What do health conscious people need to know about non metal fillings like composites? Here is a quick rundown:
- Whenever possible avoid metal (especially mercury) for restorations like fillings or crowns
- Use composites (white filling material) that have no BisPhenolA or ‘BPA free’ for short
- Use cements for crowns that are BPA free and floride free
- Use home care hygiene products that are alcohol and floride free and don’t contain any toxic additives
- When possible use PRF (platelet rich plasma) vs traditional bovine bone grafting
- Consider Zirconia vs Titanium Implants
Keep in mind that most dentists use materials that have the best physical properties without giving much thought to what is in those materials or what affects it might have on the body as a whole. Besides, thousands and in some cases millions of dollars are spent researching these materials. As far as the dentists are concerned, they figure if materials are put out by the dental manufacturers, researched and approved, they must be safe. The manufacturers put out sheets for every dental material listing what it contains, so if you have any questions, ask your dentist for this sheet called the MSDS which stands for the materials safety data sheet.
The second problem is that most dentists and dental organizations think that materials like mercury and floride are perfectly safe to use in dentistry, and in fact in the case of floride, are even good for you. Keep in mind that there are no studies showing systemic exposure to floride is safe. The floride used in dentistry is a byproduct of industry, essentially a waste product that would cost a lot of money to dispose of properly. So what a great idea it was for industry to hook up with the dental industry and use this toxic waste to fight tooth decay. I happen to believe that floride does reduce tooth decay, however it causes serious problems in the body, not the least of which is weak bones subject to sheer forces, i.e. hip fractures. I will write a separate post on floride in the coming months.
Most dentists don’t think much about the ramifications of toxic elements in the materials they use because they were not trained to. There are not very many courses on biocompatibility of dental materials in school or out. Second they don’t see the possible toxic effects of the materials they use. Dentists are a good bunch and really do care about their patients. However, the majority of their focus is on your mouth and making sure that they keep your teeth and restore them with the best, longest lasting materials available, not the healthiest ones.
In other words if that happens to be mercury amalgams then so be it. The truth is that everyday levels of mercury in the body rarely creates a health crisis and the symptoms are vague enough and general enough that they are easily missed and associated with other conditions. Symptoms like flushing, nervousness, ticks, night sweats, mental fogginess and sluggishness, and other neurological symptoms. This is by no means all the symptoms associated with mercury but it gives an idea of how easily it might be missed. Because of this mercury levels are rarely tested for or identified as a possible problem. No red flags go up and so dental materials are almost never considered. This is a shame as we are exposed to these materials for years, decades and sometimes our entire lives. No one has dies from toxic dental materials, at least that can be easily proved. This is of course good and bad. The good news is that the majority of people can deal with slight to moderate levels of stress and toxicity. However, there is a certain percentage of the population that are affected by dental materials and some people that are incapacitated by them. Don’t wait until you are older to think about these issues or do anything about them. By that time it may be too late to do anything about it or reverse any damage done to your health or immune system.
Carey O’Rielly DDS has been a practicing dentist for 33 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.