With general and family dentistry, you and your loved ones can attain a functional and attractive smile. We invite you to contact Harvest Dental if you have any questions, and you can also learn more about our services in the links below:

We look forward to your visit with Drs. Horsley and Walker and ask that you call us at 469-812-7100 to schedule your visit for general and family dentistry in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas.

Emergency Care

At Harvest Dental, we have a No Emergency Left Behind policy. This means your comfort and care are most important to our dentists and team. If you are experiencing a dental emergency and need urgent care, call our office immediately. We want to help alleviate your dental pain. If we are at the office, even if it is after normal business hours, we will see you. If possible, you may also fill out our forms before your arrival. This will expedite your visit and allow Drs. Horsley and Walker to serve your needs quickly with our emergency dental care in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas.

Tooth Colored Fillings

Composite resin (tooth colored) fillings versus amalgam (silver) fillings?

Dental materials have come a long way since the introduction of amalgam silver fillings. Even though silver fillings have been used for decades with great success, most patients at our practice would prefer a filling material that looks like their natural tooth structure. As a result, composite resin filling material was created. Tooth-colored fillings in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas, are made of plastics instead of metal and are strong, durable, and very natural looking.

How are composite resin fillings placed?

After the decay has been removed, a dental etching material is applied. Etching opens up microscopic pores and makes the tooth surface rough so a bonding agent (dental glue) can flow into these pores and rough surfaces. This step is crucial because the bond keeps the composite resin from falling out of the tooth. The filling material is soft when placed and then it is hardened with a dental curing light. After the filling is adjusted and polished by our dentists, you can eat and speak regularly immediately after the procedure.

Sometimes fillings are not possible because your tooth has too much decay or has become too damaged to hold a filling. Also, the tooth structure can become brittle after a root canal. These conditions may require the additional protection of a crown. You are invited to call our office to find out if you are a candidate for tooth-colored fillings.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns provided by our dentists perfectly restore a tooth that is severely decayed, damaged, or aesthetically compromised. Depending on each individual patient and their dental condition, we offer all-porcelain, porcelain fused to gold, or all gold crowns. Each type of crown is handcrafted by technicians to mimic your natural teeth.

We typically use an all porcelain crown, which mimics your tooth’s translucency and natural color best. Crowns made using older technology were fabricated with opaque, flat-looking materials that did not let natural light pass through as a natural tooth does. If you have an older crown, you may notice a dark gray shadow or metal line next to the gum, and you may want the crown replaced. Our handcrafted porcelain crowns in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas, do not show any of this kind of gray discoloration on your gums or teeth. With our natural light-diffusing porcelain and our dental artistry, you can attain a natural and healthy smile. Please call us for a consultation.

Dental Bridges

What can a tooth supported dental bridge do?

  • Restore your smile
  • Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

What is the process in making a dental bridge?

During the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared to accommodate a dental bridge Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas. The preparation involves shaping these teeth by removing a portion of the enamel. This allows room for the crowns to be placed over them.  Next, impressions of your reshaped teeth are made. The impressions will then be used to make a model of your teeth, from which the dental lab can fabricate your new bridge. Drs. Horsley and Walker can make a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth while your bridge is being made.  During the second visit to Harvest Dental, your temporary bridge will be removed. The permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted to achieve a proper fit, then it will be cemented into place.

Root Canals

What are the signs that indicate a need for Root Canal Therapy (RCT)?

The symptoms of a tooth that needs RCT include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat and/or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling.  There may be drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well, as nearby bone and gingival tissues. However, in some cases, there are no symptoms.

What happens when the pulp tissue becomes infected or injured?

When the pulp tissue becomes infected or injured and can’t repair itself, it dies.  The most common cause of pulp tissue death is a cracked tooth or a deep cavity.  Both of these problems can let germs or bacteria enter the pulp tissue and start an infection inside the tooth.  Left without treatment, the infection spreads from the inside of the tooth, down the canal, and out into the jawbone.  Here, a “pus-pocket,” called an abscess, can form.  An abscess can cause damage to the bone surrounding the infected tooth and can eventually spread and infect the surrounding teeth. So, please call our office for a root canal Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas.

