Dental implant success. Dilemma for dentists. Fillings and crowns.


Fillings and crowns are the bread and butter of the dental profession.

Often times you will here your dentist inform you a crown will be a better option in providing protection for a tooth.

Crowns are discussed before and after our patients go in to see an endodontist for a root canal.

The nourishment of the teeth treated with root canals is provided by the tiny strain of tissue removed from the root and pulp chamber.

Due to removal of tissue deep within the tooth, a crown reinforces the remaining tooth structure for greater viability.

Filling material is designed to seal conservative cavity preparations not leaving a tooth vulnerable to fracture.

Filling materials are very durable the reason they are used to re-build the walls of teeth.

Teeth that have undergone extensive re-building of vital walls for support, are candidates for possible fracture.

Crowns require the cutting away of tooth structure. This preparatory procedure reduces the tooth for proper alignment of the crown to be cemented.

Dental offices have drastically reduced the delivery of silver fillings due to their mercury content.

Heavy metals, like mercury, can be eliminated from the body with nutritional supplements.

Literature shows Calcium Bentonite Clay is used to eliminate heavy metals.

Body cleanses that detoxify the blood are another source for elimination of heavy metals.

It is a good idea to cleanse quarterly when heavy metals are present in the body.

Sources of heavy metals coming into the body are radiation therapy, fish and seafood.

Also be careful of cigarette smoking with many toxic carcinogens.

Pipe smokers in particular will teach you lessons from life if you have an opportunity to visit their homes or view their chest x-rays.

Healthcare workers are concerned with the numerous hours spent by nail technicians around very toxic chemical.

Polymers of powder and liquid monomers mixed all day are minimal exposure to patients but accumulative for the operator.

Their toxicity over years of use can cause skin eruptions and neurological concerns.

Some of our temporary crown procedures in dentistry are fabricated out of these same materials.

Dentists and dental technicians work in well ventilated spaces  delivering services fabricated with these products.

Those of us who have been in the industry for a number of years are glad to share with newer members of the profession what we are doing to stay fit and healthy.

Fillings and crowns improve with time to be reviewed periodically for their safety.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.



Transitional dentistry


Transitional dentistry resolves pain issues and maintains the integrity of weak teeth.

Emergency dental care services a large part of your community appreciated by patients looking for resolution of dental problems.

A wide variety of services are available to keep the dental patient healthy.

Many patients enter dental clinics in America and find it cost effective to remove problematic teeth.

Fractured teeth can be restored with temporary crowns that can last for months.

Accidents may find you short on finances while waiting on insurance carriers to handle necessary paperwork.

Reasonable emergency treatment plans provide immediate relief of discomfort.

Consider transitional dentistry before deciding to get a tooth removed that has the potential to be saved.

It is understood many extractions occur because funds are not on hand for more definitive care at the time the dental problem occurs.

After an automobile accident a patient came to our office from a hospital emergency room.

The patient had knocked one of his upper central incisors from the socket striking the steering wheel.

The tooth was cleaned and re-implanted back into the socket.

Follow-up is required to check healing and treatment progress.

At a future visit a root canal and crown are planned when finances allow more definitive treatment to be rendered.

Teeth lost prematurely can be replaced with transitional partials or temporary crowns and bridges.

Patients who undergo transitional dentistry should understand more maintenance checks are required.

Dental laboratories fabricate great products but over time, transitional procedures are more prone to break down with shorter lifespans.

These products are not placed to last for years and are not fabricated with this in mind.

Temporary procedures are placed with limited warranty so the patient must understand their role in the care of the temporary treatment.

Use temporary procedures to replace missing teeth helping you to face the public.

Patients continue to confront life after accidents and these procedures help you to get on with life.

It is understood not everyone has the means to replace their ideal smile with state of the art dentistry after an accident.

Take the time to receive a consultation for consideration of an alternative or interim treatment plan.

Your dental health benefits, when treatment is cost effective and makes sense replacing teeth for an improved smile.

Use transitional dentistry to restore the smile until you are able to receive more definitive treatment.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.



Family Reunion


Take time out of a busy schedule to be with family and celebrate life at your family reunion.

We have had rain in the greater Kansas City area for 26 of the past 30 days.

Today on Saturday afternoon not a rain cloud is in the sky.

We are eating Jack Stack and reminiscing about the good ole days of times past.

Memories and family history are shared this day with family members from near and far.

Looking back through our generations, I’m reminded of the best of times.

Family members close to the heart are always with you in spirit.

Close your eyes and you can still see the faces of those who gave you one of your favorite childhood gifts.

A special outing may to this day linger in your mind, that special fishing hole, a trip to town on the weekend or a walk down a dusty country road all come to mind.

Rural roots make old homesteads even more special if you lived in the city back in the day.

