Implants: Single visit vs multiple visit

Are Single visit dental implants the right choice for you?

Multi-visit placement vs single day placement

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Models of dental, implants, dental dentist objects implants composition collage

Dental patients are a savvy bunch these days. Research and consults are made and lots of planning. If you are faced with one of a handful of extensive oral restorative procedures you’re more likely to really do research, dental restorations are no exception. Ceramic restorations are, hands down, the best option for restoring your smile.  Ceramic implants, far and away, are the best looking, strongest, and most natural option for tooth replacement. Other concerns about longevity or durability have been put to rest since we know that 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.

The Process

Now you’re considering your options for the restorative procedure itself. You can find a dentist that will do the entire implant in one day, many however, prefer several visits to complete the implant process. 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 with in a single day. That’s likely the reason it’s offered in the first place, because we are programmed to go looking for the easy button, instant gratification.  The science and the research indicates that one of the factors that can contribute to implant failure is not allowing time for bone and soft tissues to heal before completing the procedure.

Your Investment

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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 procedure to do prior to implanting the anchor in order to ensure proper bone mass and health. After 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 seem as though it was nearly effortless.  It’s worth the wait to know you’ve got the most advanced system. You are investing time to ensure the most successful 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. Call today and get started.

Dental Restorations and Ceramic Implants

Dental Restorations and Ceramic Implants

According to recent statistics, the average American will lose 3 adult teeth in their lifetime, not including wisdom teeth that many adults have removed, rather than lose due to injury or decay. That number may seem staggering to some but is drastically lower than statics dating back in the 1970s when losing 6 to 8 teeth or more in a lifetime was the norm. If you have ever been faced with tooth restoration due to loss or infection you know that the choices can be overwhelming. Once you know that you are going to need to replace a natural tooth with an artificial one you begin weighing all the options. Ceramic implants are considered the gold standard of restoration but the choices can still seem convoluted, considering dentist have so many procedures available to patients. For a multitude of reasons, cost and time being two big factors, patients occasionally find themselves considering getting a bridge, just for now, until they are ready to take that big step into oral surgery and getting permanent ceramic implants.

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The answers you’ve been seeking here now.

Getting a bridge will have a permanent and detrimental effect on the teeth nearest the tooth that needs replacing:

  • To get a proper fit and bonding to the bridge your healthy teeth will need to be filed down, stripped of their outside protective cover, made small enough to allow for the substantial bridgework to fit and be secure
  • Should those nearby teeth not be in the greatest shape, then you may have to sacrifice additional teeth, further away, to bond the bridge to.
  • Bridges have a finite life span.
  • Ten years is about the max but even that is not guaranteed.
      • Bridges can be pulled off from eating sticky foods.
      • Cracked or broken bridges can result from a variety of foods consumed also.
  • Bridges can discolor or the areas around the bond yellow or fade.
  • Since the nearby teeth must be compromised in order to secure the bridge, those sacrificial teeth are more prone to disease, infection or rot.
  • Eventually the healthy gum tissues will recede, shrink and pull away from the bridge. This can leave an unsightly and noticeable gap between the bridge and the gum line. (Besides leaving a noticeable gap it also becomes a trap for particles of food and debris that feed pockets of stinky bacteria)
  • Additionally, since there is not a tooth in the jawbone the bone mass in that area will diminish over time. This can affect the surrounding teeth, especially if you have multiple teeth replaced, it can also affect your jaw line and the contours of your face.
  • Outcome: a bridge means you will need additional dental work just to maintain and support a tooth replacement that will still, no matter how well you take care of it, need replacing.

White Zirconia Dental Implant

Would you believe me if I said that getting a ceramic implant would allow you to skip all that? Yes, there are a couple of visits to get the implant placed and set. There is a visit to ensure the procedure went well and that you have healed all the way. After that? After that you are set. Smile away and be confident that you have the closest thing to your natural teeth possible.  Feel good that you  are supporting the rest of your teeth and even your overall health.

