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Category: Advice

Why do I need a dental crown anyways?

I hear time and time again in my top-rated Raleigh, NC aesthetic dental practice:   “Doc, why can’t you just refill it?”, which usually pertains to a tooth that has a large 3 or 4 surface filling that either, has decay, or fracturing in the tooth supporting the fillings.     My response is: “I… Read More


Clenching and Grinding Teeth

  Clenching and Grinding Teeth… More Common Than Cavities? Did you know? Teeth clenching and grinding is technically referred to as bruxism; and if done at night is called nocturnal bruxism.   Most people assume dental cavities are the most prevalent problem at the dentist and while they are a common problem, tooth clenching and… Read More


Nothing Seems To Work?

  Tried whitening your teeth before, but nothing seems to work?   For many of our new patients at Russo DDS Raleigh, the mention of teeth whitening is a sore subject because they’ve tried everything marketed for tooth whitening and they get no results.   They’ve tried over-the-counter whitening strips, peroxide, baking soda, in-office power bleaching,… Read More


The Different Types of Whiter Teeth

  The Different Types of Whiter Teeth If “whiter teeth” is something you’ve always dreamed about, you are not alone. At Russo DDS Raleigh, our focus on aesthetic dentistry lends itself to patients who want healthier, brighter smiles; and we regularly hear patients say they want a whiter smile. There are different ways to achieve… Read More


Press-On Veneers and Other Less Expensive Options to Porcelain Veneers

My advice RE: press-on veneers or a less expensive option: DON’T. DO. IT! Occasionally a patient will tell me that they got another quote or know someone who can get veneers for a low price, but I always tell them that I can guarantee that they won’t get the same result, and I stand by… Read More


Think Twice Before Choosing the Cheaper Route

This should go without saying for ANY surgery and not just dental treatments, but you should always think twice before choosing a cheap or inexpensive procedure. Why? Let’s face it. Doctors and dentists need to stay in business. You need to realize this when considering cost only in regards to your health care. Let me… Read More


Facial Enhancement: Before or After?

I often get asked, “what facial enhancement should I do first?”. More specifically, should I get BOTOX®, Juviderm or Resatylane before or after I correct my smile? In almost all cases, I tell my patients to focus on their smile correction first; and then augment their smile with dermatologic and facial enhancements. The reason? When… Read More


“I thought all dentists were the same…”

Saying that all dentists are the same is like saying all baseball players are the same. Just like athletes, some have the skills to be “hall-of-famers” and some are destined for the minor leagues. Four years of dental school does not prepare you for greatness. ‘Dental greatness’ is a humbling process of continual improvement. Materials… Read More


A Smile Can Say A Lot

FACT: Whether you like it or not, your smile says a lot about you. A smile can brighten up a strangers’ day or it can be provocative to the opposite sex. It gives an insight into not only your dental history, but to your soul. What exactly do I mean? If I see teeth that… Read More


Mercury Fillings: What’s the Big Deal?

At Russo DDS, we talk a lot about silver, mercury fillings. What are mercury fillings, anyway? Mercury fillings are an amalgam (which means to “mix with mercury”) consisting of mercury, silver, copper, tin, zinc, etc.; and have been used to fill teeth for over one hundred years. They are silver/black in color, not pleasing to… Read More