The practitioners at Don Harvey Dental are all strong believers in providing metal-free dentistry in Alpharetta, Georgia. As more people become aware of potential problems caused by metals in the mouth, many of them are becoming concerned about what goes into their restorations and crowns.
We have a metal-free philosophy for many reasons. Toxicity issues aside, metals in the mouth mixing with saliva, which has an acidic pH value, have a tendency to produce voltages and cause electrolysis-related corrosion. These measurable voltages also produce electro-magnetic waves (as does any kind of electrical current), and these waves have been found, in EEG research, to interfere with normal brainwave patterns.
This electromagnetic brainwave interference may have many effects such as lowering immunity, causing symptoms of increased stress, changing the autonomic nervous system, or, in extreme cases, possibly producing symptoms of Parkinson’s, MS, or Alzheimer’s disease.
There is much research to back up these claims. Because the health and well-being of each patient is our primary concern, we will not use metal crowns, restorations, or compounds containing any metals as a general rule unless it is absolutely necessary (the patient will be made aware of this prior to treatment). For example, implants require the use of titanium, but the compound we use is specially coated so as to interfere with normal biological systems as little as possible.
If you have metal restorations already in place, we can address your concerns by removing and replacing them with biologically friendly (biocompatible) materials, which just may help you get back on track with good oral health and a strengthened oral immune system.
If you have any questions or concerns about this subject, please call 770-343-6565 for a complimentary consultation regarding metal-free dentistry.
Porcelain is used for crowns, veneers, and many other dental restorations. It is considered by many to be the ideal dental material, because it is hard, strong, and beautiful. The surface has opalescence and light handling properties that mimic tooth enamel very closely. Traditionally, it was considered too brittle for many applications, but today’s advanced dental porcelains have superior strength and beauty.
If you are interested in these or other beautiful, metal-free dental options call our dentists and team at 770-343-6565 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Harvey or Dr. Choy.