Welcome to Dr. Spiller’s website. You’ll learn just how long I’ve been doing this and just what I think is important, Including about dentistry and my family.
Start here!—Why do some people have such Nice Teeth? Read about the five factors that determine whether or not you will have trouble with your teeth!
Preventing Dental Disease—Spending 5 minutes once a day can make the difference between keeping your natural teeth til you are 90, or having false teeth by the age of 45.
How dentists set their fees, and how dental insurance works. What if you don’t have dental insurance? ! Read this to really understand how dentists set fees and how dental insurance works.
Meet Dr. Spiller–This is my autobiography page where you’ll meet me and my family through pictures and commentary.
Contact my office or ask me a question. I generally answer email coming from patients all over the world. This is where we stash our telephone number and where you can email the office about making an appointment.
What is bonding?
Click the image to the left to see an introduction to direct and indirect bonding and an explanation of veneers.
Lumineers® represent a new way to have the smile you always wanted without shots and with minimal changes to your natural teeth. You can have nice looking teeth no matter how discolored or crooked they are now.
Should I have all my teeth pulled out and get dentures??
Page 2–Why you should keep your teeth! (Read this to learn the reality of false teeth if you still have any solid teeth!).
Mini Implants—Can’t wear your lower denture? Does your upper denture make you gag? Now there’s something you can do about it. Click this icon. Page 2–A step by step of the surgery involved in mini implants.
Removable partial dentures–The least expensive way to replace missing teeth.
Page 1–Bone resorption—A look at the image to the left might stimulate an interest in keeping your natural teeth. Page 2–Bone grafting and socket preservation. The real life consequences of bone resorption. Page 3– How we preserve bone and the types of bone grafts.
Why can’t Granny wear her lower denture?
Bone resorption of the lower jaw and why full dentures are just a myth.
Page 1 – Tooth Decay-Why do I have soft teeth? – Will a nail dissolve in a bottle of Coke?
Page 2-Do drugs such as Ecstasy and meth cause decay? How about Tetracycline, Dilantin, Hormone therapy, and Blood Pressure medication? Does Xylitol prevent tooth decay?
Meth Mouth—What is Meth mouth? What actually causes it? Can it be treated? How to prevent it!
What causes teeth to wear down? Start on page 1.
Attrition, Erosion, Abrasion, and Abfraction
Seven pages, geared for dental professionals. Find out how to recognize the signs of each habit.
Fillings—What is the least expensive way to repair a broken or decayed tooth, all the different types of fillings and their pros and cons.-There are 6 pages altogether. The third page also discusses the tooth pain you may experience after a filling is done.
Dry Mouth Syndrome (Xerostomia)—Chronically dry mouth causes tremendous suffering for millions of people. Click on this icon to find out what causes it and what you can do about it.
What it is, how it’s treated, and what you can do about it. You will be surprised at how many types there are. There are three pages to this section.
How it’s done and why you should do it at home
What is Gum disease?
What causes it and how can it be prevented? The relationship between gum disease and heart disease
Preventing oral disease—Five minutes once a day. How to clean your teeth properly
The different kinds, what it looks like, and who is likely to get it.
Lumps, bumps growths and discolorations
Three pages! If it’s not normal, oral cancer or commonly associated with disease states, maybe you’ll see a picture of it here.
Abnormalities in the oral cavity due to disease processes. Five Pages. Graphic images here.
AIDS: A frank discussion of the what it is, its epidemiology (who is likely to get it and how it spreads), its diagnosis and its oral manifestations. Here you will see images of oral disease processes that are associated with AIDS. A look at the virus itself on page 3.
Tooth Anatomy–Click here for a general discussion without getting bogged down in technical details
Tooth anatomy for dental students and other dental professionals. Click here if you DO want to get bogged down in details.
CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY–Three Pages–Every question you want to ask about children’s teeth including when they are supposed to erupt, why baby teeth should be repaired (when they are only going to fall out anyway), and why the dentist wants to do that procedure to your child.
What to do if you or your child accidentally knocks a tooth out of the mouth—Also, detailed procedures for dentists
A course in dental ceramics
This is a five page course in dental ceramics written so anyone can understand it. It covers all aspects of ceramics, from its beginnings in the potter’s studio, progresses through the invention of the porcelain jacket crown and finishes with advanced ceramic cores.
A Course in Dental composites and cements
This is a technical course in how dental cements and composites are formulated. Written so that anyone can understand it, this is essential reading for general dentists who are mystified by the jungle of different composites competing for your attention.
A course in Dental Alloys
A five page course written so anyone can understand it. It deals with the microscopic structure and content of dental alloys. You will learn why gold is soft, alloys are hard and wrought wire is springy.
Mercury in dental amalgams
Are your fillings killing you? Seven long pages about the history, toxicity and controversies concerning dental amalgam.
What are crowns and why do people need them? Click the image to the left for a discussion of preparation and fabrication of custom crowns, as well as the types and uses for prefabricated crowns. Discussion of metal allergy in dentistry.
What if you want to replace one or two teeth, but don’t want a removable appliance and can’t afford implants
Instant Orthodontics. Click on the images to the left to see how teeth can be “straightened” using a mix of judicious extractions, crowns, bridges and implants rather than an extended period in braces (orthodontics).
What is a Root Canal, and why would anyone want one? Click the image to the left to find out. (5 pages of information)–Can bad teeth cause arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, autoimmune problems or other systemic disease?
What is a post and core?
Click the image on the left to find out
Orthodontics: How dentists straighten teeth, and the criteria they use to diagnose a case.
Dental X-RAYS (for patients)
The different types and why we need them. How dangerous is the radiation? Click on this icon to understand dental
A course in dental radiology
Designed for radiology technicians, dentists, hygienists and assistants, this course tells the secrets of getting less distortion in your images as well as all other aspects of x-ray technology. Here you will learn how CAT scans and Cone Beams create their images.
TMJ and Dental headaches
What is TMJ and TMD?
(Dental headaches, jaw pain, neck stiffness & sensitive teeth).
A companion page for the discussion of TMD. It details the relationship between the way the teeth meet and the way the joint is configured. Geared for dental students, hygienists and dental assistants. Helps to clarify an otherwise bewildering subject. Read about my patient, Popeye.
Sleep Apnea and snoring devices
Click on this icon to learn how Sleep Apnea can be treated without a cumbersome CPAP ventilator and stop snoring to boot! read a letter from a grieving parent who lost a son because of his sleep apnea.
Local Anesthetics–A seven page course. All about the history, chemistry, toxicity and longevity of the various common local anesthetics used in dentistry and medicine. Learn about complications arising from getting the shot and why some people just can’t get numb/
Can local anesthetics cause false positive drug tests?
See a list of all drugs that can cause false positive drug tests
Find out why you can’t seem to get numb at the dentist’s office.
The Gow-Gates block. An alternative to the mandibular block. It is a painless injection, uses no vasoconstrictor, and almost always works to numb the lower jaw when all else fails.
Alzheimer’s Disease and dentistry
Can you get Alzheimer’s disease from root canal files or other dental instruments? This is a technical page where you can learn about prion mediated diseases. I’ve included it here because of fears that Alzheimer’s is transmissible and because it’s simply an interesting subject.
When it hurts to bite, but there’s no cavity or abscess