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Is It Safe To Come To Our Dental Office During The Coronavirus?

Our dental office has always been clean‚ well–managed and adaptable. Depend on us to follow the CDC’s Infection Control Guidelines for Dental Practices and more.

When you see Dr. Paige Woods in the next few weeks or months‚ you’ll notice a few differences:

  • We may call in advance to get dental about the reason for your visit to speed things along.
  • You may be able to wait in your car and avoid the waiting room.
  • We will check your temperatures when you enter. (We check all staff members too.)
  • Every touchable surface is sanitized between patients – just in case.
  • We may have you rinse with mouthwash or peroxide at the beginning of your visit to kill germs.
  • Masks‚ social distancing and hand sanitizer are the order of the day for a while.

Is It Safe To Come To Our Dental Office During The Coronavirus?

Is Dr. Paige Woods Open?

Dr. Paige Woods and Brighton Dental are open as allowed by current governmental orders. You can schedule your safe‚ friendly and gentle appointment for preventative care by reaching out to us. For dental urgent dental issues‚ we recommending calling and arranging to see us rather than visiting an ER or urgent care center if it isn’t a true emergency. As recommended by the American Dental Association‚ we urge you to leave urgent care and emergency room capacity for coronavirus patients and those seeking help for other critical care needs that cannot be met by a dentist.

We understand that the COVID-19 virus is unpredictable and experiences surges in certain areas at unexpected times. That means we cannot say for sure that we will be open on a certain date because of the possibility of new state or federal requirements or guidelines. We can‚ however‚ schedule an appointment for you and do our best to keep the appointment and meet your needs. Why not reach out to us now?

4 Big Causes Of Dental Phobia That You Can Overcome

Dental phobia is a fear of the dentist – and it’s an irrational fear. When you need dental treatment‚ there are caring professionals you can trust‚ like the team here at Brighton Dental in San Diego. Led by Dr. Paige Woods‚ this team recognizes the causes of dental phobia and can help you conquer these fears so you can get the dental treatment you need. From calming attitudes to aromatherapy and sedation dentistry‚ there’s a solution that’s right for you.

4 Big Causes Of Dental Phobia That You Can Overcome

Common causes of dental phobia include:

Past dental office trauma. Some dentists can be brutal. We know. We’ve seen the aftermath. But just because you had a traumatic experience in the dental chair in the past‚ it doesn’t mean going to the dentist has to be a negative experience.

Sensitivity to that dentist’s office smell. We understand how just the smell of a dental office causes anxiety for some patients‚ so we use aromatherapy and other solutions to keep our office from having that smell and to keep you from worrying about the smells naturally associated with the products we use.

Other phobias and anxieties. Sometimes‚ a dental phobia is just a manifestation of another kind of fear or condition‚ including generalized anxiety disorder‚ PTSD‚ schizophrenia and more. Working with the medical professional who is treating these issues for you‚ we can find a solution to your dental anxiety.

Embarrassment. In many cases‚ fear of the dentist is caused by embarrassment about your dental condition – like lots of cavities‚ a broken tooth or bad breath. But remember that we’ve been in business a long time and have seen it all. And more importantly‚ we can resolve every issue for you.

Please don’t let dental phobia keep you from getting the dental care you require. Contact us now‚ and we’ll tell you how we can meet your needs within the parameters that are best for you.

Sleep Apnea Facts You Should Know

Nothing feels better than a great night’s sleep. But for people with sleep apnea‚ spending a night in bed may not be very restful‚ and it can be dangerous too. If you find it hard to sleep‚ find that sleeping doesn’t make you feel rested or wake up feeling sick‚ sore or bad‚ sleep apnea – a severe disorder that causes you to stop breathing at night – could be the cause.

But there’s hope. At Brighton Dental in San Diego‚ we know that our dental team can be your best hope for sleep apnea appliances and other solutions.

