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2014.01.19 21:54:54

Like all the technology evolving around us with the speed of lite, finally somebody was thinking of teeth. And not just somebody , it had to be a computer geek , right? Only they can invent a toothbrush that can connect to your phone , have an app telling you if you brushed enough or what area you still need to insist on. The self-funded startup created by Lois Cessot and former Microsoft and Google executive Thomas Serval plans to release the toothbrush worldwide in third quarter.

Orders will be available thru Kick starter at the price of $99-200 depending on the app you want.

And pretty soon we will have robots instead of dentists, working by analyzing your saliva DNA and telling you your necessary treatment without even looking in your mouth! Wouldn't that be cool?

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2013.09.16 13:12:47

As you probably know as of now, we do have in the office the Cari free system that our patients successfully use to prevent apparition of new decay or recurrent ones after we do all the necessary fix in the mouth. The entire system is based on rinses that are used for a period of three months, after which we have the possibility of measuring the quantity of bacteria that may still be in the mouth.

Nowadays we have in hand a medicated gel that can be used as the same principle.

The entire system works as a killer of the bacteria producing cavities by raising the pH level in the mouth and favoring ion exchange from saliva, such a calcium and fluoride, with the tooth surface.

What the new research suggests is that by chewing cheese the pH level in the mouth raises enough to help prevent cavities! Who would have thought??? It may also help with erosion because the compounds in cheese may adhere to teeth and create additional protection!!!! Chewing cheese increases saliva production and it is at least partly responsible for rise in pH.

The research was conducted after consumption of sugar free yogurt, milk and cheddar cheese. Out of the three only the cheese was the ONE that increased the pH level. THAT IS GREAT NEWS PEOPLE!


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2013.03.29 20:04:04

Believe it or not this is going to be possible in the future.

A biologist at King’s College in London combined cells from human gums with cells from molar teeth of embryonic mice and implanted them in the kidney tissue of living mice. And guess what? It grew teeth with roots!!!! Wow, imagine what dentistry will become in the future. This is amazing!

Forget all that amalgam, you will go to the dentist and if you have a cavity there will be a gel that you put in the hole and the tooth grows back, or if it is too badly destroyed we can pull it and put a couple of cells in and another tooth will grow in place. Wow!

So, the future generations when discovering the bodies of our time, and find the titanium implants that we are placing, they will be amazed of how ancient we were. Although, the implants now are the most modern and successful treatment in dentistry.


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2013.01.22 19:25:11

Is your kiddo the light of your eyes? Remember that first pregnancy test that was positive? And then giving birth to this little child that was so small you didn’t know how to care for....? And then they grow.....a lot faster than we want them to.....and they have teeth, another thing we need to push them to heed for.

Here are a few tips to help with your push:

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states that children should see a dentist when they get their first tooth and not later than 1 year of age. In contrast, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, unless your child has risk factors for having problems with their teeth, such as other family members with a lot of cavities, sleeping with a Sippy cup or bottle, teeth staining, thumb sucking, etc., the first visit to the dentist should be by around the third birthday. Your judgment here!

Careful with sipping and Sippy cups:

  • What type of training cup you choose
  • What goes in the cup?
  • How frequently your child sips from it
  • Sugary foods and drinks should be consumed with meals. Saliva increases during meals and neutralizes the acid production.
  • Limit snacks to nutritious foods.
  • Chewing sugarless gum after eating increases the saliva flow
  • Choose low fat milk or water as a drink instead of soft drinks or fruity ones.

And then they grow again and start to play sports. Many experts recommend that a mouth guard be worn for any recreational activity that poses a risk of injury to the mouth.

And then they grow AGAIN and they start smoking. Tobacco’s negative effects on the body, particularly on the mouth, are well documented. They become at risk for gum disease and oral cancer. Or they chew it, which is worse because chewing tobacco contains at least 28 known cancer –causing chemicals. Get help by talking to us about the smoking cessation program we have in place.

And oral piercing is in vogue! A lot of negative effects with that:

  • Excessive drooling, you wouldn’t want to see that on your girlfriend or boyfriend, would you?
  • Infection, pain, swelling
  • Chipped and cracked teeth
  • Injuries to the gum
  • Nerve damage

And by this time, they mature enough, hopefully, to care for themselves!

