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Understanding Dental Ozone Therapy

What Is Ozone?

Just like the ozone that we talk about when it comes to the atmosphere, ozone is a compound of three oxygen atoms that have joined together. This is a naturally occurring form of oxygen, and is often created by lightning or ultraviolet energy. In my dentist lab of course, I don’t use lightning! Instead, I have an ozone generator which can simulate the same conditions that lightning creates, and this forms ozone. Nature uses ozone in our atmosphere in order to counteract a lot of the pollution that is up there, and your mouth can do almost exactly the same thing.

O3 ozone moleculeThis is because ozone has some amazing properties that are almost unique to itself, which is why we use it in dentistry so often. Its anaerobic sterilization properties are really efficient, and although some dentists will choose to use chlorine to do the same job, ozone doesn’t have any acidity in it or toxicity that can damage your mouth and/or overall health. Smaller concentrations are used: in fact, you only need one single ozone molecule to do the same amount of work as around 10,000 molecules of poisonous chlorine, and ozone can actually destroy those pathogens much more quickly.

The Battle Against Oral Infections

By using medically graded oxygen and an ozone generator, a corona discharge reaction will create just as much ozone as you will need in order to kill the pathogens that want to live inside your mouth and do a huge amount of damage.

A huge part of the dentistry work that I do boils down to fighting infections. It’s a common problem in today’s modern world, and because of what we eat, drink, and smoke, horrible pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and even fungi can easily find their way into your mouth and cause infections – infections that can spread through the rest of your body to create even more complicated health problems. Dental infections can be really difficult to get rid of, which is why sometimes other dentists will accidentally leave some of that bacteria in the mouth, just continuing the problems.

Thankfully most bacteria and other pathogens have one weakness that they all share: ozone. It is almost impossible for a large number of pathogens to even exist when in the presence of ozone, and ozone even encourages your body’s natural defences to fight back against the invading bacteria. This is why ozone is so brilliant: because it works with your body, and not against it.

Therapeutic Goals Of Ozone Therapy

When I believe that it is right to prescribe one of my patients with ozone therapy, I have a load of targets and goals that I want to meet through that therapy. Most of the time those goals include:

  • Completely eliminating the pathogens
  • Encouraging the body to restore correct oxygen metabolism
  • Circulation increasing in the gums
  • Activating the immune system to fight back
  • Encouraging the body to use its own antioxidant systems

There are three different ways that you can apply ozone to the tissue of your gums: ozonated water, ozonated olive oil, and ozone gas. In my case, I often use ozone therapy with water, and combine it with all of the best of my other treatment and diagnostic tools, such as pocket-probing, x-rays, and clinical examinations.

Two Scientific Facts Behind Dental Ozone Therapy

  1. Ozone is created when energy is forced upon a normal O2 molecule causing it to split into two O1 molecules. Each one of these will then combine with a standard O2 molecule, creating two O3 molecules, or ozone. Sunlight will create this in nature, as will lightning.
  2. Ozone is a natural ozidizer, or oxidant. This means that it can accept an electron from another molecule, which in turn then adds oxygen to that molecule and making it more oxygen filled. Cells that are healthy will have antioxidants within their cells that make sure that this does not happen to them if they get any contact with ozone – but pathogens do not have them, so they are destroyed.

How Ozone Can Help You

Protection and prevention. Ozonated water that is used regularly with disinfect your mouth and sterilze it without any nasty chemicals.

Treatment. In the cases of some gum disease, ozone or ozonated water is used to remove bacteria and infection without resorting to antibiotics or toxic chemicals, and can be used for any infection type or size.

Ozone treatment has been used in Europe for decades to help the body to heal much quicker, and to

In Europe, ozone treatment has been used for decades to speed the healing of wounds and treat and to treat illnesses that will benefit from an increase in ozone. In fact, research into the benefits of ozone therapy has been carried out as far back as 1900, and when used by a professional such as myself, it is completely safe without any side effects. Better than many medications, you can avoid putting anything unnatural or unusual in your body as the ozone molecules are more than powerful enough for anything that you can pit them against. Before you know it, you can have a healthy and happy mouth again.

