Please take some time to review these educational resources. We take pride in our patients being educated on everything we know.
Ozone is a molecule of 3 oxygen atoms. It is a powerful antibacterial agent and therefore works well in dentistry, since most dental disease has a bacterial component (both decay and gum disease).
Ozone is safe and effective in the reduction of bacteria from tooth surfaces or around the gum line. Ozone is significantly better and more effective than chlorine based disinfectants and has the beauty of breakdown into oxygen instead of caustic or harmful substances.
Commerce and industry has used ozone for quite a long time. Most bottled water manufacturers use Ozone as the final step in their purification process (Dasani from CocaCola and Aquafina from PepsiCo).
Currently, Dentists use Dental Ozone in Europe, South Africa, Asia and Canada. It has NOT been FDA approved for Dental use in the United States, however, please be aware that often routine dental procedures are not FDA-approved.
Ozone may be used in various dental treatments and has been shown to be effective in minimally invasive dental procedures to assist in the reduction of tooth sensitivity, gum line pockets, gum line irritation, halitosis (bad breath) and has been shown to assist in the reversal of the decay process in shallow, initial cavities (without the need for anesthetic, drilling or filling). In the many years of Ozone usage for Dental or Medical procedures, there has never been a reported adverse effect.
Dental Ozone, like any dental or medical procedure, is not 100% effective. The success of any dental treatment is often dependent upon a variety of factors which may or may not be in anyone's control. These factors may include, but are not limited to: duration of the existing problem, severity of the problem, health status of the patient and healing ability of the patient.
In cases where ozone is not effective or if the patient chooses not to have ozone therapy, other dental treatment may be performed or may be necessary. This "other" treatment, is usually at a higher cost and may be performed by Dr. Stephen J. Gordon or by a Dental Specialist. These types of treatments include, but are not limited to: larger and or deeper fillings, crowns or caps, root canal treatment, tooth extraction, oral or periodontal gum surgery.
We feel that Dental Ozone is a useful adjunct to our Minimally Invasive, Conservation Dentistry, and therefore provide a guarantee to our patients. For any adult (permanent) tooth or problem that has been treated with Dental Ozone, if the usage does not yield improvement, we will gladly refund the money paid towards the ozone treatment to be applied as a credit on the patient's office account. This guarantee is for any problem diagnosed within 6 months of the Dental Ozone treatment. The credit then may be used for any purpose.
This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Anyone! We have administered Dental Ozone to our newborn (baby) patients as well as adults. The benefits are sustainable across all ages and demographics.
Any time! For our younger patients we usually have follow-up visits every four to six weeks for retreatment and to ensure effectiveness and monitor progress.
Healthy gums should be firm and pink. When you develop gingivitis, the gums become red and inflamed, and can progress into periodontal disease.
Early periodontal disease symptoms include:
It is important that Dr. Gordon and your hygienist perform the necessary treatment to stop it from getting any worse. If the early signs aren't spotted and treated, you may develop periodontitis and require lifelong treatment.
Periodontitis symptoms include all of the symptoms above, plus:
Periodontal disease starts with gum inflammation (gingivitis), and if not corrected early it can gradually extend below the gum line to the bone that lies beneath (early periodontitis). As more bone is destroyed, teeth become increasingly more mobile (late periodontal disease).
The best time to treat is at the first sign of inflammation.
A pocket is the space between your gum tissue and the root of your tooth. This space tends to trap bacteria, which can cause many kinds of dental and medical problems. Periodontal pockets tend to trap bacterial plaque. Your toothbrush cannot reach into your periodontal pockets to get at those damaging bacteria. It is the job of Dr. Gordon, our hygienists, or a periodontist (gum and bone specialist) to assist in trying to reduce your pocket depths to make them more accessible for cleaning.
We check your gum line pockets using a probe. It has millimeter markings along the side which allows us to measure the depth of your gum line pocket.
Healthy conditions include:
1) no gum line bleeding or recession
2) no tartar (hard deposits) build up
3) no plaque (soft deposits) build up
4) patients who have frequent teeth cleanings (4 or more per year)
5) patients with excellent homecare and maintenance
The numbers under these healthy conditions would typically be either 1, 2, or 3 Millimeters.