February we celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month! We would like to make this month special, because our kids are special! This is what we will do: Dunes Dental Services would like to WELCOME all new patients 16 years and younger with a COMPLIMENTARY (FREE) New Patient Examination, including x-rays and routine cleaning during the month of February 2013. Please call Dunes Dental Services @843-215-2140 for details and to schedule an appointment.

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2012.08.13 04:04:39

The mouth is filled with bacteria, simple statement that everybody is aware of. How much bacteria? Nowadays it is estimated that the mouth harbors over 600 species of bacteria and over 100 million bacteria per every milliliter of saliva. Every day we produce up to 1, 5 liters of saliva which, during the night is reduced almost to zero, that is why we advise so strongly to brush your teeth before bedtime, because the saliva is not there to clean up anymore. That means that every hour, assuming we are awake for 14 hours a day, we have 107 milliliters of saliva in the mouth. That multiplied with 100 milion….is the number of the stars that you can count? Imagine those little bugs crawling in your mouth at any moment of the day and night……

So, what the bugs do? They are, of course, responsible and linked to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. And periodontal disease is linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease and stroke and arthritis and…….some that we don’t know about, I’m sure.

Diseases such as HIV, blood cell disorders lower the immunity of the body, reducing our capacity to fight the harmless bacteria that naturally habitats in and on our body, and the result is good bacteria is transforming into bad bacteria that is harming us now. And so the gum disease exacerbates. And the inflammation from gums links again with heart and artery blockages and stroke. So, here we are going round the weasel.

What do you do in this case? Look for some signs such as: red, swollen gums; gums that bleed with brush and floss; gums that pulled away from the teeth; bad breath; pus coming from your gums; loose teeth; changes in your bite. Report any of those signs to your dentist, schedule regular checkups, and tell your dentist about any changes in your overall health.

We must work together in this, full of stars, environment, and don’t forget, your mouth is a window into the health of the body!


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2012.05.07 16:10:38

Many people hate having to leave the dental office and having that annoying numb feeling for a large portion of their face, or returning to work where they may need to communicate for the rest of the day. There is finally a way to reverse numbness, called OraVerse. OraVerse is an injection that is applied to the same site as the local anesthetic, so being numb you won’t fell it, but it is applied after the treatment to stop numbness. This works twice as fast as just leaving the area alone. The average time to recover from numbness in the upper lip with OraVerse was 55 minutes (if left alone, it was 133 minutes), and in the lower lip it was 70 minutes (if left alone, it was 155 minutes.)

Here at Dunes Dental Services we have available this product, another new one in dental field, and we are proud to be able to keep up with all the new ones and have them for you, to make your visit with us as comfortable as possible. Because, let’s face it: nobody likes to go to the dentist, but with the products we offer :such as I-Terro digital impression computer, where you don’t have to taste and feel all that material when a crown is necessary , with the digital radiography that has such a significant amount of radiation, that you get more just by simple exposure to the sunlight, with the Oraverse so you don’t have to leave the office numb, with the HPV Oral DNA test so you know if you are at risk for oral cancer and with our comprehensive exam that allows you to know all the risk that may be present in four different chapters of your mouth, I believe your visit will be at ease.

Next time you visit your dentist, ask for OraVerse, to reverse the anesthetic and enjoy the rest of your day!


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2012.02.12 06:31:32

Many patients don’t realize the extent of their dental diseases until there is a problem interfering with their quality of life. But can this be done any other way, so that you as a patient don’t have to wait until a problem  arise? Yes ,it can be done!

 

By having a methodical and comprehensive analysis of your oral condition, utilizing the Kois system of health assessment and health management of your entire mouth, to identify all the factors that can contribute to the apparition of disease.

 

How good is good enough for you as a patient? Are you satisfied with just going into a dental office, being treated as a number, getting out ,not having pain or maybe a little, and life is good? McDonald’s system works in many places, satisfy the hunger, or the pain…..But is that what you should expect , is that good enough for you?

