Patient Journey

01: Becoming a Patient

The ISHSKO DENTAL Centre offers health care for 3 groups of patients covering all ages.

a) Patients in good dental/general health, aware of lifestyle choices that support good health and see biological dentistry as a logic step in their health care options.

b) Patients suffering minor dental/health issues who choose to engage in a proactive, progressive approach towards optimum health with ISHSKO DENTAL.

c) Patients suffering chronic degenerative health issues who would like to understand the causality behind their imbalance and choose to engage in a  proactive, progressive approach towards optimum health combining their dental care with the integrative health care offered by the ISHSKO WELLNESS CENTRE. These patients would benefit from our full integrative approach towards dental and full body health and healing.

Prior to the first visit patients will be asked to complete a series of in depth health questionnaires in order to integrate what they do and do not already know about their health.

Once the questionnaires are completed and returned to the Centre our team will evaluate the patients’ health status along with individual strengths and weaknesses. The questionnaires also give an important broad overview of the patients’ dental/medical history and current health status. This information is vital for the team to evaluate what type of assessments and diagnostics are needed to understand the often-complex imbalances that underpin the symptoms behind dental issues and how the dental aspects can be influence the health of the rest  of the body.

As many of our patients travel from afar, this preliminary information will help towards scheduling the assessments as time efficiently as possible.

02: Assessments

Depending on the dental/whole body health status and level of complexity of symptoms, patients will undertake one of two types of assessments:

Initial Holistic Dental Examination

(for patients with low scoring in the signs and symptoms health questionnaire)

Including initial scale and polish, x-rays , electro- galvanic activity test and Occlusal balance check. Basic written Treatment plan. (please allow 2-3 weeks for treatment plan to be completed).

Comprehensive Holistic Examination

(for patients scoring high scoring in the signs and symptoms health questionnaire)

Including initial scale and polish, x-rays , electro- galvanic activity test and Occlusal balance check, Study models, Comprehensive written treatment plan and discussion (please allow 3 – 4 weeks for treatment plan to be completed).

03: Pathway to Health

One of the foundational concepts of biological dentistry is the awareness of relationships between the teeth, gums and other oral tissues and the rest of the
body.

On one level, this is just common sense: after all, your mouth is physically connected to the rest of you. As scientific research is building we can learn to appreciate and understand the relationships between oral health and systemic health – for instance, the connections between heart disease and gum disease.

The dentist will use this integrative knowledge to compose a dental treatment plan that looks at longterm health, functionality and aesthetics.

04: Biological Dentistry

Depending on the level of Dental Health and issues the treatment will address matters in a specific order when applicable:

a) Treatment of infection: gums, non-vital or root filled teeth, tooth decay.

b) Removal of Mercury fillings according to the order of priority and restoration with  biocompatible restorative material.

c) Extraction of broken down or toxic non vital teeth.

d) Balancing of the jaw-function and optimising the occlusion (the way
the teeth meet).

When patients request the removal of their mercury fillings, it is essential to understand that solely removing mercury fillings does not cure anything specific.

It is a great and important step towards optimum health when done safely using the IAOMT protocol, but only the beginning of a proper detoxification. The fillings often leak mercury vapour throughout the lifetime of the restoration which is deposited elsewhere in the body i.e. Brain, Kidneys, Thyroid, Fatty tissues etc. Before dental work is commenced the Preparation of the elimination organs is vital. This is to avoid the re-uptake of toxins that are released from the tooth associated organs AFTER the dental fillings have been  removed. Systemic Detoxification under guidance of an experienced  practitioner familiar with heavy metal detoxification is pertinent. A referral to the appropriate practitioner of choice will be arranged on request.

05: Dental Maintenance

Once the treatment has finished and you are dentally fit, the dentist will discuss the interval between your recall examinations.

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy entails more than brushing and flossing. Regular dental visits for a check-up and professional cleaning play an  important part in oral healthcare and your overall wellbeing.

There was a time when many dentists concentrated on fixing problems instead of preventing them. Those days are long gone, and modern dentistry places a strong emphasis on preventative care, depending on the patients oral health risk factors this will include  regular 4, 6 monthly or yearly examinations and cleaning.

