Dr. Sean Freiberg – A General Dentist with a Holistic Approach
Dr. Sean Freiberg is a general dentist who practices biological or holistic dentistry. Biological/Holistic dentistry is not a specialty of dentistry but rather a philosophy that focuses on the vital role your mouth plays in maintaining excellent general health.
Dr. Freiberg is a member of the Alberta Dental Association and College, Canadian Dental Association, Calgary and District Dental Society and Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.
Read more about Dr. Freiberg’s background here.
Biological Dentistry Calgary
The term biological dentistry or holistic dentistry is not a specialty of dentistry but describes a philosophy that can be applied to all facets of a general dental practice. Biological dentistry is the practice of the best elements of conventional dentistry with a focus on the implications oral health has on the entire body.
The essence of biological dentistry is to provide oral health care in a less toxic, more individualized, and more environmentally friendly way. A biological dentist appreciates that the diseases and materials in your mouth can have lasting, negative affects on other systems in your body. Biological dentists also work with other like-minded health care providers to assess the compatibility of dental materials, to provide nutritional support, and, if needed, to provide detoxification from the damaging affects of oral toxins. The biological dentist keeps your whole health in mind—not just the condition of your teeth and mouth.
Treatment & Services
Zirconio Dental Implants
Dental implants have revolutionized the replacement of missing teeth. Since the 1960s, titanium implants have been the industry standard, but growing concerns over the biocompatibility and autoimmune potential of titanium in susceptible individuals has caused an increased demand for nonmetal implant materials.Ceramic tooth implants, specifically known as zirconia dental implants, are one of the newer forms of dental implants that provide a metal free option for replacing missing teeth. Zirconia implants first became approved for use in Europe in 2008 and then in Canada in 2013. They are proving to be a very suitable alternative to titanium implants because of their biocompatibility, tooth coloured esthetics, strength, and resistance to bacterial plaque build-up.
Although there is a much longer history with titanium implants, studies have shown that zirconia implants form a solid connection to bone that is equivalent to titanium implants (Manzano et al. 2014), resulting in similar success rates. Straumann, the world’s leading dental implant manufacturer, has recently developed a novel two-piece zirconia implant that mitigates the shortcomings of the original “one-piece” zirconia implant systems.
For more information about zirconia implants or to see if you are a candidate for implant dentistry, please contact Health First Dental to schedule a consultation with Dr. Freiberg
Mercury Free Dentistry - Overview
For 180 years dentistry has used silver amalgam, which contains approximately 50% mercury, as a preferred tooth filling material. Medical research has demonstrated that mercury vapor is continuously released from these fillings into mouth air, which is inhaled and absorbed into body tissues. Animal and human studies demonstrate that dental amalgam is the major contributing source of mercury in the body.
Health First Dental's holistic approach to dentistry means we prefer to avoid putting poisonous materials like mercury in the body and provide completely mercury free alternatives to amalgam fillings.
Fluoride Free Dentistry - Overview
Today more than ever, evidence of fluoride’s toxicity is entering the public sphere, and its benefits in decreasing tooth decay are being questioned.
Fluoride has been used in dentistry for decades because of its proposed effectiveness in reducing tooth decay. Dental schools teach that fluoride makes the enamel more resistant to the acidic by-products of the bacteria in your mouth. For this reason, fluoride has been placed in our drinking water, put in toothpaste, and used in very high concentrations in dental offices.
However, this “cure” for the common cavity has come under scrutiny.
Mercury Safe Protocols - Overview
High doses of mercury vapor and particulate can be inhaled, absorbed, or swallowed during the removal of amalgam fillings. Extreme caution should be taken by the dentist to protect patients from being exposed to dangerously high levels of mercury when replacing amalgam fillings. If improperly performed, the haphazard removal of mercury fillings can cause more harm than good.
Dr. Freiberg follows specific safety protocols designed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) to prevent harmful exposure to mercury when removing silver amalgam fillings.
Biocompatibility Testing - Overview
A biocompatibility report (also called a dental materials reactivity test) provides information on any material sensitivities a patient may have. It is created from an immunological blood analysis. The test examines an individual’s antibody reaction to various chemical groups found in dental materials. The analysis considers metals as well as composites, cements, anesthetics, and other dental components, which can often cause immunological reactions. The results are compiled into a report, which lists over 6,300 dental products by trade-name and indicates whether the product is “suitable” or “not suitable” to be placed in the individual’s mouth.
Root Canal Alternative - Overview
When an infection develops inside of a tooth, the only options for treatment are extraction or root canal therapy. Although root canal therapy can preserve the function of a tooth in the mouth, concerns exist regarding the potential health risks of root canalled teeth. Unfortunately, many negative consequences also exist following tooth removal. Fortunately there are alternatives to traditional root canal therapies that should be considered.
Dental Implants Calgary - Overview
Dental implants are the best alternative to natural teeth. A dental implant is a titanium post that replaces the root of a missing natural tooth. They are placed in the upper or lower jawbone and act as anchors for crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Dental implants function and feel like natural teeth, improve smiles, prevent bone loss associated with missing teeth, and eliminate the need to drill healthy teeth when placing a bridge. Statistics from three decades of clinical experience confirm a success rate of nearly 95% over a five year period for dental implants.
Invisalign - Overview
Invisalign is a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth without metal bands, brackets, or wires. Invisalign combines the doctors clinical treatment plan with proprietary 3-D, computer-generated software to create a series of unique, custom-made aligners that move teeth in very precise increments. The aligner is a clear, thin piece of medical grade plastic that fits over the teeth like a glove would fit on a hand.
As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move little by little, week by week until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by Dr. Freiberg. The aligners can be removed to eat, drink, brush and floss. Ideally the aligners should be worn at least 22 hour per day. Treatment time varies depending on your individual circumstances; however, most cases take less than one year.
Cosmetic Dentistry - Overview
The smile is the most eye catching feature of the face. Overall health and wellness includes feeling confident and self-assured. A beautiful smile can change the way you feel about yourself and the way others treat you. Cosmetic dental procedures can transform stained, chipped, or crooked teeth into stunning smiles.
Laser Therapy - Overview
Low level laser therapy (LLLT) has been used for decades in the medical profession to improve soft tissue healing and to relieve both acute and chronic pain. Unlike surgical lasers which cut and cauterize, low level laser therapy uses cold (subthermal) laser light energy to produce a healing effect called biostimulation.
Anesthetic Reversal - Overview
At Health First Dental we pride ourselves on making your visit to the dentist as comfortable as possible. Although dental anesthetic eliminates the pain of dental procedures, most people dislike the numb feeling in their lips and mouth that makes it difficult to smile, talk, eat, and drink for hours following routine dental procedures.
Thankfully, there has been a breakthrough which accelerates the return to normal feeling and function.
Preventative Care - Overview
Maintaining health is more important than treating disease. Our society has been programmed do believe in a concept of “false health”. We assume if it doesn’t hurt, everything must be OK. Unfortunately once symptoms are manifest, significant and often irreversible damage has been done. This is particularly true for the oral environment.
At Health First Dental, our patients are on a regular preventative maintenance program. This program provides early detection, thus shifting our focus from disease treatment to prevention.