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.
Today's consumer is confronted with an overwhelming array of teeth whitening options. The market is flooded with numerous teeth whitening options, including do it yourself kits, toothpastes, strips, mall kiosks, and professional whitening options from their dentists. Americans spend more than $1.3 billion annually in their quest for whiter teeth.
At first glance, teeth whitening treatments seem simple and easy, which explains why consumers have accepted the trend of over the counter products and even whitening kiosks in shopping malls. Although these options may seem like an economical way to brighten a smile, in reality, you get what you pay for. Choosing these bargain methods of teeth whitening can cause disappointment, dental problems, and even health issues.
Boston's CBS News reported that without an oral health evaluation, dental problems such as gum disease and decay go undetected. The chemicals in the tooth whitening products can make these issues worse, causing the patient pain and sensitivity. The economic downturn has caused many people to skip professional dental care while trying to maintain their appearance with bargain treatments. Over the counter products can result in gum irritation and disappointing results. Worse yet, whitening treatments from unskilled technicians can lead to gums with chemical burns.
Dentists should conduct a thorough examination and review patients' dental and medical history before beginning teeth whitening treatments. They should first work on making the mouth healthy, and then provide whitening treatments. Patients can enjoy bright white teeth and a healthy smile. The products and methods of teeth whitening offered by dentists vary widely, but patient safety should be taken into consideration.
Dr. Jones takes a gentle, biological approach to teeth whitening with an at-home method. Although some dentists offer fast whitening treatments, some completed in just one hour, Dr. Jones does not want to use chemicals or techniques that are harsh or abrupt. Teeth are alive, and the doctor believes that a slow, gentle approach is a lot more sensible and in the best interest of the patient.
Home whitening results are visible in about two weeks, and since the patients have the gel and trays, they can touch up their smiles whenever they begin to darken. Put some sparkle in your smile the safe and gentle way, call (770) 464-1900, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jones today.
Falling off a bicycle or a blow to the face may leave you with a chipped tooth. If you are a resident in Covington, Monroe, Madison, or the surrounding areas, you can rest assured help is not far away. Respected dentist Dr. Jones can restore health and beauty to a chipped tooth at his practice, Social Circle Dental. Dr. Jones believes in the importance of patient education. If you are bleeding, apply gauze to the affected area until it stops. To relieve pain and to reduce swelling, place an ice pack on the outside of the mouth. We also recommend calling our office at 770-464-1900 to schedule an appointment immediately. At your appointment, Dr. Jones will examine the tooth as well as the health of your mouth and gums. Dr. Jones can provide treatment that restores health and function to the smile. For a minor chip, he may recommend dental bonding or a veneer.
Dental bonding involves placing composite resin onto the tooth to restore its beauty. The material is versatile and blends nicely with the smile. A veneer is a wafer thin shell placed on a cracked or chipped tooth. It is made of porcelain, a stain resistant and durable material that blends beautifully with the smile.
If the tooth is severely damaged, a dental crown may be recommended. The restoration can strengthen and protect a tooth as well as provide the additional support needed for biting and chewing. Dr. Jones can fabricate the crown in our office by utilizing CEREC (Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic) technology. For treatment, he will minimally prepare the tooth to ensure the crown will fit nicely. Then, he takes digital impressions of the mouth, which are used to create a 3-D image of the crown on the computer. This provides the opportunity for Dr. Jones to show you how the crown will look before the data is transferred to a milling machine. Once the crown is completed, Dr. Jones will ensure precise fit and appearance before bonding it to the tooth.
You can rest assured Dr. Jones will provide the safest, most conservative, and most effective treatment for a chipped tooth. He will work with you to devise a treatment plan that addresses your unique needs. Do you have a chipped tooth? Call our friendly and knowledgeable team today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jones.
It's National Consumer Protection Week! There's no better time to raise awareness of the importance of finding a mercury-free dentist - the best way to protect yourself from one of the greatest consumer scams of all time: mercury amalgam fillings.
Consumers for Dental Choice's Demand Your Choice campaign is working to empower all consumers to exercise their right to choose alternatives to amalgam. Still many consumers face barriers that prevent them from going to mercury-free dentists: insurance policies that don't fully cover mercury-free fillings... government programs that deny consumers their choice of filling... and soldiers, sailors, and institutionalized persons perhaps can't choose their dentist at all.
