo answers a question about underbites, headaches and what to do when man’s best friend destroys man’s best retainer.

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February 27, 2022

I Think I Have TMJ

Dr. Crapo tells a patient what TMJ is and confirms treatment can help in his case.

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February 20, 2022

I Want to Feel Good About My Dental Plan

Dr. Crapo patiently suggests to a patient to get clear on the procedures and trust professional advice.

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February 13, 2022

It Should Have Been Implants In The First Place 

Dental Implants are a great option for patients looking to replace missing teeth. 

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February 6, 2022

Hot Water Heaters and Teeth

If your losing teeth and dentures are no longer a viable option - Dental Implants may be the answer.

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January 30, 2022

Bridge vs Implants

Dental Implant vs. Dental Bridge: Which is Best for You?

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January 22, 2022

I Looked In The Mirror And…

Dr Crapo shares his advice on how to deal with an unsatisfactory dental bridge experience.  

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January 16, 2022
Twenty-Five Years Later...!

Dr. Crapo explains the ideal solution for a patient that has eroding teeth coupled with gum disease.

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January 2, 2022

A Cook’s Dilemma

Dr Crapo gives advise to a patient who is wondering what’s best for his case - implants or bridges.

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December 26, 2021

Because of My Weird Teeth

Have you ever thought that you had weird teeth? Dr. Crapo discusses treatment options.

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December 19, 2021

Managing By Emergency

A patient's teeth start to decay after taking his teeth health for granted, and he lists all his problems. Dr. Crapo offers him a solution.

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December 12, 2021

Decay, Discoloration, Crowding and Cracked Teeth, I’ve got it All - HELP?

A patient with a history of bad teeth since childhood is asking Dr. Crapo what he should prioritize when fixing his teeth.

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December 5, 2021

Instant Teeth, How Can That Be?

A patient asks Dr. Crapo how one can get teeth implants in one day, and Dr. Crapo explains how that is possible.

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November 28, 2021

What Did I see?

A patient describes a procedure he saw a dentist perform on YouTube and Dr. Crapo explains the details of the procedure.

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November 21, 2021

Why Wait - Eat Now!

Dr. Crapo goes over a few choices for dentures and implantation at a retirement age.

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November 14, 2021

How Big A Deal Is My Lost Crown?

Dr. Crapo tells a patient who lost a crown why an implant might be the right choice for him.

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November 7, 2021

My Worst Nightmare

Dr. Crapo explains to a patient who had a bad experience at his dentists what can be done in his situation.

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October 31, 2021

Unless I’m on it Every Day, I Get Decay!

A patient asks Dr.Crapo for more information on implants, and Dr. Crapo explains to him all the details regarding the procedure.

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October 24, 2021

I’m Ready, What do I do Now?

Dr. Crapo gives a patient advice on his new implants.

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October 17, 2021

Another Hard Luck Story

Dr. Crapo explains to a patient that a water picker can help with her teeth cleaning.

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October 10, 2021

Too Young to Lose my Teeth

A young patient shares what the dentist offered him as a long-term solution for his "bite problem."

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September 26, 2021

"Taco Teeth?"

Dr. Crapo discusses a taco veneer and gives some tips on keeping your mouth as healthy as possible. 

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September 19, 2021

Am I Falling Apar?

Dr. Crapo tells a patient that balanced bite can keep the teeth in line and reduces the risk of breakage.

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September 12, 2021

I Can’t Get No… Satisfaction

Dr. Crapo tells a patient the importance of a three-dimensional analysis for a proper diagnosis before treatment.

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September 5, 2021

My Bite Is Causing Tooth Loss?

Dr. Crapo tells a patient that more investigations are necessary to see if crowns can be a solution to his problems.

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August 22, 2021

I Don’t Know If I’m Worth It

Dr. Crapo discusses the importance of fixing the alignment and how that can add to the cost of fixing one's teeth.

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August 15, 2021

What’s Full Mouth Construction?

Dr. Crapo tells a patient who is concerned about his gagging reflex that there are solutions for his problem.

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August 1, 2021

I Thought A Flipper Would Do

Dr. Crapo tells a patient he should think long-term when it comes to his teeth and offers him some more options than just a flipper.

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July 25, 2021

I Just Want to Take Things Slow

Dr. Crapo tells a patient about the importance of making a decision in regards to his teeth and also reminds us how infected teeth can affect other organs.

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July 18, 2021

Don’t Pay With Bone

Dr. Crapo explains to a patient how teeth extraction can impact bone loss.

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July 04, 2021

Pull’em All

Dr. Crapo recommends "Teeth-in-a-day" as a solution to an 81 years old patient.

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June 27, 2021

What Comes First?

Dr. Crapo gives advice to a patient who is facing multiple dental procedures on which procedure they should do first.

