The Future of Dentistry

George from grandmet.com at 3:32pm ET

Do you think that insurance companies hinder the use of new technologies by favoring payment for older, more common techniquies over something more up-to-date?

Dr. Timothy Rose

at 3:32pm ET

I think the answer is yes in some instances. Insurance carriers have the habit of postponing their acceptance of new technologies, in my opinion well beyond the time when that technology has been established to be both safe and effective.

LARRY LEE from [12.9.187.3] at 3:33pm ET

WILL OZONE EVER BE USED TO KILL
BACTERIA IN THE GUMS AND IN CAVITIES

Dr. Timothy Rose

at 3:34pm ET

I'm not aware of the use of ozone for anything like that. Peroxide (oxygenated compounds) have been used as part of toothpastes and other oral hygiene aides with the belief that they in fact can inhibit or control the growth of bacteria. The long-term use of moderately high concentrations of oxygenating agents can be of some concern, and should probably be discontinued and not used in as frequent a manner as they have been in the past.

Mike_1 from [155.64.202.209], at 3:35pm ET

I recall my grandparents had false teeth back in the '60s. They must have been in their 60s and it seemed common among their peer group. What's the biggest contributor to people keeping their teeth longer these days?

Dr. Timothy Rose

at 3:37pm ET

A number of factors. Probably chief among these is the advent since the middle 1950s of extensive programs of prevention that have used things such as water flouridation, more regularly scheduled maintaince care, and increased appreciation on the part of the patient of their responsibilities to maintain an adequate home-care program. The use of flourides in food, and oral hygiene aides has helped control the development of tooth decay so that today, the decay rate in the U.S. is down in excess of 40 percent.

Aaron Billotte from [128.118.145.101], at 3:37pm ET

What is there to look forward to or worry about for dentistry as an occupation in the future?

Dr. Timothy Rose

at 3:40pm ET

I believe that dentistry has a very bright future, even though tradtional disease patterns in the American public are changing. New and exciting areas are being developed. The most exciting area will deal with the inter-relationship between oral disease and the patients systemic health. Current research would seem to indicate that many of the bacteria found in oral infections may, in some way, contribute to systemic contidions such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, low birth-weight infants and premature birth, osteoporsis, diabetes, and several other chronic degenerative diseases. If these linkages are defined, the scope of dental practice will change dramatically and the relationship between oral and systemic disease will require more professional care on the part of the dentist, rather than less.

Mary from [209.24.168.238], at 3:40pm ET

I'm 24 and recently found out that I severely grind my teeth during sleep. I have been using the nightguard for 7 months and already need a replacement at the cost of $375.00 each time. Are there any alternative, less costly treatments or new discoveries for bruxism?

Dr. Timothy Rose

at 3:42pm ET

Not really. Many of the conventional treatments that have been used in the past to include adjusting the patient's bite, fabricating night-splints, and other treatments are still the conventional and standard care that is used to treat bruxism.

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