Holistic Dentistry – Lecture by Paige Woods, DDS at UCSD


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 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

What Are MOPs? And How Can They Make Braces Or Aligners Work Better?

Allow the Brighton Dental team in San Diego to provide you faster and more predictable orthodontic treatment with micro-osteoperforations – or MOPs. Dr. Paige Woods and our staff are pleased be able to use a Propel Excellerator Series product that’s FDA-cleared for creating MOPs and therefore improving the results you get from aligners or braces.

While results vary, of course, you may be able to complete your journey through orthodontic treatment as much as 2.3 times quicker than with the orthodontics alone.


But What Is Or Are MOPs?

While it’s a big term, the idea is simple. Micro-osteoperforation is a technique that involves creating tiny “dental dimples” that allows for stimulation of bone remodeling. This means teeth can move quicker and more certainly in the way Dr. Woods wants until they reach the ideal positioning.

Please understand that the process of creating MOPs to improve your orthodontic treatment isn’t a long, continuous or repeated process. The process is done here at Brighton Dental and can be completed during a regular appointment in just a few minutes. Here are the 3 steps involved:

  1. We examine and evaluate the area to be treated.
  2. We rinse your mouth with Chlorhexidine (an antiseptic and disinfectant) and apply a topic anesthetic.
  3. We use a small device to create the MOPs in the desired area of stimulation.

Then you can go on with your day – right away.


Dental Dimples Could Help You

MOPs or dental dimples are a sensible treatment for many orthodontic patients – whether just starting your treatment or already underway. If the goal is quick results, MOPs can work with your own body and let biology stimulate the bony areas surrounding your teeth. We’ve found that most orthodontic patients are a good match for this smart and innovative therapy.

Why not finish faster with MOPs? Speak with us now and let us assist you in deciding if dental dimples can help you get better orthodontic results.



Reduce Treatment Time And Discomfort With Revolutionary At-Home VPro+

Did you know that more comfortable and quicker orthodontic treatment is possible when you use VPro+ just 5 minutes every day? But what is? And how does it help?

At Brighton Dental San Diego we’re pleased to provide the option of using the remarkable VPro+ device from Propel Orthodontics –  a respected maker of dental devices and products – during your orthodontic treatment to help cut down the length of your treatment and free you from any pain you might have experienced.

This high-frequency device delivers gentle vibrations that help your orthodontic treatment work more quickly and more painlessly. And all you have to do is use this simple, comfortable and easy-to-use dental device 5 minutes each day.

Reduce Treatment Time And Discomfort With Revolutionary At-Home VPro+

Good, Good, Good – Good Vibrations!

VPro+ works mechanically as well as biologically by sending high-frequency vibrations into your mouth – painlessly, of course. The special array of vibrations provides these benefits:

  • Up to 64 percent reduction in treatment time
  • Quicker tooth movement
  • Less pain and discomfort
  • Great predictability of results
  • Improved seating of aligner trays
  • Easier wearing of retainer trays
  • And more.

What are the features of the VPro+? Here are some details about how easy it is to use this device:

  • You only need to wear it 5 minutes per day.
  • It can be charged wirelessly.
  • It’s totally waterproof.
  • It includes a travel case for use on the road.
  • A mobile app helps you understand and use the device.

Really? An App Too?

Your orthodontic experience can be better across the board and more consistent as well when you enjoy the VPro+ patient app designed to help you keep your treatment on track. You can chart your daily and weekly usage of the device, share results with Dr. Woods and get help finding the device with one click if you happen to have misplaced.

Get your best possible orthodontic outcome quicker than you ever imagined. It’s possible with Brighton Dental, Dr. Paige Woods and the amazing VPro+ device. Call 619-359-6569.

What Constitutes A Dental Emergency?

What Constitutes A Dental Emergency?Many dental offices, including ours, have opted for the sake of our communities to only see emergency patients until the current COVID-19 crisis passes. So the current question becomes, what constitutes a dental emergency?

What DOES NOT qualify as a dental emergency

  1. Pain that can be managed with over the counter medication
  2. Cases with mild inflammation (that can be treated at home

What DOES qualify as a dental emergency

  1. Substantial pain that cannot be taken care of with over the counter medication.
  2. Infection at a level that would otherwise cause you to go to a hospital emergency room.

We are here to help with the above dental emergencies, and will continue to abide by the latest CDA and ADA safety recommendations for at least the next two weeks.

We thank everyone for understanding, and helping us to do our part for the health and wellbeing of the community

Peace Of Mind (Corona Virus Measures at Brighton Dental)

Dear Patients,

I hope this message finds you and your family safe and taking the proper precautions relating to the COVID-19 virus.

