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After many years of much dental work, for the first time I felt a slight movement in my upper front teeth when I bit down. It had never happened before and it has not happened again since that one time. Unfortunately, the dentist who did most of my work is now quite far away from where I live. Should I be concerned about this episode or just assume it might have something to do with a weakness of some sort in my jaw? I know this is not a lot of information, but I am hoping it is just a happening that can be a fluke and can be ignored. Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

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Dear Harvey:
I am very glad that your work has serviced you for many years and that you have had a good dental experience.
However, there are no flukes in medicine, and especially in dentistry. It is extremely important for you to find out what this "movement" was.  It could have been cement washout around a crown or a bridge.  In that case, it is, unfortunately, a problem.
Since I know nothing about you, I can not possibly speculate any further. The best advice that I can give you is that you must go and see a dentist, have x-rays taken, and have a professional diagnosis.
Please do not delay.  Dental problems become severe very fast and cost more and more if neglected.
Best of luck,

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I can answer any question from simple routine dentistry to very complex dentistry with emphasis on reconstructive, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. My expertise is in co-ordination of very complex treatment plans with other dental specialists or as a one-man-team, since I have extensive training in Prosthodontics, Surgical Implantology, and orthodontics.

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Over a decade in private practice of Surgical Implantology and Prosthodontics. Founder and owner of Prosthodontics & Implant Surgery of Manhattan, PC. Clinical Assistant Professor at the Post-Graduate Department of Periodontics & Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry. Lecture weekly since 1999 on advanced Implant Prosthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry Post-Graduate Program in Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. Former clinical assistant professor of Dental Radiology at the NYU College of Dentistry. Former clinical and lecture faculty at Lincoln Hospital, Dental residency program. Former clinical and lecture faculty at St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY) dental residency program. Lecture nationally on Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry.

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Memeber of the American College of Prosthodontics. Memeber of the Acacdemy of Osseointegration. Member or the Omikron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Honors Dental Society. Member of the American Dental Education Association.

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Graduated with Honors from New York University College of Dentistry. Post-Graduate training and certificate in the specialty of Prosthodontics. Post-Graduate training and ceritificate in Surgical and Prosthetic Implant Dentistry. Honors-program in Comprehensive and Applied Practice Management. Honors-program in Orthodontics.

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NYU Cervice award to the community. OKU honor society. National Dean's List. National Who's Who.

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