What Is Holistic Dentistry?
Holistic Dentistry is a philosophy that emphasizes the connection between oral health and the overall health and wellness of the body. Holistic dentists understand that conditions affecting the oral cavity can affect the body, and vice versa.
For example, poor sleep or dietary habits, anxiety, or stress can all affect the mouth, teeth, and gums. That’s why holistic dentists focus on treating the underlying causes of dental problems, not just the symptoms as they present themselves.
If you’ve ever had a negative dental experience at a traditional dentist’s office, you’ll notice the difference in our approach. Our goal is to improve the relationship between your oral and systemic health.
At Luxe Dental Arts, we use the safest, most conservative approaches to cause as little interference with your natural processes as possible. When needed, we use the latest metal-free, non-toxic composite materials for implants, crowns, and fillings.
Holistic Dentistry vs Traditional Dentistry
Both holistic and traditional dentists are required to go through the same rigorous education and training. Biological dentists have DDS or DMD degrees and offer services such as dental fillings, crowns and bridges, deep cleaning, and periodontal treatment — just like a traditional dentist.
The difference lies in the philosophical approach a biological dentist takes to oral health. For example, when treating a cavity, taking into account a patient’s lifestyle, habits and medical history allows a holistic approach towards healing and prevention, as opposed to simply diagnosing and treating an isolated tooth.
SMART for Mercury Fillings
Amalgam fillings contain approximately 50% mercury and are known to emit toxic mercury vapors, exposing doctors, staff and patients to contamination. Even normal daily activities such as brushing or eating can allow mercury to contaminate a patient’s body. And while some dentists contend that the amount of mercury released is negligible, biological dentists believe that no amount of mercury exposure is “safe.”
That’s why Luxe Dental Arts practices the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) protocol, which minimizes exposure to poisonous mercury contaminants. It was developed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and is updated based on the latest scientific research.
We insist on using safe, non-toxic and biocompatible composite fillings whenever they’re required. Patients looking to replace their mercury fillings will be accommodated with safety measures in accordance with SMART to make sure they’re not exposed to any mercury during the process.
A novel entrant in the field of modern dentistry, airway dentistry focuses on the structure of your mouth and its impact on your breathing. It focuses on treating dental problems like malocclusion and reduced vertical dimension to allow patients to breathe properly, improving the quality of their life.
An obstructed intraoral space is a significant contributor to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and can be treated through airway dentistry, yielding dramatic improvements to patients’ sleep that correspond to better mood, higher energy levels and a healthier body.
Ozone is an activated or energized form of oxygen. A natural gas present in the earth’s atmosphere, it has been used for decades for therapeutic purposes with positive benefits for patient health.
We use ozone for its powerful antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties to thoroughly disinfect and sanitize the oral cavity during treatment. It can penetrate even the smallest canals and dentinal tubules, allowing us to treat tooth decay, periodontal disease and infected pockets in gum tissue biologically, without any side effects.
Our staff at Luxe Dental Arts is highly skilled in administering safe and effective ozone therapy during our restorative treatment procedures.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious sleep disorder, causing a patient’s breathing to be interrupted during sleep. Some patients may stop breathing hundreds of times during the night, leading to poor quality sleep, daytime sleepiness, forgetfulness and other cognitive impairments. Left untreated, OSA can lead to a number of serious conditions, including high blood pressure, an enlarged heart, heart attacks, stroke and diabetes.
Oral appliances are used as an alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for sleep apnea. Their purpose is to keep the airway clear as you sleep, either by preventing the tongue from obstructing the throat or advancing the lower jaw slightly forward. Many patients that do not respond positively to CPAP may choose to order oral appliances, which are more portable than CPAP equipment and accessories and do not require electricity to function.
Zirconia Dental Implants
At Luxe Dental Arts, our commitment to the philosophy of biological dentistry means that we provide patients with the option of getting zirconia dental implants.
Zirconia is a ceramic material that has a lustrous, translucent white appearance that closely resembles the appearance of natural teeth. Modern research has found that zirconia experiences less bacterial colonization and is much more biocompatible than conventional titanium or composite materials.
Plus, they are more pleasing to look at, leading to a radiant, natural smile.
Platelet-rich fibrin is a new, 100% natural treatment to help expedite the healing process and lessen complications for patients after dental surgery. It’s derived from a small amount of the patient’s own blood plasma, so it poses no risk of infection or rejection from the body.
Our use of PRF therapy also reduces the need for patients to use strong anti-inflammatory or pain relieving medication, increasing post-operative comfort. It’s just another part of our philosophy to use safe, natural technologies to increase patient comfort whenever possible.
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