Our dental home is your home.
Patients who visit our office are treated like people, not numbers. We make ourselves accessible to answer all your questions as best as we can before, during, and after your appointment.
Holistic dentists are also known as biological dentists. A holistic dentist believes your teeth and oral structures are an integral part of your body and your overall health. At The Dental Wellness Center, we understand that your oral and dental health can have a major influence on other disease processes in your body. After all, we are a whole person.
The profession of dentistry is essentially founded on treating the complications of the two most prevalent infections of the world, that is, tooth decay and gum disease. Our goal is to find out why these diseases are occurring. Learn more here: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/dentistry/guide-to-holistic-dentistry
Spectra cell testing is a test that uses a small amount of blood to determine 33 micronutrients, which helps determine a patient’s level of nutritional health.
Learn more here: https://www.spectracell.com
We protect our patients, our team, and the environment during the removal process of mercury amalgam fillings. We know that mercury is toxic and that mercury vapor does escape from amalgams 24/7, but many people are unaware that an enormous amount is released during their removal. So, we follow a specific dental protocol to ensure your safety from unnecessary exposures to this heavy metal.
Learn more here: https://iaomt.org/resources/dental-mercury-facts/
An important component of biological dentistry is biocompatibility testing of dental materials which can be done before materials are placed in the mouth. We utilize Bio-Compatibility testing and provide us with a list that is least reactive to you.
A blood screening test is available for all patients, however our office only stocks materials which tend to come up “least reactive” on most reports. So our patients that are highly allergic or extremely sick, is when we suggest that testing be done to assure the most favorable choice.
Oral sedation allows us to relieve anxiety without the use of a small dose of Halcion or triazolam and combine it with nitrous oxide.
This technique makes you drowsy and is considered extremely safe and effective for most all of procedures, giving our patients that extra comfort and removing most of their anxiety.
At a biological dental office, having your teeth cleaned is more than an effective hygiene appointment. We use this time to screen for things like, sleep apnea and cancer, as well as having an opportunity to review your current overall body health conditions. If connections can be made, we are able to support those issues.
For example, diabetics will benefit from more frequent cleanings, thus we support the stabilization of your blood sugar. Your education and prevention are our focus. Our dental health program is designed to protect and stimulate the tooth and body connection.
The American Academy of Periodontology estimates that nearly 80% of Americans have some form of gum disease and approximately 50% of cases are considered moderate to severe.
Many good research papers have shown a clear connection between gum disease and systemic disease, where heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some forms of cancer have been highly correlated.
Sometimes it becomes unavoidable to remove some teeth, there are many reasons for this fact.
Whatever the situation that lead to this decision, we always attempt to utilize a biological approach, a sound technique where critical steps are taken to restore bone health, and create healthy bone post operatively.
PRGF is short for Platelet Rich in growth factors Fibrin. This biological band aide, which is obtained from your blood, contains nothing artificial, and is a concentrated platelet/growth factor complex that aids in your body’s healing process.
Healing time, incidence of infection and pain are all greatly reduced, because of its unique qualities. In fact we rarely see the problems that are conventionally seen now that we have adopted this protocol.
Ozone therapy is a treatment used for disinfecting tissues and may help tissue to regenerate. In its various forms (water, gas, and oil), ozone can kill bacteria, viruses and fungus. In fact, ozone is 8,000 times more bactericidal than chlorine is and has been shown to be extremely safe without side effects.
We use ozone generously in our oral surgical protocols, periodontal therapies, decay management, and as a general antimicrobial for many other procedures.
If bone does not heal properly, of it there is inadequate blood supply to an area of the jaws, ischemia may occur. The jaws are the third most common area for ischemic osteonecrosis to occur, however near root canal teeth is also a common site.
The most common method for diagnosing ischemic osteonecrosis is by bone density screening on a cone beam computed tomography scan. Once an area is found (wisdom teeth extraction sites are quite common), the site is opened and debrided.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint connecting the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull (temporal bone). The lower jaw and the skull are connected by a number of muscles and ligaments, which function in harmony with each other if the lower jaw is in the correct position. The main cause of TMJ disorder is usually some type of trauma.