Home Ozone Unit

Home Ozone Unit

Reverse Your Cavities

It may sound a little far-fetched, but because ozone naturally encourages your body to fight back, it also encourages the body to grow back – and that means gum and bone in areas that have previously been attacked by bacteria. This means that, over time and continuous use, your cavities will reduce in size by up to 2 millimeters which is actually a huge amount comparatively.

Minimally Invasive Treatment For You

Within all of the different treatment options that I have available to me, for any sort of dental problem at all, there is nothing so safe and dependable as ozone therapy. I especially like to use it to rid people of early stages gum disease, because then it prevents so many of the problems that ozone therapy can also treat. It is non-invasive and not harmful at all. In fact, ozone therapy can even have beneficial effects under the enamel, without harming the enamel itself to get there. This means that the deep structure of the tooth is healed and encouraged to grow back healthy.

There will be times when surgery is going to be the best option for a patient, and that is a more invasive option – but more and more I am using ozone therapy as an initial treatment, often lessening the amount of invasive work that I have to do, if not negating its use completely.

To find out how dental ozone can help your oral health, call (619) 359-6569 today.

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Porcelain Dental Veneers

Hello! I’m Dr. Paige Woods, and I have dedicated my career to making sure that people can enjoy the teeth that they have. I’m a holistic dentist, which means that I look at the entire person’s health and experience, not just their teeth.

Having discoloured or yellowing teeth can be quite upsetting, but that is nothing to when it is combined with abrasions, grinded teeth, chipped or broken teeth, and unevenly shaped teeth. So much of our self-confidence can be boiled down to the way that our smiles look, and if we are nervous or ashamed about the way that our teeth are, then we will often not smile that much, if at all. So what can someone like me do about that?

Color Matching For Dental Veneers

Color Matching For Veneers

The Aesthetic / Emotional Impact of Porcelain Veneers

Many dentists will consider porcelain veneers, a type of dental veneer, as a treatment option for a biological problem, but I approach things a little differently. I know that having teeth that embarrass the patient can be damaging in a totally different way, and so I will always consider porcelain veneers for them as a way to reclaim that confidence back, and have teeth that they are proud to smile about, not ashamed. Porcelain veneers are a brilliant modern dental treatment, and everyone who wants them should be offered that treatment.

Placing Porcelain Veneers (the latest techniques)

Twenty years ago, porcelain veneers required very invasive and difficult surgery in order to apply to the mouth, which made people wary of getting them – and understandably so! This aggressive sort of dentistry often would lead to more problems than it would actually solve. Thankfully modern dentistry has completely changed, and we can now use strong and safe bonding materials that do away with the need to grind and cut into our patients at all.

What Exactly Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain Veneer

Porcelain Veneer

Put very simply, these are thin porcelain shells that are stuck onto the front of your teeth and glued on. Immensely strong, porcelain veneers are resistant to fracture, strong enough to chew with, and are very long lasting. Once you have a set of porcelain veneers fitted, they can stay on your teeth for decades at a time, once they are bonded on.

The Holistic Approach to Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a brilliant treatment option that I can offer my patients, and they have changed a lot since they were first created. Traditional dentists will often still prescribe them in this way, using composite materials that are not as long lasting. Composite veneers also stained easily, bringing the same problems back to the patients who had gone to their dentist for help in the first place! Composite veneers also have an unhealthy chemical make up which is not as good for the body as porcelain veneers, and can lead to health problems in the long run. That is why I always use porcelain veneers in my treatments.

When fitting porcelain veneers onto a patient, I will very slightly reduce the front of the tooth – although in many cases, I do not need to do this at all. Then the porcelain veneers are ready to go onto my patient.

