Achieving Optimal Health with Minimally Invasive Dentistry
Hello, my name is Dr. James Hasken, DDS and I practice holistic, health-focused dentistry. Today I’d like to talk about why I’ve chosen to focus my dental practice in McHenry on minimally invasive, conservative dentistry. My goal as a dentist is to not only improve my patients’ oral health, but also help them live a better, more fulfilling life. I believe that having good oral health is key for achieving optimal wellness and being able to lead a life that’s free of burdens like chronic pain and disease.
I’ve chosen to practice minimally invasive, conservative dentistry because I believe that it provides my patients with better, longer-lasting results, which adds to their happiness and quality of life.
My philosophy is deeply grounded in the principles of BioRejuvenation Dentistry, which focuses on less invasive techniques and customized treatment. Everyone is different and has different goals for their dental health. With this approach, comparative studies of your teeth and jaw position and extensive scientific research are used as the foundation for developing an individualized treatment plan that gets you back on track with your health and wellness goals.
BioRejuvenation Dentistry: A Minimally Invasive Approach
The goal of BioRejuvenation Dentistry is to replicate the natural biology of the dental system and its pristine condition before disease and/or damage occurred. It prioritizes the preservation of the dental elements through minimally invasive, conservative techniques. Sometimes, it’s referred to as “Age Reversing Dentistry” because it essentially undoes the damage and wear on your teeth caused by the passage of time.
Bio Rejuvenation Dentistry is used to address a wide range of dental concerns, including chips, cracks, and other signs of wear, tooth discoloration, crowding of teeth, and dental discomfort. When you visit my office for your appointment, the first thing that we’ll do is talk about your unique concerns and what you hope to achieve with treatment. Then, I’ll perform an examination and assessment of your oral health. Based on my findings, I’ll share some different options for your treatment plan.
Ultimately, the goal with BioRejuvenation Dental treatment is to restore your tooth length and lip support, improve functionality, and enhance your comfort and self-confidence. When this method is utilized to its full potential, the damage, discoloration, and staining often seen with aging can be reversed and a strong foundation can be built that prevents these issues from returning in the future. Both aesthetics and functionality are restored, allowing you not only to look better, but feel better too. This is because when teeth have the correct shape and function, jaw muscles and joints are more comfortable, allowing you to feel like your best self.
Using Biological Science as the Foundation for Treatment
At the core of BioRejuvenation Dentistry is a deep respect for science. It intensely focuses on biological science, scientifically-backed data, and the most up-to-date research. This form of dentistry aims to replicate the natural biology of your dental system. Conservative, minimally invasive techniques are used to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible.
BioRejuvenation Dentistry is a newer model that is different from antiquated methods of the past which focus only on disease management. It focuses on addressing the underlying issues that lead to disease, damage, and dysfunction, not just the symptoms.
The goal of this method is to improve the jaw’s stability, alleviate painful spasming, and relax the chewing muscles, which all work to keep the teeth from becoming damaged.
This process helps patients reach a place of optimal oral health in which:
● The jaw joints are stable
● Muscles are relaxed
● Teeth are not worn down
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Dentistry
Dental patients who pursue minimally invasive BioRejuvenation Dentistry enjoy a range of health benefits such as:
● A more aesthetic smile and youthful look
● Improved comfort and functionality
● Healthy, beautiful-looking natural teeth
● Better, longer-lasting results
BioRejuvenation Dentistry Treatment Model
BioRejuvenation Dentistry is unique because it is holistic by nature. By restoring the health and functionality of the dental system, the patient’s overall health and quality of life improves.
We approach this type of care as part of the overall pyramid of building blocks to levels of health. First, we take care of anything that needs immediate attention. This means putting out any fires in the gums, bones, and teeth. If these elements are not healthy, it’s very unlikely that any other treatment will succeed. You can think of these elements like the foundation of a house. If the foundation isn’t solid, the house will come crashing down.
Once the most serious fires are put out, we then focus on the next tier of issues. This includes any existing dental decay (cavities), structural weakness, and biomechanical risks. I assess the bite, jaw joints, and related muscles. Going back to our metaphor, these are like the core systems of the house (electrical, plumbing, etc.). If they are not functioning well together, stress in the system will lead to deterioration elsewhere. In terms of your dental health, you may start to experience symptoms like sore muscles, joint pain, cracked teeth, or bone loss.
