Health Centered Dentistry
Dr. Nupponen is a member
and past President of the Holistic Dental Association (HDA), the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT),
the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM), and
the Institute of Natural Dentistry (IND). He feels intensely that one's overall health is very much related to proper nutrition and the health of one's mouth. His primary interest is in the health and well-being of his patients. He is very concerned about the issue of dental amalgams. Scientific studies on this issue have been somewhat contradictory, depending on who is doing the research, but
today many countries prohibit the use of amalgams in dentistry. Dr. Nupponen
stopped placing amalgam restorations in 1993. Instead, he places "white fillings", composite restorations which are laser bonded to the teeth. The substance has physical properties very similar to those of natural teeth, resulting in restored teeth which
can be much stronger than teeth restored with amalgams.
Abiding by ADA guidelines, Dr. Nupponen is not trying to influence patients to remove existing amalgam fillings unless those fillings are noticeably in need of replacement. However, people are varied in their reactions to foreign substances, and they can have amalgam fillings removed if they so desire. Dr. Nupponen has a potentiometer and uses special methods to prevent exposure to mercury vapor during the removal of old amalgams. The Halifax Center for Holistic & Cosmetic Dentistry is one of the few dental offices in the country where these services are available.