Porcelain Veneers: A Great Solution

Porcelain veneers are a brilliant, safe, and painless way of giving yourself the smile that you have always wanted, correcting those concerns like bad spacing, yellowing teeth, and broken teeth. This non-invasive treatment option is one that can be done with a few weeks of the initial consultation, making it a truly life changing experience.

If you’re interested, why don’t you pop down and see me about them? Call (619) 359-6569 to schedule a free consultation.

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Dentures

Senior with denturesDentures are a big decision, which is why I love it when my patients come and talk to me about their thoughts, concerns, and queries. I’m a holistic dentist, which means that I focus on the overall wellbeing of my patient as well as the individual dental issues that they have – and I want to make sure that anyone who has dentures also improves their speech, looks, and comfort, not just their biological chewing. I do this by taking a lot of measurements and analysis of your face, so I can make dentures that perfectly fit you, and no one else.

Why Is Dr. Paige Woods The Right Choice?

I have dedicated my life to the care of teeth and gums. That means that everything I do is in your best interests. I don’t have a particular ‘favourite’ treatment or think that only one is ever going to work; I know that everyone is different, and will need a different approach to the care of their teeth.

When it comes to dentures, I work hard to give you your natural smile back, make sure that you can chew and swallow with ease, and I make comfort a priority so you can almost forget that you are wearing them.

What Kinds Of Dentures Are Available?

There are two kinds of dentures out there, and so you can decide which is the right sort depending on what you are looking for. Complete dentures are usually given when a patient has none of their original teeth, and partial dentures are given when a patient has some of their natural teeth still left. Having a set of partial dentures will also stop those remaining teeth from moving.

woman holding denturesJust to make things a little more interesting, you can also choose conventional or immediate installation for complete dentures. Conventional means that you will have your dentures made for you after you have had all of your teeth removed, which means around six weeks without any teeth whatsoever. Immediate installation, on the other hand, is when you have your dentures made for you in advance, and can be placed in your mouth as soon as you have your teeth removed.

Are Denture Alternatives Available?

There really is only one alternative to dentures, and that is a dental implant, used to support other crowns and bridges. However, a permanent bridge attached to implants is a much more expensive procedure, giving the feeling of real teeth. If you do not get accustomed to the feeling of your dentures and want another option, this is the best sort – but not everyone is a suitable candidate for implants. Come and see me if you are interested, and we can have a look at your teeth and gums and see whether it is possible for you.

Are Dentures Covered By Dental Insurance?

For most people, their dental insurance actually covers some if not all of the cost of dentures – and if you get in touch with my office, I can talk you through exactly how your insurance company and I can work together.

What Are The Steps Involved In Getting Dentures?

You and I will have three appointments together, usually over a period of three to six weeks, in order to create your dentures to precisely your mouth and gums. This process involves:

  • Making molds and impressions of your jaw, mouth, and any remaining teeth
  • Creating models and wax projections of what your teeth and dentures will look like
  • Trying on the model in order to see whether we have got a good shape, color, and fit
  • Deciding on the right measurements, and then making those dentures for you
  • Adjusting for the final fit

Dentures have come a long way in the last decade, and in many cases no one will be able to tell that you are wearing them at all. Come and have a chat with me about your thoughts on dentures, so we can create the best possible teeth for you. Call (619) 359-6569 to make your appointment.

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Root Canal: The Controversy

Hi! I’m Dr. Paige Woods, and I’m a dentist that wants to explain the ins and outs of dentistry to people who perhaps do not have a dentist who talks them through their diagnosis and treatments. This blog post is about root canals, and the surprising controversy that has followed them.

The History Of The Root Canal

Believe it or not, root canal treatments are controversial, even from the first century AD which is the earliest evidence that we have that teeth were drained. This was painful, and continued to be painful right up to 1756, when Philip Pfaff started to fill in root canals – with gold!

By the 1900s, root canal treatments looked a lot more like they do now, and by the 1960s, dentist were achieving an 80% success rate when they used them. However, it was only in 1963 that endodontics, which is the study and practice of root canals, was officially seen as a new branch of dentistry.

