Holistic Dentistry – Lecture by Paige Woods, DDS at UCSD

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Intro: Good afternoon, everybody. Good morning, everybody. I’m really happy to see you here. Welcome to San Diego. I hope that you will have a very enlightened time here. And hopefully, we’ll get to answer a lot of your questions.

I wanted to introduce to you a very, very special person, who I’m very fond of on many levels. She’s a terrific human being. She is a very smart, charismatic, caring person, and an incredibly good dentist. So, please help me welcome Dr. Paige Woods.

Dr. Paige Woods: Thank you. Thank you so much. I’m so happy to be here with you guys today. I’m a biological dentist in San Diego, and what makes it even more special to be here at UCSD talking to you guys about what I do.

So, let’s get started. You know, I’m constantly asked. People ask me where should they go to research, where should they go to find out what’s best for them. I know that with social media and with the Internet, if a patient gets a cough and they go to WebMD, they’re going to think they have cancer. So, we’re given tons of information, but who’s right?

And what I always tell my patients is, first and foremost, you have to trust yourself. If something doesn’t smell right, doesn’t sit with you right, then trust yourself and keep digging.

And that’s basically how I wrote my practice. And why my patients come to me is because they have kept pushing the limit and pushing the boundaries and asking why. Stepping away from the social norms, they find their way to me.

So, why do we need to take responsibility of our health? In dentistry, we’re taught to restore teeth. We’re given this list of materials and we learned everything there is to know about it –the bond strength, the compression strength, the sheer strength, everything you can possibly know, elasticity. But there’s no aspect really on the bio-compatibility of these materials—which I’ve always had an issue with it.

So, I think that that’s another thing that’s missing in this field. We have dental amalgams, for instance. They contain mercury. And we’ll talk about this a lot during this lecture. But another thing is for my pediatric patients. When they have decay that extends to the nerve, the standard of care is to remove the decay. We take a piece of cotton, we dip into formocresol which has formaldehyde in it, and we soak that tooth with this material. Formaldehyde is carcinogenic. It’s known to be carcinogenic. And then we have root canal sealers that are toxic as well.

So, there are all of these things that we’re putting into our mouths that contain non-toxic materials. By just stepping aside and asking, “Wait, what?” I think that that’s what makes us intelligent human beings.

We’ll get to some of these other things a little bit later, but just start kind of planting the seed.

So, my hope for you today is to provide you guys with a litte bit of knowledge to take with you to your healthcare provider and make sure that you’re getting the care that you want.

So, when patients come to me every day, these are the number one concerns that they have. They want to know about their silver fillings. Are they toxic? Are they good for them? Are they hurting them? What’s the deal, just the different metals on their mouth?

Root canals, root canals is another big issue right now as well as gum disease.

So, our mercury fillings, 50% mercury. So, aside from being 50% mercury, this is some of the things that we see everday. And just looking at the pictures, you have to ask yourself, “Do I want this in my mouth?” Let’s take mercury out of the equation. Do I still want this rusting piece of metal in my mouth?

So, aside from that, now let’s talk about the composition. It is 50% mercury. And that’s not according to me. That’s according to Health &Human Services which is the government.

We have these mercury restorations. How did we get it? Well, it goes back a long ways. It goes back to 1833 when two Frenchmen brought it over. They realized it was an easy to use material. They were able to place them into teeth and restore these teeth. We didn’t have anything else, and patients were able to function.
So, 10 years later, that was the standard of care. Everyone was using it. It makes sense.

But the American Society of Dental Surgeons caught on to the fact—and they were the ones that said, “Hey, it’s got 50% mercury. How can this be okay for the patient? How can this be healthy?” They wanted to eliminate it. And instead of that being eliminated, the mercury fillings being eliminated, the American Dental Association was founded and the American Society of Dental Surgeons was disbanded. So, the ADA has been a strong proponent of dental amalgam ever since.

So, as I was saying, mercury was one of the most toxic elements. It’s actually the third most toxic element according to Health & Human Services behind arsenic and lead. This is not me. This is not me telling you how to live your life, me telling you something is good or bad. This is the government. This is Health & Human Services telling you that mercury is the third most toxic substance and 50% of these fillings are mercury.

So, if that hasn’t convinced you enough, when you go to your dentist or in my own office—well, I don’t have this metal in my office. But if your dentist does have it in their office, this is a label from one of the containers that contains the mercury or amalgam for placing in these restorations. And right here, it says, “Warning: May cause neurotoxic and nephrotoxic effects.” So, you’re going to have neurotoxic and kidney devastating effects. This is the label. So that’s the toxicity based on the mercury content.

Let’s talk about just the fact of having the metal on your mouth. So if you think about highschool chemistry, highschool science classes, when you heat up a metal, it expands. You eat hot and cold food, this metal expands and contracts.

Well, teeth are really strong when they’re whole and there hasn’t been anything placed in them. You can put a lot of pressure. I mean, we put 250 lbs. of pressure on our molars. So, we have really strong jaws. But now you have a wedge inside of your tooth that’s expanding and contracting and it’s creating these cracks, and also, open margins. So, it expands, contracts, expands, contracts. You have all these openings for bacteria. Microscopic bacteria just flows right in.

So, aside from the toxicity effect, it’s also not a good restorable material based on the devastating effects long-term.

I can’t tell you how many clients—everyday, I do at least one (and mostly like two to three crowns) a day just because of the fractures that occur with these restorations.

Once we remove the amalgam—actually, this is a really nice picture. I know, this is not bad. But you can actually see here, you see this crack, it runs all the way across, all the way across. And sometimes, these teeth, this crack runs so deep that it runs to the root of the tooth and the tooth actually has to be extracted. So, a simple filling turns into a tooth extraction.

But there is good news. We are able to remove these amalgams in a safe way and restore them. This is a case from our office. We removed the metal, the mercury fillings, and we replaced it with some porcelain inlays and onlays. It looks much better.

