Holistic Dentistry – Lecture by Paige Woods, DDS at UCSD


Intro: Good afternoon, everybody. Good morning, everybody. I’m really happy to see you here. Welcome to San Diego. I hope that you will have a very enlightened time here. And hopefully, we’ll get to answer a lot of your questions.

I wanted to introduce to you a very, very special person, who I’m very fond of on many levels. She’s a terrific human being. She is a very smart, charismatic, caring person, and an incredibly good dentist. So, please help me welcome Dr. Paige Woods.

Dr. Paige Woods: Thank you. Thank you so much. I’m so happy to be here with you guys today. I’m a biological dentist in San Diego, and what makes it even more special to be here at UCSD talking to you guys about what I do.

So, let’s get started. You know, I’m constantly asked. People ask me where should they go to research, where should they go to find out what’s best for them. I know that with social media and with the Internet, if a patient gets a cough and they go to WebMD, they’re going to think they have cancer. So, we’re given tons of information, but who’s right?

And what I always tell my patients is, first and foremost, you have to trust yourself. If something doesn’t smell right, doesn’t sit with you right, then trust yourself and keep digging.

And that’s basically how I wrote my practice. And why my patients come to me is because they have kept pushing the limit and pushing the boundaries and asking why. Stepping away from the social norms, they find their way to me.

So, why do we need to take responsibility of our health? In dentistry, we’re taught to restore teeth. We’re given this list of materials and we learned everything there is to know about it –the bond strength, the compression strength, the sheer strength, everything you can possibly know, elasticity. But there’s no aspect really on the bio-compatibility of these materials—which I’ve always had an issue with it.

So, I think that that’s another thing that’s missing in this field. We have dental amalgams, for instance. They contain mercury. And we’ll talk about this a lot during this lecture. But another thing is for my pediatric patients. When they have decay that extends to the nerve, the standard of care is to remove the decay. We take a piece of cotton, we dip into formocresol which has formaldehyde in it, and we soak that tooth with this material. Formaldehyde is carcinogenic. It’s known to be carcinogenic. And then we have root canal sealers that are toxic as well.

So, there are all of these things that we’re putting into our mouths that contain non-toxic materials. By just stepping aside and asking, “Wait, what?” I think that that’s what makes us intelligent human beings.

We’ll get to some of these other things a little bit later, but just start kind of planting the seed.

So, my hope for you today is to provide you guys with a litte bit of knowledge to take with you to your healthcare provider and make sure that you’re getting the care that you want.

So, when patients come to me every day, these are the number one concerns that they have. They want to know about their silver fillings. Are they toxic? Are they good for them? Are they hurting them? What’s the deal, just the different metals on their mouth?

Root canals, root canals is another big issue right now as well as gum disease.

So, our mercury fillings, 50% mercury. So, aside from being 50% mercury, this is some of the things that we see everday. And just looking at the pictures, you have to ask yourself, “Do I want this in my mouth?” Let’s take mercury out of the equation. Do I still want this rusting piece of metal in my mouth?

So, aside from that, now let’s talk about the composition. It is 50% mercury. And that’s not according to me. That’s according to Health &Human Services which is the government.

We have these mercury restorations. How did we get it? Well, it goes back a long ways. It goes back to 1833 when two Frenchmen brought it over. They realized it was an easy to use material. They were able to place them into teeth and restore these teeth. We didn’t have anything else, and patients were able to function.
So, 10 years later, that was the standard of care. Everyone was using it. It makes sense.

But the American Society of Dental Surgeons caught on to the fact—and they were the ones that said, “Hey, it’s got 50% mercury. How can this be okay for the patient? How can this be healthy?” They wanted to eliminate it. And instead of that being eliminated, the mercury fillings being eliminated, the American Dental Association was founded and the American Society of Dental Surgeons was disbanded. So, the ADA has been a strong proponent of dental amalgam ever since.

So, as I was saying, mercury was one of the most toxic elements. It’s actually the third most toxic element according to Health & Human Services behind arsenic and lead. This is not me. This is not me telling you how to live your life, me telling you something is good or bad. This is the government. This is Health & Human Services telling you that mercury is the third most toxic substance and 50% of these fillings are mercury.

So, if that hasn’t convinced you enough, when you go to your dentist or in my own office—well, I don’t have this metal in my office. But if your dentist does have it in their office, this is a label from one of the containers that contains the mercury or amalgam for placing in these restorations. And right here, it says, “Warning: May cause neurotoxic and nephrotoxic effects.” So, you’re going to have neurotoxic and kidney devastating effects. This is the label. So that’s the toxicity based on the mercury content.

Let’s talk about just the fact of having the metal on your mouth. So if you think about highschool chemistry, highschool science classes, when you heat up a metal, it expands. You eat hot and cold food, this metal expands and contracts.

