The safe removal of an amalgam filling involves taking many precautions not normally taken in conventional dental offices. We place a rubber dam or a similar device called an Isolite to isolate the tooth or the quadrant, which prevents mercury vapor, particles and fragments from coming into contact with oral tissues. To further protect the patient from the inhalation of mercury vapor, we administer clean, medical grade oxygen through a comfortable nasal mask. We utilize high volume suction and mercury filters to minimize mercury release into the air and in-office air purifiers to remove mercury vapor and particulates from the immediate environment.Dr. Jones and the Social Circle Dental team wear protective garments during the procedure.
Providing mercury free and mercury safe dentistry
As a holistic and biological dentist, Dr. Jones is concerned about the overall health and wellbeing of patients. Dr. Jones leads more than half of general dentists who no longer place amalgam fillings, deciding in 2002 that he would no longer place amalgams. But more than that, he provides a mercury free dental office and practices mercury safe dentistry. This means instead of amalgam, he uses biocompatible materials such as composite resin and porcelain. He can fabricate restorations such as inlays, onlays, and crowns utilizing natural-looking material and CEREC (Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic) technology, delivering beautiful results at a single appointment. As a mercury safe dentist, Dr. Jones has training from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and followsits strict protocol for the safe removal and disposal of amalgam.
Mercury poses a danger to dentists and dental assistants
Studies have found elevated levels of mercury in dentists and dental hygienists. Studies cite mercury exposure one of the reasons dentists have a higher incidence of tremors, higher heart rates, and higher incidences of suicide than others do.Studies also show female dentists and dental assistants have a higher incidence of babies born with birth defectsthan the general population.
Mercury poses a danger to patients
Mercury is a potent neurotoxin. Studies link mercury exposure to serious health conditions affecting the cardiac, respiratory, immune, digestive, urinary systems and the deterioration of brain cells. Studies also find that the amount of mercury detected in a newborn correlates directly with the number of amalgam fillings in the mother's mouth.
Dental fillings account for the largest amount of mercury in a person’s body, according to the World Health Organization. A single amalgam filling weighs 2 million micrograms; however, the organization does not recommend more than 1.6 micrograms per kilogram of weight per week.
Mercury poses a danger to the environment
When mercury is not properly disposed, it can contaminate landfills. Its gases enter the atmosphere and become absorbed by soil, affecting plants. When large parts of amalgam are suctioned off the mouth, they travel through a filtration system into the wastewater. It then enters public water treatment systems, contaminating the water supply. The amount of mercury in an average sized amalgam can poison a 10-acre lake, making the fish unsuitable for consumption.
Removing the potential danger
With so many concerns that can stem from amalgam, Dr. Jones ensures he, his staff, and his patients are safe and protected during amalgam removal procedures.
Do you want your amalgam filling removed? If you do, Dr. Jones has the skills and expertise to help you. Call 770-464-1900 to schedule an appointment with him.
The concept of a dental crown is straightforward. Much like a royal crown encircles the head, a dental crown covers the visible portion of a tooth. Its purpose is to protect a tooth that has been compromised by a large area of decay, breakage, or root canal therapy from further damage. All sorts of materials have been used to create crowns, but Dr. Don Jones prefers CEREC technology to give his patients at Social Circle Dental crowns made of lustrous porcelain.
Any tooth in the upper or lower arch can be a candidate for a crown, depending on the extent of damage, your oral condition, and your overall health situation. Historically crowns were made of noble (non-reactive) metals. Advances in aesthetics led to crowns with metal cores fused to porcelain coverings. They looked more appealing than an obtrusive gold or silver colored tooth, but still showed a dark line at the gum and lacked the translucency of a natural tooth.
Properly crafted and shaded, today's all porcelain crowns provide the best aesthetics. They really can't be distinguished from existing teeth. Initially, there were two primary concerns. These crowns had to be fabricated in a dental laboratory from impressions prepared by your dentist. That meant the expense and inconvenience of wearing a temporary crown for about two weeks, and an extra visit to the dentist. The second concern was whether all porcelain crowns were strong enough for posterior restorations (back teeth).
CEREC technology resolves both issues, allowing Dr. Jones to craft durable crowns "chair side" in a single appointment. Precise three-dimensional images of your mouth are fed into a robust computer program that creates a digital design for your crown. That information goes to an in-office milling machine where the crown is fabricated from a small block of solid porcelain, while you wait.
