Everybody knows about allergies and sensitivities of various kinds. Some people are allergic to natural “organic” things such as strawberries or peanuts. Some are allergic to tree pollen or the dander of certain animals. We know now that people can be sensitive to certain metals and inorganic chemicals as well.
Concern for health safety
Allergies, sensitivities, and adverse reactions can affect how some patients experience dentistry. Many people are generally concerned about whether the dental instruments are safe, and whether the restorative materials used for fillings, crowns, veneers, implants, and dentures are going to withstand the heavy and repeated stresses in the mouth for decades and not cause adverse side effects.
What is biocompatible dentistry?
The term “biocompatibility” refers to how well a product or material used in the mouth performs its necessary oral health function with the least adverse effects. Increased concerns about biocompatibility have stimulated more scientific research and have led to additional governmental and professional standards aiming to ensure the efficiency, safety, quality and biocompatibility of dentistry’s products and materials.
Materials used in dentistry
Today, countless different materials are used for fillings, inlays, crowns, veneers and implants: various metal alloys, ceramic materials, resins, and composites of materials. The most common material for fillings, amalgam, contains metals, looks metallic, and is durable, but in recent years has been under scrutiny for safety. Gold is quite biocompatible for dental work. Ceramic and porcelain materials can look more like natural tooth color and are used often for crowns. Composite materials are sometimes called “white fillings” and are increasingly popular for their tooth-like appearance. Many patients prefer composite fillings because they are less sensitive to the material. Zirconium-based products are gaining popularity in some applications also.
Biocompatible dentistry in Pasadena
Dr. Boyajian can explain the advantages and disadvantages of the products and materials available. Be sure to share with the dentist all of your medical and dental history, and explain any allergies, sensitivities and reactions you might have previously had to medical or dental procedures. The wide variety of products and materials available means we can select those that best meet your needs and avoid allergy and sensitivity issues.
If you have heightened concerns about allergies and sensitivities to certain materials, then you may want to be tested to determine which materials might be best to avoid. Usually, these tests are either blood tests or skin tests. As a Gallery Dental Arts Pasadena patient, you can request testing in advance of dental procedures if that would put your mind at ease.
We invite you to call today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Boyajian, one of Pasadena’s premier cosmetic, general and holistic dentists. It would be our pleasure to serve you.
Metal Free Dentistry
Modern cosmetic dentistry focuses on the principle of minimally invasive dentistry, which serves to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible when restoring worn or damaged teeth. Once natural tooth structure is lost, either from decay, gum disease, or drilling by the dentist, it cannot simply grow back. It is forever gone and its maintenance can become an issue, as restorative devices have a finite lifespan and will not last forever.
Minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry then serves to conserve healthy tooth structure by allowing the dentist to perform the least amount of dentistry needed. This entails never removing more tooth structure than is required to restore teeth to their optimal condition. In addition to performing only those dental treatments necessary to regain dental health, cosmetic dentists also use durable dental materials that conserve maximum tooth structure to reduce the need for future repairs.
Early Detection Prevents Dental Problems
Dentistry at its core is ideally preventative, but restoring teeth to their original condition is often needed as decayed, damaged or otherwise unattractive teeth can result in more severe and costly treatments down the road. Dentists use digital x-rays and other various methods to spot signs of tooth decay in their early stages. When cavities are found, minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry treatments such as air abrasion and dental lasers are used to remove the absolute minimum amount of tooth structure necessary to eliminate cavities. Most of the time patients are excited to hear that the use of needles or local anesthetics is unnecessary given the minimally invasive approach. Because the removal of tooth structure causes the tooth to become weaker, dentists attempt to catch problems early, resulting in the smallest restoration possible.
What Minimally Invasive Dentistry Techniques are Used?
Currently minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry approaches involve the use of air abrasion, laser treatment or treatments that are designed to repair teeth rather than to replace them. The focus lies heavily within the field of cavity repair, but has also been seen in other cosmetic dentistry fields.
The avoidance of aggressive preparation treatments will aid in the health of millions of teeth and assist in their long-term function and appearance.
We invite you to call today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Boyajian, one of Pasadena's premier cosmetic, general and holistic dentists. It would be our pleasure to serve you.