Ideally, dentistry is preventive. Dr. Hoard provides a comprehensive range of services and procedures designed to prevent tooth decay and gum disease as well as treat these conditions along with cosmetic and functional concerns.
Dr. Hoard’s office is open to the whole family. Our dentist in New Bern NC strives to provide top-quality and comprehensive care for all, from the youngest to the oldest. It is important for a family to establish a regular schedule of dental cleanings and exams to identify potential problems in their earliest stages and avoid long-term problems.
Dr. Hoard Provides The Following General Dentistry Services
- Composite Fillings
- Laser Dentistry
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy
- Root Canals
- Routine Checkups
- Tooth Extractions
Importance of General Dentistry in New Bern, NC
Nearly 75% of American adults have some form of gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss. Routine checkups can help prevent gum disease by treating the earliest signs, which often go undetected by the patient.
One of the most important things you can do for your overall health is to maintain good oral hygiene. The mouth is the gateway to the body. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being. Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop.
For patients who are suffering from gum disease or tooth decay, we offer a number of general dentistry procedures to return your gums and teeth to proper health, beauty, and function. Procedures include periodontal therapy, dental crowns, and dental fillings.
Maintaining a Healthy Smile
In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. These include:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss daily
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
- Limit sugary snacks and beverages
- Choose a toothpaste and mouthwash that contains fluoride
- Make sure that children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take fluoride supplements
- Replace toothbrush every 3 – 4 months
General Dentistry FAQs
How long do composite fillings last?
Composite fillings generally last between 5 to 10 years. The life expectancy will depend on factors such as the size of the filling, its location in the mouth, and your oral hygiene habits. In contrast, although they may not last as long as amalgam fillings, composite fillings give patients a more natural appearance and are less noticeable. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices and attending regular dental check-ups can help extend the life of your composite fillings.
Why do root canals take two visits?
Root canals require two visits due to the complexity of the process and the need to complete it in phases to ensure success. The number of visits depends on factors such as the case’s complexity, the tooth’s location, and the infection. In a two-visit root canal, the first appointment involves cleaning and shaping the root canal while the dentist or endodontist places a temporary filling to prevent reinfection. During the second visit, the dentist will remove the infection and permanently fill and seal the tooth. This approach allows more time for the tooth to heal.
How effective are dental cleanings?
Dental cleanings are highly effective at maintaining oral health and preventing the onset of poor oral health conditions. Regular dental cleanings by a dentist or hygienist remove plaque and tartar buildup that leads to gum disease and tooth decay. Dental cleanings also allow your dentist to identify potential issues early on. Therefore, regular dental cleanings are essential for short-term and long-term oral health care.
What is the main goal of periodontal therapy?
The main goal of periodontal therapy is to manage and treat gum disease. Periodontal treatment specifically targets the infection and inflammation affecting the gums. By removing plaque and tartar buildup, periodontal therapy helps restore and maintain gum tissue health and prevent further bone loss. Early intervention and ongoing maintenance are crucial to prevent the progression of gum disease and avoid more severe dental issues or tooth loss.
At what age do people get periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease can start at any age, but studies show that most adults over 30 have some degree of gum disease, and the risk continues to grow with age. On the other hand, children and younger adults may be more susceptible to gingivitis, a mild form of periodontal disease. Regular check-ups with your dentist can help diagnose any signs of periodontal diseases early on to reduce the potential risks that come with it.
What should you not do after a tooth extraction?
After tooth extraction, you should not smoke or use tobacco products. Smoke and tobacco products can delay the healing process and increase the risk of infection. Avoid vigorous rinsing or using a straw, as these actions can dislodge the blood clot and cause dry socket. Refrain from intense physical activity for the first 24 hours to minimize bleeding and swelling. Lastly, avoid consuming hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for a few days. You should stick to a soft diet to protect the extraction site.
Our New Bern Dentist Office
Dr. Hoard takes a multidisciplinary approach to complex cases. He has developed a relationship with a periodontist, Jeffery Thomas, DDS, and an orthodontist, Todd Rankin, DDS. This team approach allows Dr. Hoard to maximize results for his patients and ensure they receive the same high level of care he provides in his office. Dr. Hoard and Dr. Rankin, provide many dental services to the New Bern, NC, area.
Our patients often tell us that our examinations are the most comprehensive and thorough evaluations they have ever received. We believe that the foundation for dental success rests on achieving a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hoard and experience “complete dentistry”.