Dr Turners’ Speciality Dental Centre
Sweets, sweetened drinks and even biscuits can cause cavities. It’s not important how often you brush but how well you brush your teeth and whether you floss.Flossing cleans in areas between your teeth where the brush cannot reach. Even brushing will not prevent cavities if the intake of sugar including all forms of refined carbohydrates (white bread too) is not decreased.
Missing or extracted teeth should be replaced as soon as possible as the remaining teeth drift into this space resulting in food lodgement between the teeth, which leads to cavities and gum problems in the adjacent teeth. It’s vital to act early as replace ment of these teeth with implants, which is today the treatment of choice, gets more difficult as time goes by and there is not enough bone left to place the implants on.
People should not wait for pain to set in before they see their dentist. Pain usually means the cavity has reached the centre of the tooth, which contains contains the blood vessels and nerves (pulp). At this stage, only a rootcanal can save the tooth. So, visit your dentist every six months to diagnose problems and treat these in the early stages.
Dr Ashdin Turner – Dentist at Dental Spcialist India – MSC Master in a training conference.
Celebrating 30 Years of Ankylos Anniversary. Speech by Dr Ashdin Turner, Dentist at Dental Spcialist India
Speech by Dr Ashdin Turner, Dentist at Dental Specialist India, was invited as Keynote Speaker at a Ankylos event conference.
A patient at Turners’ Speciality Dental Centre enjoys a movie on his glasses via the portable DVD player on his lap, even as Dr Ferzin Turner takes a look at his teeth. The Turners’ introduced these glasses in their clinic in 2008, and have been very happy with the results. ‘Nervous adults use these to help them relax, while kids absolutely love it,’says Turner. Pic/ Sayed Sameer Abedi
By: Anjana Vaswani Date:2011-06-26 Place: Mumbai
Soon, nightmares of drill machines that visit you as your root canal procedure date nears, will be a thing of the past. If virtual reality therapy, already being used by city doctors in different forms, makes its way into mainstream surgical procedures, you might soon be shooting snowballs in a video game without even noticing that your bandages are being changed
At DR Turners’ Speciality Dental Centre in Tardeo’s Gamadia Parsi Colony, a pair of glasses that look suspiciously similar to the ones you wear for a screening of a 3D film catches your attention. Except that this futuristic pair is worn by fidgety patients during treatment, to distract them from pain and discomfort. So, while Dr Ferzin Turner, who runs a combined practice here with her brother Ashdin and father Porus, fixes cavities and pulls out teeth, happy children sail through the pain thanks to these glasses that are connected to a portable DVD player and accompanied by headphones.
Ferzin’s 8-year-old son, Zane, slides onto the recliner and slips on the funky-looking pair to demonstrate the use of his favourite gizmo. ‘The glasses are connected to a portable DVD player, so you can watch any movie you like and ear-phones cut out the sound of the drill that people are frightened by,’ her husband Danesh Vazifdar, who runs a dental technology laboratory across the hallway explains. Ferzin adds, ‘As the glasses prevent you from seeing what’s going on and cut off the procedure’s sounds, we find they’re very effective to help people relax. Often, patients completely forget that they’re getting a dental treatment done.’
The Turners’ philosophy is in line with the research conducted by Hunter Hoffman, director, Virtual Reality Research Centre, University of Washington, and his colleagues. Called Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT), the idea of using video games to distract burn victims during medical procedures is now a reality at many places worldwide, including Randolph Hearst Burn Centre in New York, Copenhagen Burn Centre and Martini Ziekenhuis Groningen in Holland, among others.
Over email, Hoffman, who created SnowWorld, a virtual reality world, confirms, ‘Directing a patient’s attention onto something other than wound care can help reduce his or her suffering by as much as 35 to 50 per cent.’
Think about that the next time you have to get an injection.
An escape from suffering
Hoffman has no doubts about the effectiveness of virtual reality therapy. Explaining his research on ‘Immersive Virtual Reality Pain Distraction,’ he says, ‘Pain has a strong psychological component. This means that psychological interventions can be used, in addition to strong pain medications, to help reduce the pain levels experienced during wound care procedures.’
That explains why it would work with burn patients, who ‘cannot take their eyes off their wounds during routine treatments,’ says Hoffman. With no side effects and a one-time-cost, burn victims, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) sufferers and those whose lives are crippled by phobias may soon have access to these simple, even enjoyable, means of treatment.
‘We have also conducted another pilot study to see how virtual reality distraction can reduce the anxiety of patients with claustrophobia,’ Hoffman tells us.
Like him, Ferzin and Danesh are very enthusiastic about the research that has led to the recent use of VR therapy, because, as Ferzin says, ‘Typically a dental procedure could take up to 45 minutes, so if a game occupies our patients’ minds and makes their visits here more comfortable, we’d be all for trying it out.’
