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.
Gail M., has been a patient in our practice for some time. She always wanted to do something more esthetic with her front teeth. However, there was always something that took precedence and forced her to postpone doing what she always intended and wanted to do. Then one day she finally decided she was going to wait no longer.
The picture below on the left is that of the patient. The picture on the right is a close-up of her smile prior to treatment.
The two central incisors were previously treated with Root Canal Therapy. A decision was made to restore them both with posts/cores and Porcelain Jacket Crowns. The lateral incisors were treated with Porcelain Veneers. The picture on the lower left is that of the patient after esthetic restorative smile make-over care. The photo on the right is a close-up of the final restorations.
Something tells me that with a smile like that she won’t be in middle management much longer! Please contact East Boynton Dental for your “Smile Makeover”.
Best wishes for a very Happy Birthday to both Dr. Indictor, who celebrated his birthday with the whole office staff in April, including “Ranger”, Dr. Indictor’s beloved Cocker Spaniel. More recently we celebrated with Alecia, long time member of our staff, who celebrated her birthday this past June! We extend our heart felt “best wishes” to her on her birthday and wish for her many “Happy Birthdays” in the years ahead.
Some pictures from both celebrations are shown below.
A young executive with a local quasi-corporate/municipal utility of Southeast Florida, presented to our office at East Boynton Dental, with a broken tooth in the upper posterior segment of their dentition. Upon presenting to our office for a clinical review as well as a radiographic evaluation, it was determined that the patient would be well served by extracting the fractured tooth rather than trying to save the root endodontically (Root Canal Therapy) and then subsequently restore the treated root with a post, core build-up and crown.
The photo below left represents the intraoral photograph of the fractured tooth. The photo below to the right represents the radiographic presentation of the fractured tooth.
After extraction of the root, the extraction site was grafted with bone. Subsequent to healing an implant fixture was placed and following sufficient time for integration of the implant with the bone, the implanted titanium fixture was prosthetically restored.
The photo below on the left is a picture of the implanted fixture with the healing cap off and with healthy soft tissue around it. The photo below on the right is a picture of the same implant fixture with the abutment and the Porcelain Fused to Gold Alloy Crown immediately after placement.