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

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.

 

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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The Risks of Mercury Poisoning and Dentistry

Real Risks Associated with Mercury Poisoning and Exposure

Chronic, long term, exposure to trace amounts of mercury can lead to mercury poisoning and buildup

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

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

in the body over time; after removing the exposure, it may take months or even years for the body to eliminate excess mercury. Overexposure can lead to kidney damage and/or mercury poisoning, leading to ‘shakes’ (ex: shaky handwriting), irritability, sore gums, increased saliva, metallic taste, loss of appetite, memory loss, personality changes, and brain damage.  Most commonly associated mercury poisoning symptoms can be pain, burning or itching in the skin or even the gums, changes in skin color, loss of memory emotional impairment, even insomnia.

Sources of Mercury Poisoning

Significant sources of mercury poisoning and exposure commonly come from contaminated fish, soil or water with high mercury levels, air pollution (particularly from power plant emissions and coal mines,)  exposure to mercury vapor from dental amalgam fillings, improper disposal of mercury containing products such as fluorescent lights. Less common, but significant, sources of exposure to mercury and mercury poisoning come from cement production, gold and steel production, coal mining, and other industrial operations and waste.

Why Amalgam Fillings Persist

Admittedly mercury amalgam fillings are inexpensive and easy to work with, the ADA has approved them, they are durable and reliable and dentist are familiar with the procedure. Amalgam can last for years, is resistant to corrosion and tolerant to many conditions inside the mouth. Options, in dentistry, to use other materials have been available for several decades still, because of its cost and ease of application, mercury use in dentistry is pervasive with change coming slowly.

Amalgam Filling

Mercury Amalgam Filling

 

Yet more and more states (and some countries) adopt policy to encourage reduction of amalgam fillings and our federal government continues to review and encourage reduction in mercury alloys. The public is becoming ever more educated in the adverse effects of mercury and risks of mercury poisoning, and no reasonable arguments can state that mercury is not a dangerous toxin, the risk to children and infants even greater than the risk posed to adults.

Cummulative Effects of Mercury

Like an iceberg, much of the danger associated with mercury is unseen until the risk has become unavoidable

Like an iceberg, much of the danger associated with mercury is unseen until the risk has become unavoidable

Environmentally the risks of mercury poisoning grows as the population grows.  As bad as mercury may be for one individual the direct correlation can be seen as a domino effect of ever increasing risk of exposure and environmental mercury poisoning. 

Communities routinely face challenges from mercury detected in municipal water supplies, soil and farm lands are testing positive for mercury levels that are concerning and the oceans fish are always exposed to higher and higher levels of mercury. All of which put each of us at an individually increased risk for low, moderate or even high risks of mercury poisoning.

What To Consider

An individual with multiple existing silver fillings (mercury containing, amalgam) will have a higher exposure to toxic mercury than those with few or no amalgam fillings. There are options for reducing individual risks. A trained and qualified dentist can remove the amalgam fillings and with proper instruments, and ventilation equipment, keep your risk and the risk to the environment and dental office at the lowest possible level.

One of the options for amalgam replacement uses and ultraviolet light to "set" the restoration permanently in place

One of the options for amalgam replacement uses and ultraviolet light to “set” the restoration permanently in place

Dr. Marilyn K Jones DDS is qualified and her staff trained to properly and safely eliminate your amalgam fillings and provided safe, long lasting, and strong restorations to your teeth. Please call or contact them today for an appointment.

 

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.

 

 

Dental Amalgam Alternatives-Time for Change

Changing Times: Amalgam Alternatives On The Rise

Embraced for over 100 years as dentists number one choice for repairing dental cavities and

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

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

decaying teeth, amalgam (silver) fillings are often overlooked as a source of toxic waste. Though controversy has long surrounded the use of such filings (that employ the use of toxic mercury along with other metals to form a soft alloy) the industry has been slow to change.  Primarily reluctance to change can be directly linked to cost versus availability, and durability. Those arguments are quickly losing credibility with the advent of new technology and safer methods.

