BPA-Free Restorative Material

At the 2015 IDS in Cologne, Germany, a uniquely engineered “composite-like” all-ceramic-based restorative material was introduced. Admira Fusion was the first material in the world to be created that was 100% free of all conventional monomers, there is nothing like it in the world.

In the mouth, Admira Fusion is biologically inert. It is perfect for patients who have known material sensitivities. However, the esthetic qualities and physical properties make it an ideal material for esthetically demanding cases in the anterior and a workhorse material in the posterior region. This combination appeals to all types of clinicians. Plus, using Admira Fusion as your everyday universal restorative material will allow you to be prepared for the eventuality of being asked, “Do you have a BPA-free material?”

The answer is YES, we’ve been using this material for quite some time and love it’s handling properties along with the esthetics of the material.

Guest Author, Dr. Mac Lee on Dental Implants and Dentures

Dr Mac Lee, from Texas wrote this article on dental implants and dentures, I couldn’t have said it any better:

Denture-Dental ImplantsDentures have a big job. They not only replace teeth, they also replace the lower one third of the face.

They replace chins, smiles, lips and even make noses look smaller when properly done. People with dentures want to smile and eat like everyone else.

Patients ask me if implants will help with their dentures. The answer is a resounding yes. Wearing a denture without implants is like wearing flip-flops. One has to grab the flip-flops with their toes in order to keep them from clacking and flopping. Regular denture wearers have to use their tongue and cheeks to hold their dentures in.

Wearing a denture with implants is like wearing well-made tennis shoes. Good shoes allow you to run on a track, sand or mud. Implants keep the denture stable so almost all foods can be eaten. The days of worrying about them clacking or falling out during social events is over with these modern miracles.

How they work

Implants are just that, a titanium piece of metal that is implanted in the jaw bone with the head sticking out of the gum a few millimeters. The denture has a special attachment embedded deep into the denture itself. It has an “O” ring type of attachment that locks into the head of the implant that is sticking out of the jaw. It is a very precision-made male and female type of attachment and literally snaps into place making the denture very stable.

Types of denture implants

There are two main types of implants used with dentures. The most stable is called a root-formed implant. It is called that because the implant itself is about the same diameter as the original tooth that used to be in that position of the jaw before it was lost. These are absolutely the most stable and most predictable and the most expensive. The surgery is very sophisticated and is usually done by a specialist. Root-formed implants are usually necessary in the upper jaw because that bone is softer and more support is needed because of the bone.

Mini implants are just that, mini titanium posts that are literally screwed into the jaw. Mini implants are usually restricted to the lower jaw where the bone is dense. Yes, I know all of this sounds painful, but no matter where an implant is used – knee, shoulder, etc. – surgery is required. My experience tells me the benefit of having a stable lower denture far outweighs the surgical procedure that is usually done while sedated. Mini implants are a lot less expensive and have proven to be very successful when done correctly.

Denture realities

Upper dentures rarely give patients problems. The reason for this is simple, the upper jaw is not a jaw, it is part of the skull and it does not move. On the other hand, the lower jaw not only moves, it has a tongue plus all the muscles that move the jaw. Since the jaw is constantly moving in talking, eating, swallowing, yawning, etc., the lower denture is constantly fighting to stay in place.

With properly made implants and a properly made denture to go along with it, dentures snap into place and stay there. It is an incredible service and benefit.

Another denture reality is only a small percentage of dentists like to do dentures. This is simply because they are too difficult to do predictably, and dentists as a whole love predictability. The only way for dentures to be predictable, with or without implants, is for them to be done correctly. This takes time, skill and judgment on the part of the dentist which means they are expensive to do.

David G Jones DDS Receives 2014 Best of Muskogee Award

Muskogee Award Program Honors the Achievement

MUSKOGEE November 25, 2014 — David G Jones DDS has been selected for the 2014 Best of Muskogee Award in the Dentists’ Office category by the Muskogee Award Program.

