All of science in the 19th century and most of the 20th century was obsessed with looking for universals. Psychologists, medical scientists, and economists were all interested in finding out the rules that govern the way all of us behave. But that has changed.
What is the revolution in science in the past 10 to 15 years?
It is the movement from the search for universals to the understanding of variability. One size does not fit all. Now, in medical science, we don’t necessarily want to know how cancer works. We want to know how my cancer is different from your cancer. And, genetics has opened the door to the study of human variability.
To see if your patient is allergic to any of the materials you propose to use or would benefit from BioCompatible metal free dental work done, take a look at the patient’s health history.
Do you ask your patient “Are you allergic to aluminum (in Feldspathic porcelain), mercury, or titanium (implants)?” or “Are you taking immunosuppressant drugs (to see if the inflammatory burden of periodontal disease will be too much for their body)?”
Maybe your patient has a compromised health situation to begin with and is on 14 different meds and doesn’t have any immune system to spare to fight periodontal disease or deal with the dissimilar materials (allergens) that you are putting in the most powerful place on their body.
When we try to pursue universal principles in dentistry and think that any materials we place in the mouth should be fine, we are not just making a mistake.
2 + 2 = 5 … that’s a mistake!
What we are doing is a disservice if we think one size fits all.
Ask your patient. Just a thought. To be a better diagnostician. To help more. To earn more.
Dr. Peter Evans is a practitioner, author, speaker and international dental coach. He is the President of The BioCompatible Dentist, LLC