Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS is a renowned family dentist in the Asheville area. The proof is in the name of her practice: Chestnut Family Dentistry. She has over 20 years of experience and provides a range of services.
General dentistry includes the various common procedures people associate with going to the dentist, such as cleaning teeth, X-rays, or filling cavities. Most dentists recommend going to the dentist at least twice a year. Not only will the dentist be able to clean the patient’s teeth, but they will be able to check for such conditions as gum disease or even mouth cancer. Both conditions are easy to treat if they are caught early.
What Happens During a First Visit?
During the first visit, the dentist will ask the patient about their concerns and their dental hygiene. She will examine the patient’s teeth and advise them on how to take better care of them. The dental hygienist will clean the patient’s teeth. If necessary, the dentist will recommend additional treatments or procedures.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, more formally known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums that is caused by an excessive accumulation of plaque. It is often painless, so it can go undetected and untreated. Gum disease can cause the following symptoms:
• Constant bad breath and/or bad taste
• Tender, swollen, and/or red gums
• Gums that bleed often and easily
• Loosened permanent teeth
• Changes in the way the teeth fit together
Early gum disease is sometimes called gingivitis, and it can be easily treated by a dental cleaning followed by improvements in brushing and flossing. Untreated gum disease, however, can cause the gums to recede to the point that the patient needs a more involved procedure.
What is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?
Also known as “gum rejuvenation, the Pinhole Surgical Technique(PST) is a procedure done to repair receding gums. It is significantly less uncomfortable than conventional procedures, for it does not involve using tissue grafts. Our family dentist can tell you more about this procedure during a consultation in Asheville.
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Have you been looking for an experienced and talented family dentist in the area? Make an appointment at the office of Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS in Asheville. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!