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.
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.