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June 20, 2021

Poor, Good, Better or Best

Dr. Crapo gives a patient several choices, from worst to the best.

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June 13, 2021

Come on! This is the Twenty-First Century  

A patient is frustrated because he takes care of his oral hygiene but still has bad teeth.

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June 06, 2021

Dental “Sins” and Their Consequences

Dr. Crapo tells a patient that technology now allows the usage of sockets for implants and bone grafting for the remaining teeth.

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May 30, 2021

The Root of my Problem

Dr. Crapo tells a patient who deals with a tooth pain for two years, in spite of the treatment he did, about another procedure he can try.

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May 23, 2021

The Root of my Problem

Dr. Crapo answers a reader’s question about root infections, bridges, and implants.

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May 16, 2021

This is Not a Gag!

Dr. Crapo helps a patient understand options for overcoming problems gagging while dealing with a new set of dentures.

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May 09, 2021

Under Control…Just

Dr. Crapo discusses the choices for dental reconstruction for a patient with a history of health problems.

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May 2, 2021

Too Good To Be True?

Dr. Crapo explains to a 39-year-old patient what the “Teeth-in-a-Day” procedure is.

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April 25, 2021

But Doc, I like to Smoke!

Dr. Crapo explains to a patient how smoking is affecting the healing after having implants.

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April 18, 2021

I Was Afraid To Deal With Teeth…Period. Then… 

Dr. Crapo discusses with a patient a procedure to enhance bone volume for implants.

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April 11, 2021

Something to build on

Implants heal poorly, if at all, in most smokers.

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April 4, 2021

A Vicous Cycle

A patient ask Dr. Crapo if implants can be the solution to his problem.

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March 28, 2021

I Like What I Like - Is There A Problem?

Dr. Crapo explains to a patient what options he has for his partial dentures.

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March 21, 2021

I Was Good and Then I Wasn’t

Dr. Crapo explains to a patient who had a stroke what dental options he has to help with his mouth coordination.  

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March 14, 2021

If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It?

Dr. Crapo explains why a good exam will help answer most of a patient’s questions about his dental problems. 

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March 7, 2021

Measure, Plan, Repeat Then Perform 

Dr. Crapo explains how complex dental problems should be treated. 

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February 28, 2021

Just a Bridge—Please!

Dr. Crapo explains that fixed bridgework is almost always possible if there are teeth in front and behind the “gap”.

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February 21, 2021

No More Ridges

Dr. Crapo advises a senior reader on which implant procedure would work best if you have enough good bone to place implants.

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February 14, 2021

Radiation and Implants

Extensive radiation to any part of the body produces adverse effects. Can the body come back over time? 

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January 24, 2021

Can I Get Back My Hollywood Smile?

If you have been healthy and clean for several years you can expect your body to handle the rehabilitative bone grafting and implant placing that will form the foundation of your desired “movie star smile”.  

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January 10, 2021

All The Colours of The Rainbow

Removing badly compromised teeth and fitting your mouth with well designed bridges can give you the display of “nice teeth”.

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January 3, 2021

Going, Going, Gone

If you have a genetic tendency to lose gum and bone support, it is the most devastating in its destruction.

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December 27, 2020

Do You Want That Super-Sized?– No Thanks!

When there’s pain after lower implants are placed, it means the nerve may have been slightly damaged through pressure or nicking ...

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December 20, 2020

I’m a Bit of a Handyman

Much of the time bone thickness is the problem for implant placement. There are many ways that the thickness can be increased to make implants possible.

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December 13, 2020

There’s Always Hope!

Dr. Crapo explains that diagnosis is the key to returning your teeth to their proper structure and function

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December 6, 2020

Smoking and Bone Grafting - Not Good?

Smokers sometimes get away with healing of bone grafting in sockets but when there’s a lot of disease the predictability goes down because blood supply to the graft is compromised.

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November 29, 2020

Should I Keep My Teeth?

Implants are wonderful - a true God send.  However, if your remaining teeth have long roots and good bone around them it’s wise to use crowns to protect and preserve them ...

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November 22, 2020

Flipper…Bridge…Partial…Now What???

Dr Crapo explains what can be done if the bone where the roots were taken out had collapsed.

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November 15, 2020

Look What I Got Doc

Dr Crapo shares his experience with the pay-as-you-go model and how it worked for his patients.

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November 8, 2020

No Maas - No Dentures

If your own teeth are generally solid, if the gums are healthy and you don't show signs of decay generally, you should consider keeping your teeth and have them totally rebuilt.

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November 1, 2020

Anchor’s Away

Adding a tooth to a partial denture can work well enough but not when the natural tooth to be extracted is an anchor for the partial and when the person has an extremely hard bite.

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October 25, 2020

End of The Line?

