Dr Maddahi AUG 2017

An t i - Ag i ng DENT I STRY

Dr. Kourosh Maddahi

C O S M E T I C & A N T I - A G I N G D E N T I S T R Y

August 2017


The field of dentistry is constantly changing, and there are always new things to learn. Nearly every year, there are advances in technology and treatment that allowme to deliver more efficient and effective results for my patients. Looking back 30 years, it’s remarkable to see not only how far dentistry has come, but howmuch my own knowledge of dental care has changed. I graduated from dental school 30 years ago, and back then, the standards in dentistry were very different. For instance, when you had a cavity, you could expect to receive a silver filling or an amalgam filling. There was an option for gold fillings and crowns, but amalgam fillings were the most popular choice. The problemwas, amalgam fillings also contained mercury. When I graduated from dental school, I wanted to find newmaterials that offered better aesthetics and were healthier for the body. Of course, I wasn’t the only one. Silver amalgam fillings came under heavy scrutiny in the 1990s as more and more research revealed their detrimental health effects. Eventually, some countries started banning their use. While amalgam fillings are still legal in the United States, I stopped using them in 1996. I felt I was doing my patients a disservice by using amalgam fillings. There was no reason to put this toxic material in the body. Instead, I dedicated myself to learning more about alternative materials that I could bring into my practice and share with my patients. Porcelain was one of those materials, but there were others, too.

materials that may be present in the patient’s mouth for an extended period of time. Why take the risk when there are better options available?

Over the years, I’ve also embraced a number of different technologies. I saw the potential of the computer in my early days as a dentist. Keep in mind, this was in 1988. A lot of dentists, and many others within the health care industry, were still relying on paper solutions. As simple as it may sound today, using a computer offered a state-of-the-art way to plan treatments, schedule appointments, and keep records. I’m always looking for new and exciting technologies to embrace. Another example is the digital X-ray. As I learned about the technology, I realized it would be better for my patients in more ways than one. Digital X-rays provide less radiation than traditional X-rays while also delivering better images. Everything I’ve learned over the years — all the knowledge of dentistry and health care — comes together each and every day. It all comes back to what I can do better for my patients. When a patient walks into my office, they don’t have to worry about the materials I use. Rather, they can focus on better health and better results.

It was my goal then to explore and employ materials that offered greater biocompatibility with the body. It’s a goal I still have today.

Some other materials I won’t use include plastics or resins that contain BPA or Bisphenol A. This chemical is often found in plastics used by the food industry, and unfortunately, it has also made its way into dentistry. By identifying which plastics and resins use BPA, I can avoid them— and more importantly, I can help my patients avoid them. The Food and Drug Administration may say BPA is safe, but this suggestion does not include

- Dr. Maddahi



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