Preventive dental care is all the things you do (or should do) to take care of your teeth and gums: brushing, flossing, eating a healthy diet, and seeing your dentist regularly to help avoid dental disease.

When it comes to the health of your teeth and gums, preventive dental care is smart. Brushing and flossing help to remove plaque from the surfaces and in between teeth, keeping your teeth looking and feeling clean. A healthy diet, one low in sugar and other refined carbohydrates, helps keep your whole body, including your teeth and gums, in good shape. And routine dental exams and regular cleanings may help prevent the incidence of higher-cost treatments such as periodontal surgery, root canals, extractions and fillings.  Our office recommends exams & cleaning every six (6) months.   After all, early detection and prevention are key to minimizing your need for more serious dental treatment.  

Dental X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool when helping the staff detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam. Water’s Edge Dental recommends x-rays be taken annually.   Dental x-rays are safe, exposing an individual to less radiation than an airport security scanner. Dental x-ray tools and techniques are designed to limit the body’s exposure to radiation and every precaution is taken to ensure minimal exposure.

A sealant is a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often. They act as a barrier to prevent cavities. 

Research shows that fluoride helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities. Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter, helping repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay can be seen.

Water’s Edge Dental prides itself in meeting the dental needs of the entire family. Creating a dental routine as early as 2 years of age (a happy visit) can ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles for your child.  Baby teeth are important teeth and cavity prevention starts even before the first tooth appears. By teaching your children the benefits of brushing and flossing, you are putting them on a course to be mouth healthy for a lifetime.

Our operatories are equipped with an overhead TV for kids to watch age-appropriate programming and “happy gas” to help them relax if needed. Parents are welcome in the treatment room as they may have a positive influence on a child’s confidence. Dr. Fenwick is happy to answer any questions the parents may have regarding their child’s treatment plan.

Your teeth can help you chew, speak and smile.  If you are missing teeth, you may find these simple actions difficult.  Fortunately missing teeth can be replaced. The solution may be a bridge.  Bridges can be fixed or removable.  Fixed bridges are cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. Fixed bridges become a permanent part of your mouth.  

Removable bridges can be taken out for cleaning. Removable bridges are generally less expensive, but may not be as strong or stable. The type of bridge that is right for you may depend on your oral health.

An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue. Depending on which type of bridge we recommend, its success depends on the foundation. So it’s very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.

A beautiful smile is something everyone wants. If you have a tooth that’s not the same size or shape as your other teeth, or needs support, the staff at Water's Edge Dental may suggest a crown. Crowns are used to help make a tooth stronger and improve a tooth’s appearance. They are available in a variety of materials that can blend with the shape and shade of your existing teeth. Crowns can cover and support a tooth that has a large filling when there isn’t enough of the natural tooth left. They can attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth from breaking or repair a broken tooth. Crowns are also a good way to treat discolored or misshapen teeth.

Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth—things that people often take for granted. 

People who have lost their teeth may be at greater risk for other health problems. A study by the ADA found that people with full or partial dentures ate fewer fruit and vegetables, more processed food, high cholesterol and saturated fat. 

If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wear dentures that are uncomfortable or don't want to have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge, talk to Dr. Fenwick to see if dental implants are an option for you.

Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.  This procedure is a multi-step approach which includes the extraction of the existing tooth, surgical placement of the implant into the jawbone and then the preparation and placement of the artificial tooth.  The whole process may take up to 6 months to complete depending on the time it takes for the bone around the implant to heal.

Restoring a broken or decayed tooth is a routine part of a dentist’s day.  There are two types of fillings… composite (tooth colored) and amalgam (silver).  The vast majority of our patients prefers composite fillings for the aesthetic aspect of the procedure and can be used in small- to mid-size restorations. Composite fillings cost a little more than amalgam and occasionally are not covered by some insurance plans.  For more extensive damage to a tooth, crowns are used to hold the weakened tooth together and prevent further decay or breakage.

If you have advanced stage gum disease, we may refer you to a periodontist.  Periodontics is the area of dentistry that focuses on the tissue that supports and surrounds the teeth.  Periodontists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the diseases of the gum known as periodontal diseases. Periodontal treatments can range from scaling & root planing, bone grafting, soft tissue grafting to more complex bone surgery. Once someone is diagnosed with periodontal disease, their oral health will be monitored through periodontal maintenance visits.

