Even if you brush and floss your teeth every day it is very important to visit a dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. We offer routine checkups so we can examine your mouth and take X-rays in order to detect and treat dental diseases and tooth decay.
At Heywood Family Dental we realize that not all Dental Emergencies happen during normal business hours. Because of this we offer emergency dental care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It is very important for you to receive professional care as soon as possible if you experience severe pain or oral trauma. Call us immediately if you need to receive emergency dental care. We are happy to welcome emergency patients from throughout the nearby areas.
Sealants are thin resin coverings that are applied to the grooves of your molars to protect them from tooth decay. Sealants will keep food particles and germs from settling within the crevices of your teeth. Most commonly used for children and adolescents, the treatment is applied like a polish, which we then dry using a high-intensity curing light. The protective shield is generally undetectable, lasts for five to ten years, and can be applied to a tooth within a matter of minutes.
We believe that communication is essential for our patients to reach their oral health and cosmetic goals. We spend ample time providing you with insight as to what to expect before, during, and after treatment, as well as which procedures are in your best interest.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammatory condition that develops when plaque and tartar extend under the gum line and infect it. This early stage of periodontal disease, called gingivitis, is characterized by red, tender, swollen gums that bleed easily.
If you do not receive treatment for gingivitis, then it can advance into the more serious stage of periodontitis. During this stage, the gums recede from your teeth, creating periodontal pockets that trap food and plaque. You may experience painful chewing, bad breath, and increased tooth sensitivity. The worst effect periodontitis has on the mouth is the destruction of gum and jawbone tissues, which results in tooth loss. Additionally, periodontal disease can harm the rest of the body, increasing your risk for diabetic problems, heart disease, respiratory infections, and pregnancy complications.
Dr. Heywood is very skilled at performing oral surgery, including tooth extraction, and wisdom teeth extractions. He believes in providing patients with all of the options available to them and providing them with the proper before and after surgery education to help them achieve the results that they desire.