Porcelain is a ceramic material created by firing purified white clay at a very high temperature until it reaches a glass-like consistency. Modern ceramic materials are extremely strong, able to withstand the bite force of molars. A common rule of thumb is that you may expect to have a crown replaced in about ten years. In reality, however, with good care, an all porcelain CEREC crown can last a lifetime.
CEREC dental crowns are definitely a strong, beautiful, and convenient restoration option for patients throughout the Social Circle area. Call Dr. Jones today at 770-464-1900 to schedule an appointment.
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.
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, patients in Monroe turn to a compassionate holistic and biological dentist in Social Circle, Dr. Jones.
A toothache should be treated immediately because it can be a sign of a tooth infection. A 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 symptoms of toothaches.
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. There may be x-rays taken. 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 the smile.
Have you experienced any symptoms of a tooth infection? If you have, do not delay treatment. Dr. Jones and our team can help. Call 770-464-1900 today to schedule an appointment.
A filling is a great solution for repairing a little 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.
With CEREC technology, crowns may be fabricated right here in our office in one visit. The quality and durability of same day crowns is excellent, and they look wonderful. You're only one appointment away from restoring your healthy, beautiful smile!
If you have fractures, decay, or old fillings wreaking havoc with your teeth, call Social Circle Dental at (770) 464-1900 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jones.
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 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.
Teeth whitening is among the most popular smile enhancement procedures we offer here at Social Circle Dental. It is a convenient and economical way to give your smile a boost. In our office, there are no worries about harmful UV rays from activation lights or about dangerously harsh whiteners damaging your oral health. Dr. Jones is committed to providing healthy, safe biologic dental care, and that philosophy is applied to all treatments we offer. You won't find super-fast one-visit bleaching that leaves you with zingers and dehydrated enamel. Instead, we offer a gentle, safe, wonderfully effective at-home program.
Dr. Jones calls this the slow method, even though it only takes a couple of weeks to get great results. It is slow, as in gradual, and totally controlled by the patient. Your teeth will lighten a little bit every day until the desired results are achieved. You can stop at any time, call us if you have any problems, and touch-up as needed.
The first step is taking impressions of upper and lower arches. We will make your customized trays here in our lab. The bleaching trays keep the gel where it belongs – on your teeth, not on your gums. Custom trays are important because if it doesn't fit right, it is likely to leak.
We have several types of whitening gel available because every patient is different. Dr. Jones will choose the best one, depending on what type of stains you have, and what you are hoping to achieve. We will explain how to use the whitening system, and ask you to call us if you have any questions or problems. With our gentle system sensitivity rarely occurs, but if it does happen, just give us a call. We have some special gels, designed for just this situation.
Your brighter smile may last from several months to a year or more. This depends largely on your lifestyle and eating habits. Drinking through a straw, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits help teeth stay bright. Things like tobacco, red wine, coffee, and tea will make your teeth darken faster. With our convenient, gentle system, you can keep your trays, and some gel on hand. Whenever your teeth start looking dingy, you can do a touch-up without even coming to the office.
If you want to see a healthy, sparkling white smile in the mirror every morning, call Social Circle Dental at (770) 464-1900 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jones.
Thank you to our friend, Charlie, over at www.toxicteeth.org for this article.
We reversed FDA’s policy! With your help, we’ll do more!
Kicking off Mercury-Free Dentistry Week with an interview of yours truly, Dr. Joseph Mercola puts $150,000 on the table, offering to match all donations to Consumers for Dental Choice this week.
Dr. Mercola takes this generous step because he’s impressed by how we reversed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decades-old position favoring amalgam use. (As a former federal and state public official when I was in my 20s and 30s, I can’t overemphasize the challenge of – and the high odds against – persuading a government agency to change course).
Now FDA advises to end amalgam use for broad categories of Americans, a number clearly exceeding 100,000,000 people, including:
First, we urged FDA to double down on getting its new message directly to consumers. FDA released infographics illustrating its new amalgam recommendations in both English and (at our request) Spanish.
Second, we mobilized the grassroots to respond when FDA asked for public comment on how to communicate the long-term health risks of medical devices like amalgam. Here’s a shout-out to all who submitted comments and the 51 dentists and other health professionals who signed onto our letter urging FDA to take specific – and effective – action. Thanks!