You may have heard government recommendations that that hospitals across the country “consider stopping elective surgery”. We believe they are making this recommendation to reserve hospital resources, including staff and supplies, for anticipated COVID-19 patients.

Our situation, like so many private medical practices, is different. We care only for healthy patients and recently self-imposed restrictions requiring anyone who had traveled by air domestically or internationally to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to coming to our practice.

As a result, our office will be closed to all but emergency cases for the next two weeks. If you are experiencing pain, and need to be seen earlier, we can still accommodate you during this period of time. 

We are considering booking Fridays and possibly Saturdays to accommodate patients after the two weeks since our schedule is pretty busy in general. Do not hesitate to reply to this email or call our office (619-640-5100) to schedule / reschedule your appointments accordingly.

We want to let our emergency patients know that we have taken additional safety measures. The strict sterilization guidelines in place in our practice make it one of the safest dental environments that you could be in. In additions we have implemented patient screenings as per CDA regulations, all equipment and surfaces are sterilized between patients, and masks and hand sanitizer are made available to everyone. We have taken the following additional measures for patient treatment:

– Avoiding or minimizing operations that can produce droplets or aerosols
– The use rubber dams in as many instances as possible.
– Rinsing the oral cavity slowly, avoiding unnecessary splatter.
– Using high-speed evacuation for all dental procedures producing an aerosol.
– Providing patients with the use an antimicrobial rinse before starting a dental procedure
– Avoiding or minimizing procedures that may induce coughing, such as routine intraoral X-rays.

We are also closely monitoring CDC guidelines and recommendations and adapting our processes accordingly.

In the best of times, we’re very proud that Brighton Dental has been a trusted resource for the San Diego community. In challenging times like these, we want you to assure you that being smart about what we do and keeping you safe are bywords for us and for our patient care team.

With Gratitude and Good Wishes,


Dr. Paige Woods, D.D.S.

We Can Help You Heal Faster From Implants, Extractions And Surgery With Remarkable PRF Therapy

Perhaps you’re already convinced that we’re the best dental clinic for you. Or perhaps you’re not. Either way, we believe we can help any dental patient look, feel and function better – and that includes you. If you need an extraction, implant or dental surgery and are concerned about pain or slow healing, we can offer you something innovative and remarkable: PRF therapy.

Read on and you’ll learn more about how PRF – that is, Platelet Rich Fibrin – is making life better for dental patients who choose Brighton Dental in San Diego and Dr. Paige Woods.


PRF Makes Things Better

prf dental unitPRF is a natural, biocompatible, non-allergenic product that’s made from your own blood – so you won’t have a negative reaction to it. We draw a small amount of blood, spin it in a centrifuge into its components and bring out the fibrin – which is a substance that that’s already in your body to aid in healing. By refining your blood in this way, we create a concentrated fibrin product that we can put exactly where it’s needed.

How can PRF be used? At Brighton Dental, we have successfully used PRF therapy to:

  • Promote rapid healing of extractions
  • Help with osseointegration and soft tissue healing around dental implants
  • Speed recovery from reconstructive work, and
  • Assist with integration and success of bone grafts.

And our PRF unit doesn’t use bovine thrombin or chemical additives of any kind.


Learn What Everyone’s Talking About

You may have already heard about PRF therapy because it’s being discussed with regard to complex medical procedures, cosmetic enhancements and a wide range of medical, dental and plastic surgery procedures. Platelet rich fibrin therapy improves healing, supports the immune system and can help you heal quicker and better with fewer post-operative complications.

But what is fibrin? As you may know, your blood is actually clear. The red color comes from red blood cells. Blood also contains platelets, small cells that stop bleeding and promote healing. A French surgeon discovered that patients can recover quicker from surgeries when platelet-rich fibrin – a naturally occurring fibrous mesh – is applied directly to a surgical site.

The body would eventually get these healing components to the site anyway, but refining it from your blood and placing it directly at the site speeds up the process and therefore speeds healing. Plus, much more of the fibrin can be added in this way than the body would eventually use on its own to heal the site.

PRF therapy also includes growth factors from your own body – the so-called signaling molecules that help cells know what work needs to be done in a certain area. Both hard and soft tissue responds to this kind direct help in getting the right molecules to a surgical site, extraction site or dental implant.


Nothing’s More Biocompatible

We spend a lot of time making sure the materials we use in and on your mouth are biocompatible, and nothing is more biocompatible than something made from your own body – from a small sample of your own blood in the case of PRF. There’s nothing added, no chemicals needs and no worries because a centrifuge does all the work. What could be simpler or better?

