Holistic Dentistry in Beachwood

The word holistic is a derivative of the word, whole. Naturally then, holistic dentistry considers the whole body when treating a condition of the mouth. After all, your mouth is part of a whole body system. Therefore, the health of your mouth—as well as any procedures performed in your mouth—can affect your body and your general health. With this in mind, Beachwood holistic dentist Dr. Hornstein offers metal-free restorations so his patients have a healthy choice that also blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

Holistic Dentistry in Beachwood

If Dr. Hornstein informs you that you have a tooth in need of any kind of repair, then you can rest assured your tooth restoration will be entirely metal-free. Time was when metal was the only choice for restoring a tooth with decay or any other kind of structural damage.

For decades during the 19th century, dentists used tin, silver or gold to repair a tooth with decay. Toward the end of that century, amalgam fillings that combined these metals with mercury became popular. Mercury was added to make the other metals more malleable and stronger.

However, the use of mercury in fillings came into question, because of its possible connection to certain illnesses and diseases. And while the jury is still out on whether or not there is evidence to prove a cause-and-effect relationship between mercury and certain ailments, most dentists today avoid using metal whenever possible.

Mercury-Free Dentist in Beachwood

Fortunately, the manufacture of dental materials has advanced so far that there are now effective ways to repair and rebuild teeth without using metal or mercury. For example, in the case of a cavity, Beachwood mercury-free dentist Dr. Hornstein uses tooth-colored fillings. These restorations are made of composite resin materials that come in a variety of shades to exactly match the color of your tooth. Furthermore, composite resin actually bonds with the remaining tooth structure. In this way, the pressure of biting and chewing is evenly distributed throughout your tooth, which reduces the risk of the tooth eventually cracking or the filling allowing moisture to seep into the tooth.

Likewise, holistic dentist Dr. Hornstein uses CEREC to provide patients with all-ceramic dental crowns that can be designed, manufactured and placed in a single appointment. Traditional dental crowns require at least two visits to the dentist for placement, and are sometimes made of ceramic or porcelain fused to metal.

 

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3690 Orange Place, Suite 180, Beachwood, OH 44122 USA
Benjamin P. Hornstein, DDS Beachwood OH dentist (216) 342-9509