It may be tempting to neglect or postpone regular dental visits because of a hectic lifestyle, but ensuring your teeth and gums are kept in good condition will avoid far more expensive procedures further down the line – good reason to show off your beaming smile!

The IDA recommends dental visits every six months or as otherwise determined by your dentist. People with a high risk of dental disease who should see their dentist more often include women during pregnancy, smokers, diabetics and those with a low level of immunity to bacterial infection.

Here are the main reasons why regular recall dental visits are important:-

1. Early Detection of Dental Problems

Our dentist can detect issues you may be unaware of. Many dental issues – including gum disease, cavities and oral cancer – don’t cause pain or become visible until they are in advanced stages.

During a routine check-up, our experienced dentist will:

  • Examine your gums. More than 50 per cent of people in Ireland over the
    age of 30 suffer from some form of gum disease. The gums can give clues to your overall health, and your dentist will look for any deep spaces between teeth and gums, which typically indicate gum disease (periodontitis) that can spread to vital organs of the body. An annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation for all adults that have had previous history of gum disease.
  • Check for cavities. You may have a cavity without realising it, perhaps between teeth. Detecting cavities early enables easier treatment, and can often save teeth that would otherwise be lost if decay progresses. Once decay works its way into tooth enamel, it can infect the soft pulp inside the tooth, and infection can spread to the root and into the bloodstream. Extensive decay can lead to a serious bacterial infection. Healthy teeth enable you to eat the types of food you need, while reducing the levels of harmful bacteria you swallow.
  • Check for plaque and tartar accumulation. If plaque is allowed to build up, it forms tartar, which is impossible to remove by brushing and flossing, and can lead to cavities and gum disease. Your dental hygienist or dentist will use special tools to thoroughly clean hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.
  • Examine your neck, throat, tongue and face. Looking at these  areas enables your dentist to spot signs of potential problems such as  cancer. Early detection and treatment significantly increases the chances of a successful outcome, but most oral cancers are not discovered until later stages.

2. Increasing Self-Esteem

Your smile can say a lot about you and performs an important role in creating a good impression as you interact with other people. Regular dental visits will not only help to keep your teeth and gums healthy but give you the confidence to show off your winning smile.

3. Building a Good Relationship with Your Dentist

You and our dentists are likely to be long-term partners in your oral healthcare, and regular dental visits help you to get to know the dentist better and establish good communication, which is key to the success of your relationship. If you are  nervous about dental treatment, having regular check-ups can ease your anxieties as you get used to the routine and acclimatise yourself with the dental office environment.

4. Setting a Good Example for Your Children

Research suggests that parents can unknowingly pass on dental anxieties to their children, and that if you show a negative attitude towards visiting the dentist,  your kids will react in the same way. Maintaining a routine of regular dental visits will set a good example by showing your child that this is a normal part of oral healthcare.

5. No Nasty Surprises

Communicating with your dentist during regular visits will give you a clear understanding of what, if any, treatment you require, and what will be covered by your dental insurance. This way, there will be no surprises with your treatment or your bill. If you don’t have dental insurance, you can ask your dentist about payment options.

6. Preventing Bad Breath

Bad breath (halitosis) can be caused by poor oral hygiene, gum disease or particles of food lodged in hard-to-reach places. Regular check-ups and professional teeth cleaning are the best way to prevent this problem.

7. Avoiding Teeth Loss

Advanced periodontitis can result in the destruction of bone that supports the teeth as plaque eats further into the roots of the teeth. A thorough cleaning during your regular dental visit, plus a good routine of brushing and flossing at home, will go a long way in keeping your teeth healthy.

8. Maintaining Overall Wellbeing

Oral health is linked to your overall health. Besides cancer, poor dental hygiene can result in issues such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis (fragile bones). An experienced dentist will have an in-depth understanding of how oral health affects the rest of your body.

9. Financial Benefits

Quality Restorative Dentistry comes with a price . Preventive dentistry is far less expensive than restorative treatment – full-mouth dental implants can cost upward of €30,000 – and if you have dental insurance cover most plans include two check-ups and maintenance cleaning a year.

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