Our belief at Russo DDS is that it’s not enough to simply call yourself ‘progressive’. It takes understanding and an approach to tying dental health to complete health and wellness.
Dr. Russo is proud to consider himself a “new-school” (not, old-school) progressive dentist. Not to be confused, being a progressive dentist does not mean performing radical dental procedures or going off the grid. A progressive dentist takes an approach in believing disease is disease and believes in being proactive to prevent said disease.
Let’s start from the beginning – too many times Dr. Russo sees new patients come into the office having gone to the same “old-school” dentist for years and years. The problem? Their teeth are literally falling apart: decaying fillings, crowns hanging off of their teeth, holes in crowns, active dental abscesses, mercury fillings in their mouth.
DON’T LAUGH, DON’T CRINGE – THIS IS REAL!
Dr. Russo’s first question is always: Did your previous dentist inform you of the status of your mouth?
Usual patient response: “They said if it’s not broken or hurting yet, to wait on it”.
I’ve come to understand that this is a typical, old-school way of dentistry; and many times what patients want to hear. For what it’s worth, I always imagine myself in the patient’s point of view. Let’s say I’m the patient and that I have an infection or things I could be improving. Here’s the best way to look at issues in your mouth:
- A little decay is: decay
- A little bleeding is: inflammation
- A little opening in your filling is: a portal of entry for bacteria
- A little abscess is: eating away at your bone
Do you see how Dr. Russo thinks now?
Once a tooth breaks – or hurts – you are, at minimum, looking at a root canal and crown or extraction and bone graft.
Dr. Russo believes in being educational, transparent, and providing solutions to address and prevent dental disease. The reason we practice dentistry this way is simple: if you have a beautiful, healthy mouth… you are closer to total health; and that is important to us.
Call us 919-890-5147 to schedule your general or cosmetic dental appointment.
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