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Teeth Are Fun: Brighter Teeth Could Mean A Better Life

We don’t want to overstate the case, but ugly, dull teeth can seriously cost you relationships and jobs. Even the playing field by getting your teeth whitened and correcting other distracting things about your appearance. And smile! People like smiles. For your free oral health consultation to discuss teeth whitening, call Brighton Dental San Diego at (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Let Us Do The Work…

We’ll remind you when it’s time for a dental appointment by phone, email or text. Let us do the work of keeping up with your appointment schedule, and you can focus on daily oral health tasks – and the rest of your obligations in life, of course. If you aren’t already on the books with us, call Brighton Dental San Diego at (619) 359-6569 for a free oral health consultation.

History And Overview Of Cavitations

madibular cavitation deteriorationOrigin of the Term ‘Cavitation’

In the recent past the term “cavitation” is used to define a condition where jawbones have holes that are either empty or full of dead bone. In 1930, an orthopedic researcher defined it as a condition where a shortage in blood flow into an area created a hole in the bone.

Dr. G.V. Black, (the “Father of Cavitation Surgery”), described cavitation as a continuous “death of bone” whereby bone cells are destroyed, softening the bone or hollowing out parts of it. Interestingly, this cavitation process did not display any of the common symptoms associated with dental infections such as redness in the gingiva, fever, inflammation, or pus. In his research, Dr. Black discovered that the condition could be treated by removing all the softened bone until good one forms.

How the Term “Cavitation” is Used Today

Today, the term cavitation is used to refer to the various types of jawbone lesions that are dead, lacking oxygen, infected, toxic, as well as those that seem like empty holes. These cavitations are located in old extraction sites, near or under the roots of wisdom teeth, canal teeth, and dead teeth, and often become a focal point for toxins which can contribute to various medical conditions.

Recent Studies

In a recent study by Dr. Boyd Haley, cavitation tissue samples were found to contain toxins (mainly metabolic waste products) which hinder body enzymes that help in energy production. The toxins contribute to the localized disease process that affects the blood supply in the jawbone.

Bob Jones, the inventor of Cavitat, scanned thousands of wisdom teeth sites and found cavitations of different sizes and severity in about 94% of them. He also scanned root canal teeth and found cavitations under or near all of them. Another research found that 45% of all jawbone cavitations are located in the wisdom teeth sites. The wisdom teeth contain small terminal vessels, which are associated with osteonecrosis; the reason why they are particularly predisposed. In addition, injections for dental procedures are usually administered near these areas.

Neuralgia-inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis (NICO) Lesions

NICO is a condition whereby supposed cavitation leads to chronic facial neuralgia. A person suffers pains mainly in the face or head due to the cavitations. However, research shows that the percentage of people with cavitations who experience that pain is quite small.

Factors Associated with Cavitational Lesions

Various factors can cause cavitations, and a combination of these factors determines the occurrence, size, type, growth patterns, and progression of the cavitation.

Initiating Factors

The main initiating factors are related to bacterial, physical and toxic traumas. Initiating factors related to bacteria trauma include cyst, infected wisdom teeth, root canal toxins, periodontal disease, and abscesses.

Initiating factors related to physical trauma include tooth extractions, root canal procedures, dental injections, periodontal surgery, overheat from high-speed drilling, grinding and clenching, electrical trauma, and incomplete removal off periodontal restorations.

Initiating factors related to toxic trauma include root canal toxins, dental materials, chemical toxins, and anesthetics with vasoconstrictors.

Risk/Predisposing Factors

Risk factors include:

  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Age
  • Atmospheric pressure changes
  • Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Radiation
  • Gaucher’s disease
  • Hemodialysis
  • Gout
  • Physical inactivity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Radiation or chemotherapy
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Homocysteinemia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Thyroid
  • Sickle-cell anemia
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

Cavitation Treatment

To treat cavitation lesions, the dead bone must be removed. Therefore, the patient must undergo surgery as there is no other way to remove the necrotic tissue. Failure to remove the tissue causes the necrosis to extend to other areas, damaging the jawbone and blood cells. But when the tissue is removed, new bone cells can regenerate to fill the cavitations.

How to Prevent Cavitations

It’s possible to prevent cavitations, and this mainly involves eliminating the initiating and predisposing factors. Though new ways of preventing and treating cavitations are coming up, there remains a lot of unanswered questions hence more research regarding the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the condition is required.

For your free consultation with Dr. Paige Woods about cavitation treatment, call 619-359-6569

Teeth Are Fun: If It’s Burning, It’s Hurting! Just Stop!

