What is holistic dentistry?
Holistic dentistry is an approach to oral health that views the patient as a whole person, whose biological systems are linked. It’s well known that oral health problems can affect the functioning of organs throughout the body. Research has shown links between oral health problems and:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Head and neck cancer
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Pancreatic and kidney cancer
Dr. Zandi follows a holistic dentistry philosophy at Art of Periodontics, promoting all-around health and wellness in her patients to help prevent disease, and taking every measure available to ensure patients enjoy the best and easiest recovery after treatment.
What difference does holistic dentistry make to my care?
Holistic dentistry isn’t a replacement for rigorous evidence-based oral health care; rather it complements the science of dentistry and expands the field by using innovative ways to accelerate healing. Examples include:
Dr. Zandi doesn’t use tap water at Art of Periodontics, preferring the purity of distilled water for nonsurgical procedures and ozonated water for deep cleaning and surgery.
Ozonated water has several advantages over tap water. For example, it helps reduce acute inflammation and promotes natural antioxidant activity. It’s also free of bacteria, viruses, spores, and parasites.
Dr. Zandi aims to eliminate toxins from all materials used at Art of Periodontics, and she only uses biocompatible dental materials. In addition to titanium implants, suitable patients can have metal-free zirconia dental implants.
What role does regenerative medicine play in holistic dentistry?
Regenerative medicine is a technique that employs the power of natural cells to promote healing and tissue regeneration. Dr. Zandi uses two types of regenerative medicine:
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
PRP is a concentrated solution made from the patient’s blood that contains high levels of growth factors. When injected into a post-surgical wound, the growth factors in PRP stimulate the body’s natural healing processes, resulting in reduced recovery times after dental procedures.
Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF)
PRF is a similar type of therapy to PRP, but whereas PRP contains a substance that keeps the blood from clotting, PRF doesn’t. As a result, the platelets gather into a spongy material, called a fibrin matrix, that forms as the PRF begins to clot. This slows the release of the growth factors, so your body takes longer to absorb them, maximizing their healing effect. PRF is particularly useful in healing bone after surgery.
By using the best scientific knowledge combined with respect for the way the body’s physical and emotional systems work in harmony, Dr. Zandi can offer exceptional dental care for her patients. To schedule a consultation, call Art of Periodontics today or book an appointment online.