Third, we emphasize that many people do not realize they belong to the high-risk populations who FDA says should avoid amalgam. For example, many women do not know they are pregnant early in their pregnancy and 90% of people with kidney disease don't know they have it. So the best way to avoid amalgam use in these high-risk populations is to not use amalgam for anybody.
To keep our effective and efficient 501(c)(3) non-profit group going – with our FDA campaign and beyond – Dr. Mercola matches every dollar you give this week up to $150,000. You’ve seen us beat the odds time and time again – in the states, in Washington, and in the international arena. The stakes are now the highest they’ve been. Please step up!
Donate online at https://www.toxicteeth.org/donate.aspx
Send a check to Consumers for Dental Choice, 316 F St, N.E., Suite 210, Washington DC 20002
Thank you for your support.
When it comes to weighing the cost factors of dentures, you may have asked yourself, "Can I afford them?" Social Circle, GA dentist Dr. Jones and the team at his office do all they can to ensure denture treatment is affordable. The equally important question to ask is, "Can I afford not to have dentures?" Dr. Jones will explain the cost factors of dentures and the importance of seeking treatment for tooth loss.
Explaining the cost factors of dentures
It is important to check your dental insurance plan because most providers cover some to all of the costs of dentures. The type of dental materials used is one of the factors included in the treatment cost. Additional procedures can increase the overall price of dentures. Regardless of the type of treatment, our team is always available to assist you with insurance coverage questions.
Meeting the unique needs of patients with dentures
Just as we do all we can to meet the individual financial needs of patients, we provide various treatment options to meet patients' needs. We provide partial and full dentures to restore health and beauty to the smile. Partial dentures can replace one or more missing teeth. Full dentures can replace an arch of lower or upper teeth or both arches of teeth. With either type, patients can enjoy restored ability to speak and eat the foods they love.
The importance of seeking treatment for tooth loss
When tooth loss is untreated, several issues can develop. Teeth can shift into gaps from missing teeth. Tooth decay and gum disease may develop. Patients can experience difficulty pronouncing certain words. They also may have to eat softer foods due to tooth loss. In severe situations, the gums may begin to shrink. As a result, the facial structure can collapse.
Ask yourself, again, if you can afford to live with tooth loss. The answer is most likely, "no." Tooth loss can be detrimental to your physical as well as emotional health and wellbeing. It can cause embarrassment and affect your self-esteem. Fortunately, you do not have to live this way. Dr. Jones can help. Schedule a consultation appointment with him by calling 770-464-1900.
According to the dictionary, a crown is the highest part of something or a circular ornamental headdress. Either definition gives you an idea of the appearance of a dental crown. It is a cap fabricated from a strong material. A crown encircles a tooth, covering the portion that shows above the gum line. While materials and techniques continue to improve, crowns have been around for a long time because they are sound, reliable dentistry. Let's take a look some of the situations where Dr. Don Jones of Social Circle Dental might recommend crowns to patients in the Covington area.
For strength, support, and protection
When a tooth is cracked, has a large area of decay, or has required root canal therapy its structure becomes weakened. A crown holds the tooth together, providing the support needed for biting and chewing, and affords protection from further damage.
A crown is shaped just like a natural tooth. It reinstates appearance and chewing function for a tooth that has broken off or is severely worn down. A crown is a good solution for a decayed tooth that already has a filling and there isn't enough tooth structure left to hold more filling material.
For dental prosthetics
A crown and bridge unit is used to replace a missing tooth. A fixed bridge is an artificial tooth held in place by dental crowns on adjacent teeth. A dental implant is a replacement root for a missing tooth. An implant is also topped with a dental crown.
For cosmetic improvement
Sometimes a tooth is misshapen or has deep discoloration that does not respond to whitening. A dental crown improves the aesthetic impact of that tooth on the rest of your smile.
Dr. Jones offers the convenience of same-day crowns with CEREC in-house technology. With a CEREC crown, after your tooth is prepped, Dr. Jones takes precise measurements and three-dimensional images of your mouth. A robust computer program uses that information to design your crown. Those directions go to an in-house milling machine that carves your crown from a small, solid block of porcelain, while you wait. There's no need for the expense of a temporary crown, and you don't have to return for a second visit.
Do you have additional questions about dental crowns? Call Social Circle Dental today at 770-464-1900 for a consultation with Dr. Jones. He will be happy to answer them.
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.