Reuss Dental Blending Creativity, and Technology to Create Beautiful Smiles Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:26:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fly High with OBI- Annual Session Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:03:15 +0000 I just came back from our annual OBI (Orognathic Bioesthetic International) meeting in SanDiego this October. We had some really interesting topics presented from speakers from around the world. Bernard Egger from Feussen, Germany has developed a new type of splint that can be made digitally to help our patients suffering from TMD problems. It applies the Bioesthetic principles with the latest technology to make very accurate and esthetic MAGO’s (splints).  I really enjoy how these pioneers are utilizing the new technology to apply biological principles that have stood the test of time.

Dr. Jay Levy presented some of his latest research in which he looks at the mechanosensory mechanisms that underlay mastication. His presentation included the importance of airway and the atlanto-occipito joint and its involvement with the occlusion. His research and observations opened up more questions and ideas. img_5213

Dental New Year’s resolutions for 2016 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 00:05:38 +0000 DR. REUSS’ 2016 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION FOR A HEALTHY MOUTH

FROM A DENTIST’S PERSPECTIVE: I thought that I would give some ideas for those of you looking to add a few New Year’s resolutions to your list. I would love to see more people strive to have a healthy mouth in 2016. What is a healthy mouth?

  1. Free of disease: This seems simple, but can be hard to diagnose on your own. I see many patients that have early stages of the disease process to the very extreme stages of disease. Surprisingly, pain is not a good indicator of disease. Typically if there is pain, its later in the disease process.  Starting with a thorough exam and x-rays can be the first step in getting a good diagnosis before the disease process starts. Resolution #1: Call for a dental check up.
  2. Improved Oral Hygiene: I know, you must think that you should start flossing. That’s a good start. There are other options and tools available to help with those who are challenged with the flossing idea. Keeping the teeth and gums healthy is an important step in changing the bacterial load in your mouth.
  3. Reduce Sugar intake in the diet: We all know that eating candy is bad for your teeth, but its also bad for the rest of your body. Reducing the amount of sugar you consume will have overall positive health benefits, including reducing the acidic environment around your teeth. An interesting documentary on what sugar can do to the body is That Sugar Film:
HIPPA: Notice of Privacy Practice at Reuss Dental Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:32:03 +0000 Reuss Dental

Notice of Privacy Practices



We are required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information, to provide individuals with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information, and to notify affected individuals following a breach of unsecured protected health information. We must follow the privacy practices that are described in this Notice while it is in effect. This Notice takes effect September 23, 2013, and will remain in effect until we replace it.

We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this Notice at any time, provided such changes are permitted by applicable law, and to make new Notice provisions effective for all protected health information that we maintain. When we make a significant change in our privacy practices, we will change this Notice and post the new Notice clearly and prominently at our practice location, and we will provide copies of the new Notice upon request.

You may request a copy of our Notice at any time. For more information about our privacy practices, or for additional copies of this Notice, please contact us using the information listed at the end of this Notice.


We may use and disclose your health information for different purposes, including treatment, payment, and health care operations. For each of these categories, we have provided a description and an example. Some information, such as HIV-related information, genetic information, alcohol and/or substance abuse records, and mental health records may be entitled to special confidentiality protections under applicable state or federal law. We will abide by these special protections as they pertain to applicable cases involving these types of records.

Treatment. We may use and disclose your health information for your treatment. For example, we may disclose your health information to a specialist providing treatment to you.

Payment. We may use and disclose your health information to obtain reimbursement for the treatment and services you receive from us or another entity involved with your care. Payment activities include billing, collections, claims management, and determinations of eligibility and coverage to obtain payment from you, an insurance company, or another third party. For example, we may send claims to your dental health plan containing certain health information.

Healthcare Operations. We may use and disclose your health information in connection with our healthcare operations. For example, healthcare operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, conducting training programs, and licensing activities.

Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care. We may disclose your health information to your family or friends or any other individual identified by you when they are involved in your care or in the payment for your care. Additionally, we may disclose information about you to a patient representative. If a person has the authority by law to make health care decisions for you, we will treat that patient representative the same way we would treat you with respect to your health information.

