Scottsdale Holistic Dentist
Dr. Dang understands patients with holistic concerns. Many people worry about the substances they place in their bodies. If you have particular concerns, Dr. Dang will listen and try to accommodate you. He offers metal-free dentistry, mercury-free fillings, and BPA-free composites.
For years, dentists filled cavities with what are called silver fillings. However, these fillings, while they have silver in them, actually have more mercury than silver, plus other metals, such as copper or zinc. The American Dental Association states that amalgam fillings are safe. However, Dr. Dang prefers modern composite fillings to repair cavities. Besides requiring less healthy tooth structure to be drilled away, composite fillings bond to the tooth and have a much nicer appearance. In the images below, notice how natural the white composite fillings look compared to the mercury fillings.
Some dental crowns contain metal, such as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Though they are strong and appear natural from a distance, their metal core can show at the gumline over time. They also look duller and more opaque than real teeth. The alternative to PFM crowns is ceramic. First-generation ceramic crowns were prone to breakage, but the new all-ceramic crowns Dr. Dang prefers are extremely resilient and beautiful.
Holistic Dentistry with BPA-Free Composite Fillings
BPA is sometimes present in the composite resin material dentists use to fill cavities. BPA is short for Bisphenol A. This compound is found in products such as water bottles, canned goods, and shatterproof windows.
According to the National Institutes of Health, BPA in packaging can leach into food and beverages. The health effects of BPA are unknown. A 2002 study by the CDC found that most adults have some amount of BPA present in their bodies. The American Dental Association notes that BPA is detectable in the saliva of patients who have recently received a BPA composite filling. If you are concerned about BPA, please let us know. Dr. Dang offers BPA-free composites.
To learn more about Dr. Dang’s holistic dentistry methods, please call our office at (480) 994-1266. You can also use this form to request an appointment, and we will call you.