When teeth are lost in the upper jaw at an early age and lower natural teeth or implanted teeth function against the upper denture, bone may be lost in dramatic fashion, especially in the front where the six front teeth once functioned. 

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October 18, 2020

What are Tori!

Dr Crapo helps a patient with an innovative solution rather than opting for surgery and explains the role of tori when considering dentures. 

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October 11, 2020

If I Had Only Known

In this article, a patient explains how an in-depth dental exam and strategy helped their front and back teeth issues to be pain-free. 

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October 4, 2020

Choices… Decisions…Not Always a Straight Line

Is my bridge totally destroyed?  Am I going to be without teeth?  How long will it take? 

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September 27, 2020

A “Fad” Turned Addiction

Bulimia is more common than is known and having a good teeth support system is a major step forward.

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September 20, 2020

Four Teeth Or Four Implants?

What is the best, the fastest, the most functional way of employing implants?

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September 13, 2020

Proving The Groove

Dr. Crapo explains what to do if you have loose dentures.

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September 6, 2020

Dear, I Can’t See Your Teeth!

Dr. Crapo gives advice to a man who has an edge to edge bite that has caused his front teeth to wear down significantly.

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August 23, 2020

When Life Was Good

Can "dry mouth" damage your teeth?

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August 16, 2020

“Nothing Sweeter Than Wine” Careful!

Dr Crapo explains how to drink wine without causing much damage to your teeth.

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August 9, 2020

But the Tooth Already Has a Root Canal!

Dr Crapo goes over the pros and cons of implants vs dental bridges.

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August 2, 2020

It Felt Like a New Shoe

No new dentistry should feel like a new shoe that needs to be broken in.

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July 26, 2020

It’s Now or Later “Not Never”

Dr Crapo discusses the benefits of properly balancing your teeth in a forceful grinding situation.

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July 12, 2020

I Think I Can Save You Some Money

Dr. Crapo provides a few useful tips on how to save some money on your dental expenses.

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July 05, 2020

It’s All About The Suction

Dr. Crapo gives advice to a patient with partial dentures issues.

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June 28, 2020

The Gold Standard - A Great Bite

Dr. Crapo helps a patient with dental restoration complications caused by teeth grinding.

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June 21, 2020

Will My Loose Teeth Fall Out?

A reader wonders if his "loose" teeth can be saved.

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June 14, 2020

Uncontrolled Bite Forces

Dr. Crapo reveals three most important factors of teeth breakage.

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June 07, 2020

Don’t Give Up on Your Own Teeth

Dr. Crapo explains why “good teeth” should never be replaced with implants.

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May 31, 2020

Out of the Deep

Dr. Crapo talks about teeth grinding and offers several choices to address the wear.

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May 24, 2020

I Want to Keep ’Em, Thank You Very Much!

Dr. Crapo discusses how crowning your teeth can make better-fitting dentures.

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May 17, 2020

I Gave Up On My Own Teeth To Soon

In the middle of this COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Crapo creates a plan of action to help a frustrated denture wearer.

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May 10, 2020

I Just Want To Eat!

Dr. Crapo advises a retiree who smokes cigarettes about what dental treatments he should receive to allow him to eat with ease once again.

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April 15, 2020

The Long & Short Of It - (If Only I Was A Beaver)

Headaches? Worn teeth? Dr Crapo dicusses seeing a Dental Specialist and solutions.

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April 12, 2020

Blowing in the Breeze

Dental implants scaring you? Dr Crapo's outlook on tackling loose teeth.

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April 5, 2020

A Chip off the Old Block

A reader with a bridge wonders if it could be replaced with implants.

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March 29, 2020

I'm a Grinder

Grinding has costed you and gold crowns seem to be the only way out? Dr Crapo has a plan to tackle this.

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March 22, 2020

When I was but a girl

Teeth were pulled out and now looking for dental implants?

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March 15, 2020

I Just Don’t Smile Anymore

Short front teeth due to grinding? Dr. Crapo has answers!

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March 8, 2020

Be Patient, It’s Worth It 

Teeth growth issues? Surgical failure? Patience is key!

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March 1, 2020

Go Slowly and Carefully but Get it Done 

Why dental crowns for "just the injured teeth" are not enough. 

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February 23, 2020

Dental Implants With Crowns for a Gap as Big as a Mac Truck

A cost and time effective way to save your teeth from gap and breakdown.

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February 16, 2020

I Didn’t Think It Would Happen to Me

I take care of my teeth, but seems like I'm facing gum recession. Solutions?

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February 9, 2020

Did You Say Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars!

A solution to expensive urgent root canal procedures and more.

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February 2, 2020

I'll Never Bite Down on Ice Again

What is going on with my tooth when I bite down? Is a safe root canal procedure the answer?

