Many of our patients come to us because they are looking for dental care that gets to the bottom of longstanding dental problems. They’ve been searching for help for years, and are looking for a different approach than others they’ve tried.
Many current dental therapies offer a “quick fix” solution.” They treat the symptoms but never get to the bottom of what is causing them.
Our practice, the Institute for Systemic Dentistry, takes a different approach. This is a holistic practice This means we don’t look at the mouth and teeth as separate from the rest of the body. Just as the health of a whole tree is affected by the soil it grows in—and an imbalance in that soil can cause problems anywhere from the roots to the leaves—how patients eat, drink, exercise, manage stress and other factors can affect both their physical health and health of their teeth and gums. Treating the patient means getting to the root cause of the symptoms. An untreated problem may lead to other issues in the mouth and the rest of the body.
When patients work with us, we always ask if anything is going on that may slow their healing. Sometimes, they are under emotional stress that contributes. Often, addressing those issues can help them avoid problems like tooth grinding at night.
Once we begin working with patients, we individualize their care, designing a diagnostic and treatment plan to create true dental healing and systemic health that may include several therapies. Whenever feasible, we recommend the best natural options, including natural alternatives to dental fillings, root canals and pain control. We take a conservative approach to treating patients, viewing drilling and fillings as a last resort.
Our methods include scientific modalities for testing, testing of dental materials for safety, laser therapy and ozone therapy. We also tap into ancient wisdom. Treatment may consist of acupuncture, herbology (the use of herbs for healing), homeopathy (remedies for pain and inflammation) and nutrition.
Working with each patient, we look for the best route to supporting their dental and systemic health. Ultimately, the foundation of holistic dental care is a strong dentist-patient relationship that’s built on open and honest communication.