Dr. Christiane Ashba has been practicing as a general dentist for more than 25 years (yes, yes, you would never guess when you look at her...She must have been the world's youngest graduating dentist ever!! And if you thought otherwise, you cannot tell her of course!) and has tried to maintain the best dental care she could for her patients, young and old. She is one of those unusual people who, as a dentist, really likes to treat the little ones (I often think she missed her calling as a pediatric dentist!) but also likes to treat the adults because of the broader range and complexity of treatments needed (kids rarely need a three-unit bridge or porcelain veneers!) Being a dentist, she does have a fixation on teeth...But does not forget the stuff holding them, the bone and gums. That is important, since "periodontal" (in short, what surrounds the tooth) diseases are too often neglected by everyone, including some dentists unfortunately. Some studies* have shown that "over 47% of the U.S. adult population aged 30 years and older have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis", and "in addition, nearly two-third (64%) of adults have moderate to severe forms of periodontal disease" (here, you do not have to take my word for it: https://www.perio.org/consumer/cdc-study.htm ). The problem is common enough that "periodontists" - a specialty of dentistry - were invented to treat the more severe cases. As an oral surgeon, I can vouch for the fact that periodontal diseases are great at keeping me busy, since a lot of my work consist in extracting neglected teeth that became innocent victims of that process, and then replacing them with dental-implant solutions. Of course, Dr. Ashba can also make dentures to replace those missing teeth...But isn't it a much better thing to KEEP them in the first place? I believe so, even as a surgeon!
The fact that I am a board-certified oral and facial surgeon does contribute to the unusual range of services we can offer, especially in the field of implant dentistry. No need to go to several places, we can do your implant case (one tooth, several teeth, even replacing all your missing teeth!) in our office, sometimes in one day. Need to sleep? No problem, I have been doing sedation (including IV and General Anesthesia) for 20+ years. Wisdom teeth have no secret for me! I also did supplemental training in cosmetic surgery, so we can offer you some enhancement such as facial fillers and Botox!
We believe an informed person is best able to optimize his or her dental care. Hopefully the rest of the website will be useful, as well as our explanations and teachings in-office, and we will try to provide here in this section some good ongoing information about different topics of dentistry, oral surgery and facial cosmetic, even though there is already a lot of stuff in our web site! Lots of subjects could be interesting...Are sodas really bad for teeth? Why do we even have wisdom teeth if they are not useful? Are mini-implants the same as full-size implants? Will I say dumb things while I am sedated? Can I use facial fillers to look like Brad or Angelina? Is fluoride good or bad for teeth? Is there really mercury in the silver fillings? As you can see, there are a lot of questions out there. We would also welcome your suggestions!
* EkeP, Dye BA, Wei L, Thornton-Evans GO, Genco RJ. Prevalence of periodontitis in adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010. J Dent Res 2012; 91(10):914-920.