 Call our qualified team of experts to get your consultation today.

Marilyn K Jones DDS

Address: 800 Bering Dr Suite 204 , Houston, TX 77057 Phone: (713) 785-7767 Email: mjones@hal-pc.org

Dentistry: Time To Go Natural

These days everyone wants to be a part of the growing trend to go all natural. Marketers have flooded television, newspaper, product names and PR campaigns with a barrage of information insisting that natural is the only way to go. There is a lot of good to come from getting food and personal care products, even home goods that are more natural and less chemicals, less processing and less artificial.

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ceramics used in dental implants are non-metallic and white throughout

Sometimes there are so many “natural” choices it can be hard to discern what is good and what might not be everything you need it to be. Especially in the world of dentistry. For example, ceramic implants cannot be touted as natural because they are definitely man made. Ceramic implants are made from a scientifically engineered material, derived from a naturally occurring metal ore that is so biologically compatible with the human body that it can pass for natural bone material. Other “natural” remedies, like fluoride can actually be derived from toxic industrial waste then passed off as natural all because a form of fluoride does exist in nature.

There are a variety of unique and healthy ways to utilize natural products to keep your teeth and gums healthy and thriving.  Everything from whitening teeth, remineralizing enamel, preventing cavities, bad breath, gum disease and stopping hypersensitivity can all be enhanced with natural products. Sometimes there are so many available products that it can be difficult to determine where to start and what will the best results.

Coconut oil and oil pulling can improve dental health

Coconut oil and oil pulling can improve dental health

While things like oil-pulling and coconut oil are obvious, easy options to include in your personal home care we may have other products and information about products that will further allow you to get more chemicals out of your household and body.  Maybe you will start with a natural toothpaste, maybe homemade toothpaste. For additional ideas on natural products and information about the ones you currently use call us, setup an appointment to learn more about how we can take care of your dental needs naturally using the best products and employing bio-compatibility and testing when needed to give you the healthiest, brightest and most natural oral health available.

A Holistic view of Biological Dentistry

A Holistic view of Biological Dentistry

Biological Dentistry with Dr. Marilyn K. Jones DDS is a one of a kind dental practice in Houston.

As true holistic dentists we perform dentistry that is good for the body as well as the teeth and gums.

The true differences between holistic dentistry and traditional dentistry is philosophical: traditional dentistry is the practice of treating the symptoms in the teeth and gums and attempting to prevent such problems from reoccurring. Holistic dentistry is the practice of treating the underlying problems that cause symptoms in the mouth, attempting to eliminate those problems (and, hence, preventing the symptoms from recurring) while ensuring the work done in the mouth does not have an adverse affect on your overall health.

Studies have concluded a link between gum disease and heart health, diabetes, and pregnancies. However, many dentists are not trained in the long term effects of what dentistry does (or could possibly do) to the whole body. We educate our patients on the importance of overall health and how dentistry can play a role in the overall health. We place emphasis on a more natural or holistic approach to dentistry in order to support total health and ensure the best long term results.

With a unique approach to dentistry, we customize our approach to your biological needs, placing priority on education and long term health. Doctor Marilyn K. Jones DDS primary focus is on ensuring that toxins from prior dental work is safely removed and properly replace with superior products that are biologically compatible, strong, aesthetically pleasing, long lasting and promote ideal, lasting results.

Our services include all aspects of dentistry including:

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.

 

A Chip In The Armor

Enamel: The Armor of Teeth

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Closeup of a woman patient at the dentist waiting to be checked up with the woman doctor in the background

Chipped teeth are one of the most common things dentists get asked about.  Common sense tells us we need to see a dentist when we have a cavity, a broken tooth, or pain in our mouth, but chipped teeth don’t always fall into routine dental education we get from visits with the dentist.  Enamel is the most dense, hardest substance in the humane body, and yet–for a variety of reasons–can unexpectedly chip or fracture, sometimes just from normal wear and tear.