So, a lot of times, my patients come in, and they’ve done a little bit of research—I’m really happy that they have. They’re on the right path. They’ve made the decision to have these toxic restorations removed—and they want to know what my protocol of choice is, if it’s Huggins or International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. These are all very great protocols. The fact that they’re removing these toxic restorations, A+.

But you’re taking your eye off the 8 ball. The key is making sure that none of these metal and this metal material is going to be ingested or inhaled when we remove it. And that all starts with this nice sealed rubber dam.

This is water-tight. We test it. Once we put this on, we put a clamp, we test it with water, we ask the patient, “Are you getting anything in?” before we even do this.

We add a second layer of protection. We use some homeopathy remedies to make sure. We give our patients a couple of tablets. If anything gets in—which it doesn’t—if anything does, it allows the body to flush that mercury out rather than being absorbed into the fatty tissues.

So, we have our rubber dam, our sealed rubber dam. We place an oxygen mask over the patient’s nose to make sure that none of these toxic gas is being inhaled.

And we section out the metal pieces. We section it out. We use electric hand pieces that we’re able to put the RPMs way down, so that it doesn’t heat up this metal too much, and we section these pieces out.

So again, this goes over our protocol that we used in our office. And we’ve had great success. We kind of combined a couple of different protocols, and it works.

So, some other things your dentist should be using in the office is homeopathy, acupuncture, a lot of natural ventilation, nutritional guidance, and of course, quadrant dentistry. We want to take care of each quadrant at a time.

So, once you remove these metal fillings, then what? What are we going to replace them with?

So, we have a couple of different options. We have composites and we have porcelain. Composites is basically plastic and glass. It’s not baked. And then, you have porcelain which is baked glass.

With the composites, unfortunately, at this point in time, we don’t have a perfect material. We have two types of composites. Ninety-nine percent of the composites out there in the market now contain BPAs. In my office, it doesn’t have BPAs in it, but it does have a little bit of flouride which we’re not a fan of. We don’t use flouride in our office, but this is the one material that does have it. We just find that we would rather sacrifice and have a minute amount of flouride versus containing a large amount of BPAs. We tend to go that way.

When I’m talking over these issues with what the options are with my patients, I put it really simply as, “Would you rather eat your food on a China plate or a plastic plate?” It’s up to them. But at least the choices are known.

So, I think that more and more dentists are starting to join and they’re starting to realize that these mercury fillings or amalgam fillings are not healthy. I’m actually really happy to see that dentistry is changing course. It’s taken a long time I think from what, 1833 to now. We’re starting to slowly move away, but we’re getting there.
So, oral and systemic disease, it’s all connected. There had been countless of research done showing that there was a direct connection between periodontal disease. And that’s been known for 15 years at least—hardcore evidence.

And then, lately, the ADA came out with a study that said that there actually isn’t. But I think that there’s more to that. I don’t believe that. I think that due to malpractice, if a periodontal condition isn’t seen or diagnosed, that the dentist is going to be liable for malpractice with their heart disease. So, I don’t believe that. There’s just too much evidence showing otherwise.

In the gums, you have a large amount of vasculature; in the teeth, you do as well. And it’s a direct connection to your heart. It’s commonsense.

So, what is periodontal disease is when we have a patient that has a large amount of bacteria that basically starts to form here. And it eats away. It’s anaerobic bacteria, so it doesn’t like oxygen.

So, when I have a patient that has four, five, six millimeter pockets, they’re not able to clean here. A normal toothbrush can get two to three millimeters if you’re really diligent. But once we get past that, this bacteria is just having a field day. It’s just going to town.

This is actually really interesting. So, some of that bacteria that we found in the bottoms of those pockets that I just showed you, they also found that same bacteria in patients that have pancreatic cancer. And yet, it’s not all connected.

So, how do you know if you have periodontal disease? Here, we have some areas where we have moderate gingivitis, and we’re getting into some moderate periodontitis here. You can see the recession, the gum tissue. And then, when you get to the more advanced—and we see this in our office actually more frequently than you would realize.

How do we treat it? In our office, we take a little bit of a different approach. Of course, we want to use our traditional hygiene—brush, floss. But with our patients, we find that the biggest resource that we can have is by their homecare.

You come to our office, you see our hygienist every four months? Then how is that bacteria being eliminated between then? I mean, do you clean your house every four months? No! You need a maintenance every day to allow new growth to attach to that tooth.
So, in our practice, we use ozone because it’s three molecules of oxygen. When you have these anaerobic bacteria, bacteria that hates oxygen, and you’re throwing three oxygen molecules at it, it’s the most we can do to try to eliminate this bacteria.

So, we have our patients buy a water pick. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. We just want a reservoir. We have them buy an ozone machine. You ozonate the water, and they basically put the ozone water, the ozone-infused water down into those pockets. That helps to eradicate that bacteria. And by doing that every day, we’re seeing these four, five, six millimeter pockets become those two, three and four—and even better.

And here are some of the statistics for an ozone machine that we recommend. Feel free to email me about this so we can help you.

And again, this is just talking about the water pick. I even have all my ortho patients, I tell them to use it because it’s harder to floss. The most important thing to realize is you’re just trying to flush that bacteria out.

I don’t want to say that it’s not important to keep coming to your hygienist. It absolutely is. You need to have the tartar removed. We learned how to brush our teeth when we’re really young. We all kind of get in there and go to town, but there are places that we miss. So, you have to continue to come to your hygienist and keep having these pockets measured to make sure that we’re getting new reattachment.

So, aside from hygiene and using ozone, some other things that we see that causes increased periodontal pockets and periodontal disease is a lot of crowding. Our teeth are supposed to be aligned in a certain fashion to where your saliva just flows through and it eliminates naturally this bacteria. But when you have all of these crowding, even the patient with the most diligent hygiene, it’s almost impossible. They’re just set up for failure. You’re going to see a plaque trapped here. You’re going to see it here.

