Services

Mercury-Free Dental Restorations:

Both for cosmetic and health safety reasons we at Health Centered Dentistry use only tooth-colored (composite) filling materials.  Sometimes due to esthetic concerns, health concerns, or both, patients wish to have their old silver / amalgam (mercury containing) fillings replaced.  At other times, due to new decay developing around the edges of previously placed silver / amalgam fillings, we must restore teeth that contain mercury.  Dr. Laughlin strongly believes in the safe handling of these toxic materials and has been trained in the protocols for safe removal of silver / amalgam / mercury fillings.  We take every precaution to protect the patient, doctor, dental team, and our office from exposure to these hazardous materials.  Just as modern medicine must be very careful to use hypo-allergenic materials for knee replacement, bone repair, hip replacement, and other procedures, dental materials must be similarly analyzed.  At Health Centered Dentistry we use the filling material that has been independently determined to be the best for the majority of the population.  When working with patients whose immune-systems are compromised, this becomes even more important and we use the Clifford Materials Testing protocol to determine which dental material is most compatible for that individual.
For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions Page (Click Here).

Orthopedic Orthodontic Treatment:

The benefits of Orthopedic Orthodontic care go well beyond the esthetically pleasing results we regularly see here at Health Centered Dentistry.  Dr. Laughlin has spent literally THOUSANDS of hours learning and studying how the teeth, jaws, cranial system, and spine interact.  These interactions can have both positive and negative effects on the well-being of our patients.  Dr. Laughlin is (or has been) a member of several professional organizations whose purpose is the study of orthodontics.  Some of these are:  American Orthodontic Society, American Academy of Gnathological Orthopedics, Mid-West Cranial Study Group, and the American Association of Orthodontists.  At Health Centered Dentistry we utilize the most advanced methods of correcting tooth alignment and occlusion, for instance:  Invisilign™; ALF™ appliances; Digital Panographic & Cephlometric Imaging; and Kernott™ Analysis.  For more information see: More Orthodontic Information.

In the photos above we see the outward appearance resulting from both malalignment (left), and corrected alignment (right) of the upper and lower jaw mid-lines.  The photos below show clearly what the above photos suggest, that before treatment (left) the patient's lower jaw was shifted considerably to the (her) right side.
In the photos above we see the outward appearance resulting from both malalignment (left), and corrected alignment (right) of the upper and lower jaw mid-lines.
In the photos below we see the original underbite (left), and the corrected / ideal bite (right).  Such mal-occlusion can result from general trauma, birth trauma, sleeping posture, among other factors.
These photos show clearly what the previous photos suggest, that before treatment (top) the patient’s lower jaw was shifted considerably to the (her) right side.
If gone uncorrected these types of facial / oral / dental / cranial imbalances can result in improper adult development that is difficult to correct.  When these issues are addressed at an early age, better and longer lasting results can be achieved.
In these photos we see the original underbite (left), and the corrected / ideal bite (right). Such mal-occlusion can result from general trauma, birth trauma, sleeping posture, among other factors.

If gone uncorrected these types of facial / oral / dental / cranial imbalances can result in improper adult development that is difficult to correct. When these issues are addressed at an early age, better and longer lasting results can be achieved.

TMJ / TMD Treatment:

For over 20 years Dr. Laughlin has been treating patients suffering from dysfunctions of the Temporo Mandibular Joint.  Patients often come to us at Health Centered Dentistry looking for non-surgical alternative therapies that may be able to relieve their pain and suffering.  Years of training and clinical experience has resulted in a very high rate of success with these types of cases.  Rather than focus on simply eliminating the symptoms, at Health Centered Dentistry our goal is always to remedy the underlying causes of the problem. For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions Page (Click Here).

Kavo Diagnodent™ Caries Detection:

Laser Cavity Detection with the Kavo Diagnodent™.  Our office is one of a few in the area to offer this new technology for early detection of cavities.  The Kavo Diagnodent™ system uses a laser to detect fluorescence in enamel and dentin.  Healthy tooth structures show very little fluorescence (does not absorb the light), but decayed tooth structure does fluoresce (absorbs and then releases light energy).  Measurements from the Diagnodent™, in conjunction with x-rays, and visual examination help Dr. Laughlin determine whether to monitor suspect areas over time, treat them with preventive therapy, or restore them. The system allows much earlier detection of decay than previously possible.  Previously dentists have used explorers, magnification, x-rays and cavity detecting solutions to diagnose decay, but studies on extracted teeth showed that early decay was still being missed.  Now this system in conjunction with digital x-ray imaging allows us to detect decay much earlier, before it gets large or painful.    Kavo Diagnodent™ Website

 

Cavitation / Osteonecrosis Detection with CT Scan (and other) analysis:

DESCRIPTION OF CAVITATIONS:  Ischemic osteonecrosis (bone death due to poor blood supply) is a disease of the entire skeleton – i.e., it can affect any bone in the body.   It is best known as a hip condition, yet it is actually  more common in the jawbone.  This fact has however, gone unacknowledged by mainstream medicine and dentistry.  A jawbone cavitation is simply a hollow space or pocket in the bone; which is not visible to the eye and often causes no local discomfort, though it can be the hidden cause of facial pain.  The chief initiating factor is trauma to the jaw, often brought on by standard dental treatment.

