What is Biological Dentistry?

added on: December 23, 2019
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Your biological dentist in Sheboygan thought it was a good idea to dedicate a blog to explain why what we do is different than traditional dentistry. A biological dentist (sometimes also referred to as a holistic or natural dentist) is someone who believes that your mouth and oral health are directly connected to overall health and wellbeing. 

A biological dentist like Dr. John Korolewski understands that issues and problems with your teeth can affect other parts of your body. One of his most important missions is to treat and restore the natural health to your smile, using minimally invasive techniques and treatments to bring harmony to your oral and overall health. Biological dentistry uses treatments rooted in science, using the safest, least toxic ways to accomplish your oral health goals. We want to minimize the impact of treatment on your overall health by only using biocompatible materials. 

Dr. John makes every effort to protect you, our team, and the environment when performing any procedure. We now follow the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) protocol for the safe removal of mercury restorations from the mouth. With the strength and beauty of the latest restorative materials, there are many options for repair and restoration available, including porcelain and BPA-free composites.

Mercury Safe Dentistry

One of the most noticeable differences between our biological Sheboygan dental office and other dental practices is how we feel about amalgam or mercury fillings. It breaks down like this: the silver fillings that have been used for over 200 years contain mercury. Dental amalgam is a mixture of metal powder and no less than 45% of elemental liquid mercury, which is a potent neurotoxin. By itself, mercury is a toxic poison. It was once thought of as being bound to the other dissimilar metals in an amalgamation. Science has known for decades that the mercury component leaks or leaches out of the filling. This occurs whenever we chew, grind our teeth, or drink something warm.

Dental schools still teach dentists to use mercury amalgam (silver) fillings, and the American Dental Association (ADA) continues to tell the public they are safe. But recently, more and more questions have been raised about the safety of the mercury vapor released from amalgam fillings by various forms of stimulation. This has resulted in a controversy and an ongoing debate about them – with some dentists saying they are safe and some saying they aren’t. This has now evolved to the point where over 50% of practicing dentists are no longer putting mercury amalgam fillings in their patients’ teeth. 

The controversy has also made dentists like Dr. John rethink what they were taught in dental school. He concluded in 2001 that it would no longer be in the best interest of his patients to offer mercury amalgam as a filling material and his practice became Mercury Free. In addition, because it has been proven that unsafe levels of toxic mercury vapor are released when amalgam fillings are unsafely removed, he also recently implemented a Mercury Safe removal protocol to protect his patients, his team and himself. To that purpose, Dr. Korolewski completed the SMART training (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) and is now certified by the IAOMT as Mercury Safe.

We Treat the Whole You!

Conventional dentistry places most of its emphasis on just fixing what’s wrong with your teeth – fill your cavities, perform root canals, treat gum disease, and put crowns on broken or damaged teeth. Problem solved, right? Your Sheboygan biological dentist doesn’t necessarily agree. He goes one step further, considering your overall physical health to look for any underlying issues that could be contributing to what’s happening in your mouth. 

We realize that what you eat and what you do in your spare time (i.e., smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol) can have an impact on your smile. New studies show that when your mouth is unhealthy, it can be linked to severe health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, low birth weight, and Alzheimer’s disease. A biological dentist like Dr. John understands the deep connection between your mouth and body. He has advanced training in understanding how:

– Oral infections can spread elsewhere in your body

– Mercury and other toxic dental materials can do harm

– A misaligned bite can be cause for symptoms such as headaches, joint pain, and difficulty sleeping

Is there something else you want to know about Dr. John or our Sheboygan biological dental office? Give us a call or drop us a line online. We’re happy to answer your questions and get you set up for an appointment where you’re free to talk to us about your smile goals. We’re always here for you and your family!