Minimally Invasive Dentistry
We Are A Conservative Dental Office…
No politics here, just common sense— We just wish the philosophy were less rare within the profession.
Dr. William Schlotz and Associates at Plaza Health Dentistry are one of a very few St. Louis area dental offices that believe in, and practice, Minimally Invasive Dentistry. As an example, we at PHD use ONLAYS to protect weak or fractured teeth. The majority of dental offices offer Crowns as the only treatment choice when a tooth is fractured or is very weak.
During a Crown procedure the enamel on all 4 walls of the tooth are cut down all the way to the gum line, only to "cap" the tooth with cement. All this in the name of protection!
This can lead to unnecessary trauma to the tooth leading, possibly, to Root Canal Treatment down the road. The not-so-virtuous cycle of seemingly never ending dentistry might have just begun!
An Onlay, on the other hand, involves more judicious & selective tooth removal combined with a tooth strengthening bonding process.
We believe this to be the Best Dentistry Treatment in 2010.... National Dental Authorities Agree... read more
Minimally Invasive Dentistry
At PHD, we call it, simply, Conservative Dentistry. We employ Minimally Invasive Dentistry (MID) techniques and treatment that we strongly believe should be the standard of care, but sadly, isn’t as of 2010.
No less of a worldwide authority on Restorative Dentisry, Dr. Gordon Christensen (the "godfather of dentistry" or the dentist's guru) is a big believer in Minimally Invasive Dentistry. He has authored many articles on the subject and continues to preach to dentist audiences worldwide the benefits of Minimally Invasive Dentistry (MID). Even so... the vast majority of wet-fingered DDS' around the country still don't practice MID.
Read this scientific article (intended for general dentists) on the subject of MID authored by Dr. Christensen --> http://jada.ada.org/cgi/content/full/136/11/1563
See articles Dr. Schlotz has written on this subject of MID – and a thorough explanation as to why MID is not a common practice among dental offices
In essence, MID is a technically more demanding level of care that requires a higher level of technical proficiency and Continuing Education. In essence, there is a somewhat expensive and rigorous learning curve associated with MID. Could it be that notoriously penny-wise DDS types don’t recognize the importance of investing in the Lasers, Microscopes, Special Cosmetic Onlay Systems (ie Belleglass or CEREC) that make MID possible?
Of course, the requisite Continuing Education carries with it a significant price of both time and money. At PHD we have made this investment for you already. Importantly, we have made the commitment to maintain our fees to remain at a very reasonable level. We feel your tooth, and ultimately, your Oral Health is well worth it.
- The Difference between a Crown and an Onlay
- Crowns are Yesterday's Treatment
- Why Dentists Still Do Crowns
- Safety at Plaza Health Dentistry
- LANAP - Laser Gun Treatment
- All Lasers Are NOT Created Equal
The above is NOT stated in a manner exhibiting superiority over other Dentists or their chosen method of practice in any way what-so-ever. This would not be ethical. There are many fine dentists in the St. Louis area who don't believe, for whatever reason, in the philosophy stated above. These, likely, are highly competent practitioners who have just chosen to practice dentistry in a different manner from which we believe. This is the nature of a free marketplace of healthcare services.
The above is an endeavor, attempt and effort toward Patient Education ... in order to enhance the knowledge base of the general population and of prospective dental patients in particular. We firmly believe in Patient Education at PHD -- and, consequently, in a thorough process of INFORMED CONSENT.