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December 29, 2019

Enough Is Enough

How braces help prevent tooth decay.

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December 22, 2019

No Bones About It

How bone loss can effect dental implants and what can be done to get your smile back.

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December 8, 2019

I just Need a Pair of Needle Nose Pliers

Are gum sores, pinching or moving dentures an issue? The best solution is dental implants.

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December 2, 2019

Who's In Charge?

How do you get the best dental work done for the best price? The answer is simple, getting things right the first time will be your cheapest solution

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November 24, 2019

Dads Who Need Implants

Are dental implants right for you?

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November 17, 2019

Strong “Gums” for Healthy Teeth and Implants

Can teeth in the lower jaw firm up after gum grafting?

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November 10, 2019

A Quick Fix

Do quick fixes for dental issues pay off in the long run?

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November 3, 2019

I Had No Idea How Bad It Could Be 

Clenching your teeth can cause considerable wear or stress on your teeth.

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October 20, 2019

The Silver Bullet 

White fillings are durable but may break down after many years. Here's everything you need to know about the various types of dental filling materials

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October 13, 2019

Tooth or Consequence 

What happens when you have a limited amount of back molars and can't chew? Read on to find out what options are available. 

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October 6, 2019

Straight From the Horse's Mouth

What to do if you have missing back teeth and your remaining teeth are failing? Consider dental implants! Various options are available to ensure great function and appearance

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September 29, 2019

My Teeth Are Turning 65

What to do when it seems there are mutiple issues with mutiple teeth

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September 22, 2019

A Bridge Too Far...

What's going to be more beneficial in the long run, bridge or implants?

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September 15, 2019

Dental Implants or Root Canals - Which is Better?

Which procedure lasts longer and is more durable - A root canal or a dental implant?

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September 8, 2019

"I Admit I'm a Chicken!"

Is Oral and/or I.V. Sedation used for Dental Implant procedures?

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September 1, 2019

Does Gum Disease Prohibit Dental Implants?

Find out if its possible to still have dental implants when one suffers from gum disease.

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August 25, 2019

Full Mouth Reconstruction One Tooth at a Time?

Is it possible to do one or two teeth at a time to make dental work more affordable?

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August 11, 2019

As Flabby As A Double Chin

When does it become necessary to have bone grafting done for dental implants?

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August 4, 2019

What A Headache!

Dr Crapo explains what TMJ syndrome is and its symptoms

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July 28, 2019

Get The Bite Right Then Implant

How does your bite impact dental implants?

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July 21, 2019

Prescription Drugs and Dental Implants

Can prescription drugs interfere with dental success?

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July 14, 2019

Inexpensive Dentistry Abroad

Is it a bad idea to have dentistry done abroad?

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July 7, 2019

A Return To Mini Implants

What's Involved With Mini Denture Implants?

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June 16, 2019

They Just Fell Out!

Is there a solution for when root canals and crowns fall out?

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June 9, 2019

The Price of Fashion

Teens and Teeth Whitening: Are Their Teeth Ready for Treatment?

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June 2, 2019

Pregnancy & Periodontal Disease

Pregnancy & Periodontal Disease: Dr Crapo explains if there is any correlation

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May 12, 2019


Dr Crapo provides several good options for permanent teeth after trauma to the mouth 

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May 5, 2019

"Talking" On Eggshells

Missing Teeth and How Crowns Can Help: Dr Crapo Explains

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April 28, 2019

Dark Lines and Shadows…In My Smile

What to do when crowns appear dark at the gum line: Dr Crapo explains and provides treatment plans

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April 21, 2019

"Yesterday, All My Troubles Seemed So Far Away"

Problem Teeth - Is there a Quick Fix: Dr Crapo Explains

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March 31, 2019

"Heck of a Switch"

Dr Crapo discusses the benefit of properly balancing and aligning your teeth

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March 24, 2019

It Hit Me Like a Hammer!

Dr Crapo discusses the benefit of properly balancing and aligning your teeth

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March 17, 2019

It’s All in The Family!

Dr Crapo looks into family Dental issues and various options?

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March 3, 2019

It Sounds Like a "Refit"!!

Dr Capo looks into getting an refit, is it required?

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February 24, 2019

Having Your Cake and Eating It Too – If!

Dr Capo looks into the healing issues with implants while smoking.

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February 17, 2019

Dad Wouldn’t Even Wear Them!

Dr Capo talks about denture and implant timelines.

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February 10, 2019

But I Don’t Want a Bone Graft!

Dr Capo looks at bone grafts, which are more common than you think.

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February 3, 2019

If I Were You...

Dr Capo looks at health vs dentistry.

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January 06, 2019

One Step Back...Three Steps Forward

Dr. Crapo discusses what to do if you have tooth decay.

