All about holistic dentistry
More and more people are learning that the state of their oral health has a direct relationship to their overall health. Holistic dentistry holds the belief that anything done in the mouth has an effect on the rest of the patient. Holistic dentists take a whole body approach to treating their patients, which includes much more than providing mercury-free fillings.
At MD Periodontics in Beverly Hills, patients are welcomed into a holistically-oriented dental practice that provides toxin-free alternatives for everything from treating periodontal disease and fractured teeth to simple restorations including dental implants.
What is a holistic dentist?
A holistic dentist considers the health of the entire body, not just the teeth and gums. Also called a biologic dentist, the emphasis is on treating the mouth and if other conditions are noted, offering advice or referrals to other health care providers. Many holistic dentists can provide information on nutritional changes that can help in treating certain conditions.
A holistic dentist offers treatment that does not compromise the immune system or that might worsen an existing condition such as diabetes. As specialists in periodontal disease, MD Periodontics in Los Angeles is particularly conscious of the effect of gum disease on conditions such as heart and respiratory diseases.
Holistic dentistry and conventional treatment
Conventional treatment for gum disease and dental decay can be effective as well as holistically sound. At MD Periodontics we don’t use amalgam or nickel to fill cavities, instead using composite resin fillings. This type of material has many advantages. The color is natural so the restoration will blend with the surrounding teeth. The resin is very strong and requires only minimal removal of the healthy tooth to complete the restoration. Most importantly, it contains no metal.
Dental implants are another area where holistic dentistry can benefit those who cannot tolerate titanium posts or who do not want any metal within the body. The alternative to titanium is zirconium; a ceramic dental implant material that is very strong and is also used for bridges and crowns.
One of the more recent advances in imaging is digital X-ray machines. With digital equipment, patients are exposed to much less radiation than conventional X-ray technology. The images are clearer eliminating the need for further images in complex cases.
All holistic certified dentists have followed the same initial educational path as a traditional dentist. They have graduated from a dentistry program from an accredited university and are certified and licensed to practice dentistry.
At MD Periodontics in Beverly Hills, our professional team has adopted holistic methods of dentistry to provide a higher level of care to our patients. As a top-tier periodontal practice we see patients from all over the Los Angeles area with gum disease and related problems. Since the gums are so directly connected to systemic health, we are dedicated to ensuring that any treatment is done holistically using biocompatible materials.
If you are seeking a holistic dentist in Beverly Hills, you can rest assured that MD Periodontics will provide among the best holistic dentistry available. If you are concerned about your gum health, have loose or fractured teeth or simply want a dentist who will not use metal in your mouth, book an appointment to discuss your concerns. We will be delighted to answer any questions you have and provide you with a thorough examination and evaluation of the health of your gums and teeth.