Treating black triangles, gaps and restoring posterior teeth with BioClear Injection Molding Technique

As we age, sometimes unwelcome dark spaces appear between our teeth.  Besides adding an older appearance to our simile, these dark spaces may also collect food debris and plaque. Also known as dental black triangles - the clinical terminology is gingival embrasures - they can be the result of bone loss, recession of the gum line, or movement of the teeth.

Some people have naturally occurring gaps between their teeth called diastema.  Though not unhealthy, gaps between the teeth are sometimes the source of embarrassment or low self-esteem.

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Until recently, dentists repaired “black triangles” and gaps with porcelain veneers.  A method for restoring function and appearance, veneers are thin layers of ceramic that adhered to the teeth.  Applying the veneer, though, first involved removing portions of the tooth surface to make room. With BioClear, the natural tooth can be preserved so there is no additional loss of minerals. The BioClear technique achieves aesthetic beauty in a healthy way.

BioClear is also beneficial for posterior teeth. For posterior teeth, the Injection Molding Technique can many times be used to  prevent  having to place crown. There are clear indications to get a crown, but now we can restore teeth with this technique which before we had only the option of placing a crown. 

This technique uses addition instead of amputation,which  strengthens  the tooth. In addition, it is a more cost effective and conservative approach.

BioClear Injection Molding Technique is a new system that uses composite material, easily bonded to any part of the tooth, to close the gaps, align uneven teeth, cover chips and even out the color.  It is minimally invasive and cost effective treatment that uses clear forms which are filled with a composite material matched to the shade of your teeth.  The forms are removed leaving behind smooth contoured composite that has beautiful shine this is smooth to the touch.  The form sits just below the gum line, meaning the teeth will appear to emerge naturally.  The tight contacts achieved with this system mean that the papilla (the gum in-between the teeth) is hugged back into place, revealing a healthy and youthful smile.

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This procedure is much less expensive than porcelain veneers, can be completed in one visit, is stain resistant and durable, and closes up the unsightly “black triangles.” There is no need to remove enamel or grind a tooth prior to application.

If your teeth are healthy (meaning there is no decay or significant damage that would require a crown to repair) BioClear may be a good option for you.  It is minimally invasive and your teeth will look healthy and gap-free.

Dr. Burke has completed two BioClear Matrix courses at the BioClear Learning Center in Tacoma Washington and is fully certified in this technique. BioClear fits into her philosophy of conservative, minimally evasive dentistry.

To learn about BioClear please contact us at Family Holistic Dentistry 303-219-0499

Dental Materials Reactivity Test in Holistic Dentistry

What is the  Materials Sensitivity and Reactivity Test?

We offer bio compatibility tests to patients that have a lot of environmental sensitivities or have reacted negatively to certain dental materials in the past.  We offer both Clifford and Biocomp lab . These laboratories' screening processes help to identify existing sensitivity problems to various chemical groups and families of compounds in an individual.  After the test has been completed, your reactivity results are compiled in a report.  

In modern society, contact is made every day with many substances in the food you eat, the products you use, and the treatments you receive. Because everyone possesses a unique biochemistry, these substances affect everyone differently and to varying degrees. For some, the effects of certain substances (and their corrosion byproducts) can be toxic and hazardous, and may result in serious health problems. A substance which causes little or no reaction in one individual can prove harmful to another.

Since these effects vary, it is vital that these factors be considered when choosing dental and other materials for use in your body, especially when you have special or unique health concerns. These tests provide Dr. Burke with extensive information about your individual sensitivities so that she can choose the best materials to use in your treatment.

How do I order the test?

Dr. Burke can make the kits readily available to anyone wishing to identify any existing sensitivity problems. However, Dr. Burke does not have the capabilities to perform testing in his office. The kits can be self ordered at the http://www.biocomplabs.com/and 

How to use the test?

