Dentistry for Adults
Wellness Dentistry — It’s All About Prevention
Preventive Dentistry Wilmington NC
Sometimes a patient becomes ill and goes to the doctor for treatment. But you can also go to the doctor before you get sick, and learn how to avoid it in the first place. That’s what we call “Wellness Care.” Beyond typical dentistry, we take the time to show you how to avoid dental problems before they become problems. We start with a very thorough examination. Most of our patients say they’ve never had such an extensive examination of their gums or teeth. We examine your bite and how your teeth come together, we look for oral cancer, gum disease, signs of wear on the teeth, and any problem that you might encounter at a later date. We want to head off any problems and allow you to maintain your natural teeth, healthy gums, and a beautiful smile to last your entire lifetime.
The Importance of Hygiene Visits
Oral Hygiene Care Wilmington NC
One of the most important reasons to visit the dentist is to have your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist. Plaque and tartar form on teeth over time. Plaque is soft and sticky, but regular brushing can usually remove most of it. But plaque hardens into tartar, which is beyond the scope of your typical toothbrush and floss. Tartar accumulates below the gumline as well as on the surface of the teeth. If you don’t remove plaque, you risk more serious problems with your teeth and gums later on. Recent research shows a definite link between untreated gum disease and other serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Having your teeth cleaned regularly is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy!
Seniors Have Unique Needs for Their Dental Care
Seniors Dental Treatment Wilmington NC
Right along with our bodies, our teeth and gums change as we age. Teeth can darken due to years of plaque buildup or consumption of coffee, tea, or tobacco. We have several procedures that can address these problems. If your medications have caused a reduction in your flow of saliva, we offer simple products that can help this condition. Some people have very old fillings, which may have weakened or cracked. Regular check-ups will allow us to stay on top of your existing fillings. Gum disease and root decay can be major problems in seniors. Daily cleaning and good nutrition are critical for healthy gums. If your gums become red or begin to bleed or your teeth start to feel loose, contact us immediately.
Your Teeth May Not be Hopeless
Dental Root Canal Dentist Wilmington NC
It used to be that teeth with damaged or infected roots required extraction. Because this can cause a variety of difficulties, it should be a last resort. If you come into the office with an infected tooth, or if we determine that dental decay has reached the nerve of the tooth, it’s unfortunately too late for a simple filling. The best way to save the tooth is a root canal. We remove the tooth’s pulp chamber and fill it with a filling material. In the early days of root canals they were quite painful, which has earned them the reputation of something to be avoided. Luckily, with modern anesthetics and technology, root canals are often painless.
Appointments are available for all your dental needs! Give us a call today at (910) 763-3679 to schedule your next visit.