Why Dental Implants are Better Than Bridges

Why Dental Implants are Better Than Bridges

Why dental implants are better than conventional bridges

When it comes to options for tooth replacement patients are increasingly opting for dental implants over the usual dental prostheses such as dentures or conventionally placed bridges. Since an implant sits securely in the jaw and looks like natural teeth, they offer superior durability and outstanding aesthetics when compared to conventional bridges.

There are four major categories of restorations available for tooth replacement:

Bonded dental bridge

Bonded dental bridges use the teeth adjacent to the empty space to help support the missing tooth by using a very thin piece of metal or tooth-colored material to overlay and bond to the back of the adjacent teeth. A tooth replacement is set between these two bonded pieces in order to fill in the empty space. Failure rate is about 25 percent after just five years of use.

Cantilevered dental bridge

A cantilevered restoration uses the closest tooth next to the empty space to support the missing tooth using the either the back of the neighboring tooth or a full crown to help support the missing tooth. Success rate is higher than with a bonded bridge depending on how much pressure the actual replacement endures due to grinding and normal wear.

Conventional dental bridge

This type of restoration uses crowns on the teeth next to the empty space that are hooked together to help support the missing tooth. Unfortunately conventional dental bridges predictably fail at a range from 20 percent over 3 years to 3 percent over 23 years.

Dental implant

A dental implant is created from a high performance material (zirconium oxide) that is inserted into the bone to act like a natural tooth-root. Due to its nonmetallic construction the ceramic dental implant does not interfere with the body’s immune or meridian systems and therefore does not create a potential for rejection. Once anchored into the jaw, the implant integrates directly into the bone to give firm support to the artificial replacement that it is built to hold and should last the lifetime of a patient.

Routine maintenance of a dental implant is exactly the same as a person would follow for normal teeth.

Healthy patients prefer implants

Patients who prefer dental implants say that they are more comfortable and provide a more secure fit than fixed bridges or removable dentures. Dentures tend to make a person feel and look older. They can cause embarrassment in social situations when they slip and click, and hamper the everyday pleasure of eating comfortably.

Reasons to consider a ceramic dental implant:

• preserves healthy natural tooth

• looks and feel like natural teeth

• enhances a sense of self-confidence when eating, talking and smiling

• no gooey denture adhesives to deal with

• no embarrassingly loose dentures

• improves quality of speech

• perfectly natural comfort and fit

Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth may be a candidate for implants. If more than a few of the teeth are missing, implants in supporting a crown or bridge can replace those teeth and function as normal teeth without concern for decay. If all or most of the teeth are missing, then implants may be placed to fix in place a full-mouth fixture.

Conventional Dental Bridge

Getting fitted for a denture bridge requires the manual modification of the teeth on either side the bridge, a process that significantly weakens adjacent teeth. In order to fit a conventional bridge the structure of the existing teeth has to be ground down to support the false bridge. This practice weakens adjacent teeth while dental implants do not affect the health or longevity of neighboring teeth at all.

Once established, implants are firmly set into the bone making them more natural than dentures or conventional bridges, with none of the shifting that dentures normally display.

Some problems with conventional bridges

• since they are bonded to the adjacent tooth with a glue-like substance, bridges more often become loose and fall out

• Cracks and fissures form over time, due to normal wear and tear, causing them to become fragile and prone to breakage

• Improper fit can lead to either tooth decay or irritation to the surrounding sensitive tissue in the mouth

No such problems with implants

Ceramic dental implants are recommended to patients because:

• Chewing is easy with excellent biting pressure provided by implant

• Dental Implants have a good reputation for providing reliable and long-standing service, providing decades of use with few, if any complications

• Comfortable fit and durability because they are well secured and integrated with the bone and gums

Considering the overall advantages patients can expect to benefit from as a result of choosing a dental implant, they are better able to enjoy a healthier lifestyle without the restrictions many denture wearers face. Ultimately, not worrying about dentures becoming loose or falling out when speaking or eating offers a freedom that simply makes sense. The more secure foundation offered by a dental implant improves biting pressure, making it possible to enjoy the foods that a patient probably would not be able to using a dental prosthetic. With improved chewing ability it is more likely for a person to have a better diet and therefore improved overall healthfulness.

Services Offered

Dental Bonding

Bonding

Bonding is a quick, painless in-office procedure to repair cracks, chips, gaps between teeth or cover stained teeth to enhance your smile. Bonding can often be done without anesthesia if there is no decay or pulp exposure. The bonding material is developed in many shades allowing the dentist to accurately match the shade of your natural teeth. The composite resin forms a durable, stain resistant surface that is later smoothed and polished to give it a natural appearance and feel.