The Teeth Most at Risk

Several factors that can conspire to make teeth more susceptible to chips and fractures.

  • Activities that put teeth at a higher risk like baseball, hockey, and other sports, leave the mouth exposed to a higher than average risk of impact from body parts, balls, sticks, bats or other items used in play
  • Eating hard or extremely crunchy things like nuts, hard candy, caramel, popcorn kernels and ice not only can cause chipping directly but indirectly by creating small fractures and cracks
  • Chewing on non food items that are hard or abrasive
  • Using teeth to open clasps on small vials, bottles, jars and other containers
  • Bruxism (clenching jaws and grinding teeth)
  • Young children who take tumbles may chip teeth if they fall onto hard things like bathtubs, pavement, hard flooring, toys or furniture
  • Aging teeth can also become more brittle if not properly cared for or sometimes because a life time of microscopic cracks or fissures in the enamel
  • Teeth that already have, even slight, decay are more susceptible to fractures and chipping because softer

What Should You Know

Even chipped or fractured teeth that have no pain, that don’t seem to have affected the dentine, or underlying tooth structure, should be evaluated by a dentist. Soon. Chipping, and especially cracks in enamel near the chipping, can leave the inner, delicate and sensitive parts or a tooth vulnerable. Sharp jagged edges and uneven surfaces can be ideal spots for bacteria to form colonies.

The difference between a chipped tooth and a broken tooth is that a chipped tooth has a very small shard or thin piece of enamel that cracks or splinters off, but does not affect the dentine, cementum or pulp of the tooth. A piece of broken tooth needs saved and an emergency trip to the dentist should follow immediately after recovering the piece of tooth which may still be viable.

Often small chips or fractures may go unnoticed initially. Over time the areas where small chips and fractures occur can worsen. As the crack intensifies it can lead to tooth sensitivity and the nerve may become inflamed and irritated. Your Dentist has a number of remedies for chipped or cracked teeth. From veneers and bonding to sanding out rough spots and repolishing the tooth’s surface have your dentist evaluate the damage and decide what will isolate the cracks and prevent further damage in the future.

If You Already Have A Chip…

If you already have a chip or crack in your tooth, it is important to have a dentist evaluate it as soon as possible to help ensure that future damage can be prevented. proper at home hygiene and a diet rich in proper nutrients can help keep teeth their strongest in between visits.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment now.

Metal in Dental Restorations; Slow Poison

The effects of longterm exposure to metal can begin to add up over time.

The effects of longterm exposure to metal can begin to add up over time.

Metal in Dental Restorations; Slow Poison

Metals in dental restorations have a potential link to overall health inadequacies and compromised immune systems in sensitive individuals. Multiple studies have now demonstrated there may be a correlation with metal sensitivities and a battery of autoimmune diseases along with several processes that are critical in running the bodies delicately balanced endocrine system. Ultimately this may affect the thyroid, pancreas, and other critical hormone systems.

All metals (titanium, nickel, steel, silver and other alloys)used in dental procedures, weather for implants or abutments, fillings or dentures, will eventually begin to corrode. As time passes the corroding metal particles become ions binding to proteins inside the body’s individual cells. Metal particles can travel throughout the body. For some individuals these “foreign invaders” set off a chain reaction within the immune system. As the immune system goes on high alert and begins attacking various parts of the body numerous symptoms arise and various internal systems can begin to fail.

Symptoms to metal implants can vary from patient to patient and often include an oral burning sensation, general fatigue, skin rashes, a constant dull pain and in some cases loss of the implant. A paper published in July of 2011 focused on titanium allergy in patients who have undergone an implant, and it concluded in part; “This review of the literature indicates that titanium can induce hypersensitivity in susceptible patients and could play a critical role in implant failure.”

Who Cares

What impact if any will metals have on you? No one can say for certain. Even those with existing metal components in their mouth risk that there will be a tipping point. When the level of absorbed metal becomes more than the immune system will tolerate. Time can also be a factor. As time passes more and more ions can be absorbed so that the effects of metal toxins do not present for many years.