Advantages & Disadvantages

One of the best things about root canal treatment is that it can stop acute pain, and keeps your tooth instead of replacing it. This keeps the integrity of the arch in place, helping to keep your other teeth in place in your mouth.

However, there are disadvantages to root canal treatment. The blood supply to the inside of the tooth is irrevocably damaged and stopped, which can make your tooth more likely to be infected, and the tooth becomes more brittle, often needing a crown to stay together. For immune-compromised patients, root canal treatments are just not an option.

Root Canal Alternatives

So what alternative do you have? Well, I always think it really depends on the patient, and exactly what sort of general health and immune system they are enjoying. If you don’t have any systemic problems, and you’re healthy, then a root canal is actually the best decision – and if you are not generally healthy and you have immune problems, then a root canal is best avoided.

The other option is often the removal of the tooth completely, to prevent it from getting infected or collapsing, but there are consequences to this treatment option too. If there is already some infection here, a large amount of cleaning will need to be carried out after the extraction, and then something will need to be done with the gap that has been left in your mouth. For some people, after a root canal extraction they do not want anything else – but in most cases, to maintain the structural integrity of your mouth, you’ll need a replacement.

Fixed Bridge vs Root Canal

An alternative to root canal treatment is a fixed bridge, comprised of two crowns and false tooth in the middle where the gap is. These bridges can be made out of non-metallic materials to make it even safer for you. The only downside is that fixed bridges only work if you have two strong teeth either side of the gap – if either of them may need work or have crowns or fillings already, that won’t work.

Fixed Bridge

Fixed Bridge

Maryland Bridge vs Root Canal

If most of your teeth are pretty healthy, then you do not have to damage the tooth structure in order to receive treatment for root canal problems – and the Maryland bridge is a great example of this. This non-invasive treatment involves reducing the tooth on one side, and popping in the bridge. Most of my patients who have Maryland bridges tell me how much they love them, and they only need re-cementing in very rarely.

Implant vs Root Canal

Another root canal treatment option is to replace the tooth completely with a new implant tooth, that is made to look exactly look your other teeth. If made with zirconium, it will be completely metal free, but this is a very large implant option, and will often need rather aggressive bone removal in order to fit the implant into your mouth properly. This increases the amount of surgery that you need to have. Titanium implants, on the other hand, do not need such drastic measures to be taken. Titanium implants are only made out of one piece, unlike the two pieces of the zirconium, and so also take up less room and require less change within your mouth.

Some grinding will be necessary in order to make sure that there is room for your new implant, but it is very little compared to what you could need. The implants that I always use are called Bircons and are titanium, but are actually half the size of other titanium implants so that your mouth has a really easy time of accepting them. They are completely biocompatible, so unless you specifically have a reaction to titanium itself, your body will not reject them.

Removal Bridge vs Root Canal

Last but by no means least, you can have a removal bridge instead of root canal treatment. Although this is easily the cheapest option out of them all, that is mainly because it does not have a good quality of life opportunity for you, especially as you will need to remove it frequently, putting pressure on your teeth and gums when you do.

The Biocompatible Root Canal

Traditional root canal treatments that are given by other dentists have lots of issues, and they are primarily based around the way that they were placed into the mouth of the patient. For example, traditional root canal treatments were usually filled up with something called guttapercha, which is actually a type of rubber. Some sealant would be added to the traditional root canal treatments as well, which is rather toxic – and because they were hydrophobic, which means they moved away from water, they would actually withdraw and get smaller, breaking the seal around the traditional root canal treatment. Infections would get in, and the treatment would fail, allowing bacteria to grow in the tooth.

