Saving teeth with infection - Root canal therapy
Many of you have asked me about whether or not root canaled teeth
may release toxic bacteria or cause 'septicemia' which is a bacterially
mediated infectious disease somewhere else in the body; my answer
to you is NO. Here's why -
If causative infecting bacteria were still alive and still causing problems in
our bodies, they would be mostly manifested in and around the area of
the offending zone of primary infection first (which would be the previously
root canaled tooth). This means that the previoulsy root canaled tooth would
be the first area that symptoms would be present.
And as far as toxic substances released by infectious bacteria, this may
be true only if the bacteria were still alive and going unchecked; which
would also produce pain and symptoms around the previously root
canaled tooth. For an infection to be going unchecked, would mean that
the patient would have to be deliberately ignoring him(her)self to the pain
or symptoms of the tooth in question.
THAT is HIGHLY unlikely.
Secondly, the previously root canaled tooth is under the constant super-
vision of our immune system.
Thirdly, most bacterial reinfections of root canals occur because patients
do NOT follow up with an adequate restoration of the tooth (permanent
filling or crown). So when the dentist recommends to you to crown your
root canaled tooth, you need to follow his(her) directions.
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Holiday sweets and care of our teeth
To a question about eating sweets-
Today's world is replete with temptations, not the least of which is
our desire for sweets. Studies have shown that it is NOT the amount
of sweets that we consume that does our teeth the most potential
harm but the frequency with which we consume these items that does
the teeth the most harm.
After the consumption of sweets, it is the subsequent oxidation of
these sugars to acid compounds that facilitates the acid dissolution
of our enamel and development of tooth decay.
So by example if I were eat 2 candy bars within a 15 minute period this
would not be as bad for the teeth as if I were to eat 1 candy bar over a
15 minute period and another candy bar 15 minutes after the first one.
This is due to the fact that over 30 minutes, I am exposing the teeth
only once to sugar in the first case; as opposed to exposing the teeth
twice to sugar in the second case.
So it is the frequency of exposure to sweets that is the most potentially
harmful to the teeth and not the amount of sugar exposed.
Of course tooth brushing immediately after eating sweets can
statistically minimize enamel dissolution in both cases.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Concerning flossing vs alternatives
Many of you have come into the office with concerns that flossing
may not be doing much to debride the teeth in between other teeth. My
thoughts have gone into this as well as several of my own empirical
experiments over the years. My conclusion was and still is that flossing
does not do the job of debriding the teeth or bridgework or orthodontically
anchored teeth at all well.
With today's modern adjuncts for home oral care, flossing can essentially
be limited to removing foods that may have become jammed in between
our teeth only. Oral irrigation far exceeds the ability of flossing to debride
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Regarding lack of dental hygiene and coronary disease
Studies have shown that patients who do NOT attend to periodic dental
hygiene visits are 3 times more likely to have coronary artery disease
than patients who have do have health teeth. This study suggests that
harmful bacteria around teeth may spread to other parts of the body
causing infection. So keeping up with brushing twice daily and
regular dental hygiene visits will minimize these effects.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Zirconia based porcelain crowns,bridges and veneers
A question was raised this month regarding a more esthetic and
realistic looking material compared to traditional metal based porcelain
In recent years, with the advancement of dental materials, a new material
has become the more well recognized cosmetic alternative to traditional
metal based crowns. Zirconia dioxide (ZrO2) is a silica-free, acid-resistant,
polycrystalline ceramic that has an opaque "frosted" appearance. It has
great fracture resistance and allows us to mask over different tooth
discolorations as well as have high flexural strength for longer spand
applications like fixed dental bridgework.
It has garnered great support from the dental community as opposed to
earlier experimental materials which fell short on strength and
fracture resistance and were therefore not suitable for dental use.
A recent smile makeover that I had done shows the Before picture of
traditional metal based crowns gray gumline "shadow" and the
After picture of the zirconia based counterparts.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Credit approval through CareCredit
Recently, several of you have asked questions about financing.
As an additional convenience for financing, we do participate with a
special healthcare credit card company called CareCredit. So now
we can offer you the best treatment that you desire and taylor the
financing to your specific needs. We've had several of you use this
credit card already with successful results.
Click CareCredit and then click "APPLY" on the upper left menu bar.
Or call to apply at CareCredit at 1-800-677-0718
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tooth Whitening and alternatives
I was recently asked what the best method for tooth whitening is that is
While there exist many such systems (both over the counter and those
systems which are applied by a dentist) you need to be careful to
consider side effects of these procedures.
Tooth whitening done in a controlled dental office environment represent
the best results for whitening while minimizing gum and tooth related
sensitivity and damage. They also have the longest lasting results.
