Nov 042011

What is Rational Dental Care?

In understanding what we mean by Rational Dental Care you need to understand our basic goals at Dr. Howard’s Dental Office.

Dr. Howard always keeps in mind what your goals are in your dental care. Not all dentists are trained to have this mindset. Instead of telling you how healthy you should be and provide you the “highest level”, we will help you understand your choices about dental health and then let you make an informed choice. In Dr. Howard’s practice, “We seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

Our second goal is keeping you and your teeth healthy and reduces the amount of dental treatment needed to maintain a healthy mouth. By working together, you, your hygienist and Dr Howard we can increase the chances to keep your teeth for life. To insure success our process is to communicate the effort and goals to provide an effective Master Dental Plan.

Sometimes preventative care is not enough and oral and restorative surgery is required. We place at your disposal the profession judgment and skill that we have gained through many years of dental training, and hundreds of hours of post-graduate education. Part of our expertise is knowing the best experts outside our practice. Along with building a partnership with you, we have spent over 30 years developing a partnership with the best specialist in the San Diego area. We see our practice as being your “coach” and we will always provide you the greatest expertise, even if it is outside our practice.

Within our Rational Dental Care we incorporate the principles of Minimally Invasive Dentistry. This is done by:

  • Performing the least amount of dentistry needed in any situation.
  • Never remove more tooth structure than is absolutely required to restore teeth to their normal condition.
  • Always uses dental materials that conserve the maximum of tooth structure.
  • Using only dental materials that have been researched by leading dental schools and research institutions and that are recommended by leading practicing dentists.
  • Using only the strongest and longest-lasting dental materials to reduce the need for future repairs and replacement.
  • Using dental procedures that keep the number of necessary appointments to a minimum.
  • Using only dental laboratories that use minimal invasive materials for the restoration of teeth.

Our pledge to you is accurately expressed in these carefully chosen words: QUALITY and EXCELLENCE. We look upon you as a unique person of infinite worth to those who love and need you. Through our care and concern, we will reaffirm that worth.

Dr. Howard practice is located in Encinitas, CA. He has been providing dental care in Encinitas for over 30 years.

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