Dentures are one of the most common ways of replacing missing teeth. There are two kinds; complete dentures replace all of the teeth in an arch, and partial dentures replace some of the teeth. We offer both, along with several other options for replacing missing teeth.
Partial dentures are removable, like complete dentures, but they only replace a few teeth. They are most popular for patients who have lost back teeth, and are having difficulty chewing. Implants are more functional and comfortable, but they take longer. Some patients love their partials, and some choose to have them replaced with implants. Dr. Jones will explain the good and bad points of both choices, so you can make an informed decision.
Complete dentures are not just for older patients as some people think. Decay, gum disease, and of course injury, can happen at any age, and young people sometimes need dentures. Whatever your age, dentures don't have to look fake or be uncomfortable. We work with a great laboratory, and most of our patients are delighted with the way their dentures look and feel. Modern materials look more realistic, and we have complete control over the coloring.
You can have a brilliant white, or a more subtle, natural looking shade. Our friendly assistant will chat with you to find out what you are looking for, and help you choose the best shade. Some dentists try to match the color with the patient's age. Teeth naturally darken over time, so they think, "If you still had your natural teeth, how light or dark would they be?" This method doesn't work anymore. With today's cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening, sparkling, youthful smiles are not just for kids anymore!
Dr. Jones doesn't compromise quality to rush through the process. He takes the time for extra steps like creating a model denture with the teeth set in wax. You can try it on, and see how it feels and how it looks. Dr. Jones can check the technical issues like jaw alignment. When you and the doctor are happy with the wax denture, a permanent one will be created.
Don't let missing teeth keep you from having a beautiful, comfortable, healthy smile. Call (770) 464-1900 today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones.
Our practice philosophy is simple. We treat our patients like we and our family members would like to be treated when seeking care from a health care provider. With the “Golden Rule” as our guidline we pledge the following in our commitment to dentistry and our patients’ care:
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We are looking out for your health and your budget. We want you to get the dental care you need, and the beautiful smile you want without breaking the bank. That is why we offer a variety of payment and financing options.
We accept MasterCard and Visa credit cards as well as debit (ATM) cards and cash. For senior citizens, we offer a courtesy discount for full cash payment of extensive dental work.
For patients who need financing, we work with CareCredit and Lending Club. These are independent financing options, with zero down payments and zero interest financing for qualified patients. Through CareCredit and Lending Club, you can finance your dental work for 6, 12, 18, or 24 months, with affordable monthly payments.
We accept most dental insurance, and we'll help you receive the full benefit of your insurance policy. We will be happy to submit your insurance claim for you. If your insurance has not provided payment within 30 days, please contact our office. We will help you try to get full insurance benefits, but it is important to remember that you are responsible for your bill. If it is not paid in full, in 60 days, you are financially responsible for the balance.
Social Circle Dental is a preferred provider with United Concordia and Delta Dental.
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Doctor Jones and his staff are professional, courteous and extend more customer service than I believe I've ever seen. I needed a tooth fixed before leaving on an extended trip overseas and while in the office Dr. Jones discovered a damaged crown. He and his assistant stayed quite late to create and install the new crown. I would highly recommend him! He is one of the very few dentists that I fully trust with my dental work.
A filling is a great solution for repairing a small cavity, but when the cavity is not so little, fillings aren't such a great solution. The tooth may be weakened and it will need to be protected. In some cases, the amount of missing tooth material is too large for a simple filling to recreate the natural shape effectively. In these situations, crowns are needed.
A dental crown covers most of the tooth structure, strengthening it and restoring the appearance. Our crowns are made of porcelain, which is considered the ideal material for restoring teeth. It is the same color as teeth and has the same refractive index, which means porcelain is lustrous and slightly shiny just like a tooth. It is also very durable because it has the same hardness as teeth. Basically, we take out what is bad and replace it with porcelain. It will still look, function, and feel, like a tooth.
A crown is particularly suitable for a cracked tooth. They protect it from impact, so a cracked tooth doesn't turn into a broken tooth. They also keep bacteria from entering the crack and causing infection. This problem is especially common with old silver (amalgam) fillings.
Heat makes metal expand. It also makes tooth material expand, but not as fast. Every time you eat something hot, your silver filling is putting pressure on your tooth from the inside. Over time, tiny cracks develop and turn into big cracks. Eventually, part of the tooth can just break off unless the filling is removed and the tooth is crowned. We check every new patient for fractures around fillings. We use an intra-oral camera so that you can see the damage for yourself.
