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.
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 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.
Considering Metal-Free Dentistry
Many patients have a different holistic concern regarding the use of metal in their dentistry. Some people have sensitivities to different metals, and they worry about the possible health effects of having those metals in their mouths. Dr. Dennis does not use metals as restorative materials. There are new ceramics that are so strong that there is no need for metal foundations for crowns and bridges. We also offer new flexible removable partial dentures that do not require the use of metal.