A friend and I had lunch together the other day. She’s been going through Lyme Treatments and just not feeling well in general. We talked about her next step and she said she thinks she’ll have to switch to a holistic dentist like Yolanda Hadid did. I looked into it and see that she felt like she wouldn’t get better with any toxins in her body so she had her amalgam fillings removed. I noticed you’re a holistic dentist. What I’m not understanding is what they do differently. Couldn’t a regular dentist do the same thing?
Annalisa – Staten Island
It sounds like you’re a great friend who cares a lot about others. I’m glad you wrote to ask about this. You’ve brought up a couple of great issues.
What Actually Is a Holistic Dentist?
You made a comparison between a Holistic Dentist and a Regular Dentist. That is a common misunderstanding. Some people think Holistic Dentists compare to Natural Medicine practitioners who may or may not actually be doctors. That’s not the case in dentistry.
Every Holistic Dentist is a licensed dentist. Some prefer just doing general dentistry. Others also invested time to study cosmetic procedures and will do both general and aesthetic work on patients. The only thing which distinguishes them as holistic is more philosophical.
Holistic dentists consider your whole body during treatment. They’re careful about every substance they use. For instance, all of them are mercury-free and would never place a silver amalgam filling because of the high mercury content. Dr. Lopez takes several other precautions, including being BPA-free.
Holistic Dentists and Amalgam Removal
You asked a great question about whether any general dentist can removal amalgam fillings. Yes and no. While they can technically remove them, very few of them can remove them safely for the patient. In order to be certain patients don’t inhale or swallow any mercury vapors or pieces, which would be very dangerous, certain precautions need to be taken.
Holistic dentists use a stopper dam and have other equipment to keep you from breathing in any mercury vapors. It’s called sanitary amalgam removal. While there are some other dentists, including mercury-free dentists who can do this. It’s important she checks to make sure they take those important precautions.
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