But even if you are in one of these difficult situations, you can still protect yourself from the scam claims made by pro-mercury dentists! Here are five whoppers - and how you can challenge them using the very words of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a source many pro-mercury dentists profess to rely on:
SCAM #1: “AMALGAM IS NOT MERCURY”
You can respond by citing FDA's dental amalgam rule, which says "Amalgam is an alloy that is about 50% mercury." Then ask to see the label on the amalgam bottle or the material safety data sheet from the manufacturer - they have warning symbols and disclose amalgam's mercury content. What could be more authoritative?
SCAM #2: “AMALGAM IS STABLE”
You can explain that this is false because FDA concedes that dental amalgam "releases low levels of mercury vapor, with higher amounts released with mastication and gum chewing." If they continue to insist that amalgam is stable, ask them to show you the scientific studies
proving it. (The American Dental Association's unsubstantiated position statement doesn't count!)
SCAM #3: “AMALGAM IS SAFE FOR CHILDREN”
You can point out that even FDA admits, "The developing neurological systems in fetuses and young children may be more sensitive to the neurotoxic effects of mercury vapor. Very limited to no clinical information is available regarding long-term health outcomes in pregnant
women and their developing fetuses, and children under the age of six, including infants who are breastfed." Hardly reasonable assurance of safety.
SCAM #4: “AMALGAM IS THE GOLD STANDARD”
You can note that this might have been true in 1950! But as FDA acknowledges, modern mercury-free fillings "require minimal removal of healthy tooth structure for placement," which can help the tooth survive longer, making them far superior to amalgam. Meanwhile, amalgam requires the removal of a significant amount of healthy tooth structure, which
unnecessarily and permanently damages your natural tooth.
SCAM #5: “AMALGAM IS THE ONLY CHOICE”
You can question the training of pro-mercury dentists who make this preposterous claim. Not only does FDA list mercury-free alternatives on its website, but entire countries (like Sweden and Norway) use nothing but mercury-free fillings since banning amalgam years ago. If dentists are competent enough to use mercury-free fillings over there, they can
do it here too.
Let's call out these pro-mercury scams - and be ready to stand up for
both ourselves and the next consumer in that dental chair!
Courtesy: Charles G. Brown
National Counsel, Consumers for Dental Choice
President, World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry
The town of Social Circle, founded in 1832, sits in Walton County and extends into Newton County. It is known as “Georgia’s greatest little town” in part because its 11.2 square miles is home to about 5,000 individuals. The name is believed to describe the friendly greetings that have long taken place at this location halfway between Atlanta and Athens, an intersection of two major thoroughfares for Native Americans. Social Circle embodies the warmth of the heartland. The town is small, but if you are asking yourself, “Is there a cosmetic dentist near me in Social Circle?” the answer is, “Yes!” This is one big city benefit that you don’t have to drive 45 miles east to Atlanta to experience. It’s available right here at Social Circle Dental.
Understanding cosmetic dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry describes treatments intended specifically to enhance the appearance of your smile. It also encompasses aspects of preventive and restorative procedures that allow them to be attractive looking as well as functional. Dr. Don Jones brings technical proficiency and natural artistry to cosmetic treatments such as:
If you aren't entirely satisfied with the appearance of your smile, there are two important things to remember. First, in Dr. Jones’ experienced hands, aesthetics is an important consideration in every dental procedure. Second, cosmetic dentistry that doesn’t compromise oral health or overall wellness is as close as Social Circle Dental at 227 Brookstone Place. Call 770-464-1900 today, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones.
There are many causes of stains on teeth. Over time, foods and beverages such as berries, sauces, coffee, and tea can stain the teeth. Smoking can not only wreak havoc on the body but can also leave yellow or brown looking teeth. These are just a couple of reasons patients in Monroe, Loganville, Athens, Covington and the surrounding areas visit Social Circle to give their smiles an aesthetic boost. They can find safe and gentle teeth whitening treatment with Dr. Jones.
Dr. Jones is a general, cosmetic, preventive, and restorative dentist who is mindful of the effects dental treatments can have on the entire body. As a biological dentist, he knows the impact oral conditions and diseases can have on overall health and wellbeing. Dr. Jones believes in providing conservative, yet effective treatment. Therefore, he provides teeth whitening that is as safe, comfortable, and convenient as possible.
Dr. Jones recognizes the value of whitening the teeth in the comfort of your home. During a consultation, we will examine the health of the mouth, teeth, and gums. If you are a candidate for teeth whitening, we will devise a treatment plan.
