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Can I Get a Bone Graft for Dental Implants?

September 3rd, 2019

Autologous Bone Grafting from Extracted Teeth Supports Fast Bone Healing

Woman holding dental xray facing camera. The Xray shows dental implants are healing.

What happens to your extracted teeth? Do they go in the garbage? Do you save them for the tooth fairy? What if that tooth of yours is actually the most sophisticated source for bone grafting in dentistry? 

The dental experts at KometaBio have found that these little pearls should be utilized, not discarded. Extracted teeth can be cleansed, grinded, treated, and ready for use in just 15 minutes. 

Why is this significant? Dentin, which is the material that makes up the bulk of your tooth, is virtually identical to bone in composition. When preparing your gums for an implant after an extraction, using a dentin graft provides faster bone healing and regeneration. This, combined with soft tissue response and immediate attraction of osteogenic cells, creates a stable base for your dental implant.

Not only does this approach enhance the aesthetic outcome of your implant by restoring proper facial contour, it minimizes the risk of infection and implant rejection. “Dentin attracts Osteoprogenitors from the site, undergoing ankylosis (fusion) with the bone,” according to the KometaBio website. “Containing growth factors and BMPs, it makes a strong, slow resorbing scaffold.” The whole process saves time, frustration, and allows you to put those extracted teeth to good use. 

Why Use Extracted Teeth?

  1. Teeth are made of Dentin, which is like bone

  2. Dentin will graft onto your bones faster than other material

  3. Your implants will have a stable base

  4. Minimize infection risk

  5. Saves healing time

The device that makes this all possible is KometaBio’s Smart Dentin Grinder, which features a powerful and durable motor, surgical steel stainless steel blade, and multiple safety features to output two graft modalities: 1. Mineralized Dentin Graft and 2. Partial Demineralized Dentin Graft. 

“This is a natural procedure that actually crushes and sterilizes your teeth so that they are ready for use as an autogenous bone graft,” says Linda Golden of Golden Dental Wellness. “It is really interesting and is innovating dentistry.” KometaBio’s Smart Dentin Grinder is among the amazing equipment available at Golden Dental Wellness. 

There are numerous clinical cases to speak for the efficacy of this approach, backed by the research and evidence published in numerous renowned science journals, such as Dentistry Today, Periodontic and Restorative Dentistry, Annals of Anatomy, and more. More than a dozen clinical cases are available to review on KometaBio’s website.

To learn more on how Golden Dental can bring your smile back, call 516-627-8400 or visit GoldenSmile.com.

Protect Yourself from Radiation with Rosemary

June 14th, 2018

The antioxidant value of rosemary has the same potent free radical-fighting power of goji berries. Rosemary is rich in carnosic acid, an antioxidant that fights oxidative stress in the brain (helps with memory). Another rosemary constituent, carnosol, is strongly antioxidant and anti-inflammatory as well.

Using Rosemary oil is also a simple way to protect your body from the increasing levels of radiation! For two weeks or longer, twice a day after exposure to any x-rays, or radiation of any kind, place in your palm a quarter size amount of coconut oil and 1-2 drops of rosemary essential oil. Massage into soles of your feet for 30 seconds.

WHAT IS OIL PULLING AND HOW TO DO IT

May 29th, 2018

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy...

that employs natural oils such as sesame, sunflower, olive or coconut, to clean and detoxify the teeth and gums. It is anti-microbial so swishing before brushing extracts bacteria and virus-laden organisms from the mouth, gums, and throat. It can prevent tooth decay, whiten teeth, improve bad breath and even help detox the body.

What is Oil Pulling?

The basic concept behind the practice is that the oil is swished around the mouth for a short period each day. The process helps draw out bacteria and infection in the mouth, but research suggests it goes much further than that. The practice works as a natural cleansing process. As the oil is sloshed around the mouth, a certain level of friction is created. This friction creates a cleaning effect that removes unwanted particles as well as germs. The concept of “like dissolves like” also applies in this situation, as the oil used is capable of cutting through plaque and removing toxins as the compounds are so similar.

Does It Have Benefits Beyond my Mouth?

Many people view oil pulling as solely an oral health treatment, but when practiced regularly, the process benefits the rest of the body as well. In addition to improving oral health, oil pulling can also:

-Relieve migraines
-Correct hormone imbalances
-Reduce inflammation
-Treat digestive issues
-Reduce eczema
-Support normal kidney function
-Improve vision
-Reduce allergies
-Detoxify the body of heavy metals

How to Oil Pull

Add it to your morning routine 3-4 times a week upon waking, before eating or drinking anything. Here’s how:

1. Place 1 Tbl of Coconut Oil in your mouth. Once the oil has liquified, gently swish for about 10-20 minutes. When you first start oil pulling, you will probably only last for about 5-10 minutes. That’s fine! The longer you do it, the more used to it you get.

2. Spit out oil and rinse. Do not swallow the oil and Do Not spit into the sink as oil clogs plumbing. It’s best to spit it in the garbage or a bag. For an extra clean mouth, try rinsing with salt water.

