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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Is NICE a valid criterion for choosing a dentist?

Posted by Chris Raines on Sep 14, 2016 5:34:28 PM

Dr. Balshi, dentist and prosthodontist, shows care and concern, explains thouroughly, and listens to the patient.Would you say that your dentist is nice? And if so, what qualities would contribute to that opinion? And is “nice” valid criterion in choosing a dentist? The answer is, “That depends.”

Reasons “nice” might not be valid criterion:

  1. The dentist says what the patient wants to hear, whether it is the best advice or not.
  2. The dentist says the condition of the patient’s mouth is good, when it’s not.
  3. The dentist offers an easy and mediocre solution that will not stand up to time or the strong biting forces of the mouth.
  4. The dentist does not encourage the patient to follow a strict hygiene regimen.

Criteria that is both “nice” as well as valid:

  1. The dentist shows care and concern for the patient.
  2. The dentist and staff are polite.
  3. The dentist listens closely and takes time to hear all of the patient’s concerns.
  4. The dentist thoroughly explains treatment options.
  5. The dentist describes treatment procedures clearly and thoroughly.
  6. The dentist offers the best treatment options that are long lasting, attractive, functional and healthy.
  7. The dentist and staff instruct the patient in the most effective home care techniques.
  8. The dentist checks to make sure that the patient is doing well following surgical treatment.
  9. The dentist and staff instill confidence and help the patient to feel safe.
  10. The dentist and the patient are a team working toward a goal of optimal dental health. Collaboration will assure positive results.

Dr. Wolfinger mentioned, “Listening carefully to a patient’s concerns and creating predictable treatment options based on those concerns is important in developing a good doctor patient relationship.

Consumer reports states, “Growing research suggests that people who have a strong relationship with a physician not only report greater satisfaction with their care but also may enjoy better health.” The same can be said for a dentist.

At Pi Dental Center, a good doctor/patient relationship is essential to successful treatment. This rapport is established during the first visit and maintained through each and every appointment.

During the initial visit, the dentist listens closely to the patient’s concerns and asks pertinent questions.  This in depth conversation is an integral part of the comprehensive diagnostic evaluation.

Review:  “Friendly, informative, clinically careful, and most of all, honest about what is involved. They eagerly answered any and every question!”

The relationship contributes to the patient’s successful treatment outcome. The choice of a dentist can be a challenge.  You can trust and rely on the dentists at Pi Dental Center.

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