Welcome to our Zachary, LA dentist office
Dr. Chad Morris and the team at Morris Family Dentistry are dedicated to helping patients discover the best services for their smiles. Unlike most dentists, Dr. Morris practices the Concept of Complete Dentistry, which emphasizes a comprehensive, individualized approach to a patient’s dental care, beginning with prevention and early intervention. Contrary to what you might think, this doesn’t mean drill and fill every tooth.
Rather, the Complete Dentistry that Dr. Morris practices requires an understanding of every structural part of your chewing system, including your jaw joints, facial and temporal muscles, and teeth. In the long run, this could save you from years of pain, suffering and extensive costs for multiple and repeated dental work.
Analyzing the 10 structural and functional factors in the chewing system is the basis for every new patient examination so that Dr. Morris can properly diagnosis and treat not only obvious problems, but also those that haven’t even shown signs yet!
Did you know that most dental problems are not painful at first, but can be identified by a trained dentist before any symptoms or damage occur?
As a graduate of The Dawson Academy, Dr. Morris is one of only 10% of dentists in the country who practices the Concept of Complete Dentistry. He can identify the signs of problems before any symptoms or damage occurs, which means you can receive treatments in a more conservative and less costly manner.
About The Dawson Academy
Just like most professions, there’s a range of skill levels among dentists based on type of advanced education, training, and philosophy of patient care. The Dawson Academy is an advanced dental education facility where dentists teach dentists to be better dentists.
Founded by Dr. Peter Dawson, The Dawson Academy teaches the Concept of Complete Dentistry. Although more time consuming for dental practices, Complete Dentistry results in more consistent, predictable and healthy outcomes for your oral health.
Dr. Dawson is one of the most respected and honored dentists in the history of dentistry. With a passion for teaching dentists to do it “right”, he developed the Concept of Complete Dentistry to provide patients with healthy, beautiful smiles that would function properly and serve them comfortably for the rest of their lives. With two best-selling books on the Concept of Complete Dentistry, Dr. Dawson has influenced tens of thousands of dentists to pursue a better outcome for their patients.
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.
- Fluoride-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 Holisitic Dental Approach
Dr. Morris has completed the Dawson Academy curriculum and training with 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) 654-3964. Dr. Morris sees patients from Zachary, and the surrounding areas of Louisiana and we also welcome patients from Centreville and Woodville, MS. Please let Dr. Morris know if you have any dental concerns or questions about treatment and he will be happy to assist you.