Adding Appliance Tools Integral to Providing Best Service for Patients
SAN ANTONIO ? Clinicians need to arm themselves with the latest information and tools to add flexibility to their treatment armentarium, according to a speaker at the 'Updates in Contemporary Dentistry Meeting' held here recently. Robert W. Veis, DDS, who is President of the Appliance Therapy Group, addressed a group of about 200 clinicians and noted that there are a number of treatment approaches that clinicians can use to address a patient?s individual needs. He notes that the typical dental visit involves the patient examination, a full mouth debridement, and perhaps a root scaling and planing if there are periodontal or bleeding issues, ?but here?s the problem, it doesn?t always work,? Dr. Veis told the audience. ?We all do our best to remove all of the bacteria, but it stays on the teeth and in the epithelial layer of the tissue.?
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In these cases, Dr. Veis said, he looks at other options, such as the Perio Protect Method. The Perio Protect Method is a combination of treatments, including a non-invasive chemical debriding therapy used in conjunction with traditional mechanical debriding procedures. With the Perio Protect Method, clinicians can place prescribed solutions into periodontal pockets with an appropriately-formed, customized dental tray between office visits to help manage biofilm, he said. Dr. Veis cited data that demonstrate that delivering oxidizing agents such as hydrogen peroxide can debride the protective coating of a biofilm and its underlying layers and also cleanse oral wounds.
The Keys to Splints
Changing gears to splint therapy, Dr. Veis noted that splints can be used to try and halt the effects of bruxism. He noted that the benefits of splint therapy include: eliminating occlusal interferences, breaking up nocturnal bruxism, relieving pain, and diagnostics. The key, he said, is getting a good registration bite. He encouraged the clinicians in attendance to call the laboratory and work with them on how to obtain a good registration bite. In summarizing, Dr. Veis noted that ?appliances give me the ability to control my treatment, and they enable me to have the ability to provide the best long-term care for patients, the most economical approach for my patients over time, and the ability to make a good living while providing superior service.?