What is the Difference Between Holistic and Biological Dentistry?
A holistic dentist is one who believes your teeth are an integral part of your body and your overall health. A dentist who understands your oral and dental health can have a major influence on disease processes and the complete health of your body. The primary aim of biological dentistry is to treat dental problems while working in harmony with the biology and natural function of your body. Teeth are living organs in the body and perform vital life processes. Biologic dentistry recognizes teeth are living things.
Teeth have the capacity to heal themselves. It is important to treat teeth in a way that does not harm or disrupt organic vital processes. Holistic and biological dentistry go together like birds and bees. Are you looking for holistic or biological dentist? They are very similar, but there are some unique things about each of them. Dr. Adams is a holistic dental practice located in the Maryland, DC metro area near Burtonsville Silver Spring. In addition to working in a fluoride-free, mercury-free and metal-free office, we perform many natural procedures and adjunctive holistic techniques that greatly improve the quality of dental care in our practice. A few of these services include ozone therapy, metal free zirconia implants, prf platelet rich fibrin.
Dental Treatments that can Disturb Our Biology and Physiology:
Mercury in Amalgam fillings
mercury is one of the most toxic materials on earth. Amalgam fillings are 50% mercury. The toxic metal can leach from the fillings and enter into the blood supply. Mercury vapor is released during chewing food, that can be breathed and swallowed. Mercury can cause neurological and physiological problems. Most biological dentists do not use amalgam fillings because of the harm it can cause. Many holistic dentists are members of the IAOMT. The IAOMT has created a safe technique used to remove amalgam fillings from the mouth.
Electronic or Galvanic Problems
Most holistic dentists are concerned about different metals such as gold and silver. When more than one metal is in the mouth it causes electronic currents and magnetic field reactions. There can also be metal corrosion. Electronics and magnetics can affect the way nerves communicate in the body. Metals can also block the flow of energy through meridians.
Root canal Infections
Teeth with root canals can spread bacteria and toxins to the mouth and other parts of the body.
Metal and Dental Material Allergies
Metals and and some other materials in dentistry can cause allergies and immunological reactions. It depend on how sensitive the person is and how reactive the material. Biological dentists try to select good materials that are as biological as possible. For example, ceramic fillings vs tooth-colored plastics with BPAs.
Gum and Periodontal Infections
Bacterial infections in the gums around teeth can get into the blood supply and be risk factors in systemic disease. There is a major link between oral bacteria and heart disease.
What Holistic Dentists Do that is Different than Traditional Care
- Use of Dental Ozone and Oxygen
- Platelet Rich Fibrin or PRF dental techniques
- Safe Amalgam Mercury Filling Removal using IAOMT protocol
- Mercury and Dental Material Testing
- Treatment of Bone Pathology previously called cavitations
- Zirconia Implants aka Ceramic Implants
- Fluoride Free and Mercury Free
Meet Dr. Gary Adams
Our mission is to provide thorough care, using bio-compatible dental materials, minimally invasive procedures, and recommendations intended to prevent future disease and work in harmony with human biology. By detecting signs and symptoms that signify potential problems Dr. Adams addresses issues before they cause future health problem.
Dr. Adams has been trained and follows the protocol for mercury amalgam removal and are accredited members of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, known as the IAOMT. We wear special safety masks and remove the mercury fillings with a special suction, air filtration system and a rubber damn barrier. Maryland Holistic Dentist offers metal-free dentistry with all porcelain and zirconia restorations.
Ozone and Oxygen Therapy:
Ozone and Oxygen gas can be delivered into tooth cavities, tooth extractions sites, diseased gums, infected root canals and really has hundreds of different uses in medicine and dentistry. Oxygen-ozone gas neutralizes infection and promotes healing in vital tissue. Thousands of teeth in our practice have been saved from root canals by remineralizing decayed teeth and neutralizing bacteria and fungus trapped in the pores of teeth and jaw bone.
Biological Ceramic Implants:
Sometimes called the cosmetic tooth implant because it is white and tooth colored. The cosmetic benefits to tooth colored implant are obvious. Less obvious are the potential health benefits from non-metallic and non-corrosive ceramic-zirconia implant materials. The fact that zirconia does not conduct electricity is huge, but with some patients having so many different metals in their mouth, the addition of another increases the electronic potential and magnetic field.
Platelet Rich Fibrin for Implants and Wisdom Teeth Removal
Platelet Rich Fibrin for dentistry is obtained from drawing same patient’s blood, spinning it in a centrifuge and isolating a yellow jello-like substance called PRF. PRF is a mixture of white blood cells, fibrin, platelets and bone growth factors. PRF preparations can be used to promote growth and regeneration in bone, gum tissue and healing dental implants. PRF is also very helpful in getting tooth removal sites to heal properly. In general, PRF will assist in helping sites heal and regenerate, faster and better with less pain and swelling.
Mercury and Dental Material Testing
We offer Testing for those in need of dental material biocompatibility and mercury toxicity testing. This can become especially helpful for people with metal fillings and crowns or other materials they may be allergic to or sensitive towards. Among the most reactive dental materials are root canal materials and adhesives, metals in older crowns and to a lesser extent, filling materials and crown and bridge cements.
Mercury testing is helpful to see what level of metal toxicity may be present prior to and sometimes after amalgam mercury filling removal and detox.
Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique
Mercury is used as a filling material in dentist offices. What patients don’t know, is that mercury fillings are made up of over 50% of mercury which is the most toxic substance on earth. We use safe methods to remove mercury fillings and replace them with porcelain BPA-free white fillings. We use techniques that minimize the harm which amalgam can cause. We also use rubber dams, and high suction evacuation, we remove mercury fillings safely.
The goal of natural holistic biological dentistry is to provide thorough care, using bio-compatible dental materials, minimally invasive procedures, and recommendations with the intention to prevent future disease, discomfort, and damage. A holistic dentist is often referred to as an organic dentist, a green dentist or an integrative dentist. By detecting symptoms that signify potential problems, our team can address issues before they escalate to cause further oral and overall health concerns. At Maryland Holistic Dentist, we also offer BPA-free porcelain fillings, a chemical found in many plastics, and it has negative health and environmental impacts.