At Northfield Dental Group, we take a holistic approach to dentistry. You may have heard of holistic medicine or holistic healing; holistic dentistry takes the same approach, keeping a patient’s whole body and overall wellbeing in mind when providing treatment. Northfield Dental Group uses biocompatible dental materials for dental restoration treatments when possible, in order to help protect your oral health as well as your overall health and wellbeing.
Dental Material Safety
In the past, the only dental material offered for dental restorations, including fillings for cavities, was a metal amalgam that contained large amounts of mercury. Although there is already a small amount of mercury present in the body, it is important to limit any extra mercury entering the body, as it can be toxic in large amounts. In fact, mercury toxicity can lead to:
- Nervous system dysfunction
- Brain damage
- Chromosomal and DNA damage
- Reproductive dysfunction, including birth defects
- Allergic reactions, with symptoms such as headaches, skin rashes and exhaustion
About Biocompatible Dental Materials
The term biocompatibility refers to how well a certain material coexists within the body and the degree to which it affects or may affect biological and physiological functions. There are degrees of biocompatibility.
A biocompatible material that is right for one person might not be right for another. For instance, some patients might be allergic or sensitive to certain biocompatible dental materials while others respond well to the same materials.
During your dental restoration treatment, the team of Northfield Dental Group will review your oral health and medical history to help choose the biocompatible dental material that is right for you. Some examples of the biocompatible dental materials we use include stainless steel, titanium alloys, cobalt alloys, ceramic and porcelain.
Learn More About Dental Materials and Your Health
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about holistic dentistry, including how the choice of dental materials can affect your health and wellbeing, we invite you to come in for an appointment.
To schedule an appointment and be on your way to a healthier smile today, contact Northfield Dental Group by calling (973) 736-0111.