Summit Dental Group
Dillon CO

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Other

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At Summit Dental Group we are always available to answer your questions. We want our patients to be fully informed about important dental procedures and oral health issues, so we’ve listed several of the questions we hear most often. If you do not see the answer you’re looking for below, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (970) 468-2471.


Silver fillings in Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupMany groups have expressed concern in the past several years over the use of amalgam fillings (also called silver fillings). Dental amalgams contain low levels of mercury, and this has led many people to believe that these fillings are linked to a number of conditions including Alzheimer’s, autism, and multiple sclerosis.

Public Health Agencies on Amalgam Fillings

A number of public health agencies like The American Dental Association (ADA) and the FDA have confirmed the safety of dental amalgams and stated that there is no scientific basis for the link between mercury-based fillings and these or other conditions. The fact is that there is no known cause for these conditions and no evidence to support the claim that removal of amalgam fillings can cure these or any other condition.


The mercury in dental amalgam is mixed with other metals like silver, copper, tin and zinc to create a stable alloy that has been safely used by dentists for over 100 years to fill cavities and preserve the decayed teeth of millions of patients. The FDA reconfirmed the safety of dental amalgams in March of 2002, and in 2006, the National Institutes of Health concluded several large-scale studies that further supported the earlier findings of the FDA.

Additionally, the concern over adverse health effects resulting from the very small amount of mercury vapor released from amalgam fillings has been found by the ADA to have no scientific basis. In fact, consuming seafood is likely to expose you to more mercury than the vapor that is released from amalgam fillings.

At Summit Dental Group we are focused on making every visit to our office comfortable and stress-free. Our treatments are painless and efficient, which reduces discomfort and the time you need to spend in the dental chair. Your comfort and well-being are our primary focus, and all members of our team are trained to address your concerns with care and compassion.

Sources of Anxiety at the Dentist

Many people experience anxiety at the dentist because they feel a loss of control during their treatment. Being open about your concerns will make you feel better and help us adjust your treatment accordingly and take the necessary precautions to keep you comfortable.

Another common source of anxiety is the fear of gagging, or not being able to breathe. We suggest the use of a throat spray before treatment, which will help calm your gag reflex. If you’re worried about breathing, a simple solution is to breathe through your nose. If this is a problem, you can use a nasal strip to keep the air passage open.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is also an excellent solution for many patients like you who would not normally be able to sit comfortably through a dental appointment. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can significantly reduce anxiety without putting you to sleep. We also offer oral sedation if you have greater anxiety.

We don’t want you to put off treatment because you are anxious or fearful. Please contact our Dillon dental office, and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Teeth Grinding | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupThe type of treatment we choose to alleviate teeth grinding (bruxism, or bruxing) depends on its cause. In most cases, teeth grinding, or bruxism, occurs while you are sleeping. This constant force can cause deterioration of your teeth and dental work. It can also cause problems with your jaw joints (TMJ).

Causes of Teeth Grinding

There are many different reasons for teeth grinding, but the treatment most commonly used at Summit Dental Group to prevent damage to your teeth and the development of TMJ problems is a custom-made night guard that is worn during sleep.

Bruxism is often thought to be related to stress, but grinding of your teeth may also be a result of a misaligned dental bite. Since there are so many reasons why people grind their teeth, a thorough dental exam is needed to make sure we choose the correct treatment.

Teeth grinding is an issue that needs to be addressed promptly in order to reduce the risk of developing more serious dental problems. If you have questions about treatment for your teeth grinding, please contact our Dillon dental office and we will be happy to arrange an appointment to help relieve your symptoms and get you the help you need.

Teeth Cleanings | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupOur Recommendation

The hygienists at our Dillon dental office recommend that your personal oral hygiene routine include brushing and flossing twice a day. In addition, we recommend twice-yearly cleanings with to monitor the health of your teeth and gums.

You may feel that your teeth are being properly cared for with regular brushing and flossing at home, but only a dental hygienist can make sure that your teeth are health and that you are not developing any problems that you can’t yet see or feel.

What If I Have a History of Gum Disease?

For patients with a history of periodontal (gum) disease, we recommend three to four cleanings per year to reduce the likelihood of further infection. Patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease also need to have more frequent cleanings. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend a schedule of cleanings based on your specific needs.

It is very important to make regular visits to our Dillon dental office to make sure that your oral health is properly protected. In spite of a regular routine of personal oral hygiene, you may still have problems developing that you are not aware of.  

Please contact our office to arrange for a professional cleaning where you can talk to our hygienist about any changes you need to make to your at-home oral hygiene routine.

Dental X-Rays | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupRadiation Exposure

We are constantly exposed to radiation from a number of sources. These include the sun, minerals contained in soil, home appliances and dental x-rays. All of these sources can potentially damage our body's tissues and cells. In certain instances, radiation exposure can lead to the development of cancer. Fortunately, when dental x-rays are taken, you are only exposed to very small doses of radiation.