Disaster Relief. We may use or disclose your health information to assist in disaster relief efforts.

Required by Law. We may use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law.

Public Health Activities. We may disclose your health information for public health activities, including disclosures to: Prevent or control disease, injury or disability; Report child abuse or neglect; Report reactions to medications or problems with products or devices; Notify a person of a recall, repair, or replacement of products or devices; Notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or condition; or Notify the appropriate government authority if we believe a patient has been the victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence.

National Security. We may disclose to military authorities the health information of Armed Forces personnel under certain circumstances. We may disclose to authorized federal officials health information required for lawful intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities. We may disclose to correctional institution or law enforcement official having lawful custody the protected health information of an inmate or patient.

Secretary of HHS. We will disclose your health information to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services when required to investigate or determine compliance with HIPAA.

Worker’s Compensation. We may disclose your PHI to the extent authorized by and to the extent necessary to comply with laws relating to worker’s compensation or other similar programs established by law.

Law Enforcement. We may disclose your PHI for law enforcement purposes as permitted by HIPAA, as required by law, or in response to a subpoena or court order. 

Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose your PHI to an oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include audits, investigations, inspections, and credentialing, as necessary for licensure and for the government to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.

Judicial and Administrative Proceedings. If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose your PHI in response to a court or administrative order. We may also disclose health information about you in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process instituted by someone else involved in the dispute, but only if efforts have been made, either by the requesting party or us, to tell you about the request or to obtain an order protecting the information requested.

Research. We may disclose your PHI to researchers when their research has been approved by an institutional review board or privacy board that has reviewed the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your information.

Coroners, Medical Examiners, and Funeral Directors. We may release your PHI to a coroner or medical examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We may also disclose PHI to funeral directors consistent with applicable law to enable them to carry out their duties. 

Fundraising. We may contact you to provide you with information about our sponsored activities, including fundraising programs, as permitted by applicable law. If you do not wish to receive such information from us, you may opt out of receiving the communications.

Other Uses and Disclosures of PHI

Your authorization is required, with a few exceptions, for disclosure of psychotherapy notes, use or disclosure of PHI for marketing, and for the sale of PHI. We will also obtain your written authorization before using or disclosing your PHI for purposes other than those provided for in this Notice (or as otherwise permitted or required by law). You may revoke an authorization in writing at any time. Upon receipt of the written revocation, we will stop using or disclosing your PHI, except to the extent that we have already taken action in reliance on the authorization.

Your Health Information Rights

Access. You have the right to look at or get copies of your health information, with limited exceptions. You must make the request in writing. You may obtain a form to request access by using the contact information listed at the end of this Notice. You may also request access by sending us a letter to the address at the end of this Notice. If you request information that we maintain on paper, we may provide photocopies. If you request information that we maintain electronically, you have the right to an electronic copy. We will use the form and format you request if readily producible. We will charge you a reasonable cost-based fee for the cost of supplies and labor of copying, and for postage if you want copies mailed to you. Contact us using the information listed at the end of this Notice for an explanation of our fee structure.

If you are denied a request for access, you have the right to have the denial reviewed in accordance with the requirements of applicable law.

Disclosure Accounting. With the exception of certain disclosures, you have the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of your health information in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. To request an accounting of disclosures of your health information, you must submit your request in writing to the Privacy Official. If you request this accounting more than once in a 12-month period, we may charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee for responding to the additional requests.

Right to Request a Restriction. You have the right to request additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your PHI by submitting a written request to the Privacy Official. Your written request must include (1) what information you want to limit, (2) whether you want to limit our use, disclosure or both, and (3) to whom you want the limits to apply. We are not required to agree to your request except in the case where the disclosure is to a health plan for purposes of carrying out payment or health care operations, and the information pertains solely to a health care item or service for which you, or a person on your behalf (other than the health plan), has paid our practice in full.

Alternative Communication. You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your health information by alternative means or at alternative locations. You must make your request in writing. Your request must specify the alternative means or location, and provide satisfactory explanation of how payments will be handled under the alternative means or location you request. We will accommodate all reasonable requests. However, if we are unable to contact you using the ways or locations you have requested we may contact you using the information we have.

