Personalized dental care at the BioMed Center, in Providence, extends beyond standard care to support each patient’s unique immune response to oral treatment and to promote a microbiome free of pathogens that cause decay. Beyond personal hygiene, factors such as general health, medications, nutrition and stress, at work or at home, are all important in understanding oral health. The course of treatment depends on each individual’s needs.
Care begins with a phone conversation, followed by a private consult with the dental team, which hygienist Amber White describes as “a chance to get to learn about each patient, outside of the dental chair.” The team also reviews the patient’s goals and entire dental history.
The dental assessment includes a complete set of oral photos to assess external esthetics and internal tooth surfaces. The hygienist assesses gum health by measuring spaces, called pockets, between the gumline and each tooth. Computerized x-rays and a 3-dimensional cone beam image disclose the anatomy, bone density, proximity of nerves, sinus cavities, cavitations and root canals. The results can be surprising. Sylvia Zannis, DDS, comments, “In one recent patient, the cone beam identified a calcification in the carotid artery.”
Salivary testing helps identify pathogens that promote decay, as well as periodontal pathogens. Advance cancer screening with oral techniques can identify serious indicators, like the presence of HPV, before any disease is clinically evident, and this can guide a BioMed physician’s recommendations for preventive care.
The BioMed Center incorporates ozone therapy to strengthen the immune system and promote healthy blood cell growth. Ozone water is made daily, supplying every dental unit for irrigation during dental cleanings and restorative procedures. Ozone injections are sometimes recommended to help with tooth sensitivity. A thorough cleaning removes the bacteria in plaque that can inflame gums and cause them to pull away from the teeth to form pockets that collect and hold more bacteria. While regular brushing is ineffective in removing plaque trapped in these pockets, the process of scaling and root planing cleans deep below the gumline. The use of prebiotics and probiotics help to reinoculate the pockets.
With restorative dentistry, it is vital to consider material sensitivities when choosing materials for use in the body, especially in patients with unique health concerns. Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing (CMRT) provides dentists with this information, so they can recommend the most personally biocompatible materials for treatment. The body produces systemic antibodies against challenging antigens and will maintain an immunologic record of the components or chemical families which have proven offensive. MELISA is a clinically validated blood test which establishes allergies to various metals. One of the most compatible materials on the planet is a BPA-free composite made by VOCO.
Zannis uses composite resins to make fillings, and she uses ceramic material for crowns, inlays, onlays, veneers and bridges using state-of-the-art technology. A small camera records an extremely accurate 3D image of the tooth surface. Then adjustments are made using CAD/CAM technology to design and fit the replacement. Once the design looks just right, the restoration is cut by the office’s CEREC milling unit in a matter of minutes. The crown, inlay or onlay is then laid in place and tested, before being bonded to the tooth surface.
Zannis is certified in the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART), which includes:
l A breathing mask to deliver a clean air supply to the patient, while filtering out the mercury.
l A non-latex dam and suction used to isolate teeth from the rest of the mouth, so the patient avoids contact and is prevented from swallowing particles.
l Two specialized suction devices to collect larger pieces of mercury and direct the vapor straight to an air filter.
Treatment rooms are outfitted with high energy ionizers to collect mercury from the air onto ionized plates. Amalgam traps and special mercury filters in the office’s drainage help to protect the environment. The dentist administers an activated charcoal slurry to bind with the mercury and prevent its absorption into the body. In addition, a detox protocol is prescribed—either Quick Silver as a standard protocol or a personalized Fullscript protocol.
Zannis uses platelet rich fibrin (PRF) to treat extractions. Blood is drawn and processed in a centrifuge, resulting in a fiber used to pack the extraction site. This provides the most natural way to heal.
BioMed’s dental practitioners strive to optimize the experience by making the patient as comfortable as possible. This means doing everything possible to reduce the stress often associated with the dental experience. Lying on a sound bed before treatment, lavender towels, eye masks, calming music and a weighted blanket help to induce calm and help put the patient at ease. This is all part of the dental team’s dedication to comprehensive care.
Location: 111 Chestnut St., Providence. For appointments and information, call 1-833-8BIOMED, email [email protected] BioMedNE.com or visit BioMedNE.com.
Wendy Fachon is a writer, an educator with The Empowerment Factory and host of the Story Walking Radio Hour on DreamVisions
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