Dr. Woods Is Prepared To Serve You During COVID-19

We don’t know how long the current coronavirus pandemic will last‚ but we do know that we’re ready to serve you. Dr. Paige Woods and the team at Brighton Dental in San Diego have always been cautious‚ careful and conscientious‚ and that’s the case now more than ever before.

In addition to what we’ve always done‚ we’ve added a long list of protocols to our usual array of tasks. It has slowed us down a bit‚ but we’re taking fewer patients and spacing them out more to help with social distancing and make sure service quality is always top–notch. Here are some new steps we’re taking:

Dr. Woods Is Prepared To Serve You During COVID-19

  • Our team is paying special attention to sanitizing switch plates‚ doorknobs and other high–touch surfaces at our San Diego dental office.
  • We’re training every team member in special protocols to prevent further spreading the coronavirus so that we’re all as prepared as possible for fending off this public health threat.
  • A team member has been designated to be in charge of special precautions and keep us all in check to make sure we don’t violate our own plan or any new guidance from the CDC or the American Dental Association.
  • We’re making sure our team members have been screened by temperature check and questioning before each shift – because we can’t keep you safe if we’re sick ourselves.
  • More attention is being paid to what we wear and where we change so that any germs we should pick up aren’t transferred to patients or taken out of our office on our clothing.
  • You’ll see us using more and different personal protective gear than before‚ in some cases items designed specifically for certain tasks so we can make extra sure we’re preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Make an appointment now to see Dr. Paige Woods – and see what–s changed. Everything we do is ultimately intended to help you have the best life possible.

What Are MOPs? And How Can They Make Braces Or Aligners Work Better?

Allow the Brighton Dental team in San Diego to provide you faster and more predictable orthodontic treatment with micro-osteoperforations – or MOPs. Dr. Paige Woods and our staff are pleased be able to use a Propel Excellerator Series product that’s FDA-cleared for creating MOPs and therefore improving the results you get from aligners or braces.

While results vary, of course, you may be able to complete your journey through orthodontic treatment as much as 2.3 times quicker than with the orthodontics alone.


But What Is Or Are MOPs?

While it’s a big term, the idea is simple. Micro-osteoperforation is a technique that involves creating tiny “dental dimples” that allows for stimulation of bone remodeling. This means teeth can move quicker and more certainly in the way Dr. Woods wants until they reach the ideal positioning.

Please understand that the process of creating MOPs to improve your orthodontic treatment isn’t a long, continuous or repeated process. The process is done here at Brighton Dental and can be completed during a regular appointment in just a few minutes. Here are the 3 steps involved:

  1. We examine and evaluate the area to be treated.
  2. We rinse your mouth with Chlorhexidine (an antiseptic and disinfectant) and apply a topic anesthetic.
  3. We use a small device to create the MOPs in the desired area of stimulation.

Then you can go on with your day – right away.


Dental Dimples Could Help You

MOPs or dental dimples are a sensible treatment for many orthodontic patients – whether just starting your treatment or already underway. If the goal is quick results, MOPs can work with your own body and let biology stimulate the bony areas surrounding your teeth. We’ve found that most orthodontic patients are a good match for this smart and innovative therapy.

Why not finish faster with MOPs? Speak with us now and let us assist you in deciding if dental dimples can help you get better orthodontic results.



Reduce Treatment Time And Discomfort With Revolutionary At-Home VPro+

Did you know that more comfortable and quicker orthodontic treatment is possible when you use VPro+ just 5 minutes every day? But what is? And how does it help?

At Brighton Dental San Diego we’re pleased to provide the option of using the remarkable VPro+ device from Propel Orthodontics –  a respected maker of dental devices and products – during your orthodontic treatment to help cut down the length of your treatment and free you from any pain you might have experienced.

This high-frequency device delivers gentle vibrations that help your orthodontic treatment work more quickly and more painlessly. And all you have to do is use this simple, comfortable and easy-to-use dental device 5 minutes each day.

Good, Good, Good – Good Vibrations!

