A graduate from the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery, Dr. Jones holds a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Houston. She is a passionate, skilled, and talented dental surgeon with a drive for excellence.
While previously being a tenured Assistant Professor of chemistry & an Assistant Professor of integrative dentistry, Dr. Jones continues to educate and update herself on the modern approaches and practices of dentistry and related advances in healthcare to ensure that she delivers the best possible care and service to her patients.
A natural drive for excellence emerged early in Dr. Marilyn Jones’ academic background. She graduated from Pasadena High School with honors. Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos accepted her into their freshman honors program. With a minor in English and a bachelor’s degree in biology-chemistry, she earned a teaching certificate and taught high school chemistry in Texas. She holds a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Houston. Initially an assistant professor of chemistry at San Jacinto University, Dr. Jones eventually held a similar role at University of Houston.
Dr. Jones’ mother, who was a nurse, instilled deep health-related values in her daughter, igniting a lifetime passion for healthcare. Dr. Jones’ dental career began in earnest with acceptance to University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1979.
Biological dentistry is a holistic approach to treating the entire patient – mouth, body, mind, and spirit. The concept is that the mouth is indeed part of the body, and the state of the body influences mood and emotion. It is dentistry with a preventive focus, aimed at promptly restoring balance to maintain optimal wellness. Underlying causes of problems are recognized and addressed, rather than treating symptoms. The term “biological” refers to treatment techniques and materials that first, have no adverse effect on the body, and second, restore the oral condition.
Ceramic Dental Implants
Since their introduction in the early 1980s, dental implants have become the preferred tooth-replacement method for long-term results and health advantages. Today, Dr. Marilyn Jones offers a metal-free ceramic option for Houston, TX, patients who want a body-friendly implant that blends beautifully into their smile. These implants are called SDS Zirconia implants and are in line with the principles of biological dentistry.
Each of your natural teeth has roots that extend into the jawbone with a symbiotic purpose. Roots stabilize teeth so that you can chew. Tooth roots also provide stimulation that keeps bone dense and strong. When a tooth root is missing, bone diminishes through a natural process of resorption.
A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. This small shaft is placed into the jawbone in a precisely-planned oral surgery. Over time, osseointegration occurs—bone fuses with the implant. The implant is topped with a dental crown for a tooth that looks, feels, and functions like a natural one while preserving bone.
Laser Dentistry Explained
A laser device concentrates a beam of light in a specific wavelength. Bodily tissues absorb that energy to different degrees, depending on their density, moisture content, and color. Absorbed energy then creates a predicable response in the tissue. For example, energy from a soft tissue laser is readily accepted by gums, while a hard tissue laser targets tooth and bone structure.
Use of lasers is a tremendous advance in dentistry, providing an improved patient experience:
- Laser treatment is virtually painless.
- Soft tissues are essentially vaporized, eliminating need for surgical cutting.
- Laser energy automatically cauterizes soft tissues, so there is minimal (if any) bleeding and no need for sutures.
- Laser dentistry reduces oral trauma, so patients have little residual swelling or discomfort.
- Laser energy naturally sterilizes the treatment area, for reduced risk of infection or post-procedure complications.
Cosmetic dentistry with biological concepts
At Houston Biological Dentist, the approach to cosmetic dentistry is personalized. It begins with a healthy mouth, free of gum disease, cavities, and other oral concerns. Then, Dr. Jones works closely with you to design a strategy, simple or comprehensive, immediate or phased in over time, to help you love your smile with:
- Teeth whitening – Fast in-office treatment for a special occasion or brighten your smile gradually with a custom-fit take home kit.
- Dental bonding – Composite bonding material blends unnoticeably. Bonding is an economical choice to repair chips and cracks, conceal exposed root surfaces, and close gaps. It takes about an hour per tooth, and usually does not require numbing. Front teeth may be repaired with composite filling, or porcelain veneers or crowns depending on the needs of the teeth to be restored.
Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and it has far-reaching medical implications. At Houston Biological Dentist in Houston, TX, Dr. Marilyn Jones takes special interest in treatment that helps patients regain and maintain gum health, for oral wellness that benefits the whole body.
The seriousness of gum disease
In the early stage, gingivitis, there is usually little discomfort – some bleeding when you brush, puffy or discolored gums, and bad breath or unusual taste. These are signs that your body is losing a battle with harmful oral bacteria. They develop a sticky film of plaque that traps food debris, feasting on sugars and starches. Their acid excretions irritate gum tissue. Without proper brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into tartar at the gum line, causing further inflammation. Gums pull away from the teeth. These periodontal pockets allow deeper bacterial invasion. At this stage (periodontitis), connective tissue and bone are compromised. Without support, teeth become loose and fall out, or extraction is necessary.