Not only that, a lot of times, when they have this, some teeth are being worn more than others. You’ll see a lot of wear on the biting surfaces of the back teeth. So, we absolutely want—of course, there’s an aesthetic component of the braces which that’s the majority of why people get them. But what I care about is just the health of their mouth and eliminating these pockets and areas for bacteria to sequester.

So, it’s not perfect for every patient, but a lot of our patients are able to use these clear braces. They’re BPA-free. A lot of times, our patients don’t want to have metal in their mouth. So, this is a great alternative.

Okay! So, the big hot topic is root canals. I see patients every day. They’ve done a lot of research, and they want to know, “Is this root canal causing cancer? Is this root canal hurting me? Is it making me sick?” That’s a valid question. So, what is a root canal?
So, inside of this canal, you have a nerve, you have an artery and you have a vein. And when you have decay or trauma or something that causes this nerve to die, we have to have it removed.
So, we open the tooth. We open this up and clean all of these out and fill this area. That is a root canal.

So, traditional root canals are done with Gutta Percha and that sealant—that sealant that I was telling you about that’s made of a really toxic material. We have more bio-compatible materials now thankfully that I will recommend to some of my patients depending on their own situation.

So, traditional root canal materials, it’s a hydrophobic material. So, when it comes into contact with moisture, it actually starts to shrink. And over time, these materials shrink anyway.
So, if you think about this, when you fill this area with a material that’s starting to shrink and get smaller, it basically becomes a place where bacterial can just come and re-infest this canal. Whereas the new bio-compatible materials that are on the market and that we use in our office, when it comes into contact with moisture, it actually expands. So, it eliminates any of those pocketings or voids for bacteria to enter. And again, this is the traditional root canal material.

So, aside from whether or not we can do root canals with the bio-compatible materials or not, most of the patients that come in have done some research and they have come across Dr. Weston Price.

So, in 1920, Dr. Price did a study where he took some root canal treated tooth from some patients that had some systemic conditions. One patient had had a heart attack, and they took this tooth out. Another patient had diabetes. So, they had some of these root canal-treated teeth. He implanted them under the skin of some rabbits.

Eighty-eight percent of those rabbits developed the systemic condition that the patient had had that had the root canal-treated tooth. For instance, one of the patients had a heart attack. The rabbit had a heart attack after having this root canal placed under the tissue.

So, not only Weston Price, but the Mayo Clinic also had research as well showing the bacteria lodged in these root canal-treated teeth were connected to some of these systemic conditions.

So now that we know that, what do we do? That’s what my patients come to me. They’ve done this research. They have this information. They have this knowledge. It’s out there. It’s not a secret. What do we do?

This is the part that I love about my job. It’s because each patient is unlike any other patient.

So, we evaluate the tooth. I look at their situation. We look at the tooth. Does it have an infection? If it does have an infection, is it a tooth that they need for chewing? If we extract it, are we going to be able to utilize other teeth around it to replace it with a bridge? Do we have enough bone there for an implant?

These are the questions that I ask myself, ask the patient. We have to come up with a gameplan.

We also look at the systemic conditions of a patient. If this tooth is on a meridian where they have some other manifestation—let’s say they have a premolar that is infected and they have breast cancer along that meridian—I’m absolutely going to say, “No way! Get it out.” So, every case is evaluated individually.

Systemic manifestations on that meridian, are there life-threatening health challenges. Do we want to add to that possibility of introducing more bacteria into their system or is it better just to get rid of it completely? At the end of the day, it’s just a tooth. Their life matters more.

So, here are some examples of our tooth-organ relationship. Like I was saying, with the premolar, any breast cancer, thyroid, we’re not going to want to mess with that, a lower molar—and this is all online, this tooth-organ relationship. So, if you have any root canals that you’ve been questioning having re-treated or having removed, you can look this up and evaluate it.

So, with the bio-compatible option, if there is not a systemic condition along that meridian and the tooth is needed for function, then we do have an option. And this is what I will talk to my patients about.

So, it doesn’t use Gutta Percha, and it doesn’t have the hydrophobic sealers. It has this hydrophilic points that actually expand.
And here’s a research article basically talking about how it will expand when it comes into contact with moisture.

A little bit more about this study. I don’t want to bore you guys. You guys can look this up.

So, what’s my position on the root canals? I’m not an advocate for it. I’m totally opposed to it when it’s used with traditional materials. But it’s not off the table. I feel like that’s doing a disservice to my patients. I don’t want my patients to think if they come to me, we’ll have all your root canals removed. I can’t buy that.

But each patient, they’re an individual. They’re unlike anyone else. I need them to come to my office. Let’s sit down, let’s talk about it, let’s evaluate their case individually.

So, let’s say that we’ve decided to actually remove the tooth, then what are our options? Do we just leave it alone? Absolutely not. We have options.

So, what is the best thing? We have implants, bridges and removable partials. Maryland bridges aren’t done very much these days just because it takes a lot of maintenance. You have to have them recemented every few years or so. We’ll talk about it, but I think people are more in line with implants and bridges.

So, an implant is a titanium or a zirconium screw that’s put into the bone. We allow it to heal for a few months. And then ,we uncover it and then we can place a crown on it.

During those four months, the body will osteointegrate and basically move into the threads of this implant, and it’s accepted as part of the body and part of the bone.

You can see the threads. There’s bone going straight into these. It’s totally integrated. It’s solid.

Zirconia implants are also on the market. The problem with these right now is that it’s all one piece here—not to mention that it’s larger. So, it’s a ceramic implant. It has to be larger so that it can take on the mastication forces. You have all these micro-fractures that can occur if it’s smaller.

So, they’re still in the research and development phase right now. With it being one piece, the patient is able to actually bite on it immediately which I’m not a fan of because it’s not allowing the bone to actually integrate into the implant.

