Periodontal Prosthesis

Periodontal Prosthesis is d difficult to define in one or two sentences. Periodontics is the area of dentistry that deals with the gum and bone to which the teeth are attached. Prosthetics, or Prosthodontics,  is the area of dentistry that deals with tooth replacement, same as in a “prosthetic” arm or leg. The 1950s and 60s saw the birth of Periodontics as an emerging specialty in dentistry and the University of Pennsylvania had on their faculty several of the pioneers who were instrumental in that development, namely, Dr. D Walter Cohen and Dr Morten Amsterdam.

A tooth effected by periodontal disease is typically looser than it once was, because some of the bone as been lost from around it.  As the disease process advances one sees a case scenario with a greater number of missing teeth, longer looking teeth, loose teeth, drifted teeth and bad bites. When these teeth were “saved” individually by periodontal treatment, they presented challenges of how to use them in a prosthetic design. This is where the concept of Periodontal Prosthesis was borne.  It typically involved moving teeth  back into place orthodontically, establishing them in a good bite, and joining them together like pickets in a fence via large bridges for stabilization and replacement of missing teeth. All of this required an approach that was considerably different and much more comprehensive in scope than traditional dental procedures. The training for this was 3 years from which was earned a graduate certificate in Periodontics and another in Periodontal Prosthesis – Fixed Prosthodontics. The name given to Periodontal Prosthesis was that selected by Drs Cohen and Amsterdam. Dr. Phillips was fortunate to be trained by these individuals near the end of their teaching careers and was the major influence on his philosophy in dentistry.

PRWEB -August 04, 2013
Washington D.C. Gum Disease Treatment Can Now Help Prevent Tooth Loss with Laser Gum Surgery from Dr. Russell W. Phillips

PRWEB -June 21, 2013
Washington D.C. Dentist, Dr. Russell Phillips, Can Now Remove Gum Disease with Laser Gum Surgery and Reduce the Risk of Tooth Loss for Locals with Periodontal Disease

PRWEB -March 15, 2013
Washington D.C. Dentist, Dr. Russell W. Phillips Is Now Offering The Laser Periodontal Disease Treatment For Local Gum Disease Patients

Technology has changed almost every aspect our lives, and dentistry is no different. One of the exciting developments is the advancement of laser dental treatment. We are constantly learning and striving to advance the standard of patient care within dentistry, and in our own office. Many practices are adding a new procedure that complements routine cleanings and can help fight periodontal disease – Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR).

Periodontal disease affects approximately 85% of adults and is a growing epidemic. We now know that periodontal disease is a bacterial infection around teeth. Specific types of pathogenic bacteria collect in pockets between your gums and teeth; as they multiply, they destroy the bone that holds your teeth in place.  It is well known that serious gum disease is linked to a number of systemic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, pregnancy complications, diabetes, bacterial pneumonia, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and even pancreatic cancer to just name a few.  As chronic inflammation drives our most feared diseases, we will not allow you to suffer the effects of inflammation due to untreated gum disease.

As such, we need to not only treat Periodontal Disease with removal of mechanical irritants and diseased tissue (your normal cleaning) but we also need to address the underlying infection. With that thought in mind we’re now recommending that all of our patients have their teeth decontaminated prior to their typical cleaning appointments for these major reasons.

  1. To reduce or eliminate bacteremias. During the normal cleaning process, most patients will have areas that bleed, this allows bacteria to flood into the bloodstream and settle in weakened areas of our body such as a damaged heart valve, artificial knee, hip, narrowed blood vessel etc.  We pre-medicate patients that we know have a high risk of bacteremia induced system disease with antibiotics so that bacteria can’t damage artificial hips or clog our vascular system.  Latest research shows that oral pathogens have been linked to over 20 different disease states such as cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, low birth weight babies, diabetes etc.  Needless to say, anything we can do to reduce or eliminate bacteremias is a positive for patients.
  2. To prevent cross contaminationof infections in one area of your mouth to other areas. Decontamination minimizes the chance that we may inadvertently pick up disease causing bacteria in one area of your mouth and move it to others.  Periodontal disease is an infectious disease model that can be spread from person to person or from place to place within our own mouths.
  3. To kill periodontal disease bacteriaand stop the infectious process before it develops far enough along to cause loss of attachment, bleeding and destruction of the gums and supporting tissues around your teeth.
  4. Boost the immune system
  5. Reduce the severity of other disease processes
  6. Improve overall health

Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR) is a quick, painless procedure taking approximately 10 minutes to perform.  We highly recommend you take advantage of this service as part of your routine cleaning appointment. The goal of this laser dental treatment is to eliminate the bacteria causing the inflammation and restore gums to a healthy pink.  We are not only cleaning teeth and creating beautiful smiles, but also enhancing your overall health and longevity which is why we are so passionate about periodontal therapy.  Consider your dental cleaning with us a practice of oral preventive and therapeutic medicine.

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