- Family Dentistry
Choosing a family dentist that cares for the well-being of your child is an important decision. At Tim Wilson D.D.S., we enjoy treating entire families and look forward to seeing children. Good oral health is an important element of overall wellness and establishing us as your child’s “dental home” allows us to teach them preventive dental health habits and keep them free of dental and oral diseases.
- Root Canals
A root canal is a treatment that repairs and saves a tooth that is badly decayed or infected by removing dead or dying nerve tissue. Root canals need not be painful and most patients resume normal activities the same day. Root canals are a wonderful alternative to tooth loss.
Once a root canal is performed a crown is usually placed to strengthen the remaining tooth structure and restore the tooth to proper function and appearance.
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. Removal of the wisdom teeth is the most common form of tooth extraction, but it can also be necessary in cases of extreme decay. If you need a tooth extracted it is best to make an appointment right away, as waiting can cause severe health problems in the future.
A tooth that is decayed, cracked or has a large, old filling is at risk for breaking. A broken tooth can result in a toothache, abscess, root canal or even loss of the tooth. Dr. Wilson can identify a tooth at risk for breaking through regular exams and x-rays. A crown can replace the decayed portion of the tooth, protect it from further fracture and decay, and improve its physical appearance. Each crown is individually created using impressions to ensure that the crown has a custom fit and matches the appearance of your original healthy teeth. It is adhered using cement and generally encases all visible parts of the tooth (down to the gum line).
Crowns can be made of Gold, or Porcelain to match your teeth.
- Teeth Whitening
Although it may seem like a minor problem to some, tooth discoloration can cause lowered self confidence and make you hesitant to smile. Stains can be caused by aging, staining, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we offer 3 separate methods that create a beautiful, brilliant smile. It’s safe, quick, and inexpensive. Just let us know at your appointment if you are considering whitening your teeth.
When you lose one or more teeth, your remaining teeth may shift. Aside from the change in appearance, your ability to chew and speak may also be affected. A bridge fills in the gap where you are missing teeth and is bonded to your surrounding teeth for extra support. A bridge differs from a partial denture in that it is not visible and there are no visible clasps.
Dental implants are truly one of the biggest breakthroughs in dentistry of the last century. A dental implant is a synthetic structure that is placed in the space once occupied by the root of the removed tooth. The implant fuses to the jaw and provides a stable platform for a replacement tooth. In the past, if a tooth was lost due to disease or damage the only options for replacement involved bulky dentures or bridges that negatively affect the remaining teeth. Implants provide an excellent treatment option that is not only more comfortable but longer lasting. If you have questions about whether implants are a good option for you please let us know. We can discuss with you what options would be best to replace your missing teeth.
Missing teeth can create many different aesthetic and functional problems including sagging facial muscles and inability to eat certain foods or even speak. Dentures may be your best solution if you’ve lost all your natural teeth due to periodontal disease, tooth decay, or injury. We can also make a denture that is retained by implants. This kind of denture is very retentive and allows a person to eat anything, even corn on the cob!
- Full Mouth Makeover
Dental veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry in which a shell or layer of tooth-colored porcelain or composite is placed over the outer surfaces of your teeth to correct worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, discoloration and chips or cracks. Crowns cover all surfaces of your teeth. By replacing missing or undesirable or unshapely teeth we can help make your smile your greatest asset.
- Sleep Appliance
There are many different sleeping appliances on the market today for treating obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Some devices are meant to move the lower jaw forward, while others are tongue retaining appliances. Both varieties help reduce the likelihood of the sleeper's tongue falling backward and blocking the airway. Despite their retainer-like appearance, sleeping appliances are said to be quite comfortable.
If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea or excessive snoring, consider being fitted with a sleeping appliance.
Periodontics is perhaps one of the more overlooked areas of dental practice and is therefore something that we are sure to check when you become our patient. Periodontics deals with the supporting structures of the tooth, namely the gums and bone. When the gums are not cared for properly they can become inflamed which results in red puffy gums that bleed easily. This condition is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease if left untreated. Periodontal disease or periodontitis is a serious condition in which the bone that supports the teeth recedes or pulls away from the tooth and as a result the tooth support can be compromised. If the process continues, bone and tooth loss is inevitable.
Restorative dentistry is restoring your teeth to their proper form and function.
Fillings are used to fill voids (cavities) that typically result from decay or tooth wear.
Amalgam fillings are made up of a combination of metals which makes them extremely durable and able to withstand the grinding and chewing of your back teeth over long periods of time. Because these fillings are silver in color, they are used to fill posterior teeth.
Composite fillings are "Tooth Colored" and can be done on anterior and posterior teeth and are a more natural-looking alternative to silver amalgam fillings. These kind of fillings are often considered more attractive, because they match existing teeth.
To provide you with the best possible care, we are committed to using the latest technology, including: Digital X-rays for fast, high-definition images of teeth, jaws and other facial structures and intraoral camera technology to provide both you and the doctor with a close-up view of your teeth and soft tissues.
For a lifetime of good oral health, your mouth needs a good foundation.
Proper dental care starts at a young age. Taking a proactive approach to oral health can save your family a lot of time and money in the long run. Good dental habits should begin as soon as a child has his or her first tooth. Schedule your child’s first dental appointment when he or she is between three and four years old to begin a lifetime habit of regular visits. Dr. Wilson can accurately assess if your child’s oral growth and development are on the right track.
For both children and adults, preventive dentistry includes brushing at least twice daily, and flossing daily. Focusing on proper nutrition and avoiding excessive sugar and refined carbohydrates are also key elements in preventing cavities and tooth decay. In addition, if you or your children are involved with sports, a mouth guard is crucial to protect your teeth from accidental injury.
Good dental habits at home go a long way to increase oral health, but regular cleanings and check-ups at the dentist are required to fully protect your teeth and gums. Most children and adults should have their teeth cleaned and examined at least twice a year. During your dental cleaning appointment, one of our hygienists will thoroughly clean (scale), examine, and polish your teeth. Only cleanings performed by a dental hygienist remove the plaque and debris that lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, and possible bone loss.
After each cleaning, Dr. Wilson will perform a comprehensive exam, including an oral cancer screening, periodontal (gum) exam, and bite assessment. Once a year, bitewing x-rays are taken and examined to look for any cracks or decay in the teeth. If Dr. Wilson discovers potential problems such as gum disease, broken fillings, or tooth decay, he will recommend treatment to repair the damage and re-establish oral wellness. Dr. Wilson always explains treatment options thoroughly and openly. He discusses the risks and benefits associated with each treatment option, and allows the patient to make an educated decision.
We know that oral health affects every aspect of living (eating, socializing, smiling, overall health, etc.). We want our patients to be confident in their oral health, and we promise the very best care at our office.
We are here to meet your dental needs. Even if you think your dental problem is unique, or if you have any additional questions, contact us today for an appointment and be on your way to a healthy and improved smile that will boost your confidence and enrich your personal and professional life.