Our practice promotes Health, Prevention, Comprehensive Treatment Planning and Minimally-Invasive Dentistry.
Whatever your concern, we strive to exceed your expectations in providing your care. Dr. Sohn believes strongly in educating herself and her patients about the latest developments in oral health.
It’s all about Prevention!
It seems like common sense to treat the whole person, not just a body part; the whole mouth, not just the tooth. However, for many, the dentist is still just someone you see only when you have a toothache. Studies are showing more and more the connection between oral and systemic health. Dental disease—caries (disease that causes cavities), periodontal disease and occlusal disease—for the most part is a chronic condition afflicting virtually every human being on the planet. However, as with chronic diseases like heart disease or diabetes, it is preventable and easily treatable with early diagnosis. Preventive dentistry includes regular exams, radiographs, cleanings and the use of medical adjuncts like fluoride and xylitol. Exams involve not just checking for cavities but head and neck, oral cancer screening, TMJ, occlusal analysis, as well as yearly periodontal exams. The rate and severity of disease determines how frequently you need an exam. Additional tests may be prescribed as needed.
Comprehensive Treatment Planning: Roadmap to Optimal Health
Once any disease is diagnosed, comprehensive treatment planning allows us to have a road map to treating the disease, restoring health, and then maintaining your optimal oral health through the prevention methods mentioned above. If you have not seen a dentist in many years, you may be overwhelmed to find out all of the treatment required to help get you healthy again. Rest assured that our office will work to satisfactorily explain all of your treatment options and to help you achieve your goals.
Regular exams enable us to be proactive and apply a minimally-invasive approach to treating dental disease before they become painful and often expensive problems. Our goal, of course, is to prevent disease but also to intercept the disease process early with minimal tissue loss. This means it may be better to do sealants or a small preventive resin filling on biting surfaces of teeth than to wait for a larger cavity to form. We may also recommend a night guard to prevent excessive wear and tear on teeth instead of waiting for teeth to be completely worn down. A cracked tooth or a tooth with a large defective filling may require a conservative crown (such as an onlay) before it completely fractures or begins to hurt. To learn more about minimally-invasive dentistry, visit wcmidentistry.com.