Galileo met enormous opposition to the idea although calculations proved Earth to orbit the sun.
Through time, people have believed or done things because that was the way it was always done or thought to work.
Like Copernicus and Galileo, Dr. J Tim Rainey of Refugio is thinking, not just doing things as they have been done all along.
“I’m a scientist in the truest form of the word. I ask questions,” Rainey said.
“From time to time, I’m completely wrong, and I’ll be the first to admit it,” he said.
Rainey, who refers to what he has as “structural integrity,” said he understands how things work and how to make them work.
He created the Texas Institute For Advanced Dental Studies, a think tank for dentists.
He calls the institute a teaching organization where the finest minds in dentistry come together to arrive at consensus opinions.
The group has vetted procedures and early intervention.
He said early diagnosis is essential to long-range success, and “early intervention is an integral part of that – knowing when to intervene.”
Rainey practices minimally invasive preventive dentistry, an alternative to what he calls draconian pediatric dentistry practiced by “predators and pedophiles.”
That’s why Cameron Hopkin, 33, of Hillsboro, N.C., booked a flight to South Texas with his 4-year-old daughter Grace.
Hopkin, a doctoral student in social psychology at Duke University, said his wife is a “health guru.”
“She had been to a half dozen dentists about Grace, and it was going to involve going under sedation and being too severe and extreme,” he said.
Hopkin said Grace’s problem was that she has tooth decay. The enamel never developed from the time her teeth came in at about 1 year old to 14 months.
Grace’s condition could harm the way her permanent teeth come in.
Hopkin also said Dr. Rainey was reasonable.
“He made the point that the average dentist has lots of costs. His place is paid for, and he can do things at less cost,” Hopkin said.
Hopkin said he and his wife found Dr. Rainey online pertaining to ozone dentistry, which is the same thing as minimally invasive preventive dentistry or what Rainey got a trademark on: air-abrasive micro-dentistry.
Also, Rainey noted that he read a pediatric dentist article in 1968 that said it was better to treat a 4 year old or younger using an anesthesia and stainless steel crowns.
“That’s rubbish,” he said.
“You must legally, ethically and morally inform about alternatives,” he said.
Rainey said the consequences of early drilling is that 14 years later, replacing has to occur.
“It’s drill, fill and build dentistry,” he said.
“And if they put you to sleep, there is one chance in 10,000 you wouldn’t wake up,” he said.
Hopkin arrived March 11, and Grace had three treatments over two days.
“I can do the whole mouth in 30 minutes,” he said.
But Rainey only works sessions according to the child’s attention span.
“I’m just jaw-dropped how well they take care of her,” Hopkin said.
Rainey had Hopkin sit next to him and explained the procedure as he worked on Grace. Hopkin was able to keep Grace calm, too.
“It’s as minimally invasive as possible. He gets the infection out without hurting the tooth’s structure. The ozone clears the infection,” Hopkin said.
Rainey said it was too soon to tell how Grace would do.
“We treated three interior teeth. They should shed naturally,” he said.
If the teeth shed naturally, then the permanent adult teeth can come in normally.
On the other hand, Grace could have had invasive surgery instead of Rainey’s procedure.
“When you disrupt teeth, the permanent tooth will miss the bad tooth and come out on a cross bite. The baby tooth needs to be completely out. And a stainless steel crown does not allow natural eruption of the tooth,” Rainey said.
“It would have to be extracted for the permanent tooth to come in,” he said.
Rainey has met opposition for his innovative dentistry.
He said he wrote a treatise on “How to Keep Teeth Alive.” But the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry would not recognize it.
“Why? There’s no money in it,” he said.
As an example, he said a dentist in Aransas Pass prescribed three crowns and three root canals for a woman who merely had had one tooth with a bad cavity, and that cavity had been caused by a drill.
He said that two steps are basic for preserving teeth. The first step is up to the patient and that is to use baking soda to clean the teeth.
The second step is to use ozone on every single deep lesion. which is a procedure he can do.
The second step backs up white blood cells that fight bacteria.
“Every single cell with the exception of the cornea and the lining of the lung has ozone as a defensive mechanism,” he said.
Rainey proudly offers a lifetime guarantee on teeth of adults who have followed his guidelines.
He said he can stop decay permanently on permanent teeth.
He has passed on his legacy of alternative dentistry to other doctors, including Pat Hambrick of New Orleans, Bill Mueller of San Antonio, J Tim Rainey II of Victoria and Donnese Fritsche of Victoria.
And patients have followed Rainey to Refugio.
“They have honored my professional lifetime warranty,” he said.
“And I get a great deal of satisfaction looking into a mouth of a young adult with no decay, no restorations. I call it a ‘Rainey mouth.’”
As for his detractors, he derives some pleasure, as well.
“I get a big kick out of doing things other dentists can’t or won’t do. There’s a great deal of satisfaction out of that.”