(NaturalNews) Most people looking for a holistic dentist are searching for someone specializing in mercury amalgam removal, or looking for a practitioner who uses non-toxic products for routine dental care. The presence of mercury in the body causes a wide range of serious health problems, and removing amalgams is important for helping individuals reclaim good health. Many dentists still don't agree that amalgam fillings cause health problems for people. For those dentists that are proponents of mercury amalgam removal, there are a variety of specific protocols that should be followed for optimal safety during filling removal. Interviewing the dentist and his staff beforehand is important for a better understanding of what to expect during your procedure.
The dentist should use bio-compatible dental materials that contain no mercury. All crowns should be made from high noble metals, gold or solid porcelain and contain no mercury. Many holistic dentists who provide mercury-free services avoid using materials that contain metals of any kind.
Get references from previous patients who have used the dentist for amalgam removal. Meet with the dentist in person ahead of time for a detailed explanation of what to expect. Make sure you are comfortable with them.
While touring the office, examine the room where the dental work will be performed to be sure there is adequate ventilation. When mercury amalgams are removed, toxic gasses are released and both patient and dental personal need protection and adequate ventilation for safety. The room should be outfitted with proper fans and ventilation devices that remove fumes escaping during the drilling and removal process. A clean air environment should include ion generators that help to remove mercury from the air.
Ask if the dentist uses a rubber dam for patients having mercury amalgams removed. The rubber dam is placed in the mouth and across the throat to protect you from ingesting mercury-containing substances. It should not interfere with breathing.
Preparing for the procedure
Your dentist should provide instructional materials and/or videos that thoroughly explain the process, risks and any after care treatment. Nutritional changes may be needed along with follow-up blood work and a detox program to fully assist your return to good health.
Discuss the products being used to replace your mercury amalgams. A appointment with a kinesiologist may be suggested to find out which holistic dental substances you will better tolerate for replacement crowns.
Is this the right dentist for you?
Interview several dentists providing mercury free dental services where you can compare prices, quality of work and your rapport with the doctor.
Mercury amalgam removal and tooth restoration is expensive and can cost thousands of dollars. If cost is an issue, make arrangements beforehand for a payment plan. Check with your health insurance company to find out if mercury removal and tooth restoration is covered on your plan.
JB Bardot is an herbalist and a classical homeopath, and has a post graduate degree in holistic nutrition. Bardot cares for both people and animals, using alternative approaches to health care and lifestyle. She writes about wellness, green living, alternative medicine, holistic nutrition, homeopathy, herbs and naturopathic medicine. You can find her at The JB Bardot Archives at www.jbbardot.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jbbardot23 or on Twitter at jbbardot23 or https://twitter.com/jbbardot23