What are the advantages of replacing a single missing tooth with dental implant rather than a conventional bridge?
At West Park Dental we are a father-son practice, and I enjoy working with my father in part because he is such a good teacher. I find it refreshing and beneficial that we each care about one another as father and son in addition to working as colleagues.
I have been in practice with my father, Dr. Michael Gallagher for about one year. Growing up, I spent time here at the office—and I actually did the landscaping that the patients enjoy so much. My mother also works here, so there is much history and sentimentality in this location and the practice itself. Eventually I worked my way into the family business when I got my dental degree.
Private dental practice is very different than dental school. In the University setting students do not have the opportunity to see patients as frequently as I do here in the practice where I see patients all day every work day. Dental school provided a great foundation for me, however, and now I greatly enjoy being in practice where I can take individual skills and techniques learned in school and expand upon them to become expert, learning how to bring everything together in a business. The business side of practice is not an essential part of dental school and often does not get the attention it deserves. I am fortunate to have a father who has been in a successful practice for 30 years. He is showing me the ropes and helping me grow as a practitioner as well as a business person.
Learning the business side and expanding the clinical aspects of dentistry that I learned about in my training have been the biggest challenges in this first year as well as being the best part of this year. I have my dad and the others here in the practice to thank for giving me this opportunity. West Park Dental has a very supportive, family atmosphere that benefits all of us who work here and the patients we serve.
Dr. Brian Gallagher
West Park Dental
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If you are looking for a gentle, courteous, and friendly dentist, then you've come to the right place. Our practice offers dental services for the entire family. Your oral health has a significant impact on your overall well being and our team is dedicated to providing you and your family with the best dental care possible.
The first thing most people notice about you is your smile. Advances in cosmetic dental care have made it possible for a dentist with the right training, qualifications and expertise to completely redesign your smile.
If you are missing one or more teeth, and wish to eat your favorite foods, increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem, then you are a candidate for dental implants. The doctors at West Park Dental use the latest implant technology so you can smile again with confidence. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.
Do you find yourself waking at night gasping for breath? Are you exhausted all day long because you just can't get a good night's sleep?
'Apnea' is a Greek word meaning "without breath"; people who have apnea literally stop breathing in their sleep. A cessation of breath lasting for 10 seconds in adults, or 2 and 1/2 breath cycles in a child, is the clinical definition of sleep apnea.
Dental implants are often preferable to a bridge for various reasons. The implant is a single tooth, whereas a bridge will involve three teeth and span over the empty space where one natural tooth used to be.
These days we have the technology to straighten teeth with no wires or brackets using nearly invisible braces. The system we use is Invisalign, which incorporates computer-based imaging to create a digital mockup of the teeth prior to treatment.