You may think that if you had an infection in your jaw, you would know it.  Surely there would be pain, inflammation, tenderness – and your dentist would find the problem in the course of your routine check-ups. WRONG!  Chronic osteomyelitis (cavitation) of the jawbone is not characterized by the usual signs of infection (inflammation, redness, fever, pus) – it most often is a silent, undetected, condition.

Surprisingly it’s a condition dentists are not trained in school to recognize. In fact, they’re not even taught that it exists. This is difficult to believe since cavitations in the jawbone are not a new discovery; it was described as early as 1848 by Thomas Bond in the first oral pathology book.

DETECTION: We use 3D (three dimensional) cone beam x-rays (obtained from other offices that perform this service) to help diangnose the presence of compromised bone and potential infected areas; applied kinesiology, electro-dermal / electro acupuncture, and thermography are also viable diagnostic tools. ***Despite extensive proof and documentation of these diagnostic methods the dental/medical community (and insurance companies) only accept positive lab results from the culturing of biopsied tissues as proof of cavitation/jawbone infection. For more information see our Frequently Asked Questions Page (Click Here).

Snoring / Breathing / Sleep Apnea – Appliance Therapy:

Sleep apnea afflicts between 12 and 18 million Americans.  A 2003 study in JAMA reported that one in five adults has some degree of sleep apnea / Obstructed Sleep Apnea (OSA) and is moderately severe in one person out of 15.  This may make OSA the most under-diagnosed condition in the U.S.The classic picture of obstructive sleep apnea includes episodes of heavy snoring that begin soon after falling asleep. The snoring proceeds at a regular pace for a period of time, often becoming louder, but is then interrupted by a long silent period during which no breathing is taking place (apnea).  The apnea is then interrupted by a loud snort and gasp and the snoring returns to its regular pace.  This behavior recurs frequently throughout the night.  This continuously interrupted sleep pattern prevents patients with this condition from getting to the most beneficial level of sleep called REM (Rapid Eye Movement).  Persons with OSA never get the benefits of REM sleep which can leave them constantly sleepy and fatigued.

If you answer “YES” to any of the following questions it is highly likely you have some level of sleep apnea.

  • Do you snore on a regular basis?  Does your snoring cause you or your sleeping partner to wake up?
  • Do you ever wake up suddenly, gasping or choking for air?
  • Do you experience excessive sleepiness / fatigue during the day?  Do you often have trouble staying awake, even when occupied?
  • Do you experience headaches, sore throat, or dry mouth in the mornings after waking up?
Some methods to diagnose sleep apnea include:
  • Sleep studies
  • An ECG (Electrocardiogram) to show arrhythmias during sleep
  • Monitoring of arterial blood gases to show low oxygen or elevated carbon dioxide
  • Thyroid function studies
Not treating Sleep Apnea can result in severe health consequences, such as:
  • A five-fold increased risk of diabetes
  • Greatly increased risk of hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • A compromised immune system and slower healing
  • Men with OSA are five times more vulnerable to developing heart disease (strongly suggested in studies)

While there are several ways of treating sleep apnea, CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine being the method most often used, mouth appliances are growing in popularity.  In our experience treatment with an OSB Robson Sleep Apnea appliance is proving to be the most effective, with the widest range of benefits.
More information can be found on Dr. Strauss’s website

Intra-Oral Electrical Testing (Intra-Oral Galvanism):

There may be electrical currents in your mouth that affect your health as well as the health of your teeth.  Technology and diagnostic abilities have improved greatly over the years.  One of the discoveries that has come about from these improvements is that dentistry’s use of a variety of metals in one patient’s mouth results in the generation of electrical current inside that mouth.
Because each person is unique, electrical currents can affect individuals in many different ways; therefore, it is important for us to consider this part of your overall health situation.  At Health Centered Dentistry we use the Oral Potential Meter to determine if any electrical current is present inside your mouth.  We then use this information, along with other information we have gathered from other diagnostic tests, to present our treatment suggestions.   For more information see: More Electrical Testing Information. For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions Page (Click Here).