Why should a patient choose my dental practice?
When For thirty-five years I have focused my practice on health and the maintenance of health. This differs from a disease-focused practice that is more concerned with filling holes in teeth. My practice philosophy is based on Optimal Biologic Model of Health. Many people think of health as merely the absence of disease. Optimal health is above and beyond this.
The pathway to Optimal Health begins with making an accurate diagnosis of where the patient is and how they got there. Once the basic needs are satisfied, such as elimination of infections, repair of broken teeth, etc., we can begin to develop a plan that will maintain the level of health that they desire. Modern dentistry has allowed us to maintain dental health that is free of dental caries. Periodontal disease is a chronic disease that over time will exacerbate some periods of acute disease. It is during the acute phase that the most damage occurs. By controlling the causative factors and risk factors, we can help patients to control the lost of periodontal attachment. By helping our patients eliminate the the causative factors and disease risk factors and disease risk factors we have helped our patients remain relatively disease-free at their recare visits over extended periods of time.
In 1993, I traveled to California for the first time to take Course A – an Introduction to Bioesthetic Denistry – taught by the Founder of Bioesthetic Dentistry, Dr. Robert Lee. The three days at that course changed my philosophy of dentistry forever. Over the next three years, I traveled to California roughly every other month for two to three days at a time, graduating from the Lee Institute in 1996. Dr. Lee passed away in 1997 and OBI The Foundation has carried on his work in teaching Bioesthetics Dentistry to Dentists, Dental Lab Technicians, and Dental Office Team Members. In 1997, I was asked to become a faculty member of OBI and have been on the faculty since that time.
For more information on Bioesthetic Dentistry, I invite you to refer to the following link www.bioesthetics.com You will find before and after pictures of a number of patients around the country that have benefitted from Bioesthetic Dentistry along with their testimonials.
The implementation of the Principles of Bioesthetic Dentistry into my practice and the extensive continuing education that I have taken over the years and continue to pursue, have allowed me to successfully treat many patients who were in pain and dysfunction due to underlying problems with their chewing systems. The underlying problems with their chewing systems had resulted in broken and worn out teeth and jaw joints for these patients as well as an unattractive smile.
The following definitions of terms are from the OBI Website at www.bioesthetics.com.
What is Bioesthetic Dentistry?
When it comes to something as important as your teeth, you want to be sure they remain beautiful and healthy for life. In simple terms, a healthy mouth looks great, feels great, and chews great. Bioesthetic Dentistry provides you with all of the above: a beautiful natural-looking smile that is comfortable, functional, and lasting. Bioesthetics is the study of the human chewing system in its natural form and function. It is based on years of scientific research and observation of healthy, natural dentitions where little or no dental repair has been needed to preserve the teeth. In these chewing systems, jaw joints are stable, muscles are relaxed and teeth are practically unworn providing excellent esthetics, function, comfort, and longevity.
You may be surprised to know that the beauty of your smile may affect the health, function, and longevity of your teeth. The natural form and function of your teeth, bite, muscles, and jaw joints, collectively called the chewing system, was ingeniously designed to protect the mouth from harm.
Who can benefit from Bioesthetic Dentistry?
Bioesthetic Dentistry may be able to help you if you have any of the following concerns:
- Unattractive smile
- Worn, chipped, cracked or broken teeth, and dental work
- Headaches or migraines
- Painful facial or neck muscles
- Upper back or shoulder pain
- Jaw joint soreness or pain
- DIfficulty or pain with chewing
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
- Jaw popping or clicking or grating noises
- Loose teeth or receding gums and bone
- Shifting bite
- Ear pain, congestion or ringing in the ears
What is the difference between Bioesthetic Dentistry and cosmetic dentistry?
Bioesthetic Dentistry differs from cosmetic dentistry by diagnosing the cause of tooth wear and other chewing system problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. Cosmetic dentistry, by definition, serves to beautify the teeth or smile and can be decorative rather than functional. Bioesthetic Dentistry can restore damaged teeth to their original, youthful shape and provide long-lasting natural-looking results. An OBI trained dentist can help restore and preserve the function, health, comfort, and lasting natural beauty of your teeth and smile for a lifetime.