Crowns may be fabricated here in our office or at a laboratory, depending on the complexity. The quality and durability of same day crowns is excellent, and they look quite nice. However, a laboratory can do little things like layering different shades of translucent porcelain, to improve the appearance. This method usually takes one or two additional appointments, but patients find that it's well worth a little extra time to have a fabulous smile!
If you have fractures, decay, or old fillings wreaking havoc on your teeth, call Social Circle Dental today, at (770) 464-1900 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jones.
Dr. Jones is a dentist that cares about his clients. He believes in saving your teeth. Sometimes that is a job. Thank goodness there are still good dentists like Dr. Jones, who works with his patients making sure he gives them the best possible care he can.
Porcelain veneers are beautiful, very thin shells that are permanently adhered to the front surfaces of teeth. They are extremely versatile, capable of correcting color, shape, size, or spacing of teeth. In many cases, veneers can even be used to correct the appearance of crooked teeth, allowing the patient to avoid wearing braces. Their thickness is comparable to a fingernail or contact lens, so very little if any enamel needs to be removed in preparation.
The process is rather simple, and usually completed in two appointments. On the first appointment, your teeth are prepared, and impressions are taken. They are sent to a quality laboratory, where your veneers are made. When you return for your second appointment, Dr. Jones will temporarily place them, so you can see how they look and feel. If you and the doctor are satisfied, he will permanently bond the veneers to your teeth. Occasionally, adjustments are needed. If the veneers are returned to the laboratory, you will need to come back for a third appointment.
Veneers require no special care, but you still need to brush, floss, and see your dentist every six months. Although the porcelain doesn't decay, the underlying tooth can still get cavities. With good oral hygiene, veneers can last for many years to come, providing they are initially the right choice for you.
Before recommending veneers, Dr. Jones will evaluate the condition of your teeth. If you have significant decay or existing fillings, a crown is usually the better choice. It serves the same cosmetic purpose as a veneer, but it is stronger because it covers all sides of the tooth. You may know people who have veneers, and keep having trouble with them. Most of these people needed crowns instead.
It takes considerable experience and discerning judgment to recognize bite problems and other issues that affect cosmetic treatment. That is why Georgia residents turn to Dr. Jones for long lasting, beautiful, healthy smiles.
If you are unhappy with the way your smile looks, call (770) 464-1900 and schedule an appointment to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you.
Amalgam or silver fillings are about half mercury, which is a neurotoxin. These fillings continuously release vapor into your body and can possibly lead to numerous health issues including heart disease, autoimmune diseases such as fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, and neurological problems including depression, anxiety, memory loss, and fine tremors. With the list of health concerns, many people opt to have their amalgam fillings removed.
According to the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), "Scientific research demonstrates that dental mercury amalgam exposes dental professionals, dental staff, dental patients, and fetuses to releases of mercury vapor, mercury-containing particulate, and/or other forms of mercury contamination. Furthermore, mercury vapor is known to be released from dental mercury amalgam fillings at higher rates during brushing, cleaning, clenching of teeth, chewing, etc., and mercury is also known to be released during the placement, replacement, and removal of dental mercury amalgam fillings. Essentially, an unsafe amalgam removal process releases mercury vapor and particles that can be harmful to the patient, the dentist, the dental staff, and the environment."
We, at Social Circle Dental, are highly experienced with the safe removal and disposal of amalgam fillings. We follows strict protocols set by the IAOMT to ensure safety for our patients, our team, and our environment. We take many precautions to prevent mercury from escaping during the removal of an amalgam filling. We wear protective garments during the procedure and utilize high volume suction and mercury filters to minimize mercury release into the air. To remove mercury vapor and particulates from the immediate environment, we use air purifiers. By safely disposing of mercury, we protect the landfills, plants, water supply, and fish.
There are also several other reasons patients may wish to have their amalgam fillings removed. Over time, their fillings may have become worn down, they may not like the appearance of the fillings when they smile, and in some cases, patients may develop allergic reactions to the metals found in amalgam.
At Social Circle Dental, your health is our top priority. As a holistic dental practice, we do all we can to educate patients about the potential dangers of amalgam fillings. Instead of these fillings, we offer tooth-colored composite resin fillings. Composite resin is a biocompatible material that chemically bonds with teeth. The material is strong, durable and blends beautifully with the smile.
If you would like to explore an alternative to amalgam fillings or have your silver fillings safely removed, call our team at (770) 464-1900 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones. Our dentist has been treating patients for more than 35 years. He listens to patients and provides treatments with their overall health and wellbeing in mind. At Social Circle Dental, we will take good care of you.
Tooth abscesses, fractures, damaged fillings, and tooth decay can cause toothaches. The pain may be sharp, constant, or throbbing. Symptoms of toothaches may be accompanied by swelling around the teeth. When toothaches strike, it's important to have an experienced, compassionate dentist to turn to.
A toothache should be treated immediately because it can be a sign of infection. A tooth's root canal is comprised of blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. When a tooth becomes damaged, an infection can develop, and the body reacts with an inflammatory response. Tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages, and tender gums are all symptoms of infection.
Toothaches lead as one of the most common dental emergencies. If a toothache lasts longer than a day, an earache develops or opening the mouth becomes painful, it is important to contact the team at Social Circle Dental. Left untreated, an infection can spread to the face and skull or enter the bloodstream.
At your appointment, Dr. Jones will review your medical history and examine the mouth, teeth, gums, jaws, tongue, sinuses, ears, nose, and neck. He may ask when the pain started and what makes it better or worse, and then take x-rays. After the cause of the toothache is determined, Dr. Jones will devise a treatment plan with you.
Tooth decay is the most common cause of a toothache. If tooth decay is the reason for the pain, Dr. Jones may recommend a dental filling with a biocompatible material called composite resin. If an infection has developed in the dental pulp, a root canal may be recommended. A root canal can save the natural tooth as well as provide pain relief. Regardless of the cause of the toothache, Dr. Jones will explore the most conservative, safest, and most effective treatment to restore health, function, and beauty to your smile.
Have you experienced any symptoms of a tooth infection? If you have, do not delay treatment. Dr. Jones and the team at Social Circle Dental can help. Call 770-464-1900 today to schedule an appointment.
Holistic Dentistry can involve more than the diagnosis and treatment of the mouth, teeth, and gums. Taking dentistry a step further, holistic dentists are mindful of how dental materials, technology, and procedures affect overall health and wellbeing. Holistic dentistry is about treating the whole body and often involves choosing the most conservative treatments. Patients can find this approach to dentistry at the office of Dr. Jones in Social Circle.
Using safe and effective dental materials Dr. Jones operates a mercury free dental practice avoiding the toxicity of amalgam or other metals. His metal-free dental restorations are made of composite resin or porcelain; both are biocompatible materials. Composite resin is a tooth-colored material that is versatile and used for smaller dental fillings. Porcelain is a stain resistant, stronger, more durable material that is natural looking and blends nicely with the smile. We provide porcelain dental crowns and veneers, which can restore the health and beauty of the smile.
Utilizing innovation and providing ultimate convenience, Social Circle Dental uses CEREC (Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic) technology to provide beautiful porcelain dental crowns in a single appointment. Following tooth preparation and digital impressions, crowns are milled in the office. After checking the fit, size, and appearance of the crowns, they are bonded to the teeth.
Ensuring a team approach to diagnoses and treatments, we can utilize an intraoral camera to educate patients about conditions. The technology helps to identify issues that may not be visible with the unassisted eye. After capturing detailed images inside of the mouths, we can view them on a computer screen and discuss them.
Providing conservative dental treatment Dr. Jones is concerned about the effects cosmetic and restorative procedures can have on the overall body. Therefore, he recommends the most conservative treatments. For example, he provides teeth whitening treatment that can gradually brighten the smile. With this method, he avoids using strong bleaching chemicals that can irritate the gums. Instead, he will customize precisely fitting whitening trays and provide gentle bleaching gel for brightening teeth at home. For chipped, cracked, gapped, or misaligned teeth, he can provide veneers. For treatment, he will keep as much of the natural teeth intact as possible during the tooth preparation procedure.
Dental materials, technology, and types of procedures are a few factors to consider when selecting the right dentist for you and your family. To learn more about Dr. Jones’ holistic approach to dentistry, call 770-464-1900.
Dr. Don Jones is your friend, neighbor, and partner in oral health. He has been putting beautiful, healthy smiles on faces in Georgia since he graduated from dental school in 1976. He opened his office in Social Circle in 2004, and moved to his new location at Brookstone Place in early 2014.
From the day he graduated, Dr. Jones has made it his mission to give every patient the best care possible. Throughout his career, this passion for helping people has never faded; it has only been refined by the wisdom that comes with experience. He practices biologic dentistry, for your health and well-being.
Dr. Jones attended Emory University, in Atlanta, GA for undergraduate studies. He then went on to earn his dental degree from Medical College of Georgia's School of Dentistry in Augusta, GA in 1976. He has never stopped expanding his knowledge, and dedicates many hours every year to continuing education, keeping up-to-date on the latest technology and acquiring new skills.
In 2002, when he experienced some personal health issues, it was suggested by his physician that they may have been mercury related. At this point, Dr. Jones made a personal choice to stop exposing his staff, his patients, and himself to mercury; since amalgam fillings contain mercury and have been proven to lead to fractures in teeth over time, Dr. Jones and Social Circle Dental stopped using all dental materials containing mercury in 2002.
Dr. Jones received mercury safe training from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. Few dentists have the skills to remove amalgam fillings without exposing the patient to harmful levels of mercury vapor while drilling. He maintains membership in several respected dental organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry, International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists, and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.
When he isn't busy creating fantastic smiles, Dr. Jones enjoys working with computers, photography, ham radio, fishing, hunting, and participating in the church choir. He is married to a beautiful wife, is the proud father of five wonderful children, and is a respected pillar of the community in Social Circle, GA. He earned his Eagle Scout award when active in Scouting, and is an Assistant Scout Master for a local Boy Scout Troop. All three of his sons have also attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He is also active in his church and community events.
If you haven't seen Dr. Jones lately, isn't it time for a visit?
The terms "mercury free," "mercury safe" and "biologic dentistry" can be confusing. What do they mean? The short answer is that Dr. Jones cares about your oral and whole health. He makes every effort to improve your health, and he is careful to avoid anything that might put you at risk.
A century ago, if you had a cavity, your dentist might have filled it with tin, lead, or iron. Of course, these materials were eventually officially classified as toxic, but it took many years and many illnesses. For example, the United States was still allowing lead fillings in the early 1900s, when three other nations banned it from even being used in house paint. Many dentists continued to use these and other frightening materials for as long as they were legal, durable, and cost effective.
A few select dentists were concerned about patient health and chose to quit using these dangerous materials long before they were "officially" toxic. At the time there was no name for this practice, it was simply concern for the patient's well-being. Today, we would call them biologic dentists.
Dr. Jones isn't just a tooth repairman - he is a doctor of oral health. He is concerned about the way dental materials, oral disease, and procedures affect your mouth, and the rest of your body. Any law-abiding dentist follows regulations. A biologic dentist also follows his or her own conscience and common sense. Dr. Jones only uses materials and procedures that he believes are safe.
Mercury free dentistry is just that. We do not use any product in this office that contains mercury. Amalgam fillings are often called silver, but they contain about half mercury. By itself, mercury is one of the most toxic elements on earth. To make amalgam, it is mixed with other metals that stabilize and harden it. At this point in time, it is believed that mercury bonds with the other metals, making amalgam fillings safe to use. Although the FDA reports than no toxic effects of amalgam have been proven, there is considerable controversy about the topic. To learn more about this issue, visit http://www.dentalwellness4u.com
Mercury safe means that Dr. Jones has extra training in removing amalgam fillings. Despite the reported stability of amalgam when undisturbed, it does release mercury vapor when heated. If you breathe mercury vapor, 80% of it is absorbed by your body immediately. A small amount of friction, like a pencil eraser, heats the filling, releasing a small amount of vapor. Consider the amount of friction, and heat, created by drilling and cutting. The amount mercury vapor created by removing an amalgam filling is many times the toxic level set by OSHA.
Amalgam fillings can be safely removed following a protocol set by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). Dr. Jones is a member of this organization, and received training directly from them. The protocol includes measures like filtering the air, and removing the filling in large chunks instead of grinding it up. For more information visit http://www.iaomt.org
If you are looking for a dentist who will look out for your oral and overall, health in every way possible, call Social Circle Dental at (770) 464-1900 and schedule an appointment 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.