While over the counter whitening systems do work, care should be taken
to follow directions and not to over apply or over expose teeth and gums
to these agents. I have routinely seen younger people severely strip off
enamel and tooth structure in an effort to get white teeth. While that
result is certainly attainable in some cases, permanent tooth damage
does result in most cases as whitening was never designed to get teeth
perfectly white in every case.
If you want perfectly white teeth, veneers and crowns are a good
alternative for those whose teeth are not amenable to whitening.
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Charcoal toothpastes may HARM teeth
A question was raised this month regarding the efficacy and safety of
activated charcoal toothpastes.
Recent studies have shown several disappointing factors regarding
these pastes. One being that most of them DO NOT contain flouride
which can make us more prone to tooth decay. Secondly, they can
strip enamel off of our teeth with frequent use causing needless
sensitivity and loss of tooth structure. Thirdly, manufacturer claims
that cleaning and whitening of the teeth have not been demonstrated
with normal use.
The best bet on toothpastes is to look for the ones that display the ADA
seal of acceptance.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Patient of the Month
Every month our practice rewards those who help us to help other
people. Education and communication are paramount to good dental
health and well being. So by acknowledging your good work, we
hope to better serve you and others as well. To win, please
click here for qualifications.
Friday, August 25, 2017
A guy with the strangest car
For a change for the summer, I thought I would recognize an
interesting automobile design put together by Mike Valentino. Now, grant
it this is a kit car that is built strickly for fair weather and needs to be treated
with respect both by the driver and by the motoring public around it. Without
that respect you can get into trouble very quickly.
So Mike graciously brought over his engineering masterpiece- a 1931
Ford pickup ratrod with a 350 Chevy V-8 and automatic transmission.
Believe me, this is quite an undertaking both with his time and talent
and research. See the video of it by clicking here.
We are very grateful to Mike for sharing his fantastic abilities and his
car here with us. So thank you so much Mike for showcasing your
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Smile Makeover- a patient's prospective
During the past month, a patient decided to begin a smile makeover,
With time and forethought and quality work, we were able to deliver a
beautiful result. He had this to share-
"It gives me back confidence, self-esteem, and an optimism that
I haven't had in years."
Sunday, April 23, 2017
The question of tooth sensitivity was posed by several people this month.
While tooth sensitivities can be a normal part of tooth maturation,
persistant sensitivity can be indicative of other issues. It can be caused
by decay, loose fillings, loose teeth, related to the gum, or even
secondary to certain types of trauma to the teeth. Trauma can be bruxing,
or clenching of the teeth, incorrect brushing, or sudden impacts to teeth.
Proper diagnosis and treatment is essential to resolving prolonged
sensitivity. Treatments vary depending on the conditions present.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Our latest success story
This conversation came to us after our patient was done with the
treatment; it is being reprinted with her approval.
" I had a front tooth that was broken that was in need of a crown but at
the time I couldn't afford it. " said Candy Torello. "That's when Dr Mattie
introduced me to CareCredit. After applying online, I began to feel
better about things because I was approved in a short time. The best
part was they even let me finance the work INTEREST FREE. So now
that Dr Mattie was skillful enough to fix the tooth, I can rest easy
knowing that I can break up the payments in a manageble fashion.
Thank you so much to everybody for helping me out of an otherwise
difficult situation. "
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
I was asked by a gentleman of concern that he would prefer
a conventional cemented bridge to a single tooth implant to replace
one missing tooth. To answer this you have to remember that every
patient's case has different parameters to consider. In his case, due to
a weakened state of his lower front teeth,he would need to use all of the
lower front teeth to support a bridge that would replace a single front tooth.
While this is possible, it's not very practical Also, by doing this you can
accelerate bone loss around the remaining front teeth. So imparting
knowledge and insight is part of my profession and I indicated to him
that a single tooth implant would be the better choice for his case.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Our Mission Statement to you:
Our practice established in 1963 has grown successfully since that time. We have
the privilege of seeing each of you through your lives to give you the best
results as suits your individual needs and desires. It has always been our
belief to treat you to the best of our ability using up to date techniques and
to educate you as to the importance of dental prevention. To help better serve
you in this information age, our practice participates with the American Dental
Association forum and other professional dental forums on the Internet to take
advantage of the worldwide dental community and its vast resource of
Monday, August 29, 2016
To help, we have several administrative assistants to answer your
insurance and scheduling needs. Tina will help you in a timely and
friendly way. She is our front desk authority and will listen to your
needs. Also, our insurance claim coordinator is our authority on
insurance issues who often times contacts insurance companies
on your behalf.
Monday, August 29, 2016