General Dentistry

General Dentistry

Practicing evidence based dentistry to provide the highest quality of care.

For your convenience and to further our professional relationship with our patients, we practice all fields within general dentistry. We will schedule everything from your check-ups and cleanings, fillings and extractions, and crowns and bridges. Our practice in general dentistry is centered upon the three domains of Evidence-based dentistry (EBD): the best available scientific evidence, a dentist’s clinical skill and judgment, and each individual patient’s needs and preferences. Only when all three are given due consideration in individual patient care is EBD actually being practiced. The first domain, evidence, is there to inform dentists and patients, but never to mandate a specific course of treatment. If we think about Evidence, Clinical Judgment, and Patient Needs and Preferences as three circles, then EBD is right in the center where all three circles overlap.


Dr. Palmer says:

As your general dentist, I practice evidence based dentistry: using scientific evidence, my experience and judgment, and your needs and preferences.


Evidence-based dentistry (EBD) is an approach to oral healthcare that requires the judicious integration of systematic assessments of clinically relevant scientific evidence, relating to the patient’s oral and medical condition and history, with the dentist’s clinical expertise and the patient’s treatment needs and preferences.

By saying “relating to the patient’s oral and medical condition and history”, this definition takes a patient-centered approach to treatment decisions. It is important to understand that EBD is an approach to practice, an approach to making clinical decisions, and is just one component used to arrive at the best treatment decision. EBD is about providing personalized dental care based on the most current scientific knowledge.