Summit Dental Group
Dillon CO

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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