Holistic dentistry, also called alternative dentistry, unconventional dentistry, biologic dentistry, or biocompatible dentistry emphasizes an approach to dental care that considers the patient’s dental health in the context of his or her entire physical as well as emotional or spiritual health. It is part of the alternative health movement. Although the holistic dental community is diverse in its practices and approaches, common threads include strong opposition to the use of amalgam, which contain mercury and other potentially toxic materials in dental fillings, nonsurgical approaches to gum disease (with the aid of a laser or ozone treatment), and the belief that root canals may endanger systemic health of the patient through the spread of trapped dental bacteria to the body, if the patient’s immune system is already compromised.
Biocompatible Dentistry majors in the following areas:
Health safety of the dental team
In the process of setting, or removing materials during a biocompatible dentistry dental procedure, dental practitioners are prone to chronic exposure, which may put their health at risk. The compatibility of the dental materials is relevant to the health of the dental team in that they should not suffer any risks that are bound to be brought about by the effects of the biomaterials to be used.
Safety of the patient
Under no circumstances should a patient, whether a child or adult, experience any harm during a surgical procedure. Biocompatible dentistry seeks to ensure that there is no occurrence of adverse reactions from dental materials such as resins, cement, and alloys.
From a legal standpoint, liability issues are as well important to the Top Dentist in LA since he or she is the one who experiences legal risks when handling dental materials. Issues to do with biocompatibility tend to influence liability issues directly.
Compliance with the rules and regulations of dental practice
Biocompatibility issues are closely linked to the policies which govern dental practice, hence affecting dental practitioners directly. Compliance with these rules and regulations ensures that dental personnel is exposed to minimal risks.
X rays emit radiation, however some xrays are necessary in order to properly diagnose cavities and other possible issues. Digital x-ray machines emit about 90% less radiation than previous models of x-ray machines, and also provide clearer images to help dentists diagnose any problems correctly.
The combination of digital x-rays and a minimalistic approach to taking x-rays helps patients to avoid any unnecessary exposure to radiation. Of course the proper lead aprons with a thyroid collar and a lead cap to protect the head also helps reduce the amount of exposure to the radiation from x-rays.