Educating Patients on All of Their Options for Tooth Replacement:

There is no one way to fix a broken tooth. Sometimes it can be repaired, sometimes it will need to be replaced. If your tooth needs to be replaced, it’s important to know your options.

Dr. David Young, who has operated his dental practice in Kingston since 1988, says that this is why he works so hard to educate his patients on the value of every option they have. “Once they are comfortable with their options, it’s easier for them to make a decision,” he says.

In many situations, Dr. Young prefers to go with dental implants when natural teeth are missing. Dr. Young earned his doctor of dental medicine degree in 1983 from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2010 Dr. Young was awarded his fellowship in oral implantology and in 2014 earned his diplomate, also in oral implantology.

In many cases implants are stronger than natural teeth and in such cases, the use of traditional bridges is not always the best treatment for the patient. Because bridges must rest on teeth adjacent to the one in need of replacement, they often require alterations.

This type of restoration also creates what is known as flexure or micro movements of the bridge. The longer the bridge, the greater the flexure, and thus the risk of eventual failure. Having the ability to give patients more options, including state-of-the-art implants, allows them to select the best quality of care for themselves.

Implants get their support from the natural bone, similar to natural teeth. There is no need to alter teeth, and as long as proper oral hygiene is maintained, implants can last a very, very long time.

Dr. Young’s background in both oral implantology and general dentistry allows him to provide patients with the comprehensive treatment they may need in both the surgical as well as the restorative phases of care.

Technology also helps. Dr. Young has a CT scanner in his office that cuts down the time it takes between examination/consultation and knowing which options the patient may have. “It’s convenient for both the patient and me,” he says. But “It’s all about the best care for the patients,” he adds.

And that means making sure every patient knows all their options before deciding what to do. Call Dr. Young today, with any questions or concerns, at 609-497-0808, or visit

David Young DMD, 4432 Route 27, CN-201, Kingston. 609-497-0808. See ad, page 12.

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