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Whitening

Whitening lightens your natural teeth, and helps remove stains and discoloration.

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Crowns

Like veneers, dental crowns can enhance the appearance of teeth. A dental crown cups over and encases the entire surface of a tooth.

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Veneers

Veneers are custom made of porcelain and permanantly bonded to your natural teeth. They can enhance tooth shape, color, length and size.

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Minimally Prepped Veneers

These alternative veneer options require minimal — in some cases no — preparation of natural tooth structure.

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Implants

An implant is a titanium “root” which can be planced into the jawbone in order to support a crown, bridge or denture.

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Fixed Bridges

A fixed bridge is procedure used to replace one or more missing teeth.

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Dentures

Dentures provide replacement for missing teeth. Dentures can be full or partial and are removable.

This section of our website is about Complete Dentures. For more information on removable or fixed partial dentures available at Wilmington’s Brown and Associates, please see our Fixed tab.

Complete dentures come in two forms, immediate and conventional.

Immediate Dentures, as their name suggests, are ready as soon as all teeth have been removed. This allows our patients to never have to appear without teeth, even while their mouths are still healing from the extractions. However, since these dentures cannot be fit as well as conventional dentures, we recommend them only as a temporary solution until traditional dentures can be fitted and put in place. This process generally takes about eight to twelve weeks.

There are a few steps to making a Conventional Denture that take place in a series of appointments. First, we measure and make impressions of our patients’ jaws, and see how they fit together. Next, we make exact replicas of the denture for the patient in order to ensure the best possible color, shape and fit. Then, we cast the final denture. Once it is in place, we make adjustments as necessary. It is natural for a newly placed denture to feel slightly uncomfortable at first, but after a few weeks, if discomfort persists, a patient should return to have the denture adjusted until the fit is perfect.

Many patients find eating and speaking to be a bit awkward after a new denture is put in, but with a little practice, our patients get back to normal in short order. If eating and speaking continue to be awkward or difficult, patients should schedule an appointment to have the denture checked and readjusted if necessary.

It is also important to remember that regardless of age and tooth situation, the mouth is always changing; so if after a few years, a denture becomes uncomfortable, ill-fitting or sores start to develop, patients need to come in as soon as possible for an assessment. The denture may just need some readjusting, or it may be time for an entirely new denture. Wearing dentures that do not fit right are not only uncomfortable and potentially embarrassing but they can cause damage to your mouth.

If you are considering dentures for yourself or a loved one, please set up an appointment at Your Community Dental, Brown and Associates by calling (910) 342-9210. We can select the perfect color and shape to provide an amazing, comfortable fit and a natural looking smile.

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Restorative Dentistry

Your Community Dental, Brown & Associates is committed to the philosophy of Restorative Dentistry, which is the concept of reproducing or repairing teeth and adjoining bones and tissue, through the use of metal and ceramic materials. The goal is to make use of the full array of treatment options available to us to restore the dental health and functionality of our patients.

In addition to solutions such as dentures crowns and bridges, our dentists are able to offer dental implants as a treatment option. With implants, artificial teeth are surgically anchored to the jawbone in the area just below the gum-line. Ceramic crowns, onlays or veneers address the appearance of the “new tooth.” Over time, the human body completes the process, by growing bone and tissue around the tooth. This provides the artificial implanted tooth with even more stability and permanence.

When successfully applied, restorative dentistry returns the tooth or the space where one previously occupied to as close to its original condition as possible. It provides patients with optimal health, function and cosmetic appearance.

At Your Community Dental in Wilmington, the combination of our experienced, skilled dentists and our excellent dental labs provide us with an unsurpassed ability to address the restorative needs of our patients.

Whenever the time comes for you, a family member or friend to explore advanced dental treatment options, including restorative dentistry, please contact Your Community Dental in Wilmington, at (910) 342-9210.

So, you have a tooth that is damaged and needs support but it’s a little too scratched for a tooth filling and doesn’t need a full blown dental crown, that’s where dental onlays come in! A Dental Onlay is used to repair sizeable cavities without using a dental crown.
The dental onlay is like a partial crown.  They incorporate cusps that cover the surface of the damaged tooth. It is important to know how severe the damages are in a tooth, to prevent worse issues. Dental crowns can cause damage to teeth that do not need them. That’s why options like the dental onlay are thoroughly evaluated at Your Community Dental! The dental onlay conserves the structure of a tooth and does not eliminate cusps.