Amendment. You have the right to request that we amend your health information. Your request must be in writing, and it must explain why the information should be amended. We may deny your request under certain circumstances. If we agree to your request, we will amend your record(s) and notify you of such. If we deny your request for an amendment, we will provide you with a written explanation of why we denied it and explain your rights.

Right to Notification of a Breach. You will receive notifications of breaches of your unsecured protected health information as required by law.

Electronic Notice. You may receive a paper copy of this Notice upon request, even if you have agreed to receive this Notice electronically on our Web site or by electronic mail (e-mail).

Questions and Complaints

If you want more information about our privacy practices or have questions or concerns, please contact us.

If you are concerned that we may have violated your privacy rights, or if you disagree with a decision we made about access to your health information or in response to a request you made to amend or restrict the use or disclosure of your health information or to have us communicate with you by alternative means or at alternative locations, you may complain to us using the contact information listed at the end of this Notice. You also may submit a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We will provide you with the address to file your complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services upon request.

We support your right to the privacy of your health information. We will not retaliate in any way if you choose to file a complaint with us or with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Privacy Official: Marie         Telephone: 530-365-4581  Fax: 530-365-4871  Address: 1930 North Barney St., Anderson, CA 96007

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Platelet Rich Fibrin Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:11:26 +0000 We take a sample of blood from the patient’s arm to separate out the platelets, concentrated growth factors, platelet poor plasma and other factors that aid in healing. We use the concentrated growth factors to infuse the surgery site to enhance the healing.  This allows healing to occur at a faster rate with less post-op pain and reduced recovery time. We have been using this technique for over 15 years and find that patients have great results.

Click below to see our video on how we use PRF. Thank you to our patient for allowing us to demonstrate how we can use your own platelets and growth factors to help optimize healing during dental surgery.



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iT’S SPRING- TIME TO GROW BONE! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:22:05 +0000  

I just returned from the annual meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration that was held in San Francisco this year. It was filled with speakers and dentists who have a passion for bone biology and how to grow bone. You may ask- what is osseointegration? In dental terms we use it to describe how bone grows around dental implants to make it a solid fixture in one’s jaws. The bone healing cells of our body grow around the dental implant and “integrate” it into the jawbone. There is a race between the bone cells and epithelial (skin) cells to fill the gap that between the implant and the bone. A successful implant will have bone along the majority of the implant making it very stable to support a tooth or fixture. In situations when a tooth has been missing for some time, bone loss will present. If there is not enough bone, then placing an implant will be difficult or not possible. What’s great, is that we have a lot to offer in bone grafting to help get the site ready to receive an implant.  One of the things I have seen that helps with this osseointegration is adding a concentration of the patient’s own bone healing cells (Platelet Rich Fibrin) into the graft to help promote the bone healing cascade.

“ORGANIC” DENTISTRY”- AAID annual meeting 2013 Oct 24-26 drreuss web blog Mon, 28 Oct 2013 04:33:34 +0000 AAID annual meeting 2013 Oct 24-26 web blog

New advancements discussed at this year’s AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry) annual meeting held in Phoenix, AZ encouraged me with new techniques to offer our patients. I was surprised to see how digital dentistry (Cad/Cam) has rapidly progressed in the past few years. CBCT 3d scans (like our New Tom) can be merged with digital scans. These scans are used to mill blocks (they look like a hockey puck) of titanium, zirconium or resin to provide a multitude of treatment options. It is now possible to get a denture milled from a resin “puck”. This new technique shortens the time it takes to get a new set of teeth (more to come on this) while providing more strength.
There are some exciting advancements in the area of bone grafting and soft tissue healing. One of our lectures discussed the scientific evidence of how PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and PRF (Platelet rich Fibrin) help enhance the healing cascade around our implants and bone grafts. We have been using PRP for over 10 years and see the huge benefits in wound healing with our patients. The healing time is faster and less post operative pain is a huge plus.
A new system has been developed to extract PRF from a small sample taken from the patient’s own blood. This PRF can be isolated by a centrifuge and used in the surgery site to provide a high concentration of growth factors and other natural wound healing cells. The “Interspin” will allow us to add these natural occurring growth factors to our bone grafts and implant surgery cases. You could even call it ” organic grafting”, since this process concentrates your own growth factors with no additives or chemicals. This is an exciting time in dentistry with all these new developments.


