A holistic dentist considers the patient’s overall health when treating teeth. This means using safe materials, removing toxic ones when they pose a risk, and using promising new safe therapies.
Who wouldn’t agree with that?
A holistic dentist has your overall health in mind.
Mercury-free. Ozone to kill bacteria. Only high-quality materials.
At Moonlight Beach Dental, holistic dentistry most often involves the removal of mercury fillings and toxic materials, using promising therapies like ozone to kill bacteria and reduce sensitivity and decay, and using only high-quality materials that are safe and biocompatible throughout.
Learn the facts first.
We don’t want to sell you on mercury removal, we want to help educate you about the facts regarding mercury in amalgam fillings, as there are many sides to this controversial issue.
Re-mineralizes and sterilizes the tooth to help prevent future decay.
Ozone is a painless and safe gas that not only helps re-mineralize teeth, it’s kills bacteria, viruses, spirochetes, amoebas, fungi, parasites, and even prions. It’s it effective, easy, cheap and fast.
Ever think about exacly what your dentist is putting in your mouth? Since you’ve got to live with your mouth, all materials should be safe, non-allergenic, and stronger in general. We believe in all quality materials, and you’ll need fewer visits and touch ups.
Is your body sensitive to things at the dentist’s office?
Here’s some things to consider.
People are highly chemically-sensitive in subtle ways to many things in their environment.
A biologic, holistic, and integrative dentistry attempts to reduce as many of the causes of these sensitivities in their office.
Allergic to the crowns in your mouth?
Over 30% of the population is allergic to metals like nickel.
Over 30% of the population of the population is allergic to metals, primarily nickel. This occurs more frequently in women. What most people are unaware of is that the porcelain crowns in their mouth are actually porcelain baked OVER METAL. These metals are most often non-precious, and include platinum, palladium, cobalt, nickel and beryllium. This is why most individuals will complain about the “black line” showing around their crown.
Individuals sensitive to these metals can have a strong tissue reaction, leading to pain, swelling, easy bleeding and chronic inflammation. Although the body has a high daily cell turnover in the mouth, every time the new cells form, they have an allergic response to the metal. The gum tissue will recede, or pull away from the irritant, or, become extremely irritated and swollen. There is no solution other than removing the crown and replacing it with an all porcelain in order to have the inflammation resolve. at times, additional therapy with the laser is needed.
In addition, mercury filling electrolytic corrosion can react with the crowns in your mouth. There are electric micro-currents between the different metals in your mouth. Like a tiny battery, your silver mercury fillings and crowns can generate electrical currents when bathed in fluid (like saliva). A battery is basically two dissimilar metals with an electrolyte between them. Saliva is the electrolyte, and so electrons flow between the differing metals. This current can also travel throughout your body, causing disruptions in other “circuits” of our system.
Dr. Vane only uses all porcelain restorations, which contain NO METALS and are highly BIO-COMPATIBLE. These restorations are beautiful, look like teeth, and the bodies tissues respond just like natural enamel. In addition, there are NO CURRENTS which can be generated from porcelain materials. The porcelain does not trigger the LOW GRADE IMMUNE RESPONSE in the body, because porcelain is not recognized like a foreign object in the body,
Dr. Vane also offers same day crowns, which can be made in office by a state of the art CEREC milling machine. The crowns are made with a precision that can only be achieved using a computer to design the fit of the crown, rather than a dental lab technician. This accuracy ensures a seal against bacteria, and a high quality restorations which is successful long term.
New porcelain fused to metal crowns on the upper right. Tissue is red and inflamed, and bleeds easily due to chronic inflammation from the contact with the metal in the crown.
Tissue response to the metal substructure of a porcelain fused to metal crown immediately following removal. The tissue was raw, tender, and ulcerated. This is chronic inflammation. Following replacement with all porcelain restorations, the tissue heals immediately.
Are root canals bad for you?
A controversial topic in holistic dentistry concerns root canals. More specifically: if they are bad for you or not.
The main issue is that harmful bacteria can harbor around the roots, and some dentists and researchers believe this can not be removed effectively.
This is an area of controversy, and Dr. Vane is happy to meet with you to address specific issues directly.
Questions About Bio-Compatible Dentistry
What is bio-compatible dentistry? How does it benefit you?
What is bio-compatible dentistry?
Bio-compatible dentistry involves the use of materials that are proven to be non-toxic to the body. All materials used are non-reactive and approved by the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology).