When it comes to mouthwash, you don’t have to feel the burn – because mouth rinses that contain stinging alcohol can dry your mouth, making it more likely to be damaged by bacteria. Instead, use a safe, effective and much-more-pleasant alcohol-free mouthwash. For a free oral health consultation to see what else you should be doing to maintain oral health, call Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Save Time And Look Great With Same-Day Crowns

CEREC same-day dental crowns are made in the dental office, not in a lab. So you get a perfectly fitting, great-looking and ultra-strong crown that can last for years in a single dental visit, not 2 visits like with most crowns. Get CEREC crowns from Dr. Paige Woods at San Diego’s Brighton Dental. Or call for a free oral health consultation at (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Keep Yours By Wearing A Mouth Guard When Playing Sports

The best mouth guards are custom-made by your dentist to precisely protect your teeth, but a store-bought mouth guard is a lot better than nothing at all. If something happens to a tooth while playing sports and you have other facial trauma too, call 911 or visit an urgent care facility. For an oral health consultation on a less urgent basis, call Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Your Teeth Are Unique To You, So Try To Keep Them

There’s no other set of teeth just like yours, so what you have is a mouthful of one-of-a-kind treasures. Do everything you can to keep them – and keep them healthy – by brushing, flossing and seeing a great dentist. For a free dental and oral health consultation with Dr. Paige Woods, call Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Team Up With Your Dentist, And Recruit Floss And A Toothbrush Too!

A toothbrush and dental floss play well together for keeping your teeth clean and healthy, and you and your dentist make a great team too. If you can handle a few easy daily tasks, the dentist will clean up after you and handle problem-solving twice a year. Smart, right? Dr. Paige Woods is on your side and is available for a free oral health consultation. Schedule it by calling (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Not Like Ever, But Today???

We’re not asking if you’ve ever brushed your teeth. We’re wondering if you’ve remembered to do it at least twice today – and preferably after each meal too. It’s the first line of defense against tooth decay and gum disease. So come on: Have you? For a free oral health consultation to see if your efforts are paying off, call Brighton Dental San Diego at (619) 359-6569.

The Biomimetic Dentistry Practice

biomimetic molars treatmentWhat is Biomimetic Dentistry?

Biomimetic dentistry refers to a field of dentistry concerned with the treatment of problematic teeth while leaving the healthy structure of the teeth intact. This minimally invasive treatment utilizes advanced bonding and conservative preparation methods to remove only the damaged part.

The Problem with Traditional Restoration

In traditional restoration, a blend of mercury and silver is used to do teeth restoration and a large part has to be removed to pave way for the process. This can have adverse effects on the remaining tooth structure. Unlike the traditional dentistry, biomimetic dentistry cares for the whole tooth and not just the restoration alone.

The problem with the mercury/silver amalgam restoration is that changes in temperature may increase the size of the material leading to breaking the other teeth that neighbors the affected one. The gaps left by cracks on broken teeth offers room for growth of bacteria. This leads to infections and decay may starts internally.

Teeth restoration using the traditional technique is relatively cheap, and most people consider the method to be safe and effective. However, many do not think about how the amalgam affects the existing teeth. To see the seriousness of the matter, it is estimated that 15,000,000 root canals and 29,500,000 crowns are reported every year in the United States. In addition, there are also 30,000,000 extractions and 9,400,000 bridges reported each year.

Most of these treatments are necessitated by the failed restorations that were done earlier. If these restorations were done through biomimetic dentistry, the numbers would not be that high. They would decrease by more than 80 percent.

The amalgam composition and the technique of inserting affect the teeth to some extent. Even restorations that use white fillings allow the tooth to decay as they are not strong enough to handle the chewing pressure. They wear out often, and in four to 6 years, they are completely worn out. However, if restoration of such teeth were done using biomimetic techniques, patients would avoid most of the procedures and save a lot of money.

The Cost of Filling the Tooth Using the Traditional Procedures

The amount of money patients spend on traditional procedures for a single molar is approximately $6,105 according to a PEW Trusts study of 2013.  Let us see how you could save some money if you do biomimetic restoration if you live in the US.

Biomimetic materials are durable, resistant to reoccurring decay, and very effective in maintaining oral anatomy. In addition, biomimetic dentists report a reduction in crowns and root canal therapy by 75% to 80%. Therefore, the procedure can end the cycle of repairing and replacing teeth, thereby improving the overall dental health of people while helping them save some money.

The Future of Biomimetic Dentistry

Today, not every dentist practices biomimetic dentistry. However, with time and a cry for better solutions from patients, dentists will embrace biomimetic procedures to perform dental restorations. Many institutions have either elective or compulsory biomimetic dentistry courses to equip dentistry students with these revolutionary techniques. This shows just how valuable the practice has become, and soon every dentist must offer the treatment.

For a free biomimetic dental consultation with Dr. Woods, call 619-359-6569