As the daughter of a periodontist, the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of gum disease is the horrific sight of bleeding gums and exposed teeth shining from my mother’s computer screen as she’s making dinner.
Obviously, gum disease is much more complex and important than its role as food for my childhood nightmares. Tooth and gum infections are of bacterial origin, and can develop slowly and without pain, making the consequences all the more drastic. As explained by Health Canada: “By the time the infection becomes apparent, you could be in danger of losing your teeth.” [i] Gum disease attacks the point of attachment between your teeth and gums, and usually begins with plaque buildups in that area of the mouth, which hardens when teeth are not cleaned properly.[ii]
Summer has officially arrived and the PeriowaveTM Hawaii contest is in full swing. What’s the best way to get summer started? Submit a PeriowaveTM case study today and find yourself and a friend sipping Mai Tais out of a coconut on the beach basking in the dazzling Hawaiian sun. As you lounge on the sand leisurely applying sunscreen and enjoying the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, it’s time to decide what to do first with the $1000 spending money from PeriowaveTM. Which would be more fun – hang gliding or taking a helicopter ride over the volcanoes? Or possibly shopping and taking some surfing lessons? The only thing you have to think about is what to do with your time and our money.
The Journées dentaires internationales du Québec (JDIQ) was a fantastic event for the Periowave Dental Technologies team! A big thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello and chat with us at the booth. We loved meeting you and answering your questions about our PeriowaveTM Photodisinfection System.
If you attended the JDIQ, you may have met three of our expert clinical trainers – Jacinthe, Gisele and Bibiane. They enjoyed sharing their PeriowaveTMsuccess stories with all of you, and how PeriowaveTM has helped build their practice. Our booth was a rousing success due in part to our very exciting promotions, bilingual USB drives and PeriowaveTM iPad Contest.
We appreciate all who entered our contest and we have a winner!
Congratulations to…..Dr. Eunice Berger
Our talented Periowave team at the JDIQ. From left: Jacinthe Piet RDH, Kirsten Campbell, Giselle Gagnon RDH
This is the case of a 55-year-old Hispanic woman who presented with a complaint of sore gums and tooth loss. The patient was in otherwise good health with no serious medical problems noted or observed.
The dental examination showed the upper arch to consist of teeth 13, 11, 21, and 23. The patient had a poorly fitting maxillary acrylic appliance. The lower arch was intact with no restorative problems. The lower arch had moderate calculus formation, but few signs of clinical inflammation; probing pocket depths were generally 3- 4 mm. Radiographs showed normal bone levels. The maxillary teeth exhibited severe inflammation with engorgement and bleeding.
Periowave™ Treatment and Results
The lower arch responded to routine scaling and root planing.However, because of the severe maxillary inflammation, the PeriowaveTM system was used for one session immediately after scaling. The acrylic partial appliance was relined with a soft liner as a temporary measure. Within 14 days, the upper teeth responded to SRP and adjunctive PeriowaveTM treatment, with a complete resolution of inflammation.
Left: Pre-treatment gingival inflammation. Right: Post-treatment resolution