Advanced Services - Garden Ridge Center For Dentistry

Advanced Comprehensive Services

We offer advanced and comprehensive cosmetic, implant, and sedation dentistry services.

These services include but are not limited to:

  • Smile evaluations
  • Invisalign and traditional orthodontics (braces)
  • Endodontics (root canal therapy)
  • Laser dentistry
  • Implants, implant crowns and implant retained bridges and dentures
  • Same-day crowns

Each of our caring doctors is a general dentist. Each found special interest in different areas of dentistry. These interests target expertise and experience which together form a team that help you achieve your healthiest and best smile.

Dr. Mark Howell loves all aspects of dentistry. He has incorporated orthodontic treatment in his general practice for over 30 years. Evaluations provide for traditional orthodontic treatment, Invisalign, and interceptive therapy for growing children. He embraces new technology in dentistry which has improved the patient experience in our office.

Dr. Olivia Ray’s advanced training in implants, surgery and sedation dentistry has been key in serving the wide range of patient needs.

Dr. Ramón Ray’s is new to our office but not new to dentistry. He shares Dr. Mark’s interests in orthodontics and root canal therapy which adds of our Garden Ridge Center for Dentistry doctor team.

Together, Dr. Mark & the Doctors Ray offer expertise and skill to meet the goals of your healthy smile. Our patients are always grateful when able to remain at the Garden Ridge Center for Dentistry for advanced services like these!

Implants - Garden Ridge Center For Dentistry


A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium cylinder is placed into the bone.  The bone is allowed to integrate or grow around the implant for a specific amount of time. Once the implant is stable in the bone and able to handle chewing forces, your dentist will attach a replacement crown on top of the implant.

Implants have become very successful to help replace one or many teeth. Patients really like that implant crowns can be cleaned like their natural teeth and do not have to be removed at night.

There are also smaller implants with special anchors to help stabilize dentures.   The “lower” denture especially benefits from implant stabilization as it tends to move more with chewing and speaking.

Root Canal Treatment - Garden Ridge Center For Dentistry

Root Canal Treatment

There are a few reasons why a patient needs root canal or endodontic therapy. Often, it is because tooth decay reaches all the way to the nerve of the tooth. Regular cleanings and checkups with x-rays can detect and prevent this process. Another reason a tooth may need root canal therapy is due to trauma which can break a tooth and damage the nerve. Either way, the nerve or pulp becomes infected and cannot heal on its own. It must be treated to prevent pain and infection.

Symptoms that the nerve has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain from biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, a patient will have no symptoms but the infection is found with an X-ray taken on a routine check-up which underscores the importance of regular dental visits.

The infection must be treated or the tooth must be removed. Root canal therapy for an infected nerve helps save the tooth. Usually, a crown is recommended tooth after root canal therapy.

TMJ Treatments - Garden Ridge Center For Dentistry

TMJ Treatments

TMJ refers to the joint in our jaws, specifically the temporal-mandibular joint. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or painful muscle tension.

Problems in this area can cause:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Pain in the jaw muscles
  • Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face

While there is not a one-size-fits-all treatment for the condition, options may include but are not limited to replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, and filling gaps between teeth. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is recommended to reduce both pain and the damaging effects of clenching or grinding.

Please let us know if you are having any of these symptoms when you visit us.

Dental Anxiety - Garden Ridge Center For Dentistry

Dental Anxiety

We understand that dental anxiety and dentophobia are real, so we offer a variety of sedation options to meet your personal needs and keep you comfortable.

Nitrous Oxide is delivered through a mask and is commonly referred to as a “laughing gas” as it can make patients feel happy, relaxed, and calm during their procedure. This is a great technique for those with mild anxiety, or for children requiring dental work such as fillings.

Oral sedation, or enteral sedation, is a technique that works well for patients with dental anxiety that will require a longer dental appointment. Patients benefit from remaining in a relaxed state for several hours and do not remember much of the procedure after it is complete.

IV sedation, or parenteral sedation, is a conscious sedation technique where anti-anxiety medications are administered through an intravenous line for fast and effective anxiety control that is adjusted specifically to your needs. This helps patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety and is a great technique for surgical procedures.

L-PRF - Garden Ridge Center For Dentistry


While all patients are concerned about pain after tooth removal, our patients are reporting less pain after extractions with a new procedure!

What is it? Leukocyte and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF) is a collection of the important cells involved in your body’s natural healing process. During the normal healing process, these cells are recruited but bring along inflammation, swelling, and pain- usually in the first three days after the surgery. By utilizing L-PRF, we are depositing these important cells and growth factors into the site immediately, which helps avoid much of the swelling, inflammation, and pain that would otherwise occur.

How is it made? L-PRF is made from a sample of the patient’s own blood. The blood is drawn on the day of treatment and then spun in our centrifuge so that these rich healing factors can be gathered and placed directly into the extraction socket. L-PRF even aids with the clotting needed for healing which can be helpful for those patients on blood thinners. These platelet concentrates benefit healing so much that they are widely used in a variety of regenerative medicine techniques, including orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and dermatology.

Onset® Buffering System - Garden Ridge Center For Dentistry

Onset® Buffering System

The Onset Buffering System is a game-changer in local anesthesia. It has been specially designed to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of anesthesia delivery, ensuring a more comfortable experience for our patients. Patients often report feeling less discomfort during the injection process, which means a more pleasant dental visit overall. Additionally, the accelerated onset of anesthesia reduces the waiting time for the anesthetic to take effect, allowing us to proceed with the necessary treatment promptly.

It’s particularly advantageous for patients who are more sensitive to pain or have had difficulty achieving adequate anesthesia in the past. With this advanced technology, we can tailor the anesthesia experience to meet your individual needs, ensuring optimal comfort throughout your dental procedure.

Invisalign - Garden Ridge Center For Dentistry


Orthodontic therapy, in the form of braces or clear aligners, can greatly improve your oral health! At Garden Ridge Center for Dentistry, we offer Invisalign- the leader in clear aligner therapy brands. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign utilizes a series of custom-made clear aligners that fit snugly over your teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired position. This innovative approach to teeth straightening offers a convenient and aesthetically pleasing solution for individuals looking to achieve a straighter smile without the visual impact of traditional orthodontic methods.

Laser Dentistry - Garden Ridge Center For Dentistry

Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry is one of the most advanced dental treatments available to Dentists today. At Garden Ridge Center for Dentistry, we are proud to use a Biolase laser- specifically the Waterlase. Waterlase uses a patented technology that combines focused light energy with a stream of water for a highly precise, exceptionally gentle dental experience.

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