There is a bond in families established by those who are willing to take time out and travel to a family reunion.

Burdens are made a little lighter to bear when it is known others care about your well being.

Watching toddlers at play reminds me of the many family reunions attended and all on the mind was having a good time with cousins seen once a year at reunions.

Take advantage of the celebrations in your life that include family.

These celebrations reinforce all the good times experienced by you in life.

Lord knows we’ll cry together at our homegoing celebrations.

It seems you find the same core group of individuals at family funerals.

As a dentist there is usually a dental emergency that will require emergency dental care in the crowd.

Relatives know help is only a request away.

Any event where food is served could find a dentist answering to the call of duty.

Attending a family reunion is a statement you care about other family members enough to come and be a part of the group.

You never know if you may need the help of others and who better to call upon than your family members when the time comes to do so.

The next time you get an invitation to go and fellowship at a family reunion take the time to gladly accept and attend the event.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.





Mobile friendly websites


My site is and we are getting bombarded with all types of marketing information from search engine optimization companies reminding us as of April 21st, 2015, your website must be one of the mobile friendly sites to continue to rank.

In a dental office your dental team helps to keep marketing ideas and concepts up to date.

We have checked our site in Google’s mobile checker and are found to be mobile friendly.

Our dental team uses state of the art dental procedures to resolve the majority of problems that come our way.

Pain and suffering is a common occurrence in our niche but there are other forms of suffering of a mental variety that must be handled as well.

Web designers, developers and webmasters have been warned because of the last big update implemented by Google.

Bing and Yahoo appear to use the same search engine so Google is still a force to be reckoned with on the Internet.

Since the implementation of our blog several years ago, it seems the learning curb has taken off like a rocket ship.

Stay knowledgeable to move in the correct direction after updates of this nature.

Depend on others to keep you relevant on the world wide web, but study and learn for yourself what must be done to stay visible in your niche.

Traffic is always desired because it pays your bills and search engine optimization done well keeps you visible.

It’s a beautiful thing when the phone rings in our dental office because we took the time to give serious thought to our marketing plan.

In your plan is the continuous update of your website, the true definition of a weblog also known as a blog.

Blogs are a fun way to disseminate the information and content you resonate and want people who come to your site to view.

To keep clients and potential clients interested in what we do requires a good balance of helpful information.

It seems the more we give good service or information to others, we place ourselves in a position to receive the seeds sown that grow and become good fruit to be harvested and used to further your purpose.

Many niches are very competitive because of the sheer numbers of businesses looking for viable success.

In reality you are not in competition with those on the web. You are more so in competition with yourself.

Figure this concept out to work for you and win in the marketing game.

Those who play golf receive a handicap to allow play of the game with more skilled players.

You find in amateur golf tournaments with a handicapping system, play within your ability and you remain competitive.

On the worldwide web remain conscious moment by moment to win the personal battle with all the existing concepts like having  mobile friendly sites.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.



Your ability to know mental state on sugar.


Your mental state on sugar greatly affects your work performance.

It cannot be over emphasized enough that proper nutrition is the best way to secure good health.

There are days you are forced to try and remember what occurred within a very short time span.

It takes a lot of mental energy to focus on what should come to you naturally.

Some of our meals selected from junk food categories are filled with preservatives and sugar.

Counselors and nursing staff that work with psychiatric patients have an opportunity to work with clients at a very low point in life.

Help the patient to eat a well balanced diet for a few weeks and the patient starts to improve.

Patients admitted into psychiatric services eat from meal plans optimized by a dietician.

You see patients improve by removing them from stressful environments that wear away at their psyche.

Young children treated for a number of mental concerns significantly improve from my observations.

It was not a surprise hearing children inform you of meals with basic components, beans and wienies or white bread and boloney sandwiches for dinner.

In their inpatient hospital stays three nutritious meals were received each day they were patients at the hospital.

Classes attended by the children during their hospitalization also resulted in greater focus on classwork.

We all can take a lesson from these examples and select more healthy choices for personal food consumption.

Children left to fend for themselves do not make the wisest of choices regarding nutrition.

They may not be aware sodas and other sweet drinks damage our bodies over the long haul.

Imagine a child in a classroom where shortly before arriving at school a bowl of me Lucky Charms or the silly rabbit’s choice, Trixs were consumed in mass quantities.

Dietitians may not be able to control the diet at home but can prepare breakfast and a well balanced diet for lunch.

Reducing sugar keeps children sharp and in their seats where they are able to learn and retain what the teacher

shares for their education.

Children are sponges willing and wanting to learn if not blocked by the harmful effects of high fructose corn syrup and refined processed sugar.

Healthcare providers are really concerned for children who overuse artificial sweeteners as sugar substitutes.

