Single Day Tooth Replacement: Fact Sheet

Single Day Tooth Replacement: Fact Sheet

Ceramic Implants Done For Best Potential Outcome:
Multi-visit placement vs single day implant

You need a dental restoration. Some dental practices advertise single day restorations. Instant dental implants and no required follow ups for additional treatments.

Ceramic implants, far and away, are the best looking, strongest, healthiest, and most natural option for tooth replacement.

  • Any concerns about longevity or durability have been put to rest since ceramic options can last as long as natural, healthy, teeth.
  • Add to that how much ceramic implants actually increase the viability and vitality of your whole mouth in comparison to other replacement options and the choice was made for you.

You may be considering your options for the restorative procedure itself. There are dentists who offer  single day implants. A one day visit to fix everything. Most dentists however, prefer several visits to complete the implant, restoration processes.

You might wonder if it matters

The promise of instant gratification and less planning or scheduling is tempting.

  • You are considering if it really makes a difference in the outcome.
  • It’s comforting to hope that such a big procedure could be over and done in a single day.
  • That may be part of the reason single day visits are offered.
    • We are programmed to go looking for the easy button, instant gratification.

Word of warning

The science and research indicates one major factor contributting to implant failure is not allowing time for bone and soft tissues to heal before completing the procedure.

Do your mouth a favor and give it the proper time to heal.

A ceramic implant is anchored in the jaw bone. Depending on several factors, including the number of teeth to be restored and the quality and quantity of bone material, you may be able to start with the initial procedure being the anchor itself.

In some instances there may be recommended procedures to do prior to implanting the anchor in order to ensure proper bone mass and health. Afterwards the anchor is given adequate time for the bone around it to heal and be strongly attached. There may be a follow up exam to confirm this. The next step is placing a new, ceramic, fixed, permanent tooth.

Invest in Your Health

Most implant procedures are very predictable and your skilled dentist can make the entire procedure nearly effortless. It’s worth the wait to know you’ve got the most advanced, successful system. You are investing time to ensure the best outcome, giving yourself the best odds of a restoration that will last your entire life and look great doing it. Lets face it, this was no small decision and you should know, you’ve done your research. When you come in to see us we will be happy to work with you to find the best time and availability to fit your schedule.

The entire implant process requires very specialized, advanced equipment and training.

  • We have the training,
  • the expertise
  • and are ready to give you the smile you deserve.

While in our care all aspects of your overall health will be taken into consideration, your comfort, health, convenience, investment and satisfaction matter to us.

Multi-Visit procedures -vs- Single Day Procedures

Multi-Visit procedures -vs- Single Day Procedures

Ceramic Implants Done with Best Potential Outcome
Multi-visit placement vs single day placement

You’ve done your research. Deciding on the very best, you are getting a ceramic (or zirconia) implant. This is the best option for you. Ceramic implants, far and away, are the best looking, strongest, and most natural option for tooth replacement. Any concerns about longevity or durability have been put to rest since ceramic options can last as long as natural, healthy, teeth. Add to that how much ceramic implants actually increase the viability and vitality of your whole mouth in comparison to other replacement options and the choice was made for you.

You may be considering your options for the restorative procedure itself. There are dentists who will do an implant in one day, many however, prefer several visits to complete the implant process. You might wonder if it matters.

The promise of instant gratification and less planning or scheduling has you considering if it really makes a difference in the outcome. It’s comforting to hope that such a big procedure could be over and done in a single day. That may be part of the reason single day visits are offered. We are programmed to go looking for the easy button, instant gratification.

Word of warning:

The science and research indicates one major factor contributting to implant failure is not allowing time for bone and soft tissues to heal before completing the procedure.

Do your mouth a favor and give it the proper time to heal.

A ceramic implant is anchored in the jaw bone. Depending on several factors, including the number of teeth to be restored and the quality and quantity of jaw bone, you may be able to start with the initial procedure being the anchor itself. In some instances there may be recommended procedures to do prior to implanting the anchor in order to ensure proper bone mass and health. Afterwards the anchor is given adequate time for the bone around it to heal and be strongly attached. There may be a follow up exam to confirm this. The next step is placing a new, ceramic, fixed, permanent tooth.

Most implant procedures are very predictable and your skilled dentist can make the entire procedure nearly effortless. It’s worth the wait to know you’ve got the most advanced, successful system. You are investing time to ensure the best outcome, giving yourself the best odds of a restoration that will last your entire life and look great doing it. Lets face it, this was no small decision and you should know, you’ve done your research. When you come in to see us we will be happy to work with you to find the best time and availability to fit your schedule.

The entire process requires very specialized, advanced equipment and training. We have the training, the expertise and are ready to give you the smile you deserve. While in our care all aspects of your overall health will be taken into consideration, your comfort, health, convenience, investment and satisfaction matter to us.

Mercury Amalgam Fillings: New EPA Proposal

Toxic Mercury. one of the metal components of traditional silver fillings

Toxic Mercury. one of the metal components of traditional silver fillings

Mercury Amalgam Fillings

A lot of controversy surrounds the dental industry regarding the use of amalgam (silver)  fillings for teeth. There are proponents that maintain the mercury inside the amalgam is bound to other materials and rendered harmless, or that the exposure to any mercury is too infinitely miniscule to cause health issues. Then there is the other side of the coin with patients and data collected over decades validating the very real cause for concern, even alarm.

