Improving crown retention. Dental Implant or bridge. Protecting our teeth.


Teeth that are lost because of tooth decay or periodontal disease can be replaced with either a dental implant of bridge.

To replace one tooth with a bridge requires that teeth be shaved down in the front and back of the missing tooth.

A bridge is simply a series of crowns fused together to replace missing teeth.

A single missing tooth requires 3 units of crown and bridge.

Fracture of porcelain on one of the three units necessitates the removal of the entire bridge for repair.

On the other hand in the case of dental implants, one implant replaces the missing tooth.

If the porcelain becomes damaged in this particular case, the problem is isolated to this one specific area.

Bridges out of necessity are monitored for recurrent decay of the abutment or supporting teeth gingival margins.

At the gum line where plaque, tartar and food debris accumulate, is a never ending battle against periodontal disease and tooth decay.

For this reason the longevity of bridges and crowns is approximately ten years.

Patients that keep good oral hygiene may experience longer than normal life spans of their dental appliances.

Dental implants on the other hand are made of titanium placed in the jawbone.

They terminate at the level of the gum line.

Connecting parts from the gum line into the mouth enable crowns to be fabricated on the connectors called abutments.

The abutments are precision made parts that synch ideally with the implant.

Unlike tooth structure the abutments fabricated from porcelain or titanium do not decay.

It is highly recommended routine preventative care becomes a vital part in the process of providing good oral hygiene.

Implant parts will not decay but dental implants are susceptible to periodontal disease that is preventable with proper care.

Where teeth are missing bone is lost, for tooth loss equates with bone loss.

Dental implants are great technology with very high rates of success.

When placed bone levels become stable and are maintained with very minimal loss.

One of the best solutions for stabilizing dentures is the placement of dental implants.

The hardest denture for patients to wear is the the lower, mandibular full denture.

Mandibles are problematic because the tongue can unseat the denture.

It has to be form fitted around the tongue in a horseshoe configuration.

Two to four dental implants can make a world of difference in their stability.

Answer the question of dental implant or bridge with the preceding knowledge to discuss further with your dentist.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.






Great smiles are a part of your identity.


Great smiles are the number one expression of your identity.

Cosmetic dentistry is one way to boost our patients self esteem.

Improving the smile also improves the confidence level of an individual.

Teeth that are chipped, discolored, and mis-aligned can be corrected with porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are thin overlays of porcelain placed on the facial surfaces of your teeth in the smile corridor known as the esthetic zone.

Patients are seen in consultation with dentists looking to improve their overall appearance.

Your smile speaks volumes before you ever utter a word.

People are attracted to a beautiful smile.

Corporate America looks for those who make investments in their personal appearance.

You understand why people invest in themselves to get to the next rung of the corporate ladder.

Seniors in management and those you pursue to sell your goods and services show a high degree of affinity for those who display an air of confidence in their nonverbal communication.

Take your confidence levels through the roof displaying great smiles to the world.

Enter your dental office one day and 7 – 14 days later you are able to flaunt your new look, a smile designed by you and your dentist.

Patients clip pictures out of magazines to show dentists the smile of their dreams.

The picture may give an idea of what you desire but not all shapes and sizes of teeth fit your personal profile.

A very narrow face will not accommodate wide tooth moulds and shapes.

Ovoid facial shapes require ovoid type tooth contours.

You can’t always place your favorite movie star’s smile in your own profile but you can generate similar energy by changing the color and adding a degree of sex appeal.

Patients are surprised with good planning by the dental team, what can be achieved through cosmetic dentistry.

Great anticipation met with a quality product delivered by the dental team is one of the greatest feelings shared by both the patient and the dentist.

After the bonding process has secured the new crowns or porcelain veneers to the teeth, don’t forget to learn how to maintain your new smile.

The best dentistry is preventative dentistry where the patient is seen periodically to maintain what has been placed as a major improvement.

Body enhancements require proper management for the overall well being of the patient.

Healthcare providers see personality changes in the best of patients that require changes in the body.

Dentistry can provide great smiles when desired, and help patients  adjust to their new body enhancement.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.



Creative Dental Therapy

Atlanta, GA. Creative Dental Therapy

Creative dental therapy  is provided in the offices of dentists on a daily basis.

Cosmetic Dentistry performed well exceeds the expectations of the majority of patients with realistic expectations.

Dentists at the top of their game go out of their way to see that procedures are well received by patients.

It takes a labor of love to ensure the final product will be of high quality.

