What are Naturopathic Principles?
There are several “pillars” of naturopathic medicine:
- Do No Harm
- The Body can Heal Itself
- Treat the Root Cause
- The Doctor is a Teacher
These pillars drive our decision making process as we partner with you in your journey to a healthier person.
Do You Take my Insurance?
We will always fill out dental claims and send them to your insurance. However, patients are responsible for 100% full payment before claims are submitted. Your insurance may or may not re-imburse you. If your insurance requires additional documentation we will provide them as best we can. Your insurance is your own responsibility.
Do you provide after hours emergency services?
Once a patient has completed a thorough examination and is working on reducing their risk assessment, and has been in the office in the last 12 months. We consider this an “active” patient and is entitled to after hours on-call services. Phone triage and care may be provided after hours.
Patients seen on a “consult or limited” basis, or have not been seen in 12 months are not entitled to after hours on-call services.
To put it another way, patients who have put in effort to take care of their oral health, and has “proved it”, Live Well Dental Center will make every effort to be there for you when you need it.
Do I need to have mercury fillings, or root canals removed?
To answer this question, it is important to understand a concept taken from our colleagues in functional medicine. The concept of a “triggering event” vs. “cause and effect”. Think of the scenario where a jogger suddenly has a heart attack during a run. Did the run cause the heart attack? Should this jogger never run again in fear of getting another heart attack? The answer is usually no, that is to say, perhaps the jogger had other factors, like poor diet, family history of heart problems. The accumulation of factors that was adding up through the years, and then the final straw was the run that triggered the heart attack. The same applies to mercury, metals, root canals. Where over time, with other poor habits, and other environmental toxins, these layers upon layers, can eventually overwhelm your body’s ability to heal itself. So dental issues are most commonly part of the triggering event. Sometimes dental issues can be the true cause, but is less common.
We see a lot of patients who are expecting their dental work to “cure” them, and once in a while it happens. But for most patients, it is only one layer that has been peeled back, with many more to go before the body is brought back into balance.