Minimally Invasive BioRejuvenation Dentistry
Hello, this is Dr. Howie Dean and I consider myself to be a holistically-oriented, biologic dentist because I am always focused on your overall health and well-being. I provide comprehensive dental care using minimally invasive procedures whenever possible.
I believe minimally invasive holistic & biologic dentistry helps my patients live longer, healthier, happier lives. I believe in treating you as a whole person and each visit is filled with my personal and undivided attention.
BioRejuvenation: Backed By Science
BioRejuvenation Dentistry has been around since the 1980’s and practicing it specifically with minimally invasive techniques is the focus of my practice. Backed by science, BioRejuvenation Dentistry replicates the natural biology of your dental system using a conservative, minimally invasive approach. I treat the cause, not just the symptoms of your dental issues and concerns.
I have had much success over the years improving the overall function of my patient’s teeth, their long-term oral health and appearance with my BioRejuvenation Dentistry techniques. BioRejuvenation Dentistry is a proven, successful approach to restoring the natural biology of your dental system with minimally invasive methods.
BioRejuvenation Dentistry: A Holistic Approach to Rejuvenation & Wellness
There are many ways that people try to improve their appearance. Cosmetic surgery and cosmetic dentistry are two examples. However, as I tell new patients all the time, there is a limit to what these methods can accomplish because they only look at a small part of the big picture. At most, they can mask signs of aging, but they do hardly anything at all to reverse them. To do so requires an in-depth examination and focus on the biological factors that led to a physical decline in the first place.
BioRejuvenation Dentistry is intrinsically unique because, unlike conventional methods which focus on a single issue or symptom, it focuses on a patient’s overall wellness and quality of life. Essentially, it’s based on the idea that our oral health plays an important role in determining our overall health and happiness. Various dental treatments and processes are used harmoniously to address the issues which have occurred naturally over time as a result of aging. By addressing the root cause of the problem, BioRejuvenation Dentistry is able to restore youthfulness on both cosmetic and functional levels.
Emphasis on Biological Science
Another way that this method differs from other approaches is that it places a strong emphasis on biological science. It focuses more on biological concerns rather than cosmetic concerns alone. Extensive scientific research and observation of the chewing system are used as the basis for diagnosis and treatment. The patient’s facial appearance is improved as a result of improving jaw and dental functionality.
That’s why when determining whether a patient is a good candidate for BioRejuvenation Dentistry, I always ask them about their goals. If they express a desire to take better care of their teeth in addition to wanting to improve their appearance, then I know they are a good candidate.
BioRejuvenation Dentistry vs. Cosmetic Dentistry
It’s important to note that while there are cosmetic benefits to be gained through this approach, BioRejuvenation Dentistry and Cosmetic Dentistry are two distinctly different methods.
Cosmetic Dentistry focuses solely on aesthetics. As I like to tell my patients, you can think of it as putting a patch or band-aid on something. It’s a temporary fix and one that only works on a surface level.
BioRejuvenation Dentistry dives deeper by seeking out what caused the issue in the first place. Damaged teeth and weakened components of the chewing system are structurally improved and restored to their original health. This, in turn, makes the patient look younger, like they did before the damage occurred. Furthermore, the patient feels better and needs less dental work in the future.
Goals of BioRejuvenation Dentistry
The goals of BioRejuvenation Dentistry are also quite different from those of conventional methods. These goals can be described in the following manner:
- Preservation of the original dental elements
- Avoid major reconstruction through minimally invasive techniques
- Improve the functionality of the teeth and chewing system
- Address damage that has occurred as a result of aging and wear-and-tear
- Reduce the need for future restorative procedures
- Restore aesthetics by addressing biological concerns
- Use scientific research and inquiry to create an individualized treatment plan
- Improve the patient’s dental comfort and overall health
When Is BioRejuvenation Dentistry Needed?
Typically, I recommend BioRejuvenation Dentistry to patients who are experiencing issues with jaw pain, difficulty chewing, or distortion in the alignment of their teeth. However, anyone who has the overarching goal of wanting to improve the health and beauty of their smile can benefit from this form of dentistry.
Jaw & Facial Pain
BioRejuvenation Dentistry can be especially beneficial to patients experiencing jaw and facial pain. When a patient tells me they are experiencing jaw pain or TMJ symptoms, one of the first things I do is examine the position of their jaw. A misaligned jaw can lead to issues with the jaw joints and chewing system. Strain on the chewing muscles results in painful spasms that, in turn, cause dysfunction of the jaw joints. Rejuvenating the mouth structure can help relax the chewing muscles and improve jaw joint functionality, thereby relieving pain. The reduction in stress is visible on the face, resulting in a more youthful look.
Misaligned Teeth (Malocclusion)
Issues with the alignment of the teeth can also cause pain and cosmetic imperfections. Teeth grinding and clenching are common for patients with this dental concern. Correcting the alignment of the teeth reduces strain on the chewing system, thereby eliminating grinding and discomfort and restoring the beauty of your smile.
Treating Jaw Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD, is a serious condition in which the jaw joint ceases to function properly. Usually, it is the result of an unstable bite, which places strain on the chewing system, causing pain and dysfunction.
In order to correct this condition, the jaw joint must first be stabilized. Usually this is done through MAGO therapy, also known as bite splint therapy (“MAGO” stands for Maxillary Anterior Guidance Orthotic). A special device is worn over the teeth until the chewing muscles relax and the jaw joints once again become stable. Next, restorative procedures are set into motion to address the root cause of the issue and ensure that it doesn’t happen again in the future.
The ultimate goal is to restore the natural biology of the dental system with minimally invasive methods. By doing so, patients are able to achieve relief from pain and discomfort, a better-looking smile, and improved quality of life.
