Complete Dentistry

Complete Dentistry

Complete dentistry is a philosophy that goes beyond the “usual and customary” concept of drill and fill dentistry to a level of dental care intent on establishing health rather than simply filling holes. The first step in understanding complete dentistry is identifying the things that may keep your mouth from being as healthy as it can be. Most of the problems we see are caused either by bacterial invasion or excessive forces. Bacteria can be blamed for causing cavities and gum disease by producing acids that break down tooth structure and stimulate your immune system’s inflammatory response. We are beginning to understand that this inflammatory response is linked to many significant medical problems including an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and pre-term/low birth weight babies. Our professional hygiene staff is second to none in the care and maintenance of health teeth and gums. You can expect that they will help you control the effects of the natural bacteria that cause decay and periodontal disease. When needed, we are able to restore your damaged teeth to their original form with bonded restorations that mimic tooth structure so effectively, it is difficult to tell the tooth was ever treated. Damage caused by excessive forces and bite problems is a result of “Occlusal Disease”. The most common signs and symptoms include broken teeth and fillings, gum recession, bone loss, temperature sensitivity, loosening teeth, headaches, and pain in the jaw joint (TMJ disorders). This is an area of special interest for our practice. In nature form follows function. Teeth that are in harmonious function with the surrounding muscles, bone, and jaw joints do not suffer from occlusal disease . In many cases, the most beautiful smile is the one that is also the healthiest and most functionally stable. We focus on creating beauty through our expertise in recognizing and solving functional and biological problems so that you can enjoy a healthy beautiful smile for a lifetime.