Biological Dentistry is the bridge between oral health and overall health. We know that the mouth is part of the body and they cannot be addressed as two separate entities. Dental treatments, materials and procedures done without considering whole body health can affect your wellbeing.
Dental problem can often correlate with current health condition you may be experiencing. Many oral diseases are associated or can contribute to chronic degenerative diseases, central nervous system diseases, heavy metal load, heart and blood circulatory problems, just to name a few.
Biological dentistry is a more natural approach to treat oral maladies bearing in mind your overall health state.
What sets Sanoviv Biological Dentistry apart?
The greatest benefit of having an oral evaluation at Sanoviv is the fact that you will not just be assessed by a dentist, but rather by a whole team of health professionals committed to biological and alternative medical care. After your initial oral appointment is over, your assigned dentist will share all relevant findings in a joint medical meeting where doctors, dentists, psychologists, nutritionists and chiropractors meet daily to discuss your health conditions and come up with a customized therapy program with your whole body, not just your teeth and oral cavity, in mind. Thus, the recommendations are given with the knowledge of how these will affect all aspects of your health.
The mercury contained in amalgam (silver) fillings is among the most toxic substances known to man. Patients with amalgam fillings accumulate mercury, which can interfere with virtually any process of any organ of the body. With this in mind, those interested in detoxifying the body should consider amalgam filling removal. Regardless of your motivation, when you do decide to have your amalgam fillings removed and replaced, it’s important to identify a practitioner who has experience in removing the amalgam safely in order to minimize the patient’s exposure to any harmful metals that can be found in the filling.
At Sanoviv, removal of mercury is done by a caring professional who will take all precautions to protect you from further exposure.
Amalgam Removal is designed to safely replace mercury fillings taking into account the body’s natural main detoxification pathways. The biological dental team is structured, uses special equipment and the safest protocol for removal of mercury to protect you, the personnel, and the environment.
Mercury is highly volatile when heated. The dental drill operating at 100,000rpms will generate much mercury vapor during the removal procedure. Thus it is critical to take every precaution to protect the patient during this process. Our protocol protects the patient against mercury particles and metal pollutants using specific strategies before, during and after the treatment is done. This avoids mercury contamination and provides you with clean air during the amalgam removal process. The program is done in phases over time to protect the body from mercury exposure while drilling. Protective processes include:
- Rubber dam with special isolation technic
- Special vacuum system
- Protective gowns, covers and barriers
- Copious amount of water while drilling
- Special burs to break down metal in big pieces
- Amalgam separator
- Room Ionizer
In addition to these precautions to prevent exposure to mercury, the Sanoviv Amalgam Removal Program (ARP) also includes special detox protocols, in conjunction with our medical doctors, which may include:
- High-grade nutritional supplements
- IV Chelation therapy
- Therapeutic massage and/or bodywork.
- Colon cleansing
- Structural alignments*
- Homeopathic remedies
- Infrared sauna
- Bioenergetic therapies
Alternative Surgical procedures
Dentists do everything possible to try to save a tooth. They don’t recommend extraction until all option of treatments and alternative therapies have been tried. When a surgical procedure is recommended, appropriate Pre- and Post- surgical protocols are necessary to enhance the healing process. For example, the application of ozone and homeopathic medications help to reduce inflammation and pain symptoms. Treatments and protocols are personalized to every patient.
Biocompatible Materials: Any dental materials used in the oral cavity should be harmless to all oral tissue: gingiva, mucosa, pulp, and bone. Material should contain no toxic, leachable, or diffusible substance that can be absorbed into the circulatory system, causing systemic toxic responses/toxicity.
Our dental practice is:
- Mercury-free, metal -free
- Fluoride free materials
- Monomer (PMMA) free
- BPA free
We utilize aromatherapy, which is well known for its relaxing effects, to help patients that present with dental anxiety. We also use homeopathic medication and ozone therapies to facilitate a patient’s healing process. Ozone has also been shown to be biocompatible and is used in all aspects of dental care. It has been shown to stimulate remineralization of recent caries-affected teeth and is used as a preventive therapy for caries (tooth damage due to bacteria) including those found in the roots. It has been used in treatment of alveolitis, avascular osteonecrosis of the jaw, and herpes virus infection. It also inhibits plaque formation and can be used as an adjuvant in periodontal surgical and in the maintenance phase.
