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Biocompatibility Testing

For a substance to be biocompatible, it must have qualities that enable it to exist within a living organism without causing harm. This term is relevant to dentistry because there are various materials used to repair and restore teeth. As we have learned with dental amalgam, which contains mercury, not all dental materials are as safe as some would have us believe. When you consider that you will have your new dental restorations in your mouth 24/7, this issue becomes very important.

How biocompatible a dental material is comes from its ability to carry out the function for which it is intended without resulting in undesirable effects, either in the mouth or the body. Through this testing, we look for the lack of allergic, inflammatory, or toxic response in tissues surrounding the restoration. There should also be no negative impact on general health.

We do not believe in a “wait and see” approach when it comes to biocompatibility. In our Austin dental practice, we offer convenient biocompatibility testing that will provide us with detailed information necessary to provide each patient with truly customized care.

Dr. Cole does serum biocompatibility testing using Clifford Consulting and Research laboratories, located in Colorado Springs. This reputable immunology lab receives blood samples from our patients, which are drawn at a nearby medical office, and performs a comprehensive testing process that screens for sensitivities to biomaterials via detection of antibodies. Through this testing process, Dr. Cole is provided with a detailed list of the various dental materials that can safely be used in a patient’s treatment process.

The MELISA test, which also analyzes blood serum, is another way in which compatibility can be assessed. This test detects “delayed hypersensitivity” to metals such as titanium and gold, among others.

For those very discerning patients who like their practitioner to perform physiological testing, Dr. Cole will be happy to provide all the necessary materials.

Our approach to dentistry is to provide the highest level of care that will promote excellent oral and general health. Through biocompatibility testing, we can ensure that each patient is receiving the precise care that he or she requires.

Contact our office to learn more about us, or to schedule your personal consultation.
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  • Rating: 5
    Dr Griffin Cole

    The Best Dentist and an overall great guy!

    My wife and I found Griffin on the internet while we were looking for a Mercury Free dentist in Austin. I'm not sure if he's the only one or not, but he's the only one for us from now on. Even my wife, who absolutely hates Dr.'s offices and dentist offices, was extremely comfortable and enjoyed her visit there. No matter what questions you ask, Griffin will provide you with educated, intelligent answers to make sure YOU understand what he's doing.

    They do not take insurance, but I'd rather pay myself and not have toxic poisons (flouride & mercury) "sold" to me and put in my mouth. Most people will spend hundreds of dollars at the bars and restaurants each month, yet won't spend a dime on their own health.


    Reviewed by Russell N.
  • Rating: 5
    Dr Griffin Cole

    Possibly the best dentist in Austin!

    Dr. Cole is one of the best dentists in Austin if you are concerned with keeping your teeth healthy and your body free from dangerous dental toxins--esp. mercury. My husband has been going to Dr. Cole for 15 years, and I've been going for almost 10. The staff is so incredibly friendly and helpful. Dr. Cole himself is generous with his time, answering all questions thoroughly. His dental work is awesome. His dental hygienist, Cindy, is also world-class! Gentle, and thorough. My husband and I are both chemically-sensitive, and his office is a safe place for us.

    Reviewed by Michelle E.
  • Rating: 5
    Dr Griffin Cole

    AWESOME

    Dr. Cole is a great dentist who is very caring; called me after I had a few fillings done to see how I was doing. He also specializes in biological dentistry (non-mercury amalgams, biocompatible focus) so he's concerned with total health. The office is nice and so are the staff. He's top-notch!

    PROS: biological dentistry, whole health, excellent care

    CONS: none

    Reviewed by Luca P.
  • Rating: 5
    Dr Griffin Cole

    Having experienced several dentists in my life - to include military dentists; or, were they trainees?? In any event, it is very difficult to overstate when offering praise for Griffin Cole's work, his staff. He is a journeyman...a master, really. An excellent staff and the highest standard of care are immediate impressions one can expect upon their first visit. Furthermore, those standards are maintained consistently over time, they don't fade. I believe I can say as much about his excellent care since my wife and I have been going for several years.

    My personal experience has been that I do not dread the trip to the dentist's office, quite the contrary. Definitely a 5 star experience....every time.

    Reviewed by Mark S.
  • Rating: 5
    Dr Griffin Cole

    We have been going to Griffin for several years now and are very happy. He has a mercury free office, knows about alternative health solutions and is anti-fluoride. He also uses digital x-rays which have 90% less radiation. Not cheap, but worth it.

    Reviewed by Brie S.
  • Rating: 5
    Dr Griffin Cole

    Dr. Cole and his staff, especially Deborah, have provided our whole family with conscientious, pro-active, caring treatment for over ten years. Our family ranges in age from 2-92, and they each receive specialized care with the safest substances - no mercury! Highly recommended - especially if you need cosmetic or restorative work and want them to look genuinely real.

    Reviewed by A google user
  • Rating: 5
    Dr Griffin Cole

    Dr Cole and his staff are bar none - the best in the business! I should know I've had lots of work done. What I love about them...

    1, They stand on principal and deal with teeth they way they see fit. No insurance companies telling these guys how to run their business.
    2, They care
    3, They don't upsell
    4, They believe in what they are doing
    5, They don't mind giving me laughing gas and
    6, They are the dentist office that's not so scary.

    If you getting work done - get it done by the best.

    Reviewed by Paul R.
  • Rating: 5
    Dr Griffin Cole

    After you visit Griffin Cole, you wish that all your other medical appointments were like this. He's something like the character of Wayne Jarvis on Arrested Development - PROFESSIONAL. He's so professional it's almost funny. Before you go sit in "the chair" you sit down in a nice office and talk about what's going on. He listens and gets all the details and lays out what needs to be done. Then he does it, and he's always PROFESSIONAL. Seriously Great dentist. If you are having complicated or "scary" work done, he is especially the guy you want to see.

    Reviewed by Zach D.
  • Rating: 5
    Dr Griffin Cole

    Dr Cole is the best dentist my wife and I have ever been to. He has helped her deal with issues from titanium implants (she was allergic to titanium and no one tested her prior to installing the implants - very bad decision for us). He just helped me with a chipped tooth that probably needs a root canal. And he and his staff have been excellent to work with for the past 6 years.

    Reviewed by Dan K.
  • Rating: 5
    Dr Griffin Cole

    Best ever! Put simply-Griffin cares about your health. Everyone who works there is professional and pleasant. I have been going to them for years, along with my entire family, How refreshing to see such a well run dental practice that consistently reflects the very high standards of the owner.

    Reviewed by Camille G.
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    Dr Griffin Cole

    Dr. Cole is a beacon of light in a sea of Austin dentists- one of the few in town that values holistic dentistry over the other kind that seems content to shove dangerous chemicals in your mouth, and then charge you for it. I went to Dr. Cole's office this week after a small composite filling fell out of one of my tooth this past month. It wasn't a big hole that was left behind, but I am sensitive to radiation and wary of going to a dentist that requires a full examination before they will even touch your teeth. If you call around, most dentists will not even treat you unless you fork out for several hundreds of dollars worth of dangerous x-rays---something I am not a huge fan of. I literally couldn't schedule with a few places because they required this.

    Reviewed by Mandy S.
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