Each year, the Muskogee Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Muskogee area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Muskogee Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Muskogee Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Muskogee Award Program

The Muskogee Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Muskogee area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Muskogee Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

TV Ad for Dr. J. Smiles

Along with the radio advertising we did a television commercial for our office. It, like the radio ads were based on my former toll free number.

Here is our commercial, please note that if you wish to make an appointment call us at (918) 683-3137 or click here to request an appointment via the web.
 

 
 

A Jingle

I did some radio advertising on a station in Tulsa and here in Muskogee many years ago. We felt at the time that a jingle would be a good way of getting info out.

I gave them a tune that I liked the beat to, we gave them some basic ideas and then a DJ from OK City who performed in a band did 2 different jingles one we hated and this is what transpired.

The reason 866drjsmiles was born was it was our toll free phone line and we needed an email to match. We had exactly 2 phone calls on that number so expense wise it just wasn’t feasible to keep the number anymore.

And now you know. . . the rest of the story!

Disclaimer:

The phone number used in the Jingle is no longer valid, please call 918-683-3137 for an appointment or questions.

Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR)

What is Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR)?

There is a direct correlation between inflammation of the gums and devastating, life threatening diseases. Gum tissue surrounding the teeth becomes compromised due to inflammation which then becomes a gateway of entry for the bacteria that is present within the periodontal pockets surrounding the teeth.

The U. S. Surgeon General, numerous reports and studies suggest that the bacteria associated with periodontal disease and chronic gum inflammation can contribute to Alzheimer’s, Heart Attacks and Strokes. In addition, Diabetes, Kidney Failure and doubling of Heart Attacks can be affected by poor gum health. Women who are pregnant are more likely to have Pre-Term or Low Birth Weight babies when dealing with the addition of gum disease.

The use of dental soft tissue lasers give us the ability to attack periodontal inflammation at the microscopic level. The laser focuses a light of power, targeting bacterial colonies, unreachable with older technologies and at the same time promotes an environment of healing.

Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR) destroys bacteria that causes periodontal disease and inflammation in the gums. We reduce the harmful bacteria which affects our dental and overall health by circling the teeth with the laser within the surrounding gum pocket in and in a non-cutting mode. There are billions of bacteria in one inflamed periodontal pocket and the laser can take counts of the bacteria surrounding the tooth within seconds from hundreds to billions. Slowly, after the procedure, over the next several weeks and with proper home care, the area will heal enough to allow the pockets to re-attach and shrink and the bacterial levels will grow back to their original levels.

This treatment is not a replacement for other therapies used to deal with periodontal disease and gum inflammation, but rather an addition in the management of general and oral health.

The Benefits of Laser Bacterial Reduction

To all of our patients, we are recommending they have their teeth decontaminated with a dental laser prior to their regular cleanings for the following reasons.
1. It reduces or eliminates Bacteremias (This is bacteria that can be introduced into the bloodstream and thereby endangering our overall health).
2. It prevents contamination of infection to other areas of the mouth.
3. To destroy the bacteria of Periodontal Disease before it causes loss of attachment of the surrounding structures.
4. It boosts your Immune System.
5. It Improves your overall health.

The use of a laser in decontamination is a painless process and normally takes no more than 5 or 10 minutes.

 
Laser Periodontist discusses laser gum procedure LANAP, Part One

 
 
Laser Periodontist discusses laser gum procedure LANAP, Part Two

 
 

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

 
One of the most difficult things we sometimes have to do as dentists is to diagnose and treat cracked teeth. Teeth will crack from a variety of causes from large old fillings to trauma. Occasionally we will even see a cracked tooth where there has never even been a filling placed in the tooth. One of the big problems for us is that they are not always visible to the human eye and cannot be seen on an X-ray film. We have some tests we can perform and we listen closely to the problems or symptoms you describe to us, such as pain upon chewing.

Once a tooth is prepared the crack often becomes more visible. Sometimes when preparing a tooth a cusp will fall right off. What are the treatments for cracked teeth?

1.) If the pain is moderate, we will first try to crown the tooth. If the tooth is comfortable in the temporary crown we will cement the permanent crown and hope that takes care of the problem.

