People often ask us if we are a holistic dental practice. In many ways, Pi Dental Center has a lot in common with a holistic office. In other ways, we do not. Read on to learn about the philosophy of a holistic office and what aspects are applicable to our center.
What do holistic dentists believe?
A holistic dentist sees the mouth as an integrated part of the body and considers oral health problems as they relate to total body health.
The doctors and staff at Pi Dental Center agree that dental health affects the entire body. One example of the relationship between oral health and overall health is the connection between periodontal disease, heart disease and diabetes. Research has proven that there is a strong link between them. We also believe that a person’s habits and behavior can affect their dental health.
Holistic dentists choose minimally invasive options. At Pi Dental Center, long-term predictable dental health is our goal for our patients. When a patient is evaluated, all reasonable options are explored and when it is feasible, Pi Dental Center will consider a minimally invasive option.
Holistic practices build a partnership with their patients. Our goal is to empower each of our patients to achieve optimal dental health. We do this through wide-ranging treatment options, advanced prosthodontic care and a comprehensive program of oral hygiene maintenance and education.
What types of treatment do holistic dentists provide?
Traditional dentists treat problems that affect the teeth, gums, oral structures and the jaw. Holistic dentists focus on the entire person. Not all holistic dentists’ approach to dentistry is the same and they don’t all offer the same procedures, but here are some of the most common offerings.
Holistic dentists offer only composite fillings rather than mercury fillings. Pi Dental Center also offers composite fillings and has never used mercury fillings.
While many holistic dentists remove mercury fillings and replace them with composite fillings, Pi Dental Center removes mercury fillings that show decay or breakdown.
Like holistic practices, Pi Dental Center utilizes advanced 3D low dose digital x-rays.
The titanium dental implant systems that Pi Dental Center uses are backed by substantial research and can be used in all indications of tooth replacement. Ceramic implants have little long-term follow-up and are only indicated for single tooth replacement.
When compared to traditional impressions, digital scanning technology is more efficient, precise and comfortable for the patient. At Pi Dental Center, TRIOS scanning technology is used for crowns, bridges and single tooth dental implants.
What types of treatment don’t holistic dentists offer?
Holistic dentists do not perform root canals. At Pi Dental Center, patients are referred to an endodontist (root canal specialist) when necessary.
Holistic dentists don’t advocate the use of fluoride. Pi Dental Center focuses on scientifically proven treatment, procedures, techniques and products. While we do provide fluoride products and treatments, patients can choose not to use them.
Pi Dental Center works closely with dental offices that provide additional holistic dental procedures, and referrals to those offices can be made for those who are interested. The health of the mouth impacts the entire body. At Pi Dental Center, our mission is to work with our patients to help them achieve and maintain healthy mouths. Give us a call if you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions.
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