It is with great sadness and sorrow that I have to report that Ranger, my beloved Cocker Spaniel, who was a fixture in my dental office for the past few years, lost his battle with Cancer. No matter how much the Cancer sought to betray Ranger, and play havoc with his brain, his love for my wife, myself, my staff and special patients never wavered and never diminished. He had big brown eyes and a beautiful heart to match. He loved all children. He developed that love very early in his life with the first family with whom he lived and continued with Debbie, my wife who is a Clinical Child Psychologist. She took care of him from the time he was about 2 years old. She enlisted his help in the treatment of some of the pediatric patients in New Jersey whom she treated that lost members of their family in the disaster of “9/11” and were adversely affected by the trauma. He truly was a therapy dog.
The times spent with him were often memorable. I can distinctly recall one day my wife took me for a walk with Ranger, on a beautiful sunny morning in New Jersey. We walked to a park that was surrounded by a fence. In the center of this park was a playground with a “Jungle Jim”. She said to me, “Watch this”. She took off his lead and within a short time he ran over to the “Jungle Jim”. He walked up the steps. He walked across the catwalk and then slid down the sliding board. If I didn’t see it with my own eyes – I wouldn’t have believed it.
He loved popcorn, vanilla ice cream and glazed donuts. He also loved to check out ladies pocketbooks for food; he was a chow hound.
I know that in this life you can’t be selfish. You have to be accepting of what time you are given and satisfied with the time we shared with him.
He left us with some great memories, which we will cherish for some time to come. He will be sorely missed.
Every once in a while, a patient comes into my office requesting the removal of all their silver fillings and replacing them with the tooth shaded restorations. The fear is that the mercury in the restorations will do them harm. Many people prefer the “look” of white composite over the metallic look of mercury amalgam. There are, however, no health or safety reasons to choose the white restorative material over the silver amalgam. Tooth colored composite resin restorative material generally costs more than silver amalgam restorations. They are, however, not as strong in the posterior segments of your mouth. Studies have shown that the silver amalgam restorations last approximately 25-50 percent longer than the tooth colored composite resin restorations. The tooth shaded composite resin is a mixture of a form of plastic and glass or quartz particles. Amalgam is about 50% mercury and the remaining 50% is a mixture of copper, tin and silver. The mercury doesn,t remain free; it reacts with the other metals to form metallic compounds, which are quite different from pure mercury.
With regards to the safety of amalgam. the World Health Organization and the European Commission have shown that the free mercury levels to be very low. You would need to have a number of restorations in your mouth in the hundreds to reach even slightly toxic levels. It is estimated that you are exposed to and absorb low levels of mercury from food, water and air with no health risks.
But the choice is yours. If you would like to discuss the virtues of one type of material over the other feel free to contact me at East Boynton Dental. I would be more than happy to discuss it with you.
Japanese researchers have found that a fluoride solution applied to bio-resorbable synthetic hydroxyapatite granules – a bone supplement material-was found to promote bone regeneration. These were findings reported in the April Issue of the Journal of Oral Implantology. The authors concluded that the application of the fluoride solution at the right concentration added to resorbable HA granules spurs a cascade of events that leads to bone cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation., thereby enabling osteogenesis (bone growth).
Previous studies of fluoridated HA focused on spurring slow-release fluoride for “decay prevention”. This study was carried out and aimed at investigating the biologic effects of released fluoride from the surface of fluoridated resorbable hydroxyapatite granules on MG-63 human osteoblastic cells which which give rise bone regrowth.
This is not an accepted modality of treatment in the realm of implant placement. It is, however, a very interesting and thought provoking concept.