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.

Holistic/Biological dentistry is not a separate specialty of dentistry but a thought process and an attitude that can apply to all facets of dental practice and to health care in general: to always 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. One of the main tenets of holistic dentistry is that the well-being of the mouth is an integral part of the health of the whole person.

There have been many concerns raised about the lack of knowledge on the dangers of dental amalgam fillings and the possible effects they have on sensitive groups. Traditional amalgam (silver) fillings contain a large percentage of mercury; which is a known toxin. Some research shows mercury may leak from amalgam fillings, and can then be absorbed by the body. Exposure to mercury as well as other heavy metals can affect your systemic health. In removing these fillings there is a defined protocol so as to prevent mercury from infiltrating your body. Not only do we employ this protocol but we also recommend immune support so as to draw toxins from your system.

Our Portland office is mercury-safe which means we use innovative and rigorous safety measures based on up-to-date scientific research to limit exposure, such as in the case of removing previously existing dental mercury amalgam fillings and replacing them with fillings utilizing non-mercury, bio-compatible alternatives such as composites and porcelain.

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 X-ray machines. Therefore it's much safer to the patient while still being an effective and essential tool for dentists. Digital X-rays enable patients to view their x-rays immediately on-screen while enabling Dr. Shimanovsky to easily spot problems such as deep decay and decay between the teeth, bone loss, and infections in the jaw that may be painless but could lead to severe health issues.

Amalgam / Mercury / Silver Filling Replacement:

Majority of older amalgam filled teeth show fractures and recurrent caries and should be treated. If you choose to have your amalgam replaced we are happy to provide this service using the safety precautions recommended by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology( IAOMT). However, as a patient, this is your decision to make, and yours alone. In addition to the safety precautions, we do all we can to structurally strengthen the tooth via a resin composite restoration, in order to avoid future cracks and fractures. In some cases, when a great deal of tooth structure has been lost, we will recommend a porcelain or zirconium crown.

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 the products that are the most hypo-allergenic for the greatest number of people and lasts the longest – best for the most people. If a patient is extremely 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; the perfect result being that there will be no reaction at all. Dr Shimanovsky will take the time to explain 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 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 air filtration system in the office.  Our practice has used mercury separators to prevent contamination of the water supply and protect the environment for over 20 years.


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Benefits of Holistic Dentistry

  • Is centered around your body’s total wellness
  • Is individualized to suit your needs.
  • Encourages optimum health and healing.
  • Helps optimize your defenses!

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Oregon City, Oregon 97045

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