The latest updates on dental technology, treatments and how Nashville Restorative Dentistry is working to deliver the best possible care for our patients.
Mercury Filling Removal: How We Do It
Apr 16, 2021
Over the last 60 years or so, mercury amalgam (metal) dental fillings have become increasingly less common, but for decades, they were the standard. Their durability and cost-effectiveness made them the go-to for most dentists, and many dentists unfortunately still use them today. Mercury amalgam dental fillings are made from about half liquid mercury (also called elemental mercury), and the rest is made from a powdered alloy containing silver, tin, and copper. Composite resin fillings (white fillings) have become more...
Are Mercury Fillings Dangerous?
Apr 16, 2021
There are several options for dental filling materials today, but mercury amalgam fillings used to be the standard. They’re made from about 50 percent liquid mercury (also known as “elemental mercury”) combined with a powdered alloy made of silver, tin, and copper. For decades, dentists regularly used mercury amalgam fillings to repair tooth decay because of its durability and cost-effectiveness, despite the lack of aesthetic appeal. “Dentists have used these fillings for more than 150 years all over the world,”...
What is Mercury-free Dentistry?
Apr 05, 2021
Mercury-free dentistry is the practice of preventing the use of mercury-containing amalgam fillings due to the long-term effects this neurotoxin can have on patients. Instead, mercury-free dentists use white-colored BPA-free resin fillings that better match the surrounding tooth and are free of toxic metals. The mercury-free movement among dentists is a smaller part of a larger metal-free debate that also includes porcelain fused to metal (PFM) as well as gold crowns and bridges. In every case, holistic dentists look to...
Mystery Linking Gum Disease to Heart Disease and Cancer Uncovered
Nov 12, 2020
It’s long been known that periodontal disease (gum disease) is linked to heart disease, cancer, and other inflammatory conditions, but the reason why has remained unclear...until now. A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research claims to have the answer, and it’s related to the body’s hyperactive immune response to gum disease. When the body is experiencing an oral infection like periodontal (gum) disease, it releases an abundance of cells called neutrophils (part of the innate immune system)...
Healthline quotes Dr. Jones on the holistic effects of vaping & smoking
Jun 17, 2020
Vaping has been in the news a lot lately, which prompted Healthline to reach out to medical professionals about how it affects your mouth’s microbiome. One of the medical experts they spoke to was Nashville Restorative Dentistry’s Dr. Jones, who explained how interconnected the mouth and the rest of the body are. You can check out the full article here: What Vaping, Smoking Do to Your Mouth's Biome — And How That Affects Your Health
What is a Holistic Dentist?
May 01, 2020
Holistic Dentistry Explained. As a comprehensive care dental practice offering holistic-focused care, we often hear questions like: What is a holistic dentist? Why is holistic dental care important? How can I find a holistic dentist near me? In this post, we will answer these questions by explaining how holistic dentistry differs from traditional dentistry, why holistic dental care is important for both prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, and how you can find a holistic dentist in your area. More focused on...
How Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Health
Aug 20, 2019
Generally speaking, everyone knows it’s important to have a healthy mouth. Nobody wants cavities or gingivitis, much less a toothache or to lose a tooth. However, what most people may not realize is that your oral health affects a lot more than just your mouth. The health of your teeth and gums have a direct impact on the well being of the rest of your body. Poor oral health has been linked to a number of different illnesses and issues....
The Hidden Dangers of Dental Plaque
Jan 30, 2019
The soft, sticky film that collects on teeth after eating sugary or starchy foods is called plaque. Dental plaque contains a host of bacteria that is directly linked to tooth decay. But cavities aren’t the only serious issue associated with this build up. There is a direct relationship between improper oral care and overall health problems. The bacteria contained in plaque can trigger inflammation not just in the mouth but also throughout the body. The bacteria in dental plaque...
Gum Disease Video – Systemic Health
Oct 16, 2018
We hope this gum disease video helps you find out more about the links between your dental health and overall health. If the videos do not load properly, we have provided the transcripts for you below. To schedule an appointment with your premier Franklin dentist, call (615) 591-0294. Robert Jaffin: Gum disease or periodontal disease, has been associated with various systemic diseases. But, over time, we've learned that the mouth is the portal into the rest of the body, and...
European Ban on Mercury Amalgam Fillings
Jul 19, 2018
In the European Union, dental filling regulations have begun to take effect. Last year, the European Union adopted a regulation that banned amalgam use in children under the age of 15 years old, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers. Now, as of the 1st of July, 2018, this partial amalgam ban is being implemented. What is Amalgam? First things first, let’s discuss what amalgam is. Amalgam is an alloy (mixture) of mercury with another metal (yes, Mercury!). The toxic element has...