Should I have my mercury amalgam fillings removed?

We will perform a full exam of your silver fillings to see if they are still serviceable, or if we recommend replacing them due to new cavities, fractures, or other concerns. We are happy to discuss all of your options with you and spend time developing a unique plan for your individual needs.

We have extensive experience in safely removing mercury amalgam fillings at your request or at the recommendation of your functional medicine doctors. We follow the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology's Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) to ensure that you receive the fullest precautions for maximum safety.  Please read more about the SMART Protocol here.

Should I have x-rays taken?

We utilize digital x-ray sensors to ensure your dental health is as high as possible—even in hidden places between teeth. They help to reveal areas of decay, bone infections, gum disease, and abscesses or cysts that aren’t visible during a visual dental exam. In other words, a radiographic exam is just as important as your visual exam.

Digital x-ray technology gives off up to 80% less radiation compared to traditional film radiographs. The added benefit of digital x-ray technology is sharper images that make disease-detection a more simplified and obvious process. Early detection of dental problems can save time, money, and discomfort.

Even though the radiation dose of dental x-rays is so low, we still utilize protective aprons and thyroid collars since patient safety is our top priority. We recommend a new set of films be taken every 1-2 years depending on your oral health.

What kind of diet can help prevent cavities?

Our teeth are constantly in a state of demineralization and, fortunately, remineralization. Good diet and oral hygiene habits are the simplest ways to encourage enamel strength. We are passionate about helping our patients balance a healthy lifestyle that encompasses not only their oral health, but their overall well-being.

A diet balanced diet high in whole, non-processed foods is the best way to overall health. Foods high in protein (such as legumes, meats, poultry, and fish), whole grains, and vegetables are really important aspects of a healthy diet. Avoiding simple sugars in juice, sodas, and white flour are a preventive measure that goes a long way.

What are good oral hygiene habits?

Brushing twice daily, using an electric toothbrush and toothpaste, is the best method to interrupt plaque build-up on teeth. Flossing daily is also highly recommended to disrupt plaque and prevent cavities between teeth.

As a biological dentistry practice, we actively advocate that daily flossing is not only essential for oral health but also adds over six years to your life expectancy by reducing oral bacteria that travel through your bloodstream all over your body, including your heart.

 

What benefits can xylitol have for my dental health?

Xylitol is a compound found in many products today that has the benefit of warding off the bacteria known to cause dental cavities. Many of the products we recommend contain xylitol to help keep your smile healthy, including toothpastes, gum, mints, and mouthwash.

Xylitol works because it resembles simple sugars that cavity-causing bacteria survive on. However, xylitol cannot be broken down by the bacteria, and they are effectively starved. As a result, they cannot produce acid that causes dental decay.

Xylitol is found in many plant species and can be a naturally occurring supplement to your regular dental routine.

Are you in network with any insurance companies?

Our office accepts PPO insurance plans as an out of network provider. Your insurance may not fully cover our fees and will allow up to a usual and customary amount for procedures. Any amount above their usual and customary is billable to the patient. Our fees reflect the specialized training, materials and exceptional care for our services. We will file the insurance claim for you. At the time of service payment is requested for the patient’s estimated copayment amount and any services not covered by insurance. Once insurance payment is received the remaining balance will be billed to the patient or if the patient has overpaid, we will provide a reimbursement.

Do you offer payment plans?

At the time proposed treatment is discussed we will provide a treatment plan with fees, estimated insurance, and patient copay amounts. The estimated patient copay amount is due at the time of service. If a procedure requires multiple appointments, we allow a split of the patient copay within the appointments. We offer a third-party payment plan which provides no-interest payment and low-interest options. For further information, please visit Care Credit or Lending Club Patient Solutions.

How can I schedule an appointment?

We offer a few ways to contact us for an appointment, email: care@atldentalwellness.com, online scheduling, or a phone call to the office 404-233-1102. Our office staff may need additional information to reserve an appointment which we can gather over the phone. Our office carefully determines the necessary time needed for an appointment and appoints the schedule to provide a relaxing and well-organized time to care for you. We understand circumstances can arise and an appointment may need to be changed, we kindly ask for 2-day working day notice. Without notice, you may incur a cancellation fee of $75.00.

My lifestyle is characterized by living and eating healthfully. How does Atlanta Dental Wellness support my lifestyle choice?
Because patient health and wellness is our priority, our team investigates and researches the strength and biocompatibility of dental materials. Our educational interests in overall well-being are broad which enables us to stay abreast of health news outside of that which is found in traditional dental journals and continuing education. For instance, Dr. Cann’s findings lead her to be among the earliest dentists in Atlanta to offer alternatives to amalgam fillings and to cease placing mercury-containing fillings in 1985. Currently, we are excited about the sweetener xylitol’s decay reducing properties. Other benefits of xylitol include its support of normal blood sugar levels which greatly benefits patients with diabetes. Furthermore, unlike sugar, it supports normal gut flora by not contributing to yeast growth.
 
We comply with all standards mandated by the Georgia Board of Dentistry but believe we surpass these standards spurred by our interest in total body wellness and patient service. Office features such as our water delivery system and air filtration units offer the patient a level of service found beyond required standards. We are proud of the fact that all of our patients, even those whose priorities are not centered on wellness, benefit from our practice style. While respecting all patients’ health care and lifestyle choices, we encourage patients’ attention to oral health and the manner in which oral health influences whole-body health.

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