What is biological dentistry? First and foremost, it’s a philosophy. Biological dentists view oral health as an integral aspect of whole-body wellness. By adhering to a holistic approach to dentistry, we treat the underlying cause of oral health issues – not just the symptoms. At Well Rooted Dentistry, we utilize only metal-free, biocompatible materials and conservative methods to preserve as much natural structure as possible. The result is a reduction of impact on our patients’ biological responses for optimal overall health.
The Mouth-Body Connection
According to the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, a holistic dentist understands that the oral cavity is linked to the rest of the body. As a result, disease or infection in the mouth has a direct impact on other areas of the body, and vice versa. For example, dietary habits, sleep patterns, stress, and anxiety are all possible culprits of oral disease and inflammation.
A biological dentist treats oral health issues with natural, non-toxic, biocompatible materials. Furthermore, whole-body health is taken into account before moving forward with dental treatments.
Biological Dentistry vs Traditional Dentistry
A holistic dentist has undergone the same rigorous training as a traditional dentist. Like their colleagues, biological dentists have a DMD or DDS degree and offer conventional services, such as cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, and periodontal therapy.
The primary difference between a biological dentist and a traditional dentist is the approach they take to oral healthcare. While a traditional dentist may detect, diagnose, and treat a cavity, a holistic dentist will also ask about the patient’s lifestyle to find ways to promote healing and prevention.
Testing Materials for Biocompatibility
By definition, the term “biocompatible” means “not harmful to living tissue”. In biological dentistry, we perform individual testing to ensure there is no potential for allergic reaction. Factors considered when determining biocompatibility include:
- Which tissues will be exposed during treatment?
- How long will the tissues be exposed?
- Which materials and chemicals should be used for the specific needs of the patient?
Mercury Fillings and the SMART Technique
The mercury found in traditional amalgam dental fillings is a neurotoxin. Research indicates that mercury vapor is released whenever you brush, floss, eat, or drink. While some dentists argue that the levels of mercury vapor released is too low to cause concerns, biological dentists believe there is no such thing as a “safe” level of mercury exposure. As a result, they do not use mercury in their practices.
At Well Rooted Dentistry, we are not only mercury-free, we are also mercury-safe. Patients who desire to replace their mercury fillings with safe, non-toxic composite fillings can rest assured we use the safest methods available. The SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) was developed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology. These extensive safety recommendations outline how to safely remove amalgam fillings without leaking mercury into the system.
Schedule a Biological Dentistry Consultation
Find out how biological dentistry can protect and preserve your oral health. At Well Rooted Dentistry in Providence, RI, we serve local residents as well as individuals across the country through our sophisticated concierge care. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call our office at (401) 443-4007.