PHILOSOPHY OF CARE

Treating the Patient

Traditional Dentistry traditionally has focused on the individual teeth rather than the overall oral health of the individual, and services have centered on the repair of damage created by decay and infection of the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. This approach has treated the teeth and their related structures as separately removed from the patient as an unique combination of integrated system, and similarly has treated oral healthcare separately from overall healthcare. Recent advances in Healthcare have indicated Dental Healthcare cannot be separated from as at the forefront of patient healthcare, for the oral cavity often indicates the initial manifestation of systemic diseases and disorders. Oral Health is often the first line of diagnosis for the patrient, an initial warning system for emerging health issues.

Whole-Wellness Care

We focus on the comprehensive care of the whole patient. Our healthcare team endeavors to maintain a dynamic balance of physiologic maintenance within a steady state rather than to only treat pathologic deterioration within a declining state scenario. This orientation has taken on many terms including holistic care, total-patient care, and Integrated care-giving, but the common theme is that the patient should be treated as an organization with the whole as greater than the sum of the parts. This represents a continuing emerging Oral Health Paradigm Shift that views the Patient as an Integral and Complex System: an integration of complex, interacting systems, interfaces, and processes, rather than the static, linear model of a linear cause and effect mechanisms. Rather, a self-regulating system of immediate and delayed monitoring and feedback loops that work in vivo and not mechanistically deterministic in situ.

Preventative Treatment

We favor early preventive techniques rather than corrective repair. The healthy natural dentition can never be reproduced, and no dental materials, rehabilitative therapy, or replacement substitution can come close to the natural organic environement of the oral cavity.
Disease Focus: PREDICTIVE diagnosis not CORRECTIVE treatment
Treatment Orientation: Curing DISEASE not Managing SYMPTONS:
Oral Health Paradigm Shift: The Patient as a complex integration of integrated systems and self-regualting processes, not a static treatment model
Patient Centric: Professional Care starts with Patient Education and Self-Care
Patient Centric: Professional Care starts with Patient Education and Self-Care




Guiding Principals


DIGNITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL:
Diagnostic Orientation: Early prevention not Later intervention
Patient Focus: Predictive diagnosis not Corrective treatment
Treatment Orientation: Curing Disease not managing Symptoms
Oral Health Paradigm Shift: The Patient as a complex integration of integrated systems and self-regualting processes, not a static treatment model
Patient Centric: Professional Care starts with Patient Education and Self-Care