Written by chicagohealers.com practitioner Mladen Kralj D.D.S
Holistic & Cosmetic Dental Care…Yes, its possible
o There is no set criteria for practicing “holistic” dentistry, It is not a sub-specialization of general dentistry, rather the holistic concept is interpreted by practitioners in a variety different ways.
o At ORA Dental Studio we do not distinguish between general (holistic) dental care and cosmetic services – they are intertwined as every patients has specific needs to improve or maintain proper oral health.
o A healthy, attractive smile not only looks good but actually functions better. When your teeth are properly aligned and have their natural anatomy, they function more effectively, less susceptible to wear, easier to clean and maintain. To us restoring a single tooth or full mouth makeover to its natural anatomy is one and the same. A single filling or crown should not be noticeable, it should look like a tooth, not a dental restoration.
o What is holistic and cosmetic dental care?
o Holistic dental care is the philosophy and approach to dentistry that promotes oral and overall health and wellness instead of just the treatment of oral disease. A holistic dental practice can become the first line of defense for preventative medicine. This is because a holistic dental practice sees the patient before they are obviously ill, periodontal diagnosis & systemic diagnosis are now intertwined, and on a yearly basis a dental hygienist spends 4 times as much quality time with the patient than their physician.
o This approach to dentistry encompasses modern science, technology and natural healing. It is sometimes called “Biological” dentistry or “Biocompatible” dentistry. Holistic dental care acknowledges and deals with the mind, body, and spirit of the patient, not just his or her “teeth”.
o The basic principles of holistic dental care is:
o Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning
o Patient education and nutrition counseling for the prevention and reversal of degenerative dental disease (tooth decay)
o Prevention and treatment of gum disease at its biological basis.
o Prevention and treatment of dental malocclusion and bruxism (grinding/clenching). Bite problems can lead to tension headaches, migraines and physical imbalance.
o Avoidance and elimination of toxins from dental materials (ie. mercury, lead)
o Minimally invasive treatment through early diagnosis to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure and dentition.
o At ORA Dental Studio we have taken the principals of holistic dental care one step further and introduced the concept “eco-friendly dentistry.” We have created an environment that is non-toxic to the patient, team, and doctor.
o Holistic dental care takes a full body wellness approach towards oral health care.
o Holistic dental care should be minimally invasive; mercury and metal-free free; use only biocompatible composite resin or pure porcelain restorations; recommend a dental implant over the more invasive dental bridge, etc
o We have eliminated many of the known toxins from the practice environment such as mercury, lead, VOC, PVC, PBA, x-ray processing solutions, etc
o What is Cosmetic dental care?
o Many people feel …