The symptoms of TMJ disorder are the result of problems with the joint and/or the muscles surrounding the joint. If you have pain here are some of the reasons we consider; trauma, sleep apnea, bruxism or teeth grinding, extraction/retraction orthodontics, clenching, loss of teeth, osteoarthritis, poor nutrition, rheumatoid arthritis, or in some cases digestive problems.
Symptoms may include; headaches, ear pain, neck aches, shoulder and lower back pain, ringing in the ears, dizziness and fainting, stuffiness in the ears, difficulty swallowing, pain behind the eyes, tingling of the fingers and hands.
Cone beam computed tomography (or CBCT) is a medical imaging technique, it has become increasingly important in our treatment planning and diagnosis for our patients.
For example, we are now finding many uses, such as in the fields of oral surgery, endodontics, implants, and orthodontics. We have also found it extremely important in the identification of asymptomatic hidden bone infections, which we call possible ischemic bone disease.
Many times, we find disease without pain, in fact most dental diseases do not cause pain until their end stages. This is why prevention is so important. Consider that many times, sinus infections, root canals, gum disease, and decay, do not hurt, this is why early detection is so vital.
There are a cluster of common oral infections seen by dentists, they include dental caries (decay), gingivitis, periodontal disease, dental abscess, pericoronitis (usually wisdom teeth), bone cysts (cavitations), viral infections (HSV and HPV) such as cold sores and oral warts.
The burden of oral diseases remains extremely high around the world and even in developed countries. It is broadly recognized by the scientific community, that most root filled teeth have residual root infection, this fact may allow the systemic spread of bacteria and/or their byproducts to other sites of the body.
Another form of “hidden”/residual infections are described as a type of bone cysts in the jaw bone. These are also known as radicular, residual cysts, “cavitation” and/or NICO lesions (neuralgia-inducing cavitational osteonecrosis).
These bony lesions of the jaw are best detected by 3D low dose radiation digitally imaging, CBCT scans and are usually located in a former tooth extraction site including wisdom teeth.
Ceramic implants are an alternative traditional titanium implants, often chosen by patients for a number of reasons including improved aesthetics, improved biocompatibility and their metal-free composition.
Ceramic implants are made from Zirconia, which is oxidized Zirconium. Zirconia has a crystalline structure, and is chemically unreactive – making it an attractive option for patients who are concerned about titanium corroding, reacting in the oral environment, or the fact that these alloys contain nickel most of the time.
HealthyStart™ is a proprietary advanced orthodontic/orthopedic appliance. It is BPA, Silicone/ Latex Free and is FDA Cleared and American made. The HealthyStart™ treatment is safe, pain free, non-invasive and effective. It addresses the root cause of sleep disordered breathing in children.
Statistics show over 40 Million Children can be affected by Sleep Disorders and 9 out of 10 Children are suffering from one or more symptoms of sleep related breathing symptoms. HealthyStart™ evaluates and treats the underlying root cause.
If HealthyStart is implemented early enough, it can be considered a permanent fix. We have a vision of turning problem sleeping children, into productive superstars of the future using this technique.
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you might have sleep apnea.
Sleep disordered breathing is clearly a risk factor for heart disease and cognitive disorders, as well as a host of other issues from weight gain to diabetes. We screen for SA and have treatment options that have been shown to be as effective as a C-PAP device.
If you’ve ever had a wisdom tooth extraction, tooth removal, or root canal procedure, and then soon afterwards experienced headaches (especially frontal and temporal), swollen neck glands, brain fog, poor concentration, fatigue, teeth cavities, dead teeth, clenching and grinding, trigeminal neuralgia, TMJ disorder, and sour or unusual taste in mouth, etc… This could be the result of a cavitation.
A cavitation (not to be confused with a cavity, which is a hole in a tooth) is a hole in the maxilla (location of upper teeth) or mandible (location of lower teeth) bones of the face. Cavitations typically result from progressive disease processes involving small blockages (infarctions) of the small blood vessels in these bones and causing dead bone (osteonecrosis) and then infected bone (osteomyelitis).
Treatment usually required an incision being made into the gum and into the bone, and then having the dead and infected bone scraped away. Afterwards, the site is closed with sutures.
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