Dentist in Yadkinville NC shares tenets of biological dentistry; explains safe mercury removal
Yadkinville NC residents are fortunate to live in the Triad, a technological capital. Virtue Dental Care fits right in. With expertise in biological dentistry, Dr. William Virtue and his team are skilled in the latest technologies and approaches to general dentistry.
Are you unfamiliar with biological dentistry? Biological refers to life. This type of dentistry is centered on the materials, techniques, and procedures that maintain or improve a patient’s quality of life.
While dentistry in general has great potential to improve quality of life, as the health of the mouth is interconnected to the health of the body, historically materials and techniques have not always been conducive to attaining or maintaining health.
It is for this reason that biological dentists such as Dr. Virtue offer practices and technologies that extend beyond what has been traditionally done by dental practices. Biological dental practices generally boast the following features:
- Test for biocompatibility of materials on an individualized basis
- Advanced conservative dentistry
- Promote minimally-invasive care
Mercury-free and mercury-safe dentistry is another cornerstone of the biological dental practice. There is a distinction between free and safe. A practice may not offer silver or amalgam fillings that contain mercury. However, it is one thing to offer aesthetic and functional alternatives to amalgam fillings and quite another thing to offer a safe method of silver filling removal and replacement.
Dr. Virtue and his team are equipped to remove these types of fillings safely, by following protocol established by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.
Patients are exposed to the mercury in their fillings. However, the fillings pose an even greater health risk when they are removed. Both patient and dental staff can be exposed to vapors, which are released as the mercury is removed. In fact, the IAOMT reports toxic mercury vapor is easily over 200 times more than the maximum levels of mercury vapor allowed by all government agencies. By following proper, safe removal standards, the significant threat posed by mercury vapors is eliminated.
Steps taken to assure safety include:
- Required eye protection for patient, dentist, and staff members
- Accessibility of alternative oxygen sources
- Use of a saliva ejector to capture mercury vapors
- Use of high-volume suction to capture, filtrate aerosols that otherwise might escape the oral cavity
- Minimizing the amount of amalgam cutting by sectioning fillings in large chunks, thereby minimizing vapors that arise from cutting
While you will probably find little argument among qualified dental professionals about the connection between oral and whole-body health, not all dental practices have the specialized equipment, training, experience, and skills necessary to provide truly holistic dental care. The safe removal of outdated mercury-laden fillings is a tenet of biological dentistry, like that offered in Yadkinville NC by Virtue Dental Care. Virtue Dental Care Patients call (336) 679-2034 and New Patients call (336) 679-2034 to schedule an appointment.