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Chicago Marathon 2014

October 20th, 2014

I ran the Chicago Marathon with my son David and Nephew Anthony. David and I run for the CrossRoads Runners at Old St. Pats. Great time while helping to eradicate poverty in Chicago!
If you have never experienced the Chicago Marathon, it is something special. Spectators along all 26.2 miles of the course providing the energy needed to finish!
Watch our fun Team Marathon Video ( It is less than three minutes).

Anthony (A dentist!), his Mom Laura, baby McKenzie, wife Stephanie, Elizabeth, David and me!

Anthony (A dentist!), his Mom Laura, baby McKenzie, wife Stephanie, Elizabeth, David and me!

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David and I at Race Headquarters (Buddy Guys)

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5:00 pm Mass. It’s called “Bless the Blisters”

What is a ConeBeam CT?

October 20th, 2014

So what is a Cone Beam CT?  It is a CT well equipped for a dental office.  It provides quick, excellent 3D scans at a low radiation dose (refer to our post on radiation safety).  We use them for many reasons, especially root canals and implant planning.

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3D views give so much more information than an x-ray.

3D views give so much more information than an x-ray.

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3D images provide so much more information than and x-ray.

 

We have added the CariVu technology

October 20th, 2014

Cavities during preparation

Cavities during preparation

 

CariVu Image.  The dark area is the cavity.  Often these don't show well on a x-ray.

CariVu Image. The dark area is the cavity. Often these don’t show well on a x-ray.

 

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Cavity visible on an x-ray.

CariVu is a portable cavity detection device that uses transillumination technology to support the identification of cavities and cracks.

CariVu hugs the tooth and bathes it in safe, near-infrared light. On the resulting images, enamel appears transparent while lesions appear as dark areas. This allows us to see through the tooth, exposing its structure and the actual shape and size of any cavity with very high accuracy.

CariVu is a great adjunct to x-rays. It helps to fill in the gaps. It is designed to locate cavities where X-rays may be limited. It also has been shown to spot caries sooner than with X-rays in many cases.  An x-ray lets us see through the tooth from the side, while CariVu lets us see through the tooth from the top.

 

 

 

Why We Take Your Blood Pressure-From Your Hygienist Katie

June 10th, 2014

The past few months you may have noticed that we have started checking blood pressure at your dental visits. Why, you might ask, are we implementing this? As you know, our motto at Dr. Markiewicz’s office is “Helping You Keep Your Teeth For a Lifetime”. What you might not know, is that we not only strive to keep your teeth healthy, but we are also helping to keep the rest of your body healthy.  Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. Research shows that there are many links to oral inflammation and systemic diseases which include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease.  This takes us back to checking your blood pressure.  High blood pressure (hypertension), is the leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. It is estimated to occur in one out of every three Americans. By checking blood pressure at your appointments, we can get a baseline measurement and inform you when those measurements are suggestive of hypertension. At Dr. Markiewicz’s office, we not only care about improving your oral health, but also care about your total health. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Katie

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