Holistic Dentistry in Lake Oswego, OR

Metal-Free Holistic Dentistry For Better Oral Health

There are hundreds of dental materials out there and not all of them are good for everyone. Some patients may notice that their health suffers upon interaction with commonly used dental materials. That’s why Holistic dentists like Dr. Bowden often use bio-compatible materials that won’t adversely react with your body chemistry. Keep reading to learn more about Aesthetic Dentistry of Lake Oswego’s holistic dentistry services. 

What Is Holistic Dentistry?

Holistic dentistry involves the use of alternative methods to treat oral health issues. Holistic dentists believe that overall health is tied to oral health and will utilize general dentistry practices alongside natural treatments and care. They emphasize prevention through good oral hygiene and personalized care while avoiding the use of materials that may harm your health. 

Why Choose Holistic Dentistry?

Metals such as gold, silver, and titanium have been an instrumental part of dentistry for many years. However, the use of these common dental metals has been known to cause:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Mercury poisoning
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Staining/discoloration
  • Electric shock
  • Excessive enamel damage
  • Bodily rejection

Those patients who are very sensitive to metal, or whose health has been severely compromised, will also be more susceptible to these adverse effects. For reasons such as these, some holistic dentists will forgo metal restorations altogether and opt for composite restorations. 

Additionally, many holistic dentists believe that any metal dental restoration, aside from being a possible allergen, will interfere with the normal flow of energy along the body’s meridians. This belief is based on an Eastern philosophy of healing that says that every organ and every part of the body is directly linked to a specific tooth via meridians or energy highways. Holistic dentists who take into account every aspect of your health, are also not likely to be fond of metal restorations for this reason.  

Benefits of Holistic Dentistry

Metal-Free Restorations

Unfortunately, certain metal dental restorations have been known to contain mercury. Elemental mercury, like the kind used in dental restorations, is a silver-white metal that’s liquid at room temperature. Mercury can be released as toxic vapor in your mouth, causing symptoms ranging in severity from coughing, to vomiting, to bleeding gums. 

The most prevalent material used in metal-free dental restorations is based on the same composite material that’s used for fillings but reinforced with interspersed translucent fibers. When these fibers have been added to a composite, they can be as strong as the traditional porcelain-to-metal crown and serve as an excellent replacement for metal crowns and onlays.

Focus On Overall Health

Holistic dentists like Dr. Bowden focus on every aspect of your health to improve your oral health. Dr. Bowden focuses on encouraging your body to heal on its own, without using materials that can cause problems down the line. At our Lake Oswego office, we work closely with your physicians and naturopaths to customize treatment to improve every facet of your mental and physical health. 

Emphasis on Safety 

Holistic dentists take every step necessary to keep you safe and healthy. Whether we’re removing metallic restorations to replace them with composite alternatives, or doing a routine checkup, all of our staff implement measures to ensure you aren’t exposed to potentially harmful materials.   

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The Healing Power of Ozone

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We Can Safely Remove Toxins

Our Holistic Dentistry Services

Ozone Therapy – Ozone therapy is a process that helps to destroy bacteria inside your mouth responsible for issues like decay and gum disease. It also helps promote a healthier oral environment and helps ensure that harmful bacteria don’t return.

Safe Mercury Removal – When you’re ready to remove your metallic restorations and replace them with safer composite alternatives, we practice safe mercury removal. While we’re removing your metallic fillings, we take steps to minimize your exposure using methods such as ventilation, vacuums, and thorough clean-up.

Non-Metallic Dental Restorations – Dr. Bowden can repair your smile without the use of potentially harmful metals using metal-free restorations. Composite materials reinforced with translucent fibers allow for long-lasting, more natural-looking, healthier restorations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I practice holistic dentistry at home?
Is holistic dentistry covered by insurance?
What is the difference between a holistic dentist and a regular dentist?
Do holistic dentists fix cavities?
Can I practice holistic dentistry at home?

A major part of holistic dentistry is taking good care of yourself outside of your holistic dentist’s office. Your holistic dentist, Dr. Bowden will likely give you tips and advice on how to care for your overall and oral health at home. That way, you’re less likely to need more invasive and costly procedures later on.

Is holistic dentistry covered by insurance?

Holistic dentistry may be at least partially covered by your dental provider. Holistic dentists Dr. Bowden and the rest of the staff at Aesthetic Dentistry of Lake Oswego encourage you to contact your dental insurance provider beforehand. To help patients who are underinsured or insured get safe, metal-free care, we offer financing options. We encourage you to discuss your payment options with Dr. Bowden and our staff before your treatment to learn how you can benefit.

What is the difference between a holistic dentist and a regular dentist?

Both regular and holistic dentists have the same responsibilities to help protect your oral health. However, a regular dentist focuses on fixing your immediate oral health problems and makes use of modern dentistry methods, such as fluoride and metal restorations. A holistic dentist is a general dentist who focuses on your overall health to help solve problems with your oral health and utilizes alternative dentistry methods, including non-toxic, biocompatible materials.

Do holistic dentists fix cavities?

Yes, holistic dentists can fill cavities with non-metallic restorations. Dr. Bowden can use composite materials reinforced with translucent fibers to repair dental damage of all kinds such as trauma and decay. If you have a cavity you need repairing, feel free to contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Lake Oswego’s holistic dentist, Dr. Bowden, by dialing (503) 675-7300. 

Enjoy Better Overall & Oral Health With Holistic Dentistry

Rest assured that holistic dentists like Dr. Bowden will always take into account the full picture when treating your oral health. Whether you have a cavity or need your old metal fillings removed, Aesthetic Dentistry of Lake Oswego offers safer alternatives that protect your overall health as well as your smile. Dr. Bowden is proud to offer his years of expertise in holistic dentistry to patients from Lake Oswego and surrounding areas such as Portland, Tualatin, Wilsonville, Beaverton, Tigard, and Sherwood, OR.

If you’re interested in learning more about holistic dentistry, or you want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bowden, contact our Lake Oswego office by dialing (503) 675-7300. You can also fill out our contact form and a friendly team member will get back to you shortly.