December 2014 - In This Issue:

It is with deep appreciation that my healing journey has led to providing you with a resource to help you better understand how nutrition can help achieve and maintain peak oral health.  I will also keep you up to date on current options for maintaining gum health. Two of the options are:

  • Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique�
  • and Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure�

I look forward to assisting you on your healing journey.


Dr. Fred





Business woman with open palm Gum recession. 50% of people 18-64 years of age and 88% of those over 65 have it. Are you one of them? If you are, there is a new treatment that may interest you.  


 What is gum recession?

Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, grinding the teeth or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.



Conventional Gum Grafting vs  Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique
Conventional Gum Grafting vs Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique
Watch this informative video to learn more!

 Why should gum recession be taken seriously?


When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.


How is gum recession treated?


Traditional gum recession treatment involves the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. Soft tissue is sutured in place to join with existing gum tissue as it heals. While effective, comparable results with significantly better patient experience is achieved through the Pinhole Surgical Technique™.


What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST™)?


The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST™ is incision and suture free.


How is the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST™) performed?

During the procedure, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient's existing gum tissue. Special instruments are then used to loosen the tissue to expand the gumline and cover the exposed root structure. There are

no grafts, no sutures and no incisions needed.  The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ simply involves adjustment of the existing tissue.



What are the benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST™)?


The benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ include:

  1. Faster recovery than traditional grafting
  2. Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
  3. No need for sutures
  4. No need for scalpels
  5. No need to take donor tissue from the patient's palate
  6. Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results
  7. Able to treat up 15 areas in one visit
How long will this last?


The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is expected to be permanent and last as long as any other procedure. Nothing is forever, of course, because the normal aging process goes on. However, with good health and no over-brushing, it can last years and years.


Does this procedure cure gum disease? No.

The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is designed to restore the gumline
not cure gum disease. If gum disease is present, it must be treated before having this procedure. 


How much does it cost?

The cost of the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is comparable to traditional gum grafting procedures, but can be much less expensive as we can treat multiple areas in one session. 





Problems we find in the mouth don't necessarily

start there and may not end up there.


Have you ever heard of a foot doctor talk about the "foot systemic connection"? Or an eye doctor talk about the "eye systemic connection"? Or a kidney specialist talk about the "kidney systemic connection"? The answer is probably no, no and no. Why not? Because it's medically accepted that an infection in the foot, eye or kidney can easily spread elsewhere in the body.  


Why then do dental professionals talk about oral systemic connections to heart disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes and a host of other ailments? Maybe because it's a way for us to convey to our colleagues in the medical profession that unhealthy conditions in the oral cavity can - and do - come from or lead to issues all over the body. 


We have been programmed to believe that problems in the mouth started there and it's the dental professional's job to fix it. This is what dentists do. We clean up the mouth (hygiene department), treat gum disease (periodontal treatment), get rid of decay, repair cavities and fillings, rebuild broken teeth (restorative dentistry) and replace missing teeth (crown and bridge and implant dentistry). Then, we create a brand new smile with beautiful porcelain crowns or veneers. 


Consider the handyman who finds a gaping hole in a customer's wall. He sees that he needs to replace broken water pipes, frayed electrical wires, 2X4 studs and some dry wall. When the repairs are finished and properly painted, the wall looks perfect. But before the handyman even picked up his tools to begin the work, he assessed the situation. What caused the hole? What caused the pipes to break? Why do the studs need replacing? Maybe a water pipe froze and broke open or the roof leaked causing an electrical short that caused a fire or any number of possibilities. Only when he knows the initial cause of the problem can he be reasonably sure his repairs will last.   


This is what I believe is the best approach to dentistry. We need to start by asking questions just as the handyman did. If we simply cover it up, we may miss the underlying problem. The idea is to eliminate the word "oral" from the phrase oral systemic connection and realize that the initial cause may have begun elsewhere in the body. Conditions like tartar, gum recession, tooth decay may be attributed to oral hygiene or indicate something more serious such as a calcium phosphorous imbalance,osteoporosis, heart disease, etc. Until we know the cause, we are just plastering over the symptoms and leaving the underlying problems to fester. Now we wouldn't want to do that, would we?




Business Woman With Back Pain Holding Her Aching Hip



They say that all journeys begin with one step.  In my case, I guess you could say it started with one misstep, injuring my knee, which started me on a healing journey.  A journey, which eventually had a beneficial impact on me and my patients.   


