At Nebraska Family Dentistry, Dr. Kathryn Alderman is your local biological dentist, mercury free dentist in the Lincoln, NE area serving patients at various locations throughout the community. Dr. Alderman is passionate about helping patients live healthier, happier lives and knows that having a healthy mouth can greatly impact a person’s overall well-being. Dr. Alderman will carefully review your medical history and help you treat your dental conditions using materials and techniques that will benefit your overall health. If you have concerns about older metal restorations that may require replacement or the safety of dental treatment for patients with specific medical conditions or dental anxiety, Dr. Alderman would be happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have. Being a mercury free dentist in the Lincoln, NE area, Dr. Alderman knows that your health is important.
What is a Biological Dentist?
Biological dentists are providers who understand that the health of the mouth can impact a person’s overall health. The goal of biological dentists is to treat dental problems while helping balance systemic health. One of the ways biological dentists do this is by ensuring that only the most biocompatible dental materials available are used and that any dental treatment performed helps reduce systemic inflammation in the body. Biological dentists know that introducing different materials like metals can have an impact on a person’s immune response. Some biological dentists recommend that patients undergo allergy testing to determine if they will react to certain dental materials before initiating dental treatment. Biological dentists rely on scientific-based evidence of the safety and efficacy of dental treatments before recommending them to patients.
What is the difference between a biological dentist and holistic dentist?
There are many emerging holistic or functional or biological medical providers.
There is a difference between them. The holistic provider often is not science-oriented while biological is a science and fact-based. Dr.Kathryn Alderman is a biological and not a holistic dentist.
Mercury Free Dentist in the Lincoln, NE Area Providing Gentle Dentistry
Amalgam is a dental material that has been used for many years in dentistry. The use of amalgam fillings in modern dentistry is slowly waning with the development of superior materials and the controversial subject of the threat amalgam fillings may pose to human health. It is estimated that about 50% of dentists in the U.S do not use mercury amalgam fillings, although only about 10% of them understand the health risks associated with amalgam. Amalgam fillings are typically comprised of an alloy of several metals including 50% mercury combined with smaller percentages of silver, copper, tin, and zinc. They are often called silver fillings, but in reality, they are not pure silver. Mercury is a known neurotoxin and has been shown to cause various harmful effects to human health. Research suggests that during normal chewing and changes to the temperature in the mouth during eating and drinking may cause the mercury from the fillings to be released into the body, which can contribute to negative effects on systemic health and that a single amalgam filling can release up to 15 mcg of mercury per day into a person’s body. The average adult has up to eight fillings in their mouth, making the average daily exposure up to 120 mcg of mercury per day. For reference, scientists warn the general public not to eat an excess of mercury-containing seafood, which on average would expose someone to 2.3 mcg daily.
In addition to negative health effects, improper disposal of amalgam fillings also poses a risk to the environment. In our Lincoln, NE offices, during the removal of your amalgam fillings, we use amalgam separators to avoid introducing mercury into the city water supply.
Fortunately, this material is no longer being used by many dentists. We use a mercury-free composite material in our Lincoln, NE offices. It is a good idea to ask your dental provider what type of dental materials they use routinely and be aware of any failing amalgam restorations you may have that may need to be replaced in the future with an alternative material.
If you are considering removing old amalgam fillings, it is a good idea to consider seeing a biological dentist for this procedure. Most general dentists who practice conventional dentistry do not employ the same precautions during amalgam removal that biological dentists use. This can ultimately put your health at risk. Biological dentists know that harmful vapors that contain mercury are present during amalgam removal.
To minimize patient exposure during amalgam removal in our offices, patients are instructed not to breathe through their mouth, high-volume evacuators are placed as close to the tooth as possible, the tooth is isolated with a rubber dam, cold water is applied to avoid heating up the material during removal and a room air-purifier is used.
For patients who are concerned about metal toxicity from mercury exposure, it is possible to have urine testing to determine the levels present in the body. Talk to your doctor or dentist about your concerns.
Which Type of Filling Material is the Safest? Where Can I find a Mercury Free Dentist in the Lincoln, NE area?
Composite resin fillings, glass ionomer, zirconia, gold, and porcelain crowns are all biocompatible alternative dental materials to mercury amalgam fillings. In the past, some of the arguments for the continued use of amalgam was that composite fillings did not last as long as amalgams. Research has shown that amalgam fillings placed on molars have a much higher failure rate than composite fillings. Another reason for the controversy of the composite as a viable alternative to amalgam was that some of them contain BPA (bisphenol-A). You can read about the risks of BPA dental fillings here.
