What is biocompatible Dentistry?
We treat many patients who have environmental or chemical sensitivities. Determining the compatibility of dental materials is important for those people because their immune systems have already been compromised. Having to deal with new allergies to new dental materials may only worsen their condition.
We research and use the cleanest materials available in dentistry but they are not always the right material per person. There is a blood test that can be done that tests hundreds of dental materials. It is a kit we provide to you that you take to where you normally use to have blood drawn, we do not do that here. We also have samples of the materials that we use for people to test with Applied Kinesiology or Manual Muscle Testing if they are familiar with it or use a practitioner that is.
What makes our Digital Imagining better than traditional x-rays?
Our Digital imaging is Ultra Low Dose. It can achieve an average of 77% lower radiation per dose than traditional radiation. That’s not all — if x-rays cause you discomfort or gagging, we can do them outside your mouth!
After work is done on a tooth, such as a filling or crown, it is normal for there to be sensitivity?
Sensitivity can last a few days or even a few weeks. Anytime a tooth is worked on, the nerve of the tooth can get irritated which may be the cause. Also if a filling needed to be done that is very close to the nerve, this can lead to sensitivity and even mild discomfort. Again this is normal, and the nerve just needs some time to calm down. Sometimes the filling/crown needs an adjustment that can be done afterwards, which initially was not detected due to the anesthesia making it difficult to bite down normally.
What are basic hygiene practices?
Basic hygiene practices include :
-Flossing daily before brushing, using dental floss or the flossers . Flossing loosens the bacteria from the tooth below the gum line where the brush can not reach.
-Brushing morning and evening before bedtime. Using a manual or electric toothbrush is a personal preference. Time and technique are important. Brushing carefully for 3-5 minutes twice daily , in a sequence around your mouth, focusing at the gum line of each tooth and using gentle circles with a soft manual toothbrush , will thoroughly remove plaque and bacteria. Using an electric toothbrush requires less manual motion.
– Toothpaste is a personal preference. Natural and fluoride toothpaste is available. Natural toothpaste is widely available, 100% xylitol is a natural sugar found in most to help buffer against decay.
– Mouthwash is used to freshen the mouth, reduce bacteria and some provide additional fluoride protection.
Why would you want your amalgams removed?
- Avoid further exposure to mercury
- Replacing silver fillings by natural looking composites that offer a more pleasing aesthetic
- Protecting your mouth and body from harmful chemicals
According to the FDA, amalgam fillings typically contain 50% elemental mercury and 50% other metals, such as silver, tin, and copper. Due to its high level of mercury, this type of filling can be dangerous to your health, as it has the potential to release “low levels of mercury in the form of a vapor that can be inhaled and absorbed by the lungs. High levels of mercury vapor exposure are associated with adverse effects in the brain and the kidneys
In a study in Norway, dentists removed mercury fillings from patients suffering from a variety of health complaints, including fatigue, headaches, muscle and joint pain, lack of concentration, and memory problems. Then, researchers followed up with the patients after three months, one year, and three years. During that time, the participants noticed a significant reduction in their health concerns. The same health improvements were not apparent in the reference group that did not have their fillings removed.
What makes Dentapen better than traditional anesthetic delivery systems?
Dentapen is a new generation of electronic syringe designed to perform more comfortable patient injections. Like most electronic syringes, the Dentapen injection is monitored with a constant flow, at the right pace. This gives dentists the opportunity to focus more on needle insertion, leading to better control of the injection and a reduction in pain for the patient. For instance, during a study of 50 dentists who received a palatal injection, 96 percent of them preferred injections from an electronic syringe vs. manual syringe, and their pain perception was reduced.