PREVENTIVE DENTAL CARE
Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and dental cleanings. Regular preventive care, early diagnosis and treatment can help you avoid more costly dental problems that may develop or be worsened by lack of basic preventive care.
Like regular cleanings and oral exams, it is also important to have full dental x-rays done periodically. Since x-rays reveal what can’t be seen by the regular eye, they can allow Dr. Wilfong and his team to spot potential dental problems before they become larger issues. Dr. Wilfong uses advanced, state-of-the-art x-ray equipment to guide your dental care. To find out more about our imaging technology, click here.
There is no substitute for regular dental cleanings. For otherwise healthy individuals, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends at least annual cleanings and examinations to keep teeth clean, strong and white in order to maintain optimal oral health. For individuals with health-related issues such as smoking or diabetes may benefit from more frequent cleanings and dental exams. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age in order to help prevent dental problems like cavities, gingivitis, enamel loss and periodontitis. Dr. Wilfong and his team will recommend a routine cleaning and exam schedule that is right for you.
RESTORATIVE DENTAL CARE
Over time or due to a trauma, your teeth may become cracked, chipped, discolored or even become missing. Dr. Wilfong and his team specialize in restorative dentistry procedures and offer several solutions. So whether it is a filling, crown, implant or bridge, Wilfong Dental is the right choice in restoring your healthy, beautiful smile.
A crown is a dental restoration that completely caps or encircles a single tooth or implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth and are often needed after a tooth has one or more root canal procedures. Crowns are generally bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns improve the strength or appearance of teeth and look and feel natural.
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration that replaces a missing tooth (or several teeth) by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or implant. There are different types of bridges and will vary based on how they are attached to adjacent teeth. A dental bridge will rest directly on the gums, and patients who have a dental bridge must be careful to clean around them thoroughly.
Implant crowns are dental crowns that encircle the post of a dental implant. A dental implant fills the void of a missing tooth by using a threaded screw-type rod anchored to the jawbone. This is done in a separate surgical procedure by a dental surgeon. Once the treated area is healed, the implant crown attaches to the threaded rod, much like a screw. Implant crowns look and feel natural and usually last a lifetime. If you are considering an implant crown procedure, make sure to talk to Dr. Wilfong and his team so they may help you achieve beautiful results.
When there are many damaged or missing teeth because of oral disease or trauma, dentures are a wonderful way to restoring a great smile. Precision molds created by Wilfong Dental’s skilled experts result in beautiful, natural looking dentures that are hard to detect. Like natural teeth, full or partial dentures require daily brushing and cleaning to keep them looking their best.
When necessary, Dr. Wilfong and his skilled team can perform extractions of damaged teeth that are beyond repair. We use topical and injected anesthetic to minimize discomfort, and work with you to develop a comprehensive plan to restore your smile.
COSMETIC DENTAL CARE
We are offering cosmetic dentistry services of all types. The purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of the teeth using bleaching, bonding, veneers, reshaping, orthodontics, or implants.
A whiter, brighter smile can give you more confidence and just make you feel better all over. That’s why we offer the latest technology on teeth whitening including in office blue light procedures, as well as professional, DIY at-home kits. If you’re wanting to brighten up your smile, let us help you choose a plan that is right for you.
Not everyone will be a candidate for whitening. If you have tooth-colored fillings, crowns, caps or bonding in your front teeth — the whitening process will not change the color of these materials, making them stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, like veneers or bonding.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are glued to the front of your teeth. For teeth that are severely discolored, chipped or misshapen, they create a durable and pleasing smile. Veneers are difficult to stain, making them popular for people seeking a perfect smile. Porcelain veneers, which must first be created to fit your teeth in a dental laboratory, require two visits.
With bonding, a composite resin is used to restore chipped or broken teeth and fill in gaps to improve your smile. After applying a very mild etching solution that slightly roughs the surface of your teeth and allows the bonding material to adhere, your dental team will apply the resin, and then sculpts, colors and shapes it to provide a pleasing result. A high-intensity light hardens the material, which is then finely polished. The material can be matched to your natural tooth color.
Dental implants are a wonderful choice to restore your smile. Standard dental implants are fabricated teeth that are permanently attached to steel rod that has been anchored into the patient’s jaw bone. This is a multi-step procedure that can require multiple visits. For some patients, mini diameter implants may also be an option. With the mini-diameter implant procedure is minimally invasive and often the implant placement doesn’t result in prolonged bleeding or require a lengthy healing period. With mini-diameter implants, typically, you can usually eat comfortably that same afternoon, using your new, permanent teeth. If you are considering dental implants, ask Dr.Wilfong or a member of his care team to help determine which type is right for you.