Sleep Apnea Facts You Should Know

Here are some quick facts about sleep apnea:

  • Stopping breathing during the night can be caused from a blockage of your airway or a failure in your brain‚ and the pauses can last from seconds to minutes.
  • Normal sleep apnea involved 5 or so times when your breathing stops each night‚ but in the case of severe sleep apnea‚ you could stop breathing 30 or more times per night.
  • You can have sleep apnea and not know it or not know that it’s the cause of your symptoms.
  • Sleep apnea can be wrongly diagnosed as depression‚ fatigue‚ ADHD and other conditions.
  • Diabetes‚ stroke and heart attack are among conditions that can result from untreated sleep apnea.
  • Snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea in some cases‚ but not everyone who snores has the condition.
  • The biggest risk factor for sleep apnea is obesity‚ but you don’t have to be obese or even overweight to have this condition.

Want to know more – and want to resolve your condition so you can sleep better? We’re waiting to hear from you at Brighton Dental in San Diego. Please contact us now for your consultation and a solution that’s right for you.

How Do I Care For New Porcelain Veneers?

As with any dental restoration‚ porcelain veneers require some simple care to ensure that they continue to enhance your smile for years to come. Here at Brighton Dental‚ our expert San Diego dental team will explain everything you need to know when you have the procedure done‚ but here’s some general information about how to care for porcelain veneers.

Lots Of Good News With Veneers

Taking care of porcelain veneers is very much like taking care of your real teeth surfaces. You don’t have to change how you brush or floss – although it’s a good idea to make sure you only a soft toothbrush (which we recommend for everyone anyway).

Unlike older veneers‚ today’s porcelain is resistant to staining from most foods and beverages. That means you can eat and drink whatever you like and feel confident that your teeth will remain bright and beautiful for years to come.

In fact‚ porcelain veneers can last a decade to even 15 years or longer. It all depends on the brand and quality of the restoration you choose and how well you care for them.

How Do I Care For New Porcelain Veneers?

Just A Few Things To Remember

For the very best results from your porcelain veneers‚ it’s best to avoid chewing on ice‚ fingernails‚ hard candies and other hard objects. If you have bruxism or any sort of grinding or clenching issue‚ a nighttime mouthguard might be appropriate. We recommend mouthguards for sports as well.

Of course‚ you shouldn’t use your teeth to open packages or crack nuts. And you’ll need regular dental visits – just as you do anyway.

If it’s time to get dental veneers or get yours replaced or repaired‚ we’re the San Diego porcelain veneers experts. Why not reach out to us now for your appointment? We look forward to serving you.

Can I Get Hybridge Without Ever Having To Go Without Teeth?

A range of dental restorations choices are available that make it possible to replace your rotting teeth with beautiful new ones without ever spending a day without teeth. This means you can work‚ attend events and go about your daily life while treatment is underway.

Your best bet? In many cases‚ the Hybridge full arch restoration is the right choice. It fits better than dentures‚ stays in your mouth permanently and can last a lifetime. And treatment is quicker than with traditional implants.

You’ll Always Have Teeth With Hybridge

One of the most common concerns among patients looking at dentures‚ dental implants and other restoration options is that they will have to go for a period of time without teeth – making it impossible or at least embarrassing to work, participate in family functions and generally enjoy life.

With Hybridge full arch restoration‚ most patients are able to enjoy the cosmetic benefit of a temporary denture while treatment is underway. This covers the time between when you have the surgery to remove existing teeth and implants placed and when you have your permanent new prosthetic teeth placed.

We have to admit that this temporary denture has limitations‚ however: While it will look great aesthetically‚ you can’t eat everything you want. Depending on the specifics of your situation‚ there will be significant limitations on what you can chew‚ and you may experience other functional issues. But remember‚ the situation is only temporary.

Can I Get Hybridge Without Ever Having To Go Without Teeth?

How Long Does Hybridge Take?

At Brighton Dental San Diego‚ we begin the Hybridge full arch restoration by determining if the procedure is a good fit for you. We have other restoration options if it isn’t‚ and there’s a solution that’s right for every dental and oral health situation.

