Mansfield Dentist Answers Common Questions about Dental Implants

Is missing a tooth harmful to my oral health?

If you suffer from a missing tooth, you have probably experienced the discomfort of eating tougher foods, or the adjustment period for your speech. However, the problem with missing teeth does not stop at difficulty with eating and speaking. In fact, missing teeth create a domino effect of oral health problems.

What happens if I do not replace a missing tooth?

When a tooth does not hold its place in an arch, the surrounding teeth drift out of correct placement. Each of these teeth are attempting to replace the function of the tooth that was there before. When these remaining teeth move, it creates malocclusion, or a bad bite. Your jawbone also suffers from missing teeth. The alveolar bone needs chewing stimulation from each tooth to promote healthy bone regeneration and growth. Without the tooth attached to the jaw, the bone does not receive chewing stimulation, and the tissue deteriorates.

Why are dental implants better than dentures?

Dental implants offer a level of stability and discretion that dentures cannot. Because dental implants are fused to the jawbone, the restoration remains stable and moves with the natural movement of the jaw. This allows patients to chew and speak as if the dental implant is a natural tooth. Dentures rest on top of the gum line, creating problems with slipping and falling out. Dental implants allow patients to perform oral hygiene more easily, since the implant can be cleaned just like a natural tooth. Dentures must be regularly removed and placed in cleaning solutions. (more…)

Mouthguards Prevent Dental Emergencies in Mansfield

While most contact sports require facial protection in order to play, some sports like skateboarding, basketball, gymnastics, and baseball are still lagging behind when it comes to rules for protecting teeth. While this may seem like an excessive amount of protection for seemingly harmless sports, consider these statistics: the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimates that five million teeth will be lost due to tooth injury during sports activities this year alone. In fact, this organization reports that between 10 percent to 39 percent of childhood injuries are related to teeth. Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris of Mansfield Dental Associates offer advice for protecting your family from tooth trauma.

Avoid Tooth Trauma with Oral and Facial Protection

Wearing a mouthguard is your smile’s first line of defense against dental emergencies. Mouthguards work by absorbing and dispersing energy at the site of impact to the mouth. Choosing the right mouthguard can save you from the pain of losing a tooth as well as the financial burden that comes with emergency treatment and replacing teeth. Most sports related dental injuries occur in the front, upper teeth, also called maxillary teeth; therefore, a knocked out tooth is not only painful, but also conspicuous.

How to Buy the Right Mouthguard

Be sure to choose a mouthguard that fits comfortably and adequately covers all of your teeth in an arch. For dental protection for smaller children, pick a mouthguard made specifically for youth athletes that is made to fit smaller mouths. Letting your child choose a mouthguard in his or her favorite color may encourage more consistent usage. Shopping for a mouthguard can be overwhelming if you are unsure about the types of mouthguards available. Here are the three main categories of mouthguards and how each can benefit you.

Stock Mouthguards Can Protect Braces

These pre-made and molded mouthguards are one-size-fits-all. Over-the-counter mouth protection generally requires clenching your teeth to hold the mouthguard in place. Overtime this can become tiresome on your jaw, and even have negative effects on TMD/TMJ sufferers. While these mouthguards do not offer as much comfort, they are a good option for covering both arches in your smile if you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. (more…)

Benefits of Nitrous Oxide in Mansfield

While most of our patients do not require sedation dentistry to feel comfortable in the dental chair, we have found that nitrous oxide helps some patients get the dental treatment they need. If you have a dental phobia, or a small child who needs dental care, nitrous oxide can help. Here are some of the ways your next dental appointment in Mansfield can benefit from nitrous oxide.

Nitrous Oxide Is Safe

Used in over one third of dental offices in the United States, nitrous oxide is a common medicine used to help patients relax. Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, has been used in dental practice since 1844 as a way to help ease discomfort. At Mansfield Dental, our experienced dental team will take every precaution to ensure the safety of your sedation service and to help you feel more comfortable. Additionally, nitrous oxide is safe for patients who need to drive themselves home. The sedation effects begin to wear off slowly once the gas is no longer administered. The patient is given pure oxygen to breath for a total of five minutes to reverse the effects of sedation and return to a normal state. In almost all cases, the patient is able to drive safely after his or her appointment without an escort.

