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Is It True Holistic Dentists Don’t Believe in Root Canal Treatments?

I was considering going to a holistic dentist because I like the idea of considering the whole body in treatment and not having to worry about getting a filling loaded with mercury. But, my sister told me they don’t believe in root canal treatments. I’m worried they’ll just extract a problem tooth that could have been saved with a root canal treatment.

Marissa L.

Dear Marissa,

Boston Holistic Dentist

That’s a great question. You’re right to be wary of unnecessarily extracting a tooth, when it can be saved. There is a fringe group of holistic dentists who feel that doing a root canal treatment leaves some bacteria in your teeth, leaving you at risk.

But, if you look at it logically, we always have both good and bad bacteria in our teeth. In fact, that’s one of the ways we build up our immune system. If we never had any bacteria in our system, our bodies would not know how to fight anything and could become overwhelmed.

Most holistic dentists, however, realize this and will confidently give a patient a root canal treatment when needed.  I’d simply ask them up front what their policy is on root canals. If for some reason, you can’t find a holistic dentist in your area, you can still get treatment without having to worry about a mouth full of mercury.

There are mercury-free dentists who will only place the white, composite fillings which contain no toxic substances. In fact, Mercury-free dentists are becoming more and more common as composite fillings are becoming the standard treatment, rather than their amalgam cousins. While amalgam fillings were useful in their time, we’ve made many advancements which no longer makes them necessary.

I hope this brings you some peace of mind.

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Is It Safe to Find an Affordable Cosmetic Dentist?

I go to an affordable dentist. He finds ways to cut costs so I can get the procedures I want. He knows I’ve always been embarrassed about my smile, but can’t afford to do anything cosmetic. Recently, he offered to do some cosmetic work for me at a discount. I keep hearing you need to go to the top of the line cosmetic dentists or you’ll end up with an even more embarrassing smile. Is this true? I’m really tempted to get the work done.

Missy L.

Dear Missy,

I can understand your temptation. And, let me say, it sounds like you have a dentist with a truly compassionate heart. I love when I hear stories of dentists trying to help patients who are struggling financially.

A lot of my answer will depend on what type of cosmetic work you are considering having done. If you’re talking about teeth whitening, any dentist can do it regardless of cosmetic skill. It’s a fairly simple procedure which is hard to mess up.

If you’re talking about getting porcelain veneers, then it would be important you choose your cosmetic dentist carefully. It’s a very advanced procedure.  Start by talking to him about his training in porcelain veneers. Ask to see his smile gallery, which has before and after pictures of work he’s done. If his work is good, he’ll be happy to share it with you. If you like what you see, you’ll be fine.

If you’re not thrilled with the results you’re seeing, go to the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend expert cosmetic dentists by area. You can see who they recommend in your area. It would be worth it to wait and save up for a better dentist than to end up with a smile you’re disappointed with.

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Do I Need a Cosmetic Dentist for Teeth Whitening?

I want to get my teeth whitened. I mentioned it to my family dentist. He said he’d be happy to do it. The only thing which worries me is the fact it is a cosmetic procedure. Should I see a cosmetic dentist for that? I don’t want to hurt my dentist’s feelings, but I want to make sure it’s done correctly.

Maya E. – Long Beach

Maya,

You’re wise to ask. There are certain procedures that especially need to be done by an expert cosmetic dentist, such as porcelain veneers.

Teeth whitening isn’t one of them. Any dentist can do teeth whitening. It’s the easiest cosmetic procedure there is. Your family dentist will be fine to do this procedure. I’m sure he’d also be thrilled to serve you this way.

You should be aware there is really no such thing as a cosmetic dentist specialty. Any dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist. You’ll want to check out their post-graduate training in cosmetic procedures. To get an idea of the type of dental training you’ll want, take a look at Dr. Bader’s bio page.

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Can I Remove Porcelain Veneers?

I’ve had the same dentist since I was a little girl. I love the guy, but I’m afraid he really messed up my porcelain veneers. I was asked to be a speaker at a major convention and it was my big opportunity to shine and get investors for a project I’ve been working on. I mentioned it to my dentist because I was concerned about my smile and he said that he could get me fixed up with porcelain veneers. I let him do them and I really regret it now. They don’t look like they’re shaped right, for starters. They also don’t feel right. I keep catching my tongue on them when I talk and it has affected my speech. Lastly, the coloring is off. It looks like I have pieces of gum stuck to my front four teeth. I don’t want to hurt his feelings, but I really want to get them taken off and go back to my normal teeth. What’s the best way to approach this with my dentist?

Sincerely,

Lucia – California

Unfortunately, you can’t just remove porcelain veneers. Some of your tooth material was likely shaved. Without the porcelain veneers for cover, that leaves you exposed and susceptible to decay.

It sounds like your dentist is a great family dentist, but may not be the best cosmetic dentist. His heart was likely in the right place, but that doesn’t help your smile makeover.

The only real way to fix this is to have them re-done by a dentist with more artistic cosmetic skill. As a patient, it would be difficult for you to know which dentist is skilled in cosmetics and which isn’t. In your place, I’d suggest going to the mynewsmile.com website. They only recommend the best of the best. Put in your zip code and they’ll recommend some great dentists to give you a smile you won’t just be proud of, you’ll be thrilled with.

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Which Cosmetic Dentist is Better for Tetracycline Stains?