Bonding can be used to:

Protect exposed roots of teeth.
Repair cracks, unevenness or chips.
Close spaces between front teeth.
Reshape crooked or misshapen teeth.
Replace old or unattractive silver fillings.
Whiten stained teeth.
Replace missing teeth.
Stabilize loose teeth.
Dental Bridge

Bridges

This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.

It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad things. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and, with one missing, they start to “fall.” As this worsens the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ. The surrounding teeth deteriorate and it is just a matter of time before them, too, are lost. Gum disease becomes a serious problem, with the difficulty of treatment increasing as the neglect continues.
Dental Crown

Crowns

Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile.

It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. In the first any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits the crown is made, usually of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic material, or gold. During this time a temporary crown is worn. In the second visit this temporary is removed. Then the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and then cemented in place.
Dentures

Dentures

There are different types of dentures, but they share their common function. They replace teeth that have become loose or been lost due to bone loss. When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them or let them fall out, it’s time for dentures. Relax. No one enjoys losing their natural teeth, but you can still eat and talk regularly.

The entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed, and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return and one just carries on as usual. Often implants can used to further stabilize the dentures.
Dental Filling

Fillings

Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because new a material fills hole that decay left. Presently most teeth are treated with bonded tooth colored composite resin fillings. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth would need root canal treatment or extraction.

Hygiene

The basis of sound dental care is routine cleaning and maintenance. We customize Dental Hygienecleanings on the basis of your periodontal (gums and bone) health. We utilize medicated gels along with prescription mouth rinses in problem areas if necessary. Ultrasonic scalers are sometimes used to make the procedure more comfortable and effective as well.

Sealants should be used as part of a child’s total preventive dental care. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings which are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars (back teeth). Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs in these surfaces. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces to prevent decay. Applying sealants does not require drilling or removing tooth structure. It is an easy three step-process:

We clean teeth with a special toothpaste. A special cleaning liquid, on a tiny piece of cotton, is rubbed gently on the tooth and is washed off. Finally, the sealant is painted on the tooth. It takes about a minute for the sealant to form a protective shield. One sealant application can last for as long as 5 to 10 years. Sealants should be checked regularly, and reapplied if they are no longer in place.

Implants

White Zirconia Dental ImplantA dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has the advantages over bridge work that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support, and, should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the shaft.

Inlays

Dental inlays and onlays are some of the Dental Inlaysstrongest and most lifelike dental restorations available. After your mouth has been anesthetized, we prepare the tooth in much the same way we would for a standard filling. When the tooth has been prepared to our satisfaction, an impression is made and sent to a dental lab. You will usually be required to wear a temporary filling until the restoration is fabricated. With proper care, your inlay or onlay will increase your overall health and instill confidence for years to come.

Oral Sedation

A method of sedation involving the administration of oral sedative drugs, generally to facilitate a dental procedure and reduce patients fear and anxiety related to the experience. Oral sedation is one of the available methods of conscious sedation dentistry, along with inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide) and conscious intravenous sedation

How is the Medication Administered?

The sedative and anesthetic medications are given orally. A variety of single and incremental dose protocols are used to medicate the patient as early as the day before treatment. Medication additionally helps reduce memory or the sights and smells of the dental office to avoid recall of any trauma.

What is Sedation and Anesthesia?

During Dental and oral surgical procedures local anesthesia (Novocain) is administered to block sensations. However, the anxiety that some people have can be controlled by administering sedative drugs, such as Valium type medications. A sedated patient may remember the procedures, but will be more relaxed. Additional medications such as agents similar to pentothal are sometimes used to cause anesthesia, which places the patient more deeply asleep.
Periodontics

Periodontics

Gum disease is usually caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. If plaque is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth, gums become irritated and inflamed. The irritated gum tissue can separate from the teeth and form spaces called pockets. Bacteria move into the pockets where they continue to promote irritation. Left untreated, the process can continue until the bone and other tooth-supporting tissues are destroyed. The early stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. It often results in gums that are red and swollen and may bleed easily.
Veneers

Veneers

Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
Dental Teeth Whitening

Whitening

Everyone loves a bright, white smile. Today, there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the color of your teeth. Some whitening procedures are done in our office with one visit. Other whitening agents can even be purchased over-the-counter. However, over-the-counter whitening agents will not whiten your teeth as quickly or as effectively as those delivered by a dentist.

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.

How Are Holistic Dentists Different From Traditional Dentists?

Dr. Marilyn JonesBefore we can get into depth on the differences, I think its important to look at what the word holistic really means. The word holistic is not a reflection of the practices and techniques used by the dentist, but of an overall philosophy of the role of oral care. The word itself comes from “wholistic” meaning the whole.  Truly holistic dentists will educate patients on the importance of overall health and how dentistry can play a role in the overall health.

