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Dr. Brown at the Global Dental Implant Academy USA Symposium 2017

June 1st, 2017 by sbrown

Philadelphia’s own Dr. I. Stephen Brown presented at this year’s Global Dental Implant Academy USA Symposium, May 20-21 st , 2017 at the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel in California. The annual symposium is in its sixth year of educating and training dental clinicians and advancing the field of dental implants. The GDIA brings together experts in implant dentistry to teach, lecture, demonstrate, and review current research. It offers the highest level of information on advanced techniques and practices. Participants in the symposium are dedicated to perpetual learning and professional growth. The two days are filled with opportunities to listen to experts, observe state-of- the-art techniques, and participate in hands-on practice with the latest procedures. The GDIA invites leaders in the industry, as well as international and local manufacturers and suppliers, to further the continuing education of the dedicated clinicians. There are also opportunities for dental hygienists, dental assistants, office staff, and laboratory technicians to discover the latest innovations in dental technology, products and services.

More than 20 presenters, speakers with diverse expertise, and leaders in the dental implant industry from around the world presented at the Symposium. Dr. Brown, of The Perio Group, presented on Narrow Diameter Implants: Creative Solutions to Vexing Clinical Problems. Key Points include:

  • Presentation of numerous examples of favorable clinical outcomes
  • Can “Mini Implants” be used to produce functional and cosmetically acceptable tooth replacements?
  • How do narrow diameter implants differ from conventional sized implants?
  • What are the clinical indications to support the use of this treatment modality?

As a Fellow of The Academy of Osseointegration and a leader in the field of using osseointegrated implants to replace lost teeth, Dr. Brown shared his research and experience using these “mini implants” to solve interesting clinical problems. In light of his experience as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Temple University School of Dentistry, and the Dental Implant Center at Albert Einstein Medical Center, he is honored to have the opportunity to instruct his colleagues in this area.

As a recently-selected Examiner for the American Board of Periodontology, Philadelphia is proud to have Dr. Brown represent The Perio Group at the Symposium and encourage others in the field to use these advanced techniques in their practices.

Dr. I. Stephen Brown Awarded Philadelphia Magazine Top Dentists 2017 – Periodontics

April 5th, 2017 by sbrown

Philadelphia Magazine Top Dentist Award 2017 - Periodontics

We are proud to announce that Dr. Brown has been recognized as one of Philadelphia Magazine Top Dentists 2017 for Periodontics. To help consumers to find the best dental experts in Philadelphia, the magazine sends letters to every dentist in the city and throughout seven surrounding counties to ask them to nominate their peers. Dr. Brown is particularly honored as this is the 5th consecutive time that Dr. Brown has been selected for this award, a very unique and prestigious recognition for any Philadelphia dentist!

This year, a staggering 5,200 votes were cast by 532 different dentists, and 20 top dentists were chosen in each specialty. This list was then reviewed by an advisory board made up of 10 distinguished dental professionals to determine the winners. Only dental professionals who are unconditionally committed to dental excellence and who have earned the respect of their peers are nominated, which is why Dr. Brown is proud to be recognized with this prestigious award recognizing him as one of the best periodontists in Philadelphia and surrounding region, again this year.

Known internationally for his expertise in periodontics and dental implants, I. Stephen Brown, DDS, FACD, FICD is dedicated to helping patients to restore their smiles in a way that is effective, comfortable and beautiful. As a leader in modern periodontal techniques, Dr. Brown was the first Philadelphia periodontist to offer cutting-edge techniques like Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure and the Pinhole Surgical Technique, helping patients to recover from the advanced stages of gum disease and to repair gum recession in a minimally invasive manner.

Continuing education and the education of his colleagues is vitally important to Dr. Brown, which is why he is heavily involved with teaching Residents at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Albert Einstein Medical Center in addition to working in his own private practice. He is also in demand as a speaker at dental meetings and dental study clubs here and abroad.

As the director of the Dental Implant Team, he helps other periodontists to learn the science and delicate art of dental implant placement. Dr. Brown was also the first person in the United States to receive combined training in orthodontics and periodontics, giving him a unique perspective that improves patient results.

