What is Spear Model Dentistry?

A dentist working at a laboratory bench.As a family dental provider, one of my most important goals is to provide minimally invasive dentistry to my patients. I am a huge fan of Dr. Frank Spear, and the Spear Institute for comprehensive patient care. What does that mean for my patients?

Using a full-mouth care technique, I focus on what is best for each patient’s overall oral health. Rather than looking at a single tooth, I look at the big picture. How does the equilibration or biting pattern of my patient’s teeth impact things like:

  • TMJ Function
  • Tooth Wear
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Life of Restorations
  • Tooth Alignment

Yes, I treat teeth that have cavities or need a crown - but before providing those services I must first consider the overall impact that it has on my patient’s smile. Will it change his or her bite? Does the health of the gum tissue interfere with long-term results? Each area plays into the next. That’s why I try to focus on the big picture, rather than a quick fix.

By implementing knowledge and skills that I received through the Spear Education system, I am better equipped to integrate methods and techniques that limit the amount of dental problems that my patients have in the future. It’s what I would want for my own family. It’s what I feel I owe to my patients.

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