Peri-Oral Cosmetic Procedures at Pittsburgh Center for Holistic Dentistry

Peri-Oral Cosmetic Procedures at Pittsburgh Center for Holistic Dentistry

Pittsburgh Center for Holistic Dentistry offers the most cutting-edge solutions for lifting and tightening of the skin in the area around the mouth and neck. As with everything we do, our procedures are non-invasive and maximally holistic. The results are longer lasting, giving you a healthier and more youthful appearance.

Around the time we turn 30, our collagen begins to break down. This results in sagging skin and wrinkles. Our special technology laser treatments improve the collagen in your skin, essentially reversing the effects of aging.

Typical laser treatments can be very abrasive. We use the state-of-the-art, FDA-approved, Fotona LightWalker® laser to stimulate the natural development of collagen in the areas to be treated.  This restores elasticity and smoothens light-to-medium wrinkling. It also helps prevent future wrinkles from developing.  All without the use of injectable fillers such as JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, BOTOX®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, etc.

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SmoothLase® for a more youthful looking face
NeckLase® to lift up your neck
LipLase® for fuller lips

 

SmoothLase at Pittsburgh Center for Holistic Dentistry

SmoothLase at Pittsburgh Center for Holistic Dentistry

SmoothLase® helps reverse the effects of aging to tighten the skin around your mouth and chin. Typical laser treatments can be very abrasive. We use the state-of-the-art, FDA-approved, Fotona LightWalker® laser to stimulate the natural development of collagen in the areas to be treated – using your body’s own natural healing abilities to help your skin look and feel younger.

The process restores elasticity and smoothens light-to-medium wrinkling – and even inhibits new wrinkles from developing. The is the most natural solution we’ve found – a big improvement over injectable fillers.

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SmoothLase Benefits

  • Tightens the skin for a more youthful appearance
  • Helps rejuvenate more elastic collagen
  • Long lasting results
  • Short office visits with no recovery time, bruises, or swelling
  • No skin redness or sensitivity to sun

How many SmoothLase treatments will I need?

Most people require one treatment per 10 years of age.  For example, a 50 year-old would need five 30- to 45-minute treatments for optimal results, given three weeks apart.

How can I extend the longevity of SmoothLase treatments?

You can help keep your results in top form with normal healthy activities. For example:

  • Minimize exposure to sun
  • Avoid tanning salons
  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat well
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation
  • Take the anti-oxidants you should be taking anyway, including Vitamins C, E, A, and others we will recommend to you

Do SmoothLase treatments hurt?

Patients experience little to no discomfort from this procedure. Generally, there may be some collagen growth sensitivity, feeling of heat, or mild discomfort towards the middle of the lip area since this area is loaded with nerves.  Most people leave the office feeling comfortable.  Some temporary tingling, tenderness, or slight swelling of tissue may occur.

 

NeckLase at Pittsburgh Center for Holistic Dentistry

NeckLase at Pittsburgh Center for Holistic Dentistry

Often the neck is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Using NeckLase®, your body’s natural ability to product collagen is stimulated. NeckLase is indicated for people who which to reduce or eliminate wrinkles, scars and sun damage, or to repair uneven skin tone or texture. The result is a more youthful appearance and smoother, more supple skin.

Watch this 30-second video that describes the procedure and the results.

NeckLase Benefits

  • Tightens the skin for a healthier, more attractive appearance
  • Helps rejuvenate more elastic collagen
  • Long lasting results
  • Short office visits with no recovery time, bruises, or swelling
  • No skin redness or sensitivity to sun

How many NeckLase treatments will I need?

Most people require one treatment per 10 years of age.  For example, a 40 year-old would need four 30- to 45-minute treatments for optimal results, typically given three weeks apart.

How can I extend the longevity of NeckLase treatments?

You can help keep your results in top form with normal healthy activities. For example:

  • Minimize exposure to sun
  • Avoid tanning salons
  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat well
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation
  • Take the anti-oxidants you should be taking anyway, including Vitamins C, E, A, and others we will recommend to you

Do NeckLase treatments hurt?

Patients experience little to no discomfort from this procedure. Generally, there may be some collagen growth sensitivity, feeling of heat, or mild discomfort towards the middle of the lip area since this area is loaded with nerves.  Most people leave the office feeling comfortable.  Some temporary tingling, tenderness, or slight swelling of tissue may occur.