Patients Can Still Communicate Under Sedation

Nitrous oxide does not put a patient under complete anesthesia or general anesthesia meaning the patient is unable to communicate with the doctor. Under nitrous oxide sedation, the patient is still able to communicate and react to instruction. While IV sedation and general anesthesia render the patient almost fully asleep, nitrous oxide merely produces a calming sensation. Additionally, your Mansfield dentist can control the levels of nitrous oxide to increase or decrease levels of sedation. (more…)

Keep Your Dental Work Safe After Your Appointment at Mansfield Dental Associates, Part 2

Two weeks ago, Mansfield dentists Dr. S. Blair Jones and Dr. D. Seth Harris discussed the home care instructions needed to keep your dental work safe following filling, crown, and bridge appointments at Mansfield Dental Associates. Today, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris want to discuss what you should do after a tooth extraction or cosmetic reconstruction appointment to ensure the safety and longevity of your dental work.

After Tooth Extraction

Following your tooth extraction procedure, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. This is why Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris will instruct you to bite on a gauze pad for thirty to forty-five minutes once your extraction is complete. Replace the gauze pad and repeat this process until bleeding ceases.

Once the blood clot forms, it’s important to not disturb it until the extraction site is fully healed. To do this, avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously, sucking on straws, smoking, drinking alcohol and carbonated beverages, and brushing or chewing near or on the extraction site for at least seventy-two hours. (more…)

Spring Cleaning for Your Smile at Mansfield Dental Associates

Today is the first day of spring and, although the weather in north Texas is trying to do differently, Mansfield dentists Dr. S. Blair Jones and Dr. D. Seth Harris want to make you smile. To do this, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris want to discuss an aspect of spring cleaning that probably has never crossed your mind: spring cleaning for your smile.

Your Dental Care in Mansfield

Depending on your specific needs and smile goals, spring cleaning for your smile can be interpreted in a few different ways.

If your dental hygiene and oral health need a boost, call Mansfield Dental Associates to reserve a dental cleaning and exam with Dr. Jones or Dr. Seth Harris. At this routine dental appointment, your Mansfield dentist will clean your teeth, examine your teeth, gums, and oral cavity, take any necessary X-rays, screen your mouth for signs of gum disease and oral cancer, and more. Literally clean your smile for spring by dedicating yourself to proper dental hygiene and professional dental care. (more…)

Keep Your Dental Work Safe After Your Appointment at Mansfield Dental Associates

At Mansfield Dental Associates, it’s Mansfield dentists Dr. S. Blair Jones and Dr. D. Seth Harris’ goal to help his patients maintain healthy, functional, and attractive smiles for life. While Dr. Jones, Dr. Harris, and our dental team do everything in our power to provide you with premier dental care during your appointments, a large part of maintaining your dental work rests on your shoulders once you leave our Dallas/Fort Worth-area dentist office. To keep your dental work intact and your teeth healthy and sparkling for years to come, follow these home care instructions.

After Dental Filling Appointments

If anesthetic is used when Dr. Jones places your dental filling, your lips and tongue may remain numb for several hours following your appointment. Until the numbness wears off, refrain from chewing and drinking hot beverages, as it is very easy to burn or bite your tongue or lip while numb.

If you experience any sensitivity to heat, cold, or pressure, as well as any pain at the site of the injection following your appointment, take a mild painkiller like Motrin, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or aspirin (one tablet every three to four hours) until the pain subsides. If the pressure or sensitivity increases or persists for more than two days, call our office at 817-473-6227. (more…)

Your First Appointment at Mansfield Dental Associates

There's no reason to be uneasy before your first appointment with us. You're in good hands at Mansfield Dental Associates!

Dedicated to providing our patients with premier dental care, Mansfield dentists Dr. S. Blair Jones, Dr. D. Seth Harris, and our Dallas-area dental team believe that high quality dental care goes far beyond routine dental checkups and exams. Read on to find out what to expect at your first appointment at Mansfield Dental Associates.

Welcome to Mansfield Dental Associates

At your first appointment at Mansfield Dental Associates, located in Mansfield, Texas, you will be greeted by our friendly front office staff. You will then be asked to complete new patient forms, including a complete medical history and insurance information form. To ensure that you’re waiting time once you arrive at our office is minimal, you are welcome to fill out the forms online prior to your appointment.

Once you’ve filled out all necessary paperwork, a member of our hygiene team will give you a brief tour of our state-of-the-art dental office and then lead you into your comfortable exam room. Then, Dr. Jones and/or Dr. Seth Harris will come in, say hello, and your initial consultation appointment will begin.

