October 8, 2015
Have you ever noticed how an ailment in one part of your body can affect your entire body? For instance, a sore foot might cause a person to limp, which can lead to hip or back pain, which in turn might be the root of a tension headache, and so on and so forth. The point is the body is a whole entity, and this idea forms the foundation of the practice of holistic dentistry. As a holistic dentist in Dallas, TX, Dr. Ellis L. Ramsey considers your whole body as well as your emotional well-being when diagnosing a dental problem and selecting the appropriate treatment plan. When you entrust your dental health care to a holistic dentist like Dr. Ramsey, you can feel confident that you’ll receive treatment that is not harmful to other parts of your body.
One of the chief ways Dr. Ramsey eliminates threats to other parts of the body is through the practice of mercury-free dentistry in Dallas. More than two decades ago, Dr. Ramsey stopped repairing dental cavities with amalgam fillings. Made of a mixture of several metals including silver and nickel, amalgam fillings—or silver fillings as they are commonly called—have trace amounts of mercury, an unhealthy heavy metal.
While the debate over the risks of mercury in fillings has gone on for many years, the US Food and Drug Administration recently announced on its website that its content in amalgam fillings can have deleterious effects on women who are pregnant, their fetuses and children. Even before this announcement, there was always the concern for patients who might have an allergic reaction to the metal content in amalgam fillings, as well as possible metal sensitivities. For these reasons, as well as the threat of harm to his patients from mercury, Dr. Ramsey chose to remove amalgam fillings from his practice.
Other Treatments of Holistic Dentistry in Dallas
Of course, Dr. Ramsey does have patients who occasionally need a cavity repaired, and for these people he relies on tooth-colored fillings, porcelain inlays and onlays or crowns. Made of porcelain or composite resin, these tooth restorations do not present the health threats of amalgam fillings. Moreover, a filling made of composite resin necessitates less tooth preparation, which mean less drilling, and you are able to retain more of your original tooth structure for greater strength and durability.
For patients who want to have their metal fillings removed and replaced with tooth-colored fillings, Dr. Ramsey is well-versed in the protocols for safely removing amalgam fillings that might contain mercury. Using a special vacuum system that prevents the amalgam dust from drifting into the air, Dr. Ramsey removes metal fillings and preps the tooth for a new and more natural tooth-colored filling.
Call Our Office Today
If you would like to learn more about how holistic dentistry can benefit the oral and general health of your family, then call the Dallas, TX, dental office of Dr. Ellis Ramsey. We provide quality dental care for patients from throughout the Lake Highlands community of North Dallas and the nearby communities of Richardson, University Park, Highland Park, Garland, Plano, Rowlett, Mesquite, Carrollton, and Addison, Texas.
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