All dentists to some extent see the importance of the mouth in the overall health of an individual. For instance, studies have concluded a link between gum disease and heart health, diabetes, and pregnancies. However, many dentists are not trained in the long term effects of what dentistry does (or could possibly do) to the whole body. Hence the reason the field of holistic dentistry was formed.

Truly holistic dentists are dentists who perform dentistry that is good for the body as well as the teeth and gums.

There are dentists who call themselves holistic (for marketing or differentiation reasons) but the only thing holistic about them is that they don’t place mercury fillings. On the flip-side, there are conventional dentist who perform complex, comprehensive dentistry that involves more than the teeth and gums it involves the face, head, neck. the whole body hence the “wholistic” nature of what they do, yet they don’t call themselves holistic. To say that a dentist is one or the other is not always accurate.

Dr. Marilyn Jones has placed an emphasis on a more natural or holistic approach to dentistry. But what does this mean? What are the nuts and bolts of the differences between truly holistic dental practices and more traditional dental practices? What are the topical differences? The Issues

When most people think of holistic and natural dentistry, they think of mercury fillings. But there are many more issues that divide most traditional and holistic dental practices. (Please keep in mind that many traditional dentists practice under the philosophies of the holistic side and vice-verse. This is why labels don’t work. But for simplicity’s sake, I’ve divided the issues below.)

Mercury Fillings: Traditional dentistry espouses the longevity of mercury amalgam fillings and the fact that insurance will typically cover the cost of placement. They will also point to the ADA and FDA’s statements that the mercury in the fillings is stabilized and safe, leaking only tiny amounts of mercury. They are also typically easier for the dentist to place than composite fillings.

Holistic dentists understand that mercury is a toxin and even small amounts are too great a risk to the body and your overall health. While amalgam fillings last longer than composites, they put extreme pressure on the tooth and often cause weakening of the tooth meaning that the filling may outlast the tooth it was placed in. Truly holistic dentists do not place mercury and meet or exceed safety guidelines for removal.

Root Canals (or Root Canal Therapy): Most traditional dentists will recommend root canal therapy as a means to save a tooth that has suffered severe decay and has already or will soon die completely. They argue that the procedure has been done for centuries and has been proven safe and effective as a means to keep a natural tooth.

Holistic dentists point to the research that says root canal therapy cannot be effective unless the canal is 100% sterilized and cleaned of bacteria, and the repeated studies have shown that it is 100% impossible to completely sterilize the canal. They also argue that the chemicals used for sterilization are toxic (formaldehyde is one such chemical) and that the bacteria left in the canal can lead to adverse health affects down the road, including breast cancer, heart disease, and more. Holistic dentists typically do not recommend root canals.

Fluoride: Traditional dentists are in favor of using fluoride in both a topical and ingested form. They argue in favor of fluoridating water supplies and recommend fluoride drops for infants. They point to research showing a decrease in cavity rates in areas where the water is fluoridated.

Holistic dentists typically argue against any form of ingested fluoride, arguing that research has linked ingested fluoride to cancer and various bone problems while other research has shown no benefit to the teeth from ingested fluoride. They also argue that too much fluoride can cause fluorosis and that fluoridating public water supplies is forced medication of the general public. Some holistic dentists are for topical fluoride and some are against it.

Bio-compatibility of Dental Materials: Most traditional dentists don’t believe in bio-compatibility testing and will not test you to see if the materials they use will cause a reaction when placed in your body. Most traditional dentists do not explain the differences between different composite filling materials nor do they give you a choice on which materials will be used for your cavity.

Holistic dentists believe that what goes into your mouth can affect your entire body and many have on-site equipment to test for bio-compatibility of the materials they use. Most holistic dentists use a variety of different composite filling materials as well as different materials for other procedures (bridges, crowns, etc.).

Summarizing the Differences: The above is a partial, topical list of some of the philosophical differences between traditional and holistic dentists. The fact remains that many traditional dentists will fall onto the side of holistic dentists in the above instances, and vice-verse. The differences between the two aren’t necessarily topical in nature (although topical differences are easy for us to understand, and easy to pinpoint, so they make a tidy way to differentiate).

The true differences between holistic dentistry and traditional dentistry is philosophical: traditional dentistry is the practice of treating the symptoms in the teeth and gums and attempting to prevent such problems from reoccurring. Holistic dentistry is the practice of treating the underlying problems that cause symptoms in the mouth, attempting to eliminate those problems (and, hence, preventing the symptoms from reoccurring) while ensuring the work done in the mouth does not have an adverse affect on your overall health.

