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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Are Silver Mercury Fillings Harmful?

We've long contended that whether harmful to your health or not, silver fillings are not necessary to dentistry. There is no substantiated link between the mercury fillings and any number of health issues that some people say are caused by them. The ADA supports the use of silver fillings, many dentists still provide them for patients out of economy, and not surprisingly, most dental insurance companies will only pay for silver and not tooth-colored composite fillings (again, out of economy). But the bottom line is that silver fillings are downright ugly and it is also proven that as they expand and contract with temperature variations, they can certainly cause teeth to crack and break, not to mention leakage of bacteria around old fillings. Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, on Sunday Housecall on Fox News Sunday, agreed on all points. He said that if you have silver fillings, there is no need to run right out and get them all removed. BUT, he also said, if you're having fillings replaced anyway or getting new fillings and the dental office where you go wants to do silver fillings, you should refuse them and go somewhere else where you can get more modern, better materials used in your teeth.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Prevention Visits Can Save You Money on Dental Treatment

If you've looked at your bank balance recently and are feeling the crunch of the economy (who isn't?), you should keep things in perspective when prioritizing your expenses. You can minimize your dental expenses by making sure you stay on track with preventive visits. This is the best way to control and limit potentially expensive dental treatments. A couple hundred dollars for a thorough exam and cleaning visit is far more frugal than neglecting your visits and ending up in the dental chair with an emergency that could result in more expensive treatments such as root canals and crowns--which can be $1000-$2000, loss of the tooth, and then replacements with bridges or implants.

Early detection of developing decay and gum disease is another vital element of prevention visits. It's been estimated that your regular attendance at the dental office for check-ups can reduce your overall health care costs by 20%.

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Advanced Training at IACA

Just got back from the IACA (International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics) meeting. Another good, successful meeting with lots of good speakers, presentation, motivational speakers (including Neal Jeffrey), and fellowship with colleagues.

This is a relatively small group of probably less than 2000 doctors and other attendees. We enjoy this because it allows for more and better interaction amongst those attending. It was good to see some of our "new" friends from the meeting last year in Orlando.

What sets this group apart from other cosmetic dentistry groups is the "Comprehensive" focus on all aspects of the cosmetic case. It is naive to rush in and do cosmetic dentistry on a patient just to improve their appearance without considering the relationship of the jaw joints, the teeth and how they all function properly together. Function is paramount to successful long-term outcome.

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