Had your fill of fillings?

Had your fill of fillings?

There is a rumor going around that people don’t like going to the dentist since they’re afraid of having a cavity. If that rumor is true, the twice yearly visit to the dentist may be about to get a lot easier. Groundbreaking research regarding a new drug that treats Alzheimer’s Disease is proving to have some incredible oral health benefits! We may be saying goodbye to fillings and hello to a more natural alternative.

When a tooth is damaged by decay, the body creates a thin layer of dentine to fill any holes in the tooth and protect it from further damage. Problems occur when the layer of dentine that the body naturally produces isn’t large enough to fill holes in the tooth. These holes become cavities, and must be filled by a dentist using materials like gold, composite resin, and porcelain.

Though these methods of filling are effective and safe, they do not heal or restore the damaged tooth. A study out of Kings College London recently found that the molecule “glycogen synthase kinase” helps the body naturally produce more dentine to completely restore healthy levels. The researchers found that the exact molecule that was found to naturally repair the holes in teeth was already undergoing clinical trials for a drug that treats Alzheimer’s Disease.

These findings could have a huge influence on the way that we treat cavities and other oral health issues in the near future. Tideglusib, the drug found to reinforce dentine, can be applied to the teeth using collagen sponges and is completely pain free. This method would also mean that dentists wouldn’t need to drill a larger hole in the tooth in order to fill it and the overall risk of infection would be decreased. Due to the drug being in advanced stages of rigorous clinical testing for other causes, it is likely that it would be approved much more quickly for uses in dentistry.

I am always searching for the best, and newest technology to help my patients maintain dental health and a brilliant smile. I’ll be keeping my eye out for this cutting edge, pain free option for dental fillings!

A Nasal Spray to Numb Teeth?

A Nasal Spray to Numb Teeth?

Is there anything more uncomfortable than getting a shot in your gums? Even if the numbing relief soon follows, the thought alone is enough to set most people’s teeth on edge. Unfortunately, it’s been one of the necessary evils in dental work, that is, unless of course you have Superman’s pain tolerance. However, fret no more, because a new nasal spray anesthetic will take all that pain away without the need of invasive needles.

Kovanaze has been approved by the US Food and Drug administration as a ‘nasal spray anesthetic’ and will soon be available for clinical use. Basically dentists, like myself, can now spray the nose to numb the upper teeth. Since so many procedures require a numbing of the gumline to perform, Kovanaze will be easier to administrate and safe for almost everyone.

Since your sinuses are connected to your mouth, it only makes sense that an anesthetic could be administered nasally. By restricting the blood vessels around this cavity, it makes a successful solution and effective anesthetic. The pain that travels through these nerves can be centralized to reduce discomfort during dental procedures.

Nobody likes needles. My patients get nervous about needles and even most dentists get nervous about administering them. They’re uncomfortable and a little scary, especially when working with kids. We’re excited about this option in my office. Alleviating discomfort on any level is important to us and a nasal spray would certainly help take away a little of the anxiety that comes with most procedures.

Knowing there’s a safe, comfortable way to better treat my patients is always top priority in my book. Using top of the line products like this will ensure that my patients are happy and content sitting in my chair.

Mentoring

Mentoring

One of the best ways to learn what your career will actually look like is by doing a mentorship. Dentistry is no different. A highly demanding career, being a dentist is comprised of exciting and rewarding work. After all, working with people’s smiles is the highlight of the career, but there is a lot of technical skill and experience behind any good dentist.

Dentistry has provided me with the best career possible. One of my favorite parts of being a dentist is being able to work in a field that allows for continual learning. Technology is getting more advanced every day, and making our jobs both easier and more educational. With new and improved machines, dentists are on the first line of defense against any oral problem that may be plaguing our patients.

As we learn more and more about people and their health, the human mouth comes as a really fascinating point of intrigue. Not only is a person’s medical history available through their saliva, so is life changing information like their DNA makeup as well as their day to day habits. There truly is a story written in every person’s mouth.
It’s also a job for people who like people. Dentistry has given me the gift of getting to know countless people and then later their families as their kids become old enough to start seeing me. This is one of the most heartwarming experiences, as I get to see families evolve. Most of my patients have been with me since they were little, getting to watch them grow and hear all their stories as they enter adulthood and beyond are really a driving factor in why I love what I do.
Since the science of dentistry is always expanding, my skills are constantly being tested to avoid becoming outdated or irrelevant. This is an exciting career for people who like new things and information. We’re constantly pushing forward and challenging ourselves to remain updated and current on the latest information. Not only does it give us something to talk about at our dentist dinner parties, it also keeps the mind young and fresh and eager to learn.