New technologies and new materials for traditional root canal treatments mean that a new sealant is used, called calcium hydroxide-based osteogenic. This actually promotes the growth of the bone around your tooth, which naturally closes up and becomes a sealant itself, swelling to protect the root from infection and bacteria, keeping your tooth nice and healthy. I use Bee Sealer in my dentist practice, mainly because it has a pH of 12.8, and partly because it does not solidify for up to two days after being put into the mouth – which means that it can be sterilising for all of that time. The American Society of Microbiology has shown that the most bacteriais killed when at a pH off 12 – the exact pH level of the Bee Sealer.

To find out more about which option might be best for you, call (619) 359-6569 for a free consultation with Dr. Woods.

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Avoiding Periodontal Disease With Ozone

Many people in the United States are surprised when they learn that they have gum disease. This is because they do not realise that the little gaps between their teeth and their gums has been created by anaerobic organisms: bacteria. In fact, this is the same bacteria that has been found in heart disease, and some of the bacteria that causes gum disease has even been found in patients with pancreatic cancer.

The Link To Disease In Other Organs

systemic connectionCountless studies are being run at the moment so that we can better understand exactly how this bacteria works in our bodies, but from my point of view, there is already enough evidence that the bacteria in gum disease can do a huge amount of damage to the rest of our body. That is why I do not think you should leave your gum disease any longer, but treat it now.

There are plenty of different options when it comes to treatment for gum disease, and there will probably even be a few that you haven’t even heard of! Dentistry has moved fast in this area to meet the need, but other dentists are not so quick to explain these new treatments to their patients. I would say, actually, that almost all of my patients who come to me for the first time have never been taught how to brush their gums properly. Here’s a quick tutorial:

Brushing the gums properly is very important.

  1. Grab a soft brush, and some warm water – or homemade toothpaste, if you have it
  2. Ensure that you are brushing right into the gums, so you can get all the bacteria out
  3. Now put some toothpaste on your toothbrush, and brush your teeth
  4. Lastly, use dental floss in order to get into those places that your toothbrush can’t

Traditional Methods of Preventing Gum Disease

For some of the patients who come to me, their gum disease has gone on for so long that they have pockets in their gums that are between five or eight millimetres, which means that I offer scaling treatment in order to prevent further damage. This gets all of the bacteria out of the pockets, but will need to be done about twice a year: it’s not a permanent fix.

In very severe cases I will also recommend gum trimming, which is very basic gum surgery. This involves moving back the gums and removing all of the bacteria from underneath, but this leaves your teeth really sensitive, and is not a very popular option!

Thankfully, there are many more options when it comes to treatment methods.

Using an Ozone Machine to Prevent Periodontal Disease

An ozone machine is also called an O3 machine, and it works by adding more oxygen to water – something that bacteria hates. Killing bacteria with oxygen is not something many patients are aware we can do, but even for the most severe cases this can help. I will teach you how to use a water pick, and you can then use a 1000mgh ozone machine.

One of the reasons that no one used to use ozone machines is because they were just so expensive, but they are much cheaper now – and they are totally work it, because they can reduce the size of gum pockets by around 2 milimeters. This makes cleaning out bacteria and keeping your gum disease under control so much easier.

Here are the tips I give my patients when using an ozone machine:

  1. Use the machine in a well-ventilated area
  2. Always use one that has a Corona discharge
  3. Get one that has its own power source – 1000mg per hour is ideal, and you can then use it for 15 minutes and be finished

The water pick

Ozonizing Waterpik Resevoir

Ozonizing Waterpik Resevoir

Once you have the ozone machine, you will also need to get a water pick which you can buy on its own or with a container. I would always advise against getting a travel water pick, because they do not allow enough water in, so make sure that it has a reservoir to hold the water. You should always use the middle pressure when using your waterpick, because the highest pressure option will make your gum pockets larger, not smaller. It isn’t just people with gum disease that will benefit from using a water pick – and even gum pockets of 2 to 3 milimeters can be helped.

Consult Your Dentist

Whatever treatment option you choose, always make sure that you are visiting me regularly, so I can see what progress is being made, and I can advise you on the next best course of action. Gum disease should be taken seriously, and catching it early will make it all the easier to treat.

