When choosing a new dentist, it’s important to know what type of practice you are entering. Many patients aren’t aware that dentists can fall under certain brands, or accreditations. But, much like the medical practice, there are different types of dentistry. We are a Kois dentist practice, meaning our team has been trained by Dr. John C. Kois at the Kois Center in Seattle.
What is the Kois Center?
The Kois Center is a post-graduate learning center offering continuing education courses backed by evidence-based dentistry. It is the only continuing education program in the country conducting and publishing independent research.
Courses are updated each year based on new scientific evidence, meaning a Kois Center alumni is practicing dentistry based on the most up-to-date research available today. Research ranges from the best material to fill a cavity to the longevity of a bridge, and data is pulled from around the world.
What makes a Kois dentist different?
A Kois dentist must complete an nine-part curriculum before becoming a Kois Center alumni. The coursework covers topics such as treatment planning, biomechanics, complex restorative management, and more. Because these courses are backed by research, students learn best practices from around the world to improve treatment outcomes.
To better understand how this coursework benefits the patient, let’s discuss at what a Kois dentist learns in the treatment planning course. This course covers the new patient exam and what a dentist should look for during their first visit with a new patient. This includes:
- Biomechanical risk, or the structural integrity of the teeth such as decay, enamel loss and fracture.
- Periodontal risk, or your risk of gum recession and gum disease.
- Functional risk, or the risk of bite issues, clenching and grinding, or TMD.
- Aesthetic risk, or the way your teeth look.
When we examine a new patient, we want to better understand their risk factors in each category. While one patient may only have biomechanical risk, another may fall into all four categories. As your Kois dentist, it’s my job to examine the “crime scene” and gather evidence so we can start to gain some control.
This starts by prioritizing your dental issues and developing a treatment plan that is sustainable long-term and restores your dental health. By first understanding your dental risks, we’re able to create a more systematic treatment plan and predict where future issues will appear.
Conducting a comprehensive new patient exam and developing a systematic treatment plan is just one way my education from the Kois Center benefits my patients. Once a plan is in place, my education as a Kois dentist helps me better treat patients in all risk categories.
Interested in working with a Kois dentist?
Schedule an appointment with our dentist office in Brandon, FL. We’ll be happy to go over your treatment needs and establish a plan that works for you.