Dr. Ilona Fotek has completed her Doctorate of Medicine in Dentistry from Jagiellonian University School of Dentistry in Poland in 2002 and acquired additional training in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She later followed her education in Graduate Restorative Dentistry which she completed receiving a Masters in Science Degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Furthermore, she was appointed to a University teaching position, educating dental students and reinforcing specific concepts learned during her residency.
In 2007, Dr. Fotek moved to South Florida where she continued her dedication to holistic dentistry, now at Dental Healing Arts. Dentistry has drastically changed over the years and is constantly evolving. The materials and techniques utilized today are far more advanced than ever before. Being young, active and holistically driven, Dr. Fotek has spent many hours each year dedicating to continuing education as well as implementing the safest materials available. Participating in study groups and maintaining active memberships in numerous general and holistic dental societies like IAOMT, HDA and IABDM, allows her to maintain and implement current philosophies and treatments available and offer these to her patients. Dr. Fotek’s area of special interest is holistic approach of integrating oral health as a means of maintaining overall body health. Her feminine touch, artistic finesse and special attention to details makes her sought after and highly recognized by her patients.
Dr. Fotek is a devoted mother to her daughter and son and a loving wife to her husband with whom she shares common interests in biological dentistry. As a family, they enjoy traveling, skiing, gardening and implementing a healthy lifestyle.
Is Your Missing Tooth Affecting Your Smile?
One single missing tooth can greatly change the way you smile, if not stop you from smiling all together. In any case, your smile depends on a full set of healthy vibrant teeth. Although a single missing tooth may not seem urgent, it can affect your bite, lead to bone loss in your jaw, and cause damage to surrounding teeth. However, Dr. Fotek offers a highly sophisticated method for replacing missing teeth. Contact us at our Jupiter office today to learn more about how a dental implant can replace both the form and function of a real tooth.
What’s the Big Deal Over One Tooth?
Except for your wisdom teeth, all of the teeth in your mouth serve three different purposes:
- WHILE YOUR BACK TEETH ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CHEWING, YOUR FRONT TEETH HELP YOU BITE INTO FOODS. THE FIRST STEP IN THE PROPER DIGESTION OF FOOD IS CHEWING. IF YOU ARE MISSING A SINGLE TOOTH, YOU MAY BE UNABLE TO CHEW YOUR FOOD PROPERLY, WHICH MEANS YOU BODY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ABSORB ALL OF THE NUTRIENTS FROM YOUR FOOD.
- WHEN YOU SPEAK, YOUR TEETH PLAY AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN THE PRONUNCIATION OF WORDS AND SOUNDS, ESPECIALLY CONSONANTS.
- YOUR TEETH ARE ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR HOLDING THE OTHER TEETH IN PLACE. IF YOU LOSE ONE TOOTH, YOUR REMAINING TEETH WILL BEGIN TO SHIFT TOWARD THE EMPTY SPACE. AS A RESULT, THE OTHER TEETH WILL BECOME MISALIGNED, WHICH RESULTS IN AN IMPROPER BITE, MORE WORN ENAMEL, AND A MUCH HIGHER RISK FOR GUM DISEASE, TOOTH DECAY, AND TMJ DISORDER.
Metal Free Dentistry
Dr. Fotek recognizes the impact of toxic dental materials like mercury and the detrimental effects they can have. She strives to find materials that are systemically compatible and safe for both you and the environment.Want to learn more about mercury free dentistry? Visit Dr. Fotek’s profile in the Mercury-Safe Dentist Directory today!
We have chosen in our practice to do away from any mercury/silver fillings also known as amalgam fillings. Majority of the population do not realize that these fillings are composed of mercury. It is also important to acknowledge that mercury is the most toxic nonradioactive substance on earth. If spilled, OSHA has special protocols in place for their cleanup. Since the main component of amalgam fillings is mercury, we do not feel this restoration is warranted as a safe dental material. Published research has shown that mercury is more toxic than lead, cadmium or arsenic.The World Health Organization (WHO) research has concluded that mercury containing dental fillings contribute to more mercury body burden than all other sources combined. They have also shown that mercury exposure can be greatly increased by personal habits such as bruxism and gum-chewing. We feel that there is no safe amount of mercury exposure, for this reason, in our practice we institute protocols for their safe removal.
Biomimetic dentistry is conservative.
Our group’s philosophy is “less dentistry is the best dentistry” or, better said: “There is no dentistry like no dentistry.” Much of the amputation of tooth structure can be eliminated with modern science. We can say that tooth preservation and dental conservation lie at the heart of biomimetic dentistry. The economic implications of not needing the advanced, invasive care seen in traditional (amputational) dentistry have profound positive effects on people’s lives. We can now help patients create healthy and happy mouths with simple, and often painless techniques!