 

LipLase at Pittsburgh Center for Holistic Dentistry

LipLase at Pittsburgh Center for Holistic Dentistry

LipLase® is a fast and comfortable treatment that revolutionizes lip rejuvenation – providing  fuller, tighter, smoother lips without using injectables. Treatment takes about 30 minutes per session and are typically given once a month for three months. The results are visible immediately following treatment.

LipLase uses the latest technology to treat lips from both the outside and the inside. Moreover, it stimulates the body’s natural ability to make collagen, for a longer-lasting result as compared with injectables and other more invasive treatments.

LipLase Benefits

  • Tightens the skin for a more youthful appearance
  • Helps rejuvenate more elastic collagen
  • Long lasting results
  • Short office visits with no recovery time, bruises, or swelling

How many LipLase treatments will I need?
Most people require only two treatments, typically space three weeks apart.

How can I extend the longevity of LipLase treatments?
You can help extend the longevity of treatments by engaging in normal healthy activities. For example:

  • Minimize exposure to sun
  • Avoid tanning salons
  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat well
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation
  • Take the anti-oxidants you should be taking anyway, including Vitamins C, E, A, and others we will recommend to you

Do LipLase treatments hurt?
Patients experience little to no discomfort from this procedure. Some temporary tingling, tenderness, or slight swelling of tissue may occur.

 

Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing

Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing

Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing (CMRT) is a laboratory screening process used to help identify existing sensitivity problems to various chemical groups and families of compounds in an individual patient. This process is currently being implemented in the CMRT Dental and Orthopedic panels. After a patient’s test panel has been completed, the patient’s reactivity test results are compiled in a report. Click to visit the Clifford Laboratory Website.

Crowns, Inlays and Onlays While You Wait

Crowns, Inlays and Onlays While You Wait

On the forefront of dental advances is the amazing CEREC technology we have in our office.

CEREC is an acronym for Charismatic Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.CEREC This high-tech equipment allows us to restore damaged teeth with beautiful custom ceramic restorations in a single visit, completely eliminating the need or multiple appointments over a several week period.

The process can create a ceramic crown, inlays, onlays or veneers using 3D photography, computer-aided design and manufacturing known as CAD/CAM. Using an intra-oral camera, a photograph is taken of the tooth and the picture is loaded onto the computer. Using Computer Aided Design technology, Dr. DeGregorio and her team design the restoration and transform the image into a three-dimensional model. Then the appropriate shape is calculated to size to create a near perfect restoration.

When the model is ready, a milling machine then creates the restoration using a high-speed diamond bur and calculated precision. The restoration is then bonded to the tooth using a special resin bonded cement. The result is a beautiful custom designed metal-free restoration, made to fit your mouth perfectly. Dr. DeGregorio and her team have mastered this technology through extensive educational and clinical training, and it has been adopted as a standard of care since she introduced the technology to her dental practice.

 

Metal-Free Alternative to Titanium Implants

Metal-Free Alternative to Titanium Implants

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One of the newest advances in dental implantology is the all-ceramic Z System® implant. Designed to promote bone growth and cater to patients with allergies or complications with metal implants, Z-systems implants are revolutionary. Made with the highest quality zirconia material, we provide this type of dental implant at our patients’ requests to improve the osseointegration process (the fusing of the implant to the jawbone) and reduce the risk for allergic reaction in particularly sensitive patients.

Orthodontics

Invisalign®

Invisalign is a clear aligner system committed to continuous innovation, with 20 years of clinical research and more than 700 patents. Compared to traditional solutions, treatment times take about half the time, and achieve 75% more predictable tooth movement. They are comfortable and easy to take on and off. Learn more about Invisalign.

MTM® Clear•Aligner

MTM Clear•Aligner is the virtually undetectable way to align your smile without traditional braces. MTM Clear•Aligner uses clear, removable aligners to correct slight misalignments (such as crowding or gaps). Each custom fit aligner is fabricated per your doctor’s treatment plan, to progressively advance your teeth into their ideal position, leaving you with a healthy and beautiful smile.

Six Month Smiles®

Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and aligners and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle. Here is what makes Six Month Smiles® so innovative and effective. The average treatment time is only 6 months. Braces are barely visible; they are made up of clear brackets and tooth-colored wires. Low forces and short overall orthodontic treatment times increase comfort, safety, and hygiene.