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December 23, 2018

Fussy...May Be Good

Dr. Crapo discusses what to do if you have a tooth canal.

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December 16, 2018

"Healthy? Anything Can Be Done."

Dr. Crapo discusses what to do if your bridge comes loose.

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December 9, 2018

An Oldie but Goodie Solution

Dr. Crapo discusses if you should get implants.

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December 2, 2018

A Silent Abscess?

Dr. Crapo explains what to do if  one of your teeth is gone suddenly.

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November 18, 2018

Go Big or Go Home

Dr. Crapo explains what to do if you have a gum infection.

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November 11, 2018

Mind the Gap

Dr. Crapo explains what to do if bacterial invasions cause a tooth gap.

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November 4, 2018

Ashtray Mouth - That's Me!

Dr. Crapo explains what you dental options smokers have.

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October 28, 2018

What's a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Dr. Crapo explains what you should do if you need a full mouth rehabilitation. 

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October 14, 2018

Is This My Fate?

Dr. Crapo explains what to do if you have loose dentures. 

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October 7, 2018

Why Did My Body Reject My Implants?

Dr. Crapo explains why a body can reject tooth implants. 

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September 30, 2018

I’m Not Just Bull Headed!

Dr. Crapo offers advice to a patient who is worried about getting a tooth implant. 

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September 16, 2018

Listen to Me!
Dr. Crapo helps a patient understand their options when it comes to tooth loss replacement. 

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September 9, 2018
I Want It My Way!
Dr. Crapo explains to a patient how “teeth-in-a-day” implants can be an option for someone looking for quick results, given that their bone is in ideal condition.

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September 2, 2018
Dr. Crapo lists three main problems as the reasons why a patient is struggling with their decaying oral health.

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August 26, 2018

An Elegant Solution

Dr. Crapo suggests a solution for a patient with porcelain teeth to try a newer material that is tough as nails and strong enough to withstand any grinding.

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August 19, 2018

Value Judgements / Still Undecided

Dr. Crapo gives advice to a patient whether to stick to root canal therapy and root resection in order to keep their teeth intact or to try implants.

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August 12th, 2018

Implants in Time Saves Mine!

Dr. Crapo offers a timely solution for a patient wanting to keep their teeth.

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August 5th, 2018

Implants Will Solve My Problems, Yes?

Dr. Crapo offers advice to a patient about their options to try denture teeth or an implant Dr. Crapo gives advice on the importance of a thorough bad bite and tooth decay analysis before getting implants to a patient.

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July 29, 2018

One Roller Coaster After Another

Dr. Crapo offers advice to a patient about their options to try denture teeth or an implant supported bridge for their decaying teeth.

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July 1, 2018

Good Intentions Gone Wrong!

Dr. Crapo offers advice to a patient wanting to know the options for saving or replacing a badly decayed tooth.

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June 24, 2018

When Natural Teeth Meet a Denture

Dr. Crapo offers advice to patients who have a combination of natural teeth and a denture.

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June 17, 2018

Am I Missing Something?

Dr. Crapo provides advice to a patient asking about tooth loss, its causes, and whether implants are right for them.

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June 10, 2018

Life on the Road

Dr. Crapo offers advice and options to a patient trying to fix 45 years’ worth of poor hygiene habits.

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June 3, 2018

What My Car and I Have in Common

Dr. Crapo assists a patient with his loose bridge concerns and subsequent bite and joint issues.

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May 27, 2018

The Elephant in the Room! 

Dr. Crapo offers a newly retired patient advice on how to get his smile back into shape and camera-ready.

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May 20, 2018

The Best of Both Worlds 

Dr. Crapo offers a patient advice on the differences between snap-in dentures and screw-in implants and which option may work best for his situation.

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May 13, 2018
Where Do I Go from Here? 

Dr. Crapo advises a patient about bone grafting for a dental implant or bridge.

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May 6, 2018

Like Mother, Like Daughter 

Dr. Crapo answers a question about a mother and daughter who each had similar gum issues, but they required different treatments.

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April 29, 2018

Thirty Years is a Long Time 

Dr. Crapo helps a patient that has a long time fear of visiting the dentist.

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April 22, 2018
The Golden Gate Bridge? 

Dr. Crapo helps a patient who is close to losing an eyetooth which is the key anchor to their permanent bridge. He explains the process from temporary bridge to grafts and implants.

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April 15, 2018
Decay - Under My New Crowns? 

Dr. Crapo helps a patient decide what to do after decay has broke down many crowns. Solutions include implants, bridges and snap system dentures.

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April 8, 2018
Are Implants The Way To Go? 

Dr. Crapo suggests a dental bridge and dental implants to a client with broken white fillings that have caused their partial denture to no longer fit.

