5 Reasons to Choose Holistic Dentistry
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At Prescott Dentistry, we understand you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a dentist for you and your family. While traditional dentistry just focuses on your oral health, holistic dentistry fundamentally understands that there is an important connection between your mouth and the rest of your body—we aim to treat you as a whole person. Read on to learn 5 things that set us apart from other, more conventional dental practices.
1. Biocompatibility testing
Because of the thousands of materials that have been developed for use in dentistry, we recognize that some individuals may have sensitivities to some chemicals used in various dental materials. This is why we offer serum compatibility testing. We partner with a medical lab which takes a blood sample and tests it against chemical compounds found in different dental materials to show whether there’s an increased risk of allergic or other reaction. You are then given a comprehensive booklet listing all the materials and their suitability for use.
Prevention is the most important component of holistic dentistry. While good brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings are important, we actually go even further to ensure the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease. We encourage the use of dental probiotics, ozone and oxygen therapy, and xylitol to combat the growth of harmful bacteria and buildup of plaque. We also understand the important role that diet plays in preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
3. Minimally invasive treatment
Prescott Dentistry is the only dental office in Northern Arizona that utilizes biomimetic dentistry, a branch of biological dentistry, throughout every aspect of our dental practice. Biomimetic literally means to “mimic nature.” The way the doctors at Prescott Dentistry restore teeth focuses on emulating the perfect undamaged tooth that nature gave us to start with. Using advanced bonding techniques and biocompatible materials we are able to re-create the biomechanics of this natural ideal.
The traditional “drill-and-fill” type of dental office doesn’t take into account biological factors that can affect the long-term health of your mouth. Our dentists have pursued advanced training in order to avoid invasive and costly crown and root canal procedures and stop the cycle of tooth loss. Here are some of the minimally invasive techniques we employ to avoid these more invasive, painful procedures associated with traditional dentistry:
4. Non-toxic Mercury/amalgam removal
Biomimetic Dentistry restores your teeth to their natural strength, function, and appearance, but what about the process of dealing with the old fillings that need to be removed? The doctors at Prescott Dentistry are trained in a very specific protocol for removing old mercury-amalgam restorations. This process minimizes exposure to the mercury and heavy metals released during the removal process. This is especially important to individuals that have chemical sensitivity, metal toxicities, or other environmental intolerances. These precautions may vary somewhat, based on your individual needs and overall health goals.
5. Laser procedures
Using dental lasers, our clinicians are able to perform a number of minimally-invasive procedures that result in much less discomfort for you. Research on the use of lasers in dentistry dates back as early as the 1960s, but the first documented use of a laser in periodontal surgery was published in 1985.
Here are some of the benefits of laser surgical procedures when compared to the use of scalpels:
- Little to no bleeding
- Significantly less swelling and scarring postoperatively
- Sterilization of the surgical site
- Reduced rates of infection
- Less trauma
- Minimal postoperative pain
- Improved healing time
Holistic Dentistry in Prescott
These are just some of the reasons that make us one of the leading holistic dentists in Arizona. If you are looking for a dentist that understands the connection between oral health and overall health and treats you as a whole person, then give us a call today.