Many friendships between Dr. Willey’s team and patients began when patients were just “seeking a dental care home.” Not only have they found this home with our team, they have also found that, if the need for advanced cosmetic or restorative dentistry arose in their lives, Dr. Willey was ready with the appropriate state-of-the-art treatment. In the meantime, many patients appreciate Dr. Willey’s array of general services, which include solutions for issues such as tooth grinding, in addition to regular professional cleanings and checkups. Dr. Willey even provides Botox treatments!
Periodontal (Gum) Disease – Periodontal Therapy
Fifty percent of all adults have some form of Periodontal Disease, often without realizing it. Adult tooth loss, bad breath, bleeding gums, and receding gums can often times be attributed to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can be easily prevented with proper hygiene, home care and consistent professional treatment. When diagnosed in its early stages, treatments for periodontal disease are easier, less invasive and more effective. During your regular visit with Dr. Willey and his hygienist, you will receive a complete evaluation of your gums as well as your supportive tissues. Should periodontal disease be a concern, you will have access to advanced periodontal therapy to heal and restore your oral health.
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Development of spaces between teeth
- Change in the fit of partial dentures
- Change in your bite alignment
- Pus around teeth
- No pain associated with this disease until it is too late…
Treatment Planning for Gum Health
Dr. Willey and his dental hygienist work together to develop a treatment plan especially for you. This plan is designed to keep you healthy or to fight the periodontal disease to get you to a new level of periodontal (gum) health. Treating this disease at its earliest stages to help you avoid gum surgery is what Dr. Willey and his team desire.
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Often, the first treatment option is active periodontal treatment (root planning, scaling and curettage). This is the removal of hard and soft deposits that are embedded in the teeth, tissue, and bone supporting the teeth. This extensive cleaning treatment also removes embedded bacteria and toxins buried below the gum line on the teeth. A deep pocket between the gum tissue and tooth is created when hard and soft deposits attach to your teeth below the gum line. The deposits pull the tissue away from the tooth. The deposits must be removed so that the gingival tissue can heal and close the pocket. If not treated, the deposits and bacteria will continue to cause more irreversible damage to the bone, tissue and teeth. If the disease cannot be controlled in our office, then Dr. Willey may choose to refer you to a periodontist, a specialist who focuses on the care and treatment of gum disease.
When the path to your good oral health includes a tooth extraction, rest assured that the modern technology, techniques and services (including sedation dentistry) offered by Dr. Willey will make your treatment faster and more comfortable than ever before. And, your experience with Dr. Willey will always include a discussion of your options for restoring that part of your smile, perhaps with a porcelain bridge or other restorative treatment.
If you are one of the millions of Americans who clench or grind your teeth in your sleep, a night guard may be the device you need to finally find relief from jaw pain, headaches or other head and neck discomfort. A custom night guard from Dr. Willey fits over your teeth, preventing your teeth from pressing against each other and causing damage – a comfortable solution to help you sleep safely. If you experience pain that you believe may be due to nighttime bruxism, ask Dr. Willey if a night guard appliance is right for you.
Bruxism refers to the grinding of the teeth. Sometimes this action is caused by stress. Other times, injury or a genetic misalignment in your bite prevents your jaw from being able to find a neutral position when at rest. Dr. Willey offers a variety of appliances designed to prevent you from damaging your teeth and overstressing the muscles and other supportive structures of your mouth and jaw. An NTI positions your jaw so that it is in a relaxed, neutral position to prevent against the muscle strain that can cause jaw pain or clenching of the mouth. NTIs fit over the front teeth to comfortably align your bite when you sleep or during other times when you need relief or relaxation. Ask Dr. Willey for more information about bite- or jaw-related therapy.
When your dental care requires services that are housed in several dental care disciplines, Dr. Willey’s partnerships with a variety of dental specialists in our region will ensure you receive efficient, coordinated care. Dr. Willey’s ability to help you plan your care when it involves several providers is key in making sure you stay on the path toward your unique smile goals. Only the highest quality providers make up Dr. Willey’s exclusive list of partners.