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As a dentist, you may have become accustomed to addressing the routine care of your patients. They may come to see you for a cavity, a broken tooth, or because they need treatment for gingivitis. But Dr. Jason Campbell of the Advanced Prosthetics Institute notes that in his years of practice, there are essentially three things that are at the root of most dental problems: biomechanical forces that create damage to teeth; systemic and oral acid, and systemic and oral inflammation.

These three things can result in problems such as jaw and facial pain, frequent or even regular headaches, toothaches, fractured teeth, terminal dentition, bruxism, and a shortened lifespan for a tooth. Patient treatment should be 80 percent preventive, and 20 percent reactive. A dentist can benefit his or her patients and practice by understanding how to recognize and prevent biofunctional issues.

These issues are complex, and are not always easy to address, but early detection and intervention are key parts of an effective dental practice. The goal of your practice should be to detect and prevent or address biomechanical problems. Ideally, you can reverse the problem, stabilize your patient’s situation, and get them back to routine care.

To assist you in increasing your knowledge base and increasing the scope of your practice, the Advanced Prosthetics Institute in Prescott, Arizona is pleased to offer “A System Based Care Approach to Treating Biofunctional Disorders & Dento-Medical Issues” June 8-9, 2018. During this course, you will learn about how biomechanical issues impact your patient’s oral health, and how you can take a preventive approach to addressing them. Furthermore, you will learn how about new practices for patient, staff and practice management. If you are interested in learning more about the course, you can reach Dr. Campbell and the staff of the Advanced Prosthetics Institute at 928-776-0239.