Well, teeth are really strong when they’re whole and there hasn’t been anything placed in them. You can put a lot of pressure. I mean, we put 250 lbs. of pressure on our molars. So, we have really strong jaws. But now you have a wedge inside of your tooth that’s expanding and contracting and it’s creating these cracks, and also, open margins. So, it expands, contracts, expands, contracts. You have all these openings for bacteria. Microscopic bacteria just flows right in.

So, aside from the toxicity effect, it’s also not a good restorable material based on the devastating effects long-term.

I can’t tell you how many clients—everyday, I do at least one (and mostly like two to three crowns) a day just because of the fractures that occur with these restorations.

Once we remove the amalgam—actually, this is a really nice picture. I know, this is not bad. But you can actually see here, you see this crack, it runs all the way across, all the way across. And sometimes, these teeth, this crack runs so deep that it runs to the root of the tooth and the tooth actually has to be extracted. So, a simple filling turns into a tooth extraction.

But there is good news. We are able to remove these amalgams in a safe way and restore them. This is a case from our office. We removed the metal, the mercury fillings, and we replaced it with some porcelain inlays and onlays. It looks much better.

So, a lot of times, my patients come in, and they’ve done a little bit of research—I’m really happy that they have. They’re on the right path. They’ve made the decision to have these toxic restorations removed—and they want to know what my protocol of choice is, if it’s Huggins or International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. These are all very great protocols. The fact that they’re removing these toxic restorations, A+.

But you’re taking your eye off the 8 ball. The key is making sure that none of these metal and this metal material is going to be ingested or inhaled when we remove it. And that all starts with this nice sealed rubber dam.

This is water-tight. We test it. Once we put this on, we put a clamp, we test it with water, we ask the patient, “Are you getting anything in?” before we even do this.

We add a second layer of protection. We use some homeopathy remedies to make sure. We give our patients a couple of tablets. If anything gets in—which it doesn’t—if anything does, it allows the body to flush that mercury out rather than being absorbed into the fatty tissues.

So, we have our rubber dam, our sealed rubber dam. We place an oxygen mask over the patient’s nose to make sure that none of these toxic gas is being inhaled.

And we section out the metal pieces. We section it out. We use electric hand pieces that we’re able to put the RPMs way down, so that it doesn’t heat up this metal too much, and we section these pieces out.

So again, this goes over our protocol that we used in our office. And we’ve had great success. We kind of combined a couple of different protocols, and it works.

So, some other things your dentist should be using in the office is homeopathy, acupuncture, a lot of natural ventilation, nutritional guidance, and of course, quadrant dentistry. We want to take care of each quadrant at a time.

So, once you remove these metal fillings, then what? What are we going to replace them with?

So, we have a couple of different options. We have composites and we have porcelain. Composites is basically plastic and glass. It’s not baked. And then, you have porcelain which is baked glass.

With the composites, unfortunately, at this point in time, we don’t have a perfect material. We have two types of composites. Ninety-nine percent of the composites out there in the market now contain BPAs. In my office, it doesn’t have BPAs in it, but it does have a little bit of flouride which we’re not a fan of. We don’t use flouride in our office, but this is the one material that does have it. We just find that we would rather sacrifice and have a minute amount of flouride versus containing a large amount of BPAs. We tend to go that way.

When I’m talking over these issues with what the options are with my patients, I put it really simply as, “Would you rather eat your food on a China plate or a plastic plate?” It’s up to them. But at least the choices are known.

So, I think that more and more dentists are starting to join and they’re starting to realize that these mercury fillings or amalgam fillings are not healthy. I’m actually really happy to see that dentistry is changing course. It’s taken a long time I think from what, 1833 to now. We’re starting to slowly move away, but we’re getting there.
So, oral and systemic disease, it’s all connected. There had been countless of research done showing that there was a direct connection between periodontal disease. And that’s been known for 15 years at least—hardcore evidence.

And then, lately, the ADA came out with a study that said that there actually isn’t. But I think that there’s more to that. I don’t believe that. I think that due to malpractice, if a periodontal condition isn’t seen or diagnosed, that the dentist is going to be liable for malpractice with their heart disease. So, I don’t believe that. There’s just too much evidence showing otherwise.

In the gums, you have a large amount of vasculature; in the teeth, you do as well. And it’s a direct connection to your heart. It’s commonsense.

So, what is periodontal disease is when we have a patient that has a large amount of bacteria that basically starts to form here. And it eats away. It’s anaerobic bacteria, so it doesn’t like oxygen.

So, when I have a patient that has four, five, six millimeter pockets, they’re not able to clean here. A normal toothbrush can get two to three millimeters if you’re really diligent. But once we get past that, this bacteria is just having a field day. It’s just going to town.

