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Love The Gums You’re With

Please enjoy the  “Love The Gums You’re With” video above to learn more about the importance of periodontal health and how you can have caring, lifelong relationship with your gums by visiting a periodontist like Dr. Weiner.   See an abbreviated summary of this campaign below and visit for more information: If you open your heart...

Quick Facts: Do I have periodontitis?

What is Periodontitis? Periodontitis, or “gum disease,” is a chronic inflammatory disease that if left untreated can lead to tooth loss and other health problems. Typically the disease is painless and most patients are unaware that they have an issue until they are examined by a dentist.   What causes Periodontitis? The main cause of […]

Quick Facts: Dental Implants

Considering Getting a Dental Implant? What are Dental Implants? A dental implant is a titanium-based fixture used in dentistry to restore a site previously occupied by a tooth.  Today, dental implants are considered the standard of care to replace missing teeth, with success rates in healthy patients of over 98%.  Dental implants function just like […]

Severe periodontitis: Sixth most prevalent health condition in the world

I came across this short piece while searching for the latest news in our field and thought it was worth sharing.  Did you know that in 2010, severe periodontitis was the sixth most prevalent condition in the world affecting 743 million people worldwide?  Below is a summary of the article published by the International & American Associations […]

Why does the prosthetic component of an edentulous patient’s rehabilitation with dental implants have the greatest incidence of complications?

It is widely accepted today that dental implants are a safe, effective, and predictable treatment option, with average implant success rates between 95 to 98 percent.  Traditionally, implant success has been a subjective criterion, based on things like the Albrektsson criteria for implant survival. But “survival” means a lot of different things to different people. […]

Recent publication in Journal of Periodontoloy (Aug 2014) – Differential Gene Expression of Inflammatory Signaling in Localized Aggressive Periodontitis

I was honored last month when the Journal of Periodonology published the abstract of my masters thesis, “Differential Gene Expression of Inflammatory Signaling in Localized Aggressive Periodontitis.”  I spent three years working on this project with my mentor, Dr Thomas Hart, and our hardworking team of immunologists, geneticists, and statisticians.  We are planning to publish [&hell...

One- versus two-stage implant surgery: what is the difference?

Today it is widely acknowledged that the best method to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. But did you know that there are two main techniques for placing implants? Implants can be placed either using a one stage or a two stage surgical technique, and as their names suggests, one is performed in […]

Does periodontitis affect implant survival and peri-implant bone loss?

The relationship between periodontitis and peri-implantitis remains a matter of debate.  The question posed is one that I am asked nearly daily as a periodontist but to date has no clearly defined answer.  Similar to most questions asked regarding the relationship between periodontitis and various systemic diseases, the evidence aimed at addressing this question is […]

Treatment Planning for Single-Unit Implant Placement in the Aesthetic Zone

Within the last decade, implant dentistry has placed increasing importance on dental esthetics. The question is no longer how to design dental implants that allow for high survival and success rates but rather how to treatment plan placement of implants in the esthetic zone with predictable esthetic results? With the advances in regenerative techniques for […]

What Impact does Diabetes Have on Implant Failure?

In dentistry today, the replacement of missing teeth with dental implants is becoming the standard of care.  Yet despite the high predictability of dental implants for prosthetic rehabilitation, a small but significant portion of the population continue to experience implant failure; the identification of such patients is paramount to the treatment planning process.1 Proposed contraindictations [...