February 23, 2020
You might have heard the word “biocompatible” before when you were researching various medical or dental treatments. Still, you might not have a crystal clear idea of exactly what it means for something to be biocompatible. In this blog post, we will explain what biocompatible dentistry is and then take a closer look at a few outstanding examples of biocompatible dental treatments.
The Definition of Biocompatible Dentistry
Simply put, biocompatible materials and treatments are designed to work with the human body. They are extremely low-risk because they do not interfere with the body’s natural process, and allergic reactions to them are almost nonexistent. Biocompatible dentistry views the body as a whole. It recognizes the mouth as a gateway for chemicals and other substances that could affect an individual’s systemic health. Biocompatible dentistry and holistic dentistry go hand in hand. In fact, some might even say that you cannot have one without the other.
PRF Bone Grafting
PRF is an acronym that stands for platelet-rich fibrin. It is a substance that is derived from a patient’s own blood. It harnesses the natural power of the platelets in the blood to speed up healing time after surgery. It is also quite safe since it uses a patient’s own biological materials rather than any foreign substance. It helps the jawbone accept a bone graft as quickly as possible. When used as part of a dental implant procedure, PRF can decrease the risk of infection and increase the chances that the implants will successfully be implanted into the jawbone.
Mercury-Free Dental Fillings
The traditional material used to fill cavities is called silver amalgam. Unfortunately, its name is misleading; there is much more mercury in the amalgam than there is actual silver. Mercury is a highly toxic substance. As part of a dental filling, it can release harmful vapors that threaten an individual’s long-term health. The amalgam poses other risks as well. For example, the metal expands and contracts in response to temperature changes, which can place an excessive amount of stress on the structure of the surrounding tooth.
Biocompatible fillings, on the other hand, contain no mercury. Rather, they are made out of a composite resin, which is a mixture of glass, plastic, and other materials. The resin is non-toxic and bonds directly to the tooth. It does not change size when it is exposed to hot or cold temperatures. As a bonus, it is even the same color as natural tooth enamel, so it provides pleasing aesthetics.
Non-biocompatible treatments are not in line with holistic dentistry, and holistic dentistry is all about looking after patients’ well-being from head to toe. Research any treatment you are considering, and visit a dentist who is committed to using materials and techniques that are as safe and biocompatible as possible.
About the Author
Dr. William Langston is a Texas native who has been practicing dentistry for over 40 years. He has spent much of his career advancing his knowledge of holistic, biocompatible dental materials and treatments. If you would like to learn more about him and the health-supporting services he offers, contact Long Creek Dental today at 972-270-6533.
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