VPro+ works mechanically as well as biologically by sending high-frequency vibrations into your mouth – painlessly, of course. The special array of vibrations provides these benefits:

  • Up to 64 percent reduction in treatment time
  • Quicker tooth movement
  • Less pain and discomfort
  • Great predictability of results
  • Improved seating of aligner trays
  • Easier wearing of retainer trays
  • And more.

What are the features of the VPro+? Here are some details about how easy it is to use this device:

  • You only need to wear it 5 minutes per day.
  • It can be charged wirelessly.
  • It’s totally waterproof.
  • It includes a travel case for use on the road.
  • A mobile app helps you understand and use the device.

Really? An App Too?

Your orthodontic experience can be better across the board and more consistent as well when you enjoy the VPro+ patient app designed to help you keep your treatment on track. You can chart your daily and weekly usage of the device, share results with Dr. Woods and get help finding the device with one click if you happen to have misplaced.

Get your best possible orthodontic outcome quicker than you ever imagined. It’s possible with Brighton Dental, Dr. Paige Woods and the amazing VPro+ device. Call 619-359-6569.

What Constitutes A Dental Emergency?

Many dental offices, including ours, have opted for the sake of our communities to only see emergency patients until the current COVID-19 crisis passes. So the current question becomes, what constitutes a dental emergency?

What DOES NOT qualify as a dental emergency

  1. Pain that can be managed with over the counter medication
  2. Cases with mild inflammation (that can be treated at home

What DOES qualify as a dental emergency

  1. Substantial pain that cannot be taken care of with over the counter medication.
  2. Infection at a level that would otherwise cause you to go to a hospital emergency room.

We are here to help with the above dental emergencies, and will continue to abide by the latest CDA and ADA safety recommendations for at least the next two weeks.

We thank everyone for understanding, and helping us to do our part for the health and wellbeing of the community

Peace Of Mind (Corona Virus Measures at Brighton Dental)

Dear Patients,

I hope this message finds you and your family safe and taking the proper precautions relating to the COVID-19 virus.

You may have heard government recommendations that that hospitals across the country “consider stopping elective surgery”. We believe they are making this recommendation to reserve hospital resources, including staff and supplies, for anticipated COVID-19 patients.

Our situation, like so many private medical practices, is different. We care only for healthy patients and recently self-imposed restrictions requiring anyone who had traveled by air domestically or internationally to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to coming to our practice.

As a result, our office will be closed to all but emergency cases for the next two weeks. If you are experiencing pain, and need to be seen earlier, we can still accommodate you during this period of time. 

We are considering booking Fridays and possibly Saturdays to accommodate patients after the two weeks since our schedule is pretty busy in general. Do not hesitate to reply to this email or call our office (619-640-5100) to schedule / reschedule your appointments accordingly.

We want to let our emergency patients know that we have taken additional safety measures. The strict sterilization guidelines in place in our practice make it one of the safest dental environments that you could be in. In additions we have implemented patient screenings as per CDA regulations, all equipment and surfaces are sterilized between patients, and masks and hand sanitizer are made available to everyone. We have taken the following additional measures for patient treatment:

– Avoiding or minimizing operations that can produce droplets or aerosols
– The use rubber dams in as many instances as possible.
– Rinsing the oral cavity slowly, avoiding unnecessary splatter.
– Using high-speed evacuation for all dental procedures producing an aerosol.
– Providing patients with the use an antimicrobial rinse before starting a dental procedure
– Avoiding or minimizing procedures that may induce coughing, such as routine intraoral X-rays.

We are also closely monitoring CDC guidelines and recommendations and adapting our processes accordingly.

In the best of times, we’re very proud that Brighton Dental has been a trusted resource for the San Diego community. In challenging times like these, we want you to assure you that being smart about what we do and keeping you safe are bywords for us and for our patient care team.

With Gratitude and Good Wishes,


Dr. Paige Woods, D.D.S.

