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Why should the Biocompatibility of Dental Materials be tested?

By Gerald Regni, DMD on October 27, 2016

While there are over 2,000 different types of materials used in dentistry today, no single material is best suited for every patient. We are all unique individuals and therefore, we each possess a unique biochemistry, which begs the question, “What about toxicity and how these materials could have adverse allergenic effects on the human body?” Some individuals react adversely to the toxicity of these chemicals, compounds, and dental materials and how they compromise their immune systems.

Benefits of Biocompatibility Testing

The best approach to this dilemma is biocompatibility testing, a method for determining how certain biomaterials will behave in a variety of contexts. Reference is made to the material’s ability to behave with a host response in a specific set of circumstances. The biocompatibility testing of dental materials benefits the individuals mentioned above in that it will help you protect your immune system from any adverse effects.

Biocompatibility testing is done prior to any dental procedure in order to determine which materials are the least challenging to the immune system and then to continue with the procedure using those specific materials. Every day, people are exposed to bacteria, environmental toxins, and viruses. Plus many individuals encounter a great deal of stress in their lives on a daily basis. So why would you take a chance and put your immune system at risk by exposing yourself to a toxic oral material? Of course, not! You don’t want to compromise your health on a long term basis but that is why it is important to stay aware of these aspects.

Testing Dental Materials for Biocompatibility

Since each one of us has a unique biochemistry, it follows then that the way each of us react or do not react to these toxic materials will be just as unique. This is especially true with individuals who have certain health and special conditions about them. There are two basic testing methods:

Materials Re-activity Testing – another way of identifying sensitivities to certain dental materials is a laboratory screening process that is referred to as materials re-activity testing. This test was developed for individuals who have a history of being chemically sensitive. It includes a list of the most commonly used materials and can evaluate whether or not the patient is suited for or not suited for any of these dental materials on the list.

Selective Kinesiology – applied kinesiology uses muscle strength to indicate your body’s state of health whether disturbed or orderly. The energy fields that surround the body influences muscle strength. Dentists use this kinesiology and along with a testing kit that contains all of these dental materials. Negative responses indicate which materials would not be suitable while positive responses indicate which materials would be best suited for the patient.

If you have any questions or need further information regarding the biocompatibility testing of dental materials, you should sit down and discuss the matter with a dentist. Hopefully he or she practices Holistic dentistry in conjunction with their practice.

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