Regular dental checkup visits are essential to prevent oral health problems.
Wilmington Dental Associates
General, Orthodontic, Restorative, & Cosmetic Dentistry In Wilmington, DE
At our office, your oral health is our paramount concern. With regular dental checkups, we can help make sure oral health problems are caught early, treated effectively, and prevent further issues.
We want to make sure your teeth stay healthy, function well, and look great! Our caring team provides general, orthodontic, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in Wilmington, DE. From regular cleanings and exams to advanced restorative treatments and everything in between, all of your dentistry needs can be met right here.
Root Canal Treatment
Periodontal Disease Therapy
Fillings do just what the name implies — seal a small hole in your tooth, i.e., a cavity, caused by decay. This prevents the decay (a bacteria-induced infection) from spreading further into your tooth. If left untreated, decay can continue on to the sensitive inner pulp (nerve) tissue located in the root canal. Should that happen, you would need root canal treatment.
There are two broad categories of dental fillings: metal fillings and tooth-colored fillings
Protect children’s teeth from decay. You can think of a sealant as a mini plastic filling, though please reassure your child that it doesn’t “count” as having a cavity filled. Because tooth enamel does not contain any nerves, placing a sealant is painless and does not routinely require numbing shots. First, the tooth or teeth to be sealed are examined, and if any minimal decay is found, it will be gently removed. Sealed teeth require the same conscientious dental hygiene as unsealed teeth. Your child should continue to brush and floss his or her teeth daily and have regular professional cleanings.
Root Canal Treatment – Save an infected tooth.
Root canal treatment — also called endodontics (“endo” – inside, “dont” – tooth) — is a set of specialized procedures designed to treat problems of the soft pulp (nerve) tissue inside the tooth. It’s one of the most effective ways of relieving some kinds of tooth pain. A root canal procedure becomes necessary when infection or inflammation develops in the pulp tissue of the tooth. Pulp tissue consists of blood vessels, connective tissue and nerve cells — which explains why a problem here may cause you to feel intense pain. In time, the pain may go away… at least temporarily. Without treatment, however, the infection won’t. It can lead to a dental abscess, and may even contribute to systemic problems in other parts of the body.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy
Prevent tooth loss. If we maintain good oral hygiene and have regular professional cleanings and examinations, chances are we can keep our natural teeth for life. That involves not only caring for the teeth themselves, but also the structures that surround them: the gums and tooth-supporting bone. Gum disease is a bacterial infection, threatens these supporting tissues.When signs of trouble become apparent, periodontal therapy may be suggested.
Periodontal therapy includes both surgical and non-surgical techniques to restore health to the tissues that support the teeth (gums and bone) and prevent tooth loss.
Professional Teeth Cleanings
Maintain good oral health. Even if you brush and floss your teeth faithfully, it is important that you have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. The preventive procedures cleaning – prophylaxis – focus on preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Performed in conjunction with a routine dental examination, a professional cleaning can go a long way toward controlling these two common maladies.
While your teeth are being cleaned, it’s also a good opportunity to take a close look at your oral health in general and check for a few specific problems.
Oral cancer screening
Detect disease at a curable stage. Although oral cancer may not get as much attention as some more widely-known types of cancer, that doesn’t mean it’s any less deadly. In fact, it is estimated that in the United States, oral cancer is responsible for killing one person every hour, every day. While it accounts for a relatively small percentage of all cancers, oral cancer is dangerous because it isn’t usually detected until it has reached an advanced stage. At that point, the odds aren’t great: only about 6 in 10 people will survive after five years of treatment.
For chronic jaw pain. If you experience ongoing pain in the area near your ear, your jaw or the muscles on the side of your face, possibly accompanied by a clicking or popping sound or restricted jaw movement, you may be suffering from TMD — an abbreviation for Temporomandibular disorders. Sometimes people incorrectly use the term TMJ to refer to these problems, when in fact TMJ is the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint — or jaw joint — itself. So while you definitely have a TMJ (two of them in fact), you may or may not have TMD.