Meanwhile the government entities who have been enacted to protect the public have done little to intercede or change the status quo. The MSD (Material Safety Data)  on mercury, as reported by the FDA, clearly states that there are no safe levels of mercury exposure. Despite that the FDA has followed recommendations provided by the American Dental Association, regarding the safety of mercury amalgam dental fillings.

The International Treaty on Mercury

Internationally in 2013 the Minamata Convention was held and a global treated enacted to protect both human health and environmental health from the harmful, adverse effects of mercury. The highlights of this treaty were to include a ban on new mercury sources, phasing out old ones and control measures for emissions. Still the EPA and FDA remained silent, when the alarm should have gone out, the EPA and FDA maintained quiet indifference.

New EPA Proposal

At last, over a year later, the EPA has proposed new changes that validate that mercury in dental fillings is a problem. The proposed changes will not be finalized until fall of 2015 and are yet up for debate. Additionally the EPA is namely addressing the mercury emissions from waste water coming from dental offices and facilities.

Below you will find the press release announcing the new restrictions.

U.S. EPA proposes to eliminate mercury pollution from dentist offices nationwide

Release Date: 09/25/2014

Contact Information: Suzanne Skadowski, 415-972-3165, skadowski.suzanne@epa.gov

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a proposal to eliminate mercury pollution from dental offices nationwide. These new Clean Water Act standards would cut discharges of dental amalgam – a mixture of mercury and other metals that dentists use to fill cavities. Under this proposal, dentists must use devices to remove mercury and other toxic metals before they go down the drain.

“This proposed rule would cut mercury and toxic metal discharges to public wastewater systems by at least 8.8 tons a year nationwide,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Bay Area communities already require dentists to use amalgam capture devices and have seen their mercury pollution levels drop nearly 75 percent. Now the rest of California and the nation will see these same benefits.”

About half the mercury that enters public water treatment systems comes from dental offices that do not use amalgam separators. When mercury from amalgam is discharged into water bodies, it can be transformed into methylmercury, a highly toxic form of mercury that builds up in fish, shellfish and fish-eating animals. People can be harmed by methylmercury when they eat contaminated fish and shellfish. Methylmercury is a neurotoxin which impairs brain and nervous system development and function.

Many states and local wastewater districts have started mercury pollution control programs that require amalgam separators in dentist offices. Amalgam separators remove 90 to 95 percent of mercury and other metal waste. Under the San Francisco Bay Regional Watershed Mercury control program, virtually all Bay Area cities and public water systems have successful mandatory dental amalgam separator programs, but this is not the case in most other communities and states.

EPA estimates that up to 120,000 dental offices in the U.S. use or dispose of amalgam fillings that contain mercury. Almost all of these offices discharge to sanitary sewers that flow to wastewater treatment plants. While most offices use some practices to reduce amalgam discharges to the sewers, they are not nearly as effective as amalgam separators. Because 40 to 50 percent of dentists across the country already use amalgam separators thanks to state and local programs, the new rule may result in installation of separators in up to 60,000 dental offices nationwide.

EPA estimates put the total annual cost of the proposed rule at $44 to $49 million and a new streamlining proposal will cut state and local oversight costs by a similar amount. This action is one way the U.S. is meeting the goals of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, an international environmental agreement that addresses human activities contributing to widespread mercury pollution.

EPA will accept public comments on the proposal for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register and expects to finalize the rule in September 2015.

More information: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/wastetech/guide/dental/

Mercury Amalgam fillings often found in molars and less conspicuous teeth.

Mercury Amalgam fillings often found in molars and less conspicuous teeth.

Clearly stated, this one proposed act is expected to cut mercury discharges to public water by 8.8 tons a year. *8.8 Tons Per Year. FDA: no safe level of mercury exposure.


For the health and safety of all of our patients our office uses only mercury free options for dental fillings. When mercury amalgam fillings are already present we safely, remove mercury amalgam fillings with procedures that ensure the lowest risk to the patient and the environment. It has always been our practice to put the patients health first and will continue to be our primary endeavor.

 Call Today For an Appointment

Marilyn K Jones DDS

Address: 800 Bering Dr Suite 204 , Houston, TX 77057

Phone: (713) 785-7767

Email: mjones@hal-pc.org

Does your Biological Practice accept insurance?

 

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What if I have Insurance?

We do accept a number of different insurance plans at our practice. The truth is that dental insurance coverage is rare today for many people and insurance coverage for procedures varies greatly from company to company. More importantly, we cannot guarantee that your procedure will be covered by your insurance. It’s important to understand exactly what your individual insurance carrier will cover for you.

How do I find out if you accept my insurance?

You can call us at (713) 785-7767 to find out whether or not your insurance plan is one we accept. Since we are one of the only Biological Dentistry Practices that DO accept insurance chances are good we can bill your insurance directly.

How do I know what is covered on my plan?

The best way to find out what is covered on your insurance plan is to call your insurance carrier. Most of the time this is a fairly simple phone call and the representative can answer your questions about what your plan covers. Keep in mind that your procedure might not be fully covered. Most insurance companies use a formula to determine what percentage of a procedure they will cover so it is important to find out what your insurance covers as well as how much they cover.

What do I do next?

Call us (713) 785-7767 and find out if your insurance is a plan we accept. Making an appointment is easy and remember we are one of the only Biological practices that accepts insurance so if you have an insurance plan that includes dental insurance call us today (713) 785-7767.