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What is Holistic Dentistry and Could It Help You?

Many people are increasingly concerned about what they put into their bodies and the possible impact on general health. At the same time, we now know far more about the oral-systemic connection between your mouth and body.
Holistic dentistry takes this relationship into consideration, using preventative dental care to minimize your risk of dental problems. A regular routine of dental checkups and hygiene appointments at our Courtice dental office can significantly help to maintain excellent dental health. When you do need restorative dental care, our approach is to use gentle techniques to diagnose any dental problems, and we use materials that are more biocompatible with your body.

A More Holistic Approach to Diagnosing Any Dental Problems
Thankfully, film x-rays are a thing of the past and have been replaced with far safer digital dental x-rays. Digital dental x-rays are viewable immediately on screens in our treatment rooms and emit 90% less radiation compared with film x-rays. The images are extremely clear, allowing us to make a quick and accurate diagnosis. Also, digital x-rays can be shared if a second opinion is required.

Safely Removing Amalgam Fillings
Although amalgam is deemed to be safe for dental use, it does contain mercury which naturally concerns many people. One problem with amalgam fillings is that they can release small amounts of mercury vapour during their removal which is why we take extensive precautions to minimize your exposure to any mercury. All amalgam fillings are removed using high-quality ventilation, and a dental dam isolates the tooth with the filling, preventing any fragments from entering your mouth. Once amalgam is removed, it is safely disposed of so it cannot harm the environment. We can restore your tooth using the most suitable biocompatible material, providing you with an amalgam-free filling in Clarington.

White Fillings
White fillings are BPA-free and are biomimetic, meaning they closely mimic natural tooth structure. Instead of amalgam which tends to expand and contract when exposed to hot and cold and which can cause tiny microfractures in teeth, white fillings bond strongly with your natural tooth structure and do not flex under pressure or when exposed to temperature changes.

Ceramic Fillings & Crowns
Larger cavities are restored with ceramic fillings while more extensively decayed, and damaged teeth may need a complete dental crown in Newcastle. Ceramic fillings are made while you wait, using advanced CADCAM technology which creates a precision-made inlay or onlay that can be fitted on the same day. Instead of conventional messy tray impressions, your tooth is scanned using a tiny intraoral camera which creates a virtual 3-D model of your tooth and is used to design and make your new restoration.

The same technique is used to make beautiful ceramic crowns so you won’t need to put up with a temporary crown, and of course, you will save time because no second appointment is necessary. All-ceramic crowns are entirely metal-free are an excellent solution for anybody with metal sensitivities or who would prefer to have metal-free dentistry.

Ceramic Dental Implants
Dental implants are the most advanced way to restore missing teeth. Conventional dental implants are made from a material called titanium alloy which is very biocompatible, but it may be a concern for some people with hypersensitivities or autoimmune problems and who would prefer not to take any risks. Ceramic dental implants are made from zirconia, an extremely strong type of ceramic which provides a high-quality and reliable treatment outcome.

If you do have concerns about metal allergies or sensitivities, or simply want to take a more holistic approach to your dental care, we can help here at West Bowmanville Family Dental.


Oct 26, 2018 by
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