If you need a periodontist, work with the best of the best. Dr. Stephen Brown is currently accepting periodontal patients, and he would love to get to know you and your family. In addition to offering routine periodontal exams, dental implants, and a variety of laser gum treatments, Dr. Brown also offers sedation dentistry to help you to stay comfortable during complex treatments.

Dr Brown at the 6th Annual Scientific Session

August 15th, 2016 by sbrown

Stephen Brown, DDS, FACD, FICD, FCPP – The Future of Lasers in Periodontal Therapy: Science, Hype or Snake Oil?

Our very own Dr. Stephen Brown has been asked to speak at the 6th Annual Scientific Session for the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, an event where only 11 other professionals have been asked to present their research. The focus of this meeting is on the relationship of inflammation and periodontal disease to a host of life-threatening, systemic diseases, evidenced by a huge body of data and documentation. For more on this link, visit the Patient Resources page on www.perio.org, or see this post on the topic. During this conference, attendees will hear from industry leaders discussing sometimes controversial topics, including pro-inflammatory diets, global medicine considerations, and the Future of Lasers in Periodontal Therapy, as presented by Dr. Brown.

Although research has continued to show the powerful benefits of lasers in periodontal therapy, there are some dentists who swear by older tried-and-true methods, or who consider laser therapies dangerous or ineffective. However, Dr. Brown believes, through years of his own research, that lasers offer patients the opportunity to enjoy a more comfortable experience and protect prior restorations such as dental implants.

Dr. Brown will also discuss other benefits of laser therapy, including the regeneration of periodontal tissues, a faster, more targeted approach to treatment, and preserving healthy tissues that should remain unaffected during treatment. Some of the learning objectives discussed during Dr. Brown’s presentation will include:

  • The differences between lasers used in dentistry, and whether or not they are all created equally.
  • How laser gum surgery is different than traditional pocket-elimination surgeries.
  • LANAP and its application in the treatment of advanced periodontal disease. Dr. Brown will also discuss evidence to support this treatment modality.
  • Using lasers to treat ailing/failing dental implants.
  • Whether or not laser dentistry is simply a trend, and how laser therapy could represent the dawn of better periodontal treatments.

Dr. Brown is excited to present his research, and he hopes that his findings will encourage other dentists and periodontists in Philadelphia and elsewhere to learn more about laser dentistry and how it could benefit their practices.

During the conference, Dr. Brown will also be a part of the “Ask the Experts” panel to discuss oral pathogens. Dental professionals will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Brown and other industry-leading experts questions regarding oral pathogen management to better understand their research and modalities for treatment.

To learn more about this event, click here.

The Periodontal to Systemic Disease Link

May 7th, 2013 by sbrown

A series of consensus reports recently published by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the American Academy helps define the association between periodontal health and systemic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and adverse pregnancy complications.

As a periodontist in Philadelphia, I am continually trying to better understand the relationship between periodontal disease and other diseases, allowing me to help my patients improve both their periodontal and systemic health.

These reports cover the links between periodontal disease and the following systemic diseases:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Adverse pregnancy outcomes
  • COPD
  • Pneumonia
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Cancer

The reports can be viewed here: http://www.joponline.org/toc/jop/84/4-s

These exciting advancements further stress the importance of maintaining oral health and allow us to help individuals increase overall health when treating periodontal disease.

To discuss these advancements further, or to see if treating your periodontal disease could improve your overall health, please contact our Philadelphia dental office.

The Different Types of Periodontal Disease in Children

April 17th, 2013 by sbrown

Hormonal changes related to puberty can put teens at greater risk for getting periodontal disease. During puberty, an increased level of hormones, such as progesterone and possibly estrogen, cause increased blood circulation to the gums. This may cause an increase in the gum’s sensitivity and lead to a greater reaction to any irritation, including food particles and plaque. During this time, the gums may become swollen, turn red and feel tender.

As a teen progresses through puberty, the tendency for the gums to swell in response to irritants will lessen. However, during puberty, it is very important to follow a good at-home dental hygiene regimen, including regular brushing and flossing, and regular dental care. In some cases, a dental professional may recommend periodontal therapy to help prevent damage to the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth.

