Dr. Taylor believes that achieving optimal oral health relies on a patient/doctor partnership for health. His emphasis while communicating with patients is to listen first because jumping into treatment too quickly, without a clear picture of the patients whole body health, can do more harm than good.
He lives in beautiful San Luis Obispo County with his wife Jaymie and three children. He loves to be in the company of others, close friends, or casual acquaintances. Raised in a small town himself, he feels right at home in Morro Bay where you just can’t help but bump into to someone you know . . . anywhere you go.
By continually exceeding California continuing education requirements, Dr. Taylor can provide you with the most up-to-date and broad-ranging services. He graduated from The University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry, is an accredited member of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology), and a general member of the AGD (Academy of General Dentistry), CCDA (California Central Coast Dental Association), CDA (California Dental Association), ADA (American Dental Association), Weston Price Foundation and Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.
There are times that the tooth can not be saved and needs to be replaced. In most cases, teeth can be replaced with an artificial tooth called an implant. The implant attaches directly to your jaw bone, similar to a natural tooth. It is durable, attractive, and with proper placement — can last for decades. Dr. Taylor is educated and experienced in implant placement. Implants can be used as an alternative treatment for failing root canals. Also, Dr. Taylor can place implants as an anchor for bridges or under your existing dentures so they’ll work more like natural teeth!
Ceramic (Zirconia) implants are the latest development in metal-free Swiss Implant technology. Ceramic (Zirconia) implants are extremely similar to the condition of real teeth and tooth roots, they are highly bio-compatible and are tolerated very well by the gingiva.
Advantages to Ceramic implants:
- Free of metals and good biocompatibility
- Naturally white and aesthetic
- Very good gum regeneration
- An alternative to root canals
- Stronger than Titanium
Health Benefits to Straightening your Teeth
Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems. Dr. Taylor uses Invisalign orthodontic treatment to gently and gradually begin to move your teeth into the proper position – without using metal brackets and wires.
One of the biggest challenges of having braces is removing all the food that gets trapped in the brackets and wires. This can often lead to plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay. With Invisalign, the aligners are removable, so it’s easy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth the way you normally do.
Think of your teeth as a window to the health of your body. Your teeth and gums greatly affect your overall health. Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Left untreated, they can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Studies by the American Dental Association have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease2, stroke3, pneumonia4 and diabetes5. Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, thus reducing the risk of possible problems. And correctly aligned teeth can also alleviate the issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel. Invisalign effectively addresses all of these orthodontic issues, so you’ll have the confidence of a great smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health.
Dental Ozone Therapy
Ozone is a natural disinfectant. It is made of energized oxygen. In water and in tissues, ozone creates oxidizers. These oxidizers kill disease-causing bacteria because they lack oxidative enzymes. The ozone also opens blood vessels supplying the area, which increases healing.
- Ozonated pre-treatment rinse
Before cleanings and dental treatment ozonated water is available as a pre-treatment rinse. This pre-treatment rinse significantly brings down the intra-oral microbial population. A cleaner oral cavity helps reduce the risks of systemic and local infection after dental treatment.
After infection and granulation tissue are cleared from the extraction site, ozone gas is insufflated into the socket. This disinfects the site targeting anaerobic bacteria often responsible for causing bone infections. Additionally, ozone gas is a vasodilator with brings needed blood to the area for needed platelets and immune support. We also ozonate bone grafts after placement.
If decay has come close to the tooth’s nerve, a pulp cap helps the tooth heal. Before placing the pulp cap, Dr. Taylor ozonates the exposure to further disinfect the site. This means more conservative restorations for deep decay.
Some of our patients are interested in healing their teeth naturally through nutrition and change of lifestyle. In cases where Dr. Taylor feels that dental recalcification is an option, the site of active decay is treated with ozone gas on multiple occasions to arrest the active decay. With the decay no longer advancing — and through optimized nutrition — the body has the opportunity to recalcify the compromised site.
Metal Free Restorations
When the decay has progressed to the point that a portion of the tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Taylor uses the most bio-compatible restoration materials available to place fillings. We use mercury free filling materials only. We have researched and selected restoration materials (composites and porcelains) which minimize byproducts in the body. Our fillings are tooth colored, which many patients appreciate for their aesthetic appearance in addition to the bio-compatible benefits. Of course, no filling is as natural as your own tooth. Composite is a mixture of mostly powdered porcelain held together by acrylic binders. Dr. Taylor uses BPA-free composites only. No BPA!
Dr. Scott Taylor makes all restorations appear and behave much like a tooth as possible through biomimetic techniques. Biomimetics pay special attention to the natural structure, function, and flexure of a tooth. Fillings make great restorations as long as the filling doesn’t get too large. If the lost tooth structure is too much, a filling may not work as well as an onlay or inlay.
We use state of the art digital imaging for earlier and more accurate detection of tooth decay. Digital imaging requires far less radiation than traditional x-ray images, which means you get less radiation too. When the decay (decalcification) is detected early, it can often be reversed by implementing some of our preventative techniques. Sometimes we can avoid drilling altogether. Dr. Taylor tries to be as conservative as possible when it comes to removing tooth structure because no restoration will work as well as your sound, natural tooth.
Dental cleanings (prophylaxis) are typically recommended twice a year, depending on your periodontal health. Our cleaning paste is flouride free, gluten free, and free of flavors, dyes and oils. Regular cleanings help to support healthy gums and teeth by removing bacteria and bacterial “housing” between the gums and teeth. This is also an time when our skilled hygienist can note any changes in your teeth, gums and soft tissue in between exams by Dr. Taylor.