During the procedure, we take impressions of the dental arches. We use molds to create customized whitening trays. We have several types of gentle professional grade whitening gel available. We will choose the right one for you and provide the trays as well instructions for whitening teeth at home. After a couple of weeks, you can embrace a smile up to eight shades brighter.
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a teeth whitening treatment can provide results for a year or two. To maximize results, we recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing before bedtime. To maintain the longevity of your pearly whites schedule dental check-ups with Dr. Jones at least biannually. If you consume beverages such as tea, red wine, or cola, we recommend drinking through a straw to avoid tooth discoloration. Afterwards, we recommend brushing or rinsing your teeth.
Do you want a more beautiful smile? Teeth whitening is one of the many treatments available at our Social Circle office to help you achieve that goal. Call 770-464-1900 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones.
Porcelain dental veneers are one of the fastest and most esthetic means of improving common cosmetic dental flaws. There have been tremendous advancements in them since they were first developed in 1928 by Dr. Charles L. Pincus to perfect Hollywood stars' smiles temporarily while filming. Today's veneers can create unparalleled results in the hands of a skilled dentist such as Dr. Jones, who is responsible for many of the stunning smiles seen across the state of Georgia.
Modern dental veneers are ultra-thin, about the thickness of a contact lens, so they only require minimal tooth preparation. They can be used to create beautiful smiles while maintaining the maximum amount of tooth structure, making them a conservative but extremely effective technique. Minor misalignment, permanent discoloration, shape, proportion, gaps, and chips are just some of the esthetic flaws that can be improved with veneer placement.
Dr. Jones can create brand new, breathtaking smiles for his patients in as little as three weeks using porcelain veneers. The first step in the process is communication. He takes the time to get to know you, discuss the aspects of your smile that you dislike and like, and understand your goals. Whether you want a bright white, perfectly symmetrical "Hollywood Smile" or a more natural look with subtle nuances, the doctor can help you attain the smile of your dreams. The skilled dental ceramists we work with can manipulate the transparency and color of the porcelain to achieve the look you desire.
Your teeth and gums must be healthy for any successful cosmetic treatment. If you have any oral issues, they need to be addressed before treatment can commence. If you have conditions such as significant decay or misalignment, porcelain veneers may not be recommended. If they are not right for you, the doctor will suggest potential alternatives that would be appropriate for your needs.
Dr. Jones assesses your needs and desires, considers your complexion, hair color, and facial shape to design a treatment plan that will deliver a lovely, natural looking smile. If you have looked in the mirror and have decided it is time for a change, call (770) 464-1900 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones today.
Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term, defined as any dental procedure or treatment that provides esthetic improvement. It may include implants, dentures, bridges, crowns, veneers, bonding, whitening, and more. At Social Circle Dental, cosmetic treatment isn't just about appearance. Dr. Jones is committed to delivering smiles that are just as healthy as they are beautiful.
The first step is a complete examination and consultation. This includes an evaluation of your gum health, and any x-rays that are needed. The doctor will ask you some questions about your oral health and your cosmetic goals. Be sure to tell him if you are in pain, having difficulty chewing, or have any other dental problems. Clearly explain what you dislike about your smile. For example, do you want to even out teeth, change their color, make them longer?
Dr. JonesDr. Don D. Jones, Jr. takes a whole-mouth approach to dentistry, considering all health and cosmetic issues. Sometimes the less visible back teeth need attention first, because they are worn down and uncomfortable. He will devise a treatment plan, and discuss it with you. Some patients want their new smiles in a hurry. Some patients want to break up the treatment into steps for convenience or financial reasons. Dr. Jones will work with you to come up with a solution that is right for your smile and fits your life.
Cosmetic procedures are done with the same basic step-by-step approach that Dr. Jones uses in all dentistry. The first step is to get you out of pain if anything is hurting. The second step is to get your gums healthy. A healthy mouth is the foundation for a beautiful smile. It is also important for maintaining a healthy body.
Cosmetic dentistry can be life changing. Dr. Jones has many patients tell him that they have always wanted nice smiles, and they are pleasantly surprised when they see their gorgeous new smiles! He has been creating dazzling smiles since 1976, and he loves the artistic aspect of his work. He understands that the smallest details in planning your smile and fabricating restorations, can make the difference between a nice smile and a stunning smile.
Have you been dreaming of a beautiful smile? Call Social Circle Dental at (770) 464-1900 and let Dr. Jones make your dreams come true!
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:
Call Social Circle Dental today to schedule your appointment! 770-464-1900
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.