I have four old tooth fillings that I want to be replaced by a holistic dentist. In 202, a GYN oncologist diagnosed me with cancer, and since that time, I have been even more careful about my health choices. I found a holistic dentist within a reasonable driving distance, but she doesn’t accept dental insurance. What will the dentist do for old tooth fillings? Does the fact that she does not take insurance mean that she charges more than usual? – Jessica
Jessica – Thank you for contacting 5 Star Dental Group in San Antonio.
What Will a Holistic Dentist Do for Old Tooth Fillings?
A holistic dentist will replace old tooth fillings with composite fillings. If your existing fillings are amalgam (silver), the dentist will remove them with the following steps:
- Isolate each tooth that requires treatment
- Break the fillings into chunks to minimize your exposure to mercury
- Sanitize your mouth
- Replace the fillings with a dental composite
What Are Composite Teeth Fillings?
Composite teeth fillings are a mixture of quartz or glass with dental resin. The fillings are biocompatible. Your dentist will select a composite shade that matches your natural teeth. Dental composite strengthens tooth structure.
How Much Do Composite Fillings Cost from a Holistic Dentist?
A holistic dentist’s fees for composite fillings depend on the condition of your teeth and the extent of decay that requires removal and replacement with composite. You may contact the dental office again to ask about their holistic dentistry fees. The dental office may offer payment plans for treatment. Also, contact your dental insurance company to determine how much you may be reimbursed for treatment and estimate your out-of-pocket costs.
If you cannot find a dentist who advertises holistic care, look for an advanced cosmetic dentist that only offers mercury-free fillings. You can ask about their procedure for sanitary amalgam removal or how they minimize your mercury exposure.
San Antonio dentists Dr. Gilberto Tostado and Dr. Karina Acuña sponsor this post.