Can You Name 9 Dental Specialties?

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Most people know how a pediatric dentist differs from an orthodontist. Some may even know the unique focus of endodontists. But did you know the American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties? In this post we look at the specific disciplines within the fascinating world of dentistry and the years in which they were formally recognized by the ADA. (If you want a challenge, see if you can name all nine before you continue reading this post.)

Endodontics (1983): This area focuses on “the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.”1 If you need a root canal in Wilson, you may require the services of an endodontist.

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (2003): If you want to straighten your teeth, you need an orthodontist. Dentofacial orthopedic specialists correct facial deformities using many of the same types of appliances used in teeth straightening therapy.

Pediatric Dentistry (1995): Pediatric dentists provide dental care for infants, children and teenagers.

Periodontics (1992): “Periodontics is that specialty of dentistry which encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes” (American Dental Association). Periodontal specialists perform crown lengthening, pocket reduction, and soft tissue (gum) grafts.

Prosthodontics (2003): Prosthodontists provide restorative dental procedures including dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. They also perform cosmetic dental treatments including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, invisible fillings, and teeth bleaching.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (1991): This specialty concerns “the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations” (ADA).

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
(2001): Oral and maxillofacial radiologists analyze radiographic images (x-rays) for issues of the maxillofacial area.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1990): Oral surgeons perform surgery on the teeth, jaw, face, and gums. These include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate correction, bone grafting, dental implants, and impacted teeth.

Dental Public Health (1976): This discipline focuses on “preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.”

At Wilson Dental Group we have a lot of expertise, and can always refer you if you need advanced, specialized treatment. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule a checkup with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Can Cosmetic Dentistry Create Perfect Smiles?

Cosmetic Dentistry Gives Wilson Residents Perfect Smiles

Cosmetic dentistry is really coming into its own. Trend-watchers say that more and more people are choosing it every day to improve their smiles, with the procedures that are available at Wilson Dental Group.

We all want to look our best. But cosmetic dentistry isn’t just about vanity and perfect smiles; it is good for your dental health. For example, straight teeth in the correct position are easier to care for, and make for a healthier mouth. That probably explains why clear braces are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry options; they can straighten your teeth, and are almost undetectable as you wear them.

Clear braces are not, of course, the only cosmetic dentistry option. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular procedures out there. A lot of people try to get whiter teeth at home, and there is a nearly bewildering selection of over-the-counter whitening products on the market. But none of them – not toothpastes, strips, or gels – can match the power of professional-grade teeth whitening.

Also in demand are porcelain veneers. They can completely transform the appearance of your smile, and like other cosmetic dentistry, are minimally invasive. A thin layer of tooth enamel is removed before veneers are permanently attached to your teeth. After that, you’ve got a mega-watt smile.

These and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can be completed without any pain at all. So if you’re looking for a perfect smile, or simply restore integrity to yellowed or damaged teeth, we have a procedure for you at Wilson Dental Group. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Small Change, Big Impact

Do you like your smile? Do you ever think there is room for improvement? At Wilson Dental Group, we use the techniques of cosmetic dentistry to perform smile makeovers that improve the appearance of our patients’ smiles.

A smile makeover can produce dramatics results in your overall appearance. Even a small change can have a big impact, and give you a boost in your confidence and self-esteem.

Maybe there’s something about your teeth you don’t like. It could be a chipped tooth, a gap between a couple of teeth, too much gum tissue when you smile, or teeth that have lost their youthful luster over the years. It might even be a missing tooth. You can identify the things you don’t like, and we can use cosmetic dentistry to fix them.

The procedures available include:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Bonding
  • Dental implants
  • Teeth whitening

Any or all of these procedures can be used to customize your smile, according to your exact specifications.

Cosmetic dentistry is not foolproof, and you’ll need to take good care of your teeth once your smile makeover is complete. But with proper care, you should have a breathtaking smile for years to come.

At Wilson Dental Group we offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and children’s dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 


Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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This post from Wilson Dental Group looks at bone recession. We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other issues. However, it is usually the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus necessary for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prevent bone recession.

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the detrimental infection.

Gum infections can advance undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if necessary.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

At Wilson Dental Group our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush

An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush Wilson

In this post from Wilson Dental Group, we highlight some of the simple things you can do with your toothbrush (aside from brushing!) to keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible.

One of the most important habits you can form is to always allow your toothbrush to completely air dry between uses. The best way to let the toothbrush air dry is by placing it in a toothbrush holder on the counter with the bristles pointing up. This is much better than putting it in a drawer, since it will take longer to dry in there.

Also, when you travel, make sure your toothbrush is dry before you seal it away in a travel container.

A good strategy to make sure their toothbrush has ample time to dry is to buy two toothbrushes. Alternate between the two, so each has time to fully dry out between uses.

Above all, replace your toothbrush (or toothbrushes) every 3-4 months, or sooner if you’ve had a cold.

At Wilson Dental Group, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Ask Us About Denture-Stabilization Implants

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The condition of your teeth has a significant impact on your health and well-being. Denture wearers understand this all too well. A common issue with conventional dentures is bone recession. It can be avoided with implant-supported dentures.