This is actually really interesting. So, some of that bacteria that we found in the bottoms of those pockets that I just showed you, they also found that same bacteria in patients that have pancreatic cancer. And yet, it’s not all connected.

So, how do you know if you have periodontal disease? Here, we have some areas where we have moderate gingivitis, and we’re getting into some moderate periodontitis here. You can see the recession, the gum tissue. And then, when you get to the more advanced—and we see this in our office actually more frequently than you would realize.

How do we treat it? In our office, we take a little bit of a different approach. Of course, we want to use our traditional hygiene—brush, floss. But with our patients, we find that the biggest resource that we can have is by their homecare.

You come to our office, you see our hygienist every four months? Then how is that bacteria being eliminated between then? I mean, do you clean your house every four months? No! You need a maintenance every day to allow new growth to attach to that tooth.
So, in our practice, we use ozone because it’s three molecules of oxygen. When you have these anaerobic bacteria, bacteria that hates oxygen, and you’re throwing three oxygen molecules at it, it’s the most we can do to try to eliminate this bacteria.

So, we have our patients buy a water pick. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. We just want a reservoir. We have them buy an ozone machine. You ozonate the water, and they basically put the ozone water, the ozone-infused water down into those pockets. That helps to eradicate that bacteria. And by doing that every day, we’re seeing these four, five, six millimeter pockets become those two, three and four—and even better.

And here are some of the statistics for an ozone machine that we recommend. Feel free to email me about this so we can help you.

And again, this is just talking about the water pick. I even have all my ortho patients, I tell them to use it because it’s harder to floss. The most important thing to realize is you’re just trying to flush that bacteria out.

I don’t want to say that it’s not important to keep coming to your hygienist. It absolutely is. You need to have the tartar removed. We learned how to brush our teeth when we’re really young. We all kind of get in there and go to town, but there are places that we miss. So, you have to continue to come to your hygienist and keep having these pockets measured to make sure that we’re getting new reattachment.

So, aside from hygiene and using ozone, some other things that we see that causes increased periodontal pockets and periodontal disease is a lot of crowding. Our teeth are supposed to be aligned in a certain fashion to where your saliva just flows through and it eliminates naturally this bacteria. But when you have all of these crowding, even the patient with the most diligent hygiene, it’s almost impossible. They’re just set up for failure. You’re going to see a plaque trapped here. You’re going to see it here.

Not only that, a lot of times, when they have this, some teeth are being worn more than others. You’ll see a lot of wear on the biting surfaces of the back teeth. So, we absolutely want—of course, there’s an aesthetic component of the braces which that’s the majority of why people get them. But what I care about is just the health of their mouth and eliminating these pockets and areas for bacteria to sequester.

So, it’s not perfect for every patient, but a lot of our patients are able to use these clear braces. They’re BPA-free. A lot of times, our patients don’t want to have metal in their mouth. So, this is a great alternative.

Okay! So, the big hot topic is root canals. I see patients every day. They’ve done a lot of research, and they want to know, “Is this root canal causing cancer? Is this root canal hurting me? Is it making me sick?” That’s a valid question. So, what is a root canal?
So, inside of this canal, you have a nerve, you have an artery and you have a vein. And when you have decay or trauma or something that causes this nerve to die, we have to have it removed.
So, we open the tooth. We open this up and clean all of these out and fill this area. That is a root canal.

So, traditional root canals are done with Gutta Percha and that sealant—that sealant that I was telling you about that’s made of a really toxic material. We have more bio-compatible materials now thankfully that I will recommend to some of my patients depending on their own situation.

So, traditional root canal materials, it’s a hydrophobic material. So, when it comes into contact with moisture, it actually starts to shrink. And over time, these materials shrink anyway.
So, if you think about this, when you fill this area with a material that’s starting to shrink and get smaller, it basically becomes a place where bacterial can just come and re-infest this canal. Whereas the new bio-compatible materials that are on the market and that we use in our office, when it comes into contact with moisture, it actually expands. So, it eliminates any of those pocketings or voids for bacteria to enter. And again, this is the traditional root canal material.

So, aside from whether or not we can do root canals with the bio-compatible materials or not, most of the patients that come in have done some research and they have come across Dr. Weston Price.

So, in 1920, Dr. Price did a study where he took some root canal treated tooth from some patients that had some systemic conditions. One patient had had a heart attack, and they took this tooth out. Another patient had diabetes. So, they had some of these root canal-treated teeth. He implanted them under the skin of some rabbits.

Eighty-eight percent of those rabbits developed the systemic condition that the patient had had that had the root canal-treated tooth. For instance, one of the patients had a heart attack. The rabbit had a heart attack after having this root canal placed under the tissue.