We measure treatment time from when you have your first (and perhaps only) surgical procedure until the process ends with the permanent insertion of your new Hybridge restoration. A number of factors determine exact treatment time‚ including:

  • Whether you have teeth that need to be extracted when you come to us
  • If it will be necessary to do any bone grafting due to bone loss
  • Whether you are needing upper teeth‚ lower teeth or both‚ and
  • If there’s infection present at any point during the treatment.

In the right situation‚ Hybridge full arch restoration takes only 2 weeks from start to finish. In rare cases‚ a large amount of bone grafting may be necessary‚ and treatment can be extended to 16 weeks or more. Most cases are on the shorter end‚ and we’ll establish a timeline when we see you and take a look at your circumstances to determine what’s necessary to provide you the great smile and excellent function you deserve.

At Brighton Dental‚ Dr. Paige Woods and everyone on our team understands patient concerns about how they look during treatment and how long treatment will take. That’s why we always give you options‚ tell you what will happen and let you make decisions that fit your schedule‚ your lifestyle and more.

Hybridge full arch restoration is a durable solution if you’ve lost most or all teeth on the top or bottom or need to have those teeth extracted. Other solutions are available in other circumstances. You can be sure that we’ll never offer you a service or procedure that isn’t in your best interest.

Why not reach out to us and make an appointment to discuss Hybridge and your other oral and dental health concerns that may be impacting your quality of life? We’re looking forward to meeting and serving you.

Your Hybridge Questions: FAQs About Full Mouth Restorations

Choosing to have Hybridge full mouth restoration for your failing or missing teeth is a big decision. At Brighton Dental San Diego‚ we know you have questions. That’s why Dr. Paige Woods and our team are ready to assist you before‚ during and after your treatment.

As you consider Hybridge‚ here are some questions that may come to your mind – along with helpful answers you can use:

Can I get Hybridge restorations if I have jaw bone issues?

There’s great news for most people who have been told they don’t have enough jaw bone for regular implants. The Hybridge process can be successful for many clients who have been told they’re ineligible for dental implants because of lack of jaw bone into which to place the implants. With this process‚ you may still need bone grafts which add to the healing time (a CT scan will tell the story)‚ but in general‚ the process uses bone that our clients already have – so bone augmentation may not be necessary.

Can I go back to work immediately after Hybridge surgery?

The most invasive part of the Hybridge full arch restoration process once any existing teeth are removed is the insertion of the implants on which the prosthesis sits. You will probably need a few days to recover from this surgery. You will very likely have only a little discomfort‚ but you may have some bruising. About 20 percent of patients have bruising to some degree. In most cases‚ however‚ you can return to your full schedule of activities in 3 to 5 days.

Will I have to permanently avoid some foods?

The Hybridge full arch restoration you have fitted at Brighton Dental in San Diego is made to handle normal chewing‚ but even natural teeth have limitations. Your Hybridge restoration can be chipped if you eat something that’s harder than it is. This means you should avoid ice‚ bones‚ hard candies‚ popcorn kernels and perhaps even some nuts and hard pretzels. If your restoration is damaged‚ the cost to fix it is usually comparable to having a filling done – and the repair can be completed at the Hybridge lab in only a few days.

Does insurance cover Hybridge restorations?

You cannot depend on most dental insurance companies to cover the cost of this type of implant–mounted arch restoration. For the final word, you must contact your insurance company directly – because there are more insurance plan types than ever before. If implants of this type are covered‚ you will likely be subject to a yearly maximum benefit. Medical insurance companies will not cover Hybridge restorations‚ and neither will Medicare or Medicaid.

Your Hybridge Questions: FAQs About Full Mouth Restorations

What ages is Hybridge appropriate for?

There’s no minimum or maximum age limit. The best candidate is someone who heals well‚ and that can be true at any age. Smokers often take longer to heal. To determine if Hybridge is right for you‚ our team will evaluate you carefully – and offer you other options if they are more appropriate. If healing is a concern‚ we can speak with your physician to see if there are any issues that would prevent you from having Hybridge restorations.

