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Understanding the Biology to Dental Healing

According to Dr. Jeffrey Etess, DMD, NMD, IBDM, and his team at Integrative Dental Specialists of Long Island, the best way to save a tooth is for the dentist to understand what has happened to the tooth. Teeth are alive; they are a complex neurovascular bundle surrounded by a tubular fluid communication network. The term “drill and fill” is outdated as there are consequences to drilling teeth. It is extremely important for your dentist to fully understand not only the mechanical part of repairing teeth, but the biological living part of the tooth. Without respect for the biology, the tooth will not comply with the dental therapy. Keeping teeth alive should be your dentist’s primary focus. 

Besides tooth decay, there are several ways teeth can be damaged, like blunt trauma, wear and tear and periodontal disease. Dr. Etess and his team respect your biology. Dr. Etess can be thought of more as a dental architect. He understands how all the parts go together safely and effectively and, by doing so, can help restore your mouth and smile back to looking and functioning naturally. 

By utilizing today’s state of the art dental technologies and advanced dental procedures, what once was a “no” is now an obvious “yes” for dental treatment. For example, some patients couldn’t have dental implants because they didn’t have enough bone. “Fortunately, our practice has the technology to harvest your own living bone for self-bone grafts along with utilizing Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) from your blood to allow the placement of the correct type of dental implant specifically for you,” Dr. Etess affirms. 

Jeffrey Etess, DMD, NMD, IBDM, graduated in the top 10 percent from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He is a Certified Endodontic Specialist/Implant Specialty Surgeon with a dual degree in Dentistry and Board Certified in Naturopathic and Integrative Medicine. Also certified in Biomimetic Cosmetic Dentistry, he has provided a broad array of biological dentistry for his patients for more than 25 years.  

Integrative Dental Specialists of Long Island is located at 245 Hillside Ave., Williston Park, NY.  For more information, call 516-253-1800 or visit 
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