Kois Center Graduate: Pursuing Dental Excellence

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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

Editor-in-Chief Michael Palmer, DMD Contributing Editors Nancy E. Hartrick, DDS Jean Allen Martin, DDS Book Committee Tony Cascino, DDS Bryce Chandler, DDS Matt Falkenstein, DDS Nancy E. Hartrick, DDS Ken Hovden, DDS Jamie LaViola, DDS Ken LeVos, DDS Jean Allen Martin, DDS Doug McMaster, DDS Andrew Mogelof, DDS Michael Palmer, DMD (Chairman) Sam Romano, DMD […]

Dedication

Dedication

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the individuals involved in making this book possible: the membership for their responses to our surveys, the committee members and their wonderful ideas, the Kois Center for their continuous and immediate support, and the photographers who unselfishly allowed us to use their work. I am […]

Moving Forward.

Moving Forward.

This book was written to provide information about a special dental practice: the practice of a Kois- trained dentist. And it was written for you, the dental consumer, so you can become familiar with the concepts that your dentist will use to address your dental concerns. Your dentist will gather all the necessary information to […]

How Long Will This Last?

How Long Will This Last?

What comes to mind when you hear that something is built to last? Maybe it is the Pyramids where huge stone blocks have endured the hot desert winds for 5,000 years, or perhaps you think of the finely honed walls at Machu Picchu— still standing after 600 years. Both of these famous landmarks were painstakingly […]

Smile, Please!

Smile, Please!

The final area of oral health that your dentist evaluates is dentofacial, which examines smile characteristics and how your teeth look in your face. Kois-trained dentists understand this is the starting point for all esthetic dentistry. Your dentist has been trained to understand the elements that are necessary for a beautiful and healthy smile. Your […]

My Teeth Are Worn!

My Teeth Are Worn!

The key question in bite evaluation is “Can this person chew comfortably, with no pain and without tooth wear?” The chewing system is very complex and early signs of disease are subtle. Coordination among the two jaw joints, the chewing muscles and the teeth is necessary for healthy function. The long-term health of this system […]

Not Another Cavity!

Not Another Cavity!

Teeth can break down for many reasons. Although everyone is familiar with tooth decay, it is only one part in the determination of biomechanical risk. Decay has traditionally been considered a simple process caused when plaque (a bacterial colony) on the tooth surface was exposed to sugar. Over a period of time acids generated by […]

Got Bone?

Got Bone?

Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is a chronic, often silently destructive disease. It is a complex disease initiated by certain types of bacteria that live below the gums and which, by using modern technology, can actually be identified! These bacteria can trigger a series of events that ultimately lead to the loss […]

One Size Does Not Fit All

One Size Does Not Fit All

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it!” -George Santayana Past dental disease and treatment is a very important and significant indicator of future dental health and disease concerns. After your dentist completes a thorough examination, they have an excellent understanding of your specific risk for future dental problems. Traditionally, a […]

Dentistry 101

Dentistry 101

Everyone has heard of and recognizes the four food groups and the importance of a well-balanced diet. The Kois Center uses this concept to distinguish the four areas of the mouth that must be evaluated to develop a risk assessment, make a diagnosis and provide treatment recommendations for our patients. The four dental risk groups […]