Holistic

Airway and Biological Dental Center

Holistic

Airway and Biological Dental Center

Holistic Dentistry – Franklin, TN

Dentistry That Goes Beyond Your Smile

You don’t need to spend one minute in dental school to know that your mouth isn’t an isolated part of your body. It’s intimately connected with every other system that keeps you healthy and thriving, and this is something our team at Paige Prather Smiles always keeps in mind while looking after our Franklin patients. Combining advanced techniques with industry-leading materials, our holistic approach enables us to give our patients much more than gorgeous, lasting smiles.

What Is Holistic Dentistry?

Holistic dentistry, also known as biological dentistry, is a comprehensive approach to oral health that considers the interconnectedness of the body and mouth. It emphasizes the use of natural, non-toxic materials and conservative techniques to promote overall well-being. Holistic dentists focus on the prevention and treatment of oral issues while taking into account their potential impact on the entire body. This approach often includes nutrition counseling, non-invasive treatments, and a minimally invasive philosophy, aiming to achieve optimal oral health while supporting the body’s natural healing abilities.

The Unique Benefits of Holistic Dentistry

Because holistic dentistry looks at the “big picture” when it comes to your oral and overall health, practitioners are able to be more proactive in preventing problems. Rather than simply fixing cavities as they pop up, looking at a person’s diet and lifestyle habits can greatly reduce the source of common issues like tooth decay and gum disease. A commitment to using non-toxic materials also helps patients avoid systemic risks that can stem from substances that can cause harm if they enter the digestive system or bloodstream.

Holistic dentistry is also focused on being conservative, meaning that your natural enamel and gum tissue is preserved at all costs. This leads to a stronger and more resilient mouth in the long run, plus it allows people to enjoy their naturally beautiful smile for longer!

What To Expect During Your First Visit

At your initial visit to our holistic dental practice, we’ll prioritize building a personal connection with you. Our dedicated team will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and share our findings and insights. Dr. Prather or Dr. Day will look beyond your oral health, delving into your overall well-being, daily habits, and medical background to gain a comprehensive understanding of your situation. Together, you’ll collaborate on addressing any existing oral concerns by targeting the root cause. Unlike conventional approaches, we extend our guidance to modifying your diet and lifestyle, empowering you to naturally reduce the likelihood of gum disease and other common dental ailments.

Our Holistic Dental Services

An integral aspect of holistic dentistry is the avoidance of potentially harmful substances. We utilize only safe and biocompatible materials, such as composite resin and porcelain. Furthermore, we specialize in the safe removal and replacement of amalgam mercury fillings. Taking the time to educate and inform, we’ll ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of our biological dental techniques and the diverse range of treatments we provide. Some notable examples of the unique services we offer include:

Ozone Therapy

Ozone Therapy

Ozone therapy is a technique that utilizes ozone gas to treat various oral conditions. It is a safe and non-invasive approach that harnesses the powerful antimicrobial properties of O3 to eliminate bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Ozone therapy can aid in the treatment of dental infections, gum disease, and even tooth decay. Additionally, it promotes faster healing, improves the success rate of our procedures, reduces the need for invasive treatments, reduces recovery, and provides a natural alternative to (in some cases) avoid the need for antibiotics or other medications.

SMART Amalgam Removal

SMART Amalgam Removal

SMART stands for “Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique,” and it is a protocol that allows us to replace these restorations while keeping our patients, team, and environment safe from the well-documented harms that stem from mercury exposure. The goal is to replace the amalgam filling with a tooth-colored composite resin, which in addition to being aesthetically better, is also safer. As part of the SMART protocol, we will:
 ♦ Wear and provide you with appropriate PPE
  (personal protective equipment)
 ♦ Snoring or waking up gasping for air
 ♦ Supply you with external air or oxygen via a nasal
  mask so you don’t breathe in amalgam particulates.
 ♦ Keep the air clean and fresh thanks to our
  professional-grade filtration system.
 ♦ Apply water at the treatment site to lower
   heat and improve comfort.

Mercury-Free Fillings & Composites

Mercury-Free Fillings & Composites

We prioritize the use of mercury-free materials for all fillings and restorations. Unlike mercury, which has been associated with various neurological and behavioral disorders, our healthier and aesthetically pleasing alternatives are game changers. These non-metal restorations offer numerous benefits, including resistance to expansion or contraction from temperature changes (lowering sensitivity and risk of cracking), minimal enamel removal during placement, and more. Furthermore, they form a superior bond with natural tooth structure, providing exceptional protection against bacteria and future decay. To ensure seamless results, our non-metal restorations are color-matched to blend harmoniously with a patient’s teeth.

Laser
Biostimulation

Laser Biostimulation

Also known as photobiomodulation, laser biostimulation involves applying light energy to dental tissues, and this results in numerous advantageous changes on the cellular level. The light induces a chain of reactions that have been shown to accelerate wound healing, increase circulation, reduce inflammation, reduce acute and chronic pain, assist in tissue regeneration, and restore normal cellular function. It has a wide range of applications in dentistry, especially when it comes to the management of gum disease, but it’s basically used to jumpstart your body’s own natural processes when healing itself.

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Cavitation Treatment

A cavitation is an area where there is a void in the bone due to the area not filling in properly during healing. This problem usually occurs at the site where a tooth was extracted but can occur in other areas as well. Bacteria can collect within a cavitation and lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms. If Dr. Prather determines that you have this issue, she can perform a minor surgery to clear out the dead bone, kill harmful bacteria, and help your bone to heal properly.