Biocompatible dentistry is an approach that considers a patient’s total wellness, compared to simply treating individual teeth or symptoms. Various organs can affect the teeth and various teeth can have an effect on different parts of the body. Consideration of these combinations in an integral part of a diagnosis, especially with respect head, neck, TMJ, tooth, and face pain and dysfunction.
Beyond this basic definition, biocompatible dentistry includes the following:
Metal amalgam dental restorations, which contain about 50% mercury, can be bothersome for some patients over time. The good news is that it has restored teeth that were decayed. The bad news is that the mercury is released into the body in small increments over time. Mercury is a neurotoxin and, depending on genetics and other environmental assaults can have untoward effects on the brain and other organs with its accumulation. This material increases thermal sensitivity, has a greater degree of expansion and contraction and can exacerbate tooth fracture.
Metal-free ceramic materials are chemically inert and are strong enough to help protect the useful life of teeth, even after they've been treated for decay and damage.
Safe and Holistic Treatments
Other dental metals can be sensitizing, similar to jewelry metals that cause the finger to turn black. This is not close to being as dangerous as mercury but can be a source of sensitivity to gums, tongue, and cheeks.
At Clear Fork Healthy Dental, we utilize porcelain (ceramic) and dental composite to restore teeth. These materials contain no metal and maintain a natural appearance to the restored tooth.
Creating Harmony between Dental Health and Physical Wellness
To improve the dental-physical balance, biocompatible regimens also include nutrition information, such as food choices that support strong teeth and healthy gums, as well as restorative procedures to ensure your bite is healthy and well-aligned. Issues such as soft tissue irritation and infection, bruxism (grinding), clenching, and plaque accumulation can be avoided and corrected with excellent self-care and visits to a dentist who keeps the big picture of your dental and oral health in mind.