The niche that is used to create your masterpieces is secondary to understanding the desires of your clients.

Make your goal to render services above and beyond what the client expects to receive from you.

Be grateful for the opportunity to serve others from the gifts and talents you are so fortunate to possess.

Your ability to help others is a position of power that should not be taken likely.

Gratitude is the glue that bonds clients to your business.

Clients appreciate those who are able to solve their problems.

Not everyone you pay hard earned money to has the know how and expertise to solve problems that occur from the crises of life.

Patients bring problems to our dental practice that require the expertise of a specialist.

One of the greatest services you can provide, is the referral to a specialist willing to resolve the patient’s concerns.

During a time of crisis or emergency clients don’t always know where to go for solutions to their problems.

The energy of gratitude finds its way back to our office as though we actually performed the procedure that resolved the patient’s problem.

The specialist in turn re-enforces the need for the patient to return to us for routine dental care.

It does take the entire village to educate and assist in treating your client base.

Always exceed the expectations of your clients.

Going out of your way to care for others is a form of providing love to those entrusted to your care.

Not very many people are given the greatest emotion available in the universe.

That emotion is love.

Love can also be given to a world filled with darkness to shed light where it is needed most.

Giving in this manner with no expectation of receiving compensation, is what is referred to as paying it forward.

Successful people have this trait, a good thing to share where there is need.

Creative dental therapy is how we provide quality dental services to our patients, appreciated by those always welcome to enter our door.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.



Positive Self Image

Building Strong Character Positive Self Image

In Dentistry we build confidence in our patients with a positive self image one smile at a time.

Patients undergo unique and interesting transformations allowing Cosmetic Dentistry to rebuild their confidence.

The smile enables you to socialize with the public gaining greater affinity because of confidence generated from greater public acceptance.

When the smile is not up to par excuses are given instead of attendance at social gatherings.

Beautiful, sexy white teeth  are within the reach of the average budget.

Our dental office has a solution that is not out of reach for those who have decided to take a step towards improving the way they look.

Be careful looking outside the field of Dentistry for quick solutions that may create other problems.

Know the pros and cons regarding alternatives to what is offered regarding changes to your smile.

We have seen attractive individuals selected to model exquisite designer clothing prepped for photo shoots.

You sense something is wrong when the model is not willing to smile displaying pearly whites.

The esthetic zone, a term used in Dentistry that stands for the teeth normally noted in a photograph, is the true expression of your identity.

That part of your character you share with the world are the teeth noted in your smile.

From lectures I am told 92% of the population believe an attractive smile is an important social asset.

Dentist also state that 74% of people believe an unattractive smile could hurt careers.

Patients looking to advance experience smile makeovers in order to present a positive presence to the public.

Careers and opportunities impact upon your self  image.

Dentists understand this fact, transforming smiles and building the confidence levels of their patients.

Over half of the patients that seek dental care are dissatisfied with their smiles.

Dentistry and anxiety are fellows we know very well.

Treat the patient’s anxiety and most of the battle for building confidence through Cosmetic Dentistry is already won.

Plastic surgeons understand the need to treat the total person as they provide procedures that enhance how we look and feel about ourselves.

Giving our patients a positive self  image builds confidence and transforms smiles.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.

Reference: The Scheduling Institute


We Care



The color of success paints a preconceived picture for the public.

An unfilled vocation drains the color from a man’s entire existence.  Honore de Balzac

Color is the visual perceptual property corresponding in humans to the categories called red, green, blue, and others. Color derives from the spectrum of light. Wikipedia

A big area of Cosmetic Dentistry is Bleaching and Whitening of Teeth. The smile can be enhanced  with

products that are safe. The goal is not to over promise what the home care bleaching kits can do.

The key for delivery of the whitening gel to the teeth is a customized tray made in the dental office.

With the tray, you can retreat your teeth with multiple applications to hold the gains made in the

tooth whitening process. The effect of this process can boost your self confidence. Everyone wants a beautiful smile.

This evening after work, I’ll meet friends for libation. I’m going to wear my favorite sports jacket, a cranberry wool blazer. Wearing it makes me feel that I’m going to have fun tonight.

Color is one of the most important tools we have for setting a mood. Think of the colors of fall, spring flowers, a rainbow, and winter’s wonder land. These all evoke very colorful images.

Come and escape with me to a place in your mind where the colors are so rich and vibrant your senses come alive.

