Following IAOMT Amalgam Removal Protocols: What That Means For You

IAOMT non toxic dentistry logoAt Brighton Dental, Dr. Paige Woods and our San Diego biological dental practice follows protocols related to the removal of harmful amalgam fillings that have been established by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. But what is this organization? And what does following its protocols mean for you and your dental and overall health?

The IAOMT is an international network of scientists, dentists and other health professionals who look into the biocompatibility of dental practices and products. It assesses risks and rewards of fluoride, root canal therapy, old-fashioned silver-colored mercury fillings and more. The non-profit organization dates back to 1984, and its primary purpose is to share scientific information and investigate the best non-invasive therapies.

Why The IAOMT Matters

We’re committed to the IAOMT’s amalgam removal protocols because we care about our patients and our dental team – and we don’t want anyone else harmed by amalgam fillings. We also trust the work that IAOMT does in the world to spread the word about dangerous dental products.

Members of the IAOMT have testified before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Congress and health organizations and agencies in Canada, the Philippines, Europe and elsewhere. Plus, the IAOMT is a member of the Global Mercury Partnership of the United Nations Environment Programme. Recognized as the leaders in science-based dentistry, the IAOMT provides the research and documentation necessary for supporting better integrity and safety in healthcare and dentistry.

At Brighton Dental, three terms established by the IAOMT apply to our practice:

  • We’re a “mercury-free” practice – meaning we don’t place mercury-containing amalgam fillings. Although some practices still use this harmful substance, Brighton Dental is committed to using other equally effective or better filling materials, including composite.
  • We’re a “mercury-safe” practice – meaning we use rigorous and carefully designed protocols designed by the IAOMT when removing old mercury amalgam fillings. Precautions include containment, air filtration, protective clothing and more.
  • We’re a “biocompatible” or “biological” practice – meaning we take the whole body and its overall health into consideration as we design treatment plans for your dental and oral health. We never use dental materials that aren’t biocompatible.

What Makes Brighton Dental Different

When you choose Brighton Dental, you’re choosing a holistic, biocompatible dental clinic in San Diego that is completely committed to helping you achieve better health overall through better oral and dental health. Dr. Woods follows special protocols when removing amalgam fillings because we’ve seen the research indicating the level of harm that mercury can cause – and we don’t want mercury oozing into the bodies of our patients.

If you’re old enough, you may remember children playing with balls of mercury in their sciences classes. The malleable substance was a fun toy because it wasn’t quite a liquid but wasn’t completely solid, the same property that made it seem to be a good choice for dental fillings to make the fillings easy to install. We now know, however, that mercury is toxic to the nervous system, the immune system and the digestive system. It can be absorbed directly through the skin and gums and is especially harmful when inhaled.

Our amalgam removal protocols mean you don’t have to worry about harmful effects from having your old amalgam fillings removed. Instead, you can focus on the modern, tooth-colored restoration choices available today.

At Brighton Dental, our patients come first. And we’re committed to the health of our dental team too. Because we care and want to do what’s right, we want to help you get rid of the amalgam in your mouth and keep the mercury in these old fillings from harming your body. It all starts by contacting us for amalgam removal. Call (619) 359-6569, we’re ready to help you.

Dentist Dr. Woods Is Now IAMSD Certified As Mercury Safe

mercury safe badgeFor many years, there has been a growing decrease in the use of mercury amalgam fillings. Composite has become the favored material to use both as a better material in general and because it is safer than mercury. Mercury can not only seep into the body through the teeth, but when removing it, it can release toxic vapors if not removed safely.

Many dentists have begun promoting themselves as “Mercury Free”, meaning they have stopped using mercury amalgam in favor of composite. This is great for people concerned about their health and for those with holistic leanings. Those people should be cautious, however, because a dentist claiming to be Mercury Free may not also be Mercury-Safe, meaning he or she may not know how to safely remove amalgam fillings.

Mercury-Safe dentists are aware of the dangers involved in removing mercury fillings. They know that toxic mercury vapors could be released and how important it is to protect the patient from them. They also know that the mercury in the fillings could negatively affect not only the patient, dentist, and staff, but also the environment. Mercury-Safe dentists therefore have the proper equipment to use to safely remove amalgam fillings, as well as the knowledge, training, and skills to do so.

It is important for patients to know the difference between the two and whether their dentist is only Mercury Free or if they are also Mercury-Safe.

The International Association of Mercury-Safe Dentists (IAMSD) is a group of dentists dedicated to providing not only Mercury Free dental care to patients but also to being Mercury-Safe dentists.
For dental patients in the San Diego area who are concerned about the use of mercury amalgam in fillings and who want a dentist who is not only Mercury Free but also Mercury-Safe, they will be happy to know that Dr. Woods at Brighton Dental is now a proud member of the IAMSD and she can expertly provide all your Mercury Free and Mercury-Safe dental needs. As with all such dentists, she knows that the decision to remove a mercury filling or not is ultimately up to the patient, and will provide as much information as possible to help the patient make an educated decision.

Call to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Woods at (619) 359-6569.

How Does Zoom Whitening Work?