Fortunately, today there are many brands and materials available that do not contain BPA before or after curing. If you have questions or concerns about the type of materials that may be used in your treatment, speak with a mercury free dentist in the Lincoln, NE area. He or she can answer any questions you may have. If you suffer from allergies, it is possible to have blood testing done that will identify a reaction to the ingredients in dental materials.
CAQ’s for a Biological Dentist and Mercury Free Dentist in the Lincoln, NE area
What is Biological Dentistry?
The study of how our mouth is the gateway to the body and understand teeth affect overall well being of patients and has an effect on the overall health of the patient.
Do you have a list of ingredients that are in the composite material?
We do have the SDS sheets for every product that we use in our office. They are available online for patients.
Are root canals safe for my health? Your mercury free dentist in the Lincoln, NE area answers…
Everybody is different and has different needs. There are many factors involved when deciding on the best treatment option for a patient. if the patient is immune-compromised and the tooth has an active infection we recommend removing the tooth. if the tooth has chronic inflammation and the patient is in good health, the patient could be a candidate for root canal treatment.
Is there BPA in composite?
Yes, but we do offer BPA free composite.
Are titanium implants safe if I’m allergic to metal?
Titanium Implants safe for metal allergies: Titanium is a bio-compatible material and is a safe option for those with metal allergies. We can also use a Zirconia implant if you are uncomfortable with the titanium implant.
How do you safely remove the amalgam in my teeth to keep me safe?
We used an altered SMART system of removing metal fillings. We use an Isolite which is a newer, better version of a dental dam and keeps you from swallowing or inhaling mercury vapors. We also have a state-of-the-art air filtration system that removes mercury vapors and provides the office with a completely new air supply every 30-60 seconds. We also break that filling up into small pieces so as to preserve your healthy tooth structure and make it easier to take out of your mouth safely with an amalgam separator.
Do you offer nutritional support?
We can absolutely talk through your nutritional concerns and go over some healthier options and steps you can take to become a healthier you. However, we would refer you on to a nutritionist or dietitian if you are looking for intensive nutritional support. We would be happy to go over any testing results with you.
What steps do you use for removing amalgam safely?
We keep the filling at a cooler temperature with a constant spray of water to reduce the release of mercury vapor. We cut the amalgam into smaller more manageable pieces that can more easily be removed. We have a high-volume evacuation system that helps collect mercury vapors that are released along with a suction tube that stays in the mouth to help with saliva and mercury. We use a non-latex Isolite to prevent swallowing or inhaling of vapors along with our new air filtration system that allows all vapors to leave the office completely every 30-60 seconds.
Do I need to replace my mercury fillings?
we do recommend replacing mercury fillings with tooth-colored composite for many reasons, the number one reason being the multiple health benefits of replacing them.
The final decision depends on the condition of your current filling and your overall health. For patients with overall health problems, especially with autoimmune disorders, their immune system is already challenged daily, so mercury fillings maybe just an additional factor putting unnecessary stress on overall health. If the filling is cracked or starting to break down you may want to consider a replacement. You can always choose to have the fillings replaced regardless of their condition to a stronger, healthier, and better looking composite material. There may be many factors to consider, the best way to approach the situation is to visit with a mercury free dentist in the Lincoln, NE area.
When my children come to the office I do not want them to have any Fluoride. Is that ok with your office?
The decision is ultimately up to you.
If I need a tooth extracted, what would be my replacement options if I don’t want metal? Could a mercury free dentist in the Lincoln, NE area benefit me?
We could do a dental bridge or biocompatible partial. If you would like an implant, Both titanium and Zirconia are great bio-compatible replacement options. We typically would suggest the Zirconia option if you are worried about the metal content or allergies.
How do you treat infected teeth without a root canal?
We want to get rid of the source of infection with antibiotics or possible removal of the tooth if necessary.
Do you use metal instruments?
Yes, our instruments are coated in stainless steel.
Do you take out root canals?
We typically refer to the oral surgeon for most extractions, including root canal treated teeth. the oral surgeons are better equipped to remove root canal treated teeth as they are more difficult to remove. they keep people very comfortable and are very efficient.
How Do I Find a Biological Dentist or a Mercury Free Dentist in the Lincoln, NE area?
Here are some questions you can ask when calling a new dentist to determine if they are a dentist who practices biological dentistry:
- Do you use digital or conventional x-rays?
- Do you use an amalgam separator?
- Is this a mercury-free practice?
- What kind of testing methods do you use for patients who have allergies to metals or other dental materials?
- Do you give patients safety glasses or protective barriers during the removal of amalgam fillings?
- How do you prevent the amalgam from heating up during removal?
- How is the room air-protected?
- How is the mercury amalgam removed from the tooth?