Dr. Mobasser is one of the best holistic dentists in Los Angeles. Holistic dentistry or Biological Dentistry is an approach to dental care that considers the patient’s dental health in the context of their overall health. It is sometimes called “Biological” dentistry or “Biocompatible” dentistry. Holistic dentistry looks at the person as a whole to administer holistic dental treatment, rather than just a set of teeth and jaws. If you’re looking for a holistic dentist in Los Angeles, contact us today to arrange your free consultation.
Holistic Dentist Approach by Dr. Mobasser
According to the Top Holistic Dentist in Los Angeles, Dr. Anthony Mobasser, principles of holistic dentistry must be practiced to avoid the destructive effects of dental infections and dental diseases, which can spread throughout the entire body. One should eat nutrient-dense foods, avoid root canal problems from the beginning, and avoid mercury (amalgam) fillings. If it is necessary to extract teeth, then avoid leaving the jawbone with cavitation (large holes), which can be the focal point of infection.
Amalgam use is avoided in holistic dentistry due to concerns about toxicity. Amalgam removal and replacement with natural-looking bonded materials is a common holistic dentistry treatment as well as a common aesthetic dentistry treatment. The mercury/amalgam is not only potentially bad for the teeth and the body, but it also looks unsightly and unnatural and requires the removal of a much more precious tooth structure.
Tooth-Colored fillings and White fillings
Composite fillings are used generally to remove cavitation and restore the tooth, however, in certain cases, the patient might be allergic to the composite material. The composite is usually plastic and glass fillers, and a certain percentage of people are allergic to Methyl Methacrylate’s known as (MMA). Dr. Mobasser will need allergic testing prior to the restoration of teeth. For more long-lasting restorations, porcelain inlays, onlays, or full ceramic crowns and porcelain veneers are used. The medical history of the patient, combined with the X-rays and evaluation of their occlusion determines, which material is best to use in our holistic dentistry approach.
Per Dr. Anthony Mobasser, one of America’s Top Dentists, the more conservative the approach to salvage tooth structure, the more your teeth will last for the rest of your life.
In his Holistic Dental Practice in Los Angeles, Dr. Anthony Mobasser is committed to holistic dentistry. A guiding principle is that the health of the mouth and the health of the body simply cannot be separated. Dr. Mobasser believes in combining the most natural approach possible with state-of-the-art technology for optimal results.
Zirconia implants and Porcelain Crowns not containing any metals, metal-free porcelain lab fabricated inlays and onlays are some of the holistic procedures that our Holistic Dentist in Los Angeles incorporates in his office.
How to remove Mercury Fillings?
It is best to remove the mercury fillings while under Oxygen, O2, and have isolation techniques, such as removing Mercury under a rubber dam or isolate machine.
Which Biocompatibility testing is recommended?
Dr. Mobasser recommends Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing (CMRT), testing which is basically a blood test, in which you will be tested for over 1800 different dental materials, and based upon the level of any allergy, or causing depression of your immune systems, those materials will be not used in your dentistry or cosmetic dentistry treatment.
There is also hair testing, by Doctor Data testing in which helps mercury toxicity for patients who have been exposed to multiple mercury fillings.
In regard to the metals used in dental implants, Dr. Mobasser recommends MELISA or Memory Lymphocyte Immunostimulation Assay Test, which is a blood test also for patients with delayed hypersensitivity, to test for dental amalgams, or any porcelain fused to metal restorations.
BPA – free Composite materials
Dr. Mobasser recommends composite restorations without BPA (Bisphenol A and Phthalates) which has caused certain allergies and possible asthma problems, in very minor populations.
Depending on the patient’s needs and desires in relation to holistic dentistry, Dr. Mobasser can address many significant aspects such as the use of mercury-free fillings; material compatibility testing; innovative isolation techniques to eliminate mercury exposure; the use of oxygen; the role of nutrition in oral health; the relationship of gum disease to other physical problems; and structural components (such as TMJ, postural asymmetry, uneven bite, etc.). In our office, we look at the biocompatibility of the different tooth-filling composite resins with each individual concerned.
What is the difference between a Holistic and a regular Dentist?
A holistic dentist is focused on the full body and oral cavity, since the oral cavity is part of our systemic health system, and each part affects the other. A holistic dentist will use amalgam-free restorations, try to avoid root canals, and do not use fluoride. Most Holistic dentists will use natural remedies as treatment options, they believe in the principles of holistic medicine.
A General Dentist Treats the whole mouth, taking care of bone, gum, cavities, root canals, all types of crowns, dental implants, and focus on health also, they do believe in root canal therapy and using certain fluorides for preventative measures. Some expert dentists will use the state of the art equipment and cutting-edge materials to obtain the best possible results to get their patients healthy.
What do Holistic Dentists use for fillings?
Holistic dentists use metal-free composites (dental bonding), which contain a minimal amount of Bisphenol A (BPA) in which is thought to act as a hormonal Estrogenic substance. If the fillings are not large, a composite that is BPA-free is advised, for larger fillings, a Holistic Dentist will use inlay and onlays which are made of porcelain materials. These can be regular Feldspathic Porcelain, or Emax Porcelain, and/or Zirconia Porcelain.
Are Holistic Dentists covered by Insurance?
Most services and treatments of Holistic Dentists are covered by insurance, however most expert Holistic Dentists are private, so patients usually handle holistic dentist fees at the time of their visit, and then as a courtesy, the holistic dental office will bill the patient’s insurance so the patient gets reimbursed. Please note, each dental insurance is different. Depending on the contract the patient signed with the insurance company, some cover a higher limit, some cover less. Most dental insurances have a set limit of coverage per year, and most pay a partial percentage of the insurance company fees that are predetermined, not the holistic dentist fee. Think of dental insurance as a little help, to cover a portion of the cost. Unlike medical insurance which can cover a lot more if the patient requires hospitalization, and as opposed to medical insurance, dental insurances are much more limited in their scope and coverage.
Do Holistic Dentists do Crowns?
Yes and No. Most expert Holistic Dentists want to avoid crowns, but do dental bonding, place Porcelain Veneers, Veneer Onlays, and Veneer overlays. The reason for this is to preserve as much tooth structure as possible. However, if the patient requires a Crown, only Porcelain Crowns are indicated; and prior to placing the crown, a tooth build-up is necessary. Also, all previous amalgams must be removed completely with composite build-up prior to having the Porcelain Crown placed. A Holistic Dentist will avoid using a PFM or porcelain fused to any metal crown.
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