Gently Now (Protect Your Gums When You Brush)

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Everyone wants nice, pearly white teeth. It makes sense, then, to brush our teeth more often to get them – right? Well, no. As we explain in this post from Wilson Dental Group, brushing too aggressively can result in receding gums.

Gum recession is when your gum line exposes more of your teeth, or in severe cases, your tooth root. It creates a pocket of space between your teeth and gum line.  Decay-causing bacteria can grow and fester in that pocket. This leads to serious issues down the line. Even tooth loss.

Longer or Harder?
A common misconception is the idea that if you want to lighten your teeth, you should scrub them really hard.

The best way to get white teeth is to brush longer, not harder. The key, though, is to use a very light touch. Gently brush your teeth until they’re squeaky clean. Run your tongue over them. Doesn’t that feel great?

Why?
When you brush your teeth too quickly, you may not remove all the food particles. You don’t want this debris turning into plaque.

If you truly want whiter teeth, brush in a slow, circular motion for about five minutes. Methodically go over each tooth surface.

Use a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. That way, you get all the recent gunk off and your teeth get a little bit whiter each time you brush. The fluoride helps your enamel re-harden.

Let’s Review
Brushing too aggressively can lead to gum recession. Gum recession can (and most likely will) cause a space to form between your teeth and gum line. This pocket collects bacteria. Bacteria causes cavities. Plus, if the gums continue to recede, the tooth can become loose.

The best approach is to brush longer, and with a light gentle touch. Don’t forget to floss!

If you’re gums have already begun to recede, don’t despair! It’s a treatable condition. At Wilson Dental Group we offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry procedures, and complete children’s dentistry. 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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Why The Tooth Implant Timeline is Necessary

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For most people who are missing one or more of their teeth, a dental implant from Wilson Dental Group is an ideal, state-of-the-art solution.

The dental implant process can take several visits over a period of months. Don’t let this discourage you. Each stage of the procedure is critical.

The Dental Implant Timeline

1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment

A complete dental implant and restoration consists of a titanium post, the abutment, and the final restoration (crown, denture, bridge, or partial denture).

At your first visit, we’ll take X-rays and evaluate your mouth. We will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone.

If you don’t have adequate bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting surgery, a common procedure to generate new bone growth.

2. Implant Placement

The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is. It takes one to two hours.

Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough for post-surgery soreness. Most people can go resume an ordinary day after the surgery. We’ll have instructions on post-operative care.

3. Osseointegration

Over the next few months, the jawbone fuses with the implant.  Titanium readily integrates with bone. The technical term for this quality is ‘osteophilic’. For most patients, it takes from three to six months for the process to complete.

4. Placing the Final Restoration

The final step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.

Dental implants from Wilson Dental Group can improve your life.  They are among our general and cosmetic denistry services. Call our office to 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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Root Canal vs Dental Implant

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In this post from Wilson Dental Group we are going to talk about root canals, tooth extraction, and dental implants.

When a tooth’s nerve and pulp becomes infected, we make a judgment call: whether to try saving the tooth with root canal therapy, or extracting it.

Sometimes patients think an extraction is the best choice. Can’t they just have the tooth pulled, and replaced with a dental implant Whether that’s becauseroot canals have a bad reputation or something else, we couldn’t say. But we take a different view.

The truth is that extracting a tooth is a traumatic procedure. For one thing it’s extremely invasive. For another, extractions allow more bad bacteria to get into the bloodstream.

Performing a root canal is actually the better way to go. It’s true that most people associate them with pain. But that’s a myth; modern root canals are about like getting a cavity filled, in terms of patient discomfort. Better still, they allow you to keep your natural tooth.

Dental implants are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement, and a revolutionary development in dentistry. But it’s a myth to think they’re a better option than extraction. A dental implant would mean more time in the dentist’s chair and a lot more cost.

At Wilson Dental Group, we save a lot of teeth with root canal therapy. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule your next 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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Tooth Tips For Traveling

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If you’re making plans for your summer vacation, the team at Wilson Dental Group has a few suggestions for you – especially if it’s going to be an extended trip.

It’s always a good idea to have a checkup with your dentist prior tous before leaving on long vacations, especially if your trip is taking you to developing areas without good dental care options. This quick check-up will help you be sure that your mouth is ready to travel.

Another important consideration; if you have any dental procedures scheduled before you leave, discuss it with us. Many dental procedures are actually surgical procedures. This means that your body will need more time to heal than you may realize.

Also, if you’re leaving by plane, you should be aware that changes in the cabin pressure may cause tooth pain or discomfort for patients who have just had oral surgery. Moreover, make sure you are aware of any required follow-up appointments with your dentist or orthodontist before you schedule a vacation.

In short, think about a checkup with us before you go. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and children’s dentistry. Bon voyage!

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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Do You Eat A Smile-Healthy Diet?

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This post from Wilson Dental Group explains how specific foods and eating habits impact our teeth.

The Sugar Problem
Sugars get converted into acids by bacteria in the mouth. It is the acids that begin to assault enamel and initiate tooth decay.

