Although some of the issues listed below are still questioned by the international dentistry communities, alternative and complementary dentistry are gaining more and more credit due to the two new perspectives involved.
The former implicitly refers to the materials and treatments available and is based on a holistic perspective over both the medical procedures and the human body. Holistic medicine cannot accept partial treatment and contextual healing: therefore, holistic dentistry features the idea that teeth must not be seen and treated separately from the rest of the body.
The latter features a philosophy of its own: as long as the connection between the body and the world continuously changes and, simultaneously, becomes personalized for every individual or body taken separately, standardization of procedures (in this case, of dental procedures) is unacceptable due to the specificity of each and every particular scenario.
These are some of the fields and branches of alternative and complementary dentistry that have gained popularity among international scientific environments:
In the actual dental practice, this refers to using natural and hypoallergenic substances, naturist treatments based on medical herbs, clays, bee products, tinctures, essential oils, etc.
Acupuncture and hypnosis in dentistry
Alternative dentistry makes use of these techniques for stress reduction and pain management. Although they are different in origin, approach and philosophy, the two methods seem to converge into a common purpose.
These are complementary techniques of observing different physiological facts and functions, occasionally used in dentistry for pain management, regulating blood pressure during treatment, reducing stress, etc.
Homeopathy is one of the oldest alternatives to contemporary modern allopathic medicine, based on dilutions that reconstruct basic symptoms at an infinitely smaller scale.
The therapeutic effects of music are obvious especially in situations when stress management becomes a problem during dental treatment. This is a particularly widespread method among dentists all over the world who use it either deliberately or instinctively for its efficacy in producing a friendly environment and facilitating the dialogue with the patient, thus improving his or her reactions to dental procedures.