When students graduate from dental school, they all have the same basic training and are capable of providing adequate care to the average patient. But, as in all professions, the path they choose to take from there can vary dramatically.
Many choose to stick with the minimal training and expertise – they only do the minimal amount of continuing education needed to maintain their license. They primarily practice what we would call “repair” dentistry – you break a tooth, they try and repair it, often with little curiosity as to why it broke to begin with. Others will often try to develop more skills to be better than average, often honing in on a particular “niche” and spending more time trying to master that area.
Finally, there is a small group who choose a long, difficult journey to become the best they can be to practice dentistry at the top level. These dentists commit to excellence. Their career is marked not only by the relentless pursuit of learning, but mastering advanced concepts. This rigorous study often involves sacrificing time away from families, home, and their practices.
This is where Dr. Forester has chosen to take his practice – the concept of comprehensive dentistry. This goes beyond simply focusing on the tooth, but the fact that teeth must be held in by gum and bone (periodontal condition), that they must work together (bite), and they must fit pleasingly in your face (smile). These four “food groups” must be in harmony with each other if one expects a lifetime of oral health and wellness. In addition, we look at the roles sleep (or lack thereof), snoring, apnea, grinding, acid reflux, diet, high blood pressure, diabetes, gum disease, and more have on each other.