G. Thomas Colpitts, DDS, ND, IMD

Pathways to Wellness Dentistry

2448 E 81st Suite 1600
Tulsa, OK 74137
(918) 477-9000

Biological Dentistry

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Your Mouth is a Miracle of Biology …

Each tooth in the oral cavity is a permeable, living organ, to which energy flows by way of invisible channels to acupuncture points. The ancient Chinese discovered and identified this energy flow several thousand years ago. It is believed that the disruption of this energy flow is the root cause of illness and disease. Science confirms that there is an extensive communication via blood, lymph and nerves from your teeth to the rest of your body.

Mercury Removal

We have spared no expense to assure that patients are protected with safe amalgam removal. Our treatment rooms are negative-pressured to remove any residual mercury vapor out of the room while we remove the mercury based fillings to insure no re-circulation throughout the office. We follow the SMART protocol for removing amalgam from your mouth. In most cases there is decay under every amalgam restoration. Besides being toxic it is a poor restorative material resulting in the fracturing of your tooth and does not mix with other metals in your mouth like gold or porcelain fused to metal crowns. Using an intra-oral camera, Dr. Colpitts will show you some of the effects of mercury fillings on your teeth and mouth.

Restoration options for replacement of your old mercury fillings

    1. Composite restorations are a “tooth colored” filling material that are bonded to the the remaining enamel structure once the amalgam filling and/or decay is removed. The products we use are made from Ivoclar and or VOCO Empress Direct composite material. We use the most biological material available for your safety that are BPA free and are the most current and approved material for stability.  They do “wear” faster than your enamel and porcelain restorations.  They are usually suggested for small or anterior restorations that have little chewing wear in their location.

 

  1. Cerec and or Porcelain/Glass restorations: these are single crowns, inlays or onlays restoring at least one wall of the tooth and the majority of the biting surface done in office and usually with one visit. The Doctors and staff are advanced trained in the use of this technology to give you the most bio-identical product made to mimic human enamel!  You will be able to watch the restoration being designed and milled.  They are chemically bonded to your tooth structure to restore it back to it’s original strength.  Material used is EMAX. All restorations vary in price for the need of each tooth. That can only be decided with an oral exam and diagnostic x-rays.

Root Canal Treated Teeth

It is important to all of us to keep our teeth sometimes even if it means saving the “skeleton” of an abscessed or infected tooth. Root canals by definition remove the living blood and nerve supply to a tooth by cleaning out and sealing off the main canals. In an infected tooth, removing the nerves from the main canals usually alleviates the pain associated with the abscess. What is in question, is whether bacteria and infection can be destroyed in the microscopic canaliculi that make up the root. Clorox and H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) are used to sterilize the main canals, both of which can harm surrounding tissue. Gutta Percha contains cadmium, a toxic material and when placed in the canals, bacteria are inevitably trapped in the canaliculi. Toxins are produced form the trapped bacteria, which can cause a variety of symptoms. Recent research shows that the ten year failure rate of endodontically treated teeth is between 25 to 65%, depending on the research study. This does not include the ability to evaluate teeth with our new 3D cat scan, which we find it being higher.

In a study done in the 1930s, a dental researcher removed root canal in symptomatic hosts and implanted these teeth in healthy rabbits. The rabbits were observed to exhibit heart, kidney, lung, and other similar symptoms as manifested by the host. It was concluded that the toxins in the root canal teeth found their way into the blood stream and were capable of causing disease in specific organs relating to each tooth meridian. With our 3-D cone imaging we can detect infection in these teeth before there are symptoms or before standard x-rays can detect them. All teeth reflex to certain organs, systems and glands. See our tooth chart. In most cases there is a link with a dying tooth to a chronic health condition.

We do not tell a patient that he/she cannot keep an abscessed tooth. We see several patients with root canal treated teeth. Their health is not compromised as yet. We do give you the best information possible with more options available. The book “Hidden Epidemic” is available with your first visit. Here are the cliff notes taken from the information in the book. There is still a point of controversy whether or not a biocompatible root canal is possible. While options for safer materials are available, the toxins produced afterward are still an issue. Since there is an energetic connection to organs, glands, structural and systems,(see organ/tooth chart) the decision may effect one’s health.

