What is Comprehensive Dentistry?

Posted by DR. RONALD F. JACOB on Oct 23 2020, 01:16 AM

Comprehensive dentistry is thorough and comprehensive dental care in association with the rest of the body. The ultimate goal of comprehensive dentistry is to ensure your teeth last their maximum time.

None of the systems in our body works in isolation. Every structure is aided and impacted by surrounding regions. In the case of teeth and gums, the tissues lining the oral cavity, the muscles that help chew, and the temporomandibular joint that connects the jaw to the skull are a few of the body parts that help the teeth and gums function. Often, the surrounding muscles could be the reason for a misaligned bite causing myriad problems from jaw and neck pain to headaches, stress, and failure of dental restorations. When left untreated, the condition can worsen and affect the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbones.

The advanced examination and corrective treatment of occlusion (or bite issues) can help reduce stress, alleviate pain, and allow restorations to last longer.

To plan comprehensive oral treatment, extensive dental work - going beyond the regular dental checkup - would be required. This would include X-rays, dental photographs, bite registrations, analysis of jaw points, periodontal measurements, and analysis of chewing muscles, among others. The comprehensive dental examination would also include a visual and manual examination of the surrounding muscles and soft tissues of the oral cavity for abnormalities. So, just like a medical doctor would recommend a series of tests for advanced health issues, several dental tests would need to be conducted to assess the situation.

If anything suspicious is discovered in the area, your dentist will immediately chalk out a plan to offer comprehensive dental care.

At Jacob Dental, we offer an utmost commitment to comprehensive care and view each patient as a unique case. We examine his or her oral health completely, get an in-depth understanding of the patient’s dental goals, and then move ahead with the treatment plan. As we work from the fact that the mouth influences the body and body functions influence the mouth, we enquire about factors such as the general health condition, medication you have, your nutritional intake, emotional well-being, potential stressors in your work or personal life, self-care habits, etc. When we come to the full circle, it will help us better understand your overall oral health.

If you happen to have comprehensive or complex dental care needs, find a dentist who has received advanced training in complex dental care. Ask questions to understand the types of treatments offered, take a look at cases similar to yours, ask for testimonials from other patients, and inspect the credentials and training taken by the dentist you plan to visit. Once you are confident that the dentist will help you out, go ahead and fix up an appointment.


Setting up an appointment with Dr. Ronald F. Jacob is incredibly easy. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call us at (386) 445-6111. 

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