Biocompatibility of Dental Materials
Any of us can be sensitive to anything in our environment. Many of our patients are concerned with the things they put in their mouth and the dental materials that are used during their appointments. Most dentists do not take notice. Some will even put amalgam build ups underneath a metal crown, which can cause electro galvanism.
There are three ways to test dental materials. The first is an energetic kinesiology test called Quantum Reflex Analysis (QRA), to determine whether materials are compatible with your body. This is a digital O-Ring test that tests the strength you have in your fingers or arm when holding certain materials. In other words, in theory you will maintain your strength with materials that are compatible with your body, and lose strength with materials that are not compatible. QRA can be done in-office or by another QRA trained professional.
Second is an EAV (Electro-Acupuncture according to Voll) which measures energetic effect via acupuncture points.
A Clifford Test can also be done to test materials used in dental procedures. This requires a blood draw that is sent to a lab. Dental materials are put into samples of your blood and tested to see the immune response. The results come back and will tell the patient and dentist which materials are more suitable or less suitable for them. The Clifford test must be sent to a lab so it cannot be done in the office, but must be done at a medical facility.
As a disclaimer, there is no perfect test. With regards to QRA, results may differ depending on the practitioner that preforms the muscle test. And since the teeth are not directly in the blood, the Clifford test also has its flaws. But these tests are done to give us and the patient and idea of what materials are going to be best for them personally.
We feel strongly that metal restorations, especially amalgams, are not as biocompatible as composite. And composite is not as biocompatible as porcelain. Ideally and optimally, porcelain would be used for dental restorations for it’s similarities to natural tooth structure, its strength, and its longevity, but of course, we have to take a number of factors into consideration. Each patient is different and each situation is different. We work to individualize treatment plans based on a thorough examination of the mouth and having detailed conversations about what the patient wants and needs.
I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful summer weather!
To your health,
Richard Stickney DDS PS