February 19, 2016
Dr. Dreher and his team would like you to meet Dr. Thomas Horgan, who joined our practice just this year. Dr. Horgan grew up in Boston, where he earned a bachelor’s degree at Stonehill College, a Certificate of Sciences at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and then attended Boston University for dental school.
Dr. Horgan appreciates the details and artistry of dentistry. In fact, he even takes the time to write about different dental topics. Here is something he has written for us about composite fillings.
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February 18, 2016
Humans will normally have 32 adult teeth that will erupt during their younger years of life. In order to keep track of all these teeth, they have been assigned numbers. This numbering system can vary in different countries but in the United States, the most common way of tooth numbering is using the numbers from 1-32. The system is sequential and it starts on the upper right side of the mouth. Therefore, #1 will be the last tooth on upper right side. This tooth is also called a 3rd molar or a wisdom tooth. #2 will be directly adjacent to #1 as we move closer to midline. Midline is an imaginary line that divides the mouth into left and right halves. This will then be followed by tooth #3, the #4 and so on. This pattern will continue until we get to the last tooth on the upper left side. This is a wisdom tooth and using our number system, it will be tooth #16. Since we are now at the last tooth on the upper arch, the numbering system will continue but now it will be on the lower teeth. Staying on the patients left side, we drop down to the lower teeth and that 3rd molar will be #17. We can then count all the teeth on the lower, just like we did on top, and eventually end on #32. #32 is 3rd molar on the lower right side. It is important to remember that if a tooth is missing, the number DOES NOT carry over. Every tooth has an assigned number and that will not change. In other words, #6 is ALWAYS an upper right canine and it does not matter if #5 or #7 is present. Finally, baby teeth are counted in the same way but instead of numbers they use letters. The letters are A-T.
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January 5, 2016
When it comes to our kids, we’re dedicated to offering the best of everything year round. One area where parents may not be considering their children’s individual health needs is at the dentist’s office. While many dental practices offer a “cookie cutter” approach to services and materials, Dr. Frederick Dreher and his Ballston Spa, NY dentistry team are dedicated to providing every patient the best in dental care by getting to know their dentistry service needs, choosing materials that are biocompatible with individual patients, and educating people about their oral and overall health and how the two are connected. When it comes to helping kids get the holistic dentistry services they deserve, we go even farther to ensure they have healthy smiles and bodies for life.
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December 6, 2015
Many dentists claim to offer holistic dentistry, but what does that really mean? At Dr. Frederick Dreher’s Ballston Spa, MD dental practice, that means we never recommend a dentistry service without discussing and fully understanding the way it effects your whole body. We know that a healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand, and you can’t truly have one without the other. For this reason we promise our dental services are free of mercury and Bisphenol A (BPA), 100% biocompatible, and safe for your whole body.
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November 23, 2015
In Ballston Spa, NY, Dr. Fred Dreher and his dental team are dedicated to providing patients with services that do more than ensure optimal oral health. We offer patients the best options for their whole-body health. Most patients we treat will need dental restoration at some point. Whether they need a filling, crown, or dentures, it’s essential to renew patients’ smiles with materials that work well with their bodies. Dental toxicity affects many patients every year, but Dr. Dreher and his team have the solution: biocompatibility testing.
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