Keep your mouth toxin-free with bio-compatible dentistry
Earlier this year, the famed Dr. Oz devoted an episode of his syndicated self-help TV show to the dangers of mercury fillings, or dental amalgams containing mercury in its filling material. Although mercury has been in millions of Americans’ mouths for more than a century, it’s only in the last few decades that the science has caught up enough to tell us it’s a slippery (and toxic) slope.
You don’t need a hyper-edited intro video with explosions and apocalyptic music to know that mercury’s presence in dentistry is a crude relic of a less enlightened time. You see, if someone were to grind their teeth in their sleep (and we all do that, for sure) or to chew aggressively, the poisonous amalgam may begin to oxidize past the point of no return and could cause the toxin buried within the tooth to emerge in the form of a vapor and be inhaled into the lungs. (Chewing and grinding with about 8 average size amalgam fillings in the teeth over 15 years produces vapors which are inhaled by the person and they end up on average with up to 6 grams of mercury in their lungs). A simple reading of the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) warnings about mercury vapor is all the apocalyptic nightmare one needs:
“Chronic exposure to mercury may result in weakness, fatigue, anorexia, weight loss, and disturbance of gastrointestinal function. A tremor may develop beginning with the fingers, eyelids, and lips which may progress to generalized trembling of the entire body and violent chronic spasms of the extremities … increased excitability, memory loss, insomnia, and depression … severe salivation and gingivitis is also characteristic of chronic toxicity.” In addition, mercury amalgam creates stress to dental structure that results in cracks in the tooth that deteriorate the tooth anatomy causing the teeth to break to a point of needing a crown, in most cases also root canals and sometimes even lead to a tooth loss.
In other words, no good news if that ugly metal in your mouth decides to malfunction. What Dr. Oz and so many others want to know is why are we still taking these chances when there is another way? At Calabasas Dental Spa, we have long practiced so-called “bio-compatible” dentistry which the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT) defines as a method that “recognizes the impact of toxic materials and relates it to dental and physiological health. These dentists are concerned with the integrity of the oral cavity and use materials and procedures in their practices that are systemically compatible.”
In addition to not using amalgam here at the Calabasas Dental Spa, and using a strict protocol when removing amalgam fillings, we can also, using a simple blood test, find out which dental materials are most compatible for each person and replace the amalgam filling with material determined to be the most compatible.
Our techniques are minimally invasive and prioritize the conservation of your tooth foundation, with the goal of mimicking that structure (biomimetric dentistry) with the use of contemporary composite (biocompatible) composite resins and adhesive dental procedures. As the world becomes ever more aware that one’s oral health coincides, influences and is affected by one’s overall health, respecting the integrity of our dental needs is more important than ever. For this reason, Calabasas Dental Spa combines a relaxing, luxurious environment with technologically advanced and biologically-minded techniques to maintain the wellness of your mouth and body. Call Calabasas Dental Spa today for a consultation at (818) 880-5520 and be sure to follow me on Twitter!