Dr. Philip Memoli is the founder of the Center For Systemic Dentistry, and has nearly 30 years of experience in systemic (holistic) dentistry, acupuncture/acupressure, homeopathy, and nutrition, which, along with traditional dental methods, form the basis of his dental practice. Dr. Memoli regularly receives referrals from medical doctors for patients who are experiencing mercury toxicity from amalgam fillings.
Dentists and toxicologists are divided over the extent of the danger posed by mercury amalgam fillings. Even those who agree that mercury amalgam is hazardous are further divided over whether the safer protocol is to remove them or to leave them untouched. Paradoxically, improper removal of old fillings can cause greater exposure to mercury. Dentists who focus on safe amalgam removal must receive specialized training in the practice; they also follow government guidelines for containment of mercury vapor during the procedure and disposal of mercury-containing materials afterward.
The most widely accepted theory is that decay is a local phenomenon (contained to the area of the mouth), caused when mouth bacteria consume sugar and excrete acid, which begins to decay . Some studies have demonstrated that certain foods, medical conditions, and bacteria can initiate decay; other studies assert that, although those factors may start the decay process, they do not contribute the formation of .
Others consider tooth decay to be the result of systemic disease—conditions that originate elsewhere in the body but have an end result of causing decay in . If this theory is correct, then causal factors, such as dietary choices, are equally as important as good oral hygiene to prevent decay. A qualified ’s systemic assessment can strike the right balance of hygiene, diet, and professional dental care, to prevent a child’s susceptibility to improper mineralization (hypomineralization) and decay.
A is a treatment, not a diagnosis. Good dentistry, like good medicine, starts with a proper diagnosis of the tooth.
In to confirm a proper diagnosis, we need to establish two facts: the cause and the effect.
Some dentists argue that a diagnosis is academic and a waste of a patient’s time. The result is always the same, they say, a . However, establishing a true diagnosis of tooth pain may avert an unnecessary of an otherwise healthy tooth.
Other “causes” of tooth pain, other than those listed above, can include decay, bite trauma, bruxism (grinding or clenching at night), referred pain, nerve disorders and cracked . These causes result in various “effects,” such as tooth nerve , inflammation and ischemia (a reduction of blood flow to the tooth).