How Are Biological Dental Practices Different From Conventional Dental Practices?
Biological dental practices focus on the patient’s overall health, not just their oral health. Many conventional dental practitioners believe that taking an object as a whole, mechanically breaking it down into smaller parts, and treating those parts independently works. Perhaps this theory works when fixing a car, or repairing a computer; however, the human body is a beautiful yet complex work of interrelated systems that no one completely understands, and to segment the body and treat it as parts is not only improper but can be detrimental. The mouth and the body are intimately connected and have to be treated accordingly. Biological dental practices take this into consideration and treat oral conditions in a way that is most compatible with the rest of the body.
How Are Biological Dentists Different?
All dentists have been similarly trained as dentistry is conventionally taught in dental school. Biological dentists view the mouth as an extension of the rest of the body. Biological dentists understand and recognize that treatment done in the mouth can affect the rest of the body as well. This additional learning is acquired from first-hand knowledge, additional training, research, and through like-minded colleagues and is thus the paradigm in treating oral diseases.
Many of these dentists have achieved great success for their patients by utilizing this approach. And they are happy to know that they're treating their patients with more comprehensive care.
These dentists complete additional training and research in areas outside the typical dental practice. They diagnose, treat, and care for patients, using a system of practice that bases its treatment of all physiological functions and abnormal conditions on natural laws governing the body.
Do They Really Work?
It would be unfair to say that healthcare is an exact science where we can be 100% accurate that a treatment, no matter from what source, works all the time. What may work well for one patient may not respond favorably to another. Our human bodies are complex systems that may function slightly differently from person to person. Understanding this, going to a biological dentist may be something you should try.
Safe Amalgam Removal
All dental offices will remove mercury-containing amalgam for you, our office takes precautions to do it as safely as possible.
Our procedure involves:
- High-speed amalgam vacuum that removes and filters mercury vapors that are released into the air.
- A rubber dam is placed around the tooth isolating it and containing the small particles, debris, and water, keeping them from contacting the oral mucosa and gum tissue.
- High-speed intraoral suction to remove any larger pieces of the amalgam, small particles, debris, and water from the mouth during the procedure.
- Oxygen is offered upon the patient's request as an alternative source of air during the procedure.
What Is the Aftercare for the Procedure?
It's normal to feel some sensitivity after getting an amalgam removed. This is a normal part of the healing process. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol to help with discomfort.
What Are the Benefits of Amalgam Removal?
A metal-free smile is more attractive than one with amalgam fillings. If you don't like the way your smile looks at the moment, then getting rid of your amalgam fillings is a great way to start. Additionally, if you are working with a naturopathic doctor, they may recommend having your amalgam restorations removed to help rid your body of mercury.
Purely from the dental perspective, amalgam fillings can cause a variety of problems. They can become loose, fall out, cause your tooth to crack, or even cause a bigger dental issue. By removing your amalgam fillings, you lessen the risk of developing any of these problems in the future.
Please visit our dental practice at 551 E. Plaza Circle STE. C, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340, to schedule a consultation with our dentists, call us at (623) 935-1155, or book your appointment online.