Generally, though, I still don’t really see the point of promoting oneself as a “holistic” dentist. The general, conventional dentists and dental specialists I know (and know many quite well because of the nature of my work) all do the things that holistic dentists like to claim make them different and safer than everyone else.
I will provide a “tennis match” type comparison, here, to demonstrate what I mean.
Non-invasive and Non-surgical Approaches
Proponents of holistic dentistry or biologic dentistry hold that they provide patients with non-invasive and non-surgical preventative treatment alternatives. The implication being that conventional dentistry is invasive and always surgical and not focused on preventative. If conventional dentistry is not focused on preventative I wonder why I see my dentist every six months and why my dental hygienist recommends things I can do at home that can improve the condition of my teeth and gums? The purpose of these things is to “prevent” tooth decay, gum disease, periodontal disease, bad breath, etc.
My experience with dental professionals has been that they prefer a non-invasive, non-surgical approach so long as they are able to. There are certain circumstances where surgery may be indicated, but (with the exception of wisdom teeth – which is another topic entirely) that is always when all preventative and maintenance avenues have been exhausted.
Composite Fillings versus Amalgam Fillings
This argument is fully fleshed out in one of my other articles, but the general idea that holistic dentists advocate is the use of composite fillings instead of amalgam. They will also recommend that anyone with amalgam fillings in their mouth have them removed and have them removed by a “holistic” dentist who knows how to remove them. Tooth restorations should be done with inlays (tooth surface), onlays and crowns (full tooth structure restoration).
There is a difference here because many conventional dentists are still using mercury-based amalgam fillings, but composite fillings, porcelain, inlays, onlays and crowns are not exclusive to holistic dentists.