Monday, May 11, 2015
A Closer Look at Comprehensive Dentistry
Comprehensive dentistry refers to an approach to dental care that is all inclusive, meaning it takes into consideration the big picture. Rather than dealing with individual problems in an isolated way, comprehensive dentistry considers a patient’s overall health. In practice, this means that the focus is not simply on treating a single tooth or gum condition. Comprehensive dental care places the focus on the mouth, neck and head areas.
Prevention is a main ingredient to comprehensive care, and increasingly health care is moving toward a greater focus on preventing serious problems in order to achieve better outcomes. For example, the dentist might take into consideration risk factors such as past medical conditions, family history or lifestyle choices in an effort to prevent problems rather than simply treating them as they come.
By identifying the overall risk factors, it is easier to diagnose dental problems early, leading to more effective and less invasive treatment plans. Also, diagnosing problems early can make treatment much more affordable.
Routing examinations traditionally analyze teeth and gums. A comprehensive dentist will also inspect the bite and jaw and look for signs of oral cancer or other illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. The dentist will also inspect the condition of past restorations and look for indications of teeth grinding or clenching and TMJ trouble.
By looking at a patient’s overall health, considering risk factors and medical history, we are able to recommend a more effective treatment plan that can prevent many serious dental problems. It is this focus on prevention that makes the biggest impact in the long run.
Our Warwick dental staff understands the importance of a beautiful smile and the impact it can make on your social interactions. We also understand how much good dental health can affect your overall wellbeing. Our commitment to comprehensive dentistry combines those two concerns, providing you with the highest quality dental care.