 

That's how I see it:

 

First , you should walk into a dental office and be GREETED by a receptionist. That first impression should tell you how important you are as a person or as a number, and also how the rest of your journey will be. Many offices don’t realize that the receptionist destroys their practice!

 

Second, do you have a comprehensive, detailed exam before work is done in your mouth? And does the dentist looks over the health history that you spent ½ hour to fill in, or is just another paper that is there because it needs to be? That should also tell you that an overall health of your mouth is looked up in correlation with your body, oral cancer, periodontal disease, cavities……,since there are so many interrelations between the mouth and the heart, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn disease….

 

Third, did you understand what is going on in your mouth and why treatment may be recommended? You should expect that and have all your answers before you leave….

 

Fourth,was a financial statement handed to you before the work starts? Do you leave the dental office having in mind a clear plan and solutions to your dental problems? How much confidence do you have in that dental office? Can you say: “Yes ,if I go further with my treatment in this office, I will get the best I can get?

 

We as dental professionals and you as patients have to realize that we must not allow ourselves to feel comfortable with mediocrity, to be continuously treated as a number, but to have a new standard where “good enough” is not good enough anymore. We must maintain a focus on excellence !





2011.09.05 19:45:21

Our new toy iTero, digital impressioning machine, has just arrived in the office. Now we can provide more pleasant appointments for your crown preparation, with no mess created by the molding material, no gaging , no bitter taste, no wasting of your time.

iTero technology utilizes a ground breaking intra-oral scanner that takes images to capture the 3-D geometry of the tooth preparation area. The digital model is magnified and displayed while you are still in the chair. This enhanced visualization, plus real-time analytical tools, enables me to make adjustments as necessary before completing the scanning process. Once I approve the image, the file is sent electronically to a Cadent-partnering dental laboratory.

All of this takes less than 5 minutes of our time. The laboratory reviews the digital file and sends it electronically to Cadent’s manufacturing facility for milling into the physical model. Cadent returns the physical model to the local dental laboratory which applies the aesthetics and delivers the end-result—a beautiful, precise-fitting restoration—to the dentist, all within standard service times.

We are looking forward to see you and always be a step ahead, providing high tech services making you more comfortable.





2011.07.25 14:36:28

Imagine yourself going to the dentist one day and besides having the benefit of teeth taken care of, you could give a saliva sample and in a couple of minutes you’re told if you are at risk or have a systemic disease present .

Does this sound too good to be true?

Well…..DNA in one cell type is a reflection of DNA throughout the body. You can use the cells from inside of the mouth to look at genetic characteristics that might reflect diseases in organs far away from mouth.

Experts in the field indicate that almost anything that can be measured in the blood can be measured in saliva.

Saliva is universally available for sampling without pain or an invasive procedure. Drawing blood or urine has a number of difficulties in various patients with special needs.

From disease in the oral cavity to the systemic ones, saliva well may prove itself as the final diagnostic frontier for early detection of all kinds of conditions. Most people would prefer it if given a choice.

As we now know, there are three diseases in the oral cavity that can be detected by the saliva: cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. Many airborne viral diseases can be found in the saliva as well.

Research centers are investigating markers present in the saliva for systemic diseases. Some of these are cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, pancreatic cancer and pulmonary disease.

A recent study is also using a saliva test to detect myocardial infarction.

Until the scientific community fully understands how a disease as pancreatic cancer can convey its biomarker into the mouth and made a valuable way to diagnose, the salivary diagnostic will only to remain a curiosity and will not be accepted as a credible tool for systemic disease detection.

But, don’t forget! We have available the DNA test for oral cancer detection.





2011.05.12 01:27:00

We live in an Era where new, easy spreadable disease can quickly get you, just by simple act of breathing….

We at Dunes Dental Services, want you to know that patient protection is top priority in our office. We are doing everything within our capabilities to assure the sterility and safety of our working environment. For example, between each patient, the treatment rooms are thoroughly wiped with a surface disinfectant that kills TB in 3 minutes and HBV, HCV, and HIV in 2 minutes. The instruments are put through a system of ultrasonic scrubbing and then sterilized with a large, pressurized steam oven called an autoclave. Also we have weekly monitoring of the autoclave, to reassure that all spore tests are returning negative and you , our patients are safe with each touch of our instruments.