We Can Help You Heal Faster From Implants, Extractions And Surgery With Remarkable PRF Therapy

Perhaps you’re already convinced that we’re the best dental clinic for you. Or perhaps you’re not. Either way, we believe we can help any dental patient look, feel and function better – and that includes you. If you need an extraction, implant or dental surgery and are concerned about pain or slow healing, we can offer you something innovative and remarkable: PRF therapy.

Read on and you’ll learn more about how PRF – that is, Platelet Rich Fibrin – is making life better for dental patients who choose Brighton Dental in San Diego and Dr. Paige Woods.


PRF Makes Things Better

prf dental unitPRF is a natural, biocompatible, non-allergenic product that’s made from your own blood – so you won’t have a negative reaction to it. We draw a small amount of blood, spin it in a centrifuge into its components and bring out the fibrin – which is a substance that that’s already in your body to aid in healing. By refining your blood in this way, we create a concentrated fibrin product that we can put exactly where it’s needed.

How can PRF be used? At Brighton Dental, we have successfully used PRF therapy to:

  • Promote rapid healing of extractions
  • Help with osseointegration and soft tissue healing around dental implants
  • Speed recovery from reconstructive work, and
  • Assist with integration and success of bone grafts.

And our PRF unit doesn’t use bovine thrombin or chemical additives of any kind.


Learn What Everyone’s Talking About

You may have already heard about PRF therapy because it’s being discussed with regard to complex medical procedures, cosmetic enhancements and a wide range of medical, dental and plastic surgery procedures. Platelet rich fibrin therapy improves healing, supports the immune system and can help you heal quicker and better with fewer post-operative complications.

But what is fibrin? As you may know, your blood is actually clear. The red color comes from red blood cells. Blood also contains platelets, small cells that stop bleeding and promote healing. A French surgeon discovered that patients can recover quicker from surgeries when platelet-rich fibrin – a naturally occurring fibrous mesh – is applied directly to a surgical site.

The body would eventually get these healing components to the site anyway, but refining it from your blood and placing it directly at the site speeds up the process and therefore speeds healing. Plus, much more of the fibrin can be added in this way than the body would eventually use on its own to heal the site.

PRF therapy also includes growth factors from your own body – the so-called signaling molecules that help cells know what work needs to be done in a certain area. Both hard and soft tissue responds to this kind direct help in getting the right molecules to a surgical site, extraction site or dental implant.


Nothing’s More Biocompatible

We spend a lot of time making sure the materials we use in and on your mouth are biocompatible, and nothing is more biocompatible than something made from your own body – from a small sample of your own blood in the case of PRF. There’s nothing added, no chemicals needs and no worries because a centrifuge does all the work. What could be simpler or better?

At Brighton Dental, scores of San Diego dental patients and people from everywhere turn to us for holistic, biocompatible, sensible and gentle dental work – because they trust us. PRF is another trusted way of doing dental work better than ever before, and we fully embrace it at this San Diego dental practice. To learn more about PRF therapy, contact us now at 619-359-6569 to schedule your consultation.


Clearer And In 3D: New Technology Lets Us Diagnose Better Than Ever

Thanks to new technology in use by Dr. Paige Woods and the holistic dental team at Brighton Dental, we can now see a clearer image of your teeth than ever before and examine your mouth slice by slice – just like with a medical CT scan but at a fraction of the cost and with very little radiation.

When a traditional x-ray doesn’t tell the whole story, we can now use Cone Beam 3D Imaging – also called Cone Beam Computed Tomography or simply CBCT – to see a clear picture in amazing detail. That means we can be even more certain of the options we offer to you. And you can be more confident in our ability to help you without pain, hassles or wasting your time.

Want to learn more about what we can see during the 15-second scan? Keep reading.


Details, Details, Details

With CBCT, we can see your mouth and the nearby structures in your head in 3D and in incredible detail. While the scan takes only seconds, we can see your teeth in cross-section, see spacing issues of concern better than before and even note how your jaw, sinuses and nerve bundles interact with your teeth.

