Dobson Dental strives to provide you and your family with all the dental care you need to reach a healthier, more functional smile. General and family dentistry is a branch of dental care whose purpose is to help you and your family achieve ideal optimal oral health and then maintain that health for a lifetime. Depending on your individual dental needs, our dentist may recommend one or more of our general and family dental treatments. Our dental team will ensure that you understand all of your dental options so that you can make educated decisions about your dental care and that of your family.
We cannot stress enough the importance of pairing dental hygiene with dental care in our office.
Patients should brush their teeth twice a day, morning and night. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a head that is small enough to reach all areas of your mouth. You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Use a fluoride toothpaste, as fluoride provides extra protection against tooth decay. With your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle where your teeth meet the gums, brush back and forth using small, circular movements. Brush all the surfaces of your teeth, paying special attention to your front and back teeth. Brush your tongue from back to front to remove plaque and prevent bad breath.
Floss at least once a day with whatever type and flavor of floss you like best. Work your floss between your teeth gently. Curve your floss around each tooth and gently slide it under the gum line. Firmly move the floss up and down a few times to remove the plaque.
We welcome you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.
Are you missing most or all of your permanent teeth? If you would like to restore the beauty and functionality of your smile, Dr. Kristopher Boyd may recommend dentures. Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing permanent teeth and tissues. Our office provides complete dentures and partials dentures.
Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing. They are either conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are made after any remaining teeth have been removed and the gums have begun to heal. Our dentist will place conventional dentures about eight to twelve weeks after the teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures are prepared in advance. Because of this, they can be placed as soon as your teeth are removed. You will not have to be without teeth during the healing process, but the bones and gums shrink during healing. Because of this, immediate dentures are usually only used as temporary dentures.
Partial dentures are used when some of the natural teeth remain in your upper or lower jaw. Removable partial dentures are made of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base. The base is sometimes held in place by a metal framework.
Our dentist is devoted to protecting your natural teeth.
However, we recognize that, at times, a tooth extraction is the best way to restore your smile to good health. Regardless of the treatment you need, our team will work hard to make you as comfortable as possible. If you would like to learn more about tooth extraction please contact us today.
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth. While we strive to avoid the need to remove a tooth whenever possible, certain conditions may make tooth extraction the most effective option for returning your smile to good health and function. Following the tooth extraction, we are happy to provide you with one of our excellent tooth replacement treatments, if needed, to restore your smile to optimal health, beauty, and function.
Several conditions may necessitate tooth extraction. Among these are:
- Severe infection that has destroyed a significant portion of the tooth and supporting bone structure
- Serious decay that has damaged a tooth beyond repair, making a successful restoration impossible
- Crowding caused by too many teeth to properly fit in the mouth
Dr. Boyd uses great care and skill when performing a tooth extraction to ensure that your dental experience is as comfortable and painless as possible. We will also provide you with detailed post-treatment care instructions so you can properly take care of your smile as it heals.
We recommend that you and your family schedule a teeth cleaning at least every six months. This appointment includes a professional teeth cleaning, fluoride, a dental exam, and dental X-rays.
At the beginning of your appointment, our hygienist will remove all of the plaque and tartar from your teeth using a small, metal tool. Then our hygienist will floss your teeth and polish them. Fluoride is then applied to your teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that helps protect your teeth from decay by strengthening your tooth enamel. Our dentist will then examine all of your teeth and gums for signs of decay, gingivitis, and other oral problems. Sometimes, our dentist will decide to take dental X-rays to get a more thorough, closer look at your smile.
We urge you to contact our dental office immediately if you experience any dental pain or any kind of dental emergency. The following problematic symptoms need to be examined by our dentist as soon as possible:
• Tooth sensitivity
• Red, swollen, or sore gums
• Gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss
• A chipped, cracked, or broken tooth
• The loss of a permanent tooth
• A loose permanent tooth
To learn more and to schedule your next visit, please contact our dental office today.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that encases the entire visible portion of a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Our doctor may recommend a dental crown to:
• Protect a weak tooth from breaking
• Hold together a cracked tooth
• Restore a broken or badly worn down tooth
• Cover and support a tooth with a large filling
• Anchor a dental bridge
• Cover misshapen or badly stained teeth
• Cover a dental implant
• Make a cosmetic modification
Dental crowns can be made from metals, porcelain fused to metal, resin, ceramic, or porcelain. Metal crowns can be made of gold, palladium, nickel, or chromium. With metal crowns, less tooth structure needs to be removed than with other crown types. Metal crowns usually last the longest. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are color matched to your natural teeth. These crowns are ideal for front or back teeth. All resin crowns cost less than other crown types. Unfortunately, they are not as strong and are more prone to fractures. Of all the dental crown types, ceramic or porcelain dental crowns provide the best color match to your natural teeth.
214 S Crutchfield St
Dobson, NC 27017