Every person who comes to our practice has different needs, goals and perspectives unique to them. Before ever completing a comprehensive exam, our goal is find out more about you and your goals. We have discovered that most people want 3 things:
Our exam process is specifically designed to help ensure that this happen. We call it your Personal Risk Assessment. Rather than simply looking for problems in your mouth and identifying “what’s wrong”; we look for good things to build on and, most importantly, identify risk factors which predict future disease.
Our comprehensive exam process takes you on a tour of your own mouth. It is different than most exams you have experienced in the past because we want you to be involved. After all, you are the one that will be caring for your mouth 363 days of the year, so you should be the expert. The guided tour is divided into four parts:
TMJ & AIRWAY
Within each category we will evaluate the present stage of health, risk factors that may cause future problems, and a thorough assessment of any current problems to identify the underlying cause. For many people, their entire life experience in the world of dentistry has been about mechanical solutions that did not change the underlying causes of disease. For example, they had a filling or a crown placed on a tooth but the reason for the cavity or the broken tooth was not addressed and eliminated. Because of this, they found that every few years, they were having to redo dental work with additional more expensive work. It is a dangerous downhill slide and can feel impossible to escape!
Once you see your current state of health and understand your risks, it is completely your choice how far and how healthy you want to become. For some, the end goal is for you to get as healthy as possible as quickly as possible and this is a stepping stone to a better life. For others, now may not be the right time but it will give you a future vision and path to pursue when you are ready.
At the end of our initial time together, you will leave with a Master Plan. This plan will focus on your choice of:
Everything we do is focused on you and helping you make the best decisions for your longing health and happiness. Our MISSION is simple, to help you be a better you!
When people say there is an app for everything, they weren’t kidding. Thanks to the KOIS CENTER, you can now learn how healthy your mouth is from the comfort of your own home. The Healthy Mouth App is a self-assessment app which can tell you what kind of condition your oral health is in by answering a series of “yes” or “no” questions. The questions are conveniently paired with pictures so you can identify which answer is most appropriate for you. The Healthy Mouth App conveniently breaks down your risk into four categories (Smile Characteristics, Gum Health, Bite and Jaw Health, and Tooth Health) very similar to the way we do.
You can expect the process to be quick, only about 5-10 minutes in fact. Here are the basic steps:
Dr. Kolkman was awarded his Fellowship in the AGD by amassing over 1,000 hours of continuing education in the areas of cosmetics, sedation, implants, and biological dentistry. Additionally, our office is one of only two in NE Indiana certified by the IAOMT in safe mercury amalgam removal.
Netflix, headphones, remote control. Or, perhaps you’re the eye-mask, earplugs, and weighted blanket – type. Either way, with our ever-expanding comfort menu, relaxing environment, and calming team; you’ll agree, we are on a mission to erase dental phobia!
We get it. You hate the dentist. You’ve been trained to loathe the very word and everything associated with it. That’s exactly what inspired us to rethink how we do what we do. Our practice is guided by a no judgement mentality. Our mission is quite simple: to help you be a better you.