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Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Power Bleaching, Lightening Teeth

Porcelain Crowns, Bridges, Inlays & Veneers

Lava All-Ceramic Crowns & Bridges

Zirconia Crowns, Bridges, and Implant Posts

Digital Color Matching

Personalized Dentures, Hidden Anchors

Silver vs. Composite, Porcelain and Gold for fillings

Invisalign Orthodontics

Implant Dentistry

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental Implant Placement is easier thank you might think

Dental Implants,

Affordable Mini-Implants

Implants to Anchor Dentures

Implants to Replace Teeth

Mini Implants

What if you have your Teeth Extracted?

Healing Dentures Placed After Extractions

Advances in 3D Implant Design

General Dental FAQs
Dental Emergencies, Toothache, Swelling, Broken Teeth, Injury

Occlusal Guards for clenching and grinding

Economics of Oral Health

Oral Surgery

Sensitive Teeth, Sensitive Fillings

Acid in Food and Beverages Can Harm Your Teeth

How Often Do I Need a Cleaning?

Gum Disease & Heart Disease

Occlusal Guards for Clenching & Grinding

Information for New Patients

New Patient Information Forms (PDF)

Free Sonic Toothbrush or Power Bleaching for New Patients

Floss to Live Longer - Really!




8615 NE Hazel Dell Avenue, Vancouver, WA  98665

(360) 574-7477


New Zirconia Crowns, Bridges, and Implant Posts


 Zirconia Crowns


Tooth colored crowns and bridges were traditionally made by fusing porcelain to a metal base. We enjoy better esthetics by bonding porcelain to a zirconia base, which is translucent to better match natural teeth. Porcelain looks great, but a rare patient creates chewing forces great enough to fracture porcelain. Now we can offer crowns for posterior teeth that are digitally milled from blocks of zirconia, so there is no risk of fracturing porcelain. The zirconia material is available in 8 shades, but we still prefer porcelain for front teeth, for optimal flexibility with color, glazing, and characterization.


Zirconia Implant Post

Dental implants are usually titanium roots to replace natural tooth roots. Titanium posts are attached to root form implants, then a crown or bridge is made to cement to the post. Titanium posts are strong, but they can cause a dark color behind the gums and present a dark color that must be masked under tooth colored crowns. Custom milled zirconia posts also very strong, and they are white, so they are preferred for replacement of teeth when gums or teeth are exposed when you smile.

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Portrait of Keith W. Collins, DMD

Keith Collins,  DMD

Dr. Collins graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1978.  In addition to caring for patients in private practice, he has enjoyed lecturing and contributing to dental journals.  In 1995 he co-directed the AAID Implant Maxi-Course at OHSU. 


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Click here to see Dr. Collins work with the American Dental Association and the Partnership for a Drug Free America on YouTube. 


Click here to see the meth mouth story Dr. Collins produced with Inside Edition.


The information provided on this site is to help educate patients, and is not intended as a guide for self-diagnosis or treatment.  Please rely on your dentist for diagnosis and treatment of oral conditions.


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