Posts tagged: Periowave case study

Periowave’s Coming To Mexico!

Mexico has long since been one of my favourite countries due primarily to her warm and vibrant people. I have a history with business in Mexico going back over 20 years when I was a portfolio manager for a large Canadian bank. It was with great pleasure therefore that I attended the recent annual Mexican Periodontal Association Conference held in Guadalajara earlier this month.

The reason for my pride was that our Periowave Photodisinfection system had just been cleared by the Mexican regulatory authorities and Periowave was holding its first ever lecture workshops in Mexico at this annual conference for periodontal specialists. Our Chief Technology Officer, Dr Nicolas Loebel, presented 5 lectures over the 3 days that we were there.

For me personally, it was hugely rewarding to see the impact on the level of interest by the attending clinicians who came poised with the anticipated questions related to scientific evidence, supporting clinical data and treatment protocols. For these clinicians, it was Read more »

Periowave Video Blog #1: How Is Periowave Integrated Into A Dental Practice?

So, we’re pretty excited about this!

Have you ever wondered how Periowave is used in a dental office? Well, look no further. We’re giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how dentists and hygienists integrate Periowave into their practice. In the first video blog, the staff from Unionville Gate Family Dentists share with us what it was like getting trained by the Periowave team and how it felt to treat their very first patient.

“My first patient was a lady in her 60s. Her main concern was a lot of bleeding… the gum was very, very swollen and she couldn’t get it under control… The first Periowave treatment was simple and really straightforward. The patient’s healing was quite noticeable, almost immediately!”

The next few videos we have planned will cover Periowave protocol, technique, and patient education. If you have any suggestions for topics you’d like to see, be sure to let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, check out what Dr. Erwood and his hygienist Sidney have to say about Periowave!

The Use of Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy in the Treatment of Periodontitis

By: Veronique Benhamou, DDS, BSc, Cert. Perio, FPFA, FADI, FACD

INTRODUCTION

It has been known since the beginning of the last century that microorganisms can be killed by various combinations of dyes and light. Ancient Egyptian, Indian and Chinese civilizations used light to treat various diseases, including psoriasis, rickets, vitiligo and skin cancer. In 1901, Niels Finsen used light to treat smallpox and cutaneous tuberculosis and in 1903, he won the Nobel Prize for his work on phototherapy (Nature 2003, Dennis et al) However, the interest in antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy (aPDT) was diminished concurrently with the introduction of antibiotics; it is only in recent years, with the emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis that a search for alternative treatments has stimulated a revival of interest on aPDT. It is an effective antibacterial therapy that involves the use of specific-wave light energy to activate a photosensitive compound (photosensitizer), which interacts with locally present molecular oxygen. APDT has the potential to be a powerful alternative to antibiotic therapy, particularly for the treatment of localized infections of the skin and the oral cavity. Microorganisms that are killed by this technique include bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa. Read more »

Periowave™ Case Study- Gingival Inflammation and Pain Due to Oral Lichen Planus

Case Report

This is the case of a 72-year-old Caucasian woman who presented with a complaint of gingival pain on 11 and 21 during eating and brushing. She had no significant medical history (Figure 1.1). She described discomfort from 11, 21 for the previous six months. Incisional biopsies were performed, and immunofluorescence suggested oral lichen planus. Since there is no cure for OLP, attempts were made to treat the symptoms with Lidex® and later tacrolimus, though these measures provided no relief.

PeriowaveTM Treatment and Results

The patient underwent one treatment session with PeriowaveTM. Within one week following PeriowaveTM therapy, the gingival inflammation had resolved (Figure 1.2) and the patient experienced complete relief from the presenting complaint of pain.

Figure 1.1 – Pre-treatment gingival inflammation due to OLP Figure 1.2 – Post-treatment resolution of gingival inflammation

Aloha! Enter the Periowave™ Contest to Win a Trip for Two to Hawaii

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.

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Periowave™ Case Study #2 – Gingival Inflammation and Tooth Loss

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

Left: Pre-treatment gingival inflammation. Right: Post-treatment resolution

Periowave™ Case Study #1 – Generalized Severe Bleeding On Probing

My patient was a 30-year-old Caucasian woman who complained of bleeding gums over the previous 12 months. She described severe bleeding with eating or brushing.

Her medical history revealed no significant findings. She had recently undergone a complete medical examination with extensive laboratory testing with no significant findings. She had tried seeing a naturopathic physician and had tried a non-yeast diet for the control of her gingival bleeding with no improvement. She was on no medications.

The dental examination revealed generalized severe bleeding on probing. Pocket probing depths were in the 4 mm range, except for a 7 mm pocket distofacial #13, and a 5 mm pocket mesiofacial #23. Minimal plaque deposits were found and her home care was good. This patient had a history of regular 6-month scaling and there was minimal calculus. Her last scaling was within one month with no improvement. There was little to no clinical inflammation. Occlusion, tooth position, and mobility patterns were normal. No restorative problems were noted.

Left: Pre-treatment 7mm pocket. Right: Post-treatment 3mm pocket

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