At Brighton Dental, scores of San Diego dental patients and people from everywhere turn to us for holistic, biocompatible, sensible and gentle dental work – because they trust us. PRF is another trusted way of doing dental work better than ever before, and we fully embrace it at this San Diego dental practice. To learn more about PRF therapy, contact us now at 619-359-6569 to schedule your consultation.


Clearer And In 3D: New Technology Lets Us Diagnose Better Than Ever

Thanks to new technology in use by Dr. Paige Woods and the holistic dental team at Brighton Dental, we can now see a clearer image of your teeth than ever before and examine your mouth slice by slice – just like with a medical CT scan but at a fraction of the cost and with very little radiation.

When a traditional x-ray doesn’t tell the whole story, we can now use Cone Beam 3D Imaging – also called Cone Beam Computed Tomography or simply CBCT – to see a clear picture in amazing detail. That means we can be even more certain of the options we offer to you. And you can be more confident in our ability to help you without pain, hassles or wasting your time.

Want to learn more about what we can see during the 15-second scan? Keep reading.


Details, Details, Details

With CBCT, we can see your mouth and the nearby structures in your head in 3D and in incredible detail. While the scan takes only seconds, we can see your teeth in cross-section, see spacing issues of concern better than before and even note how your jaw, sinuses and nerve bundles interact with your teeth.

Traditional bite-wing x-rays are great, but what we can see is limited. Panoramic radiographs give us a more complete picture, but both show only 2 dimensions – that is, a flat image. Cone Beam 3D Imaging adds a revolutionary new dimension to what we can see while showing details in clarity greater than we had available in the past. For the first time, we can see distortion-free 3D details of spatial relationships related to the teeth, jaw and other head and face structures.

Plus, we can see cross-sections of any teeth we choose, something never possible before. If you think of a combination of the overall picture provided by a panoramic dental x-ray with the detail and dimension available from a medical CT scan, then you’re starting to understand this new 3D imaging machine at Brighton Dental in San Diego.



How Cone Beam 3D Imaging Works

Using a special CBCT machine, Cone Beam 3D Imaging allows us to send totally safe, very low-power x-rays to the specific area we want see, the mouth. This radiation is sent in a divergent cone pattern that fans out, not in a single narrow column. The data is received by a sensor attached to a computer. Using special algorithms designed just for this system, the computer generates a unique 3D image that we can see on a monitor. We can rotate this image, seeing all sides of your teeth and related structures. And we can look at individual slices to see problems within teeth.

Using all this information, we can make an accurate diagnosis – which leads to an excellent treatment plan and the best possible outcome for you. There’s no other way we can see a cross-section of a tooth or a 3D image of your mouth.


Easy For Everyone

Perhaps the best thing about Cone Beam 3D Imaging is how easy it is. It only takes 15 seconds and is performed much like a panoramic x-ray. You just have to remove all metal, including hairpins, hearing aids and removable bridges.

Dental insurance usually doesn’t cover this kind of scan, but it’s much more affordable than a medical CT scan. We’ll make the process easy for you and file paperwork with your insurance company if necessary.

When used in situations where traditional 2D x-rays don’t show all we need to see, this remarkable new type of 3D imagining lets us see your oral and dental health in a new way – so we can help you in the best ways possible. Isn’t technology amazing?



Metal-Free Removable Partials Are A Reality!

removable partial denturesAs a biocompatible dental office, we try to use only materials in our dental restorations that are inert and totally safe. While metal-based removable partials have proven to cause very few safety issues, we still don’t like the idea of patients using metal dental devices – especially if they don’t have to.

At Brighton Dental in San Diego, Dr. Paige Woods offers a remarkable, innovative and long-lasting metal-free removal partial that could be the right solution for you. Keep reading to learn more about the latest innovation: Ultaire AKP removable partial dentures.

A New Polymer Changes Everything

Most partials for long-term use are made over a metal framework for rigidity, durability and stability. But that’s no longer necessary. As patients of biological dentists like Dr. Woods have become more aware of the potential for allergies, metal tastes and toxicity concerns with metal, they have become proactive in asking for natural-looking, comfortable and beautiful partials that don’t contain metal.

An Ultaire AKP removable partial denture is made with a remarkable aryl ketone polymer previously unavailable in dental partials that’s:

  • Non-irritating
  • Great looking
  • Lightweight
  • Metal-free, and therefore

It’s a smart alternative to traditional metal removable partial denture frames that satisfies demanding patients while successfully meeting industry standards and the high standards of biological, holistic dental practices like ours.

The polymer material weighs in at about 60 percent less than metal, has no unsightly metal clasps that people may be able to see, gives off no funny tastes and is non-corrosive. And the finished product can last 10 years or more with normal insertion, use and removal, making it something you can proudly and easily use for years to come.

