We all know someone who is allergic to cats, penicillin or even grass. But, did you realize that you could also be allergic to materials used in your fillings or crowns. At the office of Los Angeles cosmetic dentist Dr. Kourosh Maddahi, state-of-the-art testing allows him to identify the best and safest biocompatible materials for each of his patients.
Some of the procedures that a Biological Dentist perform include:
- Metal-Free Dentistry
- Strict mercury removal guidelines
- State-of-the-art air filtration and purification
- Biocompatible Testing available
- Microscopically Monitored Oral Health (MMOH)
- Digital x-rays, which use 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays
A biological dentist works to use natural products or materials that are more compatible with the patient’s body. A biological dentist avoids using any type of metals in the mouth. This would include avoiding metals underneath the crowns or using metal crowns as well. To some extent, biological dentists may not use implants because these materials would be incompatible with the patient’s body. Biological dentists stay away from root canals because they cause toxins in the body.
I am a firm believer that the mercury content in silver fillings is not good for you. My personal preference is not to have any silver fillings.
A Holistic Dentist uses materials that are more bio-compatible with the body as a whole. They also don’t use metal in the mouth. I believe that future dentistry trends will focus on more holistic and bio-compatible dentistry methods. Especially as more of the products are researched and patients become more knowledgeable.
Biological dentistry aims to use natural products or materials that are more compatible with the patient’s body. A biological dentist does not use any type of metals in the mouth, no metals underneath the crowns, no metal crowns and to some extent, no implants because these are materials that would be incompatible with the patient’s body.
Biological dentists stay away from root canals because they cause toxins in the body. Every material that is used still has some toxicity, but these dentists use materials that are less toxic and better for the patient.
A composite dental filling is made of plastic materials that are tooth-colored to match the natural teeth. At our office we don’t use silver or metal fillings. These types of fillings are made with mercury. Studies have shown that mercury vapors can be emitted from the fillings and the vapors have been shown to be hazardous. Gold fillings are another type of dental fillings. These fillings are more resilient than composite fillings.
Yes, there are tooth-colored fillings. They are made of resin, or plastic, and come in many colors to match the color of the teeth.
Yes, it is possible to be allergic to any dental material. It is best not to have amalgam fillings, because of the constant mercury vapors released.
There are two schools of thought on dental amalgams. Because of the mercury vapor that is being transmitted from the dental amalgams on a daily basis, especially when you drink anything hot or when you chew on it. Because of this, I do not recommend amalgam fillings, but the American Dental Association still endorses them.