All of our hand-pieces (drills) are also thoroughly wiped with the surface disinfectant and then sterilized in a pressured steam oven. All of our prophy angles (cleaning and polishing instrument) are disposable so that you and your family can be assured that you will always have a fresh new one every time you have your teeth cleaned. We use disposable products whenever possible to eliminate cross-infection.

We also make sure that our waterlines are disinfected and monitored periodically , in fact our latest result was zero colony per milliliter of filter water. Sounds impossible, but we have the proof. Why the waterlines are important? Because, biofilms are microscopic communities that consist primarily of naturally occurring water bacteria and fungi. They form thin layers on virtually all surfaces, including dental water delivery systems. These organisms accumulate inside the thin tubes used to deliver water in dental treatment and grow into large populations. Water flowing from the dental waterline tubing into a patient's mouth can have high colony counts of these organisms. Exposure to these microbes does not mean that an individual will get an infection or a disease. However, if a person's immune system is compromised for any reason including age, smoking, heavy drinking, being a transplant or cancer patient or because of HIV infection, he or she may have more difficulty fighting off the invading germs. This is why the CDC has set dental water quality standards of no greater than 500 colony forming units of microbial contamination in water used for patient care in order to help protect patients and dental staff.

Next time you come in our office just ask us to show you our sterilization area, that we are so proud of!This is just another way to show how much we care!





2011.02.10 23:52:13

Today on ABC Morning News, Denture Adhesive (Fixodent) was brought to our attention AGAIN, as being dangerous if used inappropriately. Please read the ADA press release regarding this issue if you have any concerns on using Fixodent.

American Dental Association Statement on Zinc in Denture Cream

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CHICAGO, Feb. 19, 2010—Millions of people use denture cream (also known as denture adhesive). Some, but not all, denture creams contain zinc. A few recent case reports in the scientific literature indicate a possible association between excessive use of zinc-containing denture creams and neurological and hematological problems.

In each situation, the patients had ill-fitting dentures and reported using excessive amounts of denture cream with zinc for years. Several people reported using two or more tubes of denture cream per week for years, when one tube would normally last for 3-10 weeks, when used as directed.

The authors theorize that the patients probably swallowed excess denture cream, and that over years of use, zinc may have built up in these individual’s bodies. It is well documented that swallowing excessive amounts of zinc can raise blood levels of zinc which can lead to lower blood levels of copper. The lower blood level of copper can then lead to neurological and hematological problems.

More information is needed to determine if there is a cause and effect relationship. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not issued an advisory or recall of zinc-containing denture creams at this time. As of Feb. 19, 2010, Glaxo Smith Kline, a major manufacturer of denture cream, voluntarily decided, as a precautionary measure, to stop using zinc in the following denture cream brands: Super Poligrip Original, Super Poligrip Ultra Fresh and Super Poligrip Extra Care.

The ADA advises denture wearers to see their dentist if their dentures do not fit well or if they have questions about the use of dental cream. Dental examinations and appropriate care can reduce the need for denture adhesive products.

Regular dental checkups are important for everyone, including denture wearers. The ADA's Council on Scientific Affairs will continue to monitor this issue on behalf of our member dentists and the patients they serve.

Source: American Dental Association


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2011.02.05 21:31:33

An innovative device which cancels out the noise of the dental drill could spell the end of people's anxiety about trips to the dentist, according to experts at King's College London, Brunel University and London South Bank University, who pioneered the invention.

It is widely known that the sound of the dental drill is the prime cause of anxiety about dental treatment, and some patients avoid trips to the dentist because of it. This new device could help address people's fears and encourage them to seek the oral healthcare treatment they need.

The prototype device works in a similar way to noise-cancelling headphones but is designed to deal with the very high pitch of the dental drill. Patients would simply unplug their headphones, plug the device into their MP3 player or mobile phone, and then plug the headphones into the device, allowing them to listen to their own music while completely blocking out the unpleasant sound of the drill and suction equipment. The patient can still hear the dentist and other members of the dental team speaking to them but other unwanted sounds are filtered out by the device.

