Chestnut Family Dentistry, which is led by Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS, has been serving the Asheville area for over 20 years. Services include dental examinations and cleanings, veneers, crowns, bridges, and teeth whitening. If you are looking for a Weaverville dentist, look no further than Dr. Willoughby.
What Can Someone Expect During Their First Visit?
The first visit will usually take an hour. During that time, our Weaverville dentist will ask about the patient’s medical and dental history as well as their dental hygiene. They will also discuss the patient’s concerns. The dentist will examine the patient’s teeth and X-ray them, and the hygienist will clean them. The dentist will advise the patient on ways to take better care of their teeth. If necessary, they will also recommend various treatments.
What Does Teeth Whitening Involve?
The patient may choose either in-office treatments or a whitening kit they may use at home. Our Weaverville dentist will examine the patient first to make certain they have healthy gums and teeth. They will then have the hygienist clean the patient’s teeth to get rid of any accumulated plaque or tartar.
During the office treatment, the dentist will place a shield over the patient’s gums to protect them. The gel used to bleach or whiten the patient’s teeth typically contains carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, which won’t harm the enamel. The gel will be placed in a tray resembling a mouthguard, and the dentist will place it over the patient’s teeth.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin plastic coats applied to teeth by our Weaverville dentist in order to prevent tooth decay. While anybody can get dental sealants, they are particularly beneficial for children and teenagers who are more prone to cavities. Similarly, dental sealants are particularly useful in protecting the molars or back teeth, as many patients find them hard to clean.
After the hygienist has professionally cleaned the patient’s teeth, the dentist will paint the sealant onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth. The sealant will then tightly bond with the tooth and protect its depressions and grooves from decay.
What Does Dental Restoration Involve?
Dental restoration describes procedures done to repair a badly decayed tooth. The goal is to save and strengthen the tooth. The dentist will remove infected or damaged parts of the tooth and replace them with a filling. The filling may be made from dental composites, porcelain, or gold.
In some cases, the patient will also need a crown or bridge. If the tooth is beyond saving, they will need a dental implant. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made from titanium, and it looks like a screw. The dentist will place it in the patient’s jawbone and top it with a crown so that it will look and work like a natural tooth.