“What is bio-friendly dental care?” Centerville OH dentist explains differences that matter
“Bio” fundamentally refers to “life.” “Bio-friendly” refers to the support of life. So, Bio Friendly Dental Care in Centerville OH at the office of Alex Bell Dental strives to complement the health of our patients, staff, and the planet. There is no single silver bullet that defines a bio-friendly (or “biological”) dental practice; as a truly biological dentist and member of the preeminent organization for biological practitioners, the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology, Dr. Daniel Cobb has accounted for every characteristic of a dental office that can either boost or harm your health. Alex Bell Dental’s array of services and office amenities are authentically biological.
You’ll experience many differences that are positives for your health and well-being, and that favorably distinguish Dr. Cobb and his team from other dental practices in Centerville and well beyond the Greater Dayton area:
- All techniques, procedures, materials, and products at Alex Bell Dental promote the health and wellness of your body as a sum of its parts; for instance, we recommend conservative approaches like inlays and onlays before full dental crowns (so long as the tooth’s integrity is sustained). Such approaches largely preserve a maximum amount of healthy natural tooth structure while the risks, trauma, and time chairside are minimized. Likewise, we recommend extractions followed by restorations with dental implants versus root canal therapy. Why? Root canal treatment leaves behind toxins from the infection. So, it’s not a procedure that promotes oral health and overall wellness. Many onsite technologies support these principles, including gentle digital X-rays, intra-oral cameras, and dental lasers like the Solea system.
- We use only biocompatible materials. “Biocompatibility” refers to how well the material introduced to the body “gets along” with living tissues. Bio-friendly materials are non-toxic and are appropriate for many patients with sensitivities and allergies. Being “mercury-free” is a cornerstone of our practice. Silver-colored fillings are actually an amalgam of metals. Most of each filling (at around 50%) contains elemental mercury! A toxin connected to more than 250 specific adverse health effects, mercury isn’t placed at our office because we don’t use amalgam as a filling material. Dr. Cobb only uses attractive and safe composite fillings made from a durable and tooth-like mix of dental resin and glass particles. Alex Bell Dental also uses ceramic Zirconium implants from Z-systems as an alternative to metal implants made from titanium.
- We’re also “mercury-safe”! How amalgam fillings are removed matters. When these fillings are removed through “traditional” means, mercury is released into the environment as minuscule particles and vapors. This process poses a significant risk to patients, the dental team, and the environment. As an IAOMT member, Dr. Cobb and his staff are trained in safe removal techniques and adhere to the organization’s SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) program. We’ve invested in education and equipment to minimize the risks of mercury exposure during the removal process. Patients can be well on their way to beautiful and healthy mercury-free fillings, without drawbacks!
- The office of Alex Bell Dental is built on a foundation of empowering patients with information they can trust — an approach that appreciates your mouth and the rest of your body are intertwined. We get to know you as a person, not just as “teeth and gums.” In this vein, we leverage a multi-disciplinary team including a chiropractor and massage therapist, knowing patients with conditions such as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder can benefit from therapies that account for the functional integration between parts of the body such as the cervical spine and the masticatory or chewing system. Dr. Cobb and the team also emphasize prevention; for instance, our very robust perio program underscores early detection, resolving symptoms before they progress to irreversible damage, and restoring oral health in a gentle way. Personalized care in a comfortable setting also means that we’re here for you, as new medical problems or new medications present challenges to healthy teeth and gums over time.
Biological dentistry isn’t merely a marketing tool or a trendy phrase. This approach means many important differences from “conventional” dentistry that matter for the health of your teeth and gums and overall wellbeing. This is just a snapshot of how Alex Bell Dental is different; for example, we’re also fluoride-free for good reason! To find out more about how you and your family can benefit from bio-friendly dental care, call (937) 435 7311.
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