Traditional bite-wing x-rays are great, but what we can see is limited. Panoramic radiographs give us a more complete picture, but both show only 2 dimensions – that is, a flat image. Cone Beam 3D Imaging adds a revolutionary new dimension to what we can see while showing details in clarity greater than we had available in the past. For the first time, we can see distortion-free 3D details of spatial relationships related to the teeth, jaw and other head and face structures.

Plus, we can see cross-sections of any teeth we choose, something never possible before. If you think of a combination of the overall picture provided by a panoramic dental x-ray with the detail and dimension available from a medical CT scan, then you’re starting to understand this new 3D imaging machine at Brighton Dental in San Diego.



How Cone Beam 3D Imaging Works

Using a special CBCT machine, Cone Beam 3D Imaging allows us to send totally safe, very low-power x-rays to the specific area we want see, the mouth. This radiation is sent in a divergent cone pattern that fans out, not in a single narrow column. The data is received by a sensor attached to a computer. Using special algorithms designed just for this system, the computer generates a unique 3D image that we can see on a monitor. We can rotate this image, seeing all sides of your teeth and related structures. And we can look at individual slices to see problems within teeth.

Using all this information, we can make an accurate diagnosis – which leads to an excellent treatment plan and the best possible outcome for you. There’s no other way we can see a cross-section of a tooth or a 3D image of your mouth.


Easy For Everyone

Perhaps the best thing about Cone Beam 3D Imaging is how easy it is. It only takes 15 seconds and is performed much like a panoramic x-ray. You just have to remove all metal, including hairpins, hearing aids and removable bridges.

Dental insurance usually doesn’t cover this kind of scan, but it’s much more affordable than a medical CT scan. We’ll make the process easy for you and file paperwork with your insurance company if necessary.

When used in situations where traditional 2D x-rays don’t show all we need to see, this remarkable new type of 3D imagining lets us see your oral and dental health in a new way – so we can help you in the best ways possible. Isn’t technology amazing?



Metal-Free Removable Partials Are A Reality!

removable partial denturesAs a biocompatible dental office, we try to use only materials in our dental restorations that are inert and totally safe. While metal-based removable partials have proven to cause very few safety issues, we still don’t like the idea of patients using metal dental devices – especially if they don’t have to.

At Brighton Dental in San Diego, Dr. Paige Woods offers a remarkable, innovative and long-lasting metal-free removal partial that could be the right solution for you. Keep reading to learn more about the latest innovation: Ultaire AKP removable partial dentures.

A New Polymer Changes Everything

Most partials for long-term use are made over a metal framework for rigidity, durability and stability. But that’s no longer necessary. As patients of biological dentists like Dr. Woods have become more aware of the potential for allergies, metal tastes and toxicity concerns with metal, they have become proactive in asking for natural-looking, comfortable and beautiful partials that don’t contain metal.

An Ultaire AKP removable partial denture is made with a remarkable aryl ketone polymer previously unavailable in dental partials that’s:

  • Non-irritating
  • Great looking
  • Lightweight
  • Metal-free, and therefore

It’s a smart alternative to traditional metal removable partial denture frames that satisfies demanding patients while successfully meeting industry standards and the high standards of biological, holistic dental practices like ours.

The polymer material weighs in at about 60 percent less than metal, has no unsightly metal clasps that people may be able to see, gives off no funny tastes and is non-corrosive. And the finished product can last 10 years or more with normal insertion, use and removal, making it something you can proudly and easily use for years to come.

From A Company With Experience

Good dentistry is a combined effort. It starts with a patient willing to properly take care of their teeth and any partials or other devices necessary for a healthy, functional bite and beautiful smile. Also important to the process is a proactive, conservative-minded dentist who will do what it takes – but as little as it takes and no more – to maintain and restore the health and beauty of a patient’s mouth. As a holistic dental clinic, we believe good oral health is part of being a healthy person overall.

When a dental device or appliance is necessary, it needs to come from a good company. Ultaire AKP removable partial dentures are custom-made to the precise specifications we provide by a respected dental lab using a polymer product from Solvay, a newcomer in dentistry with a long and broad portfolio of healthcare polymers used around the world. These polymer products include more than 35 brands and more than 1,500 formulations, each intended to replace a product or device that would have previously been metal. The company has more than 25 years experience in health care.

