For patients who are familiar with research regarding the potential side effects from mercury exposure, removal of amalgam fillings may be of interest. As an Accredited Member of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology), Dr. Vladimir Pastouk follows their established protocols to perform truly safe amalgam removal at the Cleveland Center for Integrative Dentistry. This procedure is followed by replacing amalgam with alternative holistic materials.
Amalgam is the most common material used in dentistry for cavity repair. Proper removal and disposal of these standard silver-colored fillings is a very precise procedure and requires strict guidelines to be followed if it is to be done safely. The importance of education and qualification for this particular service should not be overlooked when choosing a provider. Amalgam contains mercury, which much research has shown to be a very toxic substance. Extreme care must be taken to protect the patient and staff during the removal and disposal of the mercury-containing substance.
Why would I consider amalgam removal?
You may wonder about the need for amalgam removal if it is such a commonly used material. This is still a controversial topic in the field of dentistry. Research has shown that dental amalgam fillings emit mercury vapors over their entire lifetime. Most dentists and dental associations believe that this release is minimal, and not enough to cause any harm. However, according to the IAOMT, amalgam fillings contribute more mercury to a person’s body than all other sources combined. At CCID, we believe the argument may be made, however, that no amount of exposure to a toxic substance is preferable. Thus, some patients may choose to undergo the removal and replacement of these fillings.
What potential impacts can amalgam have on my health?
As a holistic dental practice, we want to assist you in maintaining optimal health by contributing only positive impacts to wellbeing. This is why we choose to provide only metal-free restorations, as well as to conduct material testing, for our patients. The effects of mercury exposure will vary from person to person, but the possibilities are vast. Mercury has been shown to impact all of the body’s organs, and primarily affecting the brain and kidneys. Mercury poisoning has been shown to play a role in such things as tremors, depression, fatigue, memory loss, nausea, diarrhea, and even birth defects for some people. If you are concerned about such symptoms, or wish to protect and improve your health altogether, contact Cleveland Center for Integrative Dentistry. We welcome any questions, and will be pleased to schedule a consultation regarding safe amalgam removal.
Your teeth are directly connected to every function, organ, tissue, and cell in your body. This connection is proven in the principles of biology and biochemistry, but also by less-known “superhighways,” called Energy Meridians. These Meridians affect all major body systems including your immune, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, skeletal, muscular, and lymphatic systems.
What is holistic dentistry?
Holistic dentistry, which is also referred to as biological dentistry, involves using only materials and procedures compatible with overall health and wellbeing as related to these body systems.
We focus on natural products and therapies, which work along with the biological makeup of the body. These ideals are at the forefront when we are developing holistic dentistry services. We invite area residents to the Cleveland Center for Integrative Dentistry in Mayfield Village, OH, to experience such patient-focused care.
How do your services differ from more traditional dental providers?
With all the outside stressors and effects on body systems, we carefully choose and plan our services. Our goal is for a patient to only come in contact with nontoxic materials during dental care. For example, CCID uses metal-free restorations. We believe that research has shown that these materials produce fewer reactions and ease of integration for patients. This is also why we utilize alternative materials in place of amalgam for fillings, and ceramic for permanent dental implants rather than the more traditional titanium. We work to develop a customized list of recommended materials for each patient to alleviate possible allergies and improve positive outcomes. We also perform standard dental procedures using methods we believe contribute to protecting the patient’s health. Ozone therapy and laser therapy are just two of the beneficial services which we have integrated into procedures. Our methodology includes minimal invasiveness and the elimination of more harmful bacteria from the oral environment.
What is the purpose of ozone therapy?
The use of ozone in dental therapy is a concept that is gradually spreading in the field of dentistry. It is one which Cleveland Center for Integrative Dentistry chooses to implement as a holistic dental practice. Ozone is created by passing oxygen through a special generator to produce ozone. This ozone is introduced into the oral environment and dental procedures to eliminate unwanted and unhealthy substances that are present. This is achieved based on the principles of biology, and due to the negative charge of ozone. As a result, the ozone is attracted to the positive charge of many bad cells such as bacteria, viruses, and even cancer cells. The ozone penetrates the membranes of these harmful cells, which destroys them.
Ozone therapy provides yet another helpful tool to help combat bacteria and infection in order to achieve healthy outcomes. Due to the diverse microorganisms that are present in the mouth, it can be difficult to eradicate them using only medications. In fact, many drugs seem to have become less effective over the years, perhaps due to the development of resistance to treatment in the organisms present.
Dr. Vladimir Pastouk at the Cleveland Center for Integrative Dentistry is committed to providing the latest and most advanced technologies available in the field of dentistry. This is accomplished in many ways, including the introduction of the Solea Dental Laser for both hard and soft tissue applications. Solea is one of the newest lasers approved by the FDA, and is effective for use in diverse treatment situations. With this technology, a decayed tooth can be prepared for a filling without the need for numbing injections. That means no needle and no pain fillings!
Modern cosmetic dentistry provides many effective opportunities to improve the appearance of a person’s smile. Services range from simple, quick aesthetic improvements to complete makeovers to improve health and beauty. Technology is always improving, and natural-looking results can give a person renewed self-confidence in their appearance. We invite residents throughout the Cleveland area to the practice of award-winning dentist, Dr. Vladimir Pastouk, at Cleveland Center for Integrative Dentistry in Mayfield Village. A person’s smile affects the first impression made on others, and we want to help a patient achieve the best appearance possible, while remaining true to our commitment of providing services that positively impact overall health.
TMJ is an abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jawbone to the skull. Each person has two of these, one on each side of the face in front of the ears. They are complex joints, and unhealthy function can impact many areas of a patient’s life. Dysfunction in the TMJ can affect talking, chewing, as well as preservation of teeth and bone. They can also cause a range of uncomfortable and painful situations for a patient if misaligned or functioning improperly.
The providers at Cleveland Center for Integrative Dentistry offer evaluation and treatment options for TMJ disorders. These disorders may stem from the joints, the muscles, bite alignment, or the nervous system associated with these areas. Symptoms that signify a problem vary, so only an experienced and trained professional will be able to provide a positive diagnosis. Symptoms can appear suddenly, or may present as a result of trauma or injury. Proper diagnosis may involve answering questions, x-rays, a clinical exam, evaluation of symptoms, and possibly a CT scan.
Snoring can be annoying for roommates, but more importantly, it may be an indicator of a troublesome condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be a contributor to many health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Oxygen intake becomes inadequate during sleep as a result of this condition. OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) is a common condition, yet often goes undiagnosed and untreated; however, help is available. If you are disturbed by excessive snoring and possible obstructive sleep apnea, seek relief that begins with a discussion with the professionals at Cleveland Center for Integrative Dentistry.