Holistic dentistry looks at dental health as part of an individual’s overall health. Oral health and its connection to the central nervous system, heart and circulatory system, and immune system, among others is considered.
Dr. Farber is a member of The American Academy For Systemic Health. The American Academy for Oral Systematic Health is an organization of health care leaders and health professionals dedicated to the relationship of oral health and whole body health.
Emerging science confirms that chronic low-grade infections in the mouth elevates systemic inflammation and has an impact on all body systems. The mouth is further linked with the rest of the body when considering the impact of oral airway and sleep apnea, TMD and headaches, dental caries infections, and oral cancer. The significance of these numerous mouth-body and oral-systemic connections highlight the importance of preventing and treating oral disease which has mounting and profound medical impacts on “whole body” health. /p>
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are used to support natural-looking prosthetic teeth. These tooth roots are often made of titanium. If you have a sensitivity to metal or wish for other reasons to have a more holistic approach, another option is non-metallic dental implants.
Non-metallic or holistic dentalimplants are made from zirconia, a type of ceramic. Zirconiadental implants have several advantages:
- Holistic approach that uses no metal.
- Enhanced cosmetics.
- Zirconia is a very strong, naturally occurring substance.
- It is a one-piece implant with no connections where bacteria can grow.
The doctors at the Farber Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants will discuss your options with you and make a recommendation regarding the use of titanium or zirconia dental implants depending on your needs and preferences.
Another recent Development in periodontal treatment is the use of the laser to regenerate bone. Utilizing the body’s own natural ability to “heal itself”, Dr. Farber utilizes the perioLase™ for the laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP™). Preformed without a scalpel and requiring no sutures, LANAP™ creates an environment for regeneration of the tissues around your teeth(gum, bone, cementum, ligament) that are lost due to periodontal disease.
This is an FDA cleared treatment for periodontal disease and is backed by many scientific studies. The procedure is preformed by a select group of dental professionals around the United states.
Body Health Connection
Research has recently proven what dentists have long suspected: that there is a strong connection between periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis. Body Health Connection Dental professionals have long suspected: Infections in the mouth can play havoc elsewhere in the body. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other infections in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may link periodontal disease to other chronic conditions.
Research has shown, and experts agree, that there is an association between periodontal diseases and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.
When an inflammatory condition is suspected or diagnosed, it is important to consult with both a general physician and a dental health professional, such as a periodontist. Sometimes the only way to detect periodontal diseases is through a periodontal evaluation.
When upper back teeth are lost, bone in that area naturally shrinks or resorbs over time. Consequently your sinuses expand to occupy the empty space where the bone used to be. This lack of bone below the sinus precludes the placement of dental implants in the posterior (back) area of the upper jaw.
There are two types of sinus lift procedures provided in our office. Your procedure will depend on the amount of bone you have left. Sinus augmentation is a simple procedure that allows the sinus floor to be raised, thereby allowing the placement of dental implants.
Implants are placed in the regenerated bone, usually 6 months following the sinus augmentation procedure (or at the time of the procedure when possible).
Various bone grafting materials are used to encourage your bone to grow quickly. These materials help stabilize the dental implants. The graft materials are replaced naturally by your own bone as it grows into the area.
Implants can now be placed in a predictable and successful manner in the areas of the upper jaw where there is minimal bone.
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