Dentistry: a Practice Apart
Dentistry remains one of the few medical practices that remains largely insulated from other medical professions both physically and in the minds of both patients and practitioners. Specialization in the medical field is the norm. You wouldn’t want your dentist doing brain surgery. Likewise, you wouldn’t want a pediatrician in charge of root canals. However, specialization can also lead to isolation, short-term solutions, and a lack of vision as each specialist works away in their own individual silos, completely unaware of their patients’ complete health pictures and long-term needs. An advantage at Facial & Oral Surgery Institute where Dr. Navid Senehi is both a medical doctor and dentist which is not very common.
As medicine continues to advance and evolve, we are finding more and more that every part of the human body is intimately connected with every other part of the body. Your oral health is closely linked to, affected by, and acting upon your overall health. Chronic gingivitis and inflammation in the gums can contribute to heart disease and an increased risk of heart attacks. Did you know that bacteria in your mouth can actually give your brain a headache? While your heart, brain, and mouth may seem to be entirely separate entities and bodily regions, they are all integral components of the human body, intimately connected by an expansive network of blood vessels, nerves, lymphatic nodes, and many other physical, chemical, and physiological systems and associations.
As a holistic oral dental facility dedicated to much more than the rote execution of dental procedures, Facial & Oral Surgery Institute is committed to offering comprehensive oral solutions that take a holistic approach to solving oral and maxillofacial concerns.
Why holistic dentistry is necessary
Your body, your mind, and your mouth are all connected. Each affects the other, and when one is not well, neither are the other components of the body. Think of the human body as a complex machine composed of many mutually co-dependent systems. Each element of this organic machine relies on inputs, directives, and products from every other component to function properly. Together, they create a machine capable of thought, action, and intelligence. However, when one cog fails, the whole thing comes to a screeching halt. Even worse, each individual failure dramatically weakens the remaining cogs, making it that much more likely going forward for other failures to occur. The goal of holistic medicine is to look at the machine as a complete package – body, mind, AND mouth. When it comes to dentistry, a holistic approach entails taking into account not just common dental issues and concerns, but how each treatment regimen, each procedure will affect the other individual parts of the patient’s body and mind now and in the future. It means taking a longer view with the aim of improving overall health and quality of life, including aesthetic considerations, as well as addressing more immediate functional concerns.
At FOS Institute, for example, our oral and maxillofacial treatments aim to adequately address these core concerns: form, function, feasibility, and flexibility.
The hallmarks of a holistic dentistry approach
A holistic approach to dentistry and oral health is about minimizing interventions that utilize invasive techniques, harmful equipment, or harsh synthetic chemicals that could have negative long-term consequences while maximizing treatments and techniques that promote a natural, healthy mouth and natural, healthy teeth. That means prioritizing low-impact, bio-compatible practices that will result in natural-looking and natural-feeling solutions that won’t negatively affect other parts of the body. Here at Facial and Oral Surgery Institute, we do more than craft beautiful smiles, we also address the underlying causes of dental disorders, including nutrition and the life choices our patients make. Our solutions are more than about extracting teeth or putting them back in, we also think about the efficacy and long-term success of each of our specialized dental and oral solutions and the impact it will have on a patient’s overall health and lifestyle.
4 hallmarks of a holistic dentistry approach
A natural form of holistic dentistry
Each of our individualized treatments and surgical procedures seeks to improve and enhance our patient’s’ natural features while maintaining visual coherence. The goal is to create results that look not only great but also look natural as if the patient has always possessed those enhancements. Remember, the way your teeth, smile, and face look, can and will affect your emotional well-being. Improving physical features can help nurture self-confidence and satisfaction, resulting in an improved state of mind and happiness.
Natural function to holistic dentistry
While aesthetic concerns are important, we believe that practical concerns are just as consequential. Our dental treatments at Facial & Oral Surgery Institute focus on not only providing visual enhancements but practical ones as well. We firmly believe that improving the day-to-day life of our patients is a driving objective behind all of our dental and maxillofacial recommendations and solutions. More importantly, we strive to create beautiful solutions that function as if they are natural extensions of a patient’s own body. Providing a beautiful facade is not enough, a healthy, functional foundation is also necessary for the best long-term results.
Feasibility to holistic dentistry
Feasibility concerns fall into two distinct categories: money and health. We work with each of our patients to determine the best solutions based on their budget. Our goal is to provide an improved quality of life, in aesthetic as well as practical terms, at costs our patients can afford.
Cost concerns are only half the equation. We also work intimately with our patients to determine the best solutions for their overall health profiles. Another reason why Dr. Navid Senehi who is both a medical doctor (MD) and dentist (DDS) is the right choice.
High stress, high-cost procedures with long recovery periods should only be recommended to patients capable of sustaining such financial and bodily costs. In the interest of providing holistic dental and oral solutions, we want to ensure that we are taking into account each of our patients’ individual financial situation and the impact our recommended treatment plans may have mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Flexibility to holistic dentistry
Each human being is unique. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions. That’s why Facial & Oral Surgery Institute takes great care to individually tailor our treatment regimens and procedure recommendations to each patient based on their unique goals, desires, health profiles, and lifestyles. Depending on the individual patient’s aspirations, we may recommend different courses of action. The point is to be flexible to meet each patient’s unique needs.
Remember, when you come to Facial and Oral Surgery Institute it’s about more than just getting a particular dental or maxillofacial procedure. It’s about improving your overall wellness by enhancing the aesthetic, function, and health of your face and mouth. Come and see Dr. Navid Senehi for a personal consultation today. Call us at 818-805-0557 or click the Schedule An Appointment below. We want to show you why Facial & Oral Surgery Institute can be your home for all your cosmetic and dental needs.