So, there is hope for having zirconia implants. They have come out with something that has two individual pieces, but they’re having problems with the attachment of the two pieces. So, for now, I’m not ready to advice my patients to go in this direction until I see a little bit more success. So, there are options.

If they don’t have enough bone, and there aren’t teeth for an implant—I mean for a bridge—then we can do something that’s removable to help them to bite.

This is what we do in the majority of cases. If a patient has restorations on two adjacent teeth here and we have to remove a tooth, then it’s kind of killing two birds with one stone. We can clean up those two adjacent teeth and place a bridge, a porcelain bridge.

If the two teeth are virgin teeth, then I would probably go more towards an implant.

And this is that Maryland bridge. This is not as common, but it’s still an option. So, you can ask your dentist how they feel and if you’re a candidate for them. Again, every case needs to be evaluated individually.

So, to reiterate, are there systemic manifestations along the meridien of the affected tooth? Are there life-threatening health challenges? And will intervention improve or decrease the quality of life? If we remove that tooth, are they not going to be able to eat on that side?

So, those are the things that we address in our office. I really appreciate you guys listening to what I have to say. Feel free to come and see us at Brighton Dental. Thank you. Thank you so much.

For a holistic dental consultation with Dr. Woods, call (619) 359-6569

All About Dentures

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How Dentures Can Help You Get Your Smile Back

To many, getting dentures can be a little overwhelming. Will they fit well? Will they cause discomfort? Can I speak and eat better than I can now with them? While at first, dentures might be a little strange to wear, they come with many incredible benefits that will help you get back to living normally again.

What are Dentures?

Dentures are special devices that take the place of missing teeth in your mouth to help make things like talking and chewing easier. They are usually made out of strong plastic or other similar materials to help keep them durable.

Types of Dentures

There are a few different types of dentures you’ll find you can choose from. One of the most common types is a full denture. This is a type that is a complete set of teeth for your upper and lower jaw which you can choose from depending on what you need.

The other type of denture is a partial denture. This denture is ideal to use if you only have about one or two missing teeth that need to be replaced. It also works well at helping to support your existing teeth to keep them strong.

The last main type of denture is a fixed denture. A fixed denture is basically drilled and secured into your gum so it works and acts as if it were a regular tooth. Because it is fully secured into your gum, you don’t need to remove it which makes it an ideal choice for many. However, these are a little more expensive compared to the other types, so you’ll have to be prepared to invest a little bit in them.

The Benefits of Dentures

Dentures come with plenty of benefits. Below are some that you can enjoy when using them.

You’ll Be Able to Talk and Chew Better

If you’re missing teeth, it can make common things like talking and chewing not only difficult to do, but very painful. With dentures, they’ll replace the missing teeth to help ensure that you can get back to talking easily again and chewing all types of food without problems.

They Come in Different Types and Can Be Customized

Dentures come in many different types which might come as a surprise to many. Because of this, you’ll be able to find a pair of dentures that fit your needs the best. They can also sometimes be customized by your dentist if you have a special request for them. You’ll be able to customize how the teeth are shaped and even the gum color so you can get your natural smile back.

They are Durable

One of the best things about dentures is that they are durable. They can withstand heavy-duty usage for a long time so you won’t have to worry about investing in a new pair anytime soon.

Dentures can be very helpful when it comes to your dental health. They can help to not only replace missing or diseased teeth, but work to improve your speech and chewing movements that you might be having trouble with due to the lack of teeth in a certain area. Best of all, dentures will ensure that your natural smile returns.

The Different Types of Dentures

Many people often neglect using dentures because they feel self-conscious about wearing them or don’t want to invest in a costly pair. However, dentures today are very affordable and come in many different types which means you’ll be able to find ones that aren’t only comfortable to wear, but look exactly like your natural teeth. Below you’ll find the four most common types of dentures and how they can help you.

Types of Dentures

Full/Complete

A full/complete denture is one that will replace most of your teeth. This is the most traditionally used one and can easily be put on your top or lower gum. After having been inspected by a dentist and any necessary treatments done, the full denture will then be placed on your gum where it can later be removed if needed.

Partial

Partial dentures replace only one or a few teeth. They come in small pieces and can eventually be adjusted to replace new spots if need be. These pieces are removable so you can take them off to clean them. This type of denture is ideal to help you if a few missing teeth have left you feeling immense pain in your mouth or trouble speaking and chewing.

Implant-Supported

Implant-supported dentures use special tools that are drilled into or around your jawbone. Typically, this type is used for the lower section of your mouth because it fits better and is easier to install here. You’ll find that implant-supported dentures come in two types: bar-retained and ball-retained:

  • Bar-Retained: Uses a thin metal bar around the curvature of your jawline which the denture is attached to.
  • Ball-Retained: Uses a few small metal pieces that are drilled into your jawbone at various points so the denture can be attached to it.

Custom

While a little expensive, custom dentures are the best way to help you look as if you’re not wearing any type of denture. A dentist will use intricate technology to make a map of your mouth and then make a denture mold of it. You’ll find that while they’re a beautiful set of teeth, they look very natural because the teeth aren’t always perfectly aligned which gives the denture a very natural look.

What are Dentures Made Out Of?

When you shop for dentures you’ll find that they are made out of many different types of materials. The two most common types are acrylic and porcelain.

Acrylic

Acrylic is the most affordable material and is very easy to clean. It doesn’t place unnecessary pressure on your jawbone which other types sometimes tend to do. However, it might feel a little heavy and can take some time to get used to.

Porcelain

Porcelain dentures are made to feel and look exactly like natural teeth. While they cost a tad bit more than acrylic, they are much more durable.

Dentures are helpful tools that can not only give you your smile back, but can eliminate any painful dental problems you might have. They are easy to use and clean and will help you get back to living more comfortably.

 

 

All About Porcelain Dental Veneers

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Dental Veneers Made from Porcelain

The instance of yellow or discolored teeth is quite unsettling for anyone. Having some yellow teeth with discoloration, in addition to abrasions, broken, chipped, unevenly shaped, or grinded teeth is even worse. Self-confidence and esteem comes down to the smile you wear. Any time you get ashamed or nervous about your dental appearance the infectious smile will disappear and self-confidence will seize.

