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By Cary Dentists
April 14, 2022
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Surgeon  

Are you having pain in your jaw or were told you need a tooth removed? A number of conditions may require oral surgery. The dental specialists of Implant & General Dentistry in Cary, NC, offer a complete range of dental services. We also specialize in the treatment of oral and maxillofacial conditions. Here are six reasons why you may need oral surgery.  

1. Replace Missing Teeth 

Is your smile missing teeth? Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces lost teeth with false teeth that look and function like natural teeth. Dental implants can restore your smile, improve your appearance, and make you look years younger. Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth.  

2. Jaw Repair 

Jaw surgery is performed by oral surgeons to correct a range of dental and skeletal irregularities, including the misalignment of teeth and jaws. Jaw surgery can improve speaking, breathing, and chewing. Jaw surgery is usually only recommended where the misalignment affects everyday functions such as eating, speaking, and sleeping. 

3. Tooth Extraction 

Need to get that tooth pulled? An extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. An extraction may be necessary if your tooth is so damaged that it cannot be fixed with a dental restoration. A dentist or oral surgeon who specializes in surgeries of the mouth can extract your tooth.  

4. Root Canal Therapy 

In the past, injured or diseased teeth often had to be extracted. Today, they can be saved through root canal therapy. It's necessary to have a root canal when the pulp becomes infected or inflamed as a result of a chip or crack in the tooth or decay. Root canal treatment has a high success rate. A root-canal-treated tooth can last a lifetime with proper care.  

5. Treat a Facial Injury 

Facial trauma is any physical trauma to the face. Oral surgeons are experts in treating and repairing facial injuries and trauma, including facial lacerations and fractures of the jaws. Their knowledge of how jaws come together is critical when repairing a complex facial fracture. 

If you need oral surgery, why wait? We can help you today. Call Implant & General Dentistry in Cary, NC, at 919-481-0330 right now to schedule a dental appointment. Our world-class dental team is committed to providing you with the best treatments possible. 

By Cary Dentists
February 16, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

Preventive dentistry can protect against decay and gum disease.

When was the last time you visited the dentist? If it’s been more than six months, then you aren’t doing everything that you should keep your teeth and gums healthy. Here in Cary, NC our dentists Dr. Kirk Wilkie, Dr. Vic Turner, and Dr. Joey Pesicek encourage their patients to fully understand the importance of preventive dentistry to support healthy teeth and gums. Our dental team loves to hear that patients are taking an active and vested interest in their oral health.

What is preventive dentistry?

You may be wondering what preventive dentistry entails. The preventive dentistry that our dental team offers includes,

  • Prophylactic dental cleanings
  • Oral cancer screenings (performed during your six-month checkups)
  • Dental X-rays (performed by our Cary, NC, family dentists once a year)
  • Dental sealants and fluoride treatment, which can reduce the risk of cavities

Of course, you also play a role in preventive dental care. Your at-home routine, habits, and lifestyle can either support healthy teeth or gums or lead to disease. Preventive dentistry that you can perform right in your own home includes,

  • Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time
  • Using fluoride toothpaste
  • Replacing your toothbrush head every 3-4 months
  • Flossing every day, ideally in the evening before brushing
  • Using an antimicrobial oral rinse
  • Avoiding or quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Eliminating sugar and starches from your diet

What is the importance of preventive dentistry?

Wasn’t it Ben Franklin that said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” This certainly rings true when it comes to caring for your smile. Here at our Cary, NC, dental practice, we would much rather provide your smile with the easy-care it needs now rather than treating a disease or other problems once they occur. Some of the benefits of preventive dentistry include,

  • Preventing decay, gum disease, and other dental problems from happening
  • Catching oral health problems early on when they can be reversed or easily treated
  • Saving time and money on unnecessary dental expenses that could have been avoided with preventive dentistry
  • Supporting good overall health, since oral health problems are linked to systemic and possibly serious health issues such as diabetes and heart disease

There are a host of benefits associated with preventive dentistry. If you need to schedule your next cleaning with our Cary, NC, dentists don’t hesitate to call us at (919) 481-0330. No matter how busy you are, we can work with you to find a time that fits your work or school schedule.

By Cary Dentists | Implant and General Dentistry
October 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

Root canal therapy is considered a major dental procedure, which means that pain and swelling are completely normal. It entails deep cleaning of the infected root canal’s interior, which could irritate the surrounding gums and nerves. Recovering from a root canal is immensely critical to the success of the procedure.

Following your procedure, your dentist in Cary Implant and General Dentistry in Cary, NC, Dr. Joey Pesicek, Dr. Vic Turner, or Dr. Kirk Wilkie, will provide you with specific instructions for your recovery.

Top Tips for a Safe and Easy Recovery

As the anesthesia used for numbing your mouth during root canal therapy wears off, expect to feel tenderness around the root canal site for several days. You will likewise experience some slight soreness in the jaw, which is no surprise because your mouth was open for a long time during the root canal. In most cases, people find relief from these symptoms with OTC pain and anti-inflammatory medications. Otherwise, your dentist can prescribe more potent prescription medications.

When to Visit Your Dentist

Besides the scheduled follow-up checkups with your dentist in Cary, NC, contact your dentist right away if you’re having any of these symptoms:

  • Visible swelling of the treated area and/or outside your mouth
  • Severe pressure or pain that persists for more than several days
  • An uneven bite
  • If applicable, the temporary dental filling or crown becomes loose or comes off
  • A return of the symptoms that you’ve already experienced before root canal therapy

For Questions, Concerns, or Advice on Root Canal Therapy, Speak to Us

Schedule a meeting with your dentists here at Cary Implant and General Dentistry in Cary, NC, Dr. Joey Pesicek, Dr. Vic Turner, or Dr. Kirk Wilkie, by calling (919) 481-0330.

By Cary Dentists | Implant and General Dentistry
February 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

A root canal could alleviate pain and sensitivity in a tooth that is severely damaged or infected, as well as spare the tooth from extraction. There are several signs a root canal is needed, such as a severe toothache or ongoing sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. You should see a dentist as soon as possible if you develop any of the signs associated with needing a root canal. At Implant and General Dentistry in Cary, NC, root canals are performed by our skilled dentists, Dr. Kirk Wilkie, Dr. Vic Turner, and Dr. Joey Pesicek.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is a restorative dental procedure for preserving a severely damaged or infected tooth that would otherwise require extraction. The procedure is similar to that for filling a cavity. However, cavities involve treating areas of decay near the surface of the tooth, while root canal treatment is performed to target decaying pulp in the center of the tooth that can also extend down into the canals of the root.

During root canal treatment, the dentist will remove any infected or damaged pulp from inside the tooth and root. The interior of the tooth and root is then thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Afterward, the tooth can be restored with a dental filling. Additionally, a dental crown may be placed over the tooth to strengthen and protect it.

Signs a Root Canal is Needed

There are several different signs that you may need a root canal. Undergoing root canal treatment in a timely manner can preserve your tooth so it does not have to be removed. If you develop any of the signs associated with needing a root canal, contact our office in Cary, NC. Signs you may need a root canal include:

  • A severe or persistent toothache
  • Ongoing sensitivity to hot or cold items
  • Darkening or discoloration of the affected tooth
  • Pain or sensitivity when biting or chewing food
  • Tenderness or swelling of the gums around the affected tooth

You may need a root canal if you have certain symptoms, such as persistent pain or sensitivity. If you think you might need a root canal, contact our office in Cary, NC, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wilkie, Dr. Turner, or Dr. Pesicek by calling Implant and General Dentistry at (919) 481-0330.