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Until recently, approaches in dentistry usually shared a “one-size-fits-all” philosophy. But recent advancements in genetic testing have brought the field of dentistry to the forefront of the personalized medicine revolution.
What does this mean for the patient? Now patients can use the health and risk assessments from genetic testing as guidance to prevent or mitigate the onset of certain conditions. Dentists, meanwhile, can take into consideration the complex interaction of genetic, genomic, and environmental factors affecting patients.
Slowly but surely, change is coming to the dentist’s office. A service called PerioPredict is the pioneer in using genetic testing as part of mainstream dental care, and thus represents the industry’s first foray into personalized dentistry. This test, which is administered by a cheek swab, is conducted during a routine dental exam and measures variations in genes for an inflammatory mediator called Interleukin-1. The test can determine which patients are genetically prone to severe periodontitis, an inflammatory disease in which bacteria break down the tissue and bone that support teeth. Symptoms include pain, swollen gums, difficulty chewing, and tooth loss.
Here at Aurora Periodontal Care, our very own Dr. Sharona Dayan has been instrumental in elucidating the influence of differential genetic factors on oral health. Dr. Dayan published her research on the biomarker Interleukin-1 as implicated in periodontal disease in the October 2004 edition of Journal of Dental Research, and this inflammatory biomarker is now the target of the PerioPredict test for determining which patients are genetically prone to severe periodontitis. This is useful to the patient because if the test determines that he or she is at risk for severe periodontitis, the dentist can deliver preventative care, including more frequent cleanings to ward off the condition. Left untreated, periodontitis is associated with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and and other systematic inflammatory conditions. The body is connected in more ways than once imagined.
Periodontitis isn’t the only area where scientists are making progress. Researchers at UCLA are working on saliva-based diagnostistcs focusing on salivary biomarkers of head and neck cancer. Such biomarkers could eventually provide an opportunity for early detection and treatment of head and neck cancer. Tooth decay, the most common disease in humans, is another example of an oral disease with a link to genetics.
The important thing to keep in mind is that the mouth is an integral part of the body and oral health really influences systemic health. The mouth is now understood as a diagnostic goldmine for identifying diseases of the body. Genetic testing for gum disease can help dentists in early diagnosis and treatment which can result in better outcomes and improved overall wellbeing. Here at Aurora Periodontal Care we espouse a holistic approach to dentistry, honing in on patients’ general health and investing in comfort-enhancing technologies so that they look better, feel better, and smile comfortably and proudly.
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At Aurora Periodontal Care we suggest regular check ups and dental cleanings to keep the body as healthy as possible. There is more and more evidence that periodontal disease affects general health. We offer dental teeth cleanings as well as laser LANAP periodontal services for the treatment of bleeding gums and periodontal disease. If you or a loved one are in need of a cleaning or other preventative services please call us at 781-894-3223.
The World’s greatest denture prosthodontist is coming to Boston! Don’t miss your chance to learn from the Teacher of Teachers, Adjunct Professor at the Kois Center who is sold-out for 2016,
Dr. Jack Turbyfill
“Dr. Jack Turbyfill is the best complete denture prosthodontist in the world.” – Dr. John Kois
Dr. Sharona Dayan, Director of Boston Dental Alliance,
is honored to be hosting the world’s best denture prosthodontist, Dr. Jack Turbyfill,
Once in a lifetime chance to transform your practice
Course provides 12 CE credit hours
Code 671, 12 Lecture Hours
Early-bird Registration until March 18th
After March 18th, $1,500 per guest
This Friday, March 1st, Dr. Dayan hosted a study club meeting for the Boston Dental Alliance at Seasons 52 restaurant in Chestnut Hill.
The topic of this meeting was “Periodontal Surgeries to Enhance Esthetic Restorations.” Four attendees presented cases from their practices and then the group watched a real surgery showing exposure of clinical crowns that are too short (see before & after photo above). This is a service that Dr. Dayan provides to enhance esthetics and also give patients better outcomes for their beautiful crowns and veneers.
If you live in the Boston area and want to know more about advanced therapies with natural looking results for esthetic crown lengthening surgery, please call our office at 781-894-3223 or email email@example.com
The title is “Rethinking the Missing Front Tooth: Comprehensive Treatment Planning for a Good Result.” In this presentation, Dr. Dayan will
- discuss the challenges and limitations of anterior implants;
- evaluate the factors affecting the soft tissue drape around implants;
- discuss the team approach to successful anterior implant restorations;
- participate is case studies using an interdisciplinary approach for missing and troubled teeth in the esthetic zone.