The only way to remove the root canal is to extract the tooth in total. We are advanced in the removal of these toxic teeth. At the initial appointment you will be given nutritional support suggestions and a possible antibiotic if the infection is severe hindering your health. All of our extractions are done with local anesthetic and carefully removed using techniques to gently preserve the bone for either future implant or bridge for the replacement. The socket is then cleaned out thoroughly, lasered to destroy bacteria and also ozone is used to flush the socket. Plasma from you is then placed inside the area where the tooth was removed and sutured into place. We use biostem technology to restore energy to the surrounding surgical area to hasten the healing process. Replacement may commence after proper healing.

Replacement options are:

  1. Bio-compatible implants
  2. All porcelain permanent bridges
  3. Removable partial denture (no metal)

Cavitations

NICO lesions (neuralgia inducing cavitational osteonecrosis) or cavitations are areas in the bone or bone marrow that have been nutrient starved (currently diagnosed as ‘ischemic bone disease’). With the lack of proper blood flow, these areas die and produce toxins. Cavitations in the jaw are particularly susceptible to infection from tooth and gum bacteria. This chronic infection causes a multitude of symptoms from pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and trigeminal neuralgia to symptoms in related organs. Remember each tooth or area of the mouth relates to a specific organ by the identified meridian connecting the two. Any communication from these areas, whether healthy communication or toxic communication travel between the identified organ and the infected oral site. It is very important to maintain a healthy mouth in order to maintain a healthy communication.

One treatment for NICO lesions is to open up the infected site and remove as much of the diseased area as possible. This gives the patient’s own immune system a chance to take over and deal with only the microscopic bacteria left. The patient is then supported by antibiotics, herbal products, and homeopathics to aid in recovery and healing. Most patients respond favorably to cavitation surgery with almost immediate relief from their symptoms. A few, however, need repeat surgeries to eliminate their condition. We also recommend non-evasive alternatives first for detoxing these areas depending on the health of the patient.

The cause of NICO lesions is not known, however it can be related to certain inherited blood conditions. Other disease and conditions relating to cavitation are as listed:

  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Starvation (anorexia)
  • Cancer–chemotherapy
  • Coagulation disorders
  • Deep Sea Diving
  • Hormone Therapy
  • High Blood pressure
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Arthritis
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Lupus
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Metallic taste in mouth
  • Prior tooth extractions

In order for proper diagnosis of cavitational areas, a 3-D cone image would be necessary to determine proper blood flow in the area and to help determine if teeth are involved. All full Cavitation surgeries done in our office are accompanied by ozone and PRGF (plasma rich growth factor) and a biopsy can be sent to the Head and Neck Diagnostics of American for a pathological analysis. Over 90% of the biopsies sent, report abnormal bone present.

For an extra fee a biopsy can be obtained by careful hand curettage debridement of the infected area. The histopathologic examination of the biopsy shows both idiopathic trigeminal and atypical facial neuralgia. This is a typical pattern characterized by a highly vascular abnormal haling response of the bone. The microscopic pathology of the material from the walls of the cavitations show the existence of a complex mix of poly-microbial aerobic and anaerobic flora. In some cases this surgery may need to be repeated. The administration of pre-op and post nutritional bone support and sometimes antibiotics, are used to help induce healing and filling in of the cavities by new bone. In our office, we try to administer all the technology available to us to achieve maximum healing. This may include plasma rich growth factor and ozone to facilitate healing and remediate the biological fields.

Sedation Options

Dentistry can sometimes cause anxiety. We have sedation options to make dental appointments more comfortable. We offer local anesthetic, nitrous oxide, and oral sedation (small pills taken before your visit).
Full heart and oxygen saturation monitoring during procedures with sedation.

G. Thomas Colpitts, DDS, AIAOMT

2448 E 81st Street, Suite 1600
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137

(918) 477-9000