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
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.