General Dentistry Wheeling WV
Wylie Dental Care’s recommendations are in harmony with the American Dental Association. We recommend that you visit Wylie Dental Care semi-annually, meaning every six months. This allows Dr. Wylie and the expert hygienists to catch any problem before it becomes a more serious issue. Our team at Wylie Dental Care will take digital x-rays of your teeth and sit down with you one-on-one to consult with you about your dental needs. Dr. Wylie can help identify a small cavity and address that issue before that cavity grows and destroys the rest of the tooth and surrounding teeth. Here at Wylie Dental Care, we believe that prevention is the key to long lasting, healthy, strong teeth. We also believe that these checkups will save you money in the long run because you will be able to avoid major dental procedures.
Our gentle hygienists are here to help keep that flashy smile clean and disease free. At Wylie Dental Care regular cleanings are a part of our preventative care program. We want to team up with you in the battle for a healthy, beautiful, long lasting smile that will be sure to satisfy.
Teeth cleaning is part of oral hygiene and involves the removal of dental plaque from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontal disease. People routinely clean their own teeth by brushing and interdental cleaning, and dental hygienists can remove hardened deposits (tartar) not removed by routine cleaning.
Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling and tooth polishing and debridement if too much tartar has accumulated. This involves the use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth.
Most dental hygienists recommend having the teeth professionally cleaned every six months. More frequent cleaning and examination may be necessary during treatment of dental and other oral disorders. Routine examination of the teeth is recommended at least every year.
Good oral hygiene helps to prevent cavities, tartar build-up, and gum disease.
Gum Disease (Periodontal) Treatment
Healthy gums form the foundation of a strong smile. Many adults have some form of periodontal (gum) disease, so we’ll thoroughly examine your soft tissues to resolve problems quickly. Regular checkups greatly increase your potential for early detection and conservative treatment. Generally, treatment will include careful, individualized instruction regarding the most effective means of brushing and flossing at home. At Wylie Dental Care, we are personally invested in delivering healthy gums and teeth for that brilliant smile.
Periodontitis, also generally called gum disease or periodontal disease, begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and may end — if not properly treated — with tooth loss due to destruction of the tissue that surrounds your teeth.
What’s the Difference Between Gingivitis and Periodontitis?
Gingivitis (gum inflammation) usually precedes periodontitis (gum disease). However, it is important to know that not all gingivitis progresses to periodontitis.
In the early stage of gingivitis, bacteria in plaque build up, causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed during tooth brushing. Although the gums may be irritated, the teeth are still firmly planted in their sockets. No irreversible bone or other tissue damage has occurred at this stage.
When gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. In a person with periodontitis, the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets. These small spaces between teeth and gums collect debris and can become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line.
Toxins or poisons — produced by the bacteria in plaque as well as the body’s “good” enzymes involved in fighting infections — start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. When this happens, teeth are no longer anchored in place, they become loose, and tooth loss occurs. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease. However, other factors can contribute to periodontal disease. These include:
Hormonal changes, such as those occurring during pregnancy, puberty, menopause, and monthly menstruation, make gums more sensitive, which makes it easier for gingivitis to develop.
Illnesses may affect the condition of your gums. This includes diseases such as cancer or HIV that interfere with the immune system. Because diabetes affects the body’s ability to use blood sugar, patients with this disease are at higher risk of developing infections, including periodontal disease and cavities.
Medications can affect oral health, because some lessen the flow of saliva, which has a protective effect on teeth and gums. Some drugs, such as the anticonvulsant medication Dilantin and the anti-angina drug Procardia and Ada lat, can cause abnormal growth of gum tissue.
Bad habits such as smoking make it harder for gum tissue to repair itself.
Poor oral hygiene habits such as not brushing and flossing on a daily basis, make it easier for gingivitis to develop.
Family history of dental disease can be a contributing factor for the development of gingivitis.
How is gum disease treated?
The main goal of treatment is to control the infection. The number and types of treatment will vary, depending on the extent of the gum disease. Any type of treatment requires that the patient keep up good daily care at home. The doctor may also suggest changing certain behaviors, such as quitting smoking, as a way to improve treatment outcome.
Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing)
The dentist, periodontist, or dental hygienist removes the plaque through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. Scaling means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to the disease. In some cases a laser may be used to remove plaque and tartar.
A friend referred me to Dr. Wylie and I am very pleased. It was worth the drive from Parkersburg to Wylie Dental Care. I had root canals on my teeth, and there was no pain and after that experience, I would not let anyone other than Dr. Wylie to work on my teeth. The staff is great; they are friendly, and very professional. I would recommend my friends and family to come to Wylie Dental Care, It is definitely worth the drive. I smile more often. I feel like teeth are very important. I get a lot of compliments on my teeth and I always recommend Dr. Wylie. – Britton W –
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