Dr. Chris Edwards’ Smile Design & Wellness Center New Office Features Comfort, Fun
By Space Coast Daily // August 16, 2015
relaxing atmosphere conducive to healing
Let’s face it, a trip to the dentist will never make it into bucket list dreams, but these very necessary yet often dreaded visits are being made much sweeter – and much more productive – by Dr. Chris Edwards.
The Viera dentist has made it his mission to provide patients with cutting-edge therapies to make their smiles healthier and better-looking, while at the same time integrating a holistic approach that draws upon Mother Nature’s best natural remedies.
With the opening of the new office of his Smile Design and Wellness Center, Edwards has added comfort and even, dare we say, fun, to being at the dentist’s office.
“I’ve been involved in the entire design process,” said Edwards, who prides himself in his pursuit of form to comfortably follow function.
The “Edwards Experience” starts in the waiting room, where patients can take their pick of unique chairs, including a World War I dental field chair a century ago used to extract teeth from soldiers in France.
“Every one of the chairs in the waiting room will be different,” promised Edwards.
Beyond a relaxing atmosphere both conducive to healing and gentle on the environment, patients will also discover a playfulness, for Edwards has themed each examination room with subjects near and dear to his heart.
The Beatles Room, for example, pays homage to the Fab Four with Beatles memorabilia, plus a retro stereo and laser disc player replaying Beatles tunes and films.
In the “Space Room,” a life-sized astronaut will be hanging from the ceiling as in mid-spacewalk. The unique room’s most prized décor is a flag that flew aboard the Space Shuttle discovery.
For those looking for total relaxation, the Zen Room offers aromatherapy and headphones to listen to the soothing sounds of nature.
If globetrotting is more to a patient’s taste, the RTW, or Round the World, Room should do the trick. The room features the artwork and souvenirs collected in an around-the-globe journey by Edwards’ artist wife, Judy, and their daughter, Jill.
“Every room will have its own theme,” said Edwards.
The thought-provoking abstract paintings in Edwards’ office were created by his wife, Judy, a member of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne.
“She has always been a big part of the practice,” said Edwards. “Judy and I want to make this office as much a joy as possible for our patients.”
Edwards also wants each patient’s visit to be as productive as possible and not just the health of their mouths, but also for their general wellbeing, because he is well aware that poor dental condition is more than just about cavities and loss of teeth.
Oral decay and disease can help lead to or exacerbate cardiovascular issues, respiratory infections, osteoporosis, diabetic complications and Alzheimer’s disease.
“I treat each tooth with the highest respect, because I’m very focused on the relationship of the mouth to the whole body,” said Edwards.
“I can do the best dentistry in the world, but I also need to educate my patients so they have healthy mouths. It is a medically accepted fact that disease in the mouth is related to many diseases.”
As the practice’s name implies, Edwards’ Smile Design and Wellness Center is a biologically based dental practice offering a whole body approach to oral care.
“The ecology of the mouth affects the ecology of the body,” said Edwards. “It is all related.”
The Smile Design and Wellness Center is a one-stop dental practice that blends technology with natural therapies such as Xylitol, which naturally prevents tooth decay, sinus and ear problems and can even reverse existing decay.
The practice encompasses diagnostics, cosmetic dentistry, implants, biologic dentistry, periodontics and oral surgery.
Edwards specializes in minimally invasive dentistry using laser cavity detection, surgical microscopes, air abrasion and low radiation digital x-rays, including a three-dimensional panoramic x-ray created for optimum diagnostics and precise implant placement.
“I have always embraced the newest technologies during my entire career, because it enables me to do what other dentists can’t,” said Edwards.
His new office will also offer low-radiation dental CAT scan and dark field microscopy. As far as microscopy goes, Edwards is a firm believer in its benefits.
“Microscopy can let you get a close look at living bacteria,” he said.
Modern laser technology enables the removal of decay and the contouring of gums with minimal trauma and often without the need for anesthesia.
“Lasers have an unbelievable ability to heal,” he said.
Patients love the convenience of Edwards’ CEREC one-visit crowns. In a few hours, a patient can walk out with a new crown and need not return.
Ozone therapy, another of Edwards’ specialties, harnesses the power of this gas to fight infection and heal.
“We use ozone in our practice in many ways,” said Edwards. “We ozonate the water in our drills, ultrasonics and dental units.”
In gas form, ozone is incorporated into oral surgery, root canals and periodontal treatment.
“It is used as a restorative dental treatment to make sure all the bacteria in decay have been killed,” said Edwards. “It is also helpful in the desensitization of sensitive teeth.”
Edwards is accredited by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. In fact, he will be a guest speaker at the IAOMT conference in Las Vegas in September.
An honor graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and Temple University School of Dentistry, Edwards completed his general practice residency at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu in 1979 and practiced in Hawaii and Rhode Island before relocating to Brevard County.
He has a doctorate in naturopathy from the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry.
SAFE MERCURY REMOVAL
Among his specialties is the safe removal of mercury fillings from the mouth, putting Edwards in an elite community of only a quarter of one percent of dentists in the United States.
“Very few dentists do safe mercury removal,” said Edwards.
Not that long ago, dental patients were resigned to losing teeth and wearing dentures, but with dentists such as Dr. Chris Edwards leading the charge against such an obsolete mindset, keeping teeth strong and bright for a lifetime can be matter of course.
For more information about Smile Design & Wellness Center log on to SmileDesignCenter.us or call 321-751-7775