Contrary to popular belief, there is no dental school that teaches “holistic dentistry.” You could substitute the words biological, integrative, whole person, wellness and longevity and they could all fit.
To us, holistic means taking a broader perspective, knowing our patients and what they want. It means working with people, understanding their beliefs and achieving a common goal, a healthy, beautiful smile. Recognizing that what works with one person might not work for the next. Listening to what they have to say and honoring it. Being holistic and natural also involves avoiding drugs and surgery when possible, caring for the teeth and tissue of the mouth as if they were our own. These principles have taught us to work slower but more effectively, preserving and protecting what nature has given the patient. Although other effective and safe treatments are available at our office, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan to best fit your personal needs and lifestyle. In life, all problems can have different solutions to reach an end goal. At our office we are here to provide you will all treatment options. Every patient requires different wishes and we are here to help maintain a healthy beautiful smile.
At the Parker Dental Group we strive to do the least invasive, longest acting and least toxic treatments that we possibly can. To us, this defines holistic dentistry.
Being minimally invasive is a philosophy of preserving and protecting the teeth and gums by doing the least invasive procedure that will solve the problem. Some examples include:
After the dentist completely numbs the area where the root canal is to be completed, an opening is made into the pulp chamber through the top of the tooth. Once the pulp is completely removed, the root canals are thoroughly cleaned. After cleaning the canals, a biocompatible material known as gutta percha is placed in the canals, sealing out bacteria. If our dentists decide to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, our dentists will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and / or crown over the tooth.
We use mercury and metal free tooth colored restorations to restore cavities and replace worn out fillings, utilizing all ceramic fillings, onlays, inlays, crowns, bridges and implants. Your dental health and wellbeing are very important to us. By using biocompatible composite and porcelains, we eliminate mercury based amalgam and nickel containing crowns. We are very careful to protect you during the removal of amalgam or crowns so that you have the least exposure to these materials as possible. Our practice uses a combination of rubber dams and high speed suction to reduce exposure to mercury vapor and other chemicals during removal.
These new materials look and feel great and will last a long time. They also look very natural and strengthen your teeth.
Our practice is dedicated to helping our patients reach optimal health by viewing their mouth as being a gateway into the body.
The same blood that goes to your heart, lungs, brain and all other body parts also go to the mouth. Research is now showing that diseased gums are associated with heart problems, strokes, lung problems, osteoporosis, some cancers and low birth weight babies in women. We believe that in the future many more links to other diseases will be discovered.
Improper alignment of the teeth can cause facial pain, toothaches, headaches and neck aches. Stress can cause us to clench and grind our teeth together (Bruxism), resulting in numerous dental and whole-body challenges. Safe BPA free oral appliances, such as Nightguards, PremierAlign and Invisalign can be prescribed to treat such dental conditions.
The way our teeth look affects how we feel about our self. Our smiles affect the appearance of our whole face. A beautiful smile that is harmonious with our face can help us feel confident and radiant as we smile with confidence. This turns on healthy body chemistry and again affects our whole being. You see, the mouth and the rest of the body are not separate even though they are often treated that way.