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Root coverage Update

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In a previous post I informed you about a new procedure that was called the Chao Pinhole Surgical Procedure.  I wanted to provide an update on clinical success here in our office with the procedure and provide some photo’s of treatment success.

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The procedure is more successful and less pain for you than the other gum grafting procedures that I used to preform and for that reason I have stopped using the previous methods on my patients.  I am getting similar results that Dr. Chao has been reporting for the last 12 years of his research and treatment and that is why I believe this is the future of all gum grafting procedures!

There are some patients that have a genetic disposition to recession that re-occurs during their lifetime and the previous forms of surgery are more painful to repeat over and over again during your lifetime.  The Chao Pinhole technique doesn’t involve any cutting with a scalpel, no harvesting gum tissue from the roof of your mouth, no stitches and the majority of patients only use Ibuprofen and Tylenol mixed (we always send you with a little stronger prescription if you need it.)

 

 

Advanced Procedure to Cover Root Recession

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No More Sensitive Teeth Due to Exposed Root Surfaces.

Recession of the gums that exposes root surfaces has always been a problem for many patients.  It shows up in your mouth as a tooth that is sensitive to cold or air.  It can be a minor irritation to full blown pain that doesn’t go away.  Exposed root surfaces can also be more succeptable to decay because the root surface is softer than enamel and you can go through the cavity prone years all over again if left untreated, which I have seen over the years of practicing.  When you come in for your regular checkup the hygienist will look for changes in your gum height and let you know if you are starting to have recession.  To this point in Dr. Platt’s career he was trained in dental school to perform a surgery to transplant gum tissue from another place in your mouth where it is harvested and to the recession area.  That surgery was and is still being used by many dentists in the world and is one of the most painful surgeries he used to preform!  The result was good but the price patients had to pay for the procedure in pain was difficult to justify.  There have been many other techniques that have been developed over the past couple of decades that were less invasive to the patient and maintained the same good result and were less painful to you.

There has been an advancement in the technique that began to be taught to the dental population about 2 years ago called the Chao Pinhole Technique.  I began looking into the technique and quickly found that it was similar to a “laparoscopic” surgery rather than cut a body open surgery.  I started looking into the results long-term (the procedure has been around for 12 years) and found them to be equal to the other more invasive procedures in covering exposed, sensitive root surfaces.  I also found the procedure to be way less painful to the patient, 99% of patients only need tylenol or ibuprofen or a combination of the two for pain!  Huge advancement for you!  I quickly began training for the technique and finished the certification process about a year ago.  The results in the office have been stellar to say the least, and equal to what the original doctor achieved with his technique and abilities.  We have been able to preform around a hundred such surgeries to cover recession of teeth and help stop the sensitivity, progression of root decay and give back a youthful smile line again to patients.  If I personally had recession that needed to be treated this technique would be the only one that I would consider for myself or my family of patients!  The cost is actually no more than the other more invasive, more painful surgery techniques that have been done in the past.

If you want more information please google Chao Pinhole Technique (the inventor of the procedure) or come in to see photos of our surgeries and ask questions.

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Good Oral Hygiene: Dental Visits and Home Care

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Achieving optimal oral health through preventive efforts is a hallmark of the dental profession and such effort are geared towards encouraging patients to practice appropriate oral self-care behaviours.  Achieving optimal oral and dental health requires a commitment to good home care as well as to professional care with the dentist.  The improvement of personal oral health has been shown to be linked to dental education experience.  At Lasting Impressions Dental Care, our professional team will help educate and guide you to optimal oral health.  Please call us today for an appointment!

Once & For All: Should You Use An Electric Toothbrush?

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The research says…yes!  Electric brushes remove 11% more plague, reduce gingivitis by 6%, and reduce gum bleeding by 17% compared with manual brushes.  They can get to areas that are harder to reach with a manual toothbrush and can remove more plague and bacteria.  There are some that come with a timer which will also ensure that you brush the appropriate length of time.  Electric brushes with “oscillating rotating technology (bushes that rotate in one direction, then the other) are slightly more effective at reducing plague and gingivitis than those that move from side to side.  If you prefer to go unplugged don’t stress.  If you brush with a manual toothbrush properly and for the full two minutes, you should be able to do as good a job as you would with an electric.  Dr. Platt or our hygienests will be able to answer any questions you may have about manual and/or electric toothbrushes at your hygiene visit.  More about brushing to come…stay tuned!

