Is Your Dentist Really Holistic?
Holistic dentistry are words that are popular search terms on the internet. Numerous dental offices insert the word "Holistic" on their website. However, upon closer inspection, it is on the website simply as "clickbait."
· What is a Holistic/Biologic Dentist exactly?
This is an important question to ask. But unfortunately, there isn't a governing body regulating Holistic Dentists. Holistic dentists must maintain the regulations and standards of practice set out by the Board of Dentistry in each state, as do all dentists. As a result, holistic dentists often exceed the State Board's standard care practices and get additional certifications and memberships.
Two of the most important questions to ask a dental office that offers holistic dentistry:
1) Do they perform mercury-safe amalgam removal?
2) Do they utilize medical-grade ozone in the procedures?
· At Studio Z Dental, we offer the following holistic services:
MERCURY SAFE AMALGAM REMOVAL using the IAOMT SMART protocol
3D CONE BEAM SCANS
ROOT CANAL EVALUATION W/ 3D CONE BEAM SCAN
BIOLOGIC IMPLANT PLACEMENT
METAL-FREE ZIRCONIA IMPLANTS
PLATELET RICH FIBRIN (PRF)
BIOLOGIC WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL
JAW BONE CAVITATION TREATMENT
BIOLOGIC GINGIVAL SURGERY
OZONE & LASER PERIODONTAL TREATMENT
BPA, GLUTEN, & LATEX FREE
Most truly Holistic Biologic Dental Offices offer the services we offer listed above.
· Training, credentialing, and certifications
Our highly trained expert team of biologic dentists at Studio Z Dental use a holistic approach to dental care that emphasizes the "why" instead of the "what." We take the time to understand the cause of your oral health issues and develop a comprehensive plan of action to help you overcome the challenges that prevent you from having a healthy smile.
Our dentists are members of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology), leaders in science-based biological/holistic dentistry. They are all certified with SMART certification for safe mercury amalgam removal. We have also obtained basic and advanced medical ozone certification.
Ensuring that any holistic dentist is an IAOMT and SMART-certified member is important. Smart certification shows if they ever take out mercury filling in somebody's mouth, they know a protocol that keeps the patient safe from exposure to unhealthy amounts of mercury vapor during the procedure. Being SMART certified means they have proven they have the correct equipment and understand the protocols.
Studio Z Dental also has memberships for HDA (Holistic Dental Association) and IABDM (International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine). In addition to these highly respected association credentials, Dr. Tom Zyvoloski, our lead dentist, is Board Certified in Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine and Accredited but the IAOMT.
· WHAT IS OZONE DENTISTRY?
Ozone is a safe and effective way to help treat periodontal disease, disinfect deep decay and extraction sites, and other serious dental conditions. It is an excellent bactericide, virucide, and fungicide and an efficient way to eliminate parasites. In addition, it helps support what your body does naturally, exceeding the job of several rounds of traditional treatment all at once.
· How does it work?
The teeth and gums are exposed to medical-grade ozone temporarily to help break down harmful microorganisms without harming the surrounding tissue.
· WHAT IS MERCURY-SAFE AMALGAM REMOVAL?
There are many reasons to consider removing or replacing old mercury fillings. During the removal process, mercury fillings can outgas, releasing toxic material and vapor into the air. It is unsafe for the patient and the dentist if not appropriately managed. Therefore, we strictly follow the SMART protocol guidelines outlined by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology when removing old mercury fillings, including:
· Placing a rubber dam to isolate the tooth from the rest of the mouth
· Putting the patient on pure oxygen to ensure clean air intake
· Utilizing a high-tech air purifier to capture mercury vapor for proper disposal
The mercury removal process is very safe; removing an old filling takes only a few minutes. Studio Z Dental can also create a long-term plan for clients who wish to remove multiple fillings for a mercury-free mouth.
· WHAT IS A 3D CONE BEAM SCAN?
A 3D Cone Beam Scan is a unique three-dimensional X-ray that provides much more information than a conventional 2D X-ray and is the gold standard for looking for dental infections. Research has shown that 34% of all infections do not appear on a regular 2D X-ray. 3D imaging allows the doctor to see critical anatomic structures for implant placement and oral surgery, help evaluate old root canals, locate silent or hidden infection sites, and much more. We are proud to offer this unique tool to serve our patients better.
Studio Z Dental is your local holistic, family, implant, and cosmetic dental office. We also offer surgical services. You can enjoy confidence knowing our quality service and science-based dental care will last years. We provide a unique combination of services.
Please call our office so we can answer your questions about holistic/biologic dentistry and set up an appointment to begin your care.