Fruits have high water content which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t really that bad. It’s the sticky candies, cookies, cakes and pies that are.

Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to limit the acidic effects. It is smart to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts and milk. The calcium and phosphorus will encourage tooth remineralization.

Timing of Meals
The more often you eat the more often your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be moderated by deciding on healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods, but to skip oral hygiene altogether.

At Wilson Dental Group we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. In addition to regular checkups, that means carefully choosing what you eat. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office to schedule a 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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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Everyone, it seems, would like to have whiter teeth and a better smile. Cosmetic dentistry from Wilson Dental Group may be just what what you need.

Of course, there are plenty of over-the-counter products you might want to try. Any grocery store will have plenty of options in the dental care aisle: every major brand of toothpaste, it seems, offers a whitening version.

Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. They do a fairly good job, and the abrasives in them are no harder on tooth enamel than ordinary toothpastes.  However, these products can only remove stains that are on the surface. This generally results in whitening by roughly one shade.

Professional whitening, on the other hand, can whiten your teeth up to eight shades. We have two options: Venus White in-office whitening, and the Venus White take-home version. Both are safe and effective. The in-office version can whiten your smile in just one visit!

Professional teeth whitening at Wilson Dental Group is just one of our cosmetic dentistry options. Other services include pediatric dentistry. Call our office 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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The Wow Factor

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At Wilson Dental Group we continue to achieve fantastic results with our cosmetic dentistry smile makeovers. If the term “cosmetic dentistry” is unfamiliar to you, it’s a type of dental care that focuses on improving the appearance of your mouth and teeth, and how they come together in your smile.

There are a number of common cosmetic dentistry procedures available. The most popular are teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Clear braces have generated a lot of interest, too.

  • Teeth whitening can transform your smile in ways that far surpass any whitening product you’ll find at the grocery store.
  • Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that are affixed to the front of your teeth. They are great for covering chips and cracks that detract from your smile.
  • Clear braces from Invisalign can straighten your teeth without the bother of metal brackets. They’re worn like an athlete’s mouth guard, and are so subtle that people standing just a few feet away might not realize you’re wearing them. Best of all, they can be removed at mealtime and when you brush your teeth.

At Wilson Dental Group, our cosmetic dentistry will leave you saying “Wow!” We also offer complete children’s 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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Your Unique Smile, Only Better!

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If you’re not happy with your smile, you can improve it with cosmetic dentistry from Wilson Dental Group.

Cosmetic dentistry is all about using sound dental techniques to make positive changes to your smile. Even a tiny change can make a big difference.

General and family dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums, and that is never overlooked. Cosmetic dentistry improves smiles as a complement  to your dental health.

There are procedures like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers that can transform your smile. But before proceeding we consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth, and the facial shape and coloring of each patient.

Available cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Veneers. Thin shells are affixed to the front of your teeth to cover gaps, cracks, and discoloration. We offer standard porcelain or prepless.
  • Teeth whitening. Professional whitening surpasses any whitening product you’ll find at the grocery store.
  • Dental implants. One or more titanium posts inserted in your jaw can support one or more replacement teeth.
  • Invisalign clear braces. Straighten crooked teeth without metal!

Cosmetic dentistry from Wilson Dental Group can transform your smile from dull to dazzling! We also offer children’s dentistry and many other services. Schedule an appointment 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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Tooth Replacement For The 21st Century

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Not everything was better back in the good old days. Take dentures, for instance. They’ve improved many lives, but there is a better option from Wilson Dental Group: implant-supported dentures.

There are two types of implant anchored dentures: removable and permanent. No adhesive is required for either system.

With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable.

Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment that allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type, because they can remove them at night for cleaning.

Implant-supported dentures from Wilson Dental Group are life-changing! They are among our general and cosmetic dentistry services. We have extended evening and Saturday hours for your convenience. Call us 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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The Gift Of Oral Health

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Sometimes our patients wonder why, with all the developments in dentistry, we still send you home with a complimentary toothbrush and roll of floss after a checkup at Wilson Dental Group.

It’s true, they do seem a little old-fashioned in our high-tech world. But don’t let their simplicity fool you! These tools are your best friends in preventing cavities, plaque build-up, and gum disease!

When done properly and consistently, brushing and flossing are an important part of everyday oral hygiene.

How To Brush
We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush for at least two minutes. Make sure to get the front and sides of all your teeth, the inside and outside parts, and the tops. When you to the sides, be sure you brush along the gumline. Use a gentle touch, and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle. Replace your toothbrush every three months or so.

Use whatever toothpaste flavor you like best, but make sure it has fluoride in it. Use a pea-sized blob – or more than pea-sized, if you’re so inclined. Too much toothpaste is no big deal, but be sure to use enough!

We strongly recommend flossing, too. Should you floss your teeth before or after you brush? There is no hard-and-fast rule on that, and it may come down to personal preference. We think before is better, but the most important thing is that you do it.

At Wilson Dental Group, we think that good oral health is a gift that keeps on giving. 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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