Dentistry vs.Traditional Dentistry
the patient holistically
major difference between biological and traditional dentists is the
philosophy that guides them in the practice of their profession.
biological dentist takes into consideration the cause-and-effect relationship
between a patientís oral health and the health of the rest
of their body.† In contrast, a traditional dentist tends to
focus on the more mechanically oriented tasks of treating symptoms and
repairing structures as problems arise, instead of looking for underlying
root causes.† In this way, a
biological dentist treats the patient holistically while a traditional
dentist treats the patient symptomatically.
treating dental decay
like a cavity, a traditional dentist will mechanically remove the
decay and restore the tooth with a filling and consider the treatment
complete.† In a biological dental
practice, the dentist will remove the decayed material and restore the
tooth with an appropriate biocompatible material.
restoration of the tooth, a biological dentist will then evaluate the
patient for any systemic imbalances (i.e. biochemical or hormonal imbalances)
or toxicity that may be contributing to the patientís susceptibility
to tooth decay.† In this way
the biological dentist works towards preventing future decay issues.
example would be the different treatment approaches
used during root canal therapy.†
A traditional dentist would again mechanically clean the tooth
and then seal it.† To a biological dentist, this is a partial treatment.† A biological dentist would continue treatment
by evaluating the biological terrain in order to determine the causative
factors that lead up to the death of the tooth.†
these factors have been determined, the biological dentist works with
the patient to improve the microcirculation, lymphatic function, and
the health of the bone surrounding the treated tooth.†
This approach allows complete healing to occur by improving the
biological terrain, thus helping to prevent the need for future root
periodontal disease is present, the traditional treatment is to remove
debris from the teeth, provide oral hygiene instruction, or use surgical
procedures.† In a biological dental practice, the removal
of debris is secondary to improving the biological terrain. Thus reducing
the patientís susceptibility by improving the bodyís ability to breakdown
and eliminate the build-up of microbes present in periodontal disease.
improved hygiene practices, and through the use of supplements, herbs
and homoeopathic remedies, the patient is able to avoid a continuing
cycle of disease progression and treatment.
dentists have generally approached orthodontic treatment with a focus
on doing whatever is necessary to produce straight teeth, even if it
meant tooth extraction and the use of headgear that could distort the
cranium.† Such treatment fails to consider the underlying
cranial distortions that can show up as cross-bites, deep-bites and
biological dentist, on the other hand, begins orthodontic treatment
by evaluating the patient for cranial-skeletal disorders.† By correcting any underlying cranial-skeletal
disorder first, the natural health and structure of the patientís mouth
is improved and the teeth can be straightened with less trauma. Thus,
the teeth are more likely to hold their corrected position throughout
the patientís lifetime.
do no harm
summary, the guiding philosophy of biological dentistry is to ďfirst,
do no harmĒ.† Believing the health
of the mouth and the body are one, and by working to understand underlying
root causes of oral disease, the biological dentist is able to help
their patients achieve health stability.
is the intention of a biological dentist to participate in a patientís
road to wellness, and to reduce the patientís overall need for dental
treatment throughout life.
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