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Smile Makeovers: Are They Right for You?

Posted on December 21, 2018

Our smile is one of the first things that anyone will notice about us. It builds confidence and self-esteem, but it can also take it away from us if we aren’t happy with the way our smile and the appearance of our teeth are presented to others. Around one third of Americans are unhappy with their smile – are you one of them?

Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry has evolved to help millions of patients regain their self-esteem and their smile. Dr. Gordon Wilson of TLC 4 Gums has helped many people find their smile no matter the cause of their imperfections.

The radiance of your smile can be affected in multiple ways, including:

 

·         Discoloration of the teeth

·         Gaps between teeth and misalignment

·         Broken or cracked teeth

·         Infection or decay

·         Teeth that are missing altogether

Smile makeovers are not as simple as one universal procedure. Each patient is unique in their wants and needs.  Dr. Wilson tailors his procedures to match the specific wants, needs and circumstances of each individual patient.  A full mouth reconstruction can include anything ranging from dental crowns to implants, root canals, and even gum disease treatment.

Dr. Wilson is an Arizona licensed general dentist who is highly skilled in all disciplines of dental care including cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, root canal therapy, dentures, implants, crowns, bridges, and preventive dentistry. Dr. Wilson has been featured on Good Morning Arizona, Good Evening Arizona, The Wellness Hour, ABC15, FOX10, The Arizona Republic, and Today’s Arizona Woman. He has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for his excellence in dentistry.

Patients have raved about the quality of life a smile makeover has afforded them. Change your life and book a consultation with us today.

What Is a Dental Consultation Like?

Posted on December 13, 2018

No matter your reasons for seeing a dentist, an important first step to addressing your concerns is a consultation. Regardless of whether it’s for bleeding gums, a full mouth reconstruction, or a crack in your tooth; a consultation helps determine how to plan and sequence your future dental care. Let’s explore what that means for you and how it works!

At Dr. Gordon Wilson’s practice, we believe in patients first. To ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible, the consultation is free and can last for an hour or more. A good dentist is one that listens to you, which is exactly what Dr. Wilson does! Through understanding about what ails you and your teeth, Dr. Wilson is able to help you understand the cause of your oral health problems, the different options available to you and the best course of action to take to alleviate your oral health problems.

Every patient is different, which is why Dr. Wilson will draw up an individual dental health care plan that is tailored for each patient based on their needs, desired health outcomes, and circumstances. After all, it’s no good giving root canals to people who don’t need it! By educating patients with their oral health from the very first interaction with the dentist, patients feel involved with the process and are more invested in the health of their teeth. A consultation helps patients understand that Dr. Wilson has their best interests at heart.

Dr. Wilson is an Arizona licensed general dentist who is highly skilled in all disciplines of dental care including cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, root canal therapy, dentures, implants, crowns, bridges, and preventive dentistry. Dr. Wilson has been featured on Good Morning Arizona, Good Evening Arizona, The Wellness Hour, ABC15, FOX10, The Arizona Republic, and Today’s Arizona Woman. He has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for his excellence in dentistry.

To learn more, book a free consultation with Dr. Wilson at TLC 4 Gums by calling (480) 630-4655.

Treating Gum Disease Without the Scalpels

Posted on December 6, 2018

It’s true: many patients are afraid of dentists and periodontists (gum specialists). They don’t like the bright lights, the noises, and the scalpels – especially the scalpels! This can probably explain why many people tend to visit the dentist when things have really gotten bad. Fortunately, dental technology has advanced to such a point that there are ways to treat oral health problems as painlessly as possible.

One of the most common gum surgery procedures is known as osseous surgery. Sometimes pockets form in the gum tissue around your teeth, allowing for bacteria to infect the gums, which poses a serious threat to your dental health. Osseous surgery helps by making incisions in the gums so that the surgeon can access the roots of the teeth and clean the tartar off of them.  Afterwards, they stitch the gums back together to form a tighter, more snug fit around your teeth that’s easier for you to keep clean. This procedure is extremely invasive and many patients might not feel particularly comfortable with the idea of small scalpels and sharp instruments digging around in their mouth. However, there is an alternative that is proven effective, cleared by the FDA, and minimally-invasive!