There Are Great New Options

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ceramics used in dental implants are non-metallic and white throughout

With Zirconium, or all ceramic implants, there is never a risk of being slowly poisoned. Ceramic dental implants do not corrode. They will not absorb or dissolve in any way and there’s no need to consider long term replacements as they can last a lifetime with the same regular hygiene your natural teeth need.

 

 

Call today for a consult and to learn more about your choices and about implants that are customized to benefit your long term health.

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Gold Standard: Implants (Tooth Restoration)

Gold Standard: Implants (Tooth Restoration)

Dental Gold Standard in Restoration

The gold standard in dental tooth restoration, no one denies that implants are a dentist first choice in replacing a missing tooth or even multiple teeth. With clear advantages over bridges, dentures and other restoration options, permanent implants offer unparalleled performance with regards to all facets of oral health. Permanent implants support adjacent teeth, living bone, and help maintain proper tooth alignment, inevitably helping to keep the entire mouth health.

In the world of dental implants there are two classes or types of tooth restoration: Metal and non-metal. Implants initially were metal but with the advent of technological breakthroughs, all ceramic implants have proven to be superior in virtually all regards.  All ceramic dental implants are as strong as their metal counterparts, they are bioinert, resistant to bacterial colonies, there’s no chance of conducting hot or cold, and unlike metal ceramic cannot react to radio waves, microwaves, or electricity. Perhaps most comforting is that ceramic dental implants will never corrode, cause dental tattoos, or leach into your circulatory system or tissue.

What Exactly Are Ceramic Implants Made From

Calling implants ceramic may sound as though they are fragile when the fact is, zirconium ceramic is just about as strong as titanium, one of the worlds hardest metals. In fact zirconium, a man made element, is right next to titanium on the periodic table. Titanium is in fact what zirconium, dental ceramics, is made from. Named zirconium dioxide, the material that makes up a ceramic implant is entirely different material than the metal it is derived from.

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ceramics used in dental implants are non-metallic and white throughout

Just as you would not call a fist full of rust “iron” or you would not call salt a metal, but Sodium is a metal. Zirconium dioxide is a crystalline version, chemically owning two additional oxygen molecules than its metal cousin.  Thankfully zirconium dioxide is not rust or salt, just a couple of examples on how intricate and intimate the chemistry world is. Small differences in molecular combinations mean the properties of a material can be drastically different from their purest form.

The Rest Of The Story

Though ceramic may seem like a new technology it literally has been in use for decades. Surgeons, have been using ceramics to repair bones, and joints for close to half a century. Often referred to as bioceramics, ceramics used in medical procedures are a type of “advanced ceramic” specifically engineered to be bio-inert or non reactive to the human body.holistic dentist Houston Texas

Zirconium oxide and the bio-ceramics derived from it are unique. In the dental field full ceramic implants mean no longer settling for an aloy your body may eventually attack or reject. No longer resigned to a smile that looks anything but natural with less risk of fractures and splintering.

We have mastered the art of restoring perfect smiles. We have the expertise, training and equipment to safely give you the best care, the Gold Standard.  Call us today.

 

 

Ceramics; How Great They Look

How Great They Look

As a patient, you have a choice when it comes to replacing a tooth–from prostheses and bridges to permanent dental implants, options abound.  For most patients and doctors, implants top the list. Why? In addition to their functional benefits, implants are also practical, durable, and much more pleasing aesthetically.

At our office with Dr Marilyn K Jones DDS, we prefer ceramic implants, also known as zirconium or zirconia, and their use is outpacing other options for tooth replacement at an exponential rate.

