Holistic Dentistry and Pi Dental Center

Posted by Chris Raines on Oct 28, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Image taken at Cape May Point State Park of lighthouse.

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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Photo Credit: Andrea Clendaniel shot this photo of the lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park.

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Acid Erosion and Your Teeth

Posted by Chris Raines on Feb 8, 2018 11:56:27 AM

Comparison of acidic foods and beverages

Acidic beverages and sugary foods can wear away tooth enamel. Unfortunately, damaged tooth enamel is permanent and increases the risk for tooth decay.

Tooth enamel is the thin outer covering of the teeth. It is the hardest substance in your body. But acidic foods and beverages can wreak havoc on tooth enamel. 

Soft drinks, fruit drinks, alcoholic beverages and sports drinks are highly acidic and frequent consumption of these acidic beverages can harm your tooth enamel. Sugary foods and some medications, such as aspirin, can also damage tooth enamel. Acid reflux is another culprit.

Recent studies show that teens are especially at risk for tooth erosion. One study confirmed that over 45% of teens aged 13 to 19 have tooth erosion. Another indicated that 56% of teenagers aged 18 to 19 had tooth erosion.

Photo illustrates how teeth can be eroded by soft drinks.Tooth enamel cannot be regrown or regenerated, so it’s important to protect the teeth. Prevent tooth erosion by limiting intake of acidic and sugary beverages and foods. Sipping water while you eat sugary treats can help to wash particles from teeth. If acid reflux is a frequent occurrence, see your doctor. Many effective treatments are available. Follow a regular oral care routine by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

Fluoride has been shown to be beneficial in strengthening and protecting teeth. Over 50 scientific studies have documented the benefits of fluoride in protecting tooth enamel.

Some toothpastes contain minerals that help to replenish calcium in weak spots. These toothpastes reinforce areas where erosion has occurred and can lessen further damage.

Talk to your dentist about which toothpaste is best for you.

Get regular dental checkups with and oral hygiene cleaning to identify problems early and address them promptly.

Tooth enamel erosion can be readily identified.  Symptoms of enamel loss include increased sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweet foods, yellowness of the teeth, and roughness on the edges of the teeth. (Photo illustrates acid erosion of teeth caused by frequent consumption of soft drinks. View before and after photos of patient).

Acid erosion can become so extensive in some cases that root canal therapy or even tooth extraction may be indicated.

Dr. Glenn Wolfinger stated, “Lost tooth enamel can be replaced with porcelain restorations (veneers or dental crowns). Crowns tend to be the stronger and more effective way to replace missing enamel.”

Prosthodontists are the specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Dr. Wolfinger is a board certified prosthodontist in the Philadelphia area, and can provide expert diagnosis and treatment for tooth erosion.

Call us at 215-646-6334 to discuss acid erosion and your teeth and to learn about rebuilding a smile. If you’ve noticed changes in the appearance or sensitivity of your teeth like breakage, discolorations, shifting or tooth pain, feel free to give us a call to discuss treatment options. At Pi Dental Center, we create sparkling smiles.

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How Biting Forces Effect Teeth With Large Fillings

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Aug 27, 2012 1:48:00 PM

A description of how biting forces

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When a patient has a cavity (caries), the dentist must consider whether a composite restoration (filling) or a crown is the best option to repair the tooth.  If the cavity is large, biting forces exerted on the tooth must be considered.

When a person chews, tremendous forces are exerted on the teeth.  Up to 573 pounds can be exerted on the molar teeth!  This is why it is so important for dental restorations to be strong enough to withstand those forces.   Once a filling becomes too wide or too deep, the integrity of the tooth is compromised.

Large fillings destabilize teeth and, over time, biting forces from the opposing teeth can cause cracks, breakage, inflamed roots and pain.

Biting forces can cause the tooth to crack at the base.  Decay can occur causing tooth to fracture.

Complete crowns are restorations that cover the entire tooth. They offer a better option by providing more stability than a large filling. 

 

 

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