Containing a microphone and a chip that analyses the incoming sound wave, the device produces an inverted wave to cancel out unwanted noise. It also uses technology called 'adaptive filtering' where electronic filters lock onto sound waves and removes them, even if the amplitude and frequency change as the drill is being used.

The device was initially the brainchild of Professor Brian Millar at King's College London's Dental Institute who was inspired initially by carmaker Lotus' efforts to develop a system that removed unpleasant road noise, while still allowing drivers to hear emergency sirens. Then with over a decade of collaboration with engineering researchers at Brunel University and London South Bank University, a prototype has been designed, built and successfully evaluated.

Although the product is not yet available to dental practitioners, King's is calling for an investor to help bring it to market. Professor Brian Millar said: "Many people put off going to the dentist because of anxiety associated with the noise of the dentist's drill. But this device has the potential to make fear of the drill a thing of the past.

The beauty of this gadget is that it would be fairly cost-effective for dentists to buy, and any patient with an MP3 player would be able to benefit from it, at no extra cost. What we need now is an investor to develop the product further, to enable us to bring this device to as many dental surgeries as possible, and help people whose fear of visiting the dentist stops them from seeking the oral healthcare they need."

King's College London (2011, January 11). New device set to combat fear of the dentist's drill. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 5, 2011, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110110053040.htm





2011.01.21 00:11:23

What is gum disease? Periodontal disease (gum disease) appears to be genetically determined inflammation induced dysregulation of bone metabolism affecting  15% to 40% of the population.

 The germs responsible for gum disease are found in everybody's mouth. It is up to the immune system response if you get the disease and the process is destructive or you don't get the disease and the protective shield is up.

How the destructive process works: the immune system responds to the bad germs by sending some enzymes to attack bacteria but they attack the gums and bones around the teeth too, because they cannot tell the difference between good and bad. Result in time: deep pockets are going to form between the gum and the tooth  accumulating more bacteria and exacerbate the problem. Now, rheumatoid arthritis has the same symptoms as gum disease: pain, swelling, tenderness; if left untreated, leads to bone loss. A recent study found the presence of gum bacteria in the joint's fluid of individuals affected by rheumatoid arthritis. More so, antibodies to the same bacterial species are found in both places. Also, both conditions are characterized by chronic inflammation, in a soft tissue site near the bone. 

Once you have been diagnosed with gum disease, eliminating inflammation is the key to successful treatment. 

Many people already know that there is a strong correlation between gum disease, heart disease, and low birth weight. Now another one with rheumatoid arthritis.

Does that tell everybody that the same blood that flows through every organ of our body passes through the mouth too, including gums and teeth and carries the bad bacteria everywhere?

If you have a healthy immune system, good genetics, and don't smoke, the bacteria is going to be killed. If you are the less luckier one, seems like the bacteria can spread everywhere.

So go see your dentist, make sure you are checked for gum disease, know your risk factors, and avoid them. (You cannot choose your relatives, right?) 

 





2010.12.11 21:44:55

Cruel cancer can develop in the mouth and throat too! Unfortunately, it does not spare anybody. Even celebrities such as Michael Douglas deal with throat cancer at the moment. Luckily, he has been given a positive prognosis of an 80% survival rate.

Now, what do we do in our office to prevent stuff like that from happening? Well, you get a FREE oral cancer screening at the new patient exam and a FREE oral cancer screening every time you see the hygienist.

Recently, we got in the possession of OraRisk HPV (Human Papiloma Virus) test from OralDNA Labs- a noninvasive, easy to use screening tool for identifying the various types of  HPV, such as HPV-16, HPV-18, the most commonly ones linked to oral cancer. So, if you are a sexually active person with multiple partners, you may want to know if the bad virus is in your mouth. People with good immune systems fight and eliminate the virus in approximately six months. The less lucky ones will retain the virus and give birth to some cancerous lesions, some of them being inside the mouth.

