Since the dawn of dentistry, afflictions of the mouth have been viewed as separate from the rest of the body, as if the mouth were a completely different organism rather than one part of a unified whole.
Holistic dentistry takes a different approach. A new approach that’s at the same time traditional in terms of healing. The most significant difference between old dentistry methods and holistic dentistry is that holistic dentistry works from the understanding that oral health is directly correlated to the health of the rest of the systems in your body and should be treated as such.
In modern times, we have developed the attitude that dental problems aren’t health problems, when in fact they are. Oral problems can be a sign of serious problems elsewhere in your body or, at the least, can lead to serious health issues. We believe that, when we’re treating your dental problems, we’re treating your whole body.
Therefore, we don’t treat “dental problems,” we treat people. Our aim is to help your natural healing abilities perform at their fullest potential. This reduces healing time, helps prevent complications, and increases your overall health.
You may not be aware of how important your dental health and treatment is to your overall health and well-being.
Your Dental Health Affects the Rest of Your Health
Your dental health has a strong connection to the health of the rest of your body.
For example, studies have shown that there is a clear link between heart disease, diabetes, and gum disease. This means that suffering from gum disease can increase your chances for more serious health problems.
Anecdotal evidence shows that, the worse your oral health, the worse your overall health.
Keep in mind that repairing dental problems can alleviate some of these concerns, but dental repair done with the wrong materials may actually lead to even worse health problems. This is why it’s essential to maintain your dental health as effectively and naturally as possible using processes and materials that your body will accept without complication.
While the concept of “biocompatible” materials may sound complicated, we believe they are critical to a successful dental procedure. Let’s look at what the word biocompatible means when it comes to your dental care.
You have most likely heard of blood transfusions, where someone has blood added to their system to replace what has been lost during surgery or in an accident. If so, you also know that blood comes in different “types.” Your blood may be incompatible with the blood of your friends or even family. Therefore, medical science knows to use only compatible blood types.
For a long time, this simple biological fact wasn’t recognized for other parts of your natural system, and dentistry was one of those areas. Little or no thought was given to how biologically compatible the substances used to repair or replace damaged or diseased teeth were for you.
The use of materials not compatible with human tissue can lead to problems more worrisome than just an aching tooth down the road. Think about it, with a blood transfusion, the wrong type of blood is rejected by the recipient’s body at best, and at worst could kill the patient.
For this reason, we use biologically compatible materials to treat your entire body and not just your mouth. We believe dental procedures are personal to the patient. There is no “one size fits all” solution. Your body’s individual needs and abilities must be evaluated so that your issues can be treated in such a way as to improve not just your dental health, but your overall health in the most minimally invasive way possible.
What do we mean by minimally invasive? We aim to introduce the smallest amount of dentistry that we can while remaining effective. This type of dentistry isn’t performed by everyone, but it’s one more method that is used to keep the process of restoring your teeth as biocompatible as it can be. Minimally invasive techniques preserve more of your natural tooth structure than other methods—and that’s certainly a good thing.
Mercury Safe Dentistry For Austin
Many patients of traditional dentistry methods have teeth that have been repaired with amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings have been standard practice for decades, but they’re not the best choice for your overall health.
One of the ingredients of an amalgam filling is mercury, which has been long-recognized as a potent neurotoxin. That’s right, amalgam fillings are introducing a highly-poisonous substance into your system, and they continue to do so throughout the entire life of the repaired tooth.
Dental fillings are considered by many experts to be the single- largest source of mercury exposure in modern times, which means that something that should be helping your health may be harming you instead.
Recent studies have confirmed what may seem obvious; any substance introduced into your mouth can affect your entire health, especially when it’s a potent poison. You wouldn’t drink mercury or even touch it with your bare hand, but with amalgam fillings, you’re embedding this deadly substance directly into your body!
By using mercury-infused amalgam fillings, a dentist might be repairing the obvious problem in front of them while helping foster long-term health problems that may not reveal themselves until years later. We practice mercury-safe dentistry as a result.
We refuse to introduce new, potentially-poisonous substances into your body which could be bad for your overall health just to fix your tooth. This is a prime consideration in holistic dentistry.
Amalgam Filling Removal
A significant problem for many people, then, is that they already have one or more amalgam fillings in their teeth that they want to have removed. Why is this a significant problem? After all, you can just have them drilled out and replaced, right?
It’s a bit more complicated than that. With a fifty percent content of highly-poisonous mercury, simply drilling the amalgam filling out to replace it can lead to health risks. This process must be done completely, but as safely as possible.
There are set standards for the safe removal of amalgam fillings that allow your dental professional and you to have the greatest reassurance that the mercury within the filling won’t spread toxic materials throughout your system (or theirs) due to mercury vapors or particulates becoming airborne as the amalgam is removed.
Once the amalgam is removed, the filling is usually replaced with a composite resin or bioceramics which are more compatible with your system than other options.
Removing amalgam fillings and replacing them with a more biocompatible material has become a very popular procedure as the general public becomes more knowledgeable about the dangers of amalgam fillings, but it must be done correctly.
We have the knowledge, procedures, and experience to make sure your old amalgam fillings are removed safely and replaced with the best material for your biology.
Some Crowns Are Usually Not Biocompatible
Another popular procedure to “save” a tooth is to place a crown over the tooth.
This can be a much more destructive procedure than necessary due to the amount of the tooth that is ground down before cementing the crown in place.
These metal alloy crowns can cause hypersensitivity in patients, causing lesions and even receding gums. This is another example of how the “cure” is sometimes worse than the “disease” when it comes to standard dental care.
Biological and Healthy Dental Care In Austin
You have many different options for dental care, but not all dental practices are created equal.
Even today, many dentists still use amalgam fillings in teeth. There are some that still use the same techniques that were practiced a century ago. Despite the fact that, today, we have a much clearer understanding of how your dental health is tied in with your overall health.
A holistic dental practice puts its focus on the most modern, state-of-the-art techniques for maintaining your dental health, while at the same time concentrating on how your dental health affects your overall health.
These same facts apply to cosmetic dentistry. If the wrong materials are used, it can cause health problems down the road. There are minimally invasive techniques that can give you the bright smile you deserve without putting your health at risk.
Don’t misunderstand, dentists that continue to use amalgam fillings and other outdated procedures aren’t out to willfully harm you. These offices simply aren’t up-to-date on the latest research and procedures. They’re doing things the way they were taught to do them in school, using practices that many professional dental organizations still support.
However, we have learned a lot about the human body in the century since some current dental procedures were created. There are ways to provide dental care that are less invasive and more compatible with your body.
Don’t ignore dental problems, obviously, but make sure your dental professional is focused on your entire health, not just repairing the problem in front of them. We are.