Porcelain veneers emotional and aesthetic impact

A good number of dentists consider using porcelain veneers. The porcelain veneer is a category of veneers in dentistry usually used for the treatment of biological tooth problems. Embarrassing teeth for a patient is quite damaging although in some different way. This is why porcelain veneers are an important innovation to help reclaim the confidence of a patient and give them the deserved teeth they would be happy to smile with without getting ashamed.

Techniques of putting porcelain veneers on

Some two decades ago, putting on porcelain veneers required some difficult and invasive surgical processes on a patient’s mouth. Most patients were quite cautious about getting them. The level of aggression with this dentistry would frequently result into further problems than the procedure would have solved.

Understanding porcelain veneers

In simple terms, porcelain veneers can be understood as thin shells made of porcelain. The shells get stuck into the front area of the teeth, and they get glued there. Incredibly strong veneers will withstand friction hence resisting fracture. They are compact enough to allow for chewing and they can also last for quite some time. Upon getting porcelain veneer fittings they could remain in position for decades immediately after they are properly bonded.

Porcelain veneers holistic approach

Porcelain veneers will always be a magnificent alternative for patients. This product has gone through numerous changes since their initial development. Conventional dentists often recommend the traditional veneers that apply composite materials which do not last long enough. The composite alternative of veneers does get easily stained hence causing the same initial problem for which a patient was treated.

Excellent solution

These veneers are a painless, safe and magnificent solution for giving a dental patient a clean smile they have always desired. They help address issues of yellow teeth, broken teeth, and bad teeth spacing. The treatment process is not invasive and within a limited time following consultation, any person contending with the aforementioned challenges can encounter an experience that will help them regain their confidence and motivation.

Benefits

  • Long-lasting: They could remain for between 10 and 15 years if properly maintained.
  • Durability and strength: They are made from durable and strong porcelain material. It is possible to enjoy various foods without having to get worried.
  • Customizable: Teeth impressions are sent to an oral lab for hand crafting of veneers that fit a person’s teeth perfectly.
  • Natural looking: They are specifically manufactured to resemble natural teeth.
  • Simple and quick procedure: Within a time of two dentist visits, the veneers could get installed.
  • Cosmetic benefits: They enhance the appearance of chipped, cracked, discolored, misaligned, and broken teeth. They are applied for their cosmetic value and positioned on the front side of visible teeth.
  • Resistant to stains: Unlike the natural tooth, the porcelain veneers resist stains. They could maintain their brilliant white color even when enjoying a cup of black tea, coffee, or other products which would normally cause stains.
  • Enhance confidence: The improved smile could assist in helping improve confidence in appearance. This helps improve quality of living.

Dental Implants.. Are They Right For You?

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Relevance of Dental Implants

Dental implants have great value to a large number of patients although they may not be the optimal solution to everyone’s dental issues. Any dentist will primarily consider the quality and health of the jawbone against which the dental implant is to be placed. Dental implants are not always recommended and hence other treatment options may be more appropriate to some patients. For some, dental implants are good solutions to their dental problems. The availability of various treatment alternatives makes it possible to afford the best fitting treatment for any patient.

Zirconia treatment alternative

Zirconia is a treatment alternative that has proven its worth more so due to the fact that the treatment is more biocompatible. This means that the treatment is not likely to affect the body like titanium would. This is not to mean that zirconia has no imperfections. Due to the fact that the treatment option is relatively new in the market, the few companies that model the implants have not yet mastered the art. Zirconia implants are often larger than implants made from titanium. This means that the implants will be more intrusive inside the mouth upon surgical procedures.

Zirconia defined

This is a metal classified in the family of titanium. The material is often found in electrical appliances and dinnerware. It is preferred due to its durability. This property makes Zirconia ideal for use as dental crowns, more so for posterior crowns which need more strength for the purpose of grinding and chewing. Zirconia is gaining popularity as an incredible crown material. The product is supplied to dental professionals as blocks which thereafter get milled through automated cutting machines to form imitations of the natural tooth.

The whole process from modeling to performing a dental implant on a patient by use of Zirconia can be achieved in a single dentist visit. This is part of the reason the material has become very popular with dentists. It is more versatile compared to conventional porcelain crowns which consume more time to manufacture and cement on patients.

Benefits of Zirconia crowns

The main reason Zirconia is gaining popularity among dentists is its durability and appearance. Other advantages include:

  • Extremely tough
  • Withstands wear & tear
  • Biocompatibility
  • Modifiability of color, shape, and size
  • Does not require a metal fuse
  • Minimal tooth removal
  • Close to the natural tooth appearance

Titanium implants

If dental implants are the appropriate decision for patients, then the other most appropriate dental implant preferred by dentists is the less invasive titanium implants. These titanium implants are covered with a ceramic layer. The reason for the ceramic cover is because ceramic is more biocompatible compared to titanium hence it alleviates any possibility of contamination. The implant will be given time to slowly integrate and bond with the bone. After the bonding, the crown will then be placed upon the implant. This procedure affords the implant some incredible success in implant integration.

It is important for any dental patient to inquire from a qualified and experienced dental implants expert on the best solution for their situation.

Don’t Wait Until Your Unused Dental Benefits Expire!

 

Another year is winding down, have you made the most of your dental benefits? If you have any benefits remaining, there’s still time to use them before you lose them!

Most companies do not allow you to carry these over to the next year.If you have any unused benefits, they will not rollover. When the new year begins, you will need to meet a deductible again and this year’s benefits will be lost.

The office will be closed from December 24th to January 1st.. don’t wait until it’s too late, call us at 619-359-6569 to schedule your appointment.

 

How Is Ozone Used In Dentistry?

