You may be looking for a holistic dentist in Colorado Springs because you want to have your mercury fillings removed. Or you may want to work with a dentist who helps you proactively prevent problems like cavities and gum disease. You may wish your dentist better understood the relationship between oral health and overall health.Dr. Craig Sommer talks about Holistic Dentistry Read Transcript
Probably the biggest thing that distinguishes a holistic dentist from most other dentists is a concern about dental materials and what materials are considered the most appropriate for every patient. We select our materials based on materials testing that our patients have gone through, and we wind up calling that list down to the ones that are effective and least harmful for our patients. That's a primary focus. Part of that is a concern for the materials that are used and how they affect the rest of our body. If we have materials that are causing problems, obviously those are ones we should avoid. The one that's probably most suspicious right now is mercury-containing fillings, or mercury amalgam fillings. They're the silver fillings that you've heard of for years. They contain 50 percent mercury. People that are now aware, have done their own research, don't want those.
The training I've received from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has been life changing for me. It's been something that I've been able to impart information that I've learned there to my patients. They've learned now how important dental materials are and what the adverse effects of certain types of materials are. One of the big questions we have is, Is fluoride important? Is fluoride something that we should be doing, using on a regular basis on our teeth? The academy's position is no, it's not. It's not a safe material. The academy's position on mercury-based fillings is the same. It's not safe. It's not something that should be utilized with patients anymore. Most importantly, if patients have desire to have those mercury fillings or silver fillings removed, they want to follow a technique that's called the SMART protocol, Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. It's something only IAOMT dentists are trained to do.
If you want that counsel, you want that advice or input before you make a decision as to how you're having your mercury fillings removed, come to our office so we can have that conversation. I'd love to give you all the information you need to help you make an informed decision.
Regardless of why you’re interested in holistic dentistry, at our office you’ll find:
- Biocompatible dental restorations that do not contain mercury and that are tested for safety
- A process for safely removing amalgam fillings, using protocols developed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
- An emphasis on preventing dental problems by reducing the amount of unhealthy bacteria in your mouth
- Patient-friendly, pain-free procedures with technology like an intraoral camera, digital X-rays, and a dental laser
- Dental care that takes your overall medical history into account so we can recommend the best treatments for you
For holistic dental care, call Springs Dentist at 719-249-5796.
Enjoy Peace of Mind With Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings
With a background in chemical engineering, Dr. Craig Sommer has always been interested in the effect chemicals have on our bodies and the environment. Because of his concern about the impact mercury has on our bodies – and on the environment because of the large amount of dental waste that contains it – he is committed to using only mercury-free dental restorations. He also is certified by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology to remove amalgam fillings using its SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) protocols.
Fight Decay With Preventive Care, Not Fluoride
Many dentists use fluoride treatments for cavity prevention. Yet over time, sodium fluoride collects in your teeth, bones, and cartilage. Given that most people consume fluoride in processed food, water, and other sources, Dr. Sommer sees no need to also apply it in a highly concentrated form to teeth. Like mercury, some research has questioned the use of fluoride for dental applications and raised concerns about its long-term health effects.
Dr. Sommer can suggest dietary and oral hygiene changes to reduce your risk of cavities instead. When necessary, he may also recommend dental sealants, thin coatings of plastic that form a physical barrier against decay.