It shouldn’t be surprising that some metals (like mercury) are unsafe, even toxic, to the human body. What should surprise you is that these materials have been a common component in traditional dentistry for more than 150 years. As we learn more about the harmful long-term effects of traditional dental practices, there has been a shift toward a more holistic approach to dentistry, emphasizing biocompatibility.

Biocompatibility is when materials or devices function in a system without causing negative reactions or side effects. Biocompatibility in dentistry refers to materials used in dental medicine that work harmoniously with the human body without causing adverse reactions.

Aspects of Biocompatible Dentistry

Biocompatible dentistry has two main aspects: the materials used and the overall approach.

Firstly, conventional dentists may use mercury-containing materials like silver amalgam fillings and incorporate bio-incompatible practices like fluoride treatments. Alternatively, biocompatible dentists strive to use materials that work safely and effectively in and with the body, such as ceramic, glass, and composite resin.

Dentists who emphasize biocompatibility see the human body as an interconnected, integrated system.

Additionally, biocompatible dentists may do biocompatibility testing with each patient to guarantee there won’t be reactions to any materials used. As well as not testing for biocompatibility, traditional dentists may not even explain material options to patients.

Biocompatible dentistry and traditional dentistry also have contrasting overall approaches. Dentists who emphasize biocompatibility see the human body as an interconnected, integrated system. They understand that materials used in one area of the body may have effects elsewhere. For instance, did you know that some medication is administered under the tongue (sublingual administration) because it’s one of the easiest, fastest ways to get medicine into the bloodstream? Our bodies are intricate and interconnected systems. Holistic dentists recognize this interdependence and seek to only use processes and materials that work positively toward whole body health—not just oral health.

Conversely, traditional dentistry separates the body into disparate systems. Traditional dental practices view oral health in a vacuum and focus solely on how effective treatments are in eliminating oral symptoms. There is little consideration of the long-term, potentially negative effects treatments may have on other areas of the body. It is diagnosis-based and dentist-oriented rather than being patient-based and whole-body-oriented.

What is the Importance of Using Biocompatible Materials Practices in Dentistry?

The goal of biocompatible dentistry is to use materials and practices that promote patient well-being, beginning and in conjunction with oral health. 

What happens in the mouth doesn’t stay in the mouth—it affects the whole body. For instance, mercury is not a biocompatible element. It is a severe neurotoxin. Mercury inhalation and absorption in the bloodstream have caused serious adverse reactions. Some of these reactions include headaches, kidney problems, weight loss, tremors, immune system dysfunction, digestive problems, and even memory loss. Yet, conventional dentistry still uses mercury as a component in silver amalgam fillings.

Using materials that don’t include harmful components guarantees that neither the doctor nor the patient will suffer from exposure to metals like mercury, and the toxic materials won’t leak out to contaminate our soil and water.

Alternatively, there are no adverse reactions when biocompatible materials such as glass, porcelain, or composite resin are used. Especially when used concurrently with biocompatible testing, dentists can guarantee patients that there will be no allergic reactions or long-term metal poisoning.

Biocompatible dentistry also creates a safer procedure for patients, dentists, and the environment. Using materials that don’t include harmful components guarantees that neither the doctor nor the patient will suffer from exposure to metals like mercury, and the toxic materials won’t leak out to contaminate our soil and water.

Practices and Testing at Anders Dental

Some of our biocompatible practices include testing to determine if certain dental materials are safe for our patients (especially those with allergies and sensitivities) and incorporating chelation where necessary. Chelation is a process where a substance that binds to mercury and other heavy metals is introduced into the body to act as a magnet to attract them and carry them out of the body, decreasing your metal toxicity load and improving your health.

We also incorporate pH and oral DNA testing as necessary. PH imbalances can indicate what dental treatments are best for your specific needs. Oral DNA testing helps determine if a bacterial or other underlying problem needs targeting to improve results.

Our Promise To You

Anders Dental offers holistic, biocompatible dentistry because we believe in doing better for our patients and our planet. Our office is an IAOMT and SMART-certified dental practice committed to prioritizing safe, effective, and non-toxic materials. We are a mercury-safe practice using biocompatible dental materials like glass, ceramic, and composite resin. Our approach to dentistry promotes our patients’ health and wellness instead of simply treating disease.

Make the Switch To Biocompatible Dentistry Today

If you’re ready to make the switch to biocompatible dentistry today, contact us to schedule an appointment and start your journey toward whole-body wellness.