As a provider of comprehensive dental care, our goal is to always deliver outstanding esthetics, comfort, durability, and value to our patients. We take great pride in our open and friendly communications because we know how important your teeth and appearance are to a full and vibrant life. There are no trivial, or unimportant, questions in our office.
The more you understand the What and the Why of our services, the more you will appreciate the skill and care we provide for your well-being.
Our focus on comfort should last far beyond the short time in the dental chair (although that is a “given”). True comfort comes when the teeth fit together harmoniously, when they contact each other when they should, and don’t when they shouldn’t. It comes when your muscles work within their own “comfort zones”, exerting pull only when they are supposed to, and rest when not active. Relaxed muscles reduce tension, and create a tranquillity throughout the head and neck (and concurrently reduce pain associated with the movement of the jaw).
That is why we say that, although esthetics are vital to the success of any case, we treat the bite first, because without the teeth hitting appropriately, the esthetics will be short-lived. With a good bite, everything looks and feels better, and lasts a whole lot longer, because the teeth and muscles are not fighting one another.
When you respect Mother Nature, Mother Nature returns that love, in the form of better gums and bone support, relaxed muscles, fewer wrinkles and stress, and longer lasting restorations. Oh, and no sensitivity to hot or cold.
How we get the teeth to their ideal position depends greatly on the patient’s personal desires. As Oregon’s most experienced Invisalign General Dentist, we can position teeth quickly and precisely, in a third of the time it used to take.
Or we can restore teeth that have discolored and deteriorated over the years, to an ideal contour and vitality, with either veneers or all porcelain restorations.
Or, for those who are happy with their appearance, but suffer from tension in their face and jaws, we can use a process called Disclusion Time Reduction to correct their bite directly, using a computer to measure every aspect of your bite, and EMGs to measure the activity of your facial chewing muscles. DTR is highly effective in resolving grinding, clenching, and TMJ pain, as well as relieving stresses on the teeth and their bone support.
At Advanced Dental Arts, NW, we work to preserve teeth, and to conserve tooth structure whenever possible. We strive to enhance the appearance and comfort of the patient. We rarely remove adult teeth (except wisdom teeth) for orthodontic treatment, because we know that long-term problems with muscles and TMJs often result, and the caved in lower faces that result are not the result anyone really wants. We greatly prefer full lower faces, with broad, natural, easy smiles, but then again, who doesn’t?
The services we provide, including full restorative and esthetic care, periodontal cleanings and maintenance, TMJ/TMD resolutions (without mouthguards), implant-retained crowns and bridges, orthodontic treatments, and endodontic procedures, all revolve around our commitment to whole body health, comfort, and well-being.
Now. And for the Long Term.At Advanced Dental Arts NW, we believe it is rarely necessary, and very seldom beneficial, to remove adult teeth (except wisdom teeth) in order to straighten your teeth, and that properly positioned teeth should not require long-term retainers to keep them in position. As a premier dentist in Goose Hollow, Portland, we also believe that bonded porcelains and composites have every advantage over mercury or heavy metal materials for the restoration of lost tooth structure. We strongly believe that excellent dentistry should, with reasonable care, last decades, and that gum conditions can improve dramatically in essentially all patients.
We also believe that if we cannot thoroughly communicate the reasons for proposing a dental procedure, we should not be pursuing that procedure. There is nothing about dentistry that is beyond straightforward and honest explanation, and every patient deserves that understanding before we begin any care—whether for teeth cleaning and dental exam or more comprehensive dental restorations or orthodontic care. We take the time to make certain our patients are informed every step of the way, on every procedure. The best surprise, as they say, is no surprise.
A Passion for DentistryDr. Russell Teasdale has earned Fellowship status in several organizations, including the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies, the World Clinical Laser Institute, and the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry. Most recently, he has been inducted into the Center for Neural Occlusion, the world’s foremost training center for TMJ and TMD treatments, utilizing Disclusion Time Reduction, or DTR. Additionally, Dr. Teasdale has enjoyed several honors from Invisalign®, becoming the first (and only) general practitioner to receive the “Elite Provider” designation from Invisalign® in 2012. He has personally completed more Invisalign® cases than any other general dental office in Oregon.
As a team, the office has trained extensively on the CEREC 3D milling systems (and indeed, was among the very first offices nationally to acquire that technology) as well as with clinical lasers and air abrasion systems. Team members have attended vast numbers of classes at the Las Vegas Institute (LVI), along with the Great Lakes Study Club for bonded porcelains. The staff also attends Invisalign® International summits on a regular basis.
We have also trained in the advanced treatment of TMJ/TMD through both TechScan and Bioresearch symposiums, which enables us to use computer technologies and EMG readings to fine-tune and coordinate the interactions between the muscles and the bite. This technology—the most advanced in the world—at last allows us to get beyond simple carbon paper to place your muscles and bite in harmony, for comfort, efficiency, and lasting results.
Our passion for dentistry spills over into every aspect of our services, and we have consistently remained at the forefront of innovation and adaptation, for the benefit of our patients.
In Your Best InterestIt is a rare dental office that can offer the technologies and techniques that are commonplace at Advanced Dental Arts NW. Most offices concentrate on one specific area, but because we focus on how the teeth meet and function, we address your needs comprehensively. Everything relatesultimately to the bite, and if the bite is not properly placed, little else ultimately matters. But if the bite is done right, properly positioned where the TMJ and the muscles work harmoniously, it becomes the best of all possible worlds. Porcelains look better and last longer, without chipping; retainers are needed only for monitoring the new tooth position; night guards are not necessary; and grinding and clenching are gone, as is cold sensitivity.
We strongly believe in the advice of Stephen Covey, that to be successful you must “begin with the end in mind.” And in the case of dentistry, it is the final bite that you have to respect.
Please explore our individual services to learn more about the complete restorative, cosmetic, and orthodontic care we provide.