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April 1, 2018
But It Doesn't Hurt 

Dr. Crapo walks a patient through potential solutions to having a fractured root on a tooth next to partial dentures - from a bridge, to crowns and implants.

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March 25, 2018
That's No Bull!

Dr. Crapo explains TMD to a man with jaw muscles built like a Black Angus bull that is down at least one day every week due to pain.

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March 18, 2018
Not Nah nah----na Nah Nah

Dr. Crapo gives advice to someone who is having trouble with the transition period with a lower denture.

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March 11, 2018
Why Did My Implants Fall Out of My Mouth?

Dr. Crapo answers a question on implants and what can cause them to fall out.

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March 4, 2018
"Thinner & Thinner"

Dr. Crapo suggests that a patient crown their front teeth, after noticing that grinding with an overbite has worn down more than 50% of the patients lower front teeth.

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February 25, 2018
United We Stand – Divided We Fall

Dr. Crapo uses his experience to explain the difference between crown splinting and implants in patients with bone loss

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February 11, 2018
One Good Sneeze...!

Dr. Crapo explains what to do in the case of loose teeth, from dental implants to dental bridges.

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February 4, 2018
Not A Good Subject For Dentures

Dr. Crapo answers a visitor's question about helping his wife, who has periodontal issues and is not an ideal candidate for dentures.

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January 28, 2018
The Blessings and Curse of Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Crapo discusses how the long term effects of painkillers can be both a blessing and a curse.

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January 21, 2018
Monsters of Tooth Destruction
Dr. Crapo discusses what can be done for patients that seem to always find a way to damage, break, or chip their teeth.

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January 14, 2018

Always Over Build

Dr. Crapo answers a patient’s question about implants and when a partial can be enough instead of a complete rebuild of an implant. 

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January 7, 2018

Walking on Eggshells

Dr. Crapo answers a patient’s concerns about reinforcing age- and denture-affected sinus and jaw bones using the latest grafting techniques. 

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December 31, 2017

This Could Be Heaven

Dr. Crapo discusses a priority list for a patient who is suffering from a mouth disease and whether they are a candidate for implants or dentures.

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December 24, 2017

When Root Canals Are Not Enough

Dr. Crapo discusses whether a bridge or implant is better for a patient after a root canal didn’t yield all the answers.

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December 17, 2017

It’s Harmless You Know

Dr. Crapo discusses the possible connections between marijuana use and tooth decay, as well as other problems.

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December 3, 2017

Implants and Dementia

Dr. Crapo discusses the best treatment options for patients suffering from rampant tooth decay and dementia.

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November 26, 2017

All He Wants For Christmas is His Two Front Teeth

Dr. Crapo discusses solutions for tooth grinders who have ground their teeth almost all the way to the gums in his latest blog.

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November 5, 2017

No More Ridges 

Dr. Crapo discusses issues with replacing a partial denture without ridges with an implant retained denture or implant supported teeth.

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October 29, 2017

Radiation and Implants

Dr. Crapo discusses issues with decay after radiation treatments and if implants can be a successful way to replace lost teeth.

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October 22, 2017
Do You Want That Super-Sized? – No Thanks!

Dr. Crapo discusses a patient’s concerns about implants, dentures and different classes of bites.

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October 8, 2017
Going, Going, Gone
Dr. Crapo discusses dental implants and an upper denture for a patient with genetic bone and gum loss.

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October 1, 2017
All The Colours of The Rainbow
Dr. Crapo discusses how a dentist can reconstruct a misaligned bite while replacing missing teeth.

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September 24, 2017

Egg Salad, Anyone?

Dr. Crapo discusses the temporary and permanent options for a broken crown.

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September 17, 2017

Four Teeth or Four Implants?

Dr. Crapo discusses options for anchoring bridgework with implants.

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September 10, 2017

Did That Pinch A Little?

Dr. Crapo discusses improving patient comfort during the local anaesthetic procedure.

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September 3, 2017

Twenty Years After The Slap

Dr. Crapo discusses the benefits of a permanent bridge. 

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August 20, 2017
Trauma & Dental Repentance
Dr. Crapo discusses how to save remaining teeth after trauma.
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August 13, 2017
Now That I Can See Myself
Dr. Crapo discusses how dentures can be a great benefit for you.
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August 6, 2017
What the Heck is Cracked-Tooth-Syndrome?
Dr. Crapo discusses how to deal with a cracked tooth.
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July 23, 2017
What’s the Squirrel in My Mouth Doing? 

Dr. Crapo discusses how better cleaning techniques can prevent tooth decay. 

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July 16, 2017
Not What I Wanted to Hear
Dr. Crapo discusses how your dentist will know if a bone graft is appropriate before giving you a dental implant.
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July 9, 2017

After Forty Years – What?

Dr. Crapo discusses how your health often dictates which dental procedures may be right for you.

