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Why is a crown better than a filling?

Q:Why is a crown better than a filling? A:A crown is not better than a filling. If there is enough strong tooth structure remaining then a filling is the best restoration. If not, a crown may be necessary to hold the tooth together to prevent fracturing.   Dr. Maksim has . . . Read more

Are dental lasers better than dental drills?

Q:Are dental lasers better than dental drills? A:Not in most situations. Although dental laser can be used to remove decay often without any injections. Old fillings and crowns are removed with lasers. Drills are still needed in most situations.   Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the San Diego . . . Read more

Are dental lasers painful?

Q:Are dental lasers painful? A:No. Dental lasers usually are painless for mild treatments and actually help reduce post-operative pain. Moderate to severe dental treatments require the patient to have injections to numb the area of surgery.   Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the San Diego area for over . . . Read more

What does decay look like?

Q:What does decay look like? A:Decay can be black, brown or even white. Typically, the slower moving the decay the darker it is.   Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the San Diego area for over 20 years. www.michaelmaksimdds.com   View Larger Map