Dr. Olivia Hart is known throughout the Richmond, VA area and beyond as a leader in advanced techniques for reconstructive and aesthetic dentistry . . . with a healthy difference. As a member of the IAOMT, IABDM, HDA, ADA, VDA, RDS, ICOI and AAIP (keep reading to learn more about these organizations), Dr. Hart utilizes the least invasive, safest, and most technologically advanced methods. Her comprehensive style of dentistry goes well beyond treating problems with teeth. It encompasses a whole-body wellness approach that recognizes the symbiosis of mouth and body. From mercury-safe techniques to homeopathic healing, Dr. Hart treats with the patient’s overall wellbeing in mind. Under Dr. Hart’s tutelage, Richmond Family Dentistry provides a premium level of holistic dental care not found in other area practices, for patients of all ages.
With grandparents in the dental profession, Dr. Hart found early inspiration to help others enjoy improved quality of life through healthy mouths. However, she first earned a Master’s degree in linguistics and taught in that field. Highly-developed communication and education skills became invaluable in providing positive dental experiences. Several years of world travel introduced Dr. Hart to holistic lifestyles in various cultures. She brings the best of these combined philosophies together at Richmond Family Dentistry.
An unquenchable thirst for knowledge lead to a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (Cum Laude), and a Virginia Commonwealth University Doctorate in Dentistry (with honors). Dr. Hart has also completed a Doctorate program in naturopathy.
CERAMIC IMPLANTS :
Dr. Olivia Hart is the only dentist in Richmond, VA that offers to her patients FDA-approved, biocompatible, biomimetic, durable metal-free zirconia implants, also known also as a ceramic implants.
WHY METALS ARE PROBLEMATIC
If you think about it, you have likely never known anyone who has an allergic reaction to a ceramic teapot or the ceramic plates they eat off of. One of the reasons for this is that the human body responds better to biocompatible, non-metal materials rather than materials made from metals.
When titanium alloy dental implants are placed in the ”hostile electrolytic environment” that is our mouth, they may be subject to corrosion and the release of ions that can, in turn, increase the likelihood of an adverse allergic reaction (Chaturvedi, 2013).
Additionally, the metal in our mouth is constantly being exposed to saliva and cellular energy—who does not use mobile phones these days with ever more powerful cellular networks? This exposure is known to create galvanic reactions, which are battery-like electric currents (Tschernitschek H, Borchers L, Geurtsen W. Nonalloyed 2005: 523-530). Having a battery in your mouth is not a recipe for a long, healthy life! Furthermore, some patients are known to have developed a hypersensitivity to titanium implants (Muller K, Valentine-Thon E., 2006).
According to the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and documented scientific research, exposure to metal in general and metal implants specifically can also be a contributing factor to autoimmune disease. (Loyo E, Jara LJ, López PD, Puig AC., 2013).
Richmond Family Dentistry adopts a precautionary approach in its holistic, ceramic implant treatment. Our philosophy is that anything metal in a patient’s mouth is suspicious until science irrevocably states otherwise, and should ideally be substituted with available biocompatible alternatives with the aim of enhancing the immunity and self-defence of a patient’s body.
BENEFITS OF ZIRCONIA IMPLANTS
- Strong– Zirconia is extremely capable of resisting bite force, so these implants are suitable for all areas of the mouth.
- Reliable– Zirconia implants have been available since 1987, recently gaining popularity due to a growing number of holistic dental practices. Osseointegration for zirconia is similar to titanium, resulting in a success rate up to 97 percent.
- Biocompatible– Zirconia is a bioinert material – it is unlikely to cause inflammation and rejection by the body.
- Natural looking– A zirconia implant and porcelain restoration cannot be detected in the smile. Because it is white in color like natural teeth, a gray line at the gum margin is unlikely to appear.
As a dentist with a holistic approach and a member of the IAOMT, Dr. Hart supports the growing trend toward avoiding metals in the body. If you are a health conscious dental patient, she encourages you to schedule a consultation to learn more about the advantages of zirconia implants and relevant treatment plans. Call Richmond Family Dentistry in Richmond,