Preventive Care and Exams
Oral hygiene is the most important part of ensuring your oral health, and the most important part of oral hygiene is what you do at home. We will help you understand the best ways to care for your teeth at home. We will also perform cleanings that will take care of the hardened tartar that you can’t remove yourself.
At your regular exams, we will also look for problems so that they can be treated as minimally as possible. This includes oral cancer screening as well as looking for tooth decay and gum disease.
General Dentistry and Gum Disease
Gum disease is one of the most serious oral health problems you may face. When oral bacteria begin to infect the area around your teeth, they can cause receding gums.
As bacteria penetrate deeper into the space around your teeth, they can damage bones, and your body’s own response to infection leads to more bone loss. Eventually you may lose your teeth.
The bacteria in your gums can also reach your bloodstream and may accumulate in your blood vessels and even in your heart, leading to cardiovascular complications. Gum disease can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Gum disease treatment depends on the level of gum disease and may include simple changes in oral hygiene, removal of bacteria from around your teeth, and even surgery.
If your teeth begin to experience decay because of the accumulation of oral bacteria in your mouth, dental restorations can be used to reverse the effects of decay. Your teeth can be healthy again, and no one needs to know they were ever damaged. We use many types of dental restorations, including:
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Dental crown
- Root Canal Therapy
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants
- Dentures, including the Denture Fountain of Youth®
Which treatments are appropriate for you depend on the extent of tooth decay. Typically, you will be able to choose from two or three options in deciding which is the best way to treat your tooth decay.
If you would like to learn more about protecting the health of your teeth and gums with general dentistry in Wilmington, NC, please call (910) 392-6060 or email Kuzma Advanced Dentistry.