Advances in Technology

Advances in dental technology have reduced the levels of radiation emitted by routine x-rays. Summit Dental Group has reduced the amount of radiation you are exposed to by using digital x-ray machines that focus only on the small area being x-rayed. Even though the potential for stray radiation with digital x-rays is almost non-existent, we provide all patients with lead-lined, full-body aprons that further protect the body. To ensure safety and accuracy, Federal law states that all x-ray machines must be checked every two years. Some state laws demand more frequent checks.

X-rays are one of the most effective diagnostic tools we have, allowing us to see inside your teeth and beneath your gums to catch problems in their earliest stages. We believe that the many benefits of x-rays considerably outweighs the very minimal risk that they pose.

If you get very anxious and stressed about visiting the dentist, we can assure you that you are not alone! Millions of people suffer from dental phobia, and some experience such severe anxiety that they completely avoid going to the dentist for any type of treatment.

Treatments for Anxiety at the Dentist

At our Dillon dental office, we are very sensitive about the concerns of our patients. We know that if you are fearful of dentists, one of the ways that we can help you is with kindness and compassion. It is our goal to help you see that we can build a trusting relationship that makes dental treatment seem less stressful.

We start building this trust by taking the time to talk to you about your anxiety. In many cases, opening up about their fear is a big help to our patients because they feel that their concerns are being taken seriously.

In any case, we can offer different types of sedation that will help you relax so you can get treatment without all the anxiety. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is often enough to keep you calm without any side effects. Depending on your situation, we can prescribe an anti-anxiety medication to help you relax.

If you’ve been putting off dental treatment due to dental anxiety, please call our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to work with you to help you get the treatment you need.

Dental Implant | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupDental Implant Construction

Basically, a dental implant is a replacement tooth. It is different from bridges and dentures because it does not just fill the space left by a missing tooth. The implant becomes part of your jaw and actually functions in exactly the same way as a natural tooth.

The dental implant is actually made up of three pieces. The first piece is the implant, a tiny post that is placed directly in your jaw bone. It is made of titanium, a material which eventually bonds securely with bone and tissue, becoming part of your jaw.

The next two parts – the abutment and crown - create the restoration that is attached to the implant at our Summit dental office, and will be custom-made to look just like a natural tooth. Since the implant portion fuses naturally with your jaw bone, the restoration has a stable and durable base on which to sit.

The Effect of a Dental Implant

Once the dental implant is placed, it looks completely natural, and even you may not be able to tell which tooth is an implant! Not only can a dental implant be used to replace one or more missing teeth, it can also be used to hold bridges and dentures securely in place.

Drs. Hilton and Marcincin are experts at fashioning dental implant restorations that are durable and blend beautifully with your natural teeth. Please contact our Summit dental office if you would like more information about dental implants and how they can benefit you.

Sensitive teeth treatment | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupSensitive teeth are not as serious a problem as actual pain caused by toothache, but it can be uncomfortable and cause you to avoid certain foods and drinks. Also referred to as dentin hypersensitivity, sensitive teeth can really have a negative effect on your quality of life.

Symptoms of Sensitive Teeth

If you feel discomfort when eating hot or cold foods, you may be experiencing the symptoms of sensitive teeth. Actually, there are several factors that can increase your risk of developing sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can be the result of any one of a number of dental problems including:

  • Decayed teeth (cavities)
  • Cracks or fractures in teeth
  • Loose or cracked fillings
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth roots

Once the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity is determined, it can usually be easily treated. It may be as simple as using a desensitizing toothpaste, but proper treatment for relief of symptoms can only be determined by your dentist.

Tooth sensitivity can be a real problem for many people, but there are solutions that can minimize its impact. Contact our Dillon dental office, and we’ll be happy to talk to you about your symptoms and answer any questions you may have.

Tooth Sensitivity | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupIf you experience discomfort when eating hot or cold foods, you may be experiencing the symptoms of sensitive teeth.

Tooth sensitivity can be the result of any one of a number of dental problems including:

  • Decayed teeth (cavities)
  • Cracks or fractures in teeth
  • Loose or cracked fillings
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth roots

Once the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity is determined, it can usually be easily treated. It may be as simple as using a desensitizing toothpaste, but proper treatment for relief of symptoms can only be determined by your dentist. Talk to your dentist if you have any questions about proper oral hygiene or concerns about tooth sensitivity.

Gum Bleed | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupCauses of Bleeding

If your teeth bleed when you brush, it may be a sign that you are not brushing and flossing thoroughly. It may also be an indication of the presence of gum disease. If you are experiencing bleeding gums, you should make an appointment at our Dillon dental office for a professional cleaning with a dental hygienist.

Even if you are very diligent with your at-home oral health routine, you may still develop periodontal disease. The reason for this is that tartar that builds up in the nooks and crannies of your teeth cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. A dental hygienist is trained to find this buildup and remove it during a regular professional cleaning.

Get More Information at Your Appointment

During your appointment, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and examined to see if gum disease is developing. The hygienist at our Dillon dental office will also be happy to show you the proper way to brush and floss to avoid bleeding gums and the onset of gum disease.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about proper oral hygiene practices or to set up an appointment for a cleaning. Our oral hygienist will be happy to spend the time with you to make sure that you are protecting your dental health with a good routine of oral hygiene

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