LET’S talk ABOUT FUNCTIONAL DENTISTRY
for all your oral health needs. Just know that it’s in our nature to identify and overcome the root cause of your concern and prevent future issues, not just treat symptoms.
Just like your physician uses bloodwork to help make recommendations to keep you healthy, functional dentists use saliva testing in the same way. We look at the saliva under a microscope and may recommend sending off a sample of saliva to learn specifically which bacteria are present. Checking for the 5 most harmful bacteria in the mouth is crucial for determining if our oral health is putting our overall health at risk. Taking gum measurements alone does not address the cause of why tissue loss occurred in the first place, and identifies the issue after damage has already occurred.
With this knowledge of which bacteria are present, we can target therapies that are effective for you, then re-test over time to see if we are maintaining results.
Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) is made from your own blood, assuring that it’s both biocompatible and synthetic-free. The sample is created in a centrifuge; the resulting membrane is placed at the site of surgery, where it stimulates the growth of bone and soft tissue. PRF aids in healing, as it encourages the formation of capillaries and promotes blood flow. The increase in blood flow helps clear remaining bacteria so healthy tissue can regenerate.
3D guided implant surgery takes digital treatment planning to the next level by allowing us to both visualize the steps of your procedure as well as create sequencing templates custom to you. 3D guided implant surgery combines CT scanning technology and CAD/CAM technology, providing you with unparalleled accuracy in the placement of your dental implants and restorations. In this way, we can optimize the location, angle and depth of your implants, leading to predictable and healthy outcomes.
A frenuloplasty is a liberation of the tongue from anatomical restrictions.
We feel time in our office should be fun! Your child’s first dental visits can lay the groundwork for their feelings about dental care (and healthcare!) for their lifetime. We love working with our pediatric patients, and make sure each child feels loved, respected and heard. We explain procedures carefully and take care that parents and guardians are fully engaged and informed when their child is in the dental chair. We see infants for frenectomies age 0-1, children for airway development age 3 and up, and children for general dentistry age 6 and up. We find many families want to keep the whole family at one practice, and we are happy to accommodate. If there is a situation where we need additional support, we will refer to a pediatric dentist.
Same-day crowns using CEREC technology allows us to custom design ceramic crowns when restoring decayed or damaged teeth. To create a CEREC same-day crown, we need simply to capture digital images of your teeth, and we will custom design and fabricate your crown, giving us full control of the functional and esthetic outcome. CEREC crowns are metal-free and tend to be a safe, biocompatible option for many patients. Using this technology we eliminate a second visit and a temporary crown by fabricating your permanent crown while you wait.
When performing fillings, it is our goal to use whatever material is most biocompatible with your body. In general we use metal-free, BPA-free, ceramic-resin composites which can be completed in a single visit. Biocompatible fillings will match the color and shape of your teeth and most importantly, minimize your body’s immune response. By performing biocompatibility testing in our new patient exam, we will know which materials are best to use for you. Our mission is to positively impact inflammation, gut health, and airway health.
While we prioritize maintaining your natural teeth, sometimes tooth extractions are the best option to restore health. Our approach to dental extractions is to preserve as much natural bone as possible, remove the periodontal ligament, then use your body’s own platelets and ozone therapy, and possibly a bone graft to optimize healing and recovery. Taking these extra steps helps prevent areas of poor healing bone in the future, and are important for minimizing systemic effects of dental infections and extractions.