Did you know that some dental materials can be toxic? It’s true. We avoid toxic materials when we perform your dental restorations. We also practice dentistry to benefit more than your oral health: we strive for whole body health. And we also strive to make your tooth restorations as much like your natural teeth as possible.
These principles of holistic dentistry make Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown a great choice if you are concerned that traditional dental practice might not be good for you. If you’re in Westchester County, please call
No Toxic Materials
It might seem obvious that dentists shouldn’t be putting toxic materials in your mouth. But dental amalgam fillings are an old technology from the days when medicine was rather unscientific and could often do as much harm as good.
Dental amalgam fillings contain about 50% mercury by weight. That’s right. In fact, a single filling contains about 100 times as much mercury as a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). If you consider the care people are asked to use around the use and storage of CFLs, it’s hard to imagine that we should be putting that much mercury in our mouths.
The mercury doesn’t stay in the filling. It gets worn off by chewing and swallowed. It evaporates and is inhaled. And it seeps through your teeth into your saliva or blood. There is no good reason to have mercury-based fillings.
We offer BPA-free composite fillings and ceramic fillings that are completely free of mercury.
Whole Body Health
The use of the word holistic stems from the sense that our body shouldn’t be treated as a bunch of disconnected parts. Instead, we have to treat it as a unified system where the various parts interact and can affect one another. That means that oral health is an integral part of your overall health.
We take this into account when approaching your oral health. Gum disease isn’t just a great danger to your teeth, it can also endanger your heart and brain, and may increase cancer risk due to chronic systemic inflammation. So we strive to prevent and treat gum disease to protect your health.
We also treat jaw conditions that can affect your overall health, such as TMJ and sleep apnea. TMJ–short for temporomandibular joint disorder–is a jaw dysfunction that can start local but can spread throughout the body through natural interactions between muscles, bones, nerves, and other tissues. In addition to jaw pain and tooth problems, TMJ can cause headaches, neck pain, ringing in the ears, vertigo, and other symptoms.Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing stops at night. This stresses your heart and disrupts your body’s natural regulatory functions. In the most common form of this condition, it’s because your airway collapses at night, which is often related to the position of your jaw. By repositioning the jaw, we can open your airway making it possible to breathe–and sleep–at night.
Just Like Natural
Holistic dentistry also includes biomimetic dentistry, which means that we want to use tooth restorations that are as close to your natural teeth as possible.
Of course we want more than anything to maintain your natural tooth material. Preventive dentistry is our first priority, which includes more than just regular checkups. It also includes counseling you on quality at-home care and lifestyle choices that affect your oral and overall health.
If decay or other damage forces us to remove some of your natural tooth material, we want to remove as little as possible, something that modern restorative materials allow us to do, unlike metal amalgam fillings.
We also want to make sure that we’re using restoration materials that are as close as possible to your natural tooth, which is why we recommend ceramic restorations.
If you would like to learn more about holistic dentistry in Westchester County, please call (914) 332-4402 today for an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown.