Social Injustices Associated with Amalgam
The use of mercury amalgam has led to many social injustices, including....
The term “silver fillings” has misled many dental consumers into believing that amalgam is just silver when it is really mostly mercury. Only 11% of Americans are told by their dentists that amalgam fillings are 50% mercury – and Americans making under $50,000/year, racial minorities, and women are even less likely to get enough information about what’s in their dental fillings. Consumers for Dental Choice is leading the charge to expose the “silver fillings” deception. Learn more here.
Amalgam is routinely used in people who are given no choice – especially low-income families, soldiers, veterans, American Indians, and others subject to government dental programs through Medicaid/Medicare, the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Indian Health Service. Consumers for Dental Choice is challenging government programs that deny people the choice of mercury-free fillings. Learn more here.
Many dental insurance companies will not fully pay for mercury-free dental fillings. Instead, they give preference to mercury amalgam fillings, which they fully pay for. Consumers for Dental Choice is leading the campaign to reform insurance coverage to include mercury-free fillings. Learn more here.
Mercury-free filling options Mercury-free dental fillings have been developed and studied for over fifty years. As a result, a wide variety of alternatives to mercury amalgam fillings are available today. The most popular mercury-free fillings include:
Advantages of Mercury-free Fillings
Mercury-free dental fillings offer many advantages:
Because mercury-free dental restorations are increasingly effective, available, and affordable, a growing number of countries have already made significant progress in phasing down – and even phasing out – amalgam use. The chart below shows the percentage of total fillings that are amalgam versus how many are mercury-free in several countries.
Workplace Hazards Associated with Amalgam
Dental professionals face the hazards of amalgam’s mercury everyday in their workplace, most of them with no protection against mercury exposure....
Workplace Mercury Exposure
Dental professionals – including dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental office staff – can be exposed to mercury in their workplace, both directly and indirectly:
This exposure to mercury in the workplace would explain....
Tooth Damage Associated with Amalgam
On top of the risks of mercury exposure, amalgam is not even good for teeth.
Oral Health Damage
Amalgam can harm your oral health by....
Environmental Problems Associated with Amalgam
Mercury amalgam dental fillings have an impact far beyond your mouth – they are one of the most significant sources of mercury pollution today.
Superior modern alternatives to amalgam preserve healthy tooth structure and actually strengthen teeth, leading to better oral health and less extensive dental work over the long-term.
Quantity of Dental Mercury
Between 270 and 341 tonnes of mercury are consumed globally for use in amalgam each year. Accounting for at least 10% of global mercury consumption, amalgam is among the largest consumer uses of mercury in the world.
Pathways to the environmentDental mercury enters the environment via many different pathways. For example, dental mercury pollutes:
After amalgam enters the environment, certain microorganisms can change its elemental mercury into methylmercury, a highly toxic form of mercury that builds up in fish, shellfish, and people that eat fish. Methylmercury can damage children’s developing brains and nervous systems even before they are born
After environmental costs are taken into account, amalgam is significantly more expensive than the mercury-free fillings. According to the 2012 report The Real Cost of Dental Mercury, an amalgam filling can cost up to $87 (USD) more than an equivalent mercury-free composite filling, once the full lifecycle costs of each filling is taken into account.
The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. The Convention requires each party to “phase down the use of dental amalgam.” It also addresses amalgam in Annex A, where it can be amended later to set a phase-out date for this toxic mercury product. The United States government has signed this Convention, but so far taken no step to effectively phase down amalgam use.
What is Dental Amalgam?
Dental amalgam is a tooth filling material that is approximately 50% mercury. It is sometimes misleadingly called a “silver filling”, even though it contains far more mercury than silver. Mercury, a heavy metal, is known to be poisonous to the human nervous system.
There are still dentists out there who use this toxic mercury product, so make sure to say “No amalgam!” before you ever sit in that dental chair. Ask for mercury-free fillings instead!
Health Risks Associated with Amalgam
When it comes to your health, amalgam can do far more harm than good....
Dental amalgam is approximately 50% mercury, a known neurotoxin and reproductive toxin. Amalgam releases mercury vapors throughout its lifecycle, especially when
Mercury exposure from dental amalgam is not safe for anyone. But it is particularly risky for....
Dr. Don Jones, of Social Circle Dental, is dedicated to practicing healthy, conservative dentistry. If you have a weak, damaged, or painful tooth, he will recommend the most conservative option available. In many cases, all you'll need is a simple repair such as a filling to restore the health and beauty of your tooth. However, when the tooth is badly decayed, broken, or otherwise seriously damaged, you might expect to lose it. With dental crowns, many of those compromised teeth can be saved!
Dental crowns can be made of many materials, but at Social Circle Dental, we use high-strength porcelain. It is more durable than composite, healthier than many metals, and more beautiful than any other solution. Porcelain closely mimics the reflectivity and opalescence of natural tooth enamel, with a greater level of stain resistance.
For your convenience, our office is equipped with state of the art CEREC CAD/CAM technology allowing us to design and fabricate your new crown, right here during your appointment. The restorations are planned using sophisticated software, and the data is sent to the milling machine digitally. In a matter of minutes, the restoration is sculpted with precision accuracy from a block of dental porcelain. It is colored to match your existing teeth, for a lovely result.
Dr. Jones strives to provide every patient with personalized, healthy dentistry with a beautiful result. People travel from Loganville, Monroe, and communities across Georgia to enjoy world-class care from a widely respected biologic dentist. Call Social Circle Dental at (770) 464-1900 and schedule your appointment today.
Dental crown treatment has been a common procedure for over a century. In some situations, this may be the most efficient option for restoring a nice, healthy appearance and full function. Dr. Don Jones has been providing excellent biological dental care to patients from Social Circle and surrounding areas for many years. Before recommending dental crown treatment, a thorough consultation and examination are performed, and alternative treatments are considered. The priority in our office is to restore the greatest degree of oral health in the most conservative way.
Some of the instances in which dental crowns may be most suitable for Social Circle Dental patients include:
• A fracture around an existing filling, or tooth damage beneath the filling has occurred. Replacing one filling with another may be possible, but a crown may be most suitable if the cavity has grown quite large.
• Fractures, worn down, or broken teeth must be fully covered in order to regain function and strength.
• Root canal therapy may be necessary to remove deep infection within the pulp chamber of a tooth. This procedure removes the tissues within the pulp chamber, including the tooth root. Because of root canal therapy, the treated tooth can become brittle. Crowns are often placed as a preventive measure, protecting the natural tooth structure from further damage.
• Crowns may be used cosmetically in some circumstances when other, more conservative options like veneers or bonding are not sufficient to address a cosmetic problem.
Metal-free crowns are ideal in most situations. For front teeth, especially, all-ceramic crowns will produce the most natural appearance. Metal-free crowns are not only for teeth visible in the smile. Your dentist may suggest a healthy, metal-free crown for the repair of a molar, as well. All-ceramic crowns, such as those made with CEREC technology, are proven safe, efficient, and extremely long lasting.
If your smile is in need of repair, we can help. Contact Social Circle Dental to schedule your visit with Dr. Jones.
Joining a distinguished group of colleagues at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, we announced the new Chicago Declaration to End Dental Industry Mercury Use – a statement by 50 organizations calling for action on amalgam.
The signers are among the leading national environment, public health, and children’s rights groups in America: Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Health Care Without Harm, Clean Water Action, Learning Disabilities Association of America, International Indian Treaty Council, Organic Consumers Association, Environmental Working Group, Regeneration International, Mercury Policy Project, Organic and Natural Health Association, Los Jardines Institute, and Ecology Center.
Signers of the Chicago Declaration also include important state-based nonprofit groups from half the states, such as Physicians for Social Responsibility-Chicago, Texas Campaign for the Environment, Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice, Clean and Healthy New York, the California-based Coalition for Clean Air, Pennsylvania Council of Churches, and the Ohio Environmental Council.
The Chicago Declaration calls for….
After all, as Consumers for Dental Choice executive director Charlie Brown told the news conference announcing the Chicago Declaration on Monday, “Twenty-first century dentistry is mercury-free dentistry.”
Courtesy, Charlie Brown - www.toxicteeth.org
Dental fillings and dental crowns are restorations that can transform a smile. Patients in Monroe, GA, will ask, "Is there a dentist near me who provides restorative dental care?" The team at Social Circle Dental will reply with a resounding, "Yes." Residents in Monroe do not have to travel far for the excellent care Dr. Jones and our team provide.
One of the most common health conditions in the world is cavities. Dr. Jones believes in patient education so tooth decay can be prevented. Therefore, it is critical to brush at least twice a day, floss before bedtime, and maintain dental check-ups at least biannually. Signs of tooth decay include toothaches, tooth sensitivity, visible pits or holes in the teeth, tooth discoloration, pain when biting and mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods or beverages. If you notice any of these signs, it is important to seek treatment. Left untreated, tooth decay can lead to gum disease as well as other health issues.
At the appointment, Dr. Jones will examine the health of the mouth, teeth, and gums and review your medical history. Dr. Jones is a holistic and biological dentist who is mindful of the effects dental treatments, technology, and materials can have on the body. Therefore, he will provide the safest and most effective dental treatments. Dental fillings are ideal for restoring health to a decayed tooth. After removing the decay, the tooth is filled with a biocompatible material called composite resin. The material is versatile and blends nicely with the smile.