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July 2, 2017

The Trouble with a Snaggletooth…

Dr. Crapo discusses the importance of having a dentist examine your bite in order to develop a treatment plan.

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June 25, 2017

When Trauma Comes Back To Bite You!

Dr. Crapo discusses the options available for new dentures. 

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June 18, 2017
Five Lone Peaks
Dr. Crapo discusses the options available for new dentures. 
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May 28, 2017
Wanna Smell Like a Rose
Dr. Crapo discusses how periodontal disease can cause bad odours.
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May 21, 2017
Bad Teeth, Bad Gums, Bad Gas
Dr. Crapo discusses how bad teeth can lead to an embarrassing condition.
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May 7, 2017
Grafting, Green Goo and Other Miracles
Dr. Crapo discusses how grafting works and how it can make a difference when missing many teeth.
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April 30, 2017

Yes, But Will I Have Front Teeth?

Dr. Crapo discusses the options for replacing an old dental bridge and suggests how to avoid spending time without teeth.

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April 23, 2017
It’s Like a Mortgage
Dr. Crapo discusses the importance of addressing dental issues before they become big problems and explains that an investment in dental work is an investment in your health.
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April 16, 2017
A Hole In One!
A lovely day on the links takes a turn for the worse after a quick bite into a sandwich. Learn more about knocking out crowned teeth in this blog post!
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April 2, 2017
Too Much … Of Everything

Dr. Crapo discusses the available options for replacing missing teeth using bridges and implants.

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March 26, 2017
Time to Say Goodbye

Dr. Crapo discusses the available options for replacing missing teeth using bridges and implants.

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March 19, 2017
Fallen Crown – Hole In My Face
Dr. Crapo explains what alternatives there are for implants when insurance doesn’t cover them.
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March 12, 2017
I Just Can’t Chew
Dr. Crapo explains the best course of action if you’re worried about financing.
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February 19, 2017


Till Death Do Us Part!

Dr. Crapo explains what to do if your dental implants break or fall out at an unexpected time.

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February 12, 2017
“Easy as 1, 2, 3”

Dr. Crapo explains how to cost-effectively fix problems in both your molars and your front teeth.
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February 5, 2017
Starting Over
Dr. Crapo answers a question on how to start over and regain a confident smile when teeth have deteriorated from prescriptions and other dental hygiene issues.
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January 19, 2017

Look Ma No Teeth – I Mean No Dentures!

Dr. Crapo answers a question about how to salvage a bad first experience with dentures. Read this post to learn more. 
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January 15, 2017
A Recipe for Disaster
Dr. Crapo explains to a patient how dentures may be the best way to compensate for teeth that are badly decayed or damaged.
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January 8, 2017
Out of Harmony – Out of Function
Dr. Crapo explains why you might be having trouble biting through sandwiches, meat, veggies and other tough foods and how the issue can be fixed.
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December 18, 2016
I Need a Quarterback?
Dr. Crapo advises a patient about what to do about loose, diseased teeth and who to see when multiple intricate procedures need to be done at the same time.
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December 4, 2016
Black Holes – On Earth!
Dr. Crapo advises a 72-year-old man on what treatment options are available for repairing a broken dental bridge.
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November 27, 2016
Grin and Bear It
Dr. Crapo provides advice to a man in his eighties regarding treatment options for the gap in his lower front jaw and his remaining, overcrowded lower teeth.
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November 13, 2016
20th Century vs 21st Century
Dr. Crapo advises a man wondering if he should update his outdated partials to new ones, bridging with crowns, or implants.
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November 6, 2016
Up Close & Unnatural

Dr. Crapo advises a businesswoman about the ever-widening gaps between her front teeth and what could be causing the problem.

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October 30, 2016

A Fistful Of Dollars
Dr. Crapo advises a 45-year-old man about making the most economical decision between a bridge and dental implants to replace missing upper teeth.
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October 23, 2016
A God Send
Dr. Crapo advises a 90-year-old patient about the most convenient ways to replace a lower partial denture with dental implants.
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October 16, 2016
So Many Choices! 

Dr. Crapo advises an individual about addressing the issue of a severely chipped front tooth, a broken root and the viable solutions. 

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October 9, 2016

Was I Right?!

Dr. Crapo advises a woman about frustration over her husband’s reluctance to choose implants due to the cost and nature of the operation.

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October 2, 2016


Dr. Crapo advises a man with serious concerns about his bite, the dental work being done to correct his bite and a complication with his dental plan and financing.

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September 25, 2016

It’s All About The Suction

Dr. Crapo advises a concerned adult child about what type of denture provides the most secure fit and is the most affordable for their mother.

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September 18, 2016

How Far Should I Go?

Dr. Crapo advises a woman, with dexterity issues caused by Parkinson’s disease and therefore struggles with flossing, on whether or not she should get implants for her front teeth.