Answers Always Available

Have more questions? We’re always here for you. Set up your appointment with Brighton Dental now – and come ready to ask questions. For every dental and oral health question you may have, we have answers and solutions.

At Brighton Dental‚ we’ll help you look‚ feel‚ eat and function better with Hybridge and a range of other simple and innovative solutions. And you’ll love our gentle dental approach to patient care. Why not reach out to us right away? You’ll be glad you did.

Stop The Endless Cycle Of Temporary Dental Fixes And Failures With Hybridge

Stop The Endless Cycle Of Temporary Dental Fixes And Failures With Hybridge

If your teeth have been compromised by decay‚ disease or injury‚ now may be the right time to push aside the endless repetition of expensive restorations and failures and go for a permanent solution. Crowns‚ bridges and even dentures are temporary solutions‚ but the Hybridge dental implant full arch treatment – available now from Dr. Paige Woods and Brighton Dental San Diego – is a restoration that can last a lifetime.

Plus‚ it can be more affordable than other implant solutions‚ and you can’t beat the beauty and durability of Hybridge.

An American Lab–Created Restoration

When you select Hybridge full arch restoration‚ you’ll enjoy benefits every day of your life. You’ll be able to eat better‚ smile better and look better – and the treatment process is quicker than with most other implant–based solutions.

Each Hybridge restoration is made in the United States at the Hybridge lab to ensure that it precisely conforms to your needs and fits perfectly. This lab is equipped with precise technology and a team of craftspeople who ensure that the company’s specifications are met.

With your new implant–based restoration‚ you’ll have beautiful teeth that work like they should – and just as importantly‚ you’ll have a healthy mouth without disease‚ inflammation or infection. This can help enhance and improve your overall quality of life. Imagine better comfort‚ increased confidence‚ easy maintenance and more – for many years‚ perhaps the rest of your life.

An End To The Cycle Of Frustration And Pain

Please understand that there are many whole arch restorations available – and not all are of equal quality. With so many choices for you and Dr. Woods to consider together‚ it’s essential that you understand the massive differences in outcomes of each of these treatments‚ something we will explain to you as we help you make your final decision. At other dental clinics in the San Diego area‚ you might not realize the limitations of the full arch restoration solution you’ve chosen until you’re in the middle of the treatment and restoration process‚ too late to turn back.

We’ve encountered many former patients of other dentists who didn’t know what they were sacrificing or committing to when they chose a different solution. They came to us with the hope of righting the situation‚ and in many cases we’ve been able to confidently recommend Hybridge and finally restore their smile and function.

With so many restoration options on the market‚ we can’t list the pros and cons of each one‚ but we can tell you these benefits of Hybridge:

  • Hybridge is designed to be long–lasting‚ not designed to be replaced.
  • Hybridge is supported on 5 to 6 implants per section‚ not an array of expensive individual implants and not unsupported like dentures.
  • Hybridge restoration can be completed in as little as 2 weeks if your teeth have already been removed and there is no disease present.
  • Hybridge is more affordable over the long term that most other full arch restoration solutions.

When you select Hybridge‚ you’re selecting a high–quality implant–mounted arch made of acrylic over metal or Zirconia‚ depending on the product you choose. And you’re never alone in the decision–making process. Contact us now at Brighton Dental in San Diego for your Hybridge consultation. If this solution doesn’t work for you‚ we have others to offer.

Dr. Paige Woods is an expert at finding the right solution for every dental and oral health issues – and we never leave anyone without options for a brighter‚ healthier smile and better quality of life. Why not reach out to us now and get started on your better life?

How Root Canals and Cavitations Can Encourage Lyme Disease

Common dental problems many people find themselves having are root canals and cavitations. While these are similar issues‚ they also are very different. Because of this‚ it might be a little difficult to fully understand what they are and how they can be treated‚ especially if you have Lyme disease. This article will explore more behind these two problems and how you can have them treated by Dr. Woods.