3 Different Types of Periodontal Disease that Commonly Affect Children

Chronic gingivitis is common in children. It usually causes gum tissue to swell, turn red and bleed easily. Gingivitis is both preventable and treatable with a regular routine of brushing, flossing and professional dental care. However, left untreated, it can eventually advance to more serious forms of periodontal disease.

Aggressive periodontitis can affect young people who are otherwise healthy. Localized aggressive periodontitis is found in teenagers and young adults and mainly affects the first molars and incisors. It is characterized by the severe loss of alveolar bone, and ironically, patients generally form very little dental plaque or calculus.

Generalized aggressive periodontitis may begin around puberty and involve the entire mouth. It is marked by inflammation of the gums and heavy accumulations of plaque and calculus. Eventually it can cause the teeth to become loose.

To learn more about periodontal disease, or to set up an evaluation for your child today, please contact our Philadelphia dental office.

The Risk Factors of Gum Disease

April 12th, 2013 by sbrown

Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Fortunately, there are many factors that contribute to gum disease which we can control. In the ongoing fight against gum disease and for the protection of your overall health it is incredibly important to be aware of the following contributors to gum disease.

Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth

Clenching or grinding your teeth can put excess force on the supporting tissues of the teeth and could speed up the rate at which these periodontal tissues are destroyed.

Poor Nutrition and Obesity

A diet low in important nutrients can compromise the body’s immune system and make it harder for the body to fight off infection. Because periodontal disease begins as an infection, poor nutrition can worsen the condition of your gums. In addition, research has shown that obesity may increase the risk of periodontal disease.

Genetics

Research has indicated that some people may be genetically susceptible to gum disease. Despite aggressive oral care habits, these people may be more likely to develop periodontal disease. Identifying these people with a genetic test before they even show signs of the disease and getting them into early intervention treatment may help them keep their teeth for a lifetime.

Stress

Stress is linked to many serious conditions such as hypertension, cancer, and numerous other health problems. Stress also is a risk factor for periodontal disease. Research demonstrates that stress can make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection, including periodontal diseases.

Age

Studies indicate that older people have the highest rates of periodontal disease. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that over 70% of Americans 65 and older have periodontists.

Smoking/Tobacco Use

Tobacco use is linked with many serious illnesses such as cancer, lung disease and heart disease, as well as numerous other health problems. Tobacco users also are at increased risk for periodontal disease. Studies have shown that tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease.

Medications

Some drugs, such as oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and certain heart medicines, can affect your oral health. Just as you notify your pharmacist and other health care providers of all medicines you are taking and any changes in your overall health, you should also inform your dental care provider.

Other Systemic Diseases

Other systemic diseases that interfere with the body’s inflammatory system may worsen the condition of the gums. These include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Infection Control – Your Safety is Our Concern!

April 3rd, 2013 by sbrown

As you are probably aware, there is widespread news coverage involving the investigation of an Oklahoma oral surgeon for allegedly poor infection control practices.

I want you to assure you that in my periodontal and dental implant practice, we have in place significant infection control procedures.

– All staff are trained beyond state regulations, and undergo continuous infection control education and certification. We utilize hand washing, single use gloves, masks, eye ware, and gowns as necessary.

– We try to utilize disposable items, and after being used, they are placed in special containers for monitored disposal.

– Surgical instruments are cleaned and sterilized with a steam autoclave under heat and pressure. All items are bagged with chemical indicators and the autoclave is regularly spore tested to verify it is working correctly.

– We use sterile water and water that is distilled and treated on site. We also utilize water testing to check the water lines in the dental units.

– Before you enter the room and sit in the dental chair, all surfaces (dental chair, tray, dental light, handles, countertops care cleaned, disinfected, and plastic covers are placed as appropriate.

– Your well-being is the priority of my staff and me.

If you have any questions please call me at your earliest convenience so I can get you an answer.