What Does BioRejuvenation Dental Treatment Involve?
BioRejuvenation Dentistry looks different for everyone. There simply is no one-size-fits-all solution. This is because everyone’s dental health is different and BioRejuvenation Dentistry focuses on fixing the root cause of oral health issues. These issues vary from one person to the next depending on their lifestyle, oral hygiene habits, etc. Therefore, treatment must be customized.
That being said, proper diagnosis is key to success. That’s why I always start the process with a comprehensive oral health examination. From there, after evaluating the patient’s TMJ health, bite alignment, and overall dental health, a custom treatment plan can then be implemented.
BioRejuvenation Dental Treatment can include a number of dental services including:
● TMJ therapy
● Tooth restoration
● Bite alignment
● Dental crowns and bridges
● Dental veneers
● Orthognathic surgery
● Physical Therapy
● Other restorative/cosmetic treatments
Of course, this is not to say that all of these treatments will be necessary. These are just some examples of what a treatment plan may include. BioRejuvenation Dentistry aims to be as minimally invasive as possible. This means doing only what’s necessary and preserving as much as the original dental elements as possible.
Biologic Diagnosis & Treatment of TMJ Disorders
The TMJs, or Temporomandibular Joints, are the two joints that connect your jawbone to your skull. They are located on each side of your face and allow you to speak, chew, and swallow. You need them to be able to move your jaw up and down and from side to side.
When these joints cease to function properly as they should, people start to experience a range of problems, including jaw pain, difficulty opening and closing their mouth, facial pain and tension, and headaches. In fact, the TMJs are so important that when they stop working, it can affect many aspects of your overall health and wellness.
People who suffer from TMJD, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, experience a wide range of symptoms including:
● Difficulty chewing
● Feelings of soreness or tiredness in the face
● Jaw pain
● Frequent headaches or migraines
● Problems opening and closing the mouth
● Clicking or popping noises that come from the jaw area
● Teeth grinding and clenching
● Face swelling
● Sleep problems
TMJ Treatment Process
Treating TMJ starts with a detailed and accurate diagnosis. The underlying issues leading to jaw joint dysfunction must first be identified. Then, I apply the principles of BioRejuvenation Dentistry to the treatment process, working in a minimally invasive way to stabilize the jaw joint and prevent symptoms from returning in the future. The goal is always to improve the patient’s overall health and quality of life in addition to relieving their symptoms.
First, I begin with an analysis of the patient’s bite. Bite analysis is key to identifying the root problem. The next step is to start implementing TMJ therapy, which usually involves the use of a bite splint or retainer. Next, steps are taken to correct the issues which led to TMJ dysfunction in the first place. This may include bite balancing, orthodontics, restorative treatment, and other procedures. Repositioning the jaw also allows the airway to remain open and unobstructed, eliminating sleep apnea.
I truly believe that operating in this manner of doing only what’s necessary, preserving the original dental elements, and considering the big picture of the patient’s overall health allows for a better experience and lasting results. Through this process, patients are able to find relief from TMJD symptoms and lead happier, healthier lives.
My BioRejuvenation Dentistry Journey
From a young age I wanted to do something worthwhile that would help people. I had two dentists as a child, and they were both kind and gentle men; I wanted to be like them. In addition, being healthy and feeling good about yourself are two things that are vitally important; if we are not healthy then we simply are not free to be the best that God intended us to be. Likewise, having a great looking smile goes along with feeling good about yourself, so the combination of these things was obvious to me: become a Dental Health Coach since great teeth make for a better life.
Over the years, I developed a special interest in helping patients who suffer from TMJ disorders, bite problems, muscle pain, facial pain, headache pain, and a jaw system that is simply dis-functional. Patients who have this condition usually suffer from a tremendous amount of pain and debilitating symptoms and have a hard time finding the right treatment.
I wanted to be able to better help my patients and I wanted to be able to do more for them to bring health, wellness, and vitality back to their life. As a lifelong learner I believe strongly in continuing education, and I have made it a priority to invest and attain advanced training in my profession. I’m fully committed to increasing my knowledge and enhancing my skills in this specialized area of dentistry.
Level 4 Graduate: OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry
In 2017 I began the journey to further advance my skills in the “Diagnosis” and “Treatment” of complex patient cases involving degenerating chewing systems using Bioesthetic Principles and began training at the OBI (Orognathic Bioesthetics International) Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry, which focuses on complete dental restorative treatment for patients who have (TMJ) temporomandibular joint issues.
I have completed and graduated all four levels of training at the OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry and during that time I had the privilege of studying under Doctors Michael Edwards, Sue Vetter, Christina Sletten, William Gerace, David MacLean and Richard Christensen. My course work included applying the principles of Bioesthetic Dentistry to actual patients, before and after photography, case organization, and presentation. All the participating doctors in my courses follow each case through the diagnostic process and all phases of treatment, giving everyone an exponential learning experience.
The advanced technical ability to provide Bioesthetic Dentistry after achieving Level 4 at the OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry is shared by less than 500 dentists worldwide. I’m truly excited about the new opportunities from achieving the Level 4 training curriculum at the OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry, and look forward to treating complex patient cases involving degenerating chewing systems and creating beautiful new teeth that function properly and look amazing.
in Fairfield, Ohio?
My team and I are committed to providing exceptional biologic dental care and empowering our patients with information about their dental health and wellness. I specialize in BioRejuvenation Dentistry in Fairfield, and many of our patients come see us from West Chester, Hamilton, Cincinnati, Dayton, and other surrounding communities. My team and I also have extensive experience in treating oral health afflictions of all types. Together, we can restore your dental health and help you achieve true holistic wellness. Call my office at (513) 829-2026; I am looking forward to meeting you!