So How Do You Know Which to Choose? So, if the differences are philosophical how do you find a dentist that’s right for you and a dentist whose philosophies match your own? Ask good questions! Ask questions such as “How do you determine which type of filling is right for me? “ and ” If I get cavities in one area of my mouth, can you tell me why?” If you want a truly holistic dentist, their answers will revolve around your entire body and he/she will discuss the role your oral health plays in your overall health. If you want a traditional dentist, look for answers that talk more about the topical symptoms and ask questions about cost/benefit and insurance coverage.

You always have the right to ask questions and know what’s going on. You never have to implicitly trust your dentist. While most dentists are good people who want to look out for your best interests, the fact remains that no two people have the same best interests and there are alternatives out there. Its more than just your right to ask questions of your medical and dental advisers, it’s your duty. It is, after all, YOUR health we are talking about.

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.

 

 

Are you looking for a friendly and well qualified dentist?

There are many beautiful areas in the city of Houston, but there is none that surpass the aura of the galleria area. The galleria area of Houston is home to the Galleria mall which is the largest mall in Texas. Along with having world class shopping at your disposal, there are hundreds of fantastic restaurants that light up the area surrounding the mall. The galleria area is known to have the best clothes, food, and facilities provided to the people in that area. Finding a dentist in the galleria area is a piece of cake, but finding the right dentist may take a little more work. You want a dentist that is close to the area without being too deep in the heart of all the action. Going to the dentist should be a calm, undisturbed process and not jumbled up with all the action of the city while trying to get your teeth looked at.

Not too far away from the Galleria, away from the entire ruckus, is Dr. Marilyn K Jones office. She has been a very well established dentist in this area for quite a lot of years, and has the experience under her belt that young dentists envy. Being in the galleria area means you deserve the best of everything, and anything. People looking for a dentist in this area should expect nothing short of the best. Dr. Jones is better than all the others in her way, making her the best of Houston.

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.

 

 

Teeth Whitening Tips

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Is it becoming a bigger problem as it once was with people just not taking care of their teeth like they should. Though even people that take care of their teeth have to make sure they are getting their teeth checked regularly for cavities and other harmful diseases of the teeth and gums. One thing that we all want and strive for is white teeth. If there is anything that someone wants done with their teeth, its for their teeth to be a white as possible.

Though the ADA (American Dental Association) strongly recommends that people go through in office dental whitening treatments, there are many ways to whiten your teeth at home. The various methods of whitening teeth at home are: teeth whitening strips, whitening paints, whitening toothpaste or mouthwash.

Teeth whitening strips: Lately teeth whitening strips have gained a lot of popularity because of so many different types of strips by so many brands being available. They are usually very efficient and have to be put in at least twice a day. Though by using teeth whitening strips you may come across your teeth being sensitive afterwards.

Whitening paints: The good thing about whitening paint is it works fairly quickly, and can have your teeth whitened within a matter of minutes. The bad thing about whitening paint is that it isn’t as efficient and paint or whitening is removed off very easily at times. It is most often used for quick instances and not a permanent solution.

Whitening toothpaste or mouthwash: This is by far the easiest method to whiten teeth. All you have to do is put some toothpaste on your brush or rinse your mouth with some whitening mouthwash. Though these two things have proven to be very slow in whitening the teeth, over time they are consistent and don’t require much hassle.

Though the best way, as mentioned above, is to get in house treatment these aren’t bad way to whiten your teeth if you want to do it at home. Dr. Marilyn K Jones is a profound and well established dentist in Houston who provides any sort of teeth whitening needed. If you have any questions concerning teeth whitening through in house method or at home method please feel free to give a her office a call for more information.

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.

 

 

Importance Of Regular Dental Checkups

dental-checkupHow Important Are Regular Dental Checkups?

Living in Houston there is probably not one person you know that doesn’t own a motor vehicle. Cars are literally the only form of transportation in this big city. A person without a car is completely stranded, not being able to go about their daily activities such as: work, school, shopping, and eating. If your car were to break down one fine day, would you be upset or what? That is the exact reason people have their cars checked almost every month when they go in for an oil change, to make sure everything is fine and smooth. That is why we go in to see our family physician periodically to make sure that our bodies are functioning in the right manner. And that is the exact reason the importance of regular dental checkups in imminent.