If you have lost a tooth and restoration is necessary, you may be referred to a periodontist for placement of a dental implant.

Some people may find a trip to the dental office a nervous or anxious experience. To help provide a relaxed dental visit, Dr. Fenwick may suggest using medication such as nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, it is a compound of nitrogen and oxygen that is inhaled through a nose mask and is used for patients of all ages. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.

There are several reasons why some people's teeth grow in crooked, overlapping, or twisted. Some people's mouths are too small for their teeth, which crowds the teeth and causes them to shift. In other cases, a person's upper and lower jaws aren't the same size or are malformed, resulting in either an overbite, when there is excessive protrusion of the upper jaw, or an under bite, when the lower jaw protrudes forward causing the lower jaw and teeth to extend out beyond the upper teeth.

Most often crooked teeth, overbites, and underbites are inherited traits just as the color of your eyes or size of your hands. Other causes of misaligned bites are early loss of baby or adult teeth; improper fit of dental restorations (for example, fillings or crowns); gingivitis (gum disease); undue pressure on the teeth and gums; misalignment of the jaw after an injury; tumors of the mouth or jaw; or common oral health problems in children such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, pacifier use beyond the age of three, or prolonged use of a bottle.
There are clinical as well as cosmetic issues that come with crooked teeth and misaligned bites.  The clinical issues include interference with proper chewing and putting a strain on teeth, jaws and facial muscles.  These issues may result in increased tooth decay, gingivitis and risk of tooth breakage.  Cosmetic issues include feeling self-conscious about your smile which in turn may affect one’s self-esteem.
Talk to the staff at Water’s Edge Dental to determine if orthodontic treatment is right for you.

Everyone wants a beautiful smile, and thanks to the advancement in cosmetic dentistry, no matter what your age, you can have the smile of your dreams. If your teeth are chipped, cracked or stained you may want to consider veneers.Veneers are a common dental procedure that helps to correct broken and/or chipped teeth, hide gaps and cover permanently stained teeth. Veneers are custom made and cover the front side of your teeth. They are designed to naturally fit your mouth and your smile. Treatment for veneers is not reversible.

Depending on what dental procedure you need, Water’s Edge Dental may refer you to a specialist. If you’ve had a root canal or a surgical root procedure, you may have been referred to an endodontist. Endodontics is a dental specialty that deals with pulp and nerve issues.  It focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases related to the pulp.  Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, the dentist or endodontist removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.

If your tooth is badly decayed and can’t be saved, Dr. Fenwick may recommend a tooth extraction. A tooth extraction is a common surgical procedure.  Before leaving the office a gauze pad may be applied to the extraction site to reduce bleeding. Leave the gauze in your mouth for about 30-45 minutes.  If the bleeding continues, remove the gauze and apply damp clean gauze to the area. If you experience nausea, vomiting or heavier bleeding, contact our office immediately.  Continue to floss and brush your teeth daily avoiding the teeth next to the healing socket. Gently rinse your mouth but avoid mouth wash for the first few days.

Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve your smile. Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from daily oral hygiene and regular cleanings at our dental office, but if you decide you would like to go beyond this to make your smile look brighter; you should investigate all of your whitening options. 

At-home bleaching is one way to inexpensively brighten your smile. Most bleaching systems contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in some concentration. This removes stain from tiny cracks and fissures in the enamel of the tooth. Tooth bleaching kits can be purchased over-the-counter, or Dr. Fenwick can prepare a custom bleach tray with a higher concentration of the active ingredient. This also includes verbal instructions and a record of the patients’ initial tooth color. Talk to the staff at Water’s Edge Dental to determine if bleaching is right for you.

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We'll do much more than patch your teeth and remove disease. We will use the latest advances in dentistry together with exceptional clinical skills to give you every option and every possibility of a healthy smile for life.

The recommendations we make will have benefits that can increase the health of your teeth, reduce the need for return visits, remove discomfort and produce a healthy looking smile.

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Our priority is to provide comprehensive, preventive and restorative care that achieves proper function, optimal health and maximum tooth retention.

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