Dr. Michael Schecter DDS ・December 2013
When we start searching to relieve the common cold or fever, we rely on our familial and cultural histories to provide the answers. Chicken soup, onion soaked feet, and hydrotherapy are all time tested effective therapies. In similar fashion, I find it fascinating to balance and treat dental issues with homeopathy, nutrition, and hygiene. These older traditional methods work to prevent dental disease and heal after invasive surgery.
Often in my practice, I must balance the dentist and homeopath in me when driving treatment. Typically the dentist wants results ASAP while the homeopath patiently awaits a change in symptoms. I have learned to embrace and utilize the teachings of various modalities and incorporate them into my practice. We are all fortunate to live in an era where we have access to a variety of medicines. Moreover, technology and research allows for improvements in diagnosis and treatment.
The Canary System is a device for the early detection and monitoring of tooth decay. The system is more accurate than x rays and uses a laser instead of radiation. It is a pain-free, safe and non-invasive early detection system built on years of thorough research. A decay prevention protocol can be established and maintained using the Canary System.
This was not possible before this new technology. Currently, we can focus on systemic factors which contribute to decay such as diet, ph balance, and nutrient absorption. We can utilize safe techniques such as ozone and Novamin Sylc to combat decay before drilling intervention is required. The success of this treatment can now be evaluated with the Canary System.
With a similar mindset, phase contrast microscopy allows for a glimpse into the microbial activity living under the gums. We can target the inflammation, anaerobic bacteria, parasites, and fungus contributing to gum disease. The subsequent treatment solutions may be ancient in nature ranging from herbal irrigations to ozone/oxygen treatment, yet they can only truly be evaluated with modern day understanding of microbiology.
One hundred years ago missing teeth were replaced with removable dentures. Fixed bridges became a more functional and aesthetic option. Currently, dental implants, including ceramic or zirconia, are a practical improved option. As technology advances, imaging techniques are dramatically improved. Digital x rays and 3-D C T scanning allows for intricate treatment planning while dramatically reducing radiation and toxicity.
Oral cancer has a high morbidity rate. A one minute non toxic screen during a hygiene appointment can saves lives. An improved understanding of root canal physiology and pathology has lead to variations in treatment options. Dentists are using lasers and ozone gas to disinfect canals and embarking on new approaches to revitalizing teeth.
The incredible and exciting side to dentistry is that the best is still yet to come. Teeth are being grown from precursor cells. It is only a matter of time before we are regenerating teeth instead of restoring or using prosthetics.