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Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry

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In Virginia we have 6,500 dentist, of which 200 of us are Fellows of The Academy of General Dentistry.

What does that mean for you and your family?

Earning Fellowship takes dedication to dental continuing education (CE) beyond graduation. Only about 6 percent of general dentists in the U.S. and Canada are AGD Fellows. When you see a dentist with FAGD after their name, you can rest assured that they care about knowing the latest techniques and best practices in dentistry. AGD Fellows practice these techniques in a classroom setting multiple times a year — not every dentist does this.

To become an AGD Fellow, a dentist must:

  • Complete over 500 credit hours of CE.
  • Earn 350 of those 500 credits in live courses.
  • Pass an exam equal in difficulty to board certification exams.

Digital Dentistry

I scan digital impressions of teeth, computer design the crowns, create an STL file, and 3D print out porcelain/zirconia crowns with a CAD-CAM milling machine, that fit perfectly and look beautiful.

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digital intra-oral scanner
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taking this patients digital impression
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digital impressions, (photos from my snapchat story)

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3D milling machine
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3D printed tooth crown

Bridge case of the day

This patient presented with a broken 25 year old bridge replacing a missing front tooth. I re-prepped the teeth, digitally scanned the impression, computer designed a new bridge, 3D printed it out and cemented it in. Totally awesome!!!

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before/after bridge cementation
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digital impression scan
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design images
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bridge cemented-perfect!!!

Dental implant case of the day

This patient presented with a broken off upper right canine tooth. We extracted the remaining tooth root,  placed an immediate titanium implant and restored with a zirconium abutment and porcelain crown. Very nice lady, fun case with beautiful results :-)))

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broken upper canine tooth, extracted and implant placed, zirconium abutment, porcelain crown
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top view of implant, zirconium abutment, crown/x-ray of broken tooth and implant
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computer design images
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happy patient and dentist

Treating snoring and sleep apnea

This appliance is what I make to prevent snoring and treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It works by opening the bite and moving the lower jaw forward to increase airway space allowing the person to breath better.

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anti-snoring/sleep apnea appliance
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wearing the appliance
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can breath better now

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Dental implant case of the day.

This patient presented with severe pain to biting and cold on his upper right first premolar tooth. CT scan confirmed fracture and angular bone loss.  Tooth non-restorable-extracted and implant placed. New computer designed 3D printed tooth looks great and he can eat again on the right side.

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image of fractured tooth
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CT scan
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tooth extracted,implant placed
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implant crown placed
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filling placed in access channel
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before
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after
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final x-ray
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computer design images
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happy patient and dentist :-)))