Holistic Dentist – San Antonio, TX

A Whole-Body Approach to
Dentistry You Can Trust

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Holistic dentistry, sometimes called biological dentistry, is an approach to dental care that considers the individual’s overall health, including physical and emotional health. Rather than simply treating dental issues, holistic dentistry focuses on the patient’s total health.

This bio-connective approach to dental care focuses on non-invasive alternatives to most dental treatments. At Orbis Dental Group, we understand the connection between our patients’ teeth, gums, jaw, and the rest of their bodies. We use biocompatible dental materials that are non-reactive, minimizing the chances of an adverse reaction to those used in your treatment.

Why Choose Orbis Dental Group for Holistic Dentistry?

  • Dentists Who Are Committed to Continuing Education
  • Personalized, Action-Based Dental Care
  • 10-Year Warranty on All Dental Work for Regular Patients

Holistic Dentistry’s Approach to Patient Care

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Holistic dentistry in San Antonio considers patient dental care as part of an overall approach to health and wellness. We move beyond traditional dental exams and treatment methods to provide care that integrates all aspects of wellness, including your emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Each patient’s treatment plan is tailored to the individual and focuses on an integrative approach that minimizes invasive procedures and provides options with a “whole health” perspective.

Holistic dental care takes into consideration every aspect of the patient’s health. This is particularly important for patients with systemic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and immune disorders that can be negatively impacted by poor oral health.

What Is the Difference Between a Holistic Dentist and a Traditional Dentist?

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Both traditional and holistic dentists have a degree in dentistry after eight years of college and dental school. Both are board-certified and recognized as Doctors of Dental Medicine or Dental Surgery. A holistic dentist has additional training in alternative dental care and non-invasive treatments.

Holistic dental care focuses on maintaining oral health and preserving teeth through prevention whenever possible. Using mercury fillings and other potentially toxic materials is discouraged in holistic dentistry, as they are unnecessary and can be detrimental to your health. However, this does not mean neglecting treatments such as crowns, dentures, veneers, and extractions when needed. But our work doesn’t stop with these traditional procedures; we also offer specialized treatments such as ceramic implants, laser dentistry, and bite evaluations.

Is Holistic Dentistry Right for You?

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If you prefer a less invasive, more rounded approach to your dental care and understand the link between good oral health and overall health, a holistic dentist may be a good fit for you and your family. Many of us worry about the endless contaminants in our environment and how they negatively affect us. Our biocompatibility testing and minimalist approach to treatments appeal to those who want to participate fully in their own care. They appreciate a hands-on, natural treatment option to more traditional dental techniques that consider the total health picture rather than isolated care for their teeth and gums.

Benefits of Holistic Dentistry

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  • Holistic or biological dentistry looks at your overall health, not just your dental needs
  • Each patient’s treatment plan is customized
  • Treatments are minimally invasive
  • Only biocompatible and non-toxic materials are used
  • We focus on prevention and treating root causes rather than masking symptoms
  • Health, function, and appearance are all addressed in treatment plans
  • Advanced technology decreases the need for X-ray exposure
  • Natural pain relievers used as safe alternatives to prescription medications and opioids

Safe Amalgam Filling Removal

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Traditional amalgam has been used for years to fill cavities because of its durability and longevity. However, much research shows how unhealthy these metal restorations can be. With safe amalgam removal offered by Dr. Lee and our highly skilled dental team, they will use their professional training to carefully remove the material so that you and our staff remain safe throughout the process. This will then allow us to replace the filling with one that is tooth-colored for a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

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Targeted Therapy

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We believe in personalized dental care, which is why we offer targeted therapy. However, the only way to achieve this is with the help of various tests. You can expect us to perform one or more of the following to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and produces long-lasting, one-of-a-kind results.

At Orbis Dental Group, we offer:

  • OralDNA® Saliva Test – A way for our dentists to determine early warning signs of oral pathogens and any genetic risk that may pertain to your oral and overall health.
  • Metal Sensitivity Test – This is a blood test that helps to determine how your cells respond to various metals, as this can help choose appropriate forms of restorative treatment.
  • Oral Cancer Brush Test – Using a tiny brush with small bristles, we can take a swab of the cells inside the mouth to determine if any of the red, white, or discolored spots are cancerous or pre-cancerous.

Zirconia Dental Implants

Dental implants are most commonly made of a titanium alloy, which has a long track record of success. However, we understand that some patients are concerned about the use of metals in dentistry. That is why we also offer zirconia dental implants. Zirconia is a type of ceramic that is extremely durable and offers some unique advantages. When you come in for your tooth replacement consultation, our team can help you compare your implant options so you can settle on the one that best fits your needs and preferences.

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Holistic Dentistry FAQs

The Orbis Dental Group team is eager to help you enjoy head-to-toe wellness. Before you contact us to book your first appointment, though, you may want to know more about our holistic approach to care. Below, you will find answers to some frequently asked questions. If your specific questions are not listed here, give us a call — we will be happy to speak with you!

Is Holistic Dentistry Safe?

Holistic dentistry places a strong emphasis on patient safety. In fact, it was founded on the notion that dental treatment should do more than end dental pain and enhance oral function. It is all about protecting the patient’s whole body from harm. It also takes a long-range view of things. For example, some traditional treatments can deliver great short-term results but possibly lead to complications later on. As holistic dentists, we want to make sure that patients are well-informed about such risks before they commit to anything.

What are the Key Areas of Focus in Holistic Dentistry?

A few cornerstones of holistic dentistry include:

  • Avoiding the use of toxic materials if at all possible. For example, we recognize the potential risks of mercury amalgam fillings, so we never use them. We use biocompatible alternatives instead.
  • Oral hygiene. Oral hygiene can prevent many dental problems. We are always eager to educate patients so they can make wise choices about how to maintain a clean smile.
  • Many nutrients have outstanding benefits for both oral and overall health. While we are not dieticians or nutritionists, we can give you tips to help you eat a balanced diet.
  • We know that chronic stress can be very damaging to oral and overall health. We keep that in mind as we are interacting with patients and seeking the best way to serve them.

Why Might You Want to See a Holistic Dentist?

Holistic dentistry is a good option for people who are looking for conservative, effective dental treatment. Many people who are drawn to natural and alternative medicine find that holistic dentistry is right for them.

With that being said, it is important to recognize that every dentist — whether they are holistic or conventional — has their own unique approach to care. Here at Orbis Dental Group, we are all about balance. Because of that, we always strive to tailor the advice we give to each individual patient, rather than making dogmatic blanket statements about what is “good” and “bad.”

Does Holistic Dentistry Take Dental Insurance?

Many holistic dentists, including the team at Orbis Dental Group, accept insurance. Our staff can help you navigate your benefits and file your claims. However, please remember that we always base our treatment recommendations on what we believe is best for each individual — not on what insurance is likely to cover.

If you are concerned about the cost of treatment, let us know. We can help you apply for financing or give you details about our in-office discount plan.