The blazer, very classic in style, draws compliments every time it is worn. What was it about that jacket none of my other jackets  could do? The cranberry blazer made the statement,

“I’m going to have fun tonight,” creating a certain mood. But I would not wear the jacket to a business meeting or a funeral. More serious attire would be required for the other events.

Color is one of the most important tools we have for a mood. Colors have traditional and regional meanings. We have summer and winter wedding colors, yet the bride being the main

focal point, still wears white all year round. To set the mood in a room at home, we light candles, build a fire, or now a days push a button and whoolah, the fireplace ignites.

I often shoot photographs in a place known as Kauffman Gardens. The flowers are changed by the garden staff each season. Some of my best pictures are from the colors of Spring.

Professional black and white film has great contrast of color,  one of the reasons black and white photography still takes it’s place along side color photography.

Black and white  prints are timeless. They seem to sell well after the wedding has come and gone.

Color can set your mood and energy level. When we use yellow it adds cheer to a room. Red invigorates us. Cool colors such as sage, green and sky blue present a calming

ambiance. These colors can chill a room. To de-stress think neutrals such as pale gray, taupe and beige which exert a restful influence. They work well in a library, media room or family room.

Set a young, playful mood with primary colors. They’re great in children’s rooms or play rooms. Paint walls dark, rich colors such as deep taupe, brick red, slate gray or sapphire blue to set a formal, sophisticated tone and add a sense of drama. A formal dining room or living room is a good candidate. Avoid bright white so as not to create a sterile operating room atmosphere.

In most environments a white with a touch of rose, ivory or gray is more comforting. Remember cool colors recede, making a room seem larger, and warm colors advance making a room smaller.

I saw a movie today,” Local Color,” about a young 18 year old artist meeting a Russian master Impressionist. They went to the country side of Pennsylvania for the Summer.

Nickolai, the master, said, “Be expressive, life is too short. I was here on this planet.” In nature the apprentice found freedom and solitude where he could concentrate on art.

Nickolai was attempting to drown out his sorrows in vodka. He had lost his wife who he loved dearly. In the loss of his most precious friendship, he also lost his passion for his art.

He had the young lad do chores around the summer home to make him humble to life. The apprentice came to paint and initially did not understand the life lesson.

The movie brought out that art is a common ground that connects us all. It’s the beauty that keeps us alive. Nickolai had classical training and a wicked edge for the truth.

The apprentice could talk about the wind blowing through the trees but did not know how to paint it. Nickolai taught him how to create from his thoughts.

It is unnecessary to apologize for what you truly want to express within your art form. Following your heart will prevent anyone from talking you out of what you want to be or do in life.

He unbraided the young artist’s  thoughts of greatness. The unbraiding was the start of his re-education in mastering his art form. When we have an I-know-it-all-attitude, it’s difficult to

learn new ideas. Do not allow the downward spiral of life to catch you in it’s whirlpool. Stay true to your dream no matter what is hurled at you.

The apprentice helped the master to rediscover his passion. After the apprentice was taken down to his most basic form, a world was opened to him, one of creative expression.

When we follow our passions, we take others with us. Believe in yourself and reach out for others and help them. Finding your way through this world is a very difficult task unless you stay

true to your passion. Reach for those who can help you along the way. The Bible says Ask and you shall receive.

Our teachers leave us guiding thoughts to show us the way.

The color of success for the artist is mastery of his art form.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset. Rabindranath Tagore

The color of success is a well written post that others can use to help light their paths along

life’s journey.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

Artis L. Clark, D.D.S.    

Reference: JC Penneys website




The Flowers We Cherish


Weeds and flowers grow up together in our gardens.

There are some weeds when cultivated that are just as beautiful as flowers.

The Smile is the Number One Expression of Your Identity.

I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.

In the dental profession dentists are entrusted with having the opportunity to

enhance the way you look through Cosmetic Dentistry.

We go about creating gorgeous results in the aesthetic zone of the mouth,

the same way an artist meticulously creates a masterpiece.

White fillings, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges all are used to form our smile makeovers.

One of the most precious masterpieces found in nature is the flower.

A flower is one of the most difficult subjects to paint because of it’s

rich vibrant color scheme. The Bible says, “Even King Solomon in all his majesty does not compare to the splendor of the lilies of the valley.”

When you think of the flower what do you see? Are you blown away by it’s vivid palette of color, it’s variety of shapes and textures, or it’s exotic bouquet?

A long day has ended at my dental office and staff are preparing to clock out and go home. Just before closing, a smiling, well dressed man enters the waiting room with a lovely bouquet of flowers. He is the boyfriend of a staff member.

