You may have had a filling, or a crown, or a veneer, or even a root canal done. You take care of your teeth, see a hygienist and have regular check-ups. You’re on the right track for dental health. But just what is in these products? Dentistry on Merivale chooses a healthy alternative to traditional metals.
Evidence shows filling materials of nearly any type can very slowly break down in the mouth over time, releasing minute amounts of the filling/restorative material/cement into the mouth and hence into the body.
So material should be as biocompatible as possible to avoid any toxicity or sensitivity. Most composites (typically used for tooth-coloured fillings these days) contain chemicals such as BPA, TEGDMA, HEMA, phthalates and, sometimes, even titanium dioxide, all or any of which many people try to avoid.
Amalgam contains about 50 percent mercury by weight, along with silver and other metals.
Even many cements used to fix crowns to teeth can contain some of these chemicals.
Biologic dentistry is a practice which uses materials as safe for the body as possible, while still allowing for excellent
Dentistry on Merivale shares this approach, and sources its materials from manufacturers like Saremco in Switzerland.
Its restorative system is reported to be the only one, currently, where every component is HEMA and TEGDMA free, and is even designed to resist
Why not choose the healthier alternative, as Dentistry on Merivale has?
Dentistry is one of the very few medical professions where a foreign material is placed in a patient’s body and then left there permanently for years, if not decades. Add to this the fact that the environment in which this happens is routinely subject to extremes of abrasion, temperature, acidity, bacteria, enzymes and all the other nuances of the oral environment.
Recent evidence has now shown that nearly all composite materials (“white fillings”, as well as many crown cements) contain and potentially release into the body phthalates such as Bisphenol-A (BPA), as well as titanium dioxide, HEMA and TEGDMA. Which some studies have shown may cause toxicity.
At Dentistry on Merivale they search the world for dental materials that are as non-toxic as possible, while still allowing full restoration of the dentition.
Early last year Dr David Walsh was introduced to a holistic composite and bonding system out of Switzerland called Saremco, which is entirely free of HEMA, TEGDMA, BPAs and titanium dioxide.
At the time it was not available in New Zealand, so Dr Walsh imported it himself for a clinical trial. Upon finding it an excellent system, he established Bioholistic New Zealand Ltd to import it as a source for the New Zealand dental profession at large.
Saremco is available for purchase by the profession at bioholistic.co.nz. Dr Walsh provides this information simply for the awareness of holistically-minded clients who may be facing some dental work and who are looking for the healthiest option.
An open letter to dental patients: You see a hygienist regularly and have a dentist check your teeth. Perhaps you’ve just had a filling, a crown, veneer, or even a root canal. You’re on the right track for dental health.
The restoration that’s just been placed in your mouth should be looking good and functioning comfortably for years or decades. It’s now part of your body – 24/7.
That foreign-to-the-body material will now be subject to extremes of heat, cold, abrasion, acid, bacteria and digestive enzymes from saliva.
New evidence shows filling materials of nearly any type can slowly break down, releasing minute amounts of the filling/restorative material/cement into the mouth over time.
Amalgam contains approximately 50 percent mercury by weight, along with silver and other metals.
Most composites and some cements used to fix crowns to teeth contain chemicals such as BPA, TEGDMA, HEMA, phthalates and sometimes titanium dioxide.
All or any of these chemicals can cause health concerns.
Biologic Dentistry seeks to use materials that are safe as possible while still allowing for excellent clinical results.
Swiss dental materials manufacturer Saremco is a manufacturing company with the same goal.
Its restorative system is reported to be the only one where every component is free of HEMA and TEGDMA (as well as above-listed chemicals) and very recently designed to resist enzymatic dissolution.
It is available to all New Zealand dentists through Bioholistic New Zealand Ltd – www.bioholistic.co.nz.
Why not choose the healthier alternative, as the team at Dentistry on Merivale has? Phone 03 355 8297.
The continually evolving field of cosmetic dentistry has now entered the digital age, with Digital Smile Design (DSD). “This is a process of analysis and planning that allows you to participate in the design of your new smile, and see it before any treatment begins,” says Dr David Walsh of Dentistry on Merivale.
Firstly, photos and a short video of the client talking and smiling are obtained, in order to see their current state when they’re smiling spontaneously. The DSD software then allows analysis of the smile, relative to facial features and movements as well as the colour, position and shape of teeth. “We can then virtually change the appearance of your teeth and design the perfect smile,” David says.
“The possibilities as well as the limitations of possible treatment are clearly established ahead of any treatment decisions or procedures. All the guesswork is gone and even minor imperfections, which are often missed with traditional diagnostic techniques, are factored in.”
Cloud technology and scanning are also part of the process, allowing seamless communication between all team members and specialists. Every nuance of your new smile is planned in detail, and a truly predictable process can begin. Meet the caring and expert team at Dentistry on Merivale – now you truly can have the smile you’ve always wanted!
Located on the first floor of Merivale Mall on 193A Papanui Road, phone 03 355 8297 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to book in. Open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.
Do you have one or several missing teeth? Have you had dentures for years but want something solid and natural looking to chew and smile with? Dental implants may be the solution for you.
Dental implants are small, pure titanium screws that are surgically placed in your jaw and have proven themselves to be a reliable addition to the treatment options currently available in high quality dental practice.
Implants are placed and then left to heal for three or more months, during which time ‘osseointegration’ occurs – the bone heals around the implant fixtures, locking them into place permanently. False teeth, crowns, or other appliances can then be attached, either with screws or cement.
If only one tooth is to be replaced, generally a porcelain crown will be attached to a single implant fixture. If a few teeth are missing, more than one fixture may be required – a three or four teeth bridge can often be attached to two implants. Or if a full arch (all the upper or lower teeth) is to be restored, several fixtures can be placed, with the denture either screwed to or clipped onto the fixtures.
Dental implant treatment can initially be more costly than conventional treatment options. However, as it provides a very long term solution, the cost is often comparable over time.
Doctor David Walsh has more than 25 years of experience with providing implant based solutions for people of all ages and backgrounds. For more information contact Dentistry on Merivale, upstairs inside Merivale Mall, on 03-355 8297 or at