Increasing Number of Amalgam Alternatives

Initially amalgam alternatives were not suitable for large cavities, were not widely available and sometimes were not as resilient to wear and tear. Today however, besides composite resins, there are several materials available for restoring a tooth with decay. Options that are strong, resilient,

The aesthetic restoration of a lower molar tooth with dental amalgam alternatives.

The aesthetic restoration of a lower molar tooth with dental amalgam alternatives.

beautiful and totally bio-inert, or will not leach toxins, into the body. As education and choices become optimized dentist are gradually using better practices and safer materials to restore teeth.

The U.S. Lagging in Safety Standards

Considering that currently a handful of countries have banned the use of dental amalgam fillings including: Denmark, Sweden and Norway and that countries like Canada, Italy and Australia have all implemented steps to greatly reduce the use of amalgam while 47 other countries have signed an initiative calling for the restriction and eventual prohibition of dental amalgam fillings, the conclusion can be made that dental amalgams time has come and gone.

While not all countries or dentists have committed to getting rid of amalgam entirely there are a growing number of dentists who no longer offer silver filings. Many of whom are trained and equipped to safely remove old silver fillings and replace them with safer, more natural looking and often stronger options.

Dental Amalgam fillings, world wide, are the number one cause linked to toxic mercury found in water supplies. Amalgam fillings have been linked to a number of adverse health conditions from dementia to arthritis and mercury is definitivly known to negatively affect the neurologic system causing birth defects and mental deficiency, especially in children. While amalgam has not yet been banned in the United States there is clear evidence that exposure to the alloy poses a much higher risk than amalgam alternatives, which are primarily bio-inert, options. Proving that mercury alloys and dental amalgam should be avoided altogether.

Our Commitment to Your Health and Safety

At Marilyn K. Jones DDS. we are trained to use special techniques and tools to keep you safe while removing and replacing existing dental amalgam fillings with safer, better alternatives. Please contact our team to set up a consultation and appointment today.

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.

Coming Clean About Toxins From Root Canals

Toxins trapped inside the body, swirling around inside your body, attacking your immune system and potentially triggering an immune response or inflammation, ultimately wreaking havoc on organs and tissues, compromising an otherwise healthy body. These are the facts of getting a root canal. Most of us would be opposed to having a necrotic cesspool of decay and disease trapped inside our body, essentially, it’s poisonous, also it’s gross.

Trapping dead, and dying tissues and bacterial colonies locked inside the body is exactly what happens when a patient gets a root canal. A root canal is a procedure originally designed to save a tooth with too much nerve and tissue damage to remain alive, or viable. In other words due to infection, trauma, or decay the nerve, blood supply and pulp inside the tooth have been compromised and the tooth is dying or no longer alive. Without some kind of intervention (sometimes a root canal) the tooth may abscess, continue to decay–potentially affecting surrounding teeth or it may fall out, leading to additional problems.

Root Canals are performed by removing all of the soft insides of a tooth: the blood vessel that nourishes the tooth, the nerve, and pulp. Harsh chemicals are irrigated into the “canal” that is made after grinding out the inside of the tooth. The chemicals used to irrigate the new canal into the root of the tooth are intended to sterilize as much of the canal, or hole, as possible and to kill any remaining, viable or nonviable tissue. This equates to essentially embalming what remains of the tooth.

We know after decades of research, and thousands of patients, that removing 100% of the rotting tissue is not possible. In every case there is always necrotic (dead, diseased) tissue left behind, 100% of the time. The bacterial colonies and the infection eventually permeate surrounding tissue and bones, ultimately weakening and damaging local areas, but those same toxins and bacteria can also have a systemic effect on the rest of the body.

As toxins, from a root canal, infiltrate the blood stream and collect in organ tissues chronic health issues can become compounded and new health issues develop. Immune systems that are already under attack or otherwise compromised stand to sustain the most damage. As the medical news around this potential hazard continues to develop, many dentist are adopting new solutions to addressing a dead, dying or abscessed tooth.

If you have already had a root canal, or have had a root canal recommended come see our team and have an expert give you all of your options. Our team can give you healthy attractive alternatives that maintain and support your body’s overall health and immunity.

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

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.