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When are dental Onlays used? A dental onlay is best for small tooth problems that are not severe enough for a dental crown. The onlay works well for mild tooth decay, small fractures, and cracked teeth. If the majority of your tooth is still healthy a dental onlay is a good fit.

                   

The dental onlay is great for supporting the teeth and overall strengthening. This can strengthen a tooth up to 75 percent. This tooth reconstruction is more stable and last longer than a filling. They can last up to about thirty years if treated with care. Additionally the dental may prevent further dental issues.

 

The process

  1. Remove decay and damage from the tooth
  2. Make the onlay with porcelain to match tooth and fit well
  3. Cement onlay to the tooth with resin adhesive
  4. Polish is applied to finish thing off

 

To learn more about dental onlays and see if they are the right fit for you make an appointment at Your Community Dental! Dr. Brown and his teeth of professionals would love to help you!

 

Difference between Onlays, Crowns and Inlays

Family Dentistry Services

Family Dentistry

We specialize in family dental, that is, dental care for your whole family! We will work with you to develop a customized dental hygiene plan. Through individual, one on one relationships with our patients, we strive to prevent, uncover and treat problems as early as possible.

 

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Dental Hygiene Service

Dental hygiene services, are the processes by which preventative dental care is provided to avoid dental emergencies. Services include professional tooth cleaning, tooth and gum examinations as well as other preventive dental care. We also provide instruction on how to practice good oral hygiene at home.

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Sedation for Anxious Patients

Sedation dentistry is used to provide an anxiety-free experience for individuals too afraid to recieve dental care. Sedation is both safe and effective and enables anxious patients to receive the dental care they need.

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2D Radiography

This 2 dimensional digital xray will show all of your teeth, your sinuses, TM Joint, and most surrounding anatomy in mere seconds.

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Laser Dentistry

Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1994 to treat a number of dental problems.

The application of lasers in dentistry opens the door for dentists to perform a wide variety of dental procedures they otherwise may not be capable of performing. If you consider yourself somewhat of an anxious dental patient and are seeking extreme safety and comfort, you might consider looking for dentists who have incorporated laser dentistry techniques into their practices and treatments.

It is estimated that only 6 percent of general dentists own a laser for soft-tissue and whitening applications. Committed to the latest in dental technology, we are pleased to offer the Biolase ezlase Dental Laser in our family of high-tech instruments.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

  • Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stitches).
  • Certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
  • Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding and swelling during soft tissue treatments.
  • Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on.
  • Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
  • Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated.

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Endodontia (Root Canal Therapy)

Utilizing the latest in 2D Digital Imaging (xrays), rotary instrumentation, and sedation even the most apprehensive patient can enjoy quick, painless, and predictable results in saving their teeth.

Root Canals have a pretty scary reputation. At Your Community Dental in Wilmington, Dr. Brown and his associates strive to make this procedure as pain free and successful as possible.

Despite their negative image, root canal procedures (endodontic treatment) save teeth that have been infected and in the past would have been pulled. The procedure is usually spread over 1 to 3 appointments. A root canal is needed if the nerve, pulp and canal beneath the tooth have become infected. This usually happens because of a deep cavity or a crack in the tooth.

Some signs that you might need a root canal include:

  • Severe pain when chewing with a tooth or applying pressure to it
  • Continual pain or sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness of the gums surrounding the tooth
  • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums.

If a diseased tooth is suspected, we begin by x-raying the mouth to see the shape of the root canals and to look for signs of infection. If an infected nerve is the problem, we apply anesthesia and place a rubber dam around the infected tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. We then clean, shape and fill the canal or canals often in one visit.

If you suspect you may have an infected tooth, please call Your Community Dental in Wilmington at (910) 342-9210 to arrange an appointment. When an infected pulp is left untreated, the long-term damage can extend to other teeth, bone and even other parts of the face and head. But with a successful root canal procedure and proper hygiene, a root canal can remain healthy for the rest of your life.

Tooth Extractions

Getting a tooth removed is a common dental procedure here at Your Community Dental, Brown & Associates and throughout the United States.

