In recent years, the use of amalgam fillings has come under fire as more knowledge about mercury toxicity has come to light. Safe dentistry practices exist to educate its patients about mercury poisoning and to treat dental patients in ways that will improve their overall health. This entails safely removing amalgam fillings from cavities and replacing them with amalgam-free, much-safer dental materials.
The practice of safe dentistry continually attempts to provide patients with safer and cleaner solutions for dental treatment. It promotes complete bodily health that includes the patient’s mind and sense of well-being. They use biocompatible materials whenever possible to replace any potentially toxic substances. These types of dental practices often strive to maintain toxic-free environments for their patients by implementing clean, filtered air. These practices enact policies that strive to protect the health of the patients, the doctors and the staff.
Safe dentistry employs dentists who remain current with all the new concepts that involve safely restoring and maintaining their patient’s teeth and gums. They practice advanced professionalism and integrity and educate their patients about the ways in which conventional dentistry may not always be as effective in overall health optimization. Patients who see safe dentists should feel confident that they are being treated by some of the most highly skilled, best dentists anywhere.
Dental patients do not often think of dentistry as being actual surgery, but this is exactly what it is. When patients are treated at a dentist’s office, their dental practitioner cuts out live gum or tooth materials and repairs or replaces it just as any surgeon would with any other part of the body that needed surgical intervention. The safe dentist will give his or her patients full knowledge of what procedures will be performed and will make sure that the patient’s questions are answered thoroughly and fully so that he or she can make educated decisions about his or her own health care. This philosophy is a far cry from those dentists who drill first and talk later, if at all. A safe dentist will make sure that the patient is aware of any potential drawbacks to the procedure and will help that patient recover in a natural, holistic way so that his or her whole body will benefit from any procedures that are administered.
Safe dentistry implements the use of porcelain tooth restoration because porcelain does not emit toxic vapors. Being an inert, non-reactive dental material, porcelain is safe to use. However, many dentists use porcelain that covers a piece of metal that can emit toxic vapors. These crowns consist of metal alloys that can contain beryllium and nickel, both metals that are listed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s pre-carcinogens list and categorized as harmful to human beings. Even the crowns that are promoted as “gold” crowns often contain only very small amounts of gold with other harmful metals mixed in. However, the safe dentist uses full porcelain restorations that bond fully to the remaining tooth. This offers protection against additional decay in the future.