To find out how ozone can help heal your gums, call (619) 359-6569.

Dental Implants Vs Dentures – Making the Right Choice

Whether it is a comedy television show or a funny movie, we have all seen a similar scene where an old person – possibly a grandparent – is talking and their dentures fall out, or in some cases you’ll see an elderly person popping their teeth in a glass of water by their bedside. Dentures may be a brilliant gag, but for many people they are painful during day to day life. Dentures used to be made of ivory or bone hundreds of years ago, and though they are much cheaper to make nowadays, they can still prove very problematic.

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For many people, the fear that their teeth could fall out is very real, for tough strong adhesives are used to keep dentures in place, a large amount has to be used every day, and then they have to be cleaned completely at least once a day. The fitting process each morning can be very arduous, and while eating and talking they can shift position. This can lead to very embarrassing situations, making those who wear dentures psychologically anxious about them.

But the problems with dentures don’t just stop there; physical problems also crop up with dentures. There is a huge amount of pressure put on your bone and gums when you wear dentures, and this constant shifting and moving will cause friction burns, ulcers, and sores, all of which are very painful. Even for patients who just have partial dentures, there are problems, because the teeth either side of the partial dentures will get worn away by the clamps.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are much easier for the patient, and will blend in a lot better with the rest of the patient’s teeth. They will look and function just like any other tooth, and they are not going to move around! When an implant is put into your mouth, a crown is placed on top of it to make it even stronger, and thus implants offer a permanent solution that dentures do not. Unlike dentures they do not need to be cleaned separately, and they do not put any pressure on the surrounding teeth.

Which Material is Best For Dental Implants?

Another consequence of dentures that implants do not have is extreme strain on the jawbone. Because the implant is embedded into the jawline, it actually makes it stronger rather than weaker, helping you to keep healthy bone for longer. The price of implants can put some people off, because dentures are cheaper – but there’s a reason for that. If you think about the cost of purchasing dentures, their binding, their glue, and all of the medicine for the side effects, dentures probably come up more expensive. Implants are definitely the better option.

To find out if dental implants or dentures are right for you, call (619) 359-6569.

Dental Implant Treatment Greatly Improved Thanks To All-On-4

Dental implants are the obvious choice for a patient that has a tooth – or several – missing, because it allows you to not only be able to eat and talk normally again, but it will restore that beautiful smile that you were missing. However, not all implants are the same, and it’s important to educate yourself so that you know what your different options are. We’ve put together this quick and easy guide to help you.

Some patients will only need one dental implant, whereas others will replace almost the majority of their teeth with implants. The trouble is that dental implants can take a long time to heal, and often require several trips to the dentist so that you can get the treatment finished. Many patients want a quick, modern, and completely permanent dental implant treatment, or an implant dentures combination, and dentistry is definitely advancing in this area.

When would you recommend one dental implant?

One dental implant is the perfect choice for a patient with just one missing tooth, and this will be made up of a titanium post covered with a porcelain crown that will blend seamlessly into your mouth. It will be a while before the dental implant has healed enough for you to use it. If you need more than one tooth replaced, then having individual implants may not be cost effective, or be the best dental choice for you.

What do dental implants do?

When you have a missing tooth, that can cause problems with your jaw, your bite, how you speak, and how you eat – and even the shape of your mouth when you smile. Dental implants can correct all of those problems. Dental implants are also used to support larger treatment options, such as arches and bridges.

What happens when you get a dental implant?

Your dentist will take a mold of your teeth and gums, and they will create a titanium screw and porcelain crown to fit the size, shape, and color of your other teeth. However, the healing period for this process can be up to six months, because the bone in your jaw will need to grow around the implant and heal. Your dentist will also need to see you two or three times in order to make sure that the fit is natural, functional, and permanent.

Is dental implant technology advancing?