Other risk factors of oral cancer that you should look for: smoking-all types especially cigar, chewing tobacco (at least change the side where you keep it from time to time if you cannot give up the habit), alcohol, and exposure to asbestos.

If you are not one of our patients, you may want to ask for an oral cancer screening exam the next time you see your dentist. Your life may depend on it.





2010.12.08 21:49:43
Best of the Beach Logo - Dunes Dental ServicesAs you know, our beautiful, clean, and modern Dunes Dental Services practice have been shortlisted AGAIN as being one of the “Best of the Beach” Finalists (One of the Best Team and Best Practice) in the Myrtle Beach area by the Sun News Readers’ Choice, results released in August 2010.

The award recognizes exceptional individuals, teams and practices whose goals are to stay at the top of their profession. The award adds further acclaim to the Dunes Dental Services for its outstanding quality in patient treatment while being one of the most modern and technologically advanced Cosmetic and Restorative Dental Offices on the Grand Strand.

We are very excited to be able to be a part of it for the second year. We dedicate the symbol of recognition to all of our beloved patients! Thank you for your trust and offering Dunes Dental Services a chance to help you with your dental needs. Also, thank you to our terrific team and all those that supported us throughout the year.





2010.08.28 13:00:29
What do you, as a patient, want from dentistry and not what dentistry you want, is one of the concepts I learned while I am attending my continuing education courses at the Kois Center in Seattle. The Kois Center, ”Cream of the Crop”, challenges dentists to think for themselves and solve problems that extend beyond the borders of existing systems or currently accepted truths, expanding our horizons and helping us be our best.

Helping patients maneuvering through the maze of treatment planning options is a co-discovery process during which we learn about our patients and our patients learn about themselves so that we can help our patients make informed choices and we can learn how to help them achieve their goals. In order to help people make the best decisions for themselves, we  begin by helping you, the patient, gain clarity about what is important to you and why; what you value for yourself and why; and how your values relate and sometimes conflict with one another.

My place as your dentist is not to disapprove or approve; but rather to ensure that you are aware of your clinical conditions and implications and to have full access to information about possible solutions and implications.

Very special people are doing very special things in a very special way




2010.07.15 23:49:03
A new peptide, embedded in a soft gel or a thin, flexible film and placed into a cavity, encourages cells inside teeth to regenerate in about a month, according to a new study in the journal ACS Nano. This technology is the first of its kind. The new gel or thin film could eliminate the need to fill cavities or drill deep into the root canal of an infected tooth. The new research could make a trip to the dentist's office more pleasant. Instead of a drill, a quick dab of gel or a thin film against an infected tooth could heal teeth from within.

Cavities are bacteria and pus-filled holes on or in teeth which can lead to discomfort, pain and even tooth loss. When people eat acidic foods, consume sugary snacks or simply don't maintain proper oral hygiene, bacteria begin to eat away at the protective enamel and other minerals inside teeth. The causes of cavities are varied. But for most cavities, the treatment is the same: drilling into a tooth, removing the decay and filling in the hole to prevent further damage. The gel or thin film contains a peptide known as MSH, or melanocyte-stimulating hormone.

Previous experiments, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that MSH encourages bone regeneration. Bone and teeth are fairly similar, so the French scientists reasoned that if the MSH were applied to teeth, it should help healing as well. To test their theory, the French scientists applied either a film or gel, both of which contained MSH, to cavity-filled mice teeth. After about one month, the cavities had disappeared. MSH-containing films or gels treat cavities; they don't prevent them. People will still need to brush, floss and use mouthwash to help prevent cavities from forming in the first place.

So, using the Carifree rinses that our office has available, together with the new MSH gel available soon, will give you a more pleasurable visit to the dentist.




2010.03.21 13:19:05
Yes, we have available now the most effective technique ever developed for whitening, and unlike other bleaching systems available, it's entirely permanent and there is minimal sensitivity. It's totally safe, and you can still drink red wine, coffee, tea etc.

