Dr. Emilio Arguello

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Dr. Emilio Argüello obtained his dental degree, specialty training in periodontology, and Master of Science in Oral Science from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. Dr. Argüello is Board Certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He has conducted extensive clinical and basic science research in periodontology at The Forsyth Institute and Harvard University in Boston. His research work in biofilm formation as well as the microbiology and clinical treatment of periodontal diseases earned him a NIH-National Research Service Award. He serves as a core faculty at the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine in the post-gradute periodontology program. Dr Argüello has faculty appointments in universities in the United States, Mexico and Europe. He has presented his clinical work and research nationally and internationally.

Get To Know Dr. Arguello

A little get-to-know with Dr. Emilio Arguello. He talks about how everything started for him in dentistry and how he got inspired to continue his journey into becoming a specialist, from Mexico to the United States.

Why Dentistry

“So there’s a lot of talent out there that is not in the education perspective but I will perhaps will invite a lot of these colleagues that have the talent to share it back to the community because it’s an important thing to do for the newer generations to if you have a gift of knowledge to give it back to the near generations.”

Sharing Knowledge With Future Generations

Dr. Arun transitioned from university to private practice after seeing a great opportunity. He literally was making in a week, what more than he was making in a year before.

The Two Side of Digital Dentistry

Two-edged sword it’s got some good positives and some challenges that they’re having to wade through and figure out.

What is a Periodontist

Periodontics is a specialty that is initially originated to target and treat periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is probably the number one disease in the oral environment in all of our communities throughout the world that leads to tooth loss not only tooth loss also leads to systemic complications and there’s a lot of research that correlates the oral with a systemic connection.

Varying Degrees of Periodontal Disease

There are different stages of the disease. The problem is we all have the same bacteria. The host cannot sometimes cope with that bacteria.

Diagnosing Periodontal Disease

As a patient we you have no idea that we have it because it’s a disease that doesn’t hurt once in a while you notice a little bit of bleeding while brushing your teeth.

Who Brushes After Every Meal

The reality of people having a toothbrush in their pocket that they’re going to after every meal brush is pretty slim.

Periodontal Disease Hygiene Appointment Frequency

How often really should you at least if you’re at the beginning stages of periodontal disease how often should you go to that hygienist?

Surgical Intervention for Periodontal Disease

The surgical intervention for periodontal disease entitles two ways to treat it.

Periodontal Disease and Uncontrolled Diabetes

Let’s say our patients are type diabetic. Diabetes, unfortunately, prevents the ability of the body to respond against bacteria invasion.

Complications With Nicotine and Implants

The nicotine itself reduces the oxygen tension in your body.

Cleaning – Temp to Final

“You have to learn how to clean, you have to learn how to use it”

Transparent Treatment and Maintenance Plan

“Everything comes from that first appointment because we are very transparent with the patients and say there is a cost of treatment on the market costs on this treatment but once you’ve got through this treatment and you have to understand that there is a maintenance phase.”

Importance of Follow Up Appointments

“If you never seen the patient for six months after you did the procedure how do you know the patient is doing a good job or not doing a good job.”

Open Line of Communication

The trust and confidence of the communication or the portal communication between the patient and the clinician if the patient is comfortable to asking the clinician or the clinician is the one that dictates the treatment and they doesn’t give the opportunity of the patient to ask questions.

Interviewing the Clinician

What would be some of those questions during the interview of the clinician side that you would recommend a patient should ask?

Tailored Treatment Plan for Every Patient

“What are your concerns? I have to be able to translate that in my mind and tailor the treatment whatever the treatment will be, I have to tailor that to you so it’s not one size fits all but one size fits most it is I need to tailor it to what your expectations are.”

Importance of Empathy Towards Patient

“We cannot spend an hour with patients all the time but enough that you are able to have that portal of communication I think that’s the very minimum that we the clinicians can do for our patients to open ourselves up to have at least that question and answer session to be able to explore that it may take five minutes may take 10 or 15 minutes but that’s at least what we always see other than that the rest of that you can open the door for many other questions.”

Cannabis and Dentistry

“Does it hurt help or doesn’t matter when it comes to periodontal disease if you’re smoking cannabis?”

Patient Life Change

“If you think that procedure like this is gonna be a life-changing event for you do it if you don’t believe in it even you have all the money in the world don’t do it.”

Shame and Waiting

“Don’t wait because waiting, if we end up losing our teeth at a younger age, unfortunately, bone and mother nature do not help us along the journey and the bone will continue to be reduced in volume. It might be too late I mean it might be that requires a very heavy surgical interventions to reveal some of the bone that you’ve lost, so don’t wait.”

Full Interview

Dr. Emilio Argüello obtained his dental degree, specialty training in periodontology, and Master of Science in Oral Science from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. Dr. Argüello is Board Certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He has conducted extensive clinical and basic science research in periodontology at The Forsyth Institute and Harvard University in Boston. His research work in biofilm formation as well as the microbiology and clinical treatment of periodontal diseases earned him a NIH-National Research Service Award.

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