Your Initial Consultation at Mansfield Dental Associates

At the appointment, your dentist will ask you about yourself—what you do, about your family, what your life style demands, and what your smile goals are. He’ll also ask you about any previous dental work, any oral or overall health conditions, and what brought you in to our office in the first place. Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris will listen to your concerns, address any questions you have, and pay close attention to your dental needs and smile goals. After all, we want to help you achieve a smile that you’re proud to show off.

Your dentist will then examine your teeth, taking note of any problem areas and making suggestions about restorative and cosmetic dental work that could benefit the health, function, and appearance of your smile. If you’re interested in any of these procedures, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris will gladly talk with you about what’s involved, potential cost, and more. Additionally, if you’re in need of a dental cleaning, a professional dental cleaning and exam will be done at this appointment.

To reserve an appointment at Mansfield Dental Associates, serving the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area, call (817) 259-1357.

Restorative Dentistry at Mansfield Dental Associates

Last week, comprehensive care dentists Dr. S. Blair Jones and Dr. D. Seth Harris gave an overview of the cosmetic dental treatments he provides to his patients from across the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area at his Mansfield dentist office. Today, he’d like to do the same with the restorative procedures he offers.

A Fully Functional Smile

Although a beautiful smile is important to your level of self-confidence and the way other people perceive you, it’s not enough to just have a physically attractive smile. To eat, speak, and smile with confidence and ease, your smile has to function properly, and that is impossible when your teeth and gums are damaged and unhealthy. Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris truly believe in the power of restorative and reconstructive dentistry to fulfill full function and comfort to his patients’ smiles.

Restoring Your Smile at Mansfield Dental Associates

At his Mansfield dentist office, Dr. Jones offers the following restorative dental procedures to his patients.

  • Composite Restorations: Using tooth-colored, durable composite dental resin, composite restorations—specifically fillings—restore health and function to a decaying tooth without unwanted darkness and traces of heavy metals. (more…)

Cosmetic Dentistry at Mansfield Dental Associates

A few days ago we discussed the importance of six-month dental checkups and cleanings at Mansfield Dental Associates. Today, Dr. S. Blair Jones and Dr. D. Seth Harris want to discuss the cosmetic dental services he provides to his patients from across the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. Read on to find out more.

Achieve Your Dream Smile

In today’s society, your external appearance is the basis of how others perceive you. Additionally, an individual with an attractive smile is much more likely to be successful in personal and professional arenas than an individual with a dull, mediocre smile. For these reasons and more, cosmetic dentistry has quickly become one of the most popular ways for people to achieve their aesthetic goals, and Dr. Jones truly believes in the power of smile makeover procedures. (more…)

Your Six-Month Dental Checkups and Cleanings

Brushing and flossing your teeth daily is a very important component to keeping your smile healthy, but there are some things your toothbrush and floss can’t do. Visiting Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris every six months for a professional cleaning and checkup is an essential part of preventive dental care. Our team is devoted to keeping your smile and your whole body healthy and beautiful. Your dental checkup offers several helpful benefits.

Cleaning and Exam

Your oral assessment will begin with an overall look at your mouth. Our team will take dental X-rays to help detect tooth decay, gum disease, alignment, and other problems in their early stages. We will also review your full medical history so we can determine your risk of health problems that are affected by your oral health. Furthermore, our powerful dental tools will scrape tartar off your teeth and polish your smile. Our professional cleaning will clear out plaque and tartar from below your gum line and other spots that you can’t reach on your own.

Communication and Education

Drs. Jones and Harris will discuss the condition of your mouth so you know how to properly take care of it. If you have any dental problems, we will discuss your treatment options and fully explain all the information you need to know to keep your mouth healthy. We encourage you to ask questions and discuss your concerns if there’s anything you don’t understand. We also want you to feel as comfortable and confident as possible, so if you have any anxiety, please let us know so we can make accommodations. Educating you about your oral health will help you understand what you need to do to protect your teeth and gums.

Your bi-annual checkup with Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris will help assess your oral health to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. To schedule your professional checkup, contact Mansfield Dental Associates at (817) 473-6227. We welcome patients from Mansfield, Burleson, Kennedale, Cedar Hill, Desoto, and the greater Fort Worth, Arlington, and Grand Prairie communities.