How do I know these materials are safe? Does the resin being used have BPA?
The IAOMT has compiled research from the past 30 years regarding all dental materials used n the mouth. Through their comprehensive research, they have compiled a list of bio-compatible, BPA free materials that are proven to be safe. The resin fillings Dr. Vane uses are on the approved list. The materials Dr. Vane uses are also approved as non-reactive on the list compiled by Dr. Clifford, of the famous Clifford test. If there is an overwhelming concern about resins, then the patient should elect to use our all-porcelain material for their restorations. This material is lithium disilicate (tradename: E-Max, Cerec), which is a reinforced porcelain and is our strongest dental porcelain that has ever been on the market. Lithium disilicate is proven to be bio-inert, and looks like enamel on the x-rays. The tissue response to this material is the same as to enamel.
Should I be given nutritional supplements with my mercury removal?
The short answer is, yes. Dr. Vane has a list of supplements that you can purchase and take during your mercury removal, and also supplies them chair-side. These supplements serve to bind any released mercury, and remove it from the tissues, bloodstream, and gut, so that it can be carried out through the feces and urine, rather than binding onto other sites throughout the body.
What is “holistic” periodontal therapy or “holistic” root canals and extractions?
Most dental infections are treated with the use of medications and antibiotics. Root canals and gum disease can cause full body infections. While additional medications are at times necessary and are used, Dr. Vane tries to treat smaller infections using ozone or peroxides.
The simple concept is that the use of super-saturated oxygen is an anti-oxidant, and targets the anaerobic (non-oxygen) harmful bacteria in gum disease or other infections. The super saturated oxygen kills any bacteria that can not live or thrive in oxygen.
In addition, laser therapy is used, which targets the harmful bacteria and kills it, while not damaging any healthy tissues.
Why “it smells like a spa in here”.
What is aromatherapy?
We love that most patients tell us “it smells like a spa in here”, instead of the regular dental office chemical scents.
It may be as simple as that, but many believe that oils derived from flowers and plants can have therapeutic effects, particularly with the alleviation of anxiety many have when visiting a dentist.
Dr. Vane has incorporated aromatherapy into Moonlight Beach Dental, using multiple diffusers and oil applications.
The calming effects may go unnoticed, but that’s a good thing.
A fluoride-free practice.
Here’s the thinking behind that.
In short, sometimes too much of a good thing can be bad for you.
I created this video to explain why we are a fluoride-free practice.
In the 1960’s, Fluoride was added as a supplement to pretty much all public water supplies in the USA. It’s also in many products. It is likely in your toothpaste, and you get some every time you drink juice from concentrate or get a coffee at Starbucks.
Lately, I’ve been seeing some patients (particularly younger patients) who suffer from fluorosis – damage to their enamel from too much fluoride. Ironically, too much fluoride can actually mottle and weaken teeth.
In modern life, I feel there is enough fluoride around us at all times. In my opinion, addressing the actual causes of decay (like diet or health issues) is far more important than an unchecked amount of fluoride.
Explaining holistic and traditional methods.
The holistic method focuses on removing the tooth and the periodontal ligament.
Hopefully you never need to have a tooth removed. But if you do, you might be curious about the way to go about a surgical extraction, or how it can effect your body.
I created this video to explain some differences between the “holistic” methods as opposed to more traditional methods with regard to extractions
In dental school, the general thinking is just take out the tooth. Make sure all of the tooth is removed from the socket, and you remove the infection.
There is something around the tooth and the tooth socket called the periodontic ligament. The thinking in the holistic method is that if you leave this ligament behind, it has a possibility of leaving behind infection and create problems in the jaw once your skin is healed. Over time, this can potentially become a nasty internal infection called a cavitation.
So in general, at least according to the holistic method, it’s best to just take out the periodontal ligament, and preserving the socket in a way that allows for the bone to be used again in the future (for implants, for example).
So that’s the thinking. If you are going to be having an extraction, remember to talk about some of these issues with your dentist.
How to build back the healthy bacteria in your intestines.
Recently, I had to prescribe antibiotics to my mother for a infection she had in her jaw. After this course of medication, she was interested in building back the good bacteria in her system.
Sometimes bad bacteria overwhelms the system and antibiotics are prescribed by a doctor out of necessity. When a doctor prescribes antibiotics, listen to your doctor and take them as prescribed. During and after the antibiotics, there are things you can do to start rebuilding the good, helpful bacteria that is found in healthy intestines.
That’s what the video above is all about.