Available Now At Brighton Dental

At our holistic, biocompatible dental practice, we’ve been looking for years for a better material than metal for removable partial dentures, and Ultaire AKP is a solution that would not be possible without advances in polymers – the joining together of small molecules into larger ones to form specific kind of plastics and related materials.

If you believe a partial is in your future, are concerned about the usage of metal in your current partial, don’t like those ugly metal clasps or use a metal or flexible partial that doesn’t fit well, our team at Brighton Dental in San Diego can help. We have a range of solutions that may work for you, including innovative Ultaire AKP removable partial dentures, a modern solution that replaces a problematic old one.

Contact us now for your dental and oral health assessment, and let us formulate a program that will have you eating, smiling and feeling better than ever.


Photos Show The Quality Of Work Dr. Woods Provided In Mexico

placed dental implantsDr. Paige Woods has joined other dentists in her mission work providing free implant services to underprivileged people in Mexico. The nation has a rampant problem with dental disease that leaves as many as 70 percent of citizens over age 65 with no or few teeth.

Photos Show Excellent Work

These photos may be hard to look at if you aren’t used to seeing medical and dental procedures, but they’re worth seeing because they show that Dr. Woods provides these pro bono clients in Mexico the same clean, professional work to modern standards that her patients at Brighton Dental in San Diego get every day.

dental implant xrayDental implant technology is perfect for patients with limited access to dental care because it’s a permanent solution to a long-term problem. While dentures can provide a semi-permanent option, loose or ill-fitting dentures can lead to problems speaking and chewing. That can result in a degeneration of overall health. And all dentures loosen over time as the dental ridge shrinks.

The Need Is Great

Dr. Woods devotes her time to this cause because the need is so great. Oral disease, according to statistics from the World Health Organization, is the 4th most expensive condition to treat in industrialized nations. new smile modelUnhealthy diets and tobacco usage contribute to the problem. In developed countries, as much as 10 percent of public health resources are devoted to dental care, but many nations devote very little or nothing at all.

Modern medications can also cause dry mouth, which leads to tooth decay and infection. There are more than 400 medicines that can cause dryness of the mouth. And in Mexico, dentists are likely to remove a damaged tooth rather than repair it, leading to a large number of people with missing teeth.

Implants, however, are a permanent, sensible solution, and Dr. Woods is part of the solution for the patients she treats in Mexico.


Dr. Woods Helps Underprivileged And Elderly In Mexico Smile Again

Mexico Implant DentistsDr. Paige Woods and her gentle dentistry extends farther than most realize through her charitable work in Mexico helping mostly edentulous patients with little bone for their dentures to hold on to them by placing implants that they can clip into. But her passion for providing dental implants to the underprivileged in our neighboring country isn’t just about restoring smiles. It’s part of a larger effort to restore dignity, proper function and the ability to maintain a healthy body to those without regular access to good dental care.

Much-Needed Work

The patients helped by our primary dentist at Brighton Dental San Diego during her trips to Mexico have lost all or most of their teeth for a variety of reasons – something that’s all too common in this nation that’s just a few miles away from the hundreds of dentists and dental clinics in San Diego.

Reversing The Trend

Research has shown that 60 to 70 percent of Mexicans over age 65 in their home nation have few or no teeth. The issue is even worse among the poor. Additional studies have shown that as many as 90 percent of Mexican citizens have untreated cavities and many have gum disease, both reasons for tooth loss.

You can depend on Dr. Woods and the Brighton Dental team for your oral health care needs – and thanks to this charitable work, so can some poor and elderly people in Mexico. Of course, one dental professional can’t solve the whole problem and neither can one organization, but Dr. Woods is doing her part and encouraging her colleagues to do their parts as well.

Life is good in San Diego, and life in Mexico is better for those who can eat and speak properly – patients who have something to smile about.