Bio mechanical structural problems in the cranium (skull) and mandible (lower jaw), can cause neurological, muscular, and physiological symptoms all over the body. ‘Bio mechanics’ refers to the the application of mechanical principles to living organisms. A comprehensive approach for dealing with these types of issues may be addressed by ALF Appliance Therapy.
ALfF appliance therapy, designed by a California-based dentist, is uniquely suited to correcting bio mechanical issues. This non-invasive approach utilizes very light, springy forces that are active 24/7, making this therapy extremely dynamic and responsive to the self-adjusting mechanisms of the body. It may also useful in establishing case stability during cosmetic dental treatments, which relies on the teeth, as well as the bones, being their ideal sizes, shapes, and in the correct positions.
This in turn offers another option for comprehensive, holistic-based cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentists can restore the damage to teeth caused by clenching and grinding (bruxism) by placing crowns and veneers. But sometimes clenching and grinding is a result of deeper cranial instability. Cosmetic restorations may crack and chip eventually as the natural teeth did before them, since the cranial/jaw position has not been corrected effectively. The cosmetic patient is often given a splint to reduce the damage but as discussed previously, this may not work.
ALF appliances and the paradigm that created them have begun to change the way joint pain, facial bone imbalances are approached, and how orthodontic treatment can integrate with cosmetic dental care. Underdeveloped or crowded teeth, bite problems, TMJ dysfunctions, and airway obstruction may be corrected in a comprehensive, positive, and effective manner.
Carey O’Rielly DDS has been a practicing dentist for 35 years. He went to USC Dental School and Duke University for his undergraduate degree. He grew up in Laguna Beach and now lives in La Costa with his wife Victoria, who runs his office.
He began his career by owning and operating a network of six offices in the San Francisco Bay Area. Presently he owns a private holistic practice in North County San Diego’s Encinitas.
Dr. O started looking for solutions to his health challenges that resulted from the stress and environmental toxicity that built up over a ten year period running his dental network. He has dedicated himself to learning about oral systemic problems and how dentistry can affect your health. He has applied what he has learned over the last twenty years to ensure he, his staff and his patients are protected from the chemicals and toxic materials found in most dental offices. He has produced an environmentally friendly office that is also peaceful and calm.
He is an expert on dental materials having looked at hundreds of biocompatibility lab tests over the years. He has identified the most bio-friendly materials to use in his practice and which dental materials can be used to replace metal fillings and crowns, including BPA free and fluoride free ‘white’ fillings. He also uses metal-free Zirconia or ceramic implants and PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) grafting materials which come from the patient’s own blood.
Dr. O’Rielly teaches C.E. courses on the systemic effects of gum disease. He is an expert in using phase contrast microscopy for analyzing dental infections, where he shows patients what kind of microbes, i.e. bacteria, amoeba, and yeasts like candida are populating the mouth and affecting the body as a whole.
He has an educational blog and is writing a book on dental health called ‘Hidden Dental Infections: Healing Root Canals and Infected Teeth with the Erbium Laser’ where he discusses dental nutrition, toxic dental materials and the effects of old root canals on inflammation and overall health.