Think your teeth are beyond saving? Dr. Kim excels at complex dentistry – meaning the trickier, the better.
Many of the patients who come to Harris Dental Arts have something in common: they think their mouth is beyond saving. They have neglected their annual checkups, or just ignored a pesky problem too long. Now that their teeth have fallen far into disrepair, they think they can’t be helped. Many patients have told us they even feared a dentist peering into their mouth and tisk-tisking at the condition of things. Who needs that?
Mouths like these aren’t impossible dentistry. They’re something we classify as complex dentistry, and you’re in luck: it’s one of our specialties.
So, is your case “complex”? We’ll need a free consultation to tell you, but let’s start with a self-check. Do any of these situations sound familiar?
- You have extreme anxiety. For some, the fear of the dentist goes beyond a little judgment about the state of things. If you struggle with paralyzing fear of being in the chair, Dr. Kim takes a different approach. “Your fear is something I have to treat, just like your teeth,” he explains. “We have special, specific, strategic ways of calming fears, putting the patient at ease throughout the appointment, and ensuring the most comfortable procedures and cleanings. We have had patients come to us insisting they’ll need to be sedated — and that is an option we offer — but many leave our office never having needed the sedation, and never needing sedation again.”
- It’s been a long time since you’ve been to the dentist. Hey, it’s okay! Really. No matter how long it’s been, it’s time now to get back on track. “I’m not exactly in a position to judge,” says Dr. Kim. “I’ve needed a crown for about 6 months and haven’t found the time to do it! It’s the classic cobbler with no shoes. So really, if you haven’t seen a dentist in years, I get it. But come see me anyway.”
- You need multiple extractions, implants, bridges or crowns. These cases involve careful sequencing, so that the healthy teeth surrounding your problem areas are treated well and remain strong, and also so that one treatment builds upon another. We’ll devise a long-term plan for these cases with what we call “phasing.” This process prioritizes your problems, maximizes opportunities when you can be treated, and even schedules treatments so they are the most affordable for you over the course of a year (or however long you’d like). This results in a mouth that’s well-planned and well-delivered.
- You are worried about how you’ll look while your teeth are being fixed. Who doesn’t worry about this? No one wants to have gaps where extracted teeth are missing, distracting metal braces (especially as an adult), or crooked teeth as they shift and move to accommodate new solutions. “This is another part of sequencing, or phasing,” explains Dr. Kim. It turns out that with planning, it is possible to minimize or eliminate the time spent without a confident smile. “A patient once received ‘immediate dentures’ in our office – and I mean immediate. We took a 3D scan of his mouth in advance and took it up to our lab in Hatfield. Then we custom-created a denture for him from that scan. When he came to our office, he went to sleep, we removed the teeth that needed to come out, and he woke up with a denture installed. He had exactly zero minutes without a smile.” And with solutions like Invisalign® for alignment issues, there are many options so you don’t have to live—and smile—without presentable teeth.
- You are experiencing migraines or TMJ. Harris Dental Arts is proud to be partnered with the Migraine Headache Relief Center of PA. They have an office next door to ours and their chief practitioner is our former lead dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Harris. He and his team are revolutionizing the treatment of migraines and TMJ. Instead of sinus or neurological causes, the vast majority of chronic headache and migraine pain conditions are caused by neuromuscular force problems and bite force imbalances. That’s wonderful news, because both of those can be corrected and balanced by your dentist. Dr. Harris and Dr. Kim now work hand-in-hand to address the root causes of migraines, starting with your mouth.
Complex dentistry requires a dentist and an artist. Together, those two skills can achieve the highest-quality, longest-lasting and most aesthetically perfect solutions – no matter how long they take or how multi-faceted they must be. Harris Dental Arts is ready to look inside your mouth and, with no tisk-tisking to be heard, provide you real solutions that restore even the most neglected smile. Dr. Kim says it best: “A smile is always worth saving, and it’s never too late.”