‘We were in Minneapolis for an American Dental Association conference about three years ago when we first came across these glasses,’ recalls Ferzin. They then purchased an additional pair (they cost under Rs 20,000) to keep their kids, Jeanine (6) and Zane occupied during their travels.
Today, anxious children and their parents flock to the centre for the promise of a less discomfiting dental procedure.
Addictive, difficult in practice
Not everyone is sold on the concept, though. Dr Bijoy Methil, consultant Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon at Jaslok and Saifee Hospitals, cannot imagine how anything can be used to distract burn victims from the agony of their treatments. ‘Cleaning and bandaging is extremely painful because the patient’s skin is sensitive. It would be impossible to work without the use of anaesthetics or analgesics,’ he asserts, when we mention the use of virtual reality therapy to alleviate the pain of burn-victims overseas.
‘Besides, with intravenous lines in their hands, how would patients even manage to play a game?’
For Professor RSS Mani, Human Resource Management Educator and Career Mentor, it’s the addictive nature of video games, similar to the after-effects of alcohol, that makes him wary of VR therapy. ‘Precisely because of their distractive nature, video games are more destructive than constructive. If a child takes a video game break while studying, for instance, it’s practically impossible for him or her to regain focus after such a break.’
Although he lauds the research and believes that the ‘restrictive use of such games can be extremely enabling,’ he cautions, ‘Virtual reality games can draw children away from real games. The loss of exercise and social interaction is extremely detrimental to a child’s well being. So, the use of such games must be restricted.’
Less histrionics, perhaps
Varkha Chulani, clinical psychologist, Lilavati Hospital, believes that virtual reality therapy may work by creating ‘powerful distractions’ to shift focus from emotional pain that comes from ‘discomfort created by the mind.’
She explains that the device would be particularly effective with histrionic personality types, ‘in the case of people who tend to exaggerate a difficult situation. Pain management becomes an important facet of their lives and we typically try to change their attitude towards pain through cognitive re-structuring techniques.’
So, is it possible to use VR therapy to target areas of the brain and thereby treat psychological issues? Chulani doesn’t think so. ‘It’s difficult to earmark the areas of the brain that cause psychological disorders, so such a scenario would be unrealistic.’
But Hoffman disagrees. ‘When treating psychological disorders, virtual reality can be used to help patients confront the object, situation, or memories they are currently avoiding and to gradually help them become more comfortable in the presence of the thing they fear.’
Dr Dwarkadas Baheti, professor and head of the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences and Consultant Pain Physician of Lilavati, Shushrusha and Raheja Hospitals, is in agreement with Hoffman. ‘Distraction is a useful tool especially in the case of acute pain, as experienced by burn victims. It has also been seen to relieve depression,’ he says.
Cosmetic dermatologist and laser surgeon, Dr Apratim Goel is excited by the possibilities offered by VR therapy.
‘In the treatment of extremely painful conditions like Pemphigus, where blisters cover the body or genital Herpes where a change of dressing can be excruciating, VR games could be very helpful, because the sensations of itch and pain occupy the same pathway in the brain. As it would assist in providing pain-relief without causing side-effects, we would certainly opt for such a device when it becomes available here.’
And with Hoffman adding that the University of Washington along with him and his colleague Dave Patterson, are happy to share the SnowWorld software to clinics and hospitals in India if they’re ready to buy the VR helmets/goggles, it just might happen sooner than you think.
More breakthroughs in pain relief
- American company Renewal Technologies announced the issue of its ‘breakthrough pain-relief’ device in September last year. Dubbed, Laser Touch One, the FDA-approved design doesn’t require a prescription. It works by combining low-level-laser and micro-current electrical stimulation to promote the body’s natural healing process at a cellular level.
- Using a remote control worn like a wristwatch, the ReWalk received FDA approval in January. The $50,000 device that Amit Goffer, founder of Argo Medical Technologies, a quadriplegic himself, invented, is a set of mechanical legs attached to a backpack battery that allows paralysed people to walk again.
- Earlier this year, Dr J rg Gerlach and scientists at the University of Pittsburgh announced the development of a revolutionary ‘skin-spray-gun’ that could heal severe burns within days. The gun works by firing stem cells on to damaged skin, so where ordinarily the procedure would require sheets of skin to be grown in a laboratory over a month, stem cells are harvested from a patch of healthy skin, put into a solution and sprayed back on to the affected area in a process that only takes 90 minutes.
Joaquin Delgado a patient from Denver USA came to Dr .Turners Speciality Dental Centers in Mumbai, India, with severely ground down teeth due to Bruxism (involuntary nightgrinding).
