For many people, seeing the dentist constitutes a serious challenge. While most people have a fear of dental procedures to some extent, some suffer with it far more than others. These individuals often forego much-needed dental work as a result, which eventually leads to the requirement of more lengthy and complicated dental procedures.
At our Idaho Falls dental clinic, you can put your fears aside, sit back, and relax while we give you the sedation you need. Then you can benefit from the innovative dental products and services that you need.
Imagine what those in the distant past would have thought about modern dentistry. Far from the barbaric instruments of sharpened rocks or the dental key, modern dental technology is something we shouldn’t take for granted.
The drill was a massive improvement from the aforementioned tools, and the laser is even a step up from that.
With laser dental technology, we can aim various wavelengths of light onto your teeth. These lightwaves affect water molecules that naturally exist in your teeth, exciting them to the point that unwanted infected tissue is broken apart.
Many people come to our Idaho Falls dental clinic because they have a fear of needles. With laser dentistry, you don’t have to worry about needles at all. In fact, laser dental technology doesn’t generate pressure or vibration, which are some of the main factors that cause pain when using a dental drill. It also sprays a stream of water on the tooth and surrounding tissues to prevent heat. For this reason, local anesthesia often isn’t even a requirement. Post-operation pain and swelling are also significantly less with laser dentistry.
This technology can be applied to both hard tissues (the teeth) and soft tissues (the gums). It can be used to create holes in the tooth for dental fillings, or for tissue contouring or frenectomy.
At our Idaho Falls dental clinic, we can diagnose dental problems with digital x-rays, which are a huge upgrade from standard x-ray technology. Many people don’t like the idea of x-rays because they involve high-frequency radiation. However, our digital x-rays can actually generate higher quality images using 90% less radiation than standard x-rays!
That’s a massive step up. Other benefits include:
- Fast results in as little as 5 seconds.
- A greater degree of comfort with rounded corners that are easy on your gums.
- Images that can be emailed, rather than mailed.
- A greater degree of environmental safety.
Today, mercury fillings are still considered “safe” for use in the dental field. However, they are becoming less and less common. We avoid these fillings at our Idaho Falls dental clinic. The reason for this is that mercury is a known toxic heavy metal that can have negative effects on the human body.
Mercury poisoning from these fillings is not unprecedented. Some symptoms of mercury poisoning include:
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Weakness and fatigue
- Joint pain
- Weight loss
- Vision problems
- Coordination problems
- Loss of memory and decrease in mental function
- Anger and mood swings
There are also many problems that come with placing mercury fillings as well. Mercury fillings are non-adhesive, meaning they have no “stickiness” quality to them. They have to be forced into place, which can create micro-fractures in the tooth where bacteria and plaque can fester, creating further dental problems later on. Not only that, but mercury fillings also expand and contract due to temperature changes, which can create further micro-fractures in the long-term.
At Our Idaho Falls dental clinic, we offer a far healthier alternative in the form of resin fillings, the benefits of which include:
- Bio-compatibility – Resin fillings are safe for your body. You don’t have to worry about the negative effects of mercury poisoning listed above.
- Adhesion – They don’t have to be wedged into place, so there’s no need to worry about micro-fractures.
- Consistent size – They don’t expand and contract with temperature changes the way mercury fillings do, helping ensure the long-term integrity of your tooth.
- A more natural look – Resin fillings look and feel like natural teeth. There’s no “metal mouth” with these fillings. Over time, you probably won’t even remember which tooth was worked on, or where.
If you have mercury fillings and you want to have them removed, we can replace them with resin fillings. Due to the fact that mercury fillings can release dangerous amounts of mercury when being removed, we use the safest methods of removing them for your safety as well as ours.
Like mercury fillings, metal implants also have a number of problems associated with them. Dental implants are connected with autoimmune diseases such as:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Gulf War Syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Autoimmune Thyroiditis
- Oral Lichen Planus
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Macrophagic Myofascititis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
At our Idaho Falls dental clinic, we instead use Zirconium implants, which are not only far more bio-compatible, they also provide a vast number of other benefits. Zirconia is stronger, denser, and healthier for your body. Your gums and jawbone will grow around them easily and secure them in place.
The Benefits Of Bio-Compatible Dentistry
At Our Idaho Falls dental clinic, we are dedicated to bio-compatible dentistry. Also known as “natural”, “organic”, and “holistic” dentistry, bio-compatible dentistry is a form of dentistry that focuses on the overall health of the body, rather than just limiting itself to the health of the teeth and gums alone.
As illustrated above, we use dental products, services, and procedures for the short and long-term health of the body. We understand that the body is interconnected. It’s not enough to simply provide a quick fix to one area of the body when it can later have negative consequences to not just that area, but other areas that are seemingly unrelated.
For example, did you know that gum disease correlates with serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke?
We take things like this into consideration at our Idaho Falls dental clinic. Our dental practices can lead to improved sleep, a reduction in migraines and earaches, alleviation of backaches, and improved mood.
Our consideration also goes beyond the teeth and body as well and extends to the environment itself. Our digital x-rays are an example of this, with far less radiation being used to generate images, as well as our disposal of toxic materials like the mercury fillings that we remove from our patients to be replaced with safe resin fillings.
If you’re interested in dentistry that is safe for your dental structures, your body, and the environment, contact our Idaho Falls dental clinic today!