Dentures

Complete (Full Arch) Denture: If you have lost all your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay, or injury, complete full arch dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile.  Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health.  Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag and make a person look older.  You will be able to eat and speak, things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost. There are various types of complete dentures. Listed below are three that we make at our practice:

Conventional full denture: A conventional full denture in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas, is a denture that is made after all the teeth in an arch have been extracted and your gums and bones have fully healed.  These dentures are custom made just for you. A great deal of time and care goes into designing and making these dentures.  If you like, we can closely match your previous teeth in shape, size, and color.  The color of the artificial gums can be custom-stained to match your natural gum tissue.  There are multiple options, so be sure to communicate to your dentist exactly what you want so that you will be happy with the results.

Healing (temporary) full denture: A healing or temporary full arch denture is a denture that is made before all the teeth in the upper or lower arch are extracted.  Healing dentures are inserted immediately after the remaining teeth have been removed.  To make a healing denture, the dentist takes measurements and impressions of the patient’s jaws and teeth in a preliminary visit.  The denturist (some who makes dentures and partials) takes this information and fabricates the healing denture.  Because these dentures are made while the teeth are still present, there may be some variation on how they will fit and function.  Remember that these dentures are temporary, and serve an important role in allowing a patient to have teeth during the healing period.

Implant-supported full arch denture: An implant-supported full arch denture is a conventional denture that is kept in place and supported by dental implants.  Implant-supported dentures in Farmersville and Alstyne, Texas, are becoming the standard of care, especially in the lower arch where dentures tend to move or “float”.  This denture has two to four special connectors that snap into the implants that are placed in your jaw.  This offers a firmer bite and the confidence and security that your denture won’t “fly out” when talking, sneezing, coughing, or smiling.

Removable Partial Dentures (RPD)

If you are missing a few teeth in either your upper or lower arch, then an economical way to replace these teeth is with a partial denture.  A partial denture is a removable prosthetic appliance that replaces one or even several teeth in either the upper or lower arch.  Partials come in a variety of styles and materials that are custom fitted for your exact needs.

A partial denture has three major components: a base that sits on your gums and provides stability, the lifelike false teeth that replace the teeth you have lost, and clasps that wrap around your natural teeth and help hold the partial denture in place.  Here are some of the benefits of all types of Removable Partial Dentures in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas:

  • Replace multiple teeth economically
  • Improve chewing
  • Improve speech
  • Restore your smile
  • Prevent the remaining teeth from “drifting” after an extraction

Pediatric Care

What is Children’s (Pediatric) Dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is dedicated to the dental treatment, and education of children from their birth through adolescence.

How is Harvest Dental Different in Treating Children?

We love seeing children at Harvest Dental, they bring an uninhibited curiosity and outlook that we often lose as we become adults. Knowing this, we strive to make every appointment an opportunity to build a positive dental experience. We will always take our time with your child. We will use kid-friendly terms to help them understand what is going on. Drs. Horsley and Walker will never proceed with treatment unless your child says it’s ok and we will never force treatment, or restrain your child against their will. Our goal is to give your child an experience that will make them want to come back! We will do our best to make each visit fun and educational, and to help your child achieve a healthy and happy smile! Call our office for more information about pediatric dentistry in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas.

Extractions

Extractions in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas, are categorized as into simple, surgical, or impacted.  At Harvest Dental, Drs. Horsley and Walker perform all of these extractions unless we feel that you would be better served by seeing an oral surgeon. You are invited to call our office to learn what our dentists may recommend for your needs.

  • Simple extractions: Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are fully visible in the mouth and are removed relatively easily or in a “simple” manner. These extractions are usually done with a local anesthetic and only require the use of elevator and forceps.  Typically, the tooth is loosened in its socket with an elevator.  Then dental forceps are used to slowly and steadily rock the tooth back and forth until the tooth is loose enough to remove.
  • Surgical extractions: Surgical extractions involve the removal of teeth that cannot be easily removed, either because they are broken under the gum line, have curved or divergent roots, or have not erupted fully. Surgical extractions almost always require an incision of your gum tissue and/or the cutting of the tooth into multiple pieces to facilitate its removal.
  • Wisdom tooth extractions (Impacted third molars): Not all third molars are impacted or covered by soft (gums) and/or hard (bone) tissue. Some may be fully erupted, partially impacted by gum tissue, partially impacted by gum tissue and bone, completely impacted by gum tissue and partially by bone, or completely impacted by bone and gum tissue.  As you can see, there are many different classifications for wisdom teeth.