Use of Bio-Compatible Dental Materials:
Let’s face it, we live in a toxic world; so you don’t want to add to your toxic load or create more stress for your immune system through your dentistry.Dr. O’Rielly has spent years working with sensitive patients and has studied literally hundreds of blood tests to find the most durable, safest and “user friendly” materials available today.
Studies indicate that at some point at least 20% of dental patients develop sensitivity to dental material. Dr. O’Rielly has eliminated the frequent offenders, especially in the area of metals. However some patients have particular sensitivity issues. At Integrative Dentistry we can offer you a blood test to ascertain which of the hundreds of available dental materials are suitable for you.
Cosmetic Bonding for Preservation of Tooth Structure
We have found that metal fillings that are 15-20 years old create cracks in your teeth that eventually grow to become fractures. It is not uncommon to have old fillings stay intact while the tooth structure crumbles around it. In addition to metal fillings weakening tooth structure, they stain the underlying tooth black. It is best to remove old fillings before the tooth breaks, risking root canals or crowns and caps.
Because bonding techniques allow us to hold the tooth together rather than wedge it apart, caps or crowns are often unnecessary. This strengthening through bonding allows us to be more conservative and remove less tooth structure, creating inlays or on lays instead. There are many durable, tooth-colored filling materials available today that support the tooth and look natural and beautiful.
Safe Removal of Metal Fillings
At Integrative Dental Practice we follow a strict protocol whenever metal fillings need to be replaced. This includes tooth isolation so that no metal particles find their way into your mouth or, worse yet, are swallowed. We also provide clean air and oxygen for you to breathe, special filtration and a custom high speed vacuum unit. Dr. O’Rielly feels strongly that all metal fillings need to be removed with the above precautions.
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