A tooth can be extracted for a variety of reasons. One of the most common is because it is impacted. A tooth becomes impacted when it has been prevented from growing normally, by the gums, bone or other teeth. Wisdom teeth commonly become impacted.

Another reason teeth are extracted, especially in youth and young adults is to make room in the mouth before planning to straighten remaining teeth. Teeth may also be extracted if they are so poorly positioned that they cannot possibly be straightened. A less common reason to extract a tooth is as a cheaper alternative to filling or placing a crown on a decayed tooth.

If you or your child have a condition where a tooth extraction might be called for, please call Your Community Dental at (910)342-9210 to schedule an appointment with us.

Periodontal Treatment

Periodontitis, or gum disease, affects nearly half of all American adults. Fortunately, Your Community Dental has a two-step plan in place: scaling and root planing.

Gum disease is the inflammation of the tissue around your gum that affects your teeth and the bones surrounding your teeth. Luckily, there are many warning signs of potential gum diseases you can look out for, including receding gums, swollen gums, loose teeth, and an obvious bad taste in your mouth.

Scaling and root planing sounds like a dangerous outdoor activity for adventurous thrill-seekers. In reality, scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning measure that helps fight back against gum disease. This is a nonsurgical procedure to treat your teeth and gums against plaque, bacteria, and tartar deposits.

While everyone experiences plaque and bacteria buildup on their teeth, left unchecked, the bacteria that lives in the plaque will eventually cause gum disease. When your gums are healthy, the tissue fits tightly around your teeth and prevents plaque from residing below your gums. Healthy gums attach to the tooth 1 to 3 mm below the gumline. When a person has gum disease, the tissue loosens, enabling plaque to fill in pockets below the gum. If pockets reach 4 mm or more, your dentist will recommend dental scaling to carefully remove plaque from below the gumline.

What is scaling and root planing?
The scaling process targets the area below the gumline and along the roots using an ultrasonic scaling device and/or manual instruments to remove plaque and tartar. Scaling can also involve delivering an antimicrobial agent into the pocket to treat and reduce bacteria.

Next, root planing goes deeper to remove cementum and surface dentin, smoothing out affected root areas in order to decrease gum tissue inflammation and allow your gums to reattach to your teeth. A properly planed root surface helps fight against bacteria, tartar, and plaque while also promoting root healing.

Why should I consider this procedure?
Periodontitis causes sensitive, inflamed gums that often bleed and cause bad breath. Scaling and root planing is the best solution when a regular cleaning cannot remove plaque trapped in deep gum pockets. Left untreated, gum disease leads to tooth and bone loss. Seeking treatment early on means you will have a much higher rate of tooth-survival.

In addition, scaling and root planing can prevent other diseases! Bacteria from periodontal infections can affect other areas of the body that lead to heart and respiratory diseases. This lack of bacteria also results in better breath and a more confident, aesthetically pleasing smile.

How long does the procedure take?
To fully remove all plaque, bacteria, and tartar from your teeth and root surfaces, scaling and root planing usually takes more than one appointment to complete. Depending on your treatment plan, a moderate case may take one appointment, but most treatments divide the affected areas into sections per appointment.

We require follow-ups to ensure that the gums are becoming firm and pink again and that bleeding is reduced or completely gone. Severe cases of periodontitis may require surgical intervention, but the good news is that scaling and root planing will lessen the amount of surgery, if ultimately needed.

Will it hurt?
If you’ve attended regular dental cleanings, your dental hygienist has already been scaling your teeth and gumline regularly to remove plaque and tartar. For this procedure however, dental hygienists often administer an anesthetic to minimize any discomfort since it is a deeper, more extensive type of cleaning. The team at Your Community Dental is happy to talk to you about your options if you experience sensitive gums or are concerned about pain during the process.

After-Procedure Maintenance:
Scaling and root planing success greatly depends on continued patient aftercare. Recovery can take a few days, during which time you may experience sensitivity. We recommend a gentle toothbrush and continued gentle flossing during this time.

After recovery:

  •  Properly brush and floss, as recommended by your dentist.
  •  Replace worn-down toothbrushes.
  •  Avoid smoking.
  •  Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
  •  Visit us at Your Community Dental for routine checkups.

 
If the team at Your Community Dental recommends this procedure, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment. We ensure that the result is going to be a fresher, happier, healthier smile!