The Drawbacks of Dentures

While dentures are preferable to having no teeth at all, they certainly come with drawbacks. They can irritate gums and make breathing, eating, tasting food, talking, and laughing difficult. And dentures are not a once-and-your-done solution for missing teeth. As the jaw shrinks, they call for relines.

Stop The Progression

But there is hope! Dental implant technology can improve the quality of life for people who have been wearing standard dentures. To a certain extent, implants curb the downhill progression of declining oral health due to tooth loss.

Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow us to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are placed into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a strong base for an overdenture.

Restore Chewing Ability

Did you know that some denture wearers retain only ten percent of their chewing capacity? Implant-supported dentures not only curb bone recession, they can restore near-normal chewing ability. Improved chewing function with implants can result in better nutrition and overall physical well-being.

The psychological benefits are equally valuable. When Wilson Dental Group patients are free of embarrassing denture-slipping, they are happier, more sure of themselves, and socialize more often.

Before you spend money on another denture reline, ask Wilson Dental Group about denture-stabilization implants. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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In this post from Wilson Dental Group, we’re going to explore some details about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpastes is creating foam when thoroughly brushing.

Working up a good foam is achieved by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming assists in dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.

Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are perfect for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may notice tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in severe cases, tooth loss.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so make sure you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.

Furthermore, flossing is vital and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.

To recap:

  • Wet soft bristle toothbrush
  • Use fluoridated toothpaste
  • Brush at 45 degree angle
  • Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
  • Cover every surface of every tooth
  • Swish around in mouth before spitting out
  • Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars
  • Rinse out debris

At Wilson Dental Group, we want each one of our patients to have a healthy, beautiful smile. See us twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry services. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Love Your Smile

Love Your Smile in WilsonThere is nothing like bright white teeth that light up a person’s whole face when they smile and laugh. At Wilson Dental Group, one has to settle for dull, yellow teeth.

This is a great time for Wilson men, women and teens to get a deep teeth cleaning. With a deep cleaning followed by teeth bleaching, your teeth will feel as good as they look.

If you have an important upcoming event such as a wedding, party or formal family portrait sitting, a smile makeover will give you extra confidence as you pose for photos (even close-ups).

These tooth whitening strips and tooth whitening pens can sometimes whiten your teeth a few shades, but the peroxide concentration is much lower than the whitening solutions used in cosmetic dental offices. It may not be dynamic enough for your tooth stains.

Tooth whitening offered at Las Vegas mall kiosks is risky, also. Most of these teeth whitening businesses have no professional oversight and the employees have little dental training.

Teeth whitening following twice-yearly cleanings is usually the most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedure at Wilson Dental Group. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Yes, We Treat Bad Breath

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When our patients at Wilson Dental Group ask  if mouthwash cures bad breath, we tell them that treating bad breath with a mouthwash is like drenching yourself with cologne instead of taking a shower.

They get the point. Mouthwash is only a temporary mask for odor caused by poor oral hygiene, tongue bacteria, or digestive problems.

The best-selling mouthwashes have a considerable amount of alcohol, which can even exacerbate bad breath by drying out the mouth. Some bacteria grow even speedier in a dry environment.

To eliminate bad breath, you need to find the cause. To get rid of hidden bacteria multiplying between teeth, pay more attention to thorough flossing and brushing.

A haphazard, thirty-second brushing won’t prevent halitosis (or cavities). Try to brush for at least three minutes. It may seem like overkill if you have been a speed-brusher but remember that there is a lot of area to cover on multiple planes.

Devise a system to brush every reachable surface of every tooth. Then floss carefully around every tooth, pulling the floss down into the space at the gumline on both sides. Brush your gums, sides of mouth, palate, and tongue, also.

If your tongue is the culprit, you might want to start using a tongue scraper. Tongue scraping has become quite popular, especially among the college crowd. A tongue scraper is a cleaning tool that works like a squeegee to scrape bacteria and food particles off the surface of the tongue.

At Wilson Dental Group we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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4 Smile Boosters

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In this message from  the  Wilson Dental Group, we would like to highlight four ways you can improve your smile.

  1. Teeth Whitening is quick and non-invasive. External tooth whitening occurs when teeth whitening agents bleach the teeth directly. This can be done in your home or in the office of your dentist.
  2. Dental Implants are another common procedure that many Wilson residents seek. A dental implant is secured into the jawbone to replace the roots of a lost tooth. A natural-looking crown is affixed to the implant. Along with improving appearance and restoring tooth function, the dental implant does double-duty by helping to maintain bone support.
  3. Dental Bonding can be done with various materials such as porcelain and composite resins. With recent advances in cosmetic dental procedures, these materials can more precisely replicate natural tooth structure and natural appearance. This procedure is commonly used to repair chipped or cracked teeth.
  4. Porcelain Veneers are a popular choice for our cosmetic dentistry patients. Ultra-thin porcelain shells are affixed to the front of your teeth to correct gaps, yellowing, and other imperfections, leaving you with a dazzling smile.

At Wilson Dental Group, we are committed to providing superior dental care to each of our valued patients. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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