HOLISTIC/BIOLOGICAL DENTISTRY - PORTLAND, OR METRO AREA
Your mouth is the portal to your body.
A healthy smile is essential for a healthy body.
We seek the safest, least toxic way to accomplish the goals of modern dentistry and of contemporary health care, and to recognize the essential connections between oral health and overall health.
In terms of the equipment that we use, holistic and general dentistry are very similar. At AAdvanced Dental we use digital radiography which subjects the patient to 90% less exposure when compared to old-fashioned film X-rays. Therefore it's much safer to the patient while still being an effective and essential tool for dentists. Digital X-rays allow staff and patients to view their x-rays immediately on-screen while enabling Dr. Shimanovsky to easily spot problems such as deep and hidden decay, decay between the teeth, bone loss, and infections in the jaw that may be painless but could lead to severe health issues.
What materials do you use instead of amalgam/mercury/silver?
Short answer: “non-metal,” tooth colored filling materials.
Long answer: it is a chemically bonded (glued), light cured (hardened), tooth colored glass composite resin filling material that contains slight amounts of non-reactive metal oxides so they are visible on x-rays. There are many different types of this material. We use products that are hypo-allergenic and have the best resistance to wear, which results in optimum restorations for most people. If a patient is chemically and environmentally sensitive, we recommend the Clifford Compatibility Test (http://www.ccrlab.com/), which is a bio-compatibility test to determine which materials the patient will be least sensitive to; this will allow us to perform a dental restoration that will result in no or minimal adverse reaction. Dr Shimanovsky will take the time to examine patient's condition and provide options (ie filling versus inlay, onlay, or a crown) to suit patient's requirements and financial situation
What precautions do you take when removing amalgam/mercury/silver fillings?
We feel it is very important to safeguard everyone involved, both patients and staff, because we know that drilling on these fillings can release even greater amounts of mercury vapor and particles. We have implemented the recommended protocols to protect patients and staff when working on teeth containing amalgam silver fillings, and are constantly seeking additional ways to improve our protocols. Currently we utilize the following precautions: charcoal tablets are administered before the procedure, Clean-Up suction (high power vacuum suction module that fits over the tooth and eliminates particles and vapors), continuous water irrigation over the area, oxygen nose mask (to deliver clean oxygen to the patient for breathing), and powerful air vacuum system to remove any escaping vapors and particles. Our practice uses mercury separators to prevent contamination of the water supply and protect the environment.