What We Do
As a general dental practice for adults, families
and children, we encourage and provide regular cleanings,
diagnose and treat dental disease.
It is recommended that a child's first dental visit
be at age one, when Dr Jones can do a simple visual
exam to provide a gentle introduction for a lifetime
of dental health while the child sits in a parent's
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Included in the services we provide are:
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Routine cleanings & non-surgical periodontal therapy
After a complete exam and treatment of urgent dental needs, cleanings at recommended intervals maintain your smile and a healthy mouth and help avoid future tooth problems. Dr Jones recommends cleanings and periodic exams twice each year under normal circumstances, with simple bite wing x-rays once a year.
Both tooth-colored & silver-colored fillings
Amalgam (silver- colored) fillings are sturdy,
resilient and durable. Dentists have used amalgam
fillings successfully for 150-odd years; despite
continual research, no scientific evidence has
ever shown that amalgam properly used for dental
filling is harmful to your health. As a competent
and conscientious dental practitioner, Dr Jones
knows and informs patients that no dental treatment
is entirely risk free. However, the risks of
no treatment or of using untested or inappropriate
materials are vastly greater.
fillings are useful where appearance is a major
factor; they can be color matched to existing
tooth shade. Since the composite material bonds
to the tooth, it can be used for minor cosmetic
repairs. Composites may not be the best choice
for some restorations since they don't stand
up as well to heavy chewing forces.
Dental sealants are a thin, clear plastic coating bonded to the tooth chewing surfaces, then quickly cured. The sealant material fills small, difficult to clean nooks and crannies in the tooth enamel and helps prevent cavities in these sensitive areas. Sealants are recommended for children soon after permanent molars and premolars are in to help prevent decay during the cavity-prone years of ages 6 - 14. Sealants can also be beneficial in certain other circumstances.
In-Office & take home bleaching
In-office bleaching is
done under careful supervision while you are
in our office; it's the fastest way to get good
results - a one hour appointment is often sufficient.
Take home bleaching uses custom made trays to
hold the bleaching gel closely around your teeth
and help keep it off sensitive gum tissue. We'll
send you home with instructions, your trays and
a supply of bleaching gel to use daily at first.
You'll also need to stop in weekly during the
process for quick progress checks. An additional
supply of gel can be purchased for touchups at
appropriate intervals if necessary.
Bleaching or tooth whitening can be an effective
way to improve your smile. The process uses chemical
bleaching agents that should be professionally
managed for best results and to avoid unintended
consequences for your mouth.
veneers or other dental restorations don't respond
to bleaching the same way as natural teeth, so
bleaching should be completed before major restorations
(we match the shade to your teeth). Also, some
tooth discoloration is internal and might not
be changed by bleaching. Bleaching isn't permanent;
the results may not last long when discoloration
is caused by smoking, drinking coffee or tea,
or poor dental hygiene.
Veneers are coverings placed on the outer surface
of a healthy front tooth to create or restore
an attractive look. Veneers can be used to improve
the appearance of a single tooth or, in multiples,
your entire smile.
Veneers are of two types: porcelain
and composite. Porcelain veneers are thin, hard
shells that fit over and are bonded to your teeth.
They can cover misshapen teeth, unsightly gaps
or deep discoloration. Porcelain is more resistant
to staining than composite veneers but usually
cannot be repaired; only replaced. Since they
are made by a dental lab, porcelain veneers require
two or more appointments to complete.
veneers, Dr Jones carefully bonds color matched
material to the tooth and cures it with a special
light. She then sculpts and polishes the cured
material so it appears to be a natural tooth. Since they
require only a single office visit and no outside
lab work, composite veneers are a smaller investment
than porcelain. Composite material is not as
stain or wear resistant as porcelain but more
repairable, and can appear quite natural.
or no anesthesia may be needed for either process.
Dr Jones may recommend a plastic dental nightguard
to be worn while sleeping to help protect veneers
from chipping and breaking. Just like natural
teeth, over time, veneers can wear and need repair
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are tooth shaped "caps" that cover the
entire tooth down to the gum line; a crown is
cemented in place after the tooth is restored
and shaped to make room for it. Crowns will cover
and protect a cracked tooth, one that has fractured
leaving little tooth left, a very large filling,
or a tooth that has had root canal therapy. Crowns
can restore a badly shaped tooth or serve as
mounting points for bridges.
