I have a reputation as a holistic dentist. Holistic is a term that refers to looking at the whole body effects. I'm a holistic dentist. Oftentimes when people think holistic, they think natural and herbal type of treatments as opposed to the traditional medical type of care, and to some extent, that's true. We don't use dental amalgam in my office, period. That's the metal or silver, mercury fillings. I haven't used that since 1992. Amalgam has serious negative effects on the human body and so we actively remove it. It's among the worst dental materials: it doesn't seal the tooth, it leaks like a sieve, we always are finding black mold and decay underneath old fillings. It also, because it has mercury in it, has an expansion factor of about 4%. The material, over time, expands approximately 3 or 4%, and teeth don't expand at all. Teeth are like glass. Probably the number one cause of cracks and breakage of teeth is due to old amalgam fillings. Also, we provide metal-free dentistry. For many years, you had a choice of either gold crowns or porcelain fused metal crowns. Nowadays, we can use all porcelain crowns, which are beautiful. We bond them in, they support our conservative tooth structure, and they contain no metals. I have a CEREC unit so we can mill them out in one visit: an hour and a half or less, generally, to provide a crown. No second appointment, no temporary crowns, no goopy impressions. All those things help our patients be healthier in a holistic type of way. Periodontal and gum disease is known to be a major cause of heart disease because the same bacteria that are involved in heart disease are the ones that are found in the mouth in gum disease. That has a whole body effect. Poor sleep from a sleep disorder, breathing problems such as sleep apnea, these have whole body effects too because if you're not getting proper sleep, you're not getting enough oxygen while you're sleeping, you'll have negative effects on your whole body and your life.
Your body is a giant, interconnected system. What happens to one part can affect others. If you hurt your foot, you might irritate your back muscles by walking differently. A migraine headache can affect your mood, your vision, and sometimes even your sense of balance. It makes sense to treat your body as a whole. Instead of treating your teeth and gums as if they were separate from your body, Roseville, CA dentist Dr. Miller takes a holistic approach. He knows that dental treatments can affect the rest of your body. That means he looks at the bigger picture when delivering dental care. That’s all holistic dentistry is about — taking care of your dental needs but making sure treatments don’t negatively affect the rest of you.
In the past, dentists often used metal amalgam fillings. These contained a mixture of different metals, including mercury. Unfortunately, mercury has proven to be toxic in humans. The research is clear that mercury in fillings can hurt you, so why take a chance when there are better alternatives available? Holistic dental care focuses on your whole body, so that’s why Dr. Miller prefers metal-free options.
Additionally, metal looks out of place in your smile. At our Roseville, CA dental office, we use metal-free, composite, and porcelain inlays and onlays to repair cavities. The porcelain is colored to look like your natural, healthy teeth.
Holistic dental care is not some hippie therapy that chooses “ancient healing techniques” over modern science. Instead, it just recognizes that what happens to your teeth and gums can affect the rest of your body. Take fluoride, for example. This chemical can help prevent decay. But fluoride is a toxic chemical in large enough doses. Dr. Miller is a holistic Roseville, CA dentist, so he is careful to offer fluoride-free choices for his patients.
Because holistic dental care is focused on keeping your whole body healthy, there are many treatments that can be considered holistic. For example, using a metal-free dental crown to repair damaged teeth can be holistic. When determining whether a holistic treatment is covered by your insurance, look at the treatment itself and what it’s being used for. Most insurance plans will cover a dental crown. If you have an old, metal filling, Dr. Miller may recommend replacing it with something metal-free. Because this would be replacing an existing treatment, your insurance might decide you don’t need a metal-free alternative.
Once you and Dr. Miller have discussed the holistic dental care you need, the best thing to do is contact your insurance company and ask if they will cover the treatment. Be sure to record the name of the person you talk to, the date and time, and what was said.
If you are ready to get holistic dental care treatment and protect your whole body’s health, call your Roseville, CA dentist, Dr. David B. Miller DDS, today at 916-945-9985 or use our convenient online form.