Will I feel any pain during treatment?
With care and help from our dentist in Dallas, Texas, our patients can avoid pain during their dental visits. Before your treatment, we will explain all procedures to you in detail and list your options for pain management. We do not rush you into choosing an option.
For most cases, a topical anesthetic (numbing gel) is applied first before our dental team injects local anesthetic gradually into the prepared area. Once the local anesthetic is given, your mouth will become numb as the anesthetic blocks the nerves which normally transmit pain signals.
Our dentist will then gently test the area before proceeding to ensure tissues are completely numb. In the unlikely event you should feel any discomfort, simply let our dentist know and we will administer more local anesthetic.
More complex and involved procedures might require intravenous sedation, also known as IV sedation. This is a method of pain control that combines several medications to reduce consciousness. For this mode of sedation, we have a trained anesthesiologist present to monitor you during the entire procedure.
Can you help reduce my anxiety?
For patients nervous about their dental procedure, or just dentists in general, our dentist can help overcome your anxieties through simple communication. We have found that by taking time to listen to our patients’ concerns and to explain each phase of the treatment, our dentist can generally remove the causes behind a patient’s fear.
Another successful method we use at the office of Jeffrey V. Jones, DDS is laughing gas (nitrous oxide). Laughing gas is inhaled through a mask prior to treatment and helps to calm the patient. To provide patients with a more pleasant experience, we may also use light sedatives together with topical anesthetics. In some cases, we even use headphones and music to distract from the procedure to make our patients more comfortable.
What are the options for tooth extraction?
When decay (cavity) has dissolved away much a tooth’s protective enamel and becomes infected or damages the inner pulp, our dentist may recommend a root canal to save the tooth. Essentially, a root canal involves removing nerve tissue inside a tooth, filling these canals with material and then covering it with a crown. In the event a tooth must be pulled, we offer treatment options to replace the missing tooth with a bridge, dental implant or denture appliance.
How often should I see the dentist?
Usually seeing our dentist twice a year is enough for most people. You should discuss your oral health with Dr. Jeff Jones and our hygienists. Together, they can decide the best schedule for you personally. At minimum, annual checkups are always recommended to properly assess your teeth’s condition and your gums to prevent cavities and gum disease.
Making regular visits to the dentist will help you to have long-lasting dental health as well as a beautiful smile.
What are the signs of gum disease?
It is important to find ways to recognize the signs of (periodontal) gum disease. Let our dentist know if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Gums bleeding after flossing or brushing teeth
- Swollen, red or tender gums
- Teeth appearing to get longer
- Gumline becoming uneven
- Exposed tooth roots
- Sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures
- Dentures no longer fitting correctly
- Teeth becoming noticeably loose
- Spaces starting to show between your teeth
- Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Dry mouth or a burning sensation in your mouth
Can you make my teeth look whiter?
We offer a variety of procedures and products for teeth whitening. Bleaching is a simple solution to whiten stained, dull or darkened teeth. We take an impression of the patient’s teeth, then create a clear, thin, soft tray from the impression model. The tray is used to hold a bleaching gel and placed over your teeth.
The tray can be worn for a few hours a day or during the night while sleeping. Results can be seen fairly quickly, and the best results are seen after wearing the tray for about two weeks.
What are the benefits of a dental implant?
In addition to being unsightly, losing a tooth can lead to other problems with surrounding teeth. Dental implants are one of the best methods to replace one or more missing teeth. Implants are simply titanium fixtures which act as anchors for a natural looking tooth or to keep dentures secured in place for eating.
So long as the patient has sufficient bone for the anchor, implants are an excellent and potentially permanent alternative to either a fixed or removable bridge or denture. The advantages of dental implants are:
- Highly stable restoration
- Natural appearance and function
- Feel better than traditional replacements
- Same biting force as bridges
- They can last a lifetime
When do you recommend veneers?
We offer three types of dental veneers:
- Composite veneers
- Porcelain veneers
We will suggest tooth veneers when a patient has shape or severe color problems with their teeth. Veneers are very helpful for smile makeovers and full-mouth restorations; they’re especially suited to correct any imperfections such as crooked or misshapen teeth, chipped teeth, uneven surfaces on teeth or oddly sized teeth.
How much will my procedure cost?
All patient cases are different. We can give you prices to guide in your decision process, though a total quote will require a full consultation. Costs will vary depending upon the materials used, type of procedure and how many in-office treatments are required. You can be assured that we will do our best to give you an exact cost figure prior to your treatment.
What does my insurance cover?
Dental insurance typically does not cover the costs for elective dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers or other cosmetic dental treatments used to enhance your appearance.
While some medical plans do include dental coverage as an extra feature, dental insurance is most often a policy separate from regular medical insurance.
Usually dental insurance will cover some of the cost for X-rays, cleanings, checkups and orthodontics. If you have regular checkups, most likely you can claim the full cost of your visits.
Our offices will file your insurance claim quickly and dependent upon your plan. Call our office and we will be happy to discuss and help determine the approximate amount of coverage available to you.
What if I don’t have Dental Insurance?
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