Crowns on highly
visible teeth can be made of tooth colored porcelain
or composite material, often with a metal reinforcing
core. Gold is often the material of choice for
molars that aren't readily visible; it's long
wearing and tough, resisting heavy chewing pressure
Dental bridges literally "bridge" a gap
created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges
consist of a crowned healthy tooth on either
side of the gap with one or more artificial teeth
between, all connected together as a single unit.
Dental bridges can also be implant supported
or cantilevered from a single crown. Bridges
are generally not removable.
Bridges restore your
smile and ability to speak clearly and chew properly;
they maintain the shape of your face and distribute
chewing force correctly. Bridges also prevent
the remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Root canal therapy
Dr Jones performs routine root canal therapy
in our office. Occasionally, if she determines
it best, she refers to the two excellent
endodontist in Missoula, specialists with advanced
training, equipment and experience in root canals.
canal procedures have the undeserved reputation
of being painful. With modern dental techniques,
most people report that the procedure itself
feels similar to having a filling placed.
canal therapy opens the root canal(s) inside
an infected tooth via a small access hole in
the thoroughly numbed tooth, cleans out the nerve
and pulp tissue and replaces it with a semi flexible
inert material. Medication or a reinforcing
amalgam buildup may also be used. Finally, the
opening is plugged with a filling.
Root canal therapy is usually the most economical
option to save an infected tooth; extraction
and fitting a fixed artificial tooth is more
costly (see Implants, below).
A back tooth gradually becomes weaker and more
likely to fracture following a root canal, regardless
of the amount of healthy tooth remaining. For
this reason, Dr Jones recommends placing a crown
on these teeth within a reasonable time afterward.
Implant supported restorations & maintenance
Dental implants can be thought of as replacement
tooth roots - small titanium metal posts placed
in the bone socket of a missing tooth. The bone
heals and grows around the implanted post to
anchor it securely. Implants are the closest
thing currently available to "growing" new teeth.
are used as bases for replacement teeth or bridges.
Because the implant effectively becomes part
of you, implants feel more natural than any other
type or restoration. With good dental care and
hygiene, implants can last a lifetime.
works closely with specialists who place the
implants then, after healing, she provides the restorations,
seats and maintains them.
Dentures & partial dentures
Our office provides, maintains and repairs full
and partial dentures. We coordinate with oral
surgeons on immediate dentures. We design and
provide implant anchored dentures.
Limited oral surgery
Dr Jones performs limited oral surgery, but
usually refers patients to oral surgeons, providing
pre surgery diagnoses and careful follow up.
To provide vital tooth protection while participating in sports, we make custom fitted mouthguards (in your favorite team color, no less!) Custom fitted mouthguards are available at our cost, which is often less than those purchased at sporting goods stores.
Bruxism appliances (For people who
grind their teeth)
Dr Jones often recommends custom made bruxism
appliances (nightguards), to be worn while sleeping.
Nightguards help protect teeth from clenching
and grinding damage and can alleviate tooth and
jaw pain. For optimal results, we use nightguards
fabricated in house or by a local dental lab;
final fitting is done in our office.
Air abrasion for certain
Air abrasion uses a narrow, precise stream of
fine abrasive to selectively clean or remove
tooth material. Air abrasion eliminates the
heat, vibration, and whine of a high-speed drill;
air abrasion can often avoid a need for anesthetic
(no needles!). Dr Jones may be able to prepare
small cavities for filling using air abrasion.
She will always recommend it where appropriate.
Dentistry with general anesthesia
or IV sedation
Assisted by an anesthesiologist, Dr Jones accepts
patients who cannot or prefer not to receive
dental treatment using only local anesthetics
and nitrous oxide. She may be able to provide
treatment in our office or, a hospital out-patient
setting may be necessary.
The Mission of Dr Jackie Jones and her staff is to maintain a patient-centered dental practice by providing gentle, caring,
compehensive treatment to people of all ages.
Our Goal as a dental team is to maximize a lifetime of dental health for individuals and families in a setting pleasant and
healthful for patients and providers.
Statement of Core Values
Assist patients and families in making good choices in dental care and general good health.
restorative and cosmetic procedures and refer
to appropriate specialists when this best serves
Emphasize preventative home and office care.
Work as a team, communicate with each other and with patients, respect and acknowledge the skills and abilities each person brings.
Encourage ongoing education for staff and patients alike.
We are proud of what we do
and enjoy doing it!