Tooth-brushing Mistakes Patients Can Make

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Patients choose hard bristles when we should all be using soft or extra soft to prevent gum damage and recession.  (Hard brushes are usually used on dentures, not human teeth.)  They brush too agressively even with a soft brush which will take its toll on gums and wear down tooth enamel.  When using a manual brush, do not press hard enough to splay the bristles.  If you are using an electric brush, simply turn it on and move it from tooth to tooth without pushing down.  You should be bushing for at least 2 minutes whether using a manual brush or an electric one.  Also be sure to brush your tongue since it harbors a lot of bacteria from what you eat and drink.  That bacteria can spread to your teeth, increasing the risk of cavities, gingivits, and noxious breath!  Make sure you brush the entire surface of your tongue–the front and the back.  If you are storing your toothbushes in a travel case you may think that you are protecting against germs, but this actually traps the bacteria.  Another no-no:  tossing your toothbrush in the dishwasher which can damage the bristles so they can’t do their job.  To be continued next week…

Be A Smart Mouth

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It’s one of the first health habits we learn as kids–and then teach our own children.  How quickly we backslide.  Twenty percent of us don’t brush our teeth twice a day, only half of us floss daily, and even faithful brushers make the mistake of scrubbing too hard damaging our gums (33 percent of us think a little bleeding when brushing is normal but it is not).  The good news is that taking care of our pearly whites can be easy and even tasty.  Open wide and say aaah–lelejah.!  To be continued…..

Antibacterial Agent Aids Toothpaste Success

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Triclosan may be the most important ingredient in fluoride toothpaste.

A new study shows that triclosan, which is a bacterial agent, combines with a copolymer to decrease plaque, gingivitis and bleeding gums, triclosan has been around for a couple of decades but has recently been included in some additional studies. It also has the potential to lower the incidence of tooth decay when compared to fluoride toothpaste that doesn’t possess those substances.

The information appears in a study by The Cochrane Library.

The top causes of tooth loss are tooth decay and gingivitis are. Plaque that builds up on teeth produces both conditions after the film of the bacteria build up on teeth. When left alone, periodontitis may be the result.

The research team from the Cochrane Oral Health Group analyzed 30 studies on toothpaste containing triclosan and a copolymer to deduce the information.

The data showed a 22 percent reduction of both plaque and gingivitis, a 48 percent reduction in bleeding gums and 5 percent lowering of cavities. For periodontitis, however, there was not a major reduction of that disease.

One of the concerns with a couple of the studies was a direct or partial connection to a company that makes this type of toothpaste. Only three studies would be considered independent. But if these studies are true, this information could prove to be beneficial.

Dr. Platt uses his own bacterial agent which is pure ozone (made from medical grade oxygen) when performing treatment such as fillings, crowns, bridges and root canal treatments.  The use of this agent helps kill the bacteria present so that the patient will have the best results from their treatment.  Ask about ozone treatment at your next visit!

ADA Recommends Earlier Fluoride Distribution

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There is some information coming into the dental community, that it may be beneficial for children to be given fluoride even earlier than they receive it now, according to the American Dental Association.

Previous information suggested children normally should receive fluoride treatments for their teeth by the time they were 6. This new information, however, suggests that children should be administered fluoride even earlier. The new ADA recommendation states that children should be given fluoride as soon as their first teeth develop.

When children use fluoride toothpaste at an early age, it can lower the rate of decay, when adults use a fluoride toothpaste regularly is can also decrease the rate of decay. Research suggests that around one quarter of children develop a cavity before reaching kindergarten, which is troubling, but more children using fluoride or another alternative that can decrease the bacteria that causes decay is imperative!

At Lasting Impressions Dental Care, Dr. Platt maintains the importance of fluoride treatments in both children and adults based upon studies that show it is one source that can reduce cavities in children and adults!  The area around Salt Lake City Utah has not had fluoridated drinking water for decades and remains the highest rate of decay among children and adults.  There are other areas in the US that are similar and they also have a high rate of decay among their population.  Fluoride is not the only way to reduce cavities but one arrow in Dr. Platt’s quiver that he can use.  There are some who are opposed to fluoride usage and I know that there is some controversy, that’s why we have multiple programs to help reduce the bacteria that causes decay!  It is of great significance to schedule regular check-ups and cleanings to include fluoride or another treatment to maintain good oral health.  Please call our office today to schedule an appointment!

Bacteria-Causing Gum Disease May Lead to Oral Cancer Growth

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A study is showing that fatty acids from bacteria present in gum disease may cause Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS)-related lesions and tumors in the mouth.  These lesions are a form of mouth cancer!

The information comes from a study by Case Western Reserve University. The researchers analyzed how by products in the form of fatty acids cause the growth of the lesions.  This form of cancer usually develops in individuals who have a compromised immune system but can be seen in patients who continue to struggle with gum disease or periodontal disease.

This finding could result in early saliva testing for bacteria. The person could then possibly be treated for signs of cancer or cancer before it would become malignant and cause permanent or irreparable damage.

At Lasting Impressions, Dr. Platt recommends a yearly oral cancer screening to check for these and other lesions that are cancer forming in the mouth.  Please call Laura or Carolyn at 719-528-6100 for your Velscope Cancer screening which we perform at your routine check-ups!

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