At South Texas Smiles, we practice mercury-safe dentistry, which means that we don’t use mercury in our treatment whether we’re removing your toxic mercury amalgam fillings or cleaning your teeth. But mercury-safe dentistry is only part of our practice, so we’ve put together some helpful information about how biological dentistry fits into our dental philosophy.
What Is Biological Dentistry?
Also known as holistic dentistry, biological dentistry focuses on the health of not just your teeth, but your entire state of physical and emotional health. If you have a dental issue, we treat the symptoms, but we also treat the underlying problems. Our goal is to prevent those issues from recurring.
Oral health is incredibly important to your overall health. Biological dentistry recognizes and emphasizes the role healthy teeth play in relation to your body’s health. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and even stroke. It can also lead to depression as poor oral health can affect a person’s self-esteem.
How Does Biological Dentistry Differ from Traditional Dentistry?
Biological dentists and traditional dentists are both board certified dentists who graduated from an accredited dental school. While their training is the same, their views on oral health differ. Biological dentists focus on oral health and overall health. Traditional dentists focus only on oral health. Because of this difference in practice, biological dentists often don’t use mercury in their treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Mercury-Free Dentistry?
At South Texas Smiles, we believe it is best for your overall health to experience mercury-safe dentistry, especially when removing your amalgam fillings. Beyond a healthier mouth and a healthier body, there are many benefits of mercury-free fillings. They look much more natural and last much longer – amalgam fillings tend to weaken over time. The mercury-free fillings we use are made of porcelain, which is also nontoxic.
How Do You Remove Mercury Amalgam Restorations?
When removing your amalgam fillings, we adhere to a set of guidelines called the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique, or SMART. This technique includes keeping the fillings cool, cutting the amalgam into chunks, and purifying the air, along with other precautions that keep you safe.
Does Mercury-Safe Dentistry Cost More?
Our office is very budget friendly and offers cash, senior, and military discounts. We also have an in-house membership program that helps you save money on your family’s dental needs to a low monthly fee. Give us a call if you have any questions about how to stay in your budget!
Biological dentistry sees oral health as essential for overall health. Dr. Maldonado, Dr. Furman, and their team are dedicated to providing you with comprehensive, quality biological dentistry. Call us today to make an appointment!