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What is Integrative Dentistry?

Integrative Dentistry, like Integrative Medicine, seeks to meld the best practices of traditional/allopathic knowledge and medicine with the more recently recognized alternative practices to traditional care.  The results of integrative/holistic care is desired to be less invasive, less reliant on pharmaceutical therapy, involves less radiation and seeks to identify root causes of disease rather than to mask or only treat the symptoms.  Integrative Dentistry considers the material that is used to restore teeth and mouths, the occlusion involved in such restorations and how it affects the TM joints, and musculature of the face and head.  We not only want to identify ‘toxic’ materials and avoid or minimize exposure, but also identify materials that may be poorly tolerated by certain individuals who are immunocompromised or ‘high reactors’  to material that may not bother another. A truly integrative dental experience assesses not only the health of teeth and gums, and what lies within the mouth but considers the overall health of the individual and how it can be affected by conditions of health or the lack of health as it may exist in the mouth.  This means that the function of the TMJ’s (temporomandibular joint) are considered, the ability to adequately chew an appropriate diet with the existing teeth and/or dentures, assessment of how a malocclusion (poor bite and jaw position) could affect breathing, neck posture, sleep patterns (apnea) in an adult, and poor oxygenation in children that affects growth, metabolism, and cognition.  Head, neck, and TMJ pain are also important considerations and a common occurrence in patients suffering from poor health that is often easily remedied and addressed by an experienced holistic practitioner.

As a certified NMD, naturopathic medical doctor, Dr. Reese also relies heavily on nutraceuticals, homeopathics, and nontraditional  therapies such as ozone applications for tooth, gum, and bone infections.  Other nontraditional therapies include laser therapy for cavity removal, disinfection of cavities and root canals, and muscle and joint pain relief.

Many people are confused about the buzz words of mercury safe, and mercury free dental care.  We are a ‘mercury safe’ practice that uses a specific protocol to protect yourself (and ourselves) from the mercury vapors created when removing old mercury fillings.  A mercury free environment would only exist if we didn’t allow anyone with an existing amalgam filling to enter our practice which we obviously don’t want to exclude!

Integrative Medicine in Indianapolis

There are many integrative medicine providers in Indianapolis from Prather Wellness to Dr. Mary Beth Arends to Dr. Karen Marshall, but what is integrative medicine?

What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine can quite simply be described as, ‘where traditional eastern medicine meets modern western medicine.’" -Read More

Once you understand what integrative medicine is, you might be wondering, "What is integrative dentistry?"

What is Integrative Dentistry?

Integrated Dentistry takes a more holistic approach and considers all the factors that contribute to your oral health and the longevity of your teeth and smile." -Read More

Now that you understand what integrative dentistry is, how do you know what the best integrative dentist is in Indianapolis?

What Makes Indianapolis Dentistry Different?

We are a comprehensive dental office that focuses on Integrative Dentistry to promote the health and well-being of your entire body, not just your mouth or teeth." -Read More

Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD is the integrative dentist behind Indianapolis Dentistry.

Who is Dr. Reese?

Dr. Reese is an integrated dentist located on the south side of Indianapolis along US 31, just south of 465. He is a dedicated, life long student – demonstrated by his long standing position as director of continuing education for the Indiana Academy of General Dentistry. He also represents the dentists of Indiana and Ohio as a trustee to the National AGD Board. experience the difference in our expertise, professionalism, and thorough care. Call our office at 317-882-0228.

Indianapolis Integrative Dentist Office

Thank you for visiting Indianapolis Dentistry. We are a comprehensive dental office that focuses on Integrative Dentistry to promote the health and well-being of your entire body, not just your mouth or teeth. We offer a wide range of dental procedures from simple cleanings, tooth extractions, teeth whitening, to periodontal services, oral surgery, dental implants, and dentures.

We specialize in TMJ treatment and unlike other sedation dentists, we offer IV sedation services. We also offer a full line of orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign, clear metal-free braces, and traditional braces. We have over 30 years of experience in placing implants and restoring smiles. Indianapolis Dentistry…Advancing Smiles...Improving Health! Please call 317-882-2008 to make an appointment today!

What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative Dentistry
Integrative Dentistry

According to Duke's School of Integrative Medicine, a state-of-the-art healing environment in Durham, North Carolina, integrative medicine is, " a new approach to medical care that brings patient and practitioner together in a dynamic partnership dedicated to optimizing the patient's health and healing. This approach focuses on the whole person, recognizing that the subtle interactions of mind, body, spirit and community have a direct impact on vitality and well-being." Integrative medicine can quite simply be described as, 'where traditional eastern medicine meets modern western medicine.' For example, Duke not only teaches nutrition, fitness, and yoga, but also tai chi, meditation, and other eastern medical practices that help people to live better. In other words, integrative medicine means treating the mind and spirit, not just the body. Doctors who practice integrative medicine are sometimes referred to has holistic doctors, which simply means they keep the whole body in mind when treating a patient.

How Does Integrative Medicine Apply to Dentistry?

Holistic dentists are often referred to as 'biological dentists', which means, like Dr. Reese, they respect that the mouth is an integral part of the entire body. A biological dentist knows that dental treatments can impact the rest of the body and so they make decisions that have as little impact to the body as possible. Biological dentists like Dr. Reese do this by using biocompatible materials that will not adversely affect a patient's immune system with an emphasis on building health and well being.

About Dr. Reese

Dr. Reese is a holistic and biological dentist located on the south side of Indianapolis along US 31, just south of 465. He is a dedicated, life long student - demonstrated by his long standing position as director of continuing education for the Indiana Academy of General Dentistry. He also represents the dentists of Indiana and Ohio as a trustee to the National AGD Board. experience the difference in our expertise, professionalism, and thorough care. Call our office at 317-882-0228.