Healthy Smiles for Happy Smiles
Dr. Robert T. Wootton of Midtown Dental Associates wants his patients to enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for an entire lifetime. There are steps to take to ensure that happens – one of which includes seeing our hygienists regularly for checkups. Dr. Wootton practices general dentistry at his Austin, Texas practice to help patients succeed in reaching their oral health goals and to keep smiles happy and healthy.
Routine office visits ensure any problem is discovered in its earliest stage. It is imperative for patients to seek treatment as soon as possible so as to prevent harmful issues from worsening. Preventive measures are also administered routinely to avoid the onset of any problems altogether. Not only will we help preserve your precious pearly whites, we will make the whole process as smooth and seamless as possible.
If you are a patient who fears needles, rest assured knowing that Dr. Wootton
always uses The Wand™ is
used to administer anesthetic. The Wand™ is a computer aided injection system
that is virtually painless. To learn more about general dentistry, contact our Austin dental office today.
Many individuals have an extreme fear of going to the dentist, which more often than not causes them to completely avoid going to the dentist at all. Dr. Wootton practices sedation dentistry, which involves giving an oral sedative to highly sensitive patients, so they can feel relaxed, calm, and comfortable during treatments. Not seeing the dentist is one of the worst things you can do for your oral health. Therefore, we want to make sure your visit to our office is a pleasant one, so you continue to come back.
Dr. Wootton performs root canal therapy and root canal retreatment for patients. A “root canal” is necessary when decay has spread so deep that the pulp nerve of the tooth becomes infected, causing the patient significant pain or discomfort. Dr. Wootton must remove any infected portion of the tooth and clean the area surrounding the pulp tissue. After the root canal is completed, a crown is always recommended to restore the tooth to health.
The third molars, commonly known as “wisdom teeth,” often need to be
extracted due to overcrowding in the mouth, susceptibility to infection, and
potential damage to surrounding teeth. Extractions may be recommended whether
the teeth have completely erupted, partially erupted, or are completely impacted.
Good oral health begins with patient education and proper preventive care. Many individuals may think that simply brushing and flossing are enough to maintain good oral hygiene. However, this is not the case. Yes, brushing and flossing are important, but individuals must also go to the dentist regularly for a thorough exam of the teeth and gums. X-rays are necessary to detect any deeper issues. Preventive treatments, like fluoride and dental sealants are an excellent way to help preserve your natural enamel. Dr. Wootton and his hygienists educate all of their patients on the best methods for maintaining their smiles, to keep them healthy forever. Preventive care is a cornerstone of the general dentistry approach at our Austin practice.
Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth. If gum disease is not treated, bone loss and eventual tooth loss is inevitable, which is why Dr. Wootton strongly urges patients to seek treatment right away. Scaling and root planing, which involves a deep cleaning below the gum line to remove harmful bacteria and calculus deposits, is performed by our hygienists. Other treatments, such as antibiotics and gum grafting, may also be necessary, depending on the severity of the case.