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Zoom Whitening Defined

Zoom whitening can be understood as an office and chair-side teeth whitening system capable of making the teeth brighter and cleaner for up to eight shades in the space of two hours. Very many people are currently using Zoom whitening. It is a painless and reliable solution that substitutes the teeth whitener kits often bought in stores. Zoom whitening results are instant.

Safety of Zoom whitening

According to research, teeth whitening using Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide under a dentist’s supervision is actually safe for both the gum and teeth.

Zoom whitening properties

People who have beautiful white teeth will have more confidence in their look and while they speak. They are likely to wear a smile and speak with strangers. They are also likely to hang out with friends more. If you seek an easy, painless, and quick teeth whitening solution with an objective of restoring confidence and a glamorous look, then Zoom whitening is the solution. This treatment has the ability to transform your appearance and the way you feel.

Do not allow yourself to get embarrassed about the idea of getting a teeth whitening treatment. Teeth become stained in the natural course of life because of various factors such as drinking coffee, drinking tea, and consuming alcohol. Smoking is a leading cause of teeth staining. The growth of a yellow color on the teeth is primarily because of the aging factor. No one can stop the aging process. The reason for recommending Zoom whitening is its suitability for people who have sensitive teeth. Zoom whitening also works in similar fashion as fillings and the natural teeth.

Zoom whitening process

The dentist uses some special gel which uses oxygen. The oxygen causes bubbling and in the process cleans up all the stains. Some exceptional infrared light which is not very hot is subsequently used to seal any bleaching. The entire whitening process will be over in a short while. You will leave the dentist’s premises with noticeably whiter teeth and a cleaner look. This will help you grow in confidence while smiling and talking to others. Make sure to visit a true professional dentist who understands the differences in people. Make clear the outcome you desire before the process begins.

Why seek dentist assistance for teeth whitening?

The most glaring problem is the sensitivity of teeth. This problem has, to a large extent, been dealt with in recent times. A professional dentist will adjust the intensity of a Zoom whitening process with an objective of ensuring a patient is comfortable and they experience minimal sensitivity in the process. Professional dentists in Zoom whitening have special formulas which contain desensitizers. The special ingredients will cause the tooth enamel to become more lustrous and smooth at the same time.

Patients are also advised to use toothpaste with sensitivity formula for the purpose of relieving their sensitivity two weeks before they get Zoom whitening treatment. Ibuprofen is also recommended for the treatment day, hours before the Zoom whitening process begins.

Benefits of Zoom whitening

  • Fast process with instant results
  • It is customizable to the preferred shade of white.
  • Lasts for a long time
  • It is safe with minimal side effects.
  • Comfortable for all patients

Approved VA Dentist Now At Brighton Dental

VA Dental PatientsAre you a veteran in the San Diego area? Are you in need of dental services? Would you like a VA dentist in your area that could provide you that care? Well, good news! Brighton Dental is now one of the over 200 facilities across the country providing dental care to eligible veterans.

What can veterans expect from VA Dentists at Brighton Dental?

The Dental Service of the VA San Diego Healthcare System endeavors to improve the health of their patients, even allowing them to see private dentists, such as Brighton Dental. At Brighton Dental, we provide eligible veterans the same comprehensive and quality care as an in-house VA dentist, but at lower cost. We also provide appropriate oral health care to beneficiaries who have developed medical conditions from sub-par dental care. Brighton Dental uses the latest procedures, materials, and equipment to provide the best quality, comprehensive care possible to both veteran and non-veteran patients and to provide them with both a diagnosis and treatment in one visit.

Veterans can receive a wide range of services from the VA Dentists at Brighton Dental, including:

  • Painless treatments
  • Fillings without drills or shots
  • Digital x-rays and diagnostic lasers
  • Restorations
  • Use of biocompatible (mercury free and non-metallic) materials for bridges, crowns, onlays and fillings
  • Oral-conscious sedation
  • Check-up/exam
  • General cleaning
  • Intraoral digital radiography
  • X-rays with digital radiography
  • Sealants
  • Panorex
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Gingivectomy
  • Periodontal scaling & root planning
  • Bone grafts
  • Osseous surgery
  • Gingival flap procedure
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Porcelain onlays
  • Porcelain-fused metal crowns
  • All-porcelain bridges

If you are interested in using Brighton Dental for your VA dental needs, we are conveniently located near the Mission Valley VA Clinic at 8810 Rio San Diego Drive. Our top VA dentist, Dr. Woods, would love to be able to serve you.

Call the VA Dental Center at (858) 552-7525 to request authorization, then 619-359-6569 to schedule your treatment with Dr. Paige Woods at Brighton Dental

Cavitations & Lyme Disease

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Lyme Disease and Cavitation

Many people know cavitations as “cavities”.  They are the same thing, meaning there is a hole in the tooth with decay, and a dentist has to be sought for a solution. A good number of people experience cavitation in their lives although some people are more prone to getting cavities. People suffering from Lyme disease often fall into this category. There is a high chance that people suffering Lyme disease will encounter at least three or more cavitations in their lifetime. Some people encounter all of them in the same span of time.

