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A Different Type of Bone

a different type of bone
Actonel, Boniva, Fosamax, Zometta Bisphosphonate’s ALL DENTISTS TAKE PRECAUTIONS WITH PATIENTS WHO NEED EXTRACTIONS WHEN THEY ARE TAKING ONE OF THE DRUGS MENTIONED ABOVE. The drugs known as BISPHOSPHONATES (B-DRUGS) are used in the treatment of Padget’s Disease, Multiple Myeloma and Osteoporosis. These B-Drugs go by the names of: Actonel, Boniva, Fosamax, Aredia, Zometa, Skelid and Didronel. The drugs are administered by pill or I.V.(intravenous), depending on the treatment required. The I.V. forms are most often used for cancer patients to prevent fractures of the hips, legs, and spine. Side effects of B-Drugs include esophageal irritation (sore throat), gastrointestinal irritation...
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Diabetics and Gum Disease

Diabetics and Gum Disease
Don came to our practice because he moved to the area and needed a dentist that treats with protocols for the diabetic. He is living with diabetes and lately had noticed his A1C levels were creeping higher and he didn’t know why. We did a thorough examination of his mouth and found that he had bleeding gums and an abscessed tooth. Patients living with diabetes are more prone to infections and other health risks. They must keep their gum tissues healthy to keep the bacteria from wreaking havoc on the rest of their organs. Here are the facts that we...
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Bleeding Gums and the Fetus

Bleeding Gums and the Fetus
We all have certain bacteria that live in our mouths. As long as the gum tissue surrounding our teeth is healthy, the bacteria cannot pass into our blood stream. Many people are not aware that they have bleeding ulcerated gums because the hidden inside lining of the gum tissue that is against the tooth, may be infected. Unless the toothbrush or floss disturbs this tissue, the person may be unaware that there is a problem. The tissue may be ulcerated deeper under the gum tissue in hard to reach places, also. As the bacteria grow and form colonies in these...
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Snoring and Sleep Apnea Can Be Deadly

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Can Be Deadly
I remember as a kid, always hearing about how Grandpa Joe died in his sleep. In fact, I remember hearing about quite a few people who died in their sleep. I thought that sure was a nice way to go if it was your time. Have you ever wondered why someone would die in their sleep? It seems like a pretty stress free time to die. The body was not under any physical stress…….or was it? Think of normal breathing like a garden hose that has water flowing freely through it. There is a large flow with no disruption of...
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Ceramic (Implant) Restoration to Prevent TMJ and Other Disorders

Ceramic Implant Restoration to Prevent TMJ and Other Disorders
When a tooth is lost due to trauma, decay or periodontal disease the surrounding bone material immediately becomes compromised. Additionally, the missing tooth no longer helps distribute pressure during chewing and biting, thereby increasing the amount of pressure and bite force placed on the remaining teeth. The additional pressure on the remaining teeth can be responsible for fractures to those teeth, excessive wear, and all too often, the remaining teeth drift or shift to new positions in the jaw and in so doing, change the patients overall bite. Changes in bite and tooth placement due to shifting can typically affect...
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Is There a Risk of Rejection with Ceramic Implants?

Is There a Risk of Rejection with Ceramic Implants
Foreign Bodies in our Bodies These days we are awfully careful about what we put into our bodies. With more awareness about ailments caused from foreign substances in the body, people are judicious when making choices that may affect them decades later. With options available for permanent implants, the possibility of a negative reaction must seriously be investigated by people considering the pursuit of permanent dental implants. For decades, dental implants have been available. Originally with metal based posts that were embedded into the jaw bone and now there is the option for ceramic based posts. While metal alloy based...
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Zirconia Implants and All On Four™ Technology

Zirconia Implants and All On Four Technology
What makes Zirconia Implants different? Zirconia dental implants are made from Zirconium, a porcelain glass material. After processing and “centering” the material, it is metal free and incredibly strong. In fact, the porcelain crowns we use today are Zirconia. Metal implants are made of Titanium alloy. Any allergies or sensitivity to them? At present, there are no known allergic responses to Zirconia implants, where Titanium now has between 5 and 12% of the population allergic to it. Zirconia implants are very tissue friendly and we find the tissue grows around the implant beautifully. How do they look? Zirconia implants are...
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Cosmetic Dentistry in the Practice

Cosmetic Dentistry in the Practice
Is there anything new you’ve learned over the past year? Dr. Bakke and I both graduated from the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry in July. We learned about the relationship of dentistry to the whole body and how we can help our patients more holistically with our metal free dentistry and metal free implants. Are their changes in how you replace silver fillings? Yes, those silver fillings are around 50% mercury. Mercury vapor escapes from the filling no matter how long it has been in the mouth. Mercury is a known neurotoxin. The mercury also causes corrosion and...
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Ceramic Implant and Molars

Ceramic Implant and Molars
Why You Need to Consider a Ceramic Implant for Your Molar Restoration. Maybe you’ve lost a molar or potentially you have a molar that you are at risk for losing. Now you find yourself contemplating when and how, maybe even if, you will pursue restoration. Perhaps you are on the fence about whether or not restoration is that big of a deal. You know there is a potential that your teeth will drift some, but the cost of restoration has left you considering how imperative it is to follow up immediately. Whether your tooth loss is very recent or in...
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What exactly is Zirconium?

What exactly is Zirconium
Ceramic (Zirconium) Dental Restoration They call them ceramic dental implants, ceramic teeth, ceramic implants and ceramic restorations, sometimes they call them zirconium implants, but what are they really? You have been told they are metal free but are they really ceramic and are they really metal free? Are ceramic (zirconium) implants made from same stuff your favorite diner serves eggs-over-easy on? The same ceramic as the platter grandma used to bring out the Thanksgiving turkey on? The ceramic material that implants are comprised of isn’t the same as the ceramic material dishes and platters for the kitchen are made from...
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