In the years since that occurrence, I have continued on an extraordinary "learning journey" discovering how the teeth and mouth actually relate to the rest of our physical being. These relationships when revealed and properly treated will restore the body to balance and offer relief of even long-held pain and more.  Let me trace my steps with you and offer some insight.  It may take you where you need to go.  For me, it started with my knee.


It all began when I awoke one day to find my left knee swollen and in pain.  As a dentist, I'm on my feet all day.  This would never do.  My first attempt at healing was to go to an orthopedist who prescribed large doses of Advil that seemed to solve the problem.  The symptoms went away, but emerged again every couple of months. His diagnosis:  an early sign of old age.  When I told him my other knee was just as old and perfectly fine, he just laughed and shrugged. His eventual suggestion: surgery.  In about four months, I nixed the idea. 


After I hit this dead-end in my own healing, I felt compelled to look elsewhere. I soon realized that my exploration was expanding from chasing my own health to a genuine concern for the health and well being of my patients. 

What could I do to help us all?


I studied Touch for Health energy work where I learned the body has all the answers when we know the questions to ask.  I began to understand the primary role our emotions play in how our bodies work and that what goes on in our subconscious mind effects our physiology.  This was my introduction to Chinese medicine, meridians, checking pulses and other non-Western approaches to health and healing.  I learned we don't heal the body, but rather the body heals itself when it is given what it needs.  


Treatments from the instructor and ingesting recommended herbs improved the condition of my knee. After many years, though it never totally returned to its previous state of health, I remain physically active and continue to work full time.  I began to consider how to integrate this kind of methodology into my practice, searching for some way to bring "whole body healing" through the door of dentistry. 


I began taking courses in CRA (Contact Reflex Analysis), a method of treatment using muscle testing and nutrition created by Michigan chiropractor Richard Versendahl. I incorporated these CRA principles into my practice.  A real breakthrough came when Dr. Versendahl told me that he knew of a dentist who could "adjust any vertebrae in the body through the teeth."  


Of course, I had to hear this two more times from separate sources before I was moved to contact Dr. Dan Gole of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  I called his office and struck "gold."  During the first of his seminars that I attended, he said, 


"We're going to learn how the teeth affect structure, speech, respiration and all the organ systems of the body.  In other words, teeth do more than just chew food."


I opened my eyes, sat up straight and watched him work.  His first patient was brought to the front of the room in a wheelchair, unable to walk and having lost all muscle tone in her legs since seemingly recovering from a giardia infection and having also recently given birth.  Dr. Gole systematically tested certain muscles with a method similar to kinesiology, the kind of painless muscle testing used by many chiropractors and acupuncturists. He related the woman's muscle responses to specific spots on her teeth.  By having the patient bite down on pieces of paper while testing for muscular strength or weakness, he was able to discern where tiny non-invasive dental adjustments were needed. 


He repeated the testing process again and again, making minor adjustments along the way until twenty minutes later the woman's strength and muscle tone were restored.  Her body now in balance, she joyfully walked freely up and down the aisles of the meeting room.  I have since studied and continue to use Dr. Gole's technique, Resultant Force Vectors (RFV), and now see "miracles" like this every day.  It is a constant source of amazement.   


RFV is also used in treating incidents of TMD (Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction -- often called TMJ) which often come from tension in the muscles.  Symptoms of TMD may imitate arthritis, other joint dysfunction or could be coming from an emotional or nutritional problem.  The common treatment is a plastic appliance worn on either the upper or lower teeth. It is designed to relax the muscles though it doesn't necessarily treat the source of the problem. However, through methods such as RFV when the body is returned to balance it kicks in to heal itself.  The results are undeniable. 


Pain can manifest as a toothache even when it starts elsewhere in the body. Muscle pain, any place in the body, can originate from a tooth. RFV helps us discover if either of these dysfunctional areas is indeed related to a tooth and if so, correct the imbalance with minimal, painless bite adjustments. 


If you have had treatments that have not been successful in relieving pain or other ailments, injuries or syndromes, perhaps healing can be found through the kind of treatment I've described.  


When considering your health, don't forget your teeth.  They most certainly do more than chew food. Think teeth!



William Fred Milton D.M.D., D.PSc
Serving The New York  Greater Hudson Valley Area 

Available by Appointment at several Hudson Valley dentistry offices. 
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