Q: What technology should I stay away from and what has chosen to be good for dental care this year?
A: I often ask myself this question to evaluate my life as a consumer: In 2017 I learned that my iPhone hates my hand moisturizer and refuses to respond to my moisturized fingers although quite supple I must say.
Siri is going deaf and when I try to search cool automotive websites, this is what happens:
Me: “Search Ferrari”.
Siri: “Calling Rory.”
Then, “she” winds up calling a proctologist in Iowa named Dr. Rory. Soon she will be booking an appointment for me. She must know by now I don’t have hemorrhoids. (I better make sure her camera and flashlight Ap is off when I go to sleep at night!)
Three Things to Say Goodbye to in Dentistry:
1: Composite white fillings (bonding) on the chewing surfaces of back molars: patients have sensitivity and a higher incidence of root canals when used in deep cavities. Better choice: digitally milled porcelain inlays.
2: Bleaching trays and strips: That is soooooooo 2002. Makes teeth too sensitive, can leave chalky white spots and burns the gum to a lovely shade of toothpaste-white. Better choice: In-office light activated power bleaching with EZ-White Pro.
3: Bone graft materials that are synthetic: They never form good solid bone and/or take way too long to heal, delaying your implant treatment or contributing to failure. Better choice: Regeneross Plus (cadaver bone), your own bone removed from surrounding jawbone at the time of tooth extraction or implant placement, or the use of your extracted teeth turned into grafting material by using the Smart Dentin Grinder.
I can go on but space is limited. I wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Xmas, Happy Chanukah and most importantly, a healthy 2018.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry with an emphasis on implants, porcelain veneers, and complex crown and bridge treatment. He is on staff at JFK Medical Center and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.