At our dental office, we focus on controlling and reducing the causes of dental disease, premature tooth loss, and advanced dental aging through healthy dentistry. Healthy dentistry looks at the entire chewing system instead of one tooth at a time. The chewing system is not just made up of teeth and gums, but the harmonious working of the jawbone, airways, and bite pattern. When the chewing system is in harmony, you are more likely to achieve longevity with your smile. Healthy dentistry also helps your smile resist the aging process of tooth wear, breakage, gum loss, tooth loss, and even tension wrinkles, thinning of lips, and premature facial aging. By looking beyond just cavities in teeth, we look to control causes of bacterial damage as well as control unbalanced forces that lead to an atraumatic breakdown.
Healthy Dentistry in Plano, TX
In contrast to healthy dentistry, repair dentistry only addresses an issue when it occurs. This leads to patients experiencing the same problem over time, needing to be repaired again, or requiring more extensive treatment. Healthy dentistry focuses on all the elements of the chewing system so we can plan the right way to bring health, harmony, function, and beauty with long-lasting results. Healthy dentistry brings patients freedom from long term dentistry and saves them money as well.
A major aspect of healthy dentistry is helping patients understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy dental systems. The understanding of healthy versus unhealthy signs and symptoms allows a patient/doctor relationship to co-discover issues and create a treatment plan as a team. Some of the symptoms of unhealthy chewing systems include:
- Earache or ringing in the ear
- Jaw pain
- Clicking/popping of the TMJ
- Teeth sensitivity
- Gum recession
- Tooth wear
- Chipping of teeth
- Cracking teeth
- Neck tension
Many of the new patients we see tell us that no one has ever explained to them their dental concerns, what is causing them, and what their treatment options are in order to decide the treatment that best for them. At our dental office, we prioritize patient education and ensure that every one of our patients leaves with a better understanding of their dental health. Through healthy dentistry, we not only think about the current issues that a patient is facing but how we can help patients avoid future dental concerns as well.