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September 11, 2016

Hide and Seek

Dr. Crapo advises a woman has trouble pinpointing the cause of elusive pain and who has symptoms of an earache at times and a toothache at other times.

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September 4, 2016

Quality, Time And Money

A reader who has been shopping around for dentures with implants asks Dr. Crapo why there are such large ranges of prices and wait times.

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August 28, 2016

It’s All About The Suction

Dr. Crapo advises a concerned adult child about what type of denture provides the most secure fit and is the most affordable for their mother.

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August 21, 2016

Why Wait – Eat Now!

Dr. Crapo advises a senior reader on which denture or implant procedure would work best for their oral health and comfort level needs.

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August 14, 2016

I Think I Can Save You Some Money

Dr. Crapo advises a reader whose oral surgeon recommended getting two implants instead of three to save money.

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August 7, 2016

Taking Your Lumps

A reader is still having trouble with his partial denture a full year after it was placed and is seeking advice from Dr. Crapo.

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July 31, 2016

Are My Teeth Making Me Sick?

A reader who has been experiencing fatigue and aches asks Dr. Crapo if dental problems could be to blame.

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July 24, 2016

“Forever? A Definite Maybe”

A reader ask Dr. Crapo for advice about how deal with tooth decay.

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July 17, 2016

“What If We Didn’t Have Implants?”

Dr. Crapo advises a reader who split a tooth and wants to know how best to treat it without getting dental implants.

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July 10, 2016

“Back Breaking” Challenges

A reader asks Dr. Crapo for advice on how best to treat a broken eyetooth without breaking the bank.

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July 3, 2016

Under-Treatment, Over-Treatment – How Do I Tell?

A reader wants to know whether his dentist is over-treating or under-treating his dental problem, which involves breakage of his teeth. Dr. Crapo provides a second opinion.

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June 26, 2016

My Jaw Swings To The Right

Dr. Crapo provides advice to a reader whose jaw began to swing to the right shortly after undergoing extensive work to the left side of her mouth.

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June 19, 2016

Accidents Will Happen

A reader who recently suffered an accident that destroyed a partial denture asks Dr. Crapo about alternatives to dentures.

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June 12, 2016

It Just Fell Out!

Dr. Crapo advises a reader with existing bridges on how to best deal with the loss of a tooth that had undergone a root canal.

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June 5, 2016

I Need More Answers

A reader asks Dr. Crapo questions about late night teeth grinding and what to do to get a normal bite with teeth that are different lengths.

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May 29, 2016

Dear, I Can’t See Your Teeth!

A reader asks Dr. Crapo for advice on treatment options to address his edge to edge bite, which has caused his front teeth to severely wear down.

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May 8, 2016

It’s A Miracle!

Dr. Crapo answers a question from a reader who hasn’t been able to find a denture solution that is lasting and doesn’t cause her to lose facial support.

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May 1, 2016

Like Father Like Son

Dr. Crapo provides helpful information for a reader whose genetics have predisposed him to tooth, bone and gum issues.

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April 28, 2016

A Compromised Choice

A reader with extensive tooth decay asks Dr. Crapo for advice on whether or not having their teeth removed is the right investment regarding their oral health.

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April 17, 2016

A Decision Gone Bad

Dr. Crapo provides advice to a reader who made the mistake of choosing to have denture work done while on a vacation out of country.

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April 10, 2016

My Implant Broke!

A reader asks Dr. Crapo about the best options for handling a broken implant.

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April 3, 2016

Pay Now So You Don’t Pay Later

A reader with a bonded bridge asks Dr. Crapo about whether it’s best to invest in an affordable bridge or expensive implants.

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March 20, 2016

Bombed Out

Dr. Crapo explains to a reader how to deal with broken and missing teeth in several steps.

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January 10, 2016

Luck Has Nothing to Do With It

A reader with few teeth left needs some ideas for dealing with an old bridge.

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December 13, 2015

Out With the Old and in With the New (Teeth in 4 Hours!)

After having seen an advertisement and spoken to a dentist about its claims, a reader asks Dr. Crapo if it’s safe to install a bridge over implants in the same day.

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November 8, 2015

I Just Didn’t Want to Lose That Tooth!

A reader lost a molar to decay and was told that installing a dental implant wasn’t feasible. The reader asks Dr. Crapo for a second opinion.

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November 1, 2015

I Wish I’d Known

After having had crowns and porcelain veneers installed on his teeth, a reader realizes that they are causing jaw pain and wearing down due to grinding and asks Dr. Crapo what can be done.

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October 25, 2015

Wear and Tear All Over Again

A reader who experienced a car accident in the past and had to undergo several dental procedures asks Dr. Crapo about the durability of crowns and bridges.

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