There’s nothing more rewarding than finding young minds who are looking to start a career in dentistry. Since I’ve found such joy and love and passion in my career, I’m always excited to pass on my wisdom to those excited to hear it. If you have kids that are interested in becoming a dentist, consider bringing them in for a nice chat with me. I’d love to show them the office and equipment and perhaps even spend a day showing them what my day – to – day job looks like.
Being a dentist is certainly a calling and if your kid or someone you know is hearing that call, put them in touch with me so we can explore this mutual passion together.

Guided Bone Regeneration

Guided Bone Regeneration

Guided bone regeneration surgery is a dental procedure that uses the barrier membranes in a patient’s mouth to help guide and direct the growth of new bone and tissue in areas with insufficient volumes. This procedure is mainly for prosthetic restoration in patients with dental implants although esthetic restoration is sometimes used as well.

Guided bone regeneration is applied in the oral cavity to support new hard tissue growth to allow stable placement of dental implants. A very reliable and successful procedure when using bone grafting with guided bone regeneration.

The use of barrier membranes to help direct bone regeneration is not a new practice and the theoretical practices date back to 1959. By excluding unwanted cells from lining healing sites, the growth of desired tissues is much easier. Positive clinical results of regeneration led to the focus on the potential for re-building alveolar bone defects using regeneration. The theory of regeneration was challenged in the use of dentistry for awhile, but is now seeing a resurgence in positive clinical trials as a safe and effective treatment.

With the use of dental implants becoming widespread and predictable for the restoration of missing teeth and other cases, it’s clear the regenerative technique is an important step which assists the process of bone regeneration. The clinical success of implant therapy was taken from the direct anchorage of the implant in the bone tissue without the interposition of fibrous tissue. Clinical trials have been positive in proving to promote bone growth.

Guided bone regeneration has been reported as a reliable and successful means for augmenting bone regrowth in the case of vertical and horizontal defects in particularly edentulous patients. The data pulled from these implants suggests that GBR should be considered a safe technique to obtain bone formation and placing dental implants, especially in cases in which it would be otherwise impossible.

As patients with dental implants increase, so has the demand of treatment protocols that take less time and require fewer surgeries. With GBR, the patient undergoes a surgical procedure once, placed with initial stability, so the tissues regrow back without any pockets or problems that will cause the implants to uproot from there. It is clear that the use of a regenerative technique with dental implant placement is an important step which assists the process of a bone regeneration. Isolating the bone defect from the surrounding connective tissues provides bone-forming cells with access to a secluded space intended for the regeneration to take place.

The evolution of surgical techniques, awareness of tissue without the interposition of fibrous tissue, and the considerable research conducted to promote bone growth have all led to positive, safe, results.

Based on the research, GBR is not only a safe and effective technique for obtaining bone formation, but also makes dental implants available in situations where it would not otherwise be possible.

Why I Have the Best Job in the World

Why I Have the Best Job in the World

I love discussing my profession with my patients for the simple fact that: I love what I do. The latest reports from US News and World Report shows that most dental professions consistently rank top in satisfaction, and being a Dentist was actually voted the best profession. Ever changing and improving technology makes my field of work always interesting and also allows me the ability to better take care of my patients. I’m always presented with opportunities that allow me to grow as a doctor.
Dentistry consistently provides me with exciting new challenges and rewards me with a feeling of pride and achievement. I’m blessed to have the patients I do and I genuinely believe I have the best patients in Tucson. My favorite part of my profession is getting to know everyone personally. Some patients I’ve had since they were kids, and as they grow I’m blessed to learn about their life as it progresses.
Yes, this is the best job. I have been lucky to provide care to tens of thousands of patients in not only Tucson, but in and around the world. I have had patients from Canada, Iran, Saudi Arabia, South America, China, England and all over the United States. To learn that some of them travel to see me personally always leaves me feeling deeply grateful for their continued patronage.
I’ve been blessed in so many areas of my life, and I thought having the best wife and kids rendered me luckier than most, but I never expected the blessings my patients have bestowed on me as well. And for that, I am eternally grateful.