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Ozone Therapy Definition, Benefits, and Side Effects

Similar to the ozone referred to in the outer atmosphere, dental ozone is a combination of three oxygen atoms joined together to form a compound. This oxygen is naturally occurring. It often is derived from ultraviolet energy or lightning. This compound can be created in a dental lab by use of a generator for ozone. The generator stimulates conditions similar to those stimulated by lightning hence making it possible to produce ozone.

Fighting oral infection: Through the application of a generator for ozone and medical oxygen, the corona-discharging responses produce enough ozone necessary for the destruction of pathogens living in the mouth that are prone to cause excessive dental damages.

Ozone therapy objectives: The objective entails: complete pathogen elimination, stimulating the body hence causing it to restore appropriate oxygen metabolism, increased circulation in the gum region, stimulating the body with an objective of causing it to generate antioxidant systems by its own, and activation of the body immune system to fight pathogens.

Scientific facts concerning ozone therapy: The creation of ozone takes place the moment energy passes into one normal O2 molecule making the molecule to divide into two molecules of O1. Ozone is a naturally occurring oxidant or oxidizer. These terms mean that ozone has the ability to receive an electron coming from another molecule. This will in turn add some oxygen to the molecule hence filling it with more oxygen.

Benefits of ozone:

Prevention and protection: Ozonized water is often used to disinfect and sterilize the mouth without having to use dangerous chemicals.

Treatment: Where gum diseases are involved, ozonized water or ozone itself can be applied to remove infections and bacteria without having to rely on toxic chemicals or antibiotics. Ozone can also be utilized to cure any size or type of infections.

Reversing of cavities: It may look a bit out of hand but since ozone is known to encourage body defenses to fight infections, ozone will also stimulate growth. This means the bone and gum surrounding areas which previously encountered bacterial attack will grow back.

Minimal invasion treatment: Ozone therapy has been considered quite dependable in solving dental problems. It is considered safe for use and one among the best dental treatment solutions available today.

Some of the secondary but positive effects deriving from ozone therapy might include: lesser need for sleep; falling asleep easily and much faster and having restful sleep; a surge in physical energy; radiation of the skin with a healthy look; strengthening of nails and hair and having them grow much faster and longer.

Side effects of ozone therapy

Accidentally inhaling ozone could lead to insignificant eye burning symptoms, nausea, coughing, mild headache, or vomiting in individuals who are quite sensitive. Rectal ozone administration can rarely cause mild discomfort, mild cramps, gurgling, or the need to pass gas. These feelings are only slight and might pass on quickly. At time patients could get some healing reaction (Herxheimer) in which a patient gets symptoms that resemble a flu or perhaps feel a little worse although temporarily. Through the therapy session the situation will improve. The side effect may not be directly attributed to the ozone but to the natural process of healing in other systems as well.

Homeopathy For Dental Emergencies

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Complementary Systems of Disease Treatment (Homeopathy)

Dental emergency

The information contained here is helpful for handling dental emergencies. Explained are first aid alternatives that can provide remedy prior to seeing a dentist. This information is not a replacement for the expertise offered by a qualified dentist. Dental advice ought to be followed to the latter. This information is also useful in easing dental discomfort and pain.

To help with fear of the dentist

Gelsemium 12C: Taking five pellets of Gelsemium 12C the evening and morning prior to visiting the dentist will help alleviate diarrhea, weakness, sleepiness, and nausea. You are allowed to also take another dose of these pellets 45 minutes prior to undertaking any dental procedure.

Aconite 12C: Consuming five pellets of Aconite the evening and morning prior to a dentist appointment will assist in minimizing restlessness and/or panic. You are allowed to take another dose of these remedies 45 minutes prior to undergoing any dental procedure.

Remedy for severe dental complications

Hypericum 9C: Taking between three and five pellets of Hypericum 9C after every half hour will assist in relieving pain that is emanating from an extracted tooth or from gum surgery.

Arnica 30C: Taking three to five pellets of Arnica 30C every 20 minutes will help relieve trauma and inflammation pains generated from dental procedures such as surgery, extractions, new dentures, and injections.

Ferrum Phos 6C: In order to heal bleeding derived from surgery or tooth extractions, consume between three and five pellets repeatedly after 15 to 30 minutes while symptoms persist.

Belladonna 6C: In case you experience redness, inflammation, sensitivity, or gum abscesses take three to five Belladonna 6C pellets in spaces of between half an hour to an hour repeatedly to relieve the pain.

Myristrica Sebifera 6C: Prior to undergoing any invasive dental treatment, consume five pellets in the space of 15 minutes to alleviate pain.

Remedies for young children and teething toddlers

Hypericum 9C: Give the infant five pellets of these remedies every half hour to relieve pain in the nerves.

Camomilla 12C: Children requiring physical comfort from cuddling during the teething process should be given three Camomilla 12C pellets in the space of between 30 and 60 minutes.

Healing cold sore

Whenever you notice a cold sore developing, consume three pellets of the below highlighted remedies every half hour up to three times a day.

  • Petroleum 9C
  • Arsenicum Album 7C
  • Phus Toxicondendron 7C
  • Graphites 7C

Healing toothache

Aconitum Napellus 7C: When dealing with sudden extreme toothaches, consume five pellets in the space of 15 minutes to 20 minutes until these pains subside.

Coffea Cruda 9C: For toothaches that are extreme when it’s hot and low when cold, consume three pellets in the space of half an hour.

Magnesia Phosphorica 9C: When dealing with toothaches that get worse when it’s cold and easier when hot, take five pellets in the space of between half an hour and an hour.

Belladonna 15C: When encountering throbbing pains when chewing, moving, or when touching, take three pellets after every half hour to an hour.

Extreme muscle spasms

Hypericum Perforatum 9C: Consume three pellets in the space of one hour until these symptoms subside. The remedies can also prevent spasms before they start.

Cuprum Metallicum 9C: Consume three pellets after every 20 minutes until the spasm symptoms subside.

