Holistic/Biological Dentists respect that the mouth is an integral part of the entire body. Though our body has its own ability to heal itself, the dental problems such as an infection from tooth, gum and the jaw bone, cavities from a leaking restorations, heavy metal toxicity from mercury fillings and imbalance of and imbalance of issues can impact health issues to the rest of the body. The holistic approach is that the chronic diseases such as degenerative diseases, there could be a underlying cause that may have its origin in the mouth. Therefore, Dr. Hong is constantly researching and careful in choosing bio-compatible dental materials so that it will not adversely affect patients immune system. Dr. Hong implements the safest method of removing mercury fillings to protect all of us and the environment.
The basic principles of holistic dentistry are:
- whole person care, including managing proper nutritional and emotional support;
- Use of Ozone to eliminate infection in the mouth and jaw;
- use of non-toxic dental restorative materials;
- Safe removal of Mercury filling
- prevention and treatment of dental malocclusion and TMJ as it relates to imbalance in the system;
- prevention and treatment of gum disease at its biological basis.
Whole Person Care
Holistic dentistry is an approach to dentistry that focuses on the promotion of health and wellness rather than treating symptoms of disease. It considers the physical, social, and emotional aspects of the person, not only his or her mouth only.
Dentists who practice holistic dentistry believe that it is important to understand your needs and wishes pertaining to your dental situation. He or she will listen to and ask questions about your expectations for treatment, your sensitivity to procedures, and so on. You should be able to discuss your treatment options in a comfortable manner with your dentist and feel free to ask questions and obtain information. The practice of holistic dentistry should involve accurate diagnosis and planning for care that both you and your dentist feel good about.
Holistic dentistry may also involve the use of nutritionally oriented therapies to improve body chemistry. These may include homeopathy to promote the body’s natural system of healing, and use of medicinal herbs. Emotional support is also considered an important dimension that facilitates healing.
Non-toxic Dental Restorations
One aspect of holistic dentistry is the avoidance and elimination of toxins from dental materials. An example of a toxic dental material is amalgam fillings, which contain a mixture of silver and mercury. Mercury is a toxic element and known to cause poisoning and a lowered immune response. Scientific research has shown that there is a risk of mercury poisoning from wearing amalgam fillings, especially for those who grind their teeth, and during the removal of amalgam fillings.Holistic dentistry uses only materials like porcelain, composites, and glass for dental fillings and restorations. Although dental filling using composites requires a longer procedure than performing amalgam fillings, the resulting tooth restoration is more natural looking and bio-compatible.
Mercury-filling Removal Protocol
- Have patient breathe oxygen via nose during procedure
- Isolate teeth with Dental Dam and use high-volume suction
- We open our window for ventilation
- Place an external suction to suck up any excess mercury vapor
Prevention and Treatment of Malocclusion and TMJ
Holistic dentistry acknowledges the existence of delicately balanced relationships among a person’s teeth, facial muscles, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Proper functioning of the TMJ is connected to a well-aligned bite and healthy teeth. When injury or malocclusion occurs, TMJ dysfunction may result and may cause problems with general health. Because the muscles in the jaw are connected to the head and neck, balance in these areas are affected. In turn, stress may be placed in the skull, spine, and connective tissues around the nervous system, affecting other body functions. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential for avoiding more serious consequences. The goal is to bring the TMJ and muscles of the jaw into healthy balance.
Prevention and Treatment of Gum Disease
Holistic dentistry advocates for a non-surgical approach to the treatment of gum disease. A technique used for the early detection of periodontal disease is Modulated Microbiological Periodontal Therapy also known as Keyes Therapy. It involves assessing the bacteria risk present in a person’s mouth. A small sample of bacterial plaque is taken from under the gumline, after which it is observed under a phase contrast microscope. A high degree of pathogenic bacteria present in the sample indicates that the person is at significant risk of gum disease and eventual tooth loss. The Ozone therapy in Periodontal disease can be effective by reduce bacteria significantly and hence healing of gum. The Ozone can be deliver to our mouth by rinsing with Ozonated water, application of Ozonated olive oil in gum and/or delivering Ozone gas with either Syringe, X-tips or Periodontal Clear Tray.