A full mouth rehabilitation with All Ceramic (CAD-CAM ) EMAX ( IVOCLAR ) Mini Crowns with conservative preparations restored back not only his bite but also his zest to life. He smiles like never before and below here is his testimonialatient grati. Ptude and appreciation prod this team of “Dental artisans” as Joaquin puts it ,to further excel in their field.
HOPE of A New Life… made Possible at Dr. Turners Dental & Implant Centers in Mumbai
Combination of Implants, Crowns in the upper and Ceramic Veneers in the Lower.
A socialite lady aged 53 years old presented at Dr. Turners Dental & Implant Centers about 6 months ago.
On clinical examination she had severe bone loss in the Upper front Central Incisors with a very high plaque index.
The upper front central incisors after clinical and radiographic examination showed a poor prognosis.
The Lower 6 teeth also were very irregular and badly stained.
The patient required an entire smile makeover with Dental Implants, All Ceramic Crowns and Veneers.
The upper two central incisors were hopeless and therefore extracted.
Two Ankylos CX Implants were placed in their place.
The lateral incisors and canines were crowned with LAVA 3M Zirconia Crowns (USA). The other teeth were veneered to complement the smile and compete it.
For the lower anterior teeth veneers were planned with CAD -CAM Ivoclar Emax Vivadent veneers Esthetics was the patient’s highest concern and so the treatment plan at every stage was done with that in mind.
The patient a Page 3 socialite was ecstatic with the results….and so was the entire team at Dr. Turners Implant & Cosmetic Dental Centers that helped her achieve this smile she always dreamt of!!
Retracted View showing the 2 failing Central Incisors.
A brilliant Smile View of patient after restoration of the Implants & Crowns.
Retracted View A Total full mouth Restorations with Implants,Crowns in the upper.Ceramic Veneers in the lower, complemented her new smile.
Retracted View Upper.
A young girl age 20 years came to Dr. Turners Implant & Cosmetic Dental Center with a traumatic injury to her face.
She was on a university vacation when she slipped from the escalator at an airport in Europe and fell straight on her face which bore the entire impact!
Upon clinical and radiographical examination we found that her upper right central incisor was completely broken down upto the root.
Her upper right lateral also had a fracture of the crown and her upper left central was also fractured.
She was in severe pain when she arrived to our clinic.
The treatment plan we decided for her keeping longevity as our prime consideration due to her age was to extract the upper right central incisor and place an implant in that region.
An emergency root canal therapy treatment for upper right lateral incisor and the upper left central incisor was done.
After which we extracted the upper right central incisor atraumatically and on the same day placed an Ankylos CX (Dentsply GER) Implant in the region.
Solid, stable and reliable for over 25 years…The ANKYLOS c/x implant with its predictable, natural esthetics and top mechanical stability was chosen to rehabilitate this young girl.
Dr. Turner is the opinion leader on the Ankylos Implants and lectures all over the world on Implant dentistry, presenting cases with single tooth restorations, full mouth rehabiliatations with the Ankylos system.
The Inventor of the Ankylos implant system , Prof Hubert Nentwig , is a close friend of Prof Dr.Turner and they both share the same passion for implant dentistry and education.
As we achieved very good primary stability of the implant we decided to place a temporary crown on the implant on the same day.
The implant was allowed to heal for a time span of two and a half months.
Finally after two and a half months we restored her with a Implant supported LAVA (3M USA) Zirconia crown.
On the neighboring root canal treated teeth we placed Emax (Vivadent Ivoclar, Germany) Crowns.
The team at Dr. Turners Dental & Implant Centers not only restored the smile of this young girl but also her zest for a new life!….this is what Dr. Turners strive to achieve everyday – -undyingly & tirelessly .
Traumatic Injury to the Face- Smile View
Implant with Abutment Placement
A confident beaming Smile after restoration of the Implant Crowns and Veneers.
While images on digital screens in his clinics (Byculla, Tardeo and Bandra) show you what dental transformations he can achieve, cosmetically, Dr Ashdin Turner, Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics (dental prosthetics), MGM Dental College and Hospital, and co-author of Art and Science of Aesthetic Dentistry attributes his sparkling smile to good old-fashioned oral hygiene.
This father of two tells us that his entire family switched to battery-powered toothbrushes a few years ago, and he highly recommends that others do the same. Citing a study conducted in Iowa University, which was published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, Turner shares that though the gadget was initially devised for individuals with reduced motor skills, “this study established that using it, correctly achieved 67 per cent plaque reduction, as compared to a toothbrush.” Turner points out that changing toothbrushes doesn’t help.
“The brush needs to be held so that the spinning bristles are in contact with the scalloped margins. Let the bristles spin where the gums meet the teeth, on the inside of the tooth as well as outside, so that the teeth and the gums are treated.” Additionally, the Turner family gargles with Colgate Total Plax after every meal and before bedtime, “we brush using the battery-powered toothbrushes and then floss.”