I’ve been saving to get my tetracycline stains taken care of. I talked to my dentist about it. I was a little hesitant because he is a family dentist that doesn’t generally do cosmetic work. He would like to place crowns on all the teeth. That comes in under budget for me, but as I was concerned about his ability I went to get a second opinion by another family dentist who does a lot of cosmetic work. He wants to do one crown (on a tooth that already has one) and porcelain veneers on the remainder of teeth.  This comes in several thousand over budget. Which dentist is right, the general dentist or the cosmetic dentist?

Starla M. – Michigan

Starla,

You’re wise to get a second opinion. Cosmetic Dentistry isn’t a specialty, so any general dentist can do it. However, their skill levels vary (sometimes drastically) from dentist to dentist. In your particular situation that difference is even more important.

While porcelain veneers are the standard treatment in these cases, tetracycline stains are among some of the most difficult type of stains to treat. The reason for that is how deep and dark the stains are.  The trick comes in getting the veneers opaque enough to cover the stains without having them so opaque that they don’t look vibrant and natural.

You’ll need a dentist with a tremendous amount a skill. Look at the kind of cosmetic dentistry training that Dr. Bader has. This will give you an idea of the type of cosmetic dentist you’ll need.

Additionally, make sure they show you before and after pictures of tetracycline cases they’ve personally done. Often technical knowledge and training isn’t enough. They need an artistic eye.

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Got Kicked Out of My Hotel Room for Snoring

I was on a trip with a bunch of girls from my dance team. Apparently, I snore…a lot. It was so bad, they kicked me out of the hotel room we were sharing. I had to sleep in the hall. I didn’t realize my snoring was so bad. What can I do?

Monica R. – TN

Monica,

If your snoring is that bad, you likely have what’s called sleep apnea. If you click on the link, it will take you to my website where I explain it more in depth.

What I’ll tell you here, is there is usually an easy solution. A dentist can custom fit an orthotic device that will tip your jaw forward just a tiny bit. It’s about the size of a sport’s mouthguard and very comfortable.

Repositioning your jaw keeps the muscles in the back of your throat from shifting into your breathing passage, causing snoring, and in the worst cases, moments where you stop breathing.

As an added benefit, you’ll find that you’re much more rested when you wake in the mornings.

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Are Holistic Dentists Actual Dentists?

There’s a business that moved into my area that advertises as a holistic dentist. Is that the same as a dentist that went to dental school or are they just one of these natural docs that consider themselves medical professionals but aren’t? It would be nice to have a dentist close, but I want to make sure he’s legit first.

Hannah L. – North Dakota

Hannah,

Only actual dentists, who’ve graduated from dental school, are allowed to call themselves dentists. As long as the dentist has a DMD or DDS on their diploma they’re a dentist.

The only difference between a holistic dentist and any other dentist is their philosophy of treatment. A holistic dentist considers the whole body, not just your mouth and teeth.

They’ll be much more aware of any substances that are used in your medical care. For instance, they wouldn’t give you an amalgam filling, because of the mercury content. They’ll give you a composite filling instead, because they’re mercury free.

So, go ahead and try out that new dentist. You might be thrilled.

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How Do I Know If I Have Real Invisalign?

My sister and I both got Invisalign. Hers looks different than mine. They’re both invisible. I’m just wondering if one of us got a knock off?

Emily S. – Utah

Emily,

I could be that they look different simply because you have two different smiles, so the re-alignment of your teeth will be shaped differently.

However, there is a really easy way to tell if you have the real deal or a knock-off.  Take a look at the biting surface of the tray. Invisalign stamps their trademarked name right on it.  You should also see a handful of numbers and letters. These are  your patient ID number. They also help the dentist (and patient) know whether the aligner is for your top or bottom teeth and other information.

Invisalign has a higher than normal patient satisfaction rate, so I bet you’ll be thrilled with your new smile when the procedure is over.

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Can a Dentist Help My Allergies and Pain

I’ve had undiagnosable medical issues for years, including serious joint pain and rashes. My doctors kept telling me it was in my head, but then I finally got a doctor to do a patch test on me.  It turns out I have some pretty bad allergies, including most metals. I’m wondering if a dentist can help me get rid of some of the metal I have in my mouth to see if I can  get some relief?

Mandy – Colorado

Mandy,

Hard to understand how a rash can be in your head. Sometimes it’s helpful to remember it’s called a medical “practice”. That means they still figuring things out, even if they’re too proud to say it.

The test you’re likely referring to is a Clifford’s Reactivity Test. It’s still considered controversial, so don’t be surprised if you run up against some opposition.

You’re more likely to get some assistance from a holistic dentist, They’re more open to treating the whole body.  It’s not a specialty, so it has more to do with the mindset of the dentist.

You’ll likely have to call around. Make sure whomever you can talk to is willing to do a sanitary amalgam removal.

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A Dentist Left a File in My Tooth

I went to a dentist who was doing a filling. Mid-appointment he decided it needed to change the filling to a crown, then decided it needed a root canal. During that procedure (or maybe the crown one, I don’t know) I heard him curse. He broke a file in my mouth.  He’s decided to leave it there. I’m really frustrated. I’ve heard holsitic dentists will handle things differently. A friend lives in your area and says you are one. How do I find one in my area?

Lupa N. – Delaware

Lupa,

You’ve had a very trying experience. Though I haven’t seen your case for myself, and cannot say for sure, I will say that sometimes decay can be worse than the dentist expected and a procedure has to be changed. And, though it isn’t normal, files do sometimes break.

You’re right that a holistic dentist will often care about the whole body function and not just the tooth. The easiest way to find on eis to do a direct search for a holistic dentist

They’ll work with you to get the file out, if that’s possible to do without causing more harm than good.

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