Choosing a Biological Dentist
Frequently Asked Questions
Deciding who to entrust with your care can be tough!
The best thing you can do is research and ask questions until you find the dentist you feel both confident and comfortable with, who has the skills, knowledge and orientation you seek.
The answers we provide are intended to be general, not specific. We provide them to help you in your search for a dental home and make informed decisions about your oral and overall health.
We encourage you to talk with each office you consider before scheduling any appointment. Find out about the dentist’s beliefs and practices. You’re looking for the best match for your individual health situation, needs, values and priorities.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions below.
May I talk with you about my dental health situation over the phone or visit your office before making an appointment?
What may I expect during an initial exam and consultation?
Do you require a comprehensive medical and dental history?
What kind of material compatibility testing do you use?
What is your position on mercury amalgam? Is this a mercury-free practice? Is it mercury-safe, as well? How long has the dentist practiced in a mercury free environment?
Do you use a rubber dam when removing amalgam?
What other kinds of safeguards do you use in your office when removing amalgam fillings?
Additionally, large amounts of water help contain the mercury vapor and particulate matter and keep the filling cool.
Do you remove amalgam fillings in large sections?
Do you use special rinses during amalgam removal?
Do your patients have the option of being sedated during dental procedures?
Some offices offer IV sedation. This heavier sedation requires you to have someone to drive you home after the procedure.
I am not happy with my smile. Do you provide cosmetic dentistry?
Do you perform root canal therapy?
Acknowledging that a root canal tooth is a dead tooth, we might ask: Does it make sense to allow dead tissue to remain in the body and not expect some kind of infection to spread?