Health & Wellness
What to Do, When to Get it Done
By Reuben Gobezie, MD
I have bone-on-bone arthritis. Does that disqualify me from treatment?
No, we have helped many with bone-on-bone, or stage four, arthritis. Regenerative medicine procedures are used to stimulate healing and speed up repair for a wide range of painful bone, muscle and joint conditions. We have found it is especially helpful for patients with osteoarthritis.
Regenerative treatments work by activating the body’s natural healing process through injections of the body’s own healthy stem cells to stimulate tissue regeneration and natural healing. Using our own stem cells for therapy is the standard of care for this sort of treatment, and is what has been regulated by the FDA.
We all carry stem cells that act as the body’s “repairmen.” With arthritis, the body’s ability to sustain healthy cartilage may have diminished. The Regen procedure takes healthy, regenerative cells from an area of your body, typically your hip bone, in which these cells are more abundant and injects them into the affected area. When stem cells are concentrated and injected into a joint with arthritis, this can help restart a new healing response that will eventually help ease pain and may also stimulate the growth of new cartilage in that area.
For many patients, these treatments have allowed them to avoid surgery or ongoing steroid injections, or lets them stop taking regular pain medications. Our patients walk out of the procedure and can return to normal activities in just a couple days after rest. Most patients find their mobility greatly improved with pain relief lasting for as long as two to eight years. The treatments are non-surgical and are outpatient, performed in one office visit, and result in little downtime for the patient....
When They’re Healthy, You’re Healthy
Having practiced dentistry for over 40 years, I’ve seen lots of patients and lots of changes in dentistry, from materials to techniques.
In those 40 years there’s been one constant, and that is the importance of having your own teeth – for nutrition, health, and appearance. My appearances on Cleveland WKYC ‘s “Golden Opportunities” TV show has helped me promote dental care for those of us over 50.
It’s clear that our teeth allow us to chew food and to consume necessary nutrients. When patients lose teeth and replace them with dentures (either partial or full), they often remark that they don’t enjoy their food like they used to, or they mention that they have digestive problems, which are often linked to an inability to properly break up or grind food.
Dentures anchored by implants improve stability but they still don’t have the chewing strength that natural teeth provide. Plus, food often gets caught under the denture. Today’s partials – often metal-free – look relatively natural, feel tight and are better adapted for chewing, but they still require removal to keep clean.
Implants with single teeth screwed or cemented on can help with chewing and can feel like “they’re my own teeth” but present other complications, including difficulty with cleaning and maintenance.
Studies associate oral health to overall health. This includes a strong relationship between periodontal health and heart health.
Oral hygiene – including brushing and flossing after meals to remove food particles that mouth bacteria feed off of – helps maintain teeth and the surrounding bone and tissue. Gum/periodontal disease allow the proliferation of bacteria, often leading to infection that may move to other parts of the body. Some research supports the use of a baking soda/peroxide incorporated into toothpaste to help fight the disease and, in fact, is something that we suggest to our own patients....