So, not only Weston Price, but the Mayo Clinic also had research as well showing the bacteria lodged in these root canal-treated teeth were connected to some of these systemic conditions.

So now that we know that, what do we do? That’s what my patients come to me. They’ve done this research. They have this information. They have this knowledge. It’s out there. It’s not a secret. What do we do?

This is the part that I love about my job. It’s because each patient is unlike any other patient.

So, we evaluate the tooth. I look at their situation. We look at the tooth. Does it have an infection? If it does have an infection, is it a tooth that they need for chewing? If we extract it, are we going to be able to utilize other teeth around it to replace it with a bridge? Do we have enough bone there for an implant?

These are the questions that I ask myself, ask the patient. We have to come up with a gameplan.

We also look at the systemic conditions of a patient. If this tooth is on a meridian where they have some other manifestation—let’s say they have a premolar that is infected and they have breast cancer along that meridian—I’m absolutely going to say, “No way! Get it out.” So, every case is evaluated individually.

Systemic manifestations on that meridian, are there life-threatening health challenges. Do we want to add to that possibility of introducing more bacteria into their system or is it better just to get rid of it completely? At the end of the day, it’s just a tooth. Their life matters more.

So, here are some examples of our tooth-organ relationship. Like I was saying, with the premolar, any breast cancer, thyroid, we’re not going to want to mess with that, a lower molar—and this is all online, this tooth-organ relationship. So, if you have any root canals that you’ve been questioning having re-treated or having removed, you can look this up and evaluate it.

So, with the bio-compatible option, if there is not a systemic condition along that meridian and the tooth is needed for function, then we do have an option. And this is what I will talk to my patients about.

So, it doesn’t use Gutta Percha, and it doesn’t have the hydrophobic sealers. It has this hydrophilic points that actually expand.
And here’s a research article basically talking about how it will expand when it comes into contact with moisture.

A little bit more about this study. I don’t want to bore you guys. You guys can look this up.

So, what’s my position on the root canals? I’m not an advocate for it. I’m totally opposed to it when it’s used with traditional materials. But it’s not off the table. I feel like that’s doing a disservice to my patients. I don’t want my patients to think if they come to me, we’ll have all your root canals removed. I can’t buy that.

But each patient, they’re an individual. They’re unlike anyone else. I need them to come to my office. Let’s sit down, let’s talk about it, let’s evaluate their case individually.

So, let’s say that we’ve decided to actually remove the tooth, then what are our options? Do we just leave it alone? Absolutely not. We have options.

So, what is the best thing? We have implants, bridges and removable partials. Maryland bridges aren’t done very much these days just because it takes a lot of maintenance. You have to have them recemented every few years or so. We’ll talk about it, but I think people are more in line with implants and bridges.

So, an implant is a titanium or a zirconium screw that’s put into the bone. We allow it to heal for a few months. And then ,we uncover it and then we can place a crown on it.

During those four months, the body will osteointegrate and basically move into the threads of this implant, and it’s accepted as part of the body and part of the bone.

You can see the threads. There’s bone going straight into these. It’s totally integrated. It’s solid.

Zirconia implants are also on the market. The problem with these right now is that it’s all one piece here—not to mention that it’s larger. So, it’s a ceramic implant. It has to be larger so that it can take on the mastication forces. You have all these micro-fractures that can occur if it’s smaller.

So, they’re still in the research and development phase right now. With it being one piece, the patient is able to actually bite on it immediately which I’m not a fan of because it’s not allowing the bone to actually integrate into the implant.

So, there is hope for having zirconia implants. They have come out with something that has two individual pieces, but they’re having problems with the attachment of the two pieces. So, for now, I’m not ready to advice my patients to go in this direction until I see a little bit more success. So, there are options.

If they don’t have enough bone, and there aren’t teeth for an implant—I mean for a bridge—then we can do something that’s removable to help them to bite.

This is what we do in the majority of cases. If a patient has restorations on two adjacent teeth here and we have to remove a tooth, then it’s kind of killing two birds with one stone. We can clean up those two adjacent teeth and place a bridge, a porcelain bridge.

If the two teeth are virgin teeth, then I would probably go more towards an implant.

And this is that Maryland bridge. This is not as common, but it’s still an option. So, you can ask your dentist how they feel and if you’re a candidate for them. Again, every case needs to be evaluated individually.

So, to reiterate, are there systemic manifestations along the meridien of the affected tooth? Are there life-threatening health challenges? And will intervention improve or decrease the quality of life? If we remove that tooth, are they not going to be able to eat on that side?

So, those are the things that we address in our office. I really appreciate you guys listening to what I have to say. Feel free to come and see us at Brighton Dental. Thank you. Thank you so much.

For a holistic dental consultation with Dr. Woods, call (619) 359-6569

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.