Mercury toxicity concerns drive the biological dentistry approach to care in NC
The Cornerstone of biological dentistry is biocompatibility. The traditional model of dentistry has concerned itself more with the repair and the longevity of a dental material instead of its biocompatibility. This relates to the way materials used in dentistry should not threaten oral tissues or contain substances that produce adverse side effects.
Biological dentists such as Dr. William Virtue believe the potential toxicity of materials used in common dental procedures should not be taken lightly. For this reason, biological dentistry is synonymous with metal-free fillings.
The issue of biocompatibility arises most often as it relates to silver-colored fillings. Millions of patients’ mouths contain these common fillings. In turn, these patients’ mouths contain mercury. Silver fillings are also known as amalgam fillings for good reason; they contain an amalgamation of metals. It’s widely reported around half of each silver filling is made from mercury. The balance of the filling primarily contains silver, copper, and tin.
Since amalgam-derived mercury may be distributed throughout the body by way of fillings, Dr. Virtue and other biological dentists advocate for their replacement. Virtue Dental Care places biocompatible, attractive, and durable porcelain fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns. Due to toxicity, Dr. Virtue and his team follow guidelines established by the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology for the safe removal of fillings that contain mercury. Patients and staff alike can be exposed to mercury through vapors and amalgam particulates released during the procedure.
As a biological dentist, Dr. Virtue is also a conservative dentist. Generally, a filling is preferred to an inlay or onlay and an inlay or onlay is preferred to a crown. The idea is to offer minimally invasive procedures tailored to each patient. These types of procedures preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible for the best outcome – the most natural appearance, function, and feel.
Of course, wherever possible Virtue Dental Care wants to avoid the need for restorative procedures with good preventive care, such as consistent professional exams and cleanings, guidance on effective at-home care, and safe products as recommended by Dr. Virtue. In turn, biological dentistry is about more than eliminating mercury exposure in Yadkinville, NC area patients. It is also about broader techniques that acknowledge the relationship between oral health and the health of the rest of the body. It is no coincidence that patients with gum disease, for instance, have problems managing their diabetes or are more prone to respiratory infections.
To find out more about how biological dentistry can improve your quality of life, schedule an appointment with Dr. Virtue. Virtue Dental Care Patients call (336) 679-2034 and New Patients call (336) 679-2034.