Choosing a Biological Dentist
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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?
Not all dentists rely on all of these other tests or may refer some of them out. No two doctors practice exactly alike. This does not always mean that the care you receive from one will be superior or inferior to that from another, just different.
Consultation time may happen at a different time. Your case might require the dentist to review and analyze the findings in detail so they can create a specific treatment plan for you. It will include discussion of risks and benefits, financial costs and treatment timeline – information you need to make an informed decision about which, if any, treatment to pursue.
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?
If a dentist is knowledgeable and understands mercury biochemistry, it is likely they will take the removal process seriously. What you don’t want to hear is something like, “I don’t think the mercury in fillings is a big deal, but I'll take them out if you like.” That dentist probably isn’t too concerned with removal protocols and the safe handling of mercury. If the dentist provides the equipment, skill and techniques to protect his patients, staff and self, then the same commitment is generally practiced regarding appropriate disposal of mercury and toxic products into our 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?