Implanting some Dental Implant Knowledge

Dental implants have been helping to replace missing teeth since Cupid's bow struck Dr. George Sr! 

They can be utilized to replace a single tooth, or multiple implants can replace a section of teeth, all upper and lower teeth, and can even help dentures stay in place.  Dental implants are an extremely valuable, viable, and durable prosthesis. In fact, they are our best technology to mimic natural teeth.  However, dental implants are not for everyone and require a great deal of planning and timeto achieve a successful result!
Similar in many respects to a joint prosthesis, dental implants are a biocompatible medical device placed in the body. Just like a total knee or hip replacement, diagnosis and treatment planning are vital to the long-term success of a dental implant. Furthermore, dental implants require a healing period before use (due to the laws of biology), may need future revisions, and can possibly be lost due to infection or bodily rejection. 
Dental implants rely on a bio…

5 Resolute Resolutions

Where did the end of 2017 go! Life in the office during November and December paralleled that of the holiday season: hustle and bustle. The end of the year is our busiest time of year. Patients were out of school, home from college, using up their left over vacation days, visiting from out of town and trying to get in those last insurance benefits. Don't forget our beloved snowbirds completing their checklists for their annual migration down south and out west. Of course, there were also plenty of broken teeth from holiday caramels, candies, nuts etc. Speaking of those holiday treats, grazie mille(thank you a thousand times) to everyone who brought something in for our staff. It shocks me every year how many patients remember our office during the holidays with cards and goodies. We loved every cookie, chocolate, pecan, cashew, poinsettia, ham, bagel, pastry, sandwich and everything in between. Yes, we had to exercise a little more and yes we brushed and flossed our teeth after lu…

A Proud Pride

My apologies for the delay in posting our November blog post! Life happens.

Happy Veterans Day! We are thankful for the service of our country men and women. We appreciate daily the freedoms we hold so dear, made possible and protected by generations of veterans. Go out of your way to thank the veterans in your life and community, and not just today. A special thank you to our hygienist Joe! He's an Army guy and emulates all of the Army values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless-service, honor, integrity, personal courage. These are values that should be woven into how we live our lives, to make ourselves, our community and our nation the best they can be. Thank you Joe, our numerous Canton dentists and dental team members, and to all who have served!

The word pride sends my head spinning. It's a simple word, one that a second grader could spell, or in my case, a fourth grader. However, like many emotions, it's much easier to "feel" than it is to articulate. Pride is…

Cavities Aren't Depravities

As all good spouses do, my wife knows me better than myself.

Shannon knows when to push me, rein me in, tells me to schedule doctor appointments, and makes me eat chia seeds, knowing they'll get stuck in my teeth. She describes me as humerus (shameless homonym humor), subsequently corny, an unbreakable optimist, a genuine human being who cares for others and lives for family...and food. Her words, not mine.

I think I'm pretty reserved, but quick-witted. While I can play the part, I don't like crowds, spotlight, or recognition. I don't like to get too high or too low. My perfect night is hanging out on a cold fall night by the fire pit with a few close friends and family. Author Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking) would describe me as an "ambivert," floating between an extrovert and an introvert. I guess I'm a weird, non-traditionalist that can't decide where I draw energy from. Regardless, I try to live a…

A Labor of Love

Happy Labor Day!

Fall doesn't officially begin until September 22nd, but let's be honest, the signs of Autumn are in full swing. The pools are closed. The Buckeye Battle Cry has once again permeated the quickly cooling air. Oktoberfest and everything pumpkin are fresh on the shelves. Fantasy football drafts have concluded and we Browns fans have that weird twitch in our eye; biology's inherent warning that the poor eye's sights have once again been trumped by the brain's delusions of grandeur. Surely, an undefeated preseason could lead to a Brown's Super Bowl victory! Perhaps I read last month's blog article, Calling for a Ton of "Can", too many times (shameless plug).

Labor Day always makes me think of the phrase "a labor of love." The infamous idiom has biblical origins, and when I was young I needed more than a prayer to understand it. Looking back, I believe my late grandmother was responsible for finally indoctrinating this doctor. Ev…

Calling for a Ton of "Can"

Happy Hall of Fame Week! This is that special time every year where Canton looms large on the proverbial sporting map. Exciting events such as the Up, Up and Away 5K, the Balloon Classic, Style Show, HOF Parade, HOF Game, Enshrinement Ceremony and HOF Concert will bring stars, legends and visitors from near and far to celebrate not only a little game of pigskin, but more importantly, a town I am proud to call HOME. Canton has always been a special place to me because it's where my family landed (see Born in the USA: Our American Dream).  However, it's more than my home and it's much more than the birth place of football.  Canton is what you will see all week, a hardworking, collaborative, proud, hospitable and Midwestern valued people. However, we're a people who are flawed, have failed and have gone through tough times. Yet, those experiences have made us stronger, more resourceful and determined to be the best city and people we can be. This is truly what we celebrat…

Born in the USA: Our American Dream

Happy Independence Day! 

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays.  It's not because of the barbecue, adult lemonade, pool/lake/beach going or the sights, sounds and smells of pyrotechnics. It's not even because of the 1996 classic Independence Day where Will Smith did not go quietly into the night and saves the planet while kicking the tires and lighting the fires

July 4th is special to me because of the promise it delivered to my family: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." From Jefferson's pen a nation was born, the American Dream was born and 143 years later my grandfather Edward Williams was born in the USA.

Twenty miles east of Mosquito Lake, just across the Ohio-Pennsylvania border lies Greenville, PA. It's a small town of about 6,000 residents and home to Thiel College.  My …