3. Brush your teeth as normal.

 

 

HOW TO REDUCE DECAY-CAUSING BACTERIA

April 18th, 2018

YOU’VE PROBABLY HEARD LATELY ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING A HEALTHY PH LEVEL—hence health food store shelves flooding with alkaline waters, alkalosis foods and other products that help neutralize the body. You may not have heard how the importance of pH balance starts in the mouth.

If you’ve wondered why one kid who has poor oral hygiene never gets cavities, while your kid who brushes twice a day and sees the dentist
biannually is plagued with cavity after cavity, the culprit is likely pH. A healthy pH for saliva is in the 5.6-7.9 range. If the pH falls to 5.5 or below, there is a high risk of tooth decay and cavities, because bacteria thrive in an acidic environment.

What’s more is that acidic saliva can be detrimental not only to oral health, but overall health. A bacterial imbalance in the mouth can result in type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney and lung complications, obesity and more. Many people simply don’t know what they are doing wrong and become frustrated that they can’t get theirs or their kids’ oral health in check, and fear the long-term implications.

Typically, a dentist will treat a cavity directly, but not the bacterial imbalance in the mouth. This is a reactive and short-sighted solution that allows the cycle of decay to continue. The CariFree assessment and elevated pH products directly address the decay-causing acids that are a feeding bed for bad bacteria.

“The CariFree assessment is a salivary test that gives an idea of a patient’s oral environment by looking at many different aspects of their biochemistry and DNA,” says Linda Golden, DDS. “We are then able to use the results to design a comprehensive oral protocol that can combat pH-related and other dental issues in a holistic way.” CariFree assessment and pH products are mostly geared toward children, but they can also prove beneficial for patients with dry mouth, acid reflux, depression, and other conditions.

Non-abrasive and safe to use every day, CariFree elevated pH products are highly effective and scientifically proven to prevent cavities through remineralization. Dr. Golden describes that patients may use the products that fit their lifestyle, but some patients may prefer to opt for a more pure and natural approach. Being a holistic practitioner, she has extensive knowledge and expertise to design a customized program.

“Dentists should be giving not only oral health guidelines, but nutritional and lifestyle as well,” Dr. Golden shares. Some alternatives to the products presented by CariFree that she suggests to her patients include alkaline water, coconut oil pulling, xylitol, lemon water, ozone and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).  She also advises a healthy diet of alkaline foods, like fruits, legumes and vegetables; and reducing caffeine drinks, alcohol, sugar, meat and processed foods, which are all highly acidic.

Benefits of EATING an alkaline diet

  • Deeper more restful sleep
  • Reduction of candida overgrowth
  • Increased mental acuity or alertness
  • Enhanced memory and cognition
  • Easier weight loss
  • Increased energy
  • Better bone health
  • Reduced muscle wasting
  • Proper cell functioning
  • Healthy tissues
  • Mitigation of chronic diseases
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Lowers Risk for Hypertension and Stroke
  • Lowers Chronic Pain and Inflammation
  • Boosts Vitamin Absorption and Prevents Magnesium Deficiency
  • Helps Improve Immune Function and Cancer Protection
  • Can Help You Maintain a Healthy Weight

Acid-forming foods include most:

  • Grains
  • Beans
  • Meats
  • Dairy Products
  • Fish
  • Fast Food
  • Processed Foods
  • Coffee
  • Sugar

Alkaline-forming foods include most:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Herbs
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Herbal Teas
  • Quinoa
  • Certain Spring Waters

Best Alkaline Foods:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables promote alkalinity the most. Some of the top picks include mushrooms, citrus, dates, raisins, spinach, grapefruit, tomatoes, avocado, summer black radish, alfalfa grass, barley grass, cucumber, kale, jicama, wheat grass, broccoli, oregano, garlic, ginger, green beans, endive, cabbage, celery, red beet, watermelon, figs and ripe bananas.
  • All raw foods: Ideally try to consume a good portion of your produce raw. Uncooked fruits and vegetables are said to be biogenic or “life-giving.” Cooking foods depletes alkalizing minerals. Increase your intake of raw foods, and try juicing or lightly steaming fruits and vegetables.
  • Plant proteins: Almonds, navy beans, lima beans and most other beans are good choices.
  • Alkaline water: Alkaline water has a pH of 9 to 11. Distilled water is just fine to drink. Water filtered with a reverse osmosis filter is slightly acidic, but it’s still a far better option than tap water or purified bottled water. Adding pH drops, lemon or lime, or baking soda to your water can also boosts its alkalinity.
  • Green drinks: Drinks made from green vegetables and grasses in powder form are loaded with alkaline-forming foods and chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is structurally similar to our own blood and helps alkalize the blood.
  • Other foods to eat on an alkaline diet include sprouts, wheatgrass, kamut, fermented soy like natto or tempeh, and seeds.

 

 

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