When a tooth is severely damaged from decay, a dental crown may be recommended. A dental crown can be used to strengthen and protect a tooth after the decay has been removed. We provide treatment that meets unique patient needs. If the tooth shows when smiling, we may recommend a same-day crown to restore health, function, and beauty to the smile in a single appointment. We utilize CEREC (Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic) to provide a same-day porcelain crown.
At Social Circle Dental, we provide the most conservative treatment to restore your smile. Have you experienced symptoms of tooth decay? If you have, we recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Jones today. Call 770-464-1900.
Social Circle Dental is committed to providing treatments that fit the budgets and lifestyles of patients in Social Circle, GA and beyond. We proudly serve patients who seek our holistic and biological approach to dental care. Our highly sought after dentist, Dr. Jones, has more than 42 years of experience transforming smiles. We know that decisions regarding smiles are important. Therefore, we do all we can to help patients understand their insurance coverage and provide estimates of what may be covered. When asked if dental insurance covers dental crowns, we respond, “It depends.” Individual needs will determine the cost as well as coverage of treatments such as crowns.
Since needs vary, we offer two methods of crown treatment. For the teeth that show when smiling, where aesthetics is a concern, Dr. Jones may recommend crowns fabricated at a high quality laboratory. After impressions are made, they are used to customize the crowns. Creating the ideal crowns involves artistic and technical skills and expertise. Dr. Jones and a crown ceramist make an excellent team in creating crowns that will blend naturally with smiles.
When a tooth requires prompt treatment, another method may be ideal. Dr. Jones and our team proudly offer innovative CEREC technology that allows us to provide a crown in a single appointment. Utilizing CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) technology, a digital impression is taken of the tooth. The image is displayed in 3-D on the computer screen, allowing the patient to be involved with the process. Then, a block of ceramic is placed in a milling machine in which the crown is fabricated. The crown is checked for precise fit and ideal shade before Dr. Jones permanently cements it to the tooth. The crown is polished, leaving the patient with a natural looking restoration.
Regardless of the method of crown treatment, patients can embrace long-lasting results. With excellent oral hygiene habits including brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, crowns can last up to a decade or more.
Rest assured your smile is in good hands at Social Circle Dental. Our caring staff will work with you to receive the dental care you need within your budget. Our highly respected dentist will tailor a treatment plan to meet your needs. To learn more about crown treatment, schedule an appointment by calling 770-464-1900.
Regardless of age, your smile is always a large part of you, one of the first things that people will notice about you. An important feature, the smile shows others your personality, and is what first impressions are based on. When teeth are missing, the natural inclination to show your smile may be halted, subsequently hiding your personality and possibly making you seem unfriendly. Under such circumstances, it is common for a person to lose confidence and experience diminished personal interactions. It is important to feel good about the appearance of your teeth so that you can smile freely. One of the ways this can be done is with partial dentures, designed in our Social Circle practice.
There are great consequences to living with missing teeth, even just one. This altered structure tends to result in the shifting of other teeth, and can lead to deterioration of bone structure. The more teeth that are missing, the greater the likelihood that facial contours will be impacted, as the teeth are an integral part of facial structure, supporting lips and cheeks and keeping them from sinking inward. Working with Dr. Jones, both beauty and functionality can be restored with a well-designed partial denture appliance.
Dentures are a well-known solution for missing teeth, used for many decades. Full denture appliances are what most people readily think of, but a partial denture is the ideal treatment when there are a number of healthy teeth still present. With the enhanced variety of materials to choose from, innovative modern techniques for fabrication, and the customization process, denture appliances made today not only look beautiful but also fit very well.
Partial dentures have two forms: fixed and removable. A fixed partial is also called a fixed bridge. This type of denture anchors on the teeth situated on each side of the empty space to be bridged, as each tooth is fitted with a permanent dental crown. The artificial tooth or teeth then sit on top of the gums, able to function properly due to the strength of anchor teeth.
Removal of partial dentures are also a type of bridgework, but one that can be removed as needed for cleaning. A removable partial denture can be removed at home, or in your dentist's office. Though convenient for oral hygiene, this type of denture may feel a bit less secure than a fixed denture.
Working together, we strive for the goal of your healthiest, most beautiful smile. Missing teeth can be dealt with effectively in a way that best suits you.
Contact us on (770) 464-1900 to schedule your visit with Dr. Jones.
Social Circle Dental is a holistic dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures, while focusing on your overall health and well-being.