The Latest Science and Medicine Have to Offer

The material used in the latest version of implants is zirconia, a ceramic that is extruded from Zirconium, is biologically inert in the human body and has a high tensile strength (meaning it is very strong). But what makes the difference for many patients is the aesthetics: zirconia implants are considered the most realistic looking tooth replacement option available on the market. And let’s face it: we all want our teeth to look good

Like Real Teeth in Look Feel and Function

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ceramics used in dental implants are non-metallic and white throughout

Since ceramics entered the dental implant scene doctors can suddenly so closely match the look and feel of natural teeth, that they immediately lend a sense of confidence to the patient. There is no denture to mess with, no embarrassing creams or gels, and no speech issues associated with tooth loss and tooth replacement that are often associated with dentures or other prostheses. There are no restrictions on diet and eating habits, no risk of losing the implant or damaging it while eating. The recipient of a ceramic dental implant also reduces the chance of bone loss in the jaw resulting in the potential of additional dental issues and a diminished jaw-line.

While the option to use metal implant post, made from titanium, stainless steel or other alloys, for permanent implants can still be performed, this option has aesthetic drawbacks.  Metal posts were the traditional material used in implants for decades, but they leave a silver-grey color along the gumline, making it obvious that your tooth has been replaced.  White implants made from zirconia don’t have that issue: not only are they the same color as your teeth, they actually promote soft tissue growth, meaning that the chance of receding gums are reduced, as well. With metal implants, the gums can’t grow properly, leading to a distinguishable line at base of the new tooth. Even if you experience slight gum loss with ceramic implants, there will never be a dark metallic line visible at the gum line because the implant is white throughout.

Zirconia, ceramic implants are virtually indistinguishable from real teeth, they do not absorb stains from food or discolor over time. Ceramic implants can last a lifetime and retain their shape and color for the duration. They can be used for one or a few missing teeth or to anchor other prostheses when appropriate.  They are bioinert and will not absorb odor, resist plaque, and are as easy to maintain as real teeth.

Implants are permanent: make sure you find a skilled, experienced doctor to place one. At Marilyn K Jones Dentisty, we have the skills, experience, and expertise you need to ensure a healthy, natural, functional tooth replacement. Call or visit today: Marilyn K Jones DDS, (713).785.7767 and at mjones@hal-pc.org.

 

Ceramics: Get Your New and Improved Smile

Get Your New and Improved Smile: Ceramics

Ceramic Tooth Restorations can be part of a healthy and beautiful smile

Ceramic Tooth Restorations can be part of a healthy and beautiful smile

There’s nothing quite as inviting as a perfect smile. Beautiful teeth are the foundation to that perfect smile.  With improvements in medicine and science a perfect smile can last forever and be as simple to take care of as routine dental cleanings and regular brushing.That’s news because for years tooth loss has been a serious impediment for those seeking to restore their smile.

Traditional Restorations Were Flawed

For decades the options for tooth restoration had big flaws both aesthetically, and medically. Traditional restorations called on bridge work (gluing in a false tooth) or dentures, full or partial. These options inevitably impaired the health of the surrounding teeth. While dentures became loose from shrinking gums and bone loss, bridges were not expected to last ten years. Neither of these options did anything to address gum and bone recession. Additionally the bridge restoration left gaps, hard to clean and brush, those gaps were notorious nurseries for smelly, decay causing, bacterial colonies. All of this was accepted as inevitable with the loss of adult teeth. Eventually doctors perfected a better solution, the permanent tooth implant.

The Metal Implant

This restorative process implanted a metal post into the jawbone with an artificial tooth placed on the end of the metal post. The implant procedure was better, it did not stop the eventual gum recession, or look entirely real, often leaving a metal colored cast to the implanted tooth. Nonetheless it did seem to help in preserving living bone, not always though. And there were other problems.

As titanium implants became more commonplace doctors found that not only did titanium implants lack the beauty of real teeth but some patients were reacting negatively. Patients who were affected had a myriad of symptoms. Some found themselves plagued with a chronic metallic taste in their mouth, some developed silver tattoos along the gum line from metal imbedding in the soft tissue as it corroded, the metal implant also harbored bacterial colonies and contributed to halitosis or bad breath. Other problems were even more alarming: Hot/Cold conductivity, metal sensitivities and allergies causing everything from joint pain and hives to signs of dementia.