2.) If the pain is more severe, or the temporary crown does not alleviate the pain, then it becomes necessary to do root canal treatment to deaden the nerve. Then we place the crown.

3.) It is possible that the crack is too severe and even root canal treatment will not work. Then the only options are removal of the tooth and replacement with an implant, bridge or removable partial.

Because of the difficulty in treating cracked teeth, we may elect to complete the root canal treatment here, or refer you to a root canal specialist with a microscope to evaluate and treat the tooth.

Be aware, that this is a hard to diagnose and treat problem, could escalate from a simple crown to the loss of a tooth. There is no way to predict the success of this procedure.

Why I come to see Dr David Jones

Sometimes we take what we do for our patients for granted, like everyone hears these great comments too. So I wanted to share what we’ve heard over and over, most of these in the last week.

· Love the large windows in the treatment rooms, the view is pretty and doesn’t feel claustrophobic.

· I like how it doesn’t “smell” like a dental office.

· Warm wash cloth feels great after treatment.

· Appointments set up so there is no waiting.

· Warm neck rolls and blankets are comforting.

· Personal and friendly treatment… like family.

· This temporary feels more natural than any temporary I have ever had.

· Sign me up for the gas anytime, I’m much more relaxed.

· I use to be sore for hours after my treatment. Now (with Dr Jones) after my treatment I felt better immediately.

· I’m in the right place!

· I really appreciate Dr Jones calling to check on me in the evening after my treatment.

· I like coming here because it is so friendly. I love coming to have my teeth cleaned.

· I feel so comfortable and at ease every time I walk into this office.

· I love coming here because I am confident my dental treatment will be excellent quality and done right.

· Dr Jones did my braces and I am out of TMJ pain, I just got my retainers and I can’t stop smiling.

· Doctor gave me options for my treatment plan, no one has ever done that before.

· I wish my previous dentist could have made my appointment this easy.

· Oh look at my teeth, aren’t they beautiful.

· Love the photos around the office of doctor’s.

We are in the Smile Business!
Dr David Jones

At What Age Should I Take My Child to the Dentist for the First Time?

This is a question I get all the time so it must be something everyone would like to know. The answer is first and foremost, before a problem exists. Your baby can’t tell you when they have a problem, can they? I like to have my patients bring their children in for a “Fun” visit before the age of 2. We have your child sit in mom/dad’s lap in the dental chair; we look into your child’s mouth as best as we can and as quickly as we can. This isn’t meant to be a thorough exam but a time for us to get to know your child a little bit and then give mom/dad instructions on the importance of dental hygiene for your child.

But why before the age of 2? Good question and the answer is I like to be the good guy. By 2 the child has been going to the doctor for all kinds of things and most of the time they are getting shots. The first tooth erupted anywhere from the time they were 6-12 months old and by now they have most of their baby teeth. I’d like a chance to make a good impression on your child, someone who doesn’t poke or prod or give them a shot when they go to the doctor. This is also a time that diets change, mostly with a lot of sugar in their diet, so hopefully we can educate mom/dad about the sugar/cavity relationship, help prevent decay and help your child have healthy pre-school years.

Hope this helps, give us a call 918-683-3137 if you have any further questions.

Dr David Jones

Neuromuscular Dentures

There has been a lot of talk lately in the press and on different blogs about “Face Lift Dentures”. It is kind of interesting how the names change but the techniques are the same. One of the main reasons I choose to learn the Neuromuscular way of making dentures back in 1992 was how it restored the facial balance. Another reason is the better fit of Neuromuscular Dentures over conventional denture techniques and the quality of the denture teeth. I know that dentures can be made very quickly and cheaply, but they are not custom but cookie cutter in quality and any other fashion. The phrase, “you get what you pay for” is really true in this dental service.

Neuromuscular or “Face Lift” Dentures are the best way to restore your smile if you have had to have dentures and sometimes even partial dentures.Here is an example of one of my Neuromuscular Denture cases.