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FAQ | Holistic


What is holistic dentistry?

Holistic dentistry is an approach to your oral health that looks at your entire well being. At our Bowmanville dental office we try and minimize exposure to as many foreign materials as possible. This includes the use of amalgam free (silver fillings), metal free (ceramic) dental crowns and veneeers and digital x-rays for low dose radiation exposure. We also try to emphasize 

  • Proper nutrition for the prevention and reversal of degenerative dental disease
  • Avoidance and elimination of toxins from dental materials
  • Prevention and treatment of dental malocclusion (bite problems=physical imbalance)
  • Prevention and treatment of gum disease at its biological basis through gum therapy

 

What is the difference between ceramic and metal crowns?

Crowns and bridges used to be made of porcelain fused to metal also known as PFM.  The common trend now is to use all porcelain crowns or crowns with a porcelain facing and a foundation made of zirconia. There are no metal parts in all-porcelain crowns, there is no risk of black lines across gum lines as the gums recede over time. This is a very common problem with PFM crowns. There is also no risk of corrosion or chemical leakage that could be associated with metal crowns since zirconium oxide is bioinert and is not a conductor.

 

Studies have shown that all porcelain crowns are as strong as the previously used PFMS.  In our office we use the iTero 3D digital impression system to fabricate all our crowns.  This ensures a precise laser scanned fit.  

What is zirconia?

Zirconia is a very strong material which is compatible with the human body. Zirconia is used in many other medical applications such as artificial joints and is known for its strength and durability. Zirconia is a type of crystal which is long lasting and indestructible. Plus there is no fear about the body rejecting zirconia or displaying an allergic reaction to it. It is safe to use and preferred by many people to porcelain fused to metal crowns.

Some of the advantages of zirconium include:

  • its naturally occuring in nature
  • Metal-free ceramic
  • Aesthetic, due to its white tooth-like color
  • More hygienic than metal options(does not stain)
  • Extremely strong
  • Biocompatible (does not cause allergies)
  • Readily accepted and integrated by the surrounding bone, leading to successful implant
What is PRF Therapy?

PRF ( Platelet Rich Fibrin ) is used to accelerate healing during surgical procedures such as for dental implant placement, extractions and grafting for Guided Bone Regeneration/GBR. We can use PRF instead of foreign collagen material which is often made of bovine (cow) or porcine (pig) collagen.

PRF is a fibrin matrix in which the growth factors platelets & cytokines & leucocytes are optimized as part of the healing process. PRF is prepared using your own blood at the time of surgery. Surgical sites filled with PRF show faster healing times and improved gum and bone healing. 

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