Comprehensive Care with a Focus on Patient Comfort
At TLC 4 Gums, putting the patient first is the core of Dr. Gordon Wilson’s philosophy. Our dedicated team is committed to reviving the health of your smile through comprehensive dental treatments tailored to meet your unique needs while surpassing your expectations.
We take pride in delivering the highest quality care and achieving outstanding results in dentistry, all while ensuring your utmost comfort and keeping you informed throughout your journey. Discover why Dr. Wilson is one of the best dentists in Phoenix, AZ for routine dentistry care.
What Is General Dentistry?
General dentistry encompasses a wide range of dental treatments focused on the overall oral health of patients. General dentists monitor and maintain the health of teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. They play a crucial role in preventing dental problems by promoting good oral hygiene practices, educating patients about oral health, and providing guidance on proper nutrition and lifestyle habits that contribute to healthy teeth and gums.
Our General Dentistry Services
Preventative Dentistry Services
Preventative dentistry focuses on maintaining optimal oral health and preventing dental problems before they arise. It includes regular dental check-ups, professional cleanings, and comprehensive oral exams.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer screenings are an essential part of preventative dentistry. These screenings involve a thorough examination of the oral cavity to detect any signs or symptoms of oral cancer. Dentists perform visual inspections and may use additional tools or tests to assess the mouth, throat, lips, gums, tongue, and other oral tissues.
Periodontal maintenance involves ongoing care and treatment for patients with gum disease or a history of gum problems. It includes regular dental visits to monitor and manage the condition of the gums, perform deep cleanings (scaling and root planing) to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line, and provide personalized oral hygiene instructions to maintain gum health.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure to treat gum disease (periodontitis). It involves removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the tooth surfaces and below the gum line (scaling), as well as smoothing the root surfaces (root planing) to promote gum tissue healing and prevent the progression of gum disease.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment
Dental professionals can offer treatment options for snoring and sleep apnea, common sleep-related disorders. They may provide oral appliances that help to keep the airway open during sleep, reducing snoring and improving breathing for individuals with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) Treatment
Bruxism refers to the involuntary grinding or clenching of teeth, often during sleep. Dentists may diagnose and provide solutions for bruxism, such as custom-made nightguards or splints, which help protect the teeth from damage and alleviate the associated symptoms like jaw pain and tooth wear.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder Treatment
TMJ disorder encompasses a range of conditions affecting the temporomandibular joints, which connect the jawbone to the skull. Dentists can diagnose and offer treatments for TMJ disorders, which may include:
- Lifestyle modifications
- Oral appliances
- Physical therapy
- Other therapies aimed at relieving pain, improving jaw function, and reducing related symptoms
Emergency dental cases refer to situations that require immediate dental attention to address sudden and severe dental pain, injury, or trauma. Dentists who handle emergencies provide prompt relief and treatment to alleviate pain, stop bleeding, repair damage, and prevent further complications.
Occlusal adjustment, also known as bite adjustment, is a dental procedure that aims to achieve proper alignment and balance between the upper and lower teeth. It involves carefully reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth to improve the overall bite relationship, alleviate jaw discomfort, and reduce issues such as teeth grinding or TMJ disorders.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment, or endodontic therapy, is a procedure used to save and repair a severely infected or decayed tooth. It involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the root canals, and filling them with a biocompatible material. A crown is typically placed on top to restore the tooth’s structure and function.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the importance of regular dental check-ups?
Regular dental check-ups are crucial for several reasons. They allow dentists to detect and prevent dental issues like cavities, gum disease, or oral cancer. Early detection enables timely intervention, preventing the problems from worsening. Dental check-ups also allow patients to receive guidance on proper oral care practices and address concerns about their oral health.
How often should I visit a general dentist?
It’s wise to visit a general dentist every six months for routine check-ups and cleanings. The frequency may vary based on individual factors such as oral health status, ongoing dental issues, or the recommendation of your dentist. Some individuals may require more frequent visits if they are prone to dental problems or have specific oral health conditions. Your dentist will advise you on the ideal schedule based on your unique needs.
Can a general dentist treat gum disease?
Yes, general dentists can treat gum disease. They can diagnose and manage various stages of gum disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. In complex cases, they may collaborate with a periodontist, a specialist in gum disease treatment, to provide comprehensive care.
How can I maintain good oral health at home?
Maintaining good oral health at home is essential for overall dental well-being. Here are some essential practices:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss daily
- Use mouthwash to help control bacteria and freshen breath
- Maintain a balanced diet
- Avoid tobacco products
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months
- Consider using additional oral hygiene aids
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the day
Affordable General Dental Care at TLC 4 Gums
Choosing TLC 4 Gums for your dental care means embracing a seamless and comprehensive experience under the capable hands of Dr. Gordon Wilson. With his expertise extending beyond general dentistry, you can trust many advanced treatments can be provided in our office, eliminating the need for external referrals. This streamlines the process, making it simple, easy, and convenient for you to receive care from a dentist who already knows you and your unique smile.
Call our Phoenix, AZ, office at 480-661-4867 to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards improved oral health. We welcome patients from Tempe, Scottsdale, and Central City, AZ.