Welcome to our Zachary, LA dentist office. Feel free to explore our website and learn more about our holistic approach to dentistry. Dr. Chad Morris and the team of Morris Family Dentistry are dedicated to helping patients discover the best services for their smiles. By working one-on-one with patients, Dr. Morris is able to understand their specific health history and current oral health needs. Taking a comprehensive, personalized approach to your oral health allows Dr. Morris to provide precise yet comfortable professional dental services and oral health advice.
What is Oral Systemic Health?
Oral systemic health is the link between your oral health and overall health. Dr. Morris wants his patients to not only think of their dental health as something that only affects their teeth and gums. Dental problems can lead to physical health problems, just as health problems are a risk factor for certain dental issues. Some of the dental health treatments that Dr. Morris provides that support oral systemic health include:
- Mercury-Free Dental Fillings: Dr. Morris uses the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) to remove amalgam fillings, which contain liquid mercury as well as tin, copper, and silver. He recommends mercury-free dental fillings to his patients as a safer replacement. White dental fillings are a popular option that blends in with the appearance of natural teeth. They are a safe and durable alternative to traditional amalgam dental fillings.
- Flouride-Free Dental Care: Too much fluoride may lead to hypertension, bone weakness, and thyroid problems. Dr. Morris does not provide fluoride treatments to patients. Instead, he recommends that patients care for their oral and physical health to combat tooth decay. Routine oral hygiene and biannual dental visits can prevent gum and tooth infections.
- Frenectomies: Dr. Morris provides oral surgery to patients who have tongue-tie or lip-tie. He also uses myofunctional therapy before and after the frenectomy procedure to build strength in the tongue and lip muscles. Cutting the lingual frenulum and strengthening the muscles in the lips and tongue make eating and speaking more comfortable for patients.
- Oral Appliances: Oral appliances are an effective way for patients to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea and heart problems are linked; patients who momentarily cease breathing at night are more at risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks. Wearing an oral appliance during sleep opens up the airways and helps prevent the chance of these problems developing.
Advanced Dental Training and a Holistic Dental Approach
Dr. Morris has completed courses at the Dawson Academy and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). He follows the philosophies of these institutions to provide the highest quality of care possible for his patients. The Dawson Academy provides continuing education courses for professional dentists. Through these courses, Dr. Morris has learned to take the joints and muscles of the face and jaw into account for occlusal, or bite problems. He examines each aspect of the dental and occlusal systems for precise diagnosis and treatment.
Following the standards of the IAOMT, Dr. Morris uses the SMART protocol to treat patients with amalgam fillings. Amalgam dental fillings contain mercury, which can cause problems when inhaled or accumulated in the body. When absorbed through the lungs, mercury can cause mood swings, muscle weakness, decreased mental function, and poor coordination. Using his training from the Dawson Academy and IAOMT, Dr. Morris is able to safely remove dental fillings that contain mercury. He follows the guidelines of the IAOMT, using protective glasses and oxygen masks to prevent mercury inhalation for both patients and dentists.
Contact Our Dental Office Today
Visit our dental office today to improve your oral and physical health. Schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Morris on our website. You may also contact Morris Family Dentistry by calling 225.725.7565. Dr. Morris sees patients from Zachary, Lindsay, and the surrounding areas of Louisiana. Please let Dr. Morris know if you have any dental concerns or questions about treatment and he will be happy to assist you.