The research behind this method found that as the teeth get older, there is some sort of phenomenon inside the tooth structure that prevents the oxygen from getting in or doing its job. So, younger teeth are more permeable to oxygen (they are whiter when you are young) and older teeth are less (they become darker) because the oxygenation is more and more inhibited. This whitening method we have available in our office starts with conditioning the teeth first, so the tooth structure is going to become microscopically more permeable to the oxygen, and this oxidation process will break down the darker long-chain stain molecules into shorter molecules that are white. We'd start with at- home bleaching trays that are fabricated in a very special way, so you will not loose the bleaching material in your mouth and get all the uncomfortable taste .This will condition the teeth MUCH more than typical bleaching, so not only are the teeth much whiter after the at-home portion, but the oxygen from the high concentration IN OFFICE session that comes next, can REALLY dive into the tooth structure and WHITENS like you've never seen before!

So, the question : Why can I just do bleaching in ONE session over at the mall or in any office? You just have the answer above. The tooth structure is not conditioned to receive the high concentration of oxygen, there is only dehydration during the bleaching, that gives the sensation of whitening for two days and the original darkness is coming back. And the sensitivity can be very disturbing sometimes.

The conclusion is: if you decide to do whitening, do some research and became informed for what really works and is worth the money!




2010.01.24 02:11:25
It is now time to introduce another new method for conservative treatment of one the most infectious and spreadable disease: dental cavities. We can detect them either clinically or radiologically and distinguish caries according to its progression and extension. ICON is the revolutionary treatment for incipient caries and white spots because it requires NO DRILLING. When a dentist discovers incipient caries that are beyond preventive therapies though too early for restorative treatment, ICON offers a simple alternative to the wait-and-see approach. It inhibits lesion progression and increases the life expectancy for the tooth while providing a highly aesthetic alternative to microabrasion and other restorative treatments for cariogenic white spot lesions.

In other words, ICON is a highly infiltrative resin that penetrates deeply into the cavitated tooth structure. It homogenizes with the tooth color, and it is highly resistant to abrasion. On smooth surfaces ICON combines early caries arrest with a cosmetic treatment of cariogenic white spots – in only one sitting! Therefore, a caries infiltration on smooth surfaces is especially well-suited for orthodontic patients after the removal of brackets. For proximal caries treatment gentle on the tooth substance DMG developed a special application to treat even caries with a radiographic progression into the first third of the dentin. It allows quick and easy access to the affected area – without drilling!

As research in dentistry advances, I promise to provide my patients with the most preventive and conservative methods that exist in dental field, and this is another one of them, and many will follow.




2009.11.15 03:16:27

Bisphosphonate - related osteonecrosis of the jaw (deaden up the jaw bone) adversely affects the quality of life, producing significant morbidity in afflicted patients.

Experimental and epidemiologic studies have established a firm foundation for a strong association between monthly IV (injectable type) bisphosphonates and jaw necrosis.

Medication such as Aredia, Zometa, Boniva, Reclast used for management of cancer related conditions: breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, management of osteoporosis, can produce osteonecrosis of the jaw. Estimates of the cumulative incidence of jaw necrosis after the IV administration for a period of three years of the above mentioned medication is between 0.8-12%. Prior to treatment with IV bisphosphonates , the patient should have a thorough oral examination, any unsalvageable teeth should be removed, all invasive dental procedures should be completed. Patients under treatment with oral bisphosphonates such as Fosamax, Actonel, are at a considerably lower risk for jaw necrosis than patients treated with IV Bisphosphonates. The incidence here was calculated to be 0.7/100,000 person/years of exposure.

I strongly believe that there is not enough available and reported data regarding the relationship between ORAL bisphosphonates and jaw necrosis, since last week I saw another very healthy patient that took Fosamax for 2,5 years  and went for an extraction in May of '09 and now is presenting with jaw necrosis. It is painful and is not pretty. Takes months of antibiotic therapy, sometimes patients loose half of the jaw, and if the healing occur, there should be monitoring of the area for the rest of the patient life because whenever the immune system is down the jaw necrosis can return.

Patients, please be aware and inform your dentist before any surgery such as extractions, implants, root tip surgery or gums surgery involving bone, if you are taking any of the bone building drugs.





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100 Sutter Drive, Ste 106
Surfside Beach, SC 29575

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