September 21, 2015
Dental amalgam is the metal that has been in used to repair cavities caused by tooth decay for over 150 years. It is a mixture of several metals, including mercury. Mercury is a heavy metal that has been determined to be toxic in some forms.
Replacement is unnecessary if in good condition
At Sage Dental Care, we do not fill teeth using amalgam. But we also do not recommend changing all the metal amalgam fillings in your mouth. If the amalgam fillings are not cracked, broken, worn or unsightly they should be left in place. There have been many research studies examining amalgam. There has never been a legitimate scientific study linking amalgam fillings to diseases or mercury toxicity. The material has been used for many years and is still used by some dentists. It is safe. We do not use amalgam for new fillings because it is an old approach. There are now more modern and esthetic resin composite filling materials that we use primarily because they look great, as they come in a color that closely resembles your natural teeth.
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April 29, 2015
Losing a tooth or teeth as an adult can be upsetting or embarrassing. But thanks to new technology, there are now a variety of ways to restore a great smile.
Here are the four options we offer our patients at Sage Dental Care. There are advantages and disadvantages to each so lets go through them:
If you have lost a tooth and have sufficient bone left after the extraction or injury, you can get an implant and have the tooth restored with a prosthetic tooth. An implant is a great option, it’s the next best thing to a natural tooth. It’s strong and stable, it maintains the health of the surrounding mouth structure, and it looks, fits and functions like a natural tooth. But you should be aware of a few potential issues.
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April 20, 2015
The huge construction cost overruns at the VA Hospital in Aurora has been a hot topic recently. It is currently slated to go more than $1 billion dollars over budget. Dr Batliner ran the VA hospitals in the Rocky Mountain states from 1995 to 2003. In this editorial, he explains how this could have been avoided and why he feels that veterans will receive far better care if no more stand alone VA hospitals are constructed.
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October 24, 2014
A lot of patients will put off dental treatment because of cost. According to a recent report from the U.S. Senate, 130 million Americans don’t have dental insurance.
Many health insurance plans do not provide dental insurance. Unfortunately the plans that do include dental coverage tend to be expensive. And the patient ends up sharing a lot of the costs, if they have anything more than basic check ups and cleanings. The maximum payouts for insurance run about $1,000 to $2,000 a year, according to SmartMoney.
Sadly, for Americans over 65, it is estimated that more than 50% of them have not been to the dentist in over a year because of cost. Fixed incomes don’t easily accommodate expensive procedures.
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December 11, 2013
Many people clench or grind their teeth to the point of destructiveness. Most people are completely unaware that they do it, because often they do it while they sleep. Partially because patients don’t know they grind their teeth and also because the thought of wearing a night guard is pretty unappealing, I often get asked, “Do I really need a night guard?”
After all, night guards are not the most sexy thing in the world. If you want a good laugh about it, just check out when Tina Fey in the film “Date Night” is asked by her husband, played by actor Steve Carell, if the evening might include some intimacy… and she takes out her night guard to consider the idea. The image makes any dentist cringe- if you’ve seen it, you know what I mean. If not, take two minutes and watch here. No wonder my patients almost always ask if there isn’t some other option aside from a night guard to keep them from grinding their teeth!
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October 9, 2013
Since crowns are one of the more common restorations that people need on their teeth, most dentist are regularly asked the question, “Do I really need a crown.” It is a completely fair question because even with insurance, crowns may cost you hundreds of dollars at a time.
The reason they are recommended frequently is that a dental crown is often the best option to extend the life of a tooth for years to come. However, there are options in treating a tooth which may delay the need for a crown. You should be cautious when a dentist you are seeing for the first time recommends a number of crowns.
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September 10, 2013
The good news is that thanks to teeth whitening treatments you don’t have to live with stained or yellow teeth. But how do you keep your teeth white as long as possible after treatment?
You can significantly lengthen the time between treatments if you pay attention to the top causes of teeth staining are and avoid the ones that you can
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August 26, 2013
When your dental hygienist or dentists casually asks, “you are flossing daily aren’t you?” if you are like most Americans, you cringe inside. We all know we are supposed to be flossing. However, according to some recently released data, 50.5% of Americans floss daily and 18.5% never floss.
Five Reasons You Should Floss, Flossing:
1. Cleans Places Your Toothbrush Can’t
In between your teeth, the bacteria that builds up can cause more damage than elsewhere on your teeth. This is because some of the bacteria that is not between your teeth is removed by your tongue, other foods and your saliva. But only by flossing can you remove the food, bacteria and plaque that builds up between teeth. If you don’t floss away the plaque that hides in between your teeth, it will eat away at your enamel, causing cavities and gum disease.
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