For optimum results take note of the following:

Make sure not to touch the pellets using bare hands instead placing them in a glass or cap and thereafter putting them inside the mouth. Place the tablets underneath the tongue allowing them to dissolve naturally. You are instructed not to eat anything 20 minutes prior to or after consuming the pellets. Natural plants like tea, coffee, and mint can be used to counteract the gainful effects of the discussed homeopathic remedies. Avoid them. These remedies must not be stored near products which contain perfume or camphor.

 

What To Expect After Getting Dentures

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The Effects of Dentures

Have you just gotten a pair of dentures for the first time? Are you considering investing in a pair of dentures to help heal any dental pain? If so, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind. While these dental fixtures can help you to get back to living normally and without dental problems, they do take some time to adjust to. Below is some information about dentures and what to expect.

Types of Dentures

Full and Partial Dentures

These are the two main types of dentures you’ll be able to choose from. A full denture will fit either your entire upper or lower gum while a partial denture is made to only fit a certain section of it, like part of your gum that’s missing only a few teeth.

Conventional Dentures

This is the type of dentures that is often used. This is the type that slips right over your top or upper gum. It’s very affordable and easy to wear which is why it tends to be the most popular type to use.

Immediate Dentures

This type is an option that will instantly replace any teeth, hence their name immediate dentures. The dentist will give you an immediate fixture to place over your teeth to help protect chipped or cracked teeth or hide discolored and rotting ones. This type often is used when gums shrink and normal dentures wouldn’t be enough to help with the current dental problems.

Overdentures

Similar to immediate dentures, overdentures slip right over where your regular teeth should be. Implants are installed in your gum and then a full denture is placed right over it.

Effects of Dentures

Dentures are helpful tools but can have some strange effects. Depending on the type of denture you choose you have to be careful when cleaning, removing, or wearing them.

Gagging

Sometimes the denture can feel a little awkward if you’re wearing it for the first time. Because of this, you might have a little bit of a gagging sensation when you wear them. However, this will eventually go away once you become accustomed to it.

Speaking and Eating Trouble

Speaking and eating might be a little difficult due to the denture not being perfectly shaped around your normal mouth structure. So, take things slowly and try to get used to them before diving into long conversations or big meals.

Uncomfortable Sensations

A denture might be a little uncomfortable to wear at first, but this will eventually go away the more you wear it because your mouth and gums will become used to it.

Irritation

When you first start wearing your new dental structure it might cause a little irritation on your raw gums. This is normal though and can be relieved by cleaning the dentures often or even placing ice cubes on your gums to help calm the inflammation down.

Dentures are helpful dental devices but can have some slight side effects once installed. Because of this, it’s important to consider the type of dentures you plan to use and ask your dentist how you can best wear them to ensure they’re comfortable to wear.

Homeopathy At The Dentist?

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Homeopathy and Dentistry

Homeopathy defined

This is a natural healthcare system that is currently used worldwide and has been in existence for more than 200 years. Homeopathy perceives each patient in their own unique way with an objective of quickening their individual ability to heal themselves. Homeopaths choose the best fitting medicine based on specific symptoms portrayed by an individual and their levels of personal health.

WHO recognizes homeopathy as the second most conspicuous system of therapy the world over. Homeopathy is quite popular in South America and India. Millions of people in Europe and around the globe utilize homeopathic treatment as well.

Reasons for popularity

  • Homeopathic treatment functions under the healing power of a patient’s body with an objective of achieving their good health and general wellbeing.
  • Homeopathy treats an individual according to their own unique condition and not as a collection often found in disease labels.
  • Homeopathic treatment covers all symptoms in every level of a person’s being, i.e. emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental, and identifies the accurate cure for each of the aspects.
  • Homeopathic remedies offer minimal doses that are gentle and powerful but also subtle. The medication is not addictive and is not tried on animals.

Homeopathy in dentistry

In the minds of many people, homeopathy is a controversial option of treatment. This is especially so for people in a medical profession. The reasoning for most people is that they don’t believe that a few tablets that don’t have large quantities of ingredients make any significant difference in patients. Homeopathy is a holistic dentistry branch. It is meant to view dentistry patients wholesomely instead of narrowing down to the problem in their mouth without paying attention to the rest of their bodies.

Arnica is one common homeopathic treatment type. There are a number of other homeopathic dentistry treatments though such as: Gelsemium used for nerves, Aconite for purpose of shock, Ledium meant to minimize pain during injection, Chamomilla meant to minimize numbness, and Zingiber for nausea and gagging.

Research and technological innovations have made it possible for patients to achieve much more in one dentist visit than what would otherwise be achieved in five or six dentist appointments 20 years ago.

Tooth sensitivity remedies

  • Pulsatilla is good for relieving heat sensitivity
  • Arnica is good for relieving pain generated from bruising
  • Magnesium phosphate relieves the shooting pain
  • Coffea relieves cold sensitivity
  • Staphisagria relieves pain accentuated by clenching
  • Merc Sol relieves the pain otherwise relieved by rubbing of the cheek
  • Aconite relieves pain caused by exposure to cold dry wind
  • Silica relieves pain accompanied by abscess or swelling
  • Belladonna relieves throbbing pain
  • Chamonilla or Hypericum relieves the pain which originates from the nerve

Some of the pain in the mouth originates from the teeth themselves although in some instances gum disease takes the blame. Homeopathic remedies that treat gum disease are more complex compared to the highlighted issues. It is therefore important to discuss the issue at hand with a qualified homeopathic dentist.

Homeopathy safety concerns

In the United States homeopathic remedies are considered safe and have been regulated since 1938. Homeopathy critics, however, believe that there is no substance with this solution. According to the critics the benefits accrued from this treatment are often not due to their effectiveness but because patients think they are effective. It is fundamental for patients to inform their medical doctors of their intention to seek homeopathic treatment for the purpose of getting advice on the best homeopathic remedies for their situation.