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HOLY TEETH!! Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:18:05 +0000 The role of saliva, pH and other factors affecting a healthy mouth.

I just attended a dental meeting put on by our Northern California Dental Society on the prevention of tooth decay.  Dr. Brian Novy gave a very entertaining lecture on a topic that has been at the heart of dentistry since its inception. Did you know that what is in your saliva makes a big difference if you will get tooth decay or not? Saliva lubricates our food to begin digestion, but has many other important things it does to help create a positive( or negative) environment for a healthy mouth.

The pH of your saliva plays a huge role in promoting the good or bad bacteria (decay causing) that resides in your mouth.  You have a chemistry lab happening everyday in your mouth whether you know it or not. When I was in school we would take these beakers full of different acids and “titrate” them to different liquids to get fun color changes. When you eat food or drink, you are doing a lab experiment in your mouth. The more you lower the pH in your mouth, the more acidic it becomes. The more frequent you do this during the day the more times you are subjecting your oral environment to these harmful acidic attacks. A neutral pH between 6.8-7.2 is good. Even a small drop to 6.6 allows bad things to start happening. A pH at 5.5 is when de-mineralization occurs. De-mineralization is when your tooth will start breaking down (cavities). Re-mineralization is a good thing for teeth.  This is when teeth can actually repair themselves. How do you know if your saliva is acidic or not? Ask us to do a test for you, the next time you are in for your hygiene visit. If you can’t sleep at night, because you have to know what your salivary pH is and you can’t wait for your next hygiene visit. I recommend “googling” ph test strips for saliva. For under $10 you can find all the litmus paper you need to test your own saliva!  More to come on preventing Holy teeth….

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California Dental Convention 2013, San Francisco Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:31:02 +0000 I attended the annual CDA Convention this year to see the latest innovations and techniques in dentistry.  I was also asked by Biolase who makes the Waterlase MD (which I use) to show other dentists who are curious about lasers what kind of techniques and applications  the laser can be used for. Using lasers for the past 10 years, I appreciate what the laser can do for my techniques and how it benefits our patients. I like to use the phrase, “Bladeless and Bloodless”, to describe my experience with the laser. My laser replaces the scalpel blade allowing a very conservative way to reflect gingival tissue for various surgeries that I do.  I had a chance to talk to a number of dentists and show them how the laser can benefit them and their patients. Also, thanks to Biolase for my nice accommodations while in San Francisco.


Dr. Reuss’ Top 5 Dental Resolutions for 2012 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 20:07:30 +0000
  • SHARE A SMILE: Have you ever noticed that if you share your smile with someone that they will most likely return the favor. Give it a try!
  • 2.  FLOSS MORE: I know you hear this every year, but why not? What do you have to lose?

    3. Brush kid’s teeth for 2 minutes, 2 times a day.

    This is a national campaign started by The American Dental Association (ADA) to promote good oral hygiene in our kids. They have some fun videos and games to      go along with it. Check it out@

    4.  Diet: No you don’t have to lose weight for this dental resolution, but it might happen without you even knowing. Look at your diet and try to eliminate the extra sugary snack or drink. Your teeth will benefit, since the plaque won’t have the sugar to make acid which creates those pesky areas of decay.

    5.  Your Teeth aren’t Tools!  Your teeth are for chewing and smiling. Your teeth shouldn’t act as a convenient opener or cutting tool. Don’t use your teeth to  open up potato chip bags, holding pens, biting split shot for fishing or any other clever use you may tempt your teeth with.

    Orognathic Bioesthetics International Annual Meeting 2012 Las, Vegas Sat, 10 Nov 2012 18:36:53 +0000 We had an excellent meeting this year in Las Vegas. Some of the topics that were very interesting included Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), dental photography, health based dentistry and how we can better help our patients. “Bioesthetic Dentistry replicates the forms and function found in a healthy, natural, biological chewing system”. It’s more than just teeth, it’s an approach in understanding how we can move toward a health based lifestyle.