I went to California as a request of Implant Direct’s President, Mr. Tom Stratton. It was an honor to be invited to the corporate center as well as the manufacturing plant of the dental implants that we use here in our office. It dawned on me, while I was there, that the implants we use in our practice are state of the art and “made in the USA”.
I had the pleasure of meeting their research and development team. The Vice president of research and development, Ines Aravena shared with us the impressive ideas that are in the pipeline in Implant Directs future. I am so excited that I am part of the Implant Direct family and I appreciate all they do for us to allow for the best positive outcome for our patients.
Alison, Implant Direct Representative
Also, I had a tour of the manufacturing plant which mills 6,000 parts per day. Most of these parts are milled from Titanium and I saw the titanium rods that eventually become Dental Implants
Mr. Edward Novak, Implant Direct
With any good trip there is food.
I had a wonderful dinner with the Vice President of the company, Mr. David Painter. He is an insightful leader in the company and with his leadership Implant Direct will continue to be a leader in Implant Dentistry here and abroad. It was a wonderful couple of days in Thousand Oaks California. I concluded my trip to California by taking the train down to San Diego to attend the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. It too was a great meeting which I attended 15 hours of continuing education on the future developments in Implant Dentistry.
Scott Gradwell, DMD.
We have had a very busy summer! Starting in July, we sent out our annual “Christmas in July” treats to our amazing referring dentists. Charlie from King Kone delivered the tasty treats personally in his holiday attire. On some of our warmest days, the ice cream was perfect to cool us all down! Thank you to all the doctors who send their wonderful patients to us!
On July 21st, our dental assistant Heather, celebrated 40 wonderful years of life! To celebrate, some of the staff went tubing a few days later down the Delaware River and then enjoyed a nice lunch together. Here’s to 40 more!
In August, our typist of 16 years, Sandy, announced her retirement. She has been with Dr. Gradwell for about 16 years. We enjoyed a nice dinner all-together celebrating all the years she spent with us and shed a few tears. She was a great asset to our team and will be greatly missed around the office; but we know that she will be enjoying her freedom-motorcycling around town! Happy Retirement Sandy!!
~Even though Sandy can never be fully replaced, Dr. Gradwell has hired someone to take over her position. Anne is our newest addition to the work family. We are very excited to get to know her better as we work together in the office. Welcome to the staff Anne!
I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Malawi Mission dental fund for 2017. We were able to raise enough money to buy a compressor with suction, two portable dental units, a collapsible dental chair and 5 high speed hand pieces. Aspetico made a donation by reducing the cost of these items by 70%.
I also want to thank everyone who prayed for our mission. The team that I went with is called Villages in Partnership which is a non-profit organization in New Jersey. Their goal is to provide projects that are sustainable for the villages. We were able to bring real portable dental equipment to the providence of Zomba in Malawi. It was a true blessing and was the first step to increasing access of dental care to the villages. A dental therapist from Malawi and I provided care to 262 patients during the long clinic days. The medical team which was comprised of 25 people and broke into 4 clinics, saw just over 5,000 patients. Many lives were touched.
We are planning on returning in July of 2018 with a goal to bring more dental equipment and increase the sustainability of dental care in Zomba. I want to thank all of you who helped make this difference in the world.
My call to mission work will take me to Malawi, Africa this May for 10 days. I will be the dentist on the team doing Oral Surgery and Emergency Dentistry. The photos below were sent from the medical team that is currently in Malawi. The medical team brought in a wheel chair for a 15 year old girl who was born with club feet. Her mom carried her to school on her back every single day because they had no other means to get her there. The other photo is of a man happy to brush his teeth for the very first time with a toothbrush and toothpaste. It truly is a blessing to be a part of helping people in need. We will update everyone with more photos when we return from our mission trip in May. The parable, “Stand on the shoulders of a giant to see a bigger horizon” reminds us that this is the work of our Lord, thanks be to God.
In January 2017, Dr. Gradwell got a new puppy! He is a Bouvier Des Flanders and he will be his therapy dog. At the moment he is 20 pounds, cute, fluffy and very loyal to his daddy. He will eventually grow to be about 80 pounds or more. So for now, we will take advantage of holding him in our arms!
PerioDerm is a user-friendly and easy to use dermis material for gum graft that does not require us to take skin from your palate, as typical grafts do. Symbois PerioDerm is an acellular dermal allograft designed for predictability in replacing damaged or inadequate gum tissue. In addition to replacing damaged gum tissue, PerioDerm also helps to repair gum recession. PerioDerm is a safe skin material that is harvested as a human allograft and has great results.
If you think that you can benefit from this new and exciting material and are interested in learning about the excellent results that we have achieved in our Gum Rejuvenation Surgery, please call our office for a consultation with Scott A. Gradwell, DMD, FAGD. We will be happy to assist you in any way that we can.
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On September 24, 2016, Dr. Gradwell was certified in Los Angeles, California on the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique procedure. Chao pinhole technique is a new type of gum rejuvenation surgery that has been featured in Life After 50 Magazine, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, Dr. Steve Show, ABC, NBC and The Doctors Show. The goal of this revolutionary technique is to treat gum recession without having to take tissue from the patients’ palate, which is typically done during normal tissue graft procedures. This is a scalpel free, suture free & graft free minimally invasive procedure for correcting gum recession and saving teeth. In most cases, the pinhole technique heals within 24 hours and can achieve great results with no excess cutting or sutures. If you are interested in learning more about how this technique can help you, please contact our office for a New Patient Pinhole consultation.
In Septembers issue of Lehigh Valley Style magazine, highly regarded dentists in the area were nominated for Select Dentists. Dr. Scott Gradwell is being honored as one of the Select Dentists. His patient experience, years in practice and use of new technology all aided him in being recognized as a Select Dentist in the field of Periodontics. We congratulate him on making the list!
This week, Dr. Scott Gradwell and his staff celebrated Christmas in July. We thanked all of our referring dentist’s who send their wonderful patients our way by sending them “cool” treats. Ice cream sandwiches and ice cream cones were delivered to the offices by King Kone’s very own Santa!
Dr. Gradwell had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Honduras in May 2016. He was part of a medical mission team from the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown that travelled to Manos Amigo medical clinic in La Entrada Honduras.
Dr. Gradwell performed 80 surgeries in one week and assisted the medical team with conscious sedation cases when necessary. The medical team provided incredible wound care to advance soft tissue destruction due to diabetes and long term puncture wounds. Dr. Lee Sanders, a podiatrist that joined our team, was a past President of the American Diabetes Association. He was able to provide clinical skills as well as taught the Physicians at Manos Amigos and a patient information afternoon translated into spanish.
Dr. Gradwell had the opportunity to teach the attending Dentists at Manos Amigo surgical protocols for extractions and periodontal surgery. It was the principle that if you teach you will achieve a lot more results that just doing it yourself. Dr. Gradwell has a passion for teaching and has been teaching at Lehigh Valley Hospital for 25 years which is one of the proudest accomplishments in his life. So this mission trip had both clinical treatment and educational teaching which made it unique from his two other mission trips.
Dr. Gradwell has noticed was an incredible experience helping the people of Honduras really is. They are so humble and thankful for everything the medical team was able to do for them and in turn, their long days become rewarding ones.
Dr. Gradwell’s goal is to join the mission trip to Malawi Africa next year with Villages in Partnership and then 2018, return to Honduras with the FPCA medical team.
He would like to thank everyone who has helped him with either financial or spiritual support. Your prayers were appreciated and were felt in Honduras.