Most definitely – and many people will put off going to see their dentist because they are not aware that dental implant surgery is not the same as it was twenty years ago, or even five! Now the success rate is almost 100%, and we use smaller implants that are less painful and heal much quicker. We can also now use dental implants to fix permanent dentures onto, and not just to replace a tooth.

Can dental implants replace all my teeth?

While we wouldn’t recommend individual dental implants to replace all of your individual teeth, there is a dental implant solution. The All-on-4 procedure is a modern method of replacing all the teeth on one jaw, and the entire arch is secured onto four small implants, making it possible for you to walk into the dental office without teeth, and leave with them. This treatment plan is completely stable, and will improve your ability to eat, talk, laugh, and smile. This treatment is particularly popular because it requires fewer implants, much fewer surgeries, and much less healing time.

Implant Complete Arch

All on Four Complete Arch

Is the All-On-4 really the best option?

If you need a complete replacement of all of your teeth on the top jaw, the bottom jaw, or both, then this treatment is the best option: it offers quick results with a great appearance, excellent stability in your mouth, improved quality of life through the ability to eat properly and speak properly, a treatment plan that is easy for you to take care of at home, and best of all, such durability that you will probably only need the treatment once in your lifetime.

If this sounds like something that would really transform your life, then contact us now at (619) 359-6569 for more information about the All-On-4 treatment, and many others.

Our ‘Gentle Dental’ Protocol

Brighton dental & Dr. Paige Woods have become well known for what she calls the Gentle Dental Protocol (shortened to just gentle dental), which aims to make sure that their patients experience the minimum of discomfort during their treatments. This involves the use of five different techniques, all of which are used for all patients, and they have proved to be very successful:

Diagnodent Laser Diagnostic Wand

Laser Diagnostic Wand

  1. Laser diagnostics. This small tool that can be held in the palm of your hand is used by the dentist in order to find out whether or not a filling is required, in a completely safe and non-invasive manner.
  2. Micro-abrasions. Cutting edge technology has been introduced by this technique, which removes decay using air, without the need for drilling or inflicting pain in that way. As the laser diagnositics has given the dentist an exact map of what needs to be done, the absolute minimum required is performed with no pain.
  3. Double anaesthic. The first round of anaesthic is topical, which is standard practice, but the second round of anesthetic is pH nuetralising, which ensures that the body is ready for the surgery or whatever it is that the dentist is going to perform.
  4. Low speed, cool drilling.Many people are unaware that the reason they feel pain from drilling is not due to the drill itself, but the heat that it causes. That is why the dentist uses a special electric drill which is used at a much lower rpm, which removes the heat that in turn, removes the pain.
  5. Patient control. Used to put patients at complete ease, patient control means that whenever a patient becomes uncomfortable they can raise their hand – and this immediately stops the procedure. This gives patients confidence and reassurance that nothing will happen until they are ready.

This gentle dental approach means that patients can easily receive treatment from the dentist without experiencing the pain and discomfort that they would have experienced if they had gone to see a different dentist.

To experience the gentle dental treatment, call (619) 359-6569 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paige Woods.

Permanent / Fixed Denture Options

For some people, it’s because they already suffer with ill-fitting dentures; for others, it’s because they know that they will be needing dentures in the future. Whatever the reason, now is the perfect time to look into the different options that you have available, including different procedures and restoration methods.

Can I have permanent dentures?

Patient With Fixed DenturesPermanent dentures are a great alternative to removable dentures, and only a trained dentist will be able to tell you if you a good fit. Although permanent dentures are more expensive that removable ones, and your mouth will take a little time to heal, they do have the benefits of not creating bone loss or ridge deterioration.

Why should I get removable dentures if I can get permanent ones?

Permanent dentures are much more expensive that the removable kind, and many people will find that removable dentures are a good fit for them, and they do not mind putting them in and taking them out.

I’ve got a few missing teeth – how do implants work?

