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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August 12, 2014
In getting ready for a new school year, most parents end up with a long back-to-school list. While buying school supplies and clothes is something Mom or Dad can do on their own, if you want to get a back to school dental checkup, you will need to schedule it for your child before their schedules fill up with homework, sports and other after school activities.
1. Dental Problems is the Number One Reason Kids Miss School
Did you know that more than 51 million school hours are lost annually because of illnesses related to dental problems? Childhood tooth decay, is the #1 chronic childhood illness? Pediatric dental disease is 7 times more common than hay fever and 5 times more common than asthma.
Data from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reported:
- 41% of children aged 2 to 11 years had cavities in their primary teeth
- 42% of those aged 6 to 19 years had cavities in their permanent teeth.
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June 25, 2014
One of my passions as a dentist is improving oral health to under served populations. Close to 50 million Americans live in dental health shortage areas– regions of the country that are designated as dental health professional shortage areas by the U.S Department of Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. The Pew Center estimates than 17 million poor children go without dental care each year.
However, the problem is much worse for American Indians living on the reservations in this country. As a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, this issue is very important to me. While most of the patients I see at Sage have quite easy access to regular dental care, the situation is totally different for indigenous populations.
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June 3, 2014
Did you know that more than 5 million teeth are broken or knocked out every year from sports related injuries and up to 40 percent of all sports injuries involve the face. (Source: Study Dentistry UBC) If you or your children participate in sports without a mouth guard, you are 60 times more likely to suffer damage to your mouth.
There is a good reason that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) requires mouthguards for four sports (ice hockey, lacrosse, field hockey and football). And the American Dental Association recommends the use of custom mouth guards in 29 sports/exercise activities.
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April 17, 2014
In the last 15 years there have been many advances in cosmetic dentistry. Now dentists have a number of good techniques and procedures that can improve the look of your smile. Just about anyone can have a beautiful and natural looking smile utilizing materials that are longer lasting and stronger than ever.
One of the most interesting has been the advent of veneers. Veneers are very thin shells of porcelain or other composite material that are bonded to the front of the teeth. They are less expensive than crowns and are one of the more conservative approaches in that they offer the opportunity to change the shape and color of teeth with minimal removal of tooth structure. Patients who have gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are worn from grinding or chipped may consider veneers. Click here to learn more about veneers.
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March 5, 2014
As a resident of Boulder, I can tell you that it seems that everyone (well almost) is health conscious. They run, they ride bikes, ski, rock climb and, most of all, they eat right- vegan, vegetarian, gluten or dairy free. Everyone is into health foods.
Last year, the social media site Foursquare rated Boulder Colorado the #1 Healthiest Eating City in America. (Based on the largest number of “check-ins” by Boulderites to healthy spots like juice bars, salad shops, yoga studios, etc.) And the Magazine Bon Appétit rated Boulder America’s Foodiest Town and the criteria included quality farmers’ markets, concerned farmers, and a community of food lovers.
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January 30, 2014
You have a big reason to smile when you go to your dentist for a cleaning and he tells you that your teeth are just fine and you don’t need any work done. Whew! But what about those times when the dentist does find some issues and you’re looking at an expensive list of procedures he is recommending that you definitely did not budget for?
It’s normal to wonder whether these procedures are truly needed. Is your dentist correctly diagnosing what dental work needs to be done? Is he being straight or is he just looking for an opportunity to make a few bucks off you.While the majority of dentists are reputable, there are always a few bad apples. In these tough economic times, the last thing you or your family needs is to fall prey to over-treatment by your dentist.
There are questions that you can ask and other things you can do to avoid unnecessary dental work.
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