This can have long ranging detrimental effects on the student.

Adults and students alike should be on guard against the harsh effects of all forms of sugar consumed excessively.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, DS.D.S.

Reference: Five Ways Sugar Affects Your Mental Performance (Website-Life Hacks)



Diabetes in dentistry


A health care coalition asked for a presentation to be presented on diabetes in dentistry.

Because of high levels of sugar addiction in America, diabetes takes a center stage in dentistry.

Not everyone understands the problems encountered combating processed sugar.

Our patients are told immaculate oral hygiene is a major requirement for prevention of gum disease and dental caries.

In diabetes the immune system is compromised for the patient who monitors his blood sugar glucose levels on a daily basis.

Patients on insulin with type I diabetes or patients taking drugs like metaformin for type II diabetes inform our dental team of all medications taken.

Where necessary antibiotics are prescribed to control infection if present.

Patients are advised to discuss their sugar intake and various sources ingested.

Ideally monitoring the number of grams of refined processed sugar ingested is a good idea.

Reading the food labels for the number of grams of sugar in a serving is valuable to form a baseline in reference to how much sugar is actually consumed.

This takes the guess work out of attempts made to curtail certain snack items that may be detrimental to your health.

Packaged beverages are concerns if it is not known by the diabetic patient the sugar content of the beverage.

Reducing multiple sweet beverages with bottled water reduces sugar intake.

Replacing refined process sugar with stevia and agave nectar is also a good idea because they don’t accumulate in body tissue like refine processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

Patients are advised about the harmful effects of sucralose in high doses, a sugar substitute under the brand name Splenda and aspartame another artificial sweetener.

Aspartame is a low calorie sweetener approximately 200 times sweeter than sucrose, marketed under the brand names NuraSweet, Equal, Spoonful and Equal-Measure.

Higher risks of diabetes are a major concern with artificial sweeteners like aspartame.

Keeping patients informed of potential hazards help patients stay safe and proactive regarding their overall health.

Nutrition has been a stable datum in dentistry for years with focus on the harmful effects of refined processed sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Use this information to protect yourself and family members.

Diabetes in dentistry is an opportune time to inform patients of their need to reduce sugar consumption.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.



Powerful statements


Weapons make powerful statements even under glass in a retail outlet.

A dental meeting was held at an indoor shooting gallery, with state of the

art amenities.

In Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Frontier Justice, recently opened to the public.

A manager informed me they have been open for 30 days with hopes of opening

more stores around the country.

You can train on the same simulators that

Powerful statements


policeman use in deciding whether or not to

use deadly force.

Split second decision making is required discharging a firearm.

America loves state of the art weaponry as evidenced by the mass inventory in a facility such as this one visited this evening.

Powerful statements are expressed by a 9mm hand gun placing the bearer of the weapon in a position of

grave and sincere responsibility.

A firearm calls for a high level of training to protect your community and family members from poor decision making.

Gun safety is taught to the entire family.

An instructor with a history as a former policeman told our group it’s what you don’t know that you don’t gets you in trouble.

Enroll in gun safety classes and everyone around you benefits.

Powerful statements are expressed with firearms.

Powerful statements


Make sure the ones you express are in harmony with what is the right action under the laws of the land.

We have the right to bear arms under the constitution but act responsibly.

Impulsive actions can cause any person who acts irresponsibly to take life needlessly.

Ruining your life or the lives of others should make us all think before we act in firing a weapon.

Discharging a firearm is not an action taken lightly especially after greater understanding is obtained through firearm safety.

Working around live rounds of ammunition give those in this arena a chance to better guide and instruct.

Taking sound advice from instructors will keep you safe.

Your finger should not be on the trigger of a loaded weapon until you are ready to fire at a target on the firing range

Make powerful statements in the same manner as firearms when viewed as tools.

From the Diary of my enlighment,

A.L. Clark  D.D.S.






Color f success expanding horizons finding greatness.


Finding greatness is achieved in the stillness of man where common sense and the ability to reason are fused.

Achieving success has many components that come together at opportune times for those in pursuit of its fruit.

Decide to have success and embrace it as though a long lost friend has re-entered your life.

Live life long enough and you have an opportunity to grow from the birth pains of adversity.

Adversity knocks the toughest of opponents to their knees.

Win the battles of adversity with common sense and your ability to reason.

Rational thought defeats the embarrassment of getting lost in the struggle for survival where the lower conditions of life humble us all.

Pour enough attention on your purpose and things turn around in short order.

Finding greatness is built on righteous acts performed out of a desire to give your best.

Anything built on less than righteous acts is destined to fail when viewed over the long haul.

Look at the civilizations that have toppled throughout time because of this truth.

We are told there will always be wars and rumors of war.

