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Ask the Dentist

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.

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 18, 2018
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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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 19, 2017

Grind Once, Grind Twice, Gone!

Dr. Crapo discusses the issues that are caused by extreme grinding of the teeth and what can be done for treatment in his latest blog.

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November 12, 2017

A Cook’s Dilemma 

Dr. Crapo helps a cook decide if implants or bridgework is the best option for their dental health needs.

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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 15, 2017
Bridge vs. Implants
Dr. Crapo discusses the advantages offered by a bridge or implants and which option is best for a patient who has had a tooth missing for 50 years.

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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 27, 2017

“Taco Teeth?”
Dr. Crapo discusses “taco” veneers.
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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 30, 2017
Watch Out for Those Soft Bread Rolls!
Dr. Crapo discusses how implants can help if you have a broken 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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June 11, 2017
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 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 14, 2017
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 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?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 11, 2017
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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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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March 5, 2017

Because of My Weird Teeth

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

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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 29, 2017

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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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 11, 2016
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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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 20, 2016
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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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

Help

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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January 3, 2016

Curbs, Gutters, & Gums – A Continuation

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

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December 27, 2015

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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December 20, 2015

A Chip off the Old Block

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

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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 29, 2015

The Root of My Problem

Dentists have told this reader, who is suffering from a root infection, that a new bridge could eliminate issues. The reader asks Dr. Crapo if implants are an option.

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November 22, 2015

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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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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