You place the kit  in the freezer all night, you fast for 8 to 10 hours avoiding animal protein. Go to a  local laboratory in the morning to get your blood draw , send it to Biocomp(The instructions to follow are found inside the kit). They analyze your blood against dental materials available in the market  and send you and Dr Burke a report(by email and mail) in 1- 2 days. With this result Dr Burke can show you the materials that you react the least and you both can choose the best ones for your health.

Meridians

Our teeth are connected to different organs in our body. Meridians identify those connections.

What are meridians?

Meridians can be mapped throughout the body; they flow within the body and not on the surface, meridians exist in corresponding pairs and each meridian has many acupuncture points along its path.

The term ‘meridian’ describes the overall energy distribution system of Chinese Medicine and helps us to understand how basic substances of the body (Qi, blood and body fluids) permeate the whole body. The individual meridians themselves are often described as ‘channels’ or even ‘vessels’ which reflect the notion of carrying, holding, or transporting Qi, blood and body fluids around the body.

It is tempting to think of the meridians of the human body the same way as we think of the circulatory system, as the meridians are responsible for the distribution of the basic substances throughout the body just like the circulatory system, but here is where the similarities end. Conventional anatomy and physiology would not be able to identify these pathways in a physical sense in the way that blood vessels can be identified. 

It is more useful to consider the meridian system as an energetic distribution network that in itself tends towards energetic manifestation. Meridians can be best understood as a process rather than a structure. 

Each tooth belongs to a meridian path with other organs, you can find those connections in the following meridian chart

Offering single visit crowns and ceramic fillings

By: Carmen Burke, D.D.S, ND, IBDM

We are excited to announce that our office has just purchased the latest CEREC CAD/CAM and onsite milling technology.  Technology has changed our everyday lives; smart phones, smartwatches, tablets and self-driving cars are becoming the norm, yet many people are unaware that technology impacts the healthcare industry as well, including dentistry, in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dentistry require less time in the dental chair, decrease discomfort and create satisfying results. Our single-visit solution, CEREC®, allows us to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings and crowns while saving our patients time and money.  

What is CEREC?

CEREC (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) is a single-visit solution used by thousands of dentists worldwide. CEREC uses a high-quality ceramic material (and now zirconia) that matches the natural color of the patient’s teeth to provide patients the perfect outcome. Efficient, convenient and simple, dentists around the world are quickly switching to single-visit dentistry with CEREC.  

How does the instrument work?

CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology that incorporates a small, hand-held camera and a computer in one instrument, and a milling unit to grind/mill restorations in-house. The camera is used to capture the 2D or 3D image of the affected tooth/teeth and the surrounding area. This image is then displayed on a computer screen where the dentist then uses the special CEREC Software to create the perfect restorative tooth/teeth. Once the virtual restoration is created, the information is then sent to the milling unit via software and milled onsite within 8-10 minutes.

What does this innovation mean for a patient?

CEREC offers natural-looking metal free, mercury free, crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays that are compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. The days of temporaries, messy impressions and waiting days for the lab to return the restoration are history.  This means less stress for the patients because the process is comfortable.  There is no powder, the camera is comfortable in the mouth and the process gives the highest quality restoration. CEREC has three decades of clinical research and documentation to support our technology, and restorations completed with CEREC have been proven precise, safe and effective.

How can I find out if this is an option for me?

Call our office at 303-219-0499. We will be happy to answer your questions on this new technology.

All About Ozone Therapy

Ozone is made up of three oxygen atoms.  It is the elemental form of oxygen that occurs naturally as a result of ultraviolet light in combination with atmospheric electrical discharge or lightning, which causes a temporary recombination of oxygen atoms into groups of three. An ozone generator simulates lightning via an electrical discharge field.  Ozone is also formed naturally in our bodies by the immune system to kill invading bacteria, viruses, parasites and funguses. It works because oxygen is the only gas that has a terminal electron receptor and can carry an electrical charge.

