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DENTAL BLOG


Calming dental fears can be the most challenging part of visiting the dentist, even for adults. Some people have an irrational fear of the dentist’s chair, avoiding it at all costs. This, of course, can lead to a host of problems, as it is well-established that visiting the dentist on a regular basis is a vital part of maintaining your oral health.

Here at Weddington Dentistry, we care about you. We want to see you regularly so that we can help you maintain a happy and healthy smile. As such, we want you to know that calming dental fears is both achievable and easier than you may think.

Calming Dental Fears Starts with a Small Step

Calming Dental Fears Can Be Easier Than You ThinkFor some people, simply walking into our office is enough to trigger fear and even panic. Their heart starts to race, their blood pressure goes up, and they may even start to tremble. We understand, and we want you to know that sometimes the best way to calm your fears is just come visit us—without ever getting into the chair.

Just drop by the office and say hello. Chat with us about whatever is on your mind—whether it is related to your dental health or not. Taking this small step can help you to see that we are just people, and our office is not any place to be afraid of.

We Are Here to Work with You

Keep in mind that we are here to help you stay happy and healthy. We are not here to hurt you, or try to make you uncomfortable. Quite the contrary! We know that it is crucial for you to come see us every six months, and so we want to make your visit a happy and pleasant one.

Come see us today! We look forward to talking with you!



Have you recently noticed changes in your mouth? Does something feel off when you run your tongue along the inside of your mouth? These changes are things you need to keep track of. A change that happens, then disappears in a day or two, typically is nothing to worry about. However, if you notice changes that either continue to change or stick around, you need to come in and see us at Weddington Dentistry.

What Are the Change in Your Mouth You Need to Be Paying Attention To?

Changes in Your Mouth to Be Aware OfIf you have noticed a change in your mouth that isn’t going away, talk to us at your next appointment. For changes that come on out of nowhere, call us and schedule an appointment. Even little changes can point to a big problem. Here are some changes you want to take note of.

Any type of thickening of tissue in your mouth should be brought to the attention of one of our dentists at your next appointment. Note where it is, how big it is when you find it, and if it grew. Any changes you can explain can help with diagnosis.

Lumps or bumps in your mouth that don’t come after an injury should also come up. Again, you want to note the size and texture, if possible. If it goes up and down in size, this should come along with any other explanation you can offer.

You should also tell us about any pain you have in your mouth. It may not seem like a big deal at the time, but if the pain gets worse, we have to know. Even minor bits of pain must come from somewhere. If you can describe the location and if the pain moves, it can help us a lot.

If you notice any type of issue, contact us. At Weddington Dentistry, we take your concerns very seriously. Contact us today should you have any of these signs, or others not mentioned here. The more information you can provide, the easier it should be to diagnose what is going on within your mouth.



If you are missing teeth, you might think that it is no big deal. After all, you have 32 of them to start, so what is the big deal if one goes missing—especially if it’s a molar, and thus out of sight most of the time? As it turns out, there can be serious repercussions from having missing teeth that are not replaced by some type of orthodontic fabrication.

Here at Weddington Dentistry, we specialize in constructing dentures to replace missing teeth. Here are just a few reasons why dentures are better for your oral health than having missing teeth.

Dentures Help Keep the Jaw Bone Intact

How Dentures Can Improve Your Oral Health Over Having Missing Teeth When you lose a tooth, the jawbone where the tooth originally sat will eventually begin to erode away. This can lead to problems such as adjacent teeth moving around (causing an uneven bite pattern and excessive wear on the remaining teeth). Further, if left untreated long enough, the bone loss will eventually cause your face to have a “sunken” look, as there will be inadequate bone tissue to support the normal appearance of your face.

Dentures Are an Option, Even if You Only Have Some Missing Teeth

A fairly common misconception is that dentures are only available to people who are missing all of their teeth. This is not true: dentures can be fabricated to replace any number of missing teeth, even if you’re only missing a few of them. These are called “partial dentures” and work much the same way as traditional full dentures.

If you are considering dentures, remember that they can be a way to improve your oral health. At Weddington Dentistry, we are available to talk with you about your denture options and answer any questions you might have on the matter. Please feel free to call us, or send us an email, and we will be happy to set up a time to get together and talk. We look forward to helping you!


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When you come in to our office for a cleaning and dental exam, we do a lot more than just scrape your teeth and poke at your gum tissue. In fact, we do a lot of preventive checking in order to identify potential issues down the road.

At Weddington Dentistry, we take the health of our patients very seriously. We want you to know exactly what happens when you come in to see us, and how it helps you stay healthy.

Tooth Issues Can Be Spotted During a Dental Exam

What Your Dentist Looks for During a Dental ExamFirst, of course, we look at your teeth. We check to see if you have any trouble spots in terms of decay that could indicate a deficiency in your oral hygiene technique. If we find something, we train you on how to correct it.

But looking at your teeth is not limited to checking for decay. We make sure to look around carefully to see if you have damaged anything. Sometimes you can crack a tooth from biting the wrong way on food, and you may not even know it until the problem has progressed. If we catch a minor crack or fracture early enough, we can get it repaired before it leads to further damage to the tooth.

We also closely examine the wear patterns on your teeth. This can tell us if there is a problem such as an uneven bite, bruxism (grinding your teeth while you sleep) or more. Depending on what we find, we may recommend using a mouth guard while you sleep or some other corrective measure.

Soft Tissue Issues

In addition to looking at your teeth, we carefully examine your gum tissue to see if there are any indications of trouble. Potential issues that we can catch early include gum cancer, gum disease, and other conditions. Most soft tissue problems, if caught early enough, are highly treatable.

At Weddington Dentistry we care about you, and about your oral health. Come see us today!


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We are honored that you have chosen Weddington Family Dentistry and we appreciate the trust you have placed in us.

We are committed to being your partner in good oral health. We believe in establishing a long term relationship so we can get to know your unique needs and design a customized treatment program that will help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile for life.

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