Dentists have the training to diagnose, support, and offer treatment to patients who have cavities. Cavitations can cause fundamental problems to a victim’s immune system. This is something anyone having Lyme disease will get concerned over. Their overall health is fundamentally affected by situations like cavitation. It is for this reason that symptoms and effects of cavitation which patients do not even know exist start showing.

For a person suffering Lyme disease it would be best to get an oral health checkup each year or every six months where patients want assurance that they do not have developing cavitations. The faster the checkup is done, the lesser the damage to your immune system and teeth. A plan for treatment can adequately be implemented for anyone suffering Lyme disease.

Signs of dental cavitations

In case you suffer Lyme disease you might notice increased deterioration of your health, more so, after recently undergoing surgery. These are not quite like decay or cavities in the teeth. They are issues with bones abound the mouth. It is quite important to seek medical solutions for this problem.

In simple terms dental cavitations can be understood as the holes which form on bone but cannot be easily seen. This means that even the dentist might not get a chance to identify them when examining the mouth or when examining an X-ray image.  These are bone areas that suffer infection, decay, and gangrenous tissue of the bone or inflammation of gum.  They will often occur in the region where a tooth has been removed or around teeth regions which have undergone root canals.

If you suffer from Lyme disease and have a weakening immune system you suffer the risk of increasing infection. For patients suffering dental cavitation the infected bone dies due to circulation in the region that is cut off. It is important to seek medical attention. Surgery is often suggested for the purpose of clearing the tissue that has already died to prevent more death on the bone and relieve Lyme disease symptoms.

Facts about Lyme disease and cavitations

Lyme disease will complicate many things. It will even complicate cavitations. Discussed are some cavitation facts aimed at helping understand them more:

  • Where there is a gap in the bone after a tooth has been extracted and the gap does not fit properly some dental cavitations will develop. It is also possible to get cavitations around a tooth where a root canal has been done and there is no functional blood vessel.
  • Cavitations aren’t rare. They are common complications from tooth extractions and root canals. The presence of Lyme disease could propel infections therefore leading to worse problems.
  • Cavitations have osteonecrosis and bacterial infections. Osteonecrosis are dead tissues of the bone, and they are mushy.
  • A cavitation can be a central infection point that affects the whole body which is already suffering from weakness caused by the Lyme disease.
  • It is possible for Lyme Spirochetes to hide themselves inside cavitations. This allows Lyme disease to sustain a hold onto the body.

What Are Composite Fillings?

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Composite Fillings

Most often the dull or severe pains experienced inside the mouth are probably due to some tooth decay. It could be a fractured tooth which paves the way for infections. It could as well be a hairline crack causing all the pain. It is true that dental fillings have been with us for a long time, but new innovations in technology have made it possible for dentists to provide composite fillings. The primary difference now is in the material employed in filling the gaps which developed in teeth.

The composite material used is now natural, and there are no safety concerns that other filling materials, like mercury, often have. To add on to this benefit, composite materials could also be fashioned to resemble the actual teeth. An untrained eye would find it difficult to distinguish between normal teeth and composite fillings.

Why get composite fillings

Composite fillings are appropriate for chipped teeth, worn teeth, decayed teeth, broken or cracked teeth, and filling the gaps between adjacent teeth.

Placing composite fillings

It is possible to get composite fillings placed within a single appointment. The dentist gets rid of decay after numbing the tooth as required. That space is then cleaned carefully and prepared adequately prior to placing the fillings. Where decay had occurred close to the tooth nerve, some special medication is applied to add on to the protection. Following this, composite fillings are then placed with precision. They are then polished and shaped until the tooth is restored to its initial shape and functionality.

Tooth sensitivity is normal when exposed to cold or hot water after the placing of composite fillings. The sensitivity is supposed to subdue a short period after the tooth gets acclimated to the composite filling. Towards the conclusion of the filling activity, care instructions will be provided. Preferred oral hygiene activities, frequent visits to a dentist, and good eating habits are precautions that will facilitate comfort with new fillings.

Benefits of composite fillings

After the sensitivity has subsided it will be possible to use the filled teeth normally. These composite fillings offer durability, resisting any fractures in mid-sized to small fillings that require some withstanding of small pressure from chewing activities. The fillings are also long lasting and quite strong. They could be applied both on the back and front teeth. People who prefer natural looking fillings are advised to go for composite fillings.

Downside of composite fillings

Composite fillings are more costly than amalgam fillings. Often composite fillings do not have insurance coverage. It is important also to note that there is no type of filling that will last forever. According to studies some composite fillings are less durable and require replacement quite often compared to amalgam fillings.

Generally it takes a longer session to place composite fillings compared to metal fillings. This is because it is fundamental for teeth to be dry and clean when composite fillings are being placed. The ultimate solution would be to prevent needing a solution. Protecting the teeth beforehand is the best choice in dental health. The risk of dental cavities can be alleviated by doing the following:

  • Routinely brushing the teeth two times a day using fluoride toothpaste
  • Frequent visits to dentist
  • Balanced diet
  • Flossing each day