Just like how our cars and bodies need to be checked for anything wrong or irregular, our teeth need to be checked in the same. There is no doubt that most of you take care of your teeth very competently, but there are some of you who don’t even do that. Statistics show that up to 25% of Americans have bad breath and a great percentage of that 25% actually take care of their teeth on a regular basis. But taking of your teeth yourself just doesn’t cut it. Tons of things have to be done yearly to your teeth to make sure that you are good and healthy with nothing to worry about. The regular cleaning of teeth should be done at least 1-2 times per year. This is the cleaning besides the two times a day you are supposed to brush your teeth. Simple brushing of the teeth does not have the same effect as when you professionally have your teeth cleaned to remove all the plaque that is caught up around the teeth.

Don’t fall victim to bad habits by not coming and getting your routine dental checkup. With the great staff that Dr. Marilyn K Jones has at her office you will feel right at home. Dr. Jones is one of the top dentists in the Houston area and has an immaculate track record in the health field to support her cause of making sure that you have the best and healthiest teeth possible. Regular checkups are very important for the well-being of your teeth, pick up the phone and call Dr. Jones office to know for yourself.

Call our office today to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust (713) 785-7767

 

 

Tips For Healthy Teeth

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Ever since we were young we have been taught that we need to brush, floss, and mouthwash to make sure to keep our teeth healthy. These three basic things are so common that we tend to even forget about their existence at times. Not paying attention to what we are doing and how we are doing it will eventually lead to our teeth not looking the way they used to. The last that thing that you want from your teeth to look like are dark yellow. The last thing that you want to go the dentist office for is a cavity. And the last type of disease that you want to have is a disease in your mouth. Keeping your teeth healthy is something that should be taken seriously and not fooled around with.

Discussed here are some tips for healthy teeth and a beautiful smile:

  • Brushing: We know that we all have to brush twice a day, but whether you are brushing the appropriate way or not is what makes the difference in your teeth being healthy or not. Always take your time when brushing your teeth; rushing is just as bad as not having brushed at all. Use bristles that are comfortable for your teeth and gums. Use the proper motion of actually brushing on your teeth by going forwards and backwards while not forgetting to brush the insides of your teeth as well.
  • Flossing: This probably the most overlooked aspect of keeping teeth healthy. People tend to dismiss flossing from their teeth cleaning routine because they feel it doesn’t do much, when in reality flossing helps reach the spot in between the teeth that a toothbrush could never reach. It helps remove all the plaque in between the teeth and surrounding the gum lining. Make sure to floss daily to ensure your teeth can be as healthy as possible.
  • Mouthwash: Though not as important as the other two methods to keep a set of healthy teeth, this is a very good way to make sure that you are keeping your teeth healthy. People that regularly mouthwash are much less likely to get gingivitis and excessive plaque. On average, people should mouthwash twice a day to make sure they are doing all they can to keep their teeth healthy and bright.

Having experience in the dental field and knowing the importance of having clean, healthy teeth is what Dr. Marilyn K Jones has been about ever since she received dental degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Jones has been a great student of health throughout her life, and knows what is needed to keep a person healthy and their teeth happy.

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.

 

 

What To Expect At Initial Appointment With Houston Dentist?

fake-dental-appointmentThere are many things that we are new to in life and we don’t know what we are going to experience until it actually happens. No one knows how they will react to certain things, until those certain things surface and they are acted upon. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just know what to expect even though you haven’t ever experienced such a thing. Well going to a dentist’s office for the first time can be quite a nervous experience if you don’t know what to expect. Here are a few things that you can be ready to expect at your first dental appointment.

Medical History

The first thing that any physician usually wants from their patient is their medical history. Knowing what you have been through medically previously is something that the doctor really needs to know before being able to actually tend to the patient. You wouldn’t want your doctor prescribing you something that you can’t take with diabetes, if you have diabetes.

Actual Meeting with Dentist

This is probably the most obvious of the expectations that you would have when you first go to a dentist. You have to meet the person that will be working on your teeth for however many years to come. As long as they are friendly, cheerful, and inattentive to what is going on, you will be fine.

Visual Check

The dentist will sometimes do a visual check of your teeth. To make sure that you do not have any sort of cavities or diseases the dentist will take a look with a mirror and other various utensils (probe, diagnodent, intra-oral camera, x-ray). Don’t worry, not shots are coming out on this step.

Charting

As the dentist and their assistants are taking a look at your teeth, they will be charting every bit of information that they can of your teeth to better understand what is going in there. You want a dentist to take a good look at your mouth and record everything that he/she is catching on to.

When you walk into the office of Dr. Marilyn K Jones these are things that you should expect the first time. Not only should you expect these things, but you should also expect great top notch service. The staff will be something that you have yet to see in any other office, and Dr. Jones herself is so knowledgeable in her field that you will be swept away. Give her office a call today to set up an appointment at the next available date.

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.