Next, we undo the damage caused by the fire. This is the rejuvenation portion of the process. Restorative procedures are used to rejuvenate the health, functionality, and appearance of the teeth. When this is done, the whole system becomes more predictable and comfortable long term. A smoothly functioning system looks and feels great. Thinking back to the house metaphor – can you imagine what the house would look like if nothing was ever updated, repaired, or maintained?! You need all systems to work well for the whole house to be in good shape and look its best!
The final step is to keep the fires from returning. We build on the earlier pieces by providing you with ongoing dental health coaching and care. This includes taking steps to make sure that nutrition and homecare are at optimal levels. When these steps are followed, your teeth and gums continue to stay healthy and maintain a pleasant aesthetic. In the end, less dentistry is needed, which means you spend less time in a dental chair and more time doing the things you love! What’s more, the cost of care over the years is substantially lower and you experience fewer disruptions to your life because of dental emergencies. When BioRejuvenation Dentistry is used and patients become more involved in their own health, their quality of life improves dramatically.
Minimally Invasive Treatments & Customized Care in McHenry, IL
The two most defining characteristics of BioRejuvenation Dentistry are that 1) it relies on minimally invasive treatments and, 2) care is customized based on the needs of the patient. For this reason, treatment plans tend to vary from one patient to the next. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. BioRejuvenation Dentistry goes much deeper than that, focusing on the unique biology and dental health of each individual patient.
This is why the diagnostic process is so important to the BioRejuvenation Dentistry treatment model. An accurate diagnosis is essential for identifying all potential oral health issues. Once the problems are brought to light, a custom treatment plan can be created to fix them.
For this reason, I always start treatment with a comprehensive oral health exam. This way, I can gain a better understanding of the biological issues that are at play and are causing the patient’s symptoms and suffering. I examine the patient’s TMJ health, jaw positioning, the alignment of their teeth, and the overall condition of their dental health. Once this evaluation is complete, I can begin recommending minimally invasive treatments to get the patient back on track to optimal health and wellness.
Am I a Good Candidate for Minimally Invasive Dentistry?
I hold the strong opinion that literally every human being on this planet can benefit from minimally invasive dentistry. I believe that minimally invasive options like BioRejuvenation Dentistry result in a more stable, trouble-free dental system.
Dentistry has come a long way in the past few years. The best dentists no longer rely on outdated disease management models. The focus is now on science. And no treatment model prioritizes science more than BioRejuvenation Dentistry.
Even patients who suffer from complicated issues like bite problems, facial pain, jaw pain, and TMJ disorders can be good candidates for BioRejuvenation Dentistry. Symptoms like teeth grinding, persistent and recurrent headaches, intense jaw pain, and limited jaw mobility are often the result of biological issues. With BioRejuvenation Dentistry, the mouth structure can be restored, allowing these patients to obtain long-term relief from their symptoms.
Full mouth reconstruction and extensive, costly procedures are not necessary for achieving good oral health, nor are they the best option. Modern advancements now allow us to use minimally invasive techniques to achieve better, longer lasting results. As a result, patients are able to live happier, healthier lives without being overburdened by excessive, costly dental treatments.
My team and I are eager to hear from you! If you would like to learn more about our minimally invasive dental services or schedule an appointment, we invite you to give us a call at (815) 385-0777.
With wishes for good health,
Dr. James Hasken
About James A. Hasken, DDS
Since 1987, Dr. James Hasken has been providing HEALTH-FOCUSED DENTISTRY in McHenry. Being Health-Focused means that we provide you with the information and coaching to help you toward your oral health goals. Our approach is INTEGRATIVE DENTAL MEDICINE which is about identifying how the BODY, BREATHING, BACTERIA, and BITE effects total health. This puts you, the patient, at the center with a focus on prevention, fostering the development of healthy behaviors, and skills for effective self-control and care that can be used for a lifetime to attain optimum health. The mouth is a reflection of total body health. We would love the opportunity to help you attain the level of total body health you desire. We serve many patients from McHenry, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, Spring Grove, Richmond, Genoa City, Twin Lakes, Wonder Lake, Island Lake, Johnsburg, Ringwood, Volo, Fox Lake, Lakemoor, Holiday Hills, Round Lake, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Beach, Geneva Lake, and surrounding areas. We invite you to contact us today at 815-385-0777!