There are three different options when it comes to have dental implants. In some cases, one missing tooth will be replaced by one dental implant, which is usually made of titanium, and is screwed into your bone. After the healing process, a crown will be placed over it. In other cases, two implants will be used in order to support a bridge, or another piece of dental restoration work, because two or more teeth are missing. Lastly, some people will have several dental implants in order to fit permanent dentures into a patient’s mouth.

I’ve heard of implant-supported dentures – what are they?

Dental bridges will often need the support of dental implants, because they need to be fixed onto something in order to be put into the mouth. This will often require a long healing time, and the patient will have to wait for this to be over before their bridge can be placed into the mouth. However, there is a procedure called All-On-4 which has been designed to allow an arch of dentures to be fitted onto just four posts, and this procedure does not require any bone grafting either. This new treatment is not only much cheaper, but it has a much small healing time, and is less painful.

Can I have the All-On-4 procedure?

If you want permanent dentures with the minimal amount of pain throughout the treatment, at a much lower cost than permanent dentures would usually be, and with a smaller amount of healing time, then the All-On-4 treatment is definitely one you should consider. It has been designed for patients who have no teeth on either their top or bottom jaws.

All on four dentures

All on four permanent dentures

What happens during the All-On-4 treatment?

If you decide to go for the traditional permanent denture treatment, then you will need to have quite a few dental implants placed into your mouth, and this will require a long recovery time. The All-On-4 treatment plan however just requires four implants, and they will support an entire arch. Your dentist will place two shorter implants at the front of your mouth, and two longer ones at the back of your jaw, and you can have all of this done in just one dental visit – so you can leave with beautiful teeth in just one day.

This is the modern equivalent to the outdated technology of traditional permanent dentures: an improvement on the old removable design, of course, but the All-On-4 treatment is the next step in modern dentistry.

Many patients choose the All-On-4 treatment plan because it allows you chew much easier than with other dentures, returns fullness to your face, and is easier to speak and laugh with than permanent or removable dentures. We have dedicated ourselves to becoming experts in the All-On-4 treatment method, and we would love to talk to you about your different options – because there are always options when it comes to dentures, and we want to help you explore all of yours, so you can make an informed decision that you are comfortable with – (619) 359-6569.

Pros and Cons of Denture Adhesive

No matter how well made a set of dentures are, there will always be a very small gap between the bottom of the dentures, and the actual gums of the patient. At the beginning of using those dentures the gap is so small and the patient’s saliva fills that gap so well that usually the patient will not notice.

However, over time the bone and the gums of the patient may change, and this could increase the size of the gap and therefore the way that the dentures fit in the patient. If dentures dry out, or are put in hot water, they can warp and change their shape, which is another way that dentures can stop fitting. If the gap between the dentures and the gums gets very large, the dentures will no longer be secure and will start to move around in the mouth.

Denture Adhesive

Denture Adhesive

That is why denture adhesives were created, so that this gap could be filled and the dentures helped to stay in the place where they are meant to be. Many people who wear dentures prefer to use adhesive pastes rather than adhesive powders, because they will be much easier to use.

However, there are side effects and consequences to using dental adhesive. In particular, it can create a false sense of security of the patient, because although the initial problems may have disappeared, the problem causing them has not: the dentures no longer fit the patient that well, and they will only fit better if they are remade.

Adhesives are not easy to apply either, but are incredibly messy – and the patient will need to clean all of the adhesive off the dentures at least once a day, which can be very time consuming. It can also be difficult and very messy when you try to remove it, and when you factor in the cost of buying the adhesive every week or so, you start to think that there must be an easier way around it.

Implant Supported Denture

Implant Supported Denture

And there is. There is a new technology called miniature implants, and these can be put into your mouth to give much superior stability and hold to your dentures, and they do not require any sort of adhesive. Only local anaesthetic is needed to place them into your mouth, and you can even have your current dentures re-fitted to work with the implants perfectly.

Implants also have a great secondary benefit which is that it slows down the erosion of the bone and gum line, reducing friction sores within the mouths of patients who have dentures.

To find out which options are best for your dentures, call (619) 359-6569 today.