Oral Conscious Sedation For A Calming Dental Experience

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Conscious Sedation in Dentistry for the Purpose of Alleviating Fear

Some people have a fear of the dentist for some reason. Many wonder how the anxiety feeling can be removed from their visits to a dentist. Some patients even faint during checkups, and some will even stay for long before seeing a dentist due to the anxiety, notwithstanding their dental issues. The anxiety and fear is, however, completely understandable. The fear of what could happen makes most people anxious. The inability to control what could happen may put people on edge. Other people abhor the idea of having another person put their hands inside their mouth.

Sedation dentistry

This is a form of dentistry that applies medication to assist patients in relaxing better during a dental procedure. Sometimes sleep dentistry is used in place of sedation dentistry. It must not be misconstrued to mean the general anesthesia. In this case patients are awake during the procedure.

Sedation levels

  • Minimal sedation is where a patient remains awake under relaxation.
  • Moderate sedation involves slight loss of consciousness. A patient may not recall most of the procedure.
  • In deep sedation the patient is barely conscious but they could still get woken up.
  • In general anesthesia the patient is completely unconscious of themselves.

Options to overcoming the anxiety

It is important to note that there is a solution to the anxiety and the fear. One of the extreme solutions is the option of having a complete sedation. This involves being completely numbed to sleep and only brought back to consciousness after the entire process of treatment has been completed. This option is only recommended for situations that are extreme. This is because there are many complications entailed. People with weaker hearts and the elderly may have serious problems with sedation. This type of treatment is not recommended for just any type of patient.

A professional dentist would prefer a discussion with the patient on how they have worked towards overcoming their anxiety and fear. Complete sedation may also be influenced by the extent of the dental problem at hand. For the patients suffering anxiety and fear they may have waited too long until their dental issues got out of hand therefore requiring some thorough surgical solutions to their problems.

Oral sedation: This sedation could be anywhere from minimal sedation to moderate sedation depending on the quantity of the dose given. Pills are often given to achieve minimal sedation. The pills given are often Halcion. The drug is taken one hour prior to the procedure.  The pill makes the patient drowsy but they still remain awake. Larger doses could also be given to achieve moderate sedation. This anesthesia type is often used in sedation dentistry. Some people will actually fall asleep from a dose intended to achieve moderate sedation. Such patients can, however, be awaken by a gentle shaking.

Oral conscious sedation is the other option. This is for the people who just find it hard to visit a dentist for reasons of anxiety and fear. The option can be the difference in such a case. It is always advisable to visit the dentist at least once a year. If the stay has been longer it is urgent that you subject the anxiety, fear, or procrastination to yourself. Wake up and go see the dentist before the dental issues get out of hand.

Brushing, Chewing Release Harmful Mercury Vapor From Amalgam Fillings, Experiment Proves

Some dental experts argue that when you mix toxic mercury with silver and other ingredients, it becomes a completely safe and stable dental restoration material. For decades, this material – called amalgam – has been used in fillings. Now, this Civil War era restoration material is shunned by many dentists, but lots of people still have dangerous mercury in their mouths – and it needs to be removed, as an experiment on the Dr. Oz show proves.

Mercury is a neurotoxin, and that’s why mercury-containing fillings are banned in some countries. In the United States, however, mercury amalgam is still allowed. But it shouldn’t be.

For dental patients unlucky enough to have silver-colored fillings, they could be the source of untold health problems. The solution is to remove these fillings and replace them with composite material or other restorations – something Dr. Paige Woods at Brighton Dental San Diego does for her patients under strict protocols designed to prevent additional harm.

Dr. Oz Steps In Where The ADA Won’t

Aside from damaging your own health with mercury-containing fillings, you’re releasing mercury into the atmosphere every time you brush, chew, grind your teeth or consume acidic beverages if you have silver fillings. Atmospheric mercury becomes methylmercury that contaminates fish. And consider how much mercury is released by dentists who still use amalgam in large quantities or dispose of old amalgam improperly.

Still, the American Dental Association advocates the use of dental amalgams, failing to acknowledge the problems or risks. In a recent survey, researchers found that as many as half of American dentists still use mercury amalgam.

On the Dr. Oz television program, Dr. Mehmet Oz participated in an experiment that proves the harmfulness of mercury fillings. Working with his hands inside a closed container with special air filtration and wearing heavy gloves, Dr. Oz used an ordinary toothbrush to brush for only a few seconds on some amalgam installed in a mouth replica. This quick brushing released 61 micrograms of mercury. If the mouth had been real, that mercury vapor could have crossed the blood-brain barrier and caused its neurological effects.

Take a look at the video. The experiment begins about 2 minutes in:

And people with mercury amalgam fillings brush, crew, grind and consume carbonated beverages every day. Interestingly, most of those who tried to refute the findings of the experiment admit that mercury vapor is released daily from amalgam, they just dispute how much harm it causes patients. But why not use dental composite – just as strong and better looking – instead?

While mercury vapor won’t instantly kill you, imagine the cumulative effect over time of having a neurotoxin installed in your body. You may question the credentials of Dr. Oz to perform dentistry experiments, but remember that the demonstration for his television show was based on laboratory demos. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology is among organizations that have made similar findings.

Put An End To A Personal Health Disaster

The Dr. Oz video very effectively demonstrates the dangers of having amalgam fillings. You can eliminate the release of colorless, odorless, tasteless and poisonous vapors into your body and into the environment by having Dr. Paige Woods replace your amalgam fillings with composite. Amalgam filling removal is one of the primary reasons people from across Southern California turn to Brighton Dental San Diego.

Stop the potential damage to your health and benefit from beautiful, tooth-colored composite fillings and other cosmetically pleasing restorations when you turn to Brighton and Dr. Woods.

Amalgam filling material is shipped to dental offices as hazardous material. It’s disposed of as hazardous waste. So why would anyone think it’s safe to have in your mouth? Call (619) 359-6569 to schedule your appointment.