Dr.Ned Shimizu and Dental Treatment PhilosophyD
r. Shimizu's treatment philosophy is to save natural teeth as much as possible: his dental care approach is more conservative because he believes that having more natural teeth in your mouth and minimal prep is beneficial to your oral health. He always considers saving and preserve your natural teeth whenever possible for your dental care and treatment and has better cosmetic results.
Dentists' approach to their work varies. They are either aggressive, conservative or somewhere in between in terms of their treatment recommendations. Ideally, it would be best if you took the time to talk to the dentist about your goals for your new smile and your dental health. Make sure that the proposed treatment will allow you to achieve your goals.
An aggressive approach to treatment planning is usually more straightforward for dentists to achieve more ideal results. For example, when dentists are doing your smile design, the more teeth you include, the easier it will be to change the look of your new smile. Let's say you want a longer whiter smile to have a younger look. If you are doing the upper six center veneers only, your six teeth can be whiter and longer, but that does not mean you get the desired smile. To make it look natural and blend in and still look longer and whiter, you have to give your veneers the color and length for a nice transition from your other upper teeth and lower teeth. So, dentists have more restrictions on doing a new smile. If you are taking an aggressive approach that involves more teeth; for example, upper and lower ten teeth (total of 20 teeth), you can pick almost any white color you want, and still all the colors match because you are doing all the teeth that show. Also, you can make your teeth longer as long as the function allows. The downside of the aggressive approach is that more teeth get involved, and the cost could go up.
Even when you focus on one tooth, more tooth reduction causes less support for the restoration. The veneers and crowns last much longer when you have more support or the tooth structure under repair. Of course, when you have a root canal treatment, the tooth is much weaker than the vital tooth to support restorations.
For an extreme example, if you want an ideal smile, you can pull all your teeth out and make upper and lower full dentures. This way, you can have excellent gum color, shape, and exposure, and you can choose any form or colored teeth, however, and wherever you would like. It's an easy solution, but no one wants that because it is too aggressive.
In conclusion, it is effortless to have aggressive treatment plans. However, to make conservative treatment plans, dentists and lab technicians must be more experienced and creative. More skills and techniques are necessary to do so, but your new smile lasts longer due to solid support, and the cost of the treatment is much less.
Find a trustworthy dentist who makes their patients' interest their priority
It is sometimes hard to find a trustworthy dentist. The best way to find a responsible practice is to either ask friends or coworkers. If you don't have anyone to ask personally, try to get a recommendation from a dental professional society or associations such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
It's essential to get recommendations when you think you want to start this kind of treatment. When a dentist proposes a treatment plan, ask questions to understand why you need that treatment. Get a second opinion before beginning treatments if you still have a good reason to doubt the recommendation.
One of our patients came to the office for a second opinion because she had doubts about another practice's treatment plans. She was relieved to find a trustworthy dentist.
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Dr. Shimizu is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. There are 417 dental professionals worldwide (Only six in Houston area) as of 2021 who have achieved this prestigious honor.