Zeramica: The Solution

Enter Zeramica, the non-metal, permanent, perfectly white, tooth implant.  Zeramica, a special ceramic as strong as traditional metal implants, addressed all of the health issues. It is non corrosive, does not conduct heat or cold, or radio or microwaves for that matter. Ceramic zeramica teeth are completely bio-inert and do not corrode or degrade. The Ceramic tooth implant is expected to last as long as genuine teeth when properly cleaned with routine brushing and dental check-ups.  The surgical grade ceramic resist bacteria, promotes bone and gum retention and even regrowth. Best of all, it is stunningly beautiful.

As perfect as natural teeth.

As perfect as natural teeth.

Each ceramic tooth is positioned precisely, matched in color and made to last while making your smile not just healthy and strong but beautiful and perfect.

At Marilyn K Jones a team of perfectionist are waiting to give you the smile you deserve. A smile designed to last a lifetime, won’t leave you wondering if you should be worried about metal sensitivities and toxins building up in your system, while looking as great as a perfect set of natural teeth.

Total Tooth Restoration Questions

Do you need to have a total tooth restoration?

If this is your first big dental procedure it can be a big first step to schedule the appointment or do you need more than one tooth restored? It may seem like a lot of information to break down. The good news is that a healthy adult has very little to worry about when planning and scheduling appointments for a total tooth restoration.

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Ceramic Tooth Restoration “before/during/after”

 

Clients may come in for a routine check-up and cleaning then find themselves overwhelmed with a list of recommended dental procedures. There may be a myriad of concerns that the average patient is considering prior to embarking on a plan for a ceramic tooth restoration. Ceramic restorations do require a certain amount of expertise and a dental practice with a fully trained,  knowledgeable team to manage your procedure and your post procedure care.

 

 

Lets clear as much of the rhetoric as possible.  When you have a great dental team, a team that listens, and has exceptional staff and expertise the list of concerns is shorter:

  • Communicate concerns with your team.
    • Tell them your fears and apprehensions. Be open to letting them reassure you.
    • They know what they are doing and want you to know they do this because they are passionate about best medicine, your quality of care and helping people.
  • Remember, your surgery is being carried out by an expert, with expert assistants.
    • They are trained, use special instruments and tools, to carefully, and expertly, ensure that you get the best procedure and recovery possible.
  • Your Dentist is an expert.
    • Ceramic implants require precision and special training, they also require a real desire to offer the best possible medicine for you.
  • The longer you put off this treatment the more you compromise your best possible, overall health.
    • It can take years to regenerate healthy bone and soft tissue, if at all. The longer you wait the more loss.
  • Consider all the positives from following through on this option.
  • Ceramic implants can last your entire life with no extra care than what your natural teeth need.
  • Ceramic tooth restorations are completely bio-compatible and support healthy bone and soft tissue growth.
    • Ceramic implants help maintain jawbone density.
  • Alternatives to implants compromise the teeth next to the affected tooth and can (and do) lead to more dental procedures.
  • Ceramics do not corrode and are not absorbed into tissues or the blood steam.
  • Tooth restorations made from ceramics do not conduct hot or cold
  • You’re new teeth are going to look and feel great.
    • Entirely ceramic tooth restorations are the closest thing to the look and feel of a real tooth.
      • No silver base, or dark discoloring
      • No retraction of gums or soft tissue
  • Take a deep breath. There are amazing options for everything now in dentistry. Everything from nerve blocks to oral medication and all the stops in between.

These days expect your dentist to know all about the options, be versed in pain management and be considerate of what works for you.

We are here to help. Our entire staff is selected based on their enthusiasm for doing a good job and for helping people. You won’t wake up and feel differently just because you let another day go by.  Let us take care of you. Give us a call.