What is Biologic Dentistry?
Biologic Dentistry takes into account a person’s medical along with their dental history. Dr. West will review your dental history to discover what impact it could have on your medical history. Included in this assessment are the types of fillings you have had placed and types of metals used in your dental restorations. Oftentimes he will use a tooth meridian chart (see below) to see what effect metals and or faulty root canals can have on your organs, or glands in your body. If you have mercury-containing fillings he will plan how they can be safely removed using the SMART protocol from The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. It is pretty amazing to see the transformations that occur once the toxic materials are removed.
The I.A.O.M.T. also has a great video showing the toxic fumes coming off an mercury/amalgam filling: Smoking teeth
In addition, Dr. Mercola has a very informative article regarding mercury/amalgam fillings.
Here is the link: Dr. Mercola link re: mercury fillings
Once the toxic metal is removed, Dr. West will place a biocompatible dental restoration.
When fillings are indicated, Dr. West uses a composites with no BPA, no fluoride, and no dies for coloring. The coloring comes from your own tooth to allow for a perfect match.
When a crown type restoration is indicated, Dr. West uses either lithium disilicate or zirconia. Both materials are non-metal containing and are biocompatible and are very esthetic.
For gum tissue problems Dr. West uses laser therapy with ozone. This technique can save many hopeless or near hopeless teeth, in a non-traumatic manner.
When implants are indicated, Dr. West works only works with zirconia biocompatible implants. What Dr. West has found is that the more traditional metal titanium implants have a higher incidence of failure and are not biocompatible.
For patients with TMJ concerns refer to the section on TMJ under biologic dentistry.
Unlike most biologic dentists, Dr. West does not charge an extra fee for removal of the mercury fillings, per the SMART protocol. In addition, new patients who mention this website, your low radiation digital x-ray will be at no charge.