What is Biological Dentistry?
Biological dentistry knows that dental conditions can only be understood in relation to the whole body, and it sees the human body as more than a collection of parts that can be mechanically worked upon in isolation. It looks at how illness in the body can often be traced to oral-dental conditions, either as a cause or an aggravating factor. It seeks the root cause and does not immediately equate symptoms with illness, since symptoms frequently are signs of healing and should not be suppressed. True biologic care supports the body’s natural abilities of self-healing and regeneration.
Biological dentistry originated in Germany, and emerged in the late 1970’s as a new field of life-supporting dental medicine. It is conscious of how treatments of the teeth and jaws affect the individual’s overall health, and makes sure its treatments are health enhancing versus health stressing.
Common areas of concern in biological dentistry include mercury toxicity from silver fillings, root canals, lack of healing of old extraction tooth sites, cranial distortions, tonscillar scars, lack of biological support before, during and after oral surgery, inappropriate tooth removal, jaw joint problems, bite disharmonies, and head and neck pain.
Biological dentistry sees dentists as true medical specialists and not just mere tooth doctors. They use physiologic and electronic means to find chronic areas of disease that are difficult to locate with conventional clinical dental methods. They seek the least toxic materials to use for your dental work by using several types of materials’ reactivity testing, e.g., qualitative antigen-antibody precipitin observation test, Electro dermal, and Applied Kinesiology muscle testing. To support your body’s natural healing ability before and/or during restoration work, biological dentists frequently use the time-proven healing support methods of homeopathy, acupuncture, nutrition, physical therapy and other natural practices.
Primary Dental Concerns of Biological Dentists:
Biological Dental Concern
Toxicity of dental materials used and their release from fillings & replacement appliances.
When absorbed by the body’s tissues, these toxic materials alter the electrochemical character of the immune system, disturb the ratios and populations of the blood cells (e.g. decreased white count), as well as those of the immune system, and stop or alter the function of the body’s enzymes
Hidden or residual infection (focal), including areas of dead tissue (soft and bony) and chronic inflammation:
A diseased change in the soft connective tissue containing non-process-able material that keeps the local and general defense reactions in a continuous state of active conflict, which is most often chronic in nature. Chronic bony infections (cavitations) are a source of chronic residual infection.
The mingling of dissimilar metal ions in the fluids/tissues of the body generates direct electrical currents in the body:
These currents change the charge from electro-negative to electro-positive, are suspected of interfering with organic function and membrane permeability in the body, and could be initiating degenerative changes.
Structural problems such as Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction and cranial distortions:
Structural issues in the body never act independent of the whole system; they have an effect on physiological and biological functioning. Every person has a predominant category of structural issues, which are used by biological dentists to prioritize treatment.
Blockages either due to infection, scars, or structural disharmony can affect organ function. Likewise, disharmony or blockage in an organ can affect the tooth associated with it. Also, any scars in the mouth, post-surgery, past surgery, or tonscillar scars will block the flow of chi-blood.
Dr. Michael Lipelt, founder and practitioner at Stillpoint Family Health Services received his Doctor in Dental Surgery at the University of Pacific, School of Dentistry and his California State Dental License in 1975. In addition, he studied Biological Dentistry in Germany in 1986, and was a founding member of the American Academy of Biological Dentistry (AABD). He has practiced and taught Biological Dentistry now for over 20 years, while integrating it with other holistic healing methods.