Just when a tooth is hopelessly damaged or decayed. The main goal of dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth and keep them healthy for as long as possible. There are times, however, when it is in your best interest (or your child’s) to have a tooth extracted (removed). This could be the case for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you have a tooth that has been severely damaged by trauma or decay; or an impacted wisdom tooth that may cause trouble for you later on. Maybe your teenager will soon undergo orthodontic treatment and has insignificant space for his adult teeth, referred to as crowding. Or your younger child has a baby tooth that’s stubbornly adhering, even though it’s past time for it to go.
Professional Teeth Cleanings
Oral Cancer Screening
Types of Appliances
Retention & Post Care
Invisalign clear aligners are made of almost invisible polyurethane plastic. Rather than being cemented or bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are, clear aligners are completely removable — for important social occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, for tooth-brushing and flossing.
Orthodontic treatment can resolve a number of bite problems, which often become evident by around age 7. These include underbite, crossbite or excessive overbite, where upper and lower teeth don’t close in the proper position; open bite, where a space remains between top and bottom teeth when the jaws are closed; and crowding or excessive spacing, where teeth are spaced too close together or too far apart.
Types of Appliances
Not every smile is the same, and not every sleep apnea suffer responds to the same oral appliance therapy. At the Bethesda Center for Dental Sleep Medicine, we offer a variety of oral appliance options to treat any patient.
Retention & Post Orthodontic Care
Once your orthodontic treatment is completed, it’s extremely important to wear a retainer as directed. That’s because teeth naturally tend to drift back to their original locations — which is the last thing you want after you’ve gone to the trouble of straightening them! Wearing a retainer holds your teeth in their new position long enough for new bone and ligament to re-form around them, and helps keep your gorgeous new smile looking good for a lifetime.
Cosmetic Dentistry In Wilmington
A veneer is a wafer-thin layer of super-strong porcelain that convincingly substitutes for natural tooth enamel. When bonded to your teeth, veneers can create a natural-looking, beautiful new surface. That’s because dental porcelain, like natural tooth enamel, is translucent and tough. But it doesn’t stain like tooth enamel does. We specialize in veneers and other cosmetic dentistry in Wilmington to help restore your smile.
Bonding uses tooth-colored materials to replace missing tooth structure or hide cosmetically unappealing minor defects in a tooth — chips, discoloration, and even minor spacing irregularities. Bonding materials are called “composite resins” because they contain a mixture of plastic and glass, which adds strength and translucency. The composite actually bonds, or becomes one with the rest of the tooth. You can trust the team at Wilmington Dental Associates for expert bonding and other cosmetic dentistry in Wilmington.
Done in a professional dental setting is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile. It’s also perhaps the most economical cosmetic dental procedure. Depending on the whitening method you choose, results can be dramatic: in-office whitening, for example, can lighten teeth three to eight shades in a single hour. We specialize in top-quality teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry in Wilmington to help restore your smile.
Clear aligners from Invisalign are made of nearly invisible polyurethane plastic. Unlike traditional metal or clear braces that are cemented or bonded to the teeth, clear aligners are completely removable — for important social occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, for tooth-brushing and flossing. Trust the team at Wilmington Dental Associates, the experts in cosmetic dentistry in Wilmington, for your Invisalign treatment.
Crowns and Bridgework
Crowns and Bridgework
A crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line. This is in contrast to a dental veneer, which only covers a tooth’s front surface and needs natural tooth structure to support it. Therefore, if a tooth is missing a significant amount of structure above the gum line, a crown would be the restoration of choice. Crowns can also be used to create a lifelike replacement for a missing tooth. This is done with bridgework, which spans the space of the missing tooth and requires at least three crowns.
Of all the ways modern dentistry has to replace missing teeth, dental implants are by far the best. There is no tooth-replacement option that will give you a longer-lasting result. Implants also help preserve tooth-supporting bone that naturally deteriorates when a tooth is lost. Loss of bone is one of the major hidden consequences of losing teeth. At Wilmington Dental Associates, we also specialize in hybrid implant dentures.
Full or partial tooth loss, if left untreated, doesn’t just affect a person’s self-image — it can also increase the risk of developing nutritional problems and other systemic health disorders. Fortunately, there’s a reliable and time-tested method for treating this condition: full or partial dentures. Consist of a gum-colored base made of plastic resin, which fits over the remaining alveolar (bone) ridge that formerly held the teeth. The prosthetic teeth projecting from the base are designed to look and function just like your natural teeth.