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BEYOND PEARLY WHITES AND PILLOWS OF PINK…

Most people want to have attractive teeth and healthy gums.

And they enlist the services of professionals such as dentists
and their hygienists to help them achieve and maintain these goals.

Beyond that, there are some dental practices – such as ours – that have invested in
acquiring the skills and knowledge that go beyond just fixing teeth and maintaining gums.

Any dental practice can choose the field(s) and direction it takes in the pursuit of advanced learning.

 

            In our practice – we’ve chosen Aesthetic and Neuromuscular Dentistry – to pursue our expertise.

 

We believe that becoming expert in any field of endeavor is something worth striving for. Some people are born with more natural talent than others. But, setting this aside, becoming an expert – in almost anything – always requires both training and experience.

Training probably matters most. One can rarely learn to do anything exceptionally well without the proper and on-going training.

Experience also matters, but in and of itself, it’s usually not enough.

Did you ever hear the story of the guy who claimed he had ten years of experience on the job?

It turned out that he only had one… repeated nine more times.

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The Pursuit of Excellence…

Dr. Stuart has always had a keen curiosity and a desire to learn more. Especially in his chosen profession. And fortunately for him, he chose a profession which has grown and evolved in many important ways throughout his career.

Whether it’s been new materials, techniques or a better understanding of human physiology and function, dentistry has advanced tremendously as both an art and a science over the last several decades.

But contrary to what some people might assume, many of these advancements – especially in the fields of occlusion and physiologic dentistry – did not come from the cadre of academic professors working within the American Dental School system.

There are 65 dental schools in the U.S. While some of these schools have departments devoted to research, that’s not what they’re designed and mandated to do. Their job is to train all of their students to be acceptably proficient and competent in all phases of general dentistry so as to not be at risk of harming the public.

If a dentist wants to gain advanced training in any aspect of his field, he must seek it out and pay for it out of his own pocket.

While there are some dentists who don’t seem to care much about learning more or improving their occupational skills, there are others who seek out and invest their time, money and effort in learning from the best they can find. For Dr. Stuart, that has been LVI.

 

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THE LAS VEGAS INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED DENTAL STUDIES

is a hands on postgraduate dental teaching institute where dentists
from throughout the world bring their patients to avail themselves to the latest and
most advanced training methodology in the fields of Aesthetic, Neuromuscular and Sleep Dentistry.

 

There are roughly one hundred and ninety thousand dentists in the U.S. Ten thousand of them have taken one or more courses at LVI. Of those, less than one thousand have completed the entire core curriculum that culminates in the training to do full mouth reconstruction.
Dr. Stuart is proud to be one of those one thousand dentists.

Aesthetic and Neuromuscular Dentistry…

aesthetic-neuromusclar-unisonMany people have heard the phrase – Form Follows Function. It was first coined in 1896 by an architect named Louis Sullivan. But its premise is certainly not limited to the field of architecture.

One need only to look at the vast and diverse group of living creatures on this planet of ours to see that it’s abundantly true in nature as well.

The miraculous design of the human machine was not by accident. Symmetry, proportion and balance are not only related to the beauty of the human form, but to it’s optimal function as well.

As you look at these before and after pictures, you can appreciate that form, function and beauty are all intimately intertwined.

Look at the before picture. Notice the fatigue in the patient’s eyes and the tension in the muscles of her face brought on by the simple act of smiling. Also notice the strain in her neck and the accompanying tilt of her head to the right.

Now look at the after picture. Very different, right? Her eyes now have vitality. The tension and strain in her facial and neck muscles is gone. And the imbalance of her head has been eliminated.

How do you think these dramatic changes came about?

If we examine her closely, the only obvious change that we can see is that her smile has been improved. Her arch size appears wider. The crowding is gone. The teeth have a better shape and they look a little whiter. So, we may ask, was it the placement of porcelain veneers on her upper front teeth that created the amazing visual changes that we see in her before and after pictures?

No. That’s only part of the story. The rest of it lies in what we can’t see.

This patient didn’t just have her front teeth rebuilt in porcelain. She had all of her teeth rebuilt in porcelain. In dentistry, it’s referred to as Full Mouth Reconstruction. There may be many reasons why someone might want or need to have their entire mouth completely rebuilt. For example, they could have a combination case of unattractive teeth in the front and multiple damaged, worn, or missing teeth in the back that all need and necessitate coordinated treatment.

Or, as in this case, it was because the patient wanted to permanently change her bite and reprogram where her jaw rests so that
her chewing muscles could work more efficiently, with less effort, and better coordination when speaking, chewing and swallowing.
And then, for those chewing muscles to be able to fully relax to their physiologic resting position when they’re not being used.

Optimally balanced, relaxed and healthy muscles are what account for the dramatic changes that we see in this woman –
and we’d like to thank her dentist, Dr. Brett Taylor of Australia, for graciously sharing her pictures with us.

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George Washington’s Teeth

Full Mouth Reconstruction is Not For Everyone…

although it was for the First President of the United States.

Though the myth persists, it was not Paul Revere who fashioned George’s famous choppers.
It was one of his mentors and teacher, John Greenwood, who is credited with the amazingly clever creation that you see depicted here.

Somewhat painful to look at …and reportedly much more painful to wear.

Too bad Neuromuscular Dentistry wasn’t available way back then. Maybe if it had been, we’d have a happier, smiling presidential portrait on the dollar bills we use today!

 

 

While full mouth reconstruction has always been considered to be the pinnacle of restorative accomplishment by the dental profession – there are not many dentists who are trained to provide it – and not many patients who receive it.

That’s not to say that there aren’t a lot of people who could benefit greatly from it. There are many that would.

Unfortunately, there’s an obstacle that may be insurmountable for many patients who might like to have and would benefit from this type of comprehensive dentistry. That obstacle is the cost. Full Mouth Reconstructive Dentistry is an expensive investment.

 

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But, the good news is that…

in our office – we also offer a wide range of other, more affordable, treatment centric options that can be aligned to fit each patient’s specific needs, desires and budget.

Whether it’s advanced reconstructive dentistry, simple smile makeovers, routine dental services, or the diagnosis and treatment of bite related problems and the resolution of head and neck pain symptoms, we’re confident that we can help in most cases.

Please feel free to contact us at any time for more info on how we might be of service.