From A Company With Experience

Good dentistry is a combined effort. It starts with a patient willing to properly take care of their teeth and any partials or other devices necessary for a healthy, functional bite and beautiful smile. Also important to the process is a proactive, conservative-minded dentist who will do what it takes – but as little as it takes and no more – to maintain and restore the health and beauty of a patient’s mouth. As a holistic dental clinic, we believe good oral health is part of being a healthy person overall.

When a dental device or appliance is necessary, it needs to come from a good company. Ultaire AKP removable partial dentures are custom-made to the precise specifications we provide by a respected dental lab using a polymer product from Solvay, a newcomer in dentistry with a long and broad portfolio of healthcare polymers used around the world. These polymer products include more than 35 brands and more than 1,500 formulations, each intended to replace a product or device that would have previously been metal. The company has more than 25 years experience in health care.

Available Now At Brighton Dental

At our holistic, biocompatible dental practice, we’ve been looking for years for a better material than metal for removable partial dentures, and Ultaire AKP is a solution that would not be possible without advances in polymers – the joining together of small molecules into larger ones to form specific kind of plastics and related materials.

If you believe a partial is in your future, are concerned about the usage of metal in your current partial, don’t like those ugly metal clasps or use a metal or flexible partial that doesn’t fit well, our team at Brighton Dental in San Diego can help. We have a range of solutions that may work for you, including innovative Ultaire AKP removable partial dentures, a modern solution that replaces a problematic old one.

Contact us now for your dental and oral health assessment, and let us formulate a program that will have you eating, smiling and feeling better than ever.


Photos Show The Quality Of Work Dr. Woods Provided In Mexico

placed dental implantsDr. Paige Woods has joined other dentists in her mission work providing free implant services to underprivileged people in Mexico. The nation has a rampant problem with dental disease that leaves as many as 70 percent of citizens over age 65 with no or few teeth.

Photos Show Excellent Work

These photos may be hard to look at if you aren’t used to seeing medical and dental procedures, but they’re worth seeing because they show that Dr. Woods provides these pro bono clients in Mexico the same clean, professional work to modern standards that her patients at Brighton Dental in San Diego get every day.

dental implant xrayDental implant technology is perfect for patients with limited access to dental care because it’s a permanent solution to a long-term problem. While dentures can provide a semi-permanent option, loose or ill-fitting dentures can lead to problems speaking and chewing. That can result in a degeneration of overall health. And all dentures loosen over time as the dental ridge shrinks.

The Need Is Great

Dr. Woods devotes her time to this cause because the need is so great. Oral disease, according to statistics from the World Health Organization, is the 4th most expensive condition to treat in industrialized nations. new smile modelUnhealthy diets and tobacco usage contribute to the problem. In developed countries, as much as 10 percent of public health resources are devoted to dental care, but many nations devote very little or nothing at all.

Modern medications can also cause dry mouth, which leads to tooth decay and infection. There are more than 400 medicines that can cause dryness of the mouth. And in Mexico, dentists are likely to remove a damaged tooth rather than repair it, leading to a large number of people with missing teeth.

Implants, however, are a permanent, sensible solution, and Dr. Woods is part of the solution for the patients she treats in Mexico.


Dr. Woods Helps Underprivileged And Elderly In Mexico Smile Again

Mexico Implant DentistsDr. Paige Woods and her gentle dentistry extends farther than most realize through her charitable work in Mexico helping mostly edentulous patients with little bone for their dentures to hold on to them by placing implants that they can clip into. But her passion for providing dental implants to the underprivileged in our neighboring country isn’t just about restoring smiles. It’s part of a larger effort to restore dignity, proper function and the ability to maintain a healthy body to those without regular access to good dental care.

Much-Needed Work

The patients helped by our primary dentist at Brighton Dental San Diego during her trips to Mexico have lost all or most of their teeth for a variety of reasons – something that’s all too common in this nation that’s just a few miles away from the hundreds of dentists and dental clinics in San Diego.

Reversing The Trend

Research has shown that 60 to 70 percent of Mexicans over age 65 in their home nation have few or no teeth. The issue is even worse among the poor. Additional studies have shown that as many as 90 percent of Mexican citizens have untreated cavities and many have gum disease, both reasons for tooth loss.

You can depend on Dr. Woods and the Brighton Dental team for your oral health care needs – and thanks to this charitable work, so can some poor and elderly people in Mexico. Of course, one dental professional can’t solve the whole problem and neither can one organization, but Dr. Woods is doing her part and encouraging her colleagues to do their parts as well.

Life is good in San Diego, and life in Mexico is better for those who can eat and speak properly – patients who have something to smile about.