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Review of treatment protocols for peri-implantitis
From Oct. 26: Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory process affecting the soft and hard tissues surrounding an implant. This disease is associated with loss of supporting bone, bleeding on probing, and occasionally suppuration. The etiopathogenesis of peri-implantitis is complex and related to a variety of factors that affect the peri-implant environment. Peri-implantitis can be influenced by three factors. More
Dr. Gott: Is 'oil pulling' a cure for gum disease?
From Jan. 19: Q: I read your column about the woman with mouth ulcers. I have come across a little-known cure for diseases of the mouth: oil pulling. It works and is not bad tasting, depending on the type of oil you use. I was diagnosed with advanced periodontal disease many years ago. I was told to prepare for dentures because my teeth couldn't be saved. I read about oil pulling and did some research. I started doing it every day, sometimes twice. In less than a year, my periodontal disease disappeared, my gums are healthy and my teeth are clean and white. My dentist said he never has seen anything like it. More
Without insurance, 24-year-old man dies from tooth infection
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From Sept. 7: A 24-year-old Cincinnati father died from a tooth infection because he couldn't afford his medication, offering a sobering reminder of the importance of oral health and the number of people without access to dental or health care. According to NBC affiliate WLWT, Kyle Willis' wisdom tooth started hurting two weeks prior. When dentists told him it needed to be pulled, he decided to forgo the procedure because he was unemployed and had no health insurance. When his face started swelling and his head began to ache, Willis went to the emergency room, where he received prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medications. Willis couldn't afford both, so he chose the pain medications. The tooth infection spread, causing his brain to swell. More
A little periodontitis mistake that cost a dentist $200,000
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From May 11: A dental patient has sued his dentist for malpractice, claiming supervised neglect, which caused him periodontitis. Former patient Harry Berkowitz asked for compensatory damages from his dentist Dr. Dennis Miller for his failure in diagnosing the periodontal disease that was silently progressing for years and ultimately destroying his teeth. WorldDental.org reports that Berkowitz, who was a steady patient of Miller, always maintained regular dental checkups. It was at just one of these regular checkups in 2009 where Berkowtiz learned from his physician that he would need extensive root canal therapy. Because this seemed out of the ordinary from his usual dental treatments, Berkowitz decided to obtain a second opinion with another dentist. More
Dental implants: What do dentists charge?
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From July 20: In this survey, dentists were asked what was the average cost for dental implants. Dentists reported an average of $1,559 from a general dentist and $1,853 from a specialist. More
Why brush twice a day?
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From June 8: Why brush twice a day? There are several answers to this question. We brush, floss and rinse repeatedly every day to reduce the bacterial load in the mouth, prevent disease development, avoid halitosis, remove stains and remove food particles, among others. All these answers are true, valid and accurate, but they do not drill down to the bottom line, bare bones, one ultimate reason. More
5 ways to save money on dental work
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From Jan. 19: One of the reasons why people dislike going to the dentist is because it costs so much to have dental work done. It is particularly true in western countries that dental work is very expensive. You will wind up paying a lot or your hard earned money for dental work because you can't ignore the problems that you are having with your teeth. The reason why dental work is so expensive is the result of many factors. These factors include the cost associated with the instruments that are used as well as the materials that are used during the dental procedures. In addition, dental work usually requires multiple appointments and is frequently very time consuming. Another important factor that contributes to the high costs of dental work is the cost of the expertise of the dentist. More
FDG-PET study finds side-by-side correlation of periodontal disease, carotid plaques
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From Feb. 23: FDG-PET measurements of metabolic activity within periodontal tissue correlate with macrophage infiltration within carotid plaques, which researchers said provides "direct evidence for an association between periodontal disease and atherosclerotic inflammation." The study was published in the Feb. 22 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Some evidence has established periodontal disease as an important risk factor for atherosclerosis, and FDG-PET is an established method for measuring metabolic activity in human tissues and blood vessels. Therefore, Kenneth M. Fifer, BA, and colleagues from the division of cardiology in the cardiac MR-PET-CT program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, aimed to test the hypothesis that metabolic activity within periodontal tissue (a possible surrogate for periodontal inflammation) predicts inflammation in a remote atherosclerotic vessel, utilizing 18F-FDG-PET. More