May 3rd, 2018
Many leading toothpastes tend to cause significant wear on your teeth. Commercially available "whitening" toothpastes contain small particles. These small particles, especially when forceful brushing is done, cause loss of enamel.
Enamel is a hard tissue that cannot regenerate. Once lost, it's lost forever. Abrasive toothpastes may also contribute to gum recession. Many times we diagnose non-carious cervical lesions (NCCLs) on the teeth.
To learn more about these lesions click here and scroll down:
These lesions are many times a combination of enamel loss and gum recession. If they are not addressed, they can become deep and cause sensitivity and tooth loss.
This is how they look:
See the table below that classifies commercially available toothpastes by abrasiveness. Where is your toothpaste on the list?!
March 12th, 2018
More and more scientists come to the conclusion that as we evolve as human species our jaws are getting smaller and the size of the teeth remains the same.
The change in diet and agriculture has been associated with reduction of our jaw size.
As a result a lot of us end up with football player's teeth in ballerina jaws. So in the future we expect that there is going to be more need for Orthodontics to accommodate the limited spacing...
Additionally since the bone housing is so limited, the orthodontist many times can only move the teeth so much and many times at the end of the movement we see a lot of gum recession like in this case.
What is periodontal pre-orthodontic augmentation -POPA?
One of the new procedures that we provide here at Synergy Periodontics and implants is POPA.
In cases where the bone in front of the teeth is too thin and the orthodontist needs to expand the arch, then we can add bone and soft tissue, essentially increasing the space in which teeth can move!
Also, by adding bone and gum tissue, we can prevent recession and other periodontal issues!
The following images are taken from a paper published by Marianna Evans et al.
The cherry on the cake is that this procedure can be combined with invisalign and makes the speed of teeth movement MUCH faster!!! In certain cases it can reduce the necessary time by 6 months.
Also, since we are able to open the arch more with the addition of tissue, there is emerging evidence that it may help with the amount of air we can inhale. In certain cases, this may help with sleep apnea or breathing deficiencies.
January 6th, 2018
Here is a breakdown of this revolutionary process and how it helps our patients!
PRF stands for platelet - rich fibrin. It's like hitting the FFW button in healing..
PRF is a super- boosted mix full of growth factors that can produce accelerated healing after procedures in the human body including the mouth! It can be used in all procedures from simple extractions to advanced gum and bone grafting!
Where do you get it?
The best part: It's FREE... we draw blood from the patient and spin it with our special centrifuge and VOILA! Since it is the patients own blood, we are not worried about allergies or other reactions!
We can mix it with bone or gum grafts and have amazing results, faster healing and less complications!
July 24th, 2017
Most decisions are made on an emotional basis. This is the conclusion of current research of human behavior.
When we first met Marilyn, she wanted to know her options about one front tooth that had decay.
In a process of co-discovery, it became evident that Marilyn wanted more. She really wanted to be proud of her smile!
It was an emotional decision to proceed with a comprehensive approach to improve Marilyn's smile. A rewarding one! This process was successful because it was based on solid knowledge, skill and exemplary communication between the treating clinicians, Drs. Mears and Ntounis.
Proper planning with the final result in mind
Implants placed according to template
Before and after