What are Root Canals and Cavitations?

Root canals are when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected‚ usually because of bacteria. Your dentist will work to remove the infected area causing inflammation‚ disinfect it‚ and then seal the opening up so bacteria does not continue to cause problems.

Cavitations are a bit difficult to tell if you have sometimes. They involve a hole being formed into the bottom of the tooth near the jaw by harmful bacteria. However‚ the one major problem about them is that they can often go undetected unlike root canals. Many people might not realize they have this dental issue because there are often no visible symptoms and they can’t be detected without the help of X-rays.

Signs of Lyme Disease in the Body

One of the first places you’ll find symptoms of Lyme disease is in the mouth. Some of the most common symptoms include a dry mouth‚ tooth sensitivity‚ inflamed gums‚ and even facial paralysis.

How Infected Root Canals and Cavitations Can Hurt Lyme Disease Treatment

Surprisingly‚ root canals and cavitations can actually discourage Lyme disease treatment from working. The mouth is connected to your body’s immune system which is attacked by Lyme disease. Sometimes dental treatments can harbor bacteria that ruins your Lyme disease treatment because they invite certain chemicals into your mouth‚ such as when you get metal fillings for root canals.

How Root Canals and Cavitations Can Encourage Lyme Disease

Root canals are an infected area around a tooth. Because of this‚ they often have openings which encourage bacteria to grow in it. This can actually cause it to get into the bloodstream and form many other problems down the road if not treated immediately‚ such as severe swelling in the mouth.

If you have a cavitation‚ these can especially be harmful to your recovery. This is because these holes can prevent the treatment from protecting your brain from the disease which can encourage more bacteria to grow in your body. Because of their strange location beneath the tooth‚ it can also make it a bit difficult for Lyme disease treatment to reach all areas of your body which can prevent the treatment from being effective.

How to Treat These Problems

The first step to treating these problems is to talk with a holistic dentist. Your holistic dentist already understands the connections between Lyme disease and root canals or cavitations so they can create a treatment plan that will work best for you.

Most of the time‚ surgery will be recommended so the dead and infected area can be removed. Another option you might be recommended to try is x-tip ozone injections. This involves your dentist injecting ozone into your jaw which can help to open up the area so the bacteria can drain.

Your holistic dentist might also encourage you to detox your mouth with the use of coffee enemas or castor oil. These can reduce inflammation and help to stop these problems from occurring again.

Ways to Prevent These Problems From Happening

While you can’t always prevent root canals and cavitations from occurring, you can take a few steps to help do so.

Eat Food That Helps Your Immune System

Eating food that supports your immune system can significantly help to prevent Lyme disease‚ root canals‚ and cavitations from happening. Some to consider are garlic‚ spinach‚ and yogurt.

Get Monthly Dental Checkups

Another way to help prevent these problems from happening is to get monthly dental checkups. With each appointment‚ your dentist can keep an eye out for possible problems and give you some tips as to how you can have better oral health.

Use Fluoride–Free Dental Products

Most dental products use fluoride as a way to prevent tooth damage. However‚ sometimes using too many products with fluoride can be harmful. This is because the composition of this chemical can cause jaw and tooth issues down the road if you use it too much. Because of this‚ look to use fluoride–free dental products as much as possible.

Finding out you have root canals or cavitations when you have Lyme disease can be a little daunting. However, by keeping the information and tips mentioned above in mind‚ you can be sure you can work to help boost your immune system and overall dental health so your body can heal.


The Dangers of Cavitations

People who have had a tooth extraction‚ wisdom teeth removal or root canal may have relief from dental issues. However‚ there is much to be worried about after these dental procedures. Apart from the traumatic experience and not so fun recovery‚ the procedure may also lead to health issues. The same case applies to those who have had an injury to the teeth and jaw. This happens when holes‚ known as cavitations‚ form when bacteria are trapped inside the post–surgery area‚ or there is incomplete healing and filing up. These dental processes do not always result in cavitation. However‚ those undergoing the procedures are at a high risk.

