A holistic dentist uses biocompatible materials. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality care and restorations that are not only cosmetically beautiful, but will last the test of time. Contact us today to learn more about these safe and effective procedures.
What are biocompatible fillings?
Dental materials that do not release toxic substances or cause allergic reactions are considered biocompatible. Our biocompatible filling materials are minimally invasive and are tooth-colored, but more importantly, they are:
- Free from BPA and Bis-GMA
Over 100 years ago, dentists began placing a combination of metals in patients’ mouths as dental fillings. This amalgamation of metals is composed primarily of toxic mercury, followed by a blend of silver, copper, tin, and other trace metals.
Most general dentists no longer use amalgam fillings because advanced technology has allowed for better options. Because they no longer use mercury amalgam fillings, many practices present themselves as being “mercury-free.”
However, this doesn’t always mean they will use safe removal protocols to replace existing mercury fillings. If the removal process isn’t done correctly, you may be exposed to additional mercury vapors and particles when having a filling removed or replaced. We practice the SMART protocol for mercury removal.
Common Dental Materials Used in Fillings
There are several different types of dental materials available, and your dentist will choose the one that is best for your particular situation.
Porcelain biocompatible fillings are made from a ceramic material similar to natural tooth enamel. They are solid and durable, and they can be color-matched to blend in with natural teeth. In addition, porcelain biocompatible fillings are less likely to cause sensitivity than other fillings. They are generally considered to be the best.
Composite Resin Fillings
Composite resin fillings are also more aesthetically pleasing, and we can match them to the natural color of the teeth. However, not all composite resin materials are created equal. Holistic dentists believe that oral health is essential to overall health, and they strive to use only safe, biocompatible materials in their practices. We’ve selected specific composite resin materials that are free of BPA.
Recently titanium implants have been implicated in corroding years after being placed in the bone. Metal-free zirconia ceramic implants don’t corrode.
Metal-free Maryland bridges and crowns:
Traditional crowns contained a metal core which was usually an alloy of platinum and nickel. These non-gold materials can corrode and discolor in the mouth. The best choice for a crown is a ceramic E-Max.