Continued from Finding a Biological Dentist 1
All of which brings us to the question of what materials to replace the toxic metals with or to use when doing prosthetic or restorative dentistry. There are thousands of dental materials in use worldwide and everything either implanted or left in the mouth represents a systemic exposure and the potential for an immunological reaction. The goals are to choose materials that will impact the environment of the mouth and body at large as little as possible and that will also reduce the amount of pathogens.
Although fairly strict regulations are now in place for the introduction of new dental materials, the majority of materials still in use were ‘grandfathered’ in in the mid-1970s – meaning that they have never been subjected to any kind of safety testing. Some materials are harmful to all such as mercury or nickel, but individual responsiveness varies enormously and ideally you should be tested for biocompatibility of dental materials before use. The more compromised a patient’s health, the more important this becomes.
“The hallmark of biological dentistry to always seek the safest, least toxic way to accomplish the mission of treatment, and to do it while treading as lightly as possible on the patient’s biological terrain.”
International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
Root canal fillings
While nearly all biological dentists recognise that root canal filled teeth pose a systemic health problem, they take different lines on the best approach to treatment. Some do root canal fillings using more biocompatible materials and may attempt to sterilise the root canal system and dentine using various lasers and irrigants.
However, some think that ALL root filled teeth or dead or dying teeth that need a root filling should be extracted as they pose an inherent, unpredictable and serious risk to health. Whereas others may assess the situation on a case-by-case basis using electroacupuncture (EAV) or muscle testing and taking the patient’s medical history and family health history into consideration. Some may treat pre-existing root filled teeth using various techniques including injecting homeopathics.
Extractions and surgery
If teeth do require extraction then many biological dentists will follow special procedures including removing the remaining periodontal ligament and copiously irrigating the socket. This is to avoid the improper healing that often occurs when the ligament is left behind (‘normal’ extraction technique) and the formation of a jaw cavitation (a cavity containing necrotic tissue within the bone).
Some biological dentists will actively search for pre-existing cavitations which may be adversely affecting the patient’s health and which often form in the lower molar area and particularly after wisdom tooth extraction.
Previous surgery relating to the mouth and jaws (including the placement of implants) can also create interference fields which can cause remote pain or other problems until identified and treated.
Facial development and orthodontics
The work of Dr Weston Price DDS a century ago with native peoples showed that the malformations of our jaws and dental development are not genetic, but epigenetic and caused by gross nutritional deficiencies. Some biological dentists and their staff address the prevention of these anomalies and promotion of proper facial and skeletal growth in the developing child.
For those that require some intervention, some biological dentists and orthodontists will use functional appliances or orthotropic techniques that seek to restore proper jaw development enabling all the teeth to straighten rather than requiring the extraction of between 4 and 8 teeth and a shrinking of the dental arch(es) as required by standard orthodontics.
For more see Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.
Biological dentists differ as to whether they consider any dental implant to be a good idea. Some, such as Dr Hal Huggins DDS MS consider any implanted foreign material promotes the growth of potentially pathogenic biofilms and also may cause an autoimmune response as the immune system attempts to expel the foreign material. Some biological dentists place titanium implants whilst others consider that the use of any metals in dentistry is unacceptable placing zirconium (ceramic) implants instead.
Other ways in which biological dentists may differ from the accepted ‘standard of care’ include:
- The use of digitised x-ray equipment which reduces radiation exposure considerably
- The avoidance of the use of antibiotics and pharmaceuticals wherever possible preferring to use digestive enzymes, homeopathics and other remedies
- Almost all will consider fluoride to be highly toxic and will certainly not use any in their offices
- Opinions differ on the harm that tooth whitening may cause
For more refer to the introductory video and articles in the Miscellaneous section.
How to find a biological dentist near you
For the reasons stated above, you may need to do a little research to find a biological dentist in your area who meets your specific needs. Depending upon what service(s) you require you may need to look at the dentists’ websites, literature and question the receptionist as to what precautions/procedures are on offer and what training the dentist has had. Find below a list of just some of the organisations which maintain lists of biological dentists.
- The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) This organisation trains and educates dentists in the biological dentistry and particularly concerns itself with the biocompatibility of dental materials including amalgam. Click the link to search the IAOMT register.
- The Huggins Alliance maintains a list of dentists who have been trained by Dr Hal Huggins. This list is not made public, but if you fill in a Request form they will contact you with the names and addresses of suitably trained dental professionals near you.
- The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM) This is an umbrella organisation for a variety of health professionals who are interested in a more holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. Refer to Biological Dentistry Directory.
- The Holistic Dental Association This offers a search feature, but it is still important to do your homework as described above. Click to find a holistic dentist.
- The British Society for Mercury Free Dentistry Click the link for their search feature.