The Real Cause

Cavitations harbor bacteria and their toxins. After a root canal‚ bacteria may not be adequately eliminated. The bacteria get trapped inside the cavity and release toxins which are circulated in the body and cause serious health conditions. Likewise‚ when a tooth is extracted under a normal situation‚ the periodontal ligament is left behind. Ligaments are the tissues that attach the teeth to the surrounding jawbone. If the area is not cleaned adequately‚ toxins may remain and build up within the ligament. These toxins also combine with heavy metals and chemicals resulting in more toxic residues.

How is a Cavitation Formed?

When these bacteria at the post–surgical site spread‚ they attach onto the jaw creating a hole. The hole is filled with decaying bones where bacteria‚ as well as fungi and viruses‚ thrive and multiply. As these microorganisms multiply and the area of dead bone enlarges‚ the toxins produced circulate in the body and inhibit important enzymes. The neurotoxins also lead to serious health conditions in the body.

The Dangers of Cavitations

How Do you Know you Have a Cavitation?

Cavitations can be visually detected and do not exhibit normal symptoms of an infection such as inflammation and redness. You can thus have this chronic infection and not know it for ages. One of the symptoms of cavitation is excruciating jaw pain. The infection can also spread‚ thereby weakening the neighboring teeth‚ and can lead to tooth loss. People suffering from chronic health condition should consider getting diagnosed for cavitations as it is also a possible cause.

How to Get Checked for Cavitations

An x-ray can detect cavitations though not so clearly. They are usually portrayed as a phantom tooth image after an x-ray‚ and unless a dentist is particularly checking for cavitation‚ the area may just appear normal. There are other diagnostic tools which can pinpoint the problem and assess the extent of the cavitation to guide the treatment. These include CAT scans‚ ConeBeam CT Scan‚ CAVITAT‚ and other diagnostic imaging.

Cavitation Treatment

Once a cavitation is confirmed‚ treatment begins. The area is surgically debrided to remove the osteonecrotic area. Other methods may also be employed to complement the surgical removal. These methods include light therapy and the use of ozone gas. These treatments destroy the bacteria creating an environment that facilitates healing. Other natural remedies can also be added to aid in the removal of toxins. The treatment provides relief for health conditions that result from the infections by eliminating the load of toxins.

Are Dentists Taking Extra Precautions To Prevent Coronavirus Spread?

You might think that now’s a bad time to be a dentist. After all‚ the COVID-19 virus is apparently spread through respiratory droplets‚ mucus and perhaps saliva – all things that Dr. Paige Woods and the staff at Brighton Dental come into contact with regularly at our San Diego dental clinic.

But along with other dentists around the nation‚ we–re following the guidelines and advice of the CDC and the American Dental Association‚ keeping ourselves and our patients as safe as possible during this global health crisis.

Are Dentists Taking Extra Precautions To Prevent Coronavirus Spread?

Let’s face it: We all come into contact with bacteria‚ viruses‚ fungi and other germs all the time. But dental practices can do a number of things to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus‚ the flu and other things we need to stay away from. Specific actions we can take include:

  • Disinfecting high–touch surfaces more than ever before.
  • Keeping tools and other things not in use covered.
  • Insisting on more protective gear for patients and staff.
  • Spacing out dental appointments so that fewer people are in the office at one time.
  • Contacting patients in advance of an office visit to make sure they aren’t sick.
  • Checking the temperature of all staff‚ patients and others entering the practice.
  • Insisting on the use of cloth or other face masks.
  • Asking patients about travel history and potential viral contact.
  • Requesting that patients not arrive early or use the waiting room.
  • Asking that adults not bring anyone with them to their appointment.

You can be sure that Dr. Paige Woods is doing everything possible to keep herself and her patients safe. In fact‚ at Brighton Dental in San Diego‚ everyone is making especially sure that all current protocols are being followed – so we can all emerge from this crisis healthy and happy for the next phase of our lives.