Dr. Shah has developed a practice philosophy that takes a comprehensive approach to patient care. His has taken extensive training from highly regarded, evidenced-based programs at the University of Minnesota, University of Buffalo, Misch Implant Institute and the Kois Center to name a few. Through his advanced education and past research experience in physiology, he continually strives to provide the most current treatment therapies available.
Dentistry is more than just teeth, yet some dentists fail to evaluate and care for the total chewing system. Teeth don’t function alone and comprehensive care involves evaluating, diagnosing and treating the entire system in order to achieve complete oral health.
A complete oral examination evaluates all the components of the chewing system to identify potential problems before they become symptomatic. Signs of problems precede symptoms and most often, dental problems are easier and less expensive to fix before they become symptomatic. During your comprehensive oral examination, Dr. Shah and his team will evaluate the four main pillars of care – Foundation for your teeth (periodontal), Restorability of your teeth (biomechanics), Smile and appearance (Esthetics) and TMJ & muscles (function).
Complete dentistry has many specific goals:
1. Freedom from disease in all system & structures
2. Maintaining healthy gums
3. Stable jaw joints
4. Stable bite
5. Maintaining healthy teeth
6. Comfortable function when speaking
7. Optimum appearance
Dr. Shah and his team try to establish these goals for each patient and evaluate every component for the system prior to beginning treatment. These goals help identify when treatment has been successfully completed and are the foundation for understanding underlying cause, not just symptoms. Once a proper diagnosis to a problem or condition is determined, then a variety of treatment plans may be presented for consideration.
Waiting until a dental problem is painful typically results in more complicated and expensive treatment. Treating symptoms alone is quite often short sighted and will likely lead to more problems down the road.
Take preventative action – contact our office for a complete dentistry experience!