November 25, 2018
A holistic dentist is dedicated to caring, not just for your teeth and gums, but also for your overall wellness. That’s why they are so focused on learning everything they can about how the orofacial structures function and how they relate to the rest of the body. However, knowledge isn’t the only thing that enables your dentist to provide you with the best oral health services available. Technology also plays an important role.
A holistic dentist uses only biocompatible materials to restore the structure and function of teeth. For example, they will never use amalgam (silver) fillings. While this treatment played an important role in dentistry for many years, it is not an ideal way to treat cavities — in fact, it carries significant risks. The mercury in the fillings can release dangerous vapors and lead to serious symptoms such as headaches, sleep problems, and more. Biocompatible composite resin fillings are superior because they contain no mercury.
Porcelain crowns are a cornerstone of holistic dentistry. They are metal-free, durable, and beautiful. However, if they are crafted in a traditional manner by a laboratory, it can be weeks between the time a dentist prepares a tooth for a crown and the time the custom crown is ready to be placed.
With CEREC, a dentist can take detailed digital impressions of a patient’s mouth. That data goes to an in-house milling unit, which can create a high-quality crown right away. Therefore, patients do not have to risk further damage to their tooth as they wear a temporary crown and wait for a laboratory to create their permanent restoration.
Pharyngometry and Rhinometry
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious disorder that disrupts a person’s breathing at night. Pharyngometry and Rhinometry use sound waves to map a patient’s airway and analyze the way they breathe, thereby helping to diagnose sleep apnea. A holistic dentist can also use the data from these tests to recommend a treatment to address OSA.
Digital dental X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool, but they often fail to provide a truly comprehensive picture of what is going on within a patient’s mouth; they’re only capable of producing two-dimensional images. A cone beam computer tomography (CBCT) scanner uses the same type of radiation as a regular X-ray machine, but it creates three-dimensional images. This allows the dentist to notice even the smallest details that will help in planning oral surgery or orthodontic treatment.
High-quality holistic oral healthcare is a combination of science, art, and expertise. With the help of innovative technological inventions, your holistic dentist is able to provide you with services that benefit both your smile and your overall wellness.
About the Author
Dr. William Langston has been practicing holistic dentistry for nearly 40 years. He always strives to keep up to date with the latest advances in his field so he can offer only the best available treatments to his patients. If you would like to learn more about the technology in his office and how it may be able to benefit you, contact our office at 972-270-6533.
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