Dr. Ruefenacht received his dental degree from the same dental school as his father, the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, the University of the Pacific where Dr. Ruefenacht and his instructor opened one of the first boxes of tooth colored filling material. He has been pursuing the science of adhesive materials ever since and lectures internationally on the ability to return damaged teeth back to original strength and function without conventional crowns.
Amongst his many interests in delivering comprehensive dental medicine, he completed a two-year training program in naturopathic and holistic treatment approaches. He received his certificate from the the School of Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine for which he also taught advanced adhesive techniques.
Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Dental x-rays may reveal:
● Abscesses or cysts: frequently seen on teeth with big fillings or ‘crowns’
● Bone loss
● Cancerous and noncancerous tumors
● Decay between the teeth
● Developmental abnormalities: missing, impacted or malformed teeth
● Poor tooth and root positions, which compromises bone health between teeth
● Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth! Most dental pathology starts out painless.
Dental Cleaning & Hygiene
Hygiene is not only about having someone clean your teeth. First and foremost, effective hygiene is about your own education and prevention. Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile. Like the beautiful smiles you see in the photo above – it all starts in the mouth.
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Ruefenacht and includes the following:
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs).
- Oral cancer screening.
- Gum disease evaluation.
- Examination for tooth decay and cracked teeth.
- Risk factors for sleep apnea and/or upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) and why you should be concerned.
- Facial growth analysis in children.