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January 30

Replacing a Composite Filling With a Connective Tissue Gingival Graft

Our patient did not like her “long” tooth and receding gum tissue. We removed her white composite filling and placed a tunneling connective tissue graft. She loves her new smile and stable gumline. 

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January 23

Restoring Avulsed Central Incisors With Two Implants and Crowns

Our patient lost his two upper central incisors in a bicycling accident. We placed two implants and worked with his restorative dentist to give him two final crowns that matched his original smile. He was thrilled.

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January 16

Covering a Canine Root Defect with a Tunneling Connective Tissue Graft

Our patient cut a notch in his canine’s root and gum tissue by brushing too vigorously with a sawing motion. He has corrected this and we were able to completely cover the defect with a tunneling connective tissue graft. Not as good as new – better! 

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January 16

Health-related Periodontal Bacteria Lower Risk of Head and Neck Cancer

Risk of head and neck cancer, including oral and throat cancer, increases in the presence of periodontal pathogens and decreases in the presence of health-related oral bacteria. Treating periodontal disease can lower risk for these cancers. https://www.medpagetoday.com/hematologyo…/othercancers/70075 https://www.medpagetoday.com/hematology…/othercancers/70521… Oral Microbiome Tied to H&N Cancer Risk Lower incidence when Corynebacterium, Kingella spp. are abundant MEDPAGETODAY.COM

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January 10

Matching Tissue Levels with a Gingival Connective Tissue Graft

Our patient was unhappy with the recession on her right central incisor and lack of symmetry with the neighboring left central incisor. After tunneling connective tissue grafting we were able to match the tissue level on the two teeth. We also reshaped her left incisor to correct the uneven incisal edge. She loves her new …

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December 27

The Value of Research

THE PERIO PERSPECTIVE Winter 2017 Fake News We live in a blizzard of information. Most of it is bad. Any news, explanation, or argument has an infinite number of ways to be wrong, but a small (or single) way to be right. For example: Why does the Sun rise in the morning and set at …

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December 27

Root Coverage and Papilla Reconstruction With a Pedicle Graft

Covering exposed lower incisor roots in patients with thin gum tissue is very challenging. In this case we utilized a pedicle graft to achieve 100% coverage of the root, to close the black triangle between the two central incisors, and to eliminate the high frenum (muscle attachment) that contributed to the original recession. We and …

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December 20

Tunneling Connective Tissue Gum Graft For 100% Root Coverage of a Molar and Bicuspid

Covering an exposed molar root is challenging due to the width of the recession and the contour of its two facial roots. We and our patient were very pleased that we were able to completely cover the roots of his molar and the adjacent bicuspid tooth with a tunneling connective tissue graft.

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December 14

Periodontal Disease Treatment Can Save Your Life

Unhealthy gums threaten more than just your teeth. Recent research has shown that periodontal disease around teeth or dental implants (gingivitis, periodontitis or peri-implantitis) is associated with increased incidence of heart attacks, strokes, some forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and low-birth-weight babies. Treating periodontal disease can not only save teeth, but also save lives. …

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December 4

An Alternative to a Connective Tissue Graft

The lateral sliding flap is another technique for gingival augmentation and root coverage. For this patient, we slid tissue from the adjacent area over the root and sutured it in place. Even without a palatal graft, we achieved 100% root coverage.

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December 1

Treating Periodontal Disease Reduces Hypertension

A growing list of studies show that treating periodontal disease lowers blood pressure and the associated risk of heart attack or stroke. http://www.dental-tribune.com/articles/news/americas/37281_treating_periodontitis_may_help_lower_blood_pressure.html

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November 14

Reversal of Recession on a Canine

Canine teeth are prominent so they are prone to gum recession even with gentle toothbrushing. Our patient’s dentist intercepted this early and referred her to us so that the recession could be reversed and prevented in the future with a tunneling connective tissue graft. 

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November 12

Root Canals Do Not Cause Cancer

Do root canals cause cancer? In short, no. This discredited idea has been making the rounds of the internet since an article published by Dr. Joseph Mercola on his website -instead of a reputable journal – in 2012. Dr. Mercola subscribes to many crackpot ideas (doctors can be deluded just like anyone else). His article …

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October 25

Bicuspid Root Coverage with a Tunneling Connective Tissue Graft

Our patient presented with sensitivity of her exposed bicuspid root when she brushed her teeth or ate ice cream. Following tunneling connective tissue grafting her root is completely covered and she is back to loving chocolate chip.

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October 17

Tunneling Connective Tissue Graft for an Upper Canine

We treated this canine tooth with a connective tissue graft using the minimally invasive tunneling approach and achieved 100% coverage of the sensitive, exposed root. The increased gum tissue thickness post-grafting appears natural, blending with adjacent existing tissue, and will prevent recession relapse so long as the patient continues to use a soft toothbrush and …

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