Leading integrative dentist: Dr. Albert Chow at ModelSmile Dentistry

As a leading holistic dentist, Dr. Albert Chow treats discerning patients in Thousand Oaks, Malibu, Woodland Hills, Ventura, and the surrounding communities. ModelSmile Dentistry is the ideal practice for those who prefer bio-friendly dental care for their family.

A holistic philosophy of care

A holistic dentist treats not only the obvious dental issues such as cavities or gum disease but looks beyond what is being treated. Diet, lifestyle, possibly genetic conditions are evaluated when treating patients so that the underlying cause can be discovered and treated. The prevention of future problems is as much a part of treatment as repairing the immediate problem. The core of holistic treatment is to treat the entire patient by ensuring the methods and materials used are compatible to good general health.

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The ModelSmile Dentistry Difference: Whole Body Health

Dr. Albert Chow is not only a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, a designation held by only 2 percent of the dentists in the USA but is a Certified Naturopath who is committed to performing the safest, healthiest, dental treatments available. His artistry and precision have led to a reputation for excellence in integrative dentistry. Every procedure is performed to ensure that the experience is non-toxic and healthy, the ideal approach in dentistry for people of all ages who prefer a biologically safe, whole-body approach.

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A biological, integrative dental practice in Thousand Oaks, CA

The mouth/body connection has only recently been fully recognized as a factor in whole body health. Dr. Chow, as an integrative dentist, offers an array of specialized dental services, geared to produce exceptional results, without putting a patient at risk of exposure to toxic products. These treatments include:

  • Laser dentistry: ModelSmile Dentistry is one of the few practices serving Thousand Oaks, Malibu, Woodland Hills, Ventura and the surrounding communities with injection and drill-free dental treatments. The Solea Laser system allows a patient to experience pain-free dentistry without the fear associated with the sound and vibration of a dental drill, and the injections and numbing of traditional dentistry.
  • Zirconia dental implants: Zirconia is a chemically inert substance that is unable to stimulate any chemical reactions, migrate to other areas of the body, or corrode. The natural white color of these implants can create a very natural, sturdy tooth replacement, with a non-metal alternative. 
  • Integrative cosmetic dentistry: Cosmetic dentistry can be performed with the safest health protocols, whether replacing metal fillings with safe, beautiful restorations, crowns, biocompatible fillings, bridges, implants, veneers and other cosmetic treatments. Every procedure is performed with artistry and meticulous care to achieve a result that brings you confidence in your smile in all the years ahead.
  • State-of-the-art technology: ModelSmile Dentistry is equipped with the latest advances in dental technology, including digital X-rays, PRF (platelet rich fibrin), stem cells, and other treatments geared to produce superior outcomes.
  • Minimally invasive dental treatments: At ModelSmile Dentistry, we understand the mouth/body 0connection, and all procedures are performed to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible, with a minimally invasive approach that results in a long-lasting restoration or cosmetic treatment that looks and feels sturdy, natural, and balanced with you facial structure.
  • Amalgam, mercury filling replacement: Removing mercury fillings requires a specialized set of procedures to ensure the patient is not exposed to the mercury vapor released when the filling is accessed with a dental drill. Dr. Chow, as a Certified Naturopath, has implemented the safest health and safety protocols for filling removal and replacement.
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Education and holistic dentistry

As a holistic dentist in Thousand Oaks, Dr. Chow starts with the idea that all body systems are connected, and that wellness starts with the mouth. Educating patients is an important part of the holistic dental model. Teaching patients how to properly care for their teeth using natural products is one service provided by Dr. Chow. 

Using natural toothpaste and mouthwash, flossing regularly and scheduling twice yearly visits is the foundation to good dental health which then supports general health. Gum disease is directly linked to conditions such as stroke, low birth weight and complications of diabetes according to the American Academy of Periodontology.

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An extraordinary level of personalized care

Dr. Chow spends a considerable amount of time with each patient, explaining the procedures and the intended results. He finds the patients are then much more relaxed and confident about the treatment and the result. Taking care of stress related issues is part of holistic treatment since stress plays a key role in many aspects of life.

Replacing mercury fillings safely

A holistic dentist is concerned with more than mercury fillings although this is a crucial factor to consider. Many patients are now having their mercury fillings replaced with safer resin or porcelain materials. Dr. Chow meticulously follows proven guidelines when removing mercury fillings which ensures that mercury does not leak into the system during the process.

Digital X-rays

Dr. Chow only uses digital X-ray equipment in his practice for two important reasons. Digital X-rays significantly reduce radiation exposure both for patients and for his staff. The images are much clearer which makes it less likely a patient will need to have the images redone. Secondly, the use of digital X-ray equipment eliminates the necessity of disposing of the toxic lead films and development chemicals created when traditional film X-ray equipment is used.

Fluoride

Most holistic dentists are not opposed to using fluoride topical treatments on patients after they have had their teeth cleaned. It isn’t usually recommended as a preventative in the form of daily drops or as an additive in the general water supply. Fluoride has traditionally been used for cavity prevention in pediatric dental practices but must be used very judiciously and correctly.

Honesty and integrity in practice: The environmental issues

According to the Eco Dentistry Association, it is estimated that dental offices dispose of 48 million lead foils each year. Dr. Chow is a strong advocate of running an eco-friendly holistic office that has a positive impact on the environment.

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