Dr. Gordon Wilson was one of the first dentists in the world licensed to perform LANAP (laser gum surgery). It works without making any scalpel incisions and it doesn’t require stitches. This allows for less trauma, less bleeding, less swelling, a shorter recovery time, and of course little-to-no pain. A tiny dental laser (about the thickness of three human hairs) is inserted between the tooth and gums , and any infected gum tissue is separated from the healthy gum tissue. The roots of the teeth are cleaned before the laser is used again to form a blood clot that seals the gap formed by the laser. It heals quickly and patients report a recovery period of less than 24 hours. Traditional gum disease surgery would require recovery of two to four weeks and restrictions including a liquid diet.

As someone on the forefront of dental technological advancements, Dr. Wilson has been an early adopter of LANAP surgery, with more operation time under his belt than almost anyone else in the world.  Book a consultation today to learn more about whether laser gum surgery is right for you.

All About Extractions

Posted on October 31, 2018

When all else fails with your damaged, decayed, or weakened teeth, sometimes we have to resort to drastic measures: an extraction. At TLC 4 Gums, we try to save your teeth where possible, but sometimes there are cases where the safest and healthiest thing to do for you and your teeth is by extracting the affected tooth to stop the problem from spreading and posing a risk.

There are many reasons why an extraction is needed:

·      Removing wisdom teeth when they cause problems

·      Baby teeth that aren’t falling out when they should

·      Decayed, damaged, or weak teeth that cannot be saved through other means

Since extractions will remove the affected tooth in question, pain relief is essentially immediate as the ‘root’ cause of the pain is physically eliminated!

Some patients may feel that an extraction is unnecessary or are afraid to undergo it. However, a single damaged tooth can spread to other teeth if it’s not taken care of as soon as possible. Where infection is the cause, it can cause other teeth to become decayed or damaged. If it’s not dealt with soon, you might be seeing multiple tooth extractions rather than just one!

When a tooth is extracted, Dr Wilson will discuss options for what comes next, such as a dental implant.  This is a type of socket that can accommodate a replacement tooth where the removed tooth used to be, allowing for full dental function to be restored when possible.  Another option is a dental bridge to “bridge the gap” so to speak.

It goes without saying that just because teeth can be removed and replaced doesn’t mean you don’t need to worry about dental care anymore. Extractions are still serious and maintaining dental hygiene is crucial to protecting teeth and staying out of the dentist’s office as much as possible.

At TLC 4 Gums, Dr Gordon Wilson provides dental extractions as well as general dentistry services, helping you prevent issues from getting worse and offering comprehensive dental care. Contact us to book an appointment today at (480) 630-4655.

What Is a Root Canal, Really?

Posted on October 16, 2018

A common saying is that something is ‘as fun as a root canal’. We immediately recoil as we imagine someone making holes in your teeth with power tools. But is that really what it’s like? What do you really know about root canals? Let’s go into some more detail about this important procedure.

More than 15 million root canal procedures are performed each year on people with an infected or decaying tooth. When this decay takes hold, it spreads everywhere in your tooth, including the pulp, the nerves, and even the bone and surrounding teeth if you’re not careful.

If you experience:

·      Pain when biting or chewing

·      Darkening of the tooth compared to the surrounding teeth

·      Sensitivity from hot or cold

·      Fractures in the tooth

It may very well be due to an infected tooth. The last thing anyone would want is a tooth extraction, so if these signs are caught early on, Dr Wilson is able to perform root canal therarpy, keeping the tooth firmly ‘rooted’ in your mouth!

Root canal therapy consists of administering local anesthesia to the mouth, making an opening in the top of your tooth, and then carefully cleaning out any sign of infected pulp from the tooth. This then reveals a gap within that needs to be filled. Later, a filling compound, such as a special type of resin, is used to fill the space. This filling compound will harden once applied, restoring the integrity of the tooth. Dr Wilson is then able to place a crown on top, restoring function and saving your tooth from an extraction.

Root canals may seem scary and sound painful, but they are an essential procedure for many patients who are able to catch dental problems before they become complications. Indeed, the pain from a root canal is nothing compared to the pain an infected tooth can cause without any intervention.

Dr Gordon Wilson is an experienced dental professional in the Maricopa County area. His skill, knowledge, and experience will help you achieve improved dental health no matter your dental needs. Contact TLC for Gums at (480) 630-4655 to book an appointment today.