In unhealthy oral conditions, the numbers would be above 3 millimeters, the patient will have a difficult time cleaning out the gum line pocket, and food entrapment will increase. This leads to deeper gum line pockets and ultimate tooth mobility and tooth loss.
Bacterial plaque is the primary culprit! Put simply, this is defined as an organized group of bacteria that causes inflammation and ultimately the destruction of gum tissue and bone.
Plaque is a sticky white film of bacteria (also called biofilm) that naturally forms on your teeth. Since the bacteria feed on food particles, every time you eat a meal or snack your teeth will build plaque within minutes. These bacteria live on the retained food particles that your toothbrush and floss miss between the teeth and below the gum line, and produces acid that breaks down your enamel and leads to cavities and gingivitis. When given the chance to accumulate (this is why we must brush often!) plaque hardens into a layer of tartar, which attracts even more plaque. Thus we enter into the vicious cycle.
Of course, there are other causative factors that increase your risk of periodontal disease, including:
According to the CDC, periodontal disease is present in some form in 47.2% of adults age 30 years and older, and 70.1% of adults age 65 and older.
You can prevent becoming one of these numbers if you brush and floss at least twice a day, and regularly visit the dental office so Dr. Gordon or one of our hygienists can diagnose and treat any early signs.
There are hundreds of different types of bacteria that live in your mouth at any given time, some "good" and some "bad." The two most common types of bacteria that lead to periodontal disease are Porphyromonas gingivalis and Treponema denticola. They can survive without oxygen (anaerobic) and produce toxins that inflame the gums when they multiply. This breaks down the gum line and connective tissue and bone around the teeth.
If you find yourself in the early stages of periodontal disease, your dental hygienist can perform Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing, a non-surgical therapeutic procedure.
Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing is most beneficial in cases where the gum disease is at the early stages and has not caused significant bone loss and recession. In cases where the bone loss is significant, we may recommend the treatments performed by a periodontist (specialist).
If your provider has indicated you show signs of periodontal disease, one easy way to help is by using Rotapoints or Stim-U-Dents, both of which we have available at our office. You can gently run the stimulating tool along your gum line and between the teeth, which sloughs off any bacteria that might be building up and also triggers your gums to pull oxygen and blood flow to the area.
If we're able to catch it in time, you can forego the expensive and painful surgical procedures required to treat periodontal disease. Instead, we can formulate custom trays for dispensing medication comfortably at home.
Gum disease is caused and made worse by oral bacteria. Microbiologists have determined that the best and safest way to treat the oral biofilm (the colony of bacteria that accumulates below the gum line) is with hydrogen peroxide. H2O2 breaks down into water and oxygen, and since the worst of the bacteria is anaerobic, meaning it survives in environments without oxygen, this breakdown introduces oxygen which can kill that bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide is also responsible for whitening teeth. That's why our patients that use PerioProtect® find themselves with even whiter smiles!
After thorough research and intently watching results, Dr. Gordon has seen the benefits. Patient periodontal pockets have been seen to decrease by up to 4mm over a span of only a few weeks! The same results take months to achieve by rigorous home care alone.
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Invisalign ® and other Clear Aligner Technologies bring an aesthetic alternative to traditionally painful and clunky braces. Clear Aligners are worn all day except when eating or drinking, and are unnoticeable due to their clear and snug fit. Depending on the case, they can be used to fix most tooth positioning so you are eager to show your smile!
Sometimes we see instances where customers lose money after attempting the direct-to-consumer option for clear aligners. It is unfortunate, as opting for the cheaper option runs a much higher risk that the result will be unsatisfactory, and the customer rarely sees a refund from these companies.
By coming to your dental provider, we can guarantee the smile you want by monitoring your progress and making sure things are moving as intended (and possibly saving the money wasted on the "cheaper" option).
If you have a more complicated case and the traditional clear aligner route does not fit your condition, we have resources and referrals you can trust!
Ever since reopening the office last spring, we've taken lengthy precautions and bought extensive new equipment to ensure staff and patient safety. We're proud to say that our office has been so sterile and cautious that not a single staff member has been infected with Covid-19, and now we are almost fully vaccinated!