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There is a consensus with the CDC, NIH, WHO and ADA that the placement or removal of dental restorations that contain mercury result in elevated amounts of mercury in the blood and urine. Mercury is a toxic substance that has no minimal safe amounts for humans. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) has developed protocols to promote mercury-free, mercury-safe, and biological/biocompatible dentistry.
In order to minimize the exposure to mercury vapor when amalgam fillings are removed, the IAOMT has developed a process of drilling out amalgam fillings that minimizes patient and staff exposure when the mercury filling liberates quantities of mercury vapor and fine particulates that can be inhaled and absorbed through the lungs. (In fact, the IAOMT does not recommend that pregnant women have their amalgams removed.)
All-ceramic crowns and restorations are more biocompatible than traditional dental materials. Often the result is so lifelike that the restoration it is difficult to distinguish from a natural tooth! Plus, there is no need to worry about dark metal bands forming around the gums over time. There are ceramic materials that are strong enough to be used for bridges as well.
Often a minimally invasive procedure known as an inlay or onlay can be fabricated from ceramics. Although they have the same durability as crowns, they require minimal tooth removal. Unlike fillings, ceramics add strength to the tooth and are much stronger. Generally if there is 1/4 to 1/3 of a tooth missing a conservative alternative to a crown may by an option .
Cold sores are treated in a non contact mode. The entire treatment takes less than five minutes. The energy from the laser is absorbed by the virus and destroyed. The procedure is most effective during the prodromal phase. This is when the viruses are rabidly multiplying and are most vulnerable to the effect of the laser. Patients describe this as a "prickly feeling" prior to the actual outbreak.
The procedure is noninvasive and painless. No anesthetic is required. If the virus is treated during the prodromal phase the lesion often never returns in the specific site. If the lesion is already present, the duration and discomfort is reduced.
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