Support for dental anxiety may also be provided by our psychology team, with techniques to help with relaxation, concentration, and stress relief.
Alternative Gum treatments – Oral Health Rejuvenation Program
Our OHRP (Oral Health Rejuvenation Program) is a non-surgical and biological therapeutic program of management designed for healing periodontal disease.
We evaluate how your existing oral conditions may be affecting your general health. Heart disease, diabetes management, cavities, and many other conditions are affected by bacteria present in the mouth. We tailor a treatment plan to your personal needs to prevent, correct and protect you from further complications.
Integrative Dental Assessment: A complete oral examination that evaluates common problems such as:
- Gum Disease and soft tissue exam: The correct diagnosis of gum disease is a pre-requisite for an appropriate periodontal treatment. Periodontal disease is an infectious-inflammatory process that may affects many body functions of a patient in different ways. The diagnosis is carefully performed to determine the factors that may contribute to gum inflammation and/or abnormal tissues conditions.
- Gum probing
- Habits (smoking, grinding or clenching)
- Dry mouth and PH issues
- Medical background
- Cavitations, or pockets of infection, that may affect your overall health status
- Bio-corrosion: Galvanic currents could affect your mouth on several levels. The most common results in the corrosion of metal within the oral cavity which may produce a low level electric current that often affects tissue structure and increases oral toxicity
- Toxic fillings: There are dental materials that are utilized within the oral cavity, that in a hostile environment due to: Ph variations, temperature changes, friction and compression forces, may be an important source of toxicity in your body.
- Cavities: Cavities are caused by multiple factors, including bacteria in your mouth, certain type of foods and drinks, inadequate brushing technique, low Ph, dry mouth and some systemic illnesses.
Bite Evaluation: When a person’s teeth or jaws does not fit together properly, premature wearing of the teeth and the protective enamel increases the chance of injury to the teeth and jaw joint. There are a number of reasons that may contribute to abnormal bite problem:
- A birth defect that alters the shape of the jaw
- A difference in the size of the upper and lower jaws, or tooth size – this results in overcrowding and abnormal bite
- Extra lost, impacted or irregular shaped teeth
- Inadequate, crowns or dental fillings
- Habits that may have been instilled during childhood, such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, persistent use of a bottle or pacifier.
- Severe injury that may have caused a jaw fracture
- Chronic respiratory problem in the childhood
Patient Oral Education: our approach is to involve the patient in the healing process. This starts with awareness of what is happening in the mouth by teaching the patient about the importance of biocompatible materials, hygiene techniques, nutritional advice, stress management and the relationship between oral health and overall health.
Cone beam studies /3D imaging
We know that an accurate diagnosis is the key to success in any dental treatment, and that’s the reason we have the latest and top technology in imaging Our Digital radiology is completely safe for our patients.
We can even provide 3D imaging, which is the newest in dental imaging. This allows us to be able to see dental imaging. This allows us to be able to see our patients may be referring to, with high quality, great detail and also allows us to prepare a precise plan for our dental procedures.
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Your doctor may use this technology to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan.
This technology is particularly helpful for things like seeing exactly how close to wisdom tooth is to the nerves and arteries in your jaw, or precisely how much bone is present to support an implant. We might want to take a 3D image for some of the following reasons:
- Planning for extractions, especially of impacted teeth
- Evaluation of your sinuses
- Identifying pockets of infection
- Sleep problems
- Diagnosing TMJ issues
- Getting to the bottom of undiagnosed pain
Complete sterilization system
There are many infectious diseases that can be transmitted within a dental clinic. One of the main transmission routes is through contaminated material. Some of the diseases that can be transmitted in this way are: hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV (1-2). For this reason we have a complete sterilization system to eliminate these types of transmissions. This is a top priority for us and for the safety of our patients.
Each program focuses our assessment and treatment tools towards a specific health issue and your individual experience of these health issues, you can find more about our programs here.
Contact a Health Advisor
If you feel that your specific health issue or area of interest does not fit into any of these areas, please contact us to speak with a friendly admissions person. They will be happy to answer your questions and provide information.
We practice individualized medicine in a Functional Medicine model, you can find more about the most common health issues that we treat at Sanoviv here.