Ozone is an anti-inflammatory and has strong disinfectant properties. It enables non-toxic wound healing. It increases circulation via nitric oxide and has high redox potential.  Ozone is such a powerful oxidizer that it is a great natural therapy to address infections commonly seen in the oral cavity.

Ozone enhances gum treatment, root canals, extractions, and even cavity prevention.

Gum disease is a result of multiple factors, including diet, systemic conditions, and oral hygiene. Ozone therapy improves the state of the gums while reducing the unhealthy pressures on the overall system.

In my practice for periodontal issues, we irrigate with ozonated water along with scaling the teeth. This is followed by an infusion of gas directly into the gum pockets. Using this method, we are seeing a virtual elimination of pathogens. In addition, the gums respond with increased blood flow and healing. Patients can augment this treatment at home with ozonated olive oil. The methods applied are safe and efficacious, with no toxicity or side effects.

Ozone is equally as promising in root canal treatment. We can further eliminate other toxins by offering ozonated products as an alternative to conventional chemicals. Ozone disinfects the potential chronic state of infection surrounding a root canal-treated tooth. Ozone gas permeates and kills throughout the lateral canals and tubules in a tooth. The bacteria in the tooth create a positive charge. Ozone, as the only gas to carry an electrical charge, gets attracted toward the very infection it is trying to fight. The pathogens attract the ozone, essentially committing suicide. Thus, concerns affiliated with root canals can be reduced.

Ozone is also being used to stop small cavities and to inhibit deeper cavities from degenerating into root canals. It is especially useful for treating cavities in the children as minimal drilling is all that is required. I have treated  small children with ozone trays who were recommended to be put under general anesthesia.  We were able to gain more time  allowing the child to mature enough to be able to handle single fillings.

I am certified in Ozone Therapy from the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry. I use a state of the art medical grade ozone generator manufactured by Longevity Resources, which produces ultra-pure, contaminant-free ozone from pure oxygen.

You can find numerous peer reviewed studies on ozone at Pubmed

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28858272

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27386005

 

Why do I get decay even though I have good oral hygiene?

Why do I get decay even though I have good oral hygiene? 

This is a question some patients have .  Good oral health requires more than brushing and flossing. Our endocrine system plays an important part.  Dr. Ralph Steinman, a dentist at Loma Linda University, did several studies starting in 1958 on the Dentinal Fluid Transport System.  This studied the relationship between stomach content and tooth decay.  For one of his studies, he conducted a three-part experiment regarding the root cause of tooth decay. For those who have wondered why they get decay even though they are excellent at caring for their teeth, this study is for you! 

Part 1: Sugar and processed food were injected into the stomachs of half a group of rats. These rats got decay (cavities). He injected healthy food into the other half of the groups, and they did not get decay. Neither group had their food through their mouth. All decay started from their stomach. Everything we eat affects our health.

Part 2: Next, Dr.  Steinman called Dr. Lorena, an endocrinologist from Loma Linda University. Together, they cut out the parotid gland of the group of rats who were eating healthy food. As soon as they removed this gland, this group starting having decay. The role that our endocrine system has with our health can’t be ignored. If our endocrine system is under stress (by emotions, depression, or disease, among others) we can get decay.

Part 3: Dr.  Steinman added Calcium and Phosphorus to the diet of the rats who were given sugar and processed food. Decay then went down by 80%. We need minerals in our diet in order to have stronger teeth. When we lack minerals such as Calcium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc, just to name a few, we are more prone to have decay (cavities).

My advise to my patients is that if you are having decay even though you are brushing and flossing I can help you find you find the cause and direct you the proper health practitioner such as MD, ND, nutritionist, homeopath etc.  Also if decay is found early enough we may not have to drill and fill. There are remineralization options.  If you have any questions feel free to submit a form on my website. I will be more than happy to answer!

Dr Carmen Burke DDS,ND,IBDM