She sees him and acknowledges his presence. He hands her the flowers and quickly leaves.

After his exit she angrily hurls the bouquet into a waste basket and completes a cleaning cycle of her work station. Everyone clock out and lock up for the evening. I finish another hour’s worth of paperwork and head for the door. Retrieving the flowers from the trash, would score major brownie points at my home.

Heading for the parking lot, guess who was sitting in deep conversation?

The staff member and her boyfriend! Flowers cradled in my arm, left me feeling like a deer at night, staring into glaring headlights.

“I’m going to place your flowers in water,” was my reply. They both smiled and headed for home.

I could have moon walked back underneath the 2 inch door jam.

On another occasion (in the mid 70s) during summer vacation, not sitting around waiting for the fall semester, a TWA Get-A-Way Card was used in booking a vacation

to Jamaica. Every nice outfit  owned, was jammed into two suitcases.

Arriving at the airport, baggage weighed in 40 lbs. over the weight limit for international travel. This was at a time when

regulations were lax. They pardoned my inexperience and all was forgiven.

When you’re having fun, two weeks may feel like a few days.

The last day of the trip, people met at my hotel, wanted to venture into the countryside to dig up seedlings to take home.

We placed moist tissue around the flowers’ roots, placed them in baggies and mailed them home.

Three weeks later, a letter from the Dept. of Agriculture was received, stating what a terrible thing I’d done and to never do it again. The flowers had been in quarantine and finally passed inspection. To this day 35 years later my mom displays the pink flowers in big flower pots every summer. These are my most memorable flower stories.

On a more serious note, have you ever really examined a flower? Not the silk or plastic version but a fresh cut flower.

If you have one available, study it for a few minutes and chat with yourself  regarding what you see and sense about your new found friend.

Go beyond the obvious presentation of the flower.

Appreciating it’s fragrance, the velvety texture and intense eye-popping colors, may

discover the reason why it was purchased or brought in from the garden to beautify.

An artist or photographer will study the flower to capture it’s essence.

The intricate design, fragility, posturing, health or lack there of all come into play.

The statement that it makes, here for a fleeting moment in all it’s grandeur and splendor, then starts to wither away.

So is the precious gift we call life.

This is the message that was expressed in the halls of a mental health center where

I had the opportunity to work. Cries of suicidal ideations and gestures were brought to a higher state of consciousness when we could deliver this message.

Life, like the fragile flower is so fleeting. We are here in this universe for a short time and must make the best go of it that we can.

It’s difficult to have a quality life when we are unconscious through drug abuse or anything else that allows us to stay in a non-attentive state for very long.

Can you imagine if we as human beings took the time to appreciate one another the same way we appreciate the flower?

Many prophets throughout the ages have come to tell us in their own way to be conscious and wake us up.

A good place to start is from within. The stronger the inner being the stronger the man. To get stronger calls for a good diet of food for the spirit.

There are excellent resources. My favorite is the Bible, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” “Seek and ye shall find.” Many Bible verses will get you treading on the right path.

Seek to attack the problem, never the person.

When there is stress and strife get all the facts before making a decision.

Nothing causes more upset and damage than jumping to conclusions during a crisis.

List all your options so the best solution can occur.

Within every problem are the seeds for resolution of that particular problem.

Find those seeds and sow them for we reap what we sow.

A good harvest only comes when you plant in fertile soil.

Nature provides a great example for us to follow.

A weed is unwanted in our lives yet, we see them growing everywhere,

even in poor soil and harsh conditions.

If a garden was a good metaphor for one’s life, the best way to keep weeds out of your garden is through prevention.

We constantly pluck weeds from our gardens.

The weeds exist as the hard times and difficulties brought on when we are unconscious and not willing to confront life.

Depression, anxiety, and lack of  joy, all grow the weeds in our lives.

Cultivate your relationships so they are allowed to grow in fertile soil.

What makes your soil fertile is love, joy, peace and caring to name a few.

Treat the person who has weeds growing in their life as the beautiful, tender flower that they are to become.

You will see the weeds start to vanish and in their place will be the flower.

“Some say love, it is a river, that drowns the tender reed. Some say love, it is a razor, that leaves the soul to bleed. Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need. I say love, it is a flower, and you it’s only seed.”………..excerpts from song, “The Rose” written by Bette Midler.

Study the growth of weeds and flowers  to appreciate how both grow in your garden.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

Artis L. Clark, D.D.S.