Sincerely,

I. Stephen Brown, DDS, FACD, FICD

Identifying the Main Causes of Tooth Loss

March 12th, 2013 by sbrown

Tooth loss is a traumatic experience, regardless of how it occurs. Teeth are a major part of our lives, from chewing the food we need to digest, to enhancing a smile with a strong showing of self-confidence. While it can be a very hard time in your life, the exciting news is that modern day advanced dentistry allows you several options when considering the replacement of missing teeth.

 

Dental (Periodontal) Diseases

Periodontal diseases are regarded as the most common cause of tooth loss today. The word periodontal means around the tooth, signifying the typical location of the infection.

There are many key factors that contribute to periodontal disease, most specifically daily habits that would affect the teeth. To be more specific, the disease is caused by bacteria that, along with mucus and other particles, form plaque on our teeth. While daily cleaning of our teeth such as brushing or flossing helps remove plaque, it does not remove plaque that has hardened into tartar. While it’s true that a professional cleaning done by a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar, there is still a risk to your health if tartar is prevalent for too long.

Traditional treatment for periodontal disease requires blade surgery, extensive recovery time, and often leaves patients with scarring in the tissue affected. Dr. Brown is proud to offer the use of LANAP, a non-invasive laser gum treatment which serves as an alternative to traditional periodontal surgery.

To read more about periodontal disease, visit the section of our website dedicated to identifying and solving dental disease.

Trauma

Odds are high that you have experienced trauma to a tooth in your lifetime. Whether it’s from a sports incident when younger, or an accidental misplacement of your feet, any blunt force to the teeth often result in chipping or breaking off a tooth.

While trauma usually indicates a direct effect to the teeth itself, it can also mean as a result of outside influences affecting the jawbone, or other areas around the teeth. Individuals who have had defects of the jaw bone, such as following surgery or in an automobile accident, often require surgery to repair loss of jaw bone volume, which is often compounded with tooth replacement.

To learn more about how Dr. Brown helps individuals with tooth loss, visit the dental implants subsection of our website.

Congenital absence

The primary cause of congenital absence of teeth is widely debated, but is often agreed upon as being hereditary. How it comes to be is typically after a baby tooth falls out and there is no tooth to replace it. The teeth most often affected are the upper jaw lateral incisors and premolars.

You’ll often find that it is specific teeth affected by congenital absence, but in certain cases all permanent teeth are missing, making a full set of replacement teeth the solution.

 

Conclusion

There are many causes for missing teeth, but that doesn’t mean you have to live your life without them. It’s recommended to take steps to prevent teeth from falling out, but in the event of missing teeth, feel free to contact my Philadelphia office to discuss your options.

 

Recently Ranked #1 Dentist in Philadelphia County

February 12th, 2013 by sbrown

Dr. Brown is proud to have recently been recognized as the number one dentist in Philadelphia County. This is determined by the following categories: Accolades, Knowledge, Quality of Care, Respect/Influence, and Price.

This is only an encouragement to continue onward with complete patient satisfaction as Dr. Brown’s focus. If you have any questions regarding how Dr. Brown’s knowledge can positively effect your life, contact us and set up your appointment today.

OraVerse: Can Numbness Be Reversed?

February 4th, 2013 by sbrown

Ask your dental professional.


OraVerse®, a local anesthetic reversal agent has become a new staple of dental procedures which employ one of many available local anesthetics such as Novocaine.

If you’ve had a local anesthetic administered to numb your mouth for a routine dental procedure, you know how its numbing effects can sometimes last for hours after the procedure. Numbness can be limiting, affecting your speech, your smile, and your ability to drink. You may even catch yourself drooling. But now, as a result of the latest clinical research, you can get back to feeling normal faster than ever before, following your dental visit.

OraVerse®, is the first product of its kind to rapidly and effectively reverse the effects of local dental anesthetics. Typically, anesthetics can cause numbness for 3-5 hours after a procedure. OraVerse® can cut that time in half! That can potential provide hours more of your day that you can have back, free from the persistent numbness. It is approved for children and adults ages 6 and older.

The injection (administered immediately after the completion of the dental procedure) is pain free because it is given while the anesthetic is still in effect. There are no known side effects to using OraVerse® and can be used by almost anyone after his/her dental procedure.  Ask us if OraVerse®can be used in your next visit!