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October, 2010
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Wade A. Diab, DDS, MS
3900 Frey Road, # 102
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Manual Instrument Sharpening


The best method may come as a surprise

by Cynthia Biron Leiseca, RDH, EMT, MA


In recent years we have seen new equipment for sharpening instruments, but none of the research conducted has dramatically changed the way we sharpen instruments by hand. Is it simply because we have not looked closely at the most recent research? That may be the case, since a recent article from a scientific journal showed that there is a difference in the cutting edges of Gracey curettes when various sharpening techniques were used to resharpen dull curettes.........


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In an effort to continuously update you and your staff on the latest trends in dentistry, I present to you the second issue of the Examiner Online.  Knowing what your periodontist can offer your practice could greatly help you in making treatment decisions that would give your patients the comfortable, functional and esthetic dentition they always deserve. I hope you find this publication helpful and please do not hesitate to contact me with any question.  Your input is greatly appreciated.
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Wade A. Diab, DDS, MS

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Create a Beautiful Smile with Periodontal Plastic Surgery

A confident, beautiful smile is one of the first things people notice about your face. If you're not happy with your smile, a periodontist can help! Just as cosmetic surgery has been helping people improve their appearance, several periodontal plastic surgery procedures are available to help enhance the aesthetics of your teeth and gums. Here are some examples of popular procedures:


Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a procedure to remove excess gum tissue, exposing more of the "crown" of the tooth. This procedure is for patients who feel their teeth are too short or their gum line is uneven. The gum line is then sculpted to create the right proportion between gum tissue and tooth surface. This can be done to just one tooth, or to enhance your entire smile.



Click Here to see actual cases of cosmetic periodontal procedures performed by Dr. Diab 


Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place, or to provide support for a denture. Dental implants are the answer for many people with missing or damaged teeth- implants look and feel just like your own teeth!


Root Coverage

During a root coverage procedure, gum tissue from your palate is used to cover the exposed tooth roots. These procedures are used to cover roots, develop gum tissue where needed, or to make dental implants look more natural. In some cases, this procedure can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay or prepare your teeth for orthodontic treatment. Your tooth sensitivity may be reduced as well, and your smile may also improve!


Click Here to see actual cases of cosmetic periodontal procedures performed by Dr. Diab  


Ridge Augmentation

Ridge augmentation procedures are used to correct irregularities in the jawbone where your natural teeth are missing. They are also used to prevent the jawbone from collapsing after a tooth extraction, and help to even out dental implants that may seem too long compared to the restof your teeth.


Pocket Depth Reduction

Deep pockets caused by periodontal disease can be corrected through pocket depth reduction. Thisprocedure is used to clean the pockets and secure the gum tissue in its original place. Reducing pocket depth and eliminating existing bacteria are important to prevent damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease and to help maintain your healthy smile.


Combination Procedures

Sometimes you may need a few of these procedures to build the framework for your perfect smile. Often, periodontal plastic surgery is used to lay the foundation for further cosmetic enhancements, such as orthodontics and veneers. A combination of periodontal procedures can result in a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health- your keys to smiling, eating, and speaking with comfort and confidence.


Conscious Sedation: Anxiety Control to Put Your Mind at Ease


Dr. Diab may recommended conscious sedation to ensure that your patients are comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. Conscious sedation is a safe, drug-induced state in which you are conscious and pleasantly relaxed- yet free of fear, anxiety, and apprehension. It is different than general anesthesia, and it does not carry the inherent risks associated with general anesthesia. If you have questions about conscious sedation, ask Dr. Diab for more information.

 2010. Wade A. Diab, DDS, MS

Wade A. Diab, DDS, MS
Diplomate, The American Board of Periodontology 
Implants & Periodontal Artistry
3900 Frey Road, Suite 102
Kennesaw, GA 30144
P 770-426-1062
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