Scalpel-Free, Suture-Free Procedure for Correcting Gum Recession

Scalpel-Free, Suture-Free Procedure for Correcting Gum Recession

Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession, invented by John Chao, DDS. Through a small hole made by a needle, specifically designed instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms of pain, swelling and bleeding. Most patients are surprised and grateful for the instant cosmetic improvement.

MyPerioPathsm and MyPerioIDsm PST

Used together, MyPerioPathsm® and MyPerioIDsm PST® salivary DNA diagnostic tests can help reduce patient incidence of periodontal disease by helping identify patients with and at risk. This is genetic testing for gum disease, performed with an easy saliva test.
According to the American Dental Association, an estimated 75% of all Americans over the age of 35 have some form of periodontal disease. Moreover, research conducted during the past 10 years has provided insight into the Perio / Systemic Connection and the link between chronic periodontal infections and heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some forms of cancer.

OralDNA offers two DNA-Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests for periodontal disease diagnosis and genetic susceptibility: MyPerioPath detects the presence and quantity of specific bacteria associated with periodontal disease, while MyPerioIDsm PST provides a means of assessing an individual’s genetic risk for periodontal disease. The company also has an oral HPV test named OraRisksm HPV for use in assessing the risks associated with certain types of oral cancer.

Used together, the new salivary DNA diagnostic tests can help reduce patient incidence of periodontal disease. MyPerioPathsm provides early and accurate diagnosis of existing periodontal disease by identifying and measuring specific types of bacteria, while MyPerioIDsm PST assesses a patient’s genetic predisposition to developing periodontal disease well before physical symptoms occur.

 

White Composite Fillings

White Composite Fillings

Composite fills are completed with a restorative material that contains 30-50% less resin than many other composite brands. Less resin means a reduction in the presence of trace amounts of bisphenols. The composite filling used in our office does not contain any Bisphenol A or B. The composite material used by Dr. DeGregorio tests high for biocompatibility among patients.

Even for smaller restorations, positive points of comparison with amalgams do not mean composites are the perfect filling material for everyone. There is speculation over potential estrogen-mimicking effects of plastic chemicals like Bisphenol A contained in certain composite resins.

Any dental material made with BisGMA may contain trace amounts of Bisphenol A. Some companies strive to produce significantly less toxic materials. VOCO (www.voco.com) brand restorative materials contain 30-50% less resin than many other composite brands, proportionately reducing potential presence of trace amounts of bisphenols. Furthermore, VOCO does not add Bisphenol A or B to its composites. Because less resin is present in its products, VOCO tests high for biocompatibility (Clifford Labs: ccrlab.com), and Scientific Health Solutions classifies VOCO products (Admira, Grandio, etc.) in the Least Reactive Components category for dental restorative materials. Other brands similar to VOCO are available.

Porcelain Restorations

Porcelain is the most biocompatible, hypo-allergenic, non-metallic restorative material of which we are aware at this time. Porcelain restorations are also dramatically less effected by factors that influence longevity of both amalgams and white composite fillings: i.e., restorative technique, filling size, your body chemistry, and your nutritional intake. Porcelain restorations (inlays, onlays, crowns) can last 12-15 years or longer. We offer lab-processed porcelain or, for your convenience, CEREC CAD/CAM technology for same-day, on-site porcelain restorations.

Longevity

Potential longevity of dental restorations is a critical factor because every dental procedure represents trauma to the nerve of the tooth. Repeated trauma to the nerve from filling replacement during the course of a lifetime will eventually cause nerve breakdown. Porcelain restorations cost more initially than amalgams or composites, but porcelain’s longevity decreases the potential need for root canal therapy.

Whether the filling is of amalgam, white composite or porcelain, longevity is influenced by the amount of natural tooth structure preserved during removal of decay. An amalgam filling cannot adhere to tooth surfaces, and the amalgam-placing dentist must create an undercut after removing decay, sacrificing healthy tooth structure to trap the amalgam filling in place. For composites or porcelain, the dentist strives to remove decay only. The cleaned-out space inside the tooth for a composite or porcelain prep often has relatively straight or inward-slanting walls. Healthy tooth structure is preserved.

Again, we encourage you to research safety issues surrounding amalgam restorations for yourself. When existing amalgam fillings are mechanically intact, it must be your personal choice to have them replaced with other materials, whether for health or esthetic reasons.