If this is the case proven from history, man would be in a better position to deal with the stresses of life finding inner peace.

This is something a world that knows pain and suffering may not be able to give you.

Inner peace is neither given or taken by the world.

However it can be found in stillness.

Stillness has a way of introducing the calm of all things, the dismissal of chaos and confusion.

Do not underestimate the power of stillness.

If the enemy is encamped at your door, sit in stillness to formulate strategy for his defeat or your best plan of escape to fight another day.

Call upon greater minds to assist in the struggles of life.

There are always other options to consider in the heat of battle.

Fight if you must but maintain your inner peace.

You make better decisions after time is spent in stillness, thoughts have more clarity and align with your true purpose to succeed.

Finding greatness is defined after one is not defeated by the saber rattling of others.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.




Whole Foods Tours


Whole Foods tours are designed to educate the public about the benefits of consuming whole foods for total health and well being.

In their grocery store you can sign up for a variety of seminars designed to make the national grocer more user friendly.

Their marketing program is needed and wanted by the customers that shop in their stores.

Continuing education remains a large part of our delivery system through emergency dental care KC.

Today the tour is “Gluten-Free Diet Guide for Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.”

One of the healthiest ways to eat nutritionally is adhering to a gluten free diet.

People complain of rice flour products with less than desirable taste in bread and pizza crust.

The instructor is Lisa Markley, MS, RDN, employed by Whole Foods Market.

A tasting session convinced me there are quality bread products that are appreciated by consumers when they are made known.

Gluten free restaurants abound in the Overland Park area of town.

One thing for sure labels should be read to control your sugar intake daily.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat. Its consumption over long periods of time can produce an intolerance to it.

Wheat, barley, and rye should be eliminated from the diet of those freeing themselves from gluten.

Oats by themselves the instructor explained do not contain gluten.

Health food stores purchase oats reportedly free of fields that are close in proximity to wheat fields.

Cross contamination of wheat and other grains occurs when they are grown close in proximity.

For this reason products grown without cross contamination are fine.

It may be safer to purchase prepackaged grains due to the fact dust from wheat accumulates in the area.

Washing grains will greatly reduce the dust from wheat in the area of whole grains.

In the produce department, anti-inflammatory products mentioned were strawberries, blue berries, garlic, cayenne extract, and Turmeric, a perennial plant of the ginger family.

Omega 3 found in Wild caught Atlantic salmon also reduces inflammatory processes and is known to aid in heart health.

Patients willing to take these products greatly reduce inflammation within the body.

Take the time to understand this diet it may one day save your life.

You become more aware of the different chemicals found in our grocery stores.

Waking up from the bondage of processed sugar is a very liberating experience.

A great benefit to the public from this diet is the replacement of refined, processed sugar (white sugar and high fructose corn syrup).

Whole Foods tours continue to gain the attention of those striving for improved overall health.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.




Save my teeth.


Save my teeth, I’m not ready for dentures” is a statement heard on a regular basis by dentists.

Patients are aware there is a cost involved saving teeth or deciding to prepare mentally for dentures.

On occasion, the medical community makes a request, due to the overall health of a patient, to have questionable teeth removed.

Patients ready for transplant surgery are placed on immuno-supressive drugs to keep the donor organ tissue from being rejected by the new host.

If you are not a candidate for transplant surgery, the existing condition of the teeth must be evaluated and made known

Cost is one of the important variables in helping to make this decision but not the major concern.

Dental treatment is financed like most decisions that have a price tag attached to them.

Periodontal evaluation determines the amount of bone remaining to support your teeth.

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Understanding stages of periodontal disease will help reveal the degree of remaining bone support.

Bone support is a must in the consideration of saving teeth.

Patients with an advanced stage of gum disease should consider dentures or tooth replacement using dental implants.

In an advanced stage of periodontal disease, there is no adequate bone holding the teeth in a stable position.

Finding our website through emergency dental care KC, may bring you into our clinic for a second opinion.

Hearing a presentation you are a candidate for full dentures, imay take you by surprise.

Second opinions are highly recommended due to the fact the decision to wear dentures should not be taken lightly.

Not everyone wears dentures successfully. This is a fact made known before teeth are extracted.

Dentists are thankful if the decision has been made to wear dentures, they will be made with the finest materials available.

Patients are instructed by dentists to ask questions pertinent to their treatment options.

Trading one set of problems for another is not the way to transition into wearing dentures.

For this reason, time is spent educating the patient on realistic expectations concerning dentures.

Patients indecisive about wearing dentures can have non-restorable teeth removed and wear partial dentures.

Partial dentures are supported by the stability of remaining teeth.

Fabrication of partials makes good sense if the patient says to the dentist, “save my teeth.”

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark,D.D.S.