As a founding member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health,Dr. Susan Dennis takes a holistic approach to dentistry. She knows that countless studies have demonstrated a connection between dental health and systemic health conditions including heart and pulmonary disease, diabetes, stroke, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and complications during pregnancy.
A Holistic Approach to Fillings
Many people think that white composite fillings are great because they look so much better than silver amalgam fillings, but that’s less than half the story. Many patients are concerned about the fact that amalgam fillings are actually made of about 50 percent mercury. Although the American Dental Association maintains that there is no danger associated with amalgam fillings and dental schools continue to primarily teach new dentists to use them, many patients would prefer the mercury-free alternatives. Along with these aesthetic and systemic health related concerns, white composite fillings also offer other important benefits.
Because they make use of advanced bonding techniques, composite fillings require less drilling than amalgam fillings, meaning the preservation of more natural tooth structure. In addition, bonded composite fillings actually strengthen teeth where amalgam fillings weaken tooth structure, leading to more breakage. And finally, composite fillings seal adjacent tooth structure, so patients experience fewer additional cavities, and they cause much less tooth sensitivity than amalgam fillings.
A Holistic Approach to Sanitary Amalgam Removal
Patients who are concerned about existing mercury amalgam fillings are also aware that their removal causes a lot of mercury debris and dust which can easily be swallowed and breathed in. Dr. Dennis, like many other holistic dentists, offers sanitary amalgam removal. This means that she isolates the tooth with a rubber barrier and uses effective suction equipment to ensure that you don’t swallow or breathe in any mercury.
Choosing a Qualified Dentist
White composite fillings and sanitary amalgam removal require techniques that are beyond what is taught in dental schools. It is important to choose a holistic dentist who, like Dr. Dennis, has invested her time and money in acquiring these techniques through extensive postgraduate continuing education. Many dentists offer white composite fillings without the requisite training, and the consequences of improper bonding can be significant tooth sensitivity.
To learn more, read our mercury-free dentist page or call us to schedule an exam. You can also request an appointment online, and we’ll call you. If you would prefer to come in for a brief complimentary consultation to discuss your concerns with Dr. Dennis, please don’t hesitate to ask. We’ll be happy to accommodate you.