Dr. Wetherill Dentistry

As a comprehensive dental practice, Wetherill Family Dentistry is proud to offer a full range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic procedures and services.  Our team is dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy and confident smile through regular checkups and care, and we excel in restoring and improving smiles with our advanced restorative and cosmetic dental treatments.  Whatever your dental need, our practice is here to satisfy it - and you.

Highlighted below are some of the services and treatments that we offer our patients.  Should you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  We are committed to helping our patients make informed decisions about their dental care.

To see a sampling of our various services and treatments offered, feel free to scroll down or click here to explore a particular topic:

Preventive Dentistry Procedures

Restorative Dentistry Services
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

Preventive Dentistry Procedures

In general, “preventive dentistry” refers to exactly what its name suggests:  dentistry designed to prevent problems from developing or worsening.  Preventive care includes routine cleanings, exams, and x-rays.  In addition, sealants may be applied to prevent cavities from forming in certain teeth.  To learn more information about these preventive services, scroll down or click here:

Regular Cleanings and Examinations
Sealants

Regular Cleanings and Examinations

The first step in maintaining a beautiful smile is to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy.  We offer comprehensive new patient exams, as well as routine exams at regular cleaning appointments.  We recommend regular checkups for all individuals three years of age and older, and we advocate having your teeth cleaned at least every six months.   

Unfortunately, gum disease (periodontal disease) is a major cause of tooth loss that can also cause several serious health problems if left untreated.  Periodontal disease is caused by excess plaque buildup, which can harbor toxic bacteria that attack your gums.  For this reason, regular exams and cleanings are critical to prevent periodontal disease.  Generally, gum tissue affected by periodontal disease is swollen, red, and more prone to bleeding than healthy gum tissue. If you are seeing any of these signs, we highly recommend that you come to Wetherill Family Dentistry for treatment as soon as possible. If periodontal disease is detected and treated early, Dr. Wetherill can help you reverse the damage and regain healthy gums. For those with advanced periodontal disease who are threatened with tooth loss (or who have already lost teeth), we also offer a variety of cosmetic and restorative procedures that can bring back health and beauty to your smile.

Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning by the hygienist, followed by a complete dental exam by Dr. Wetherill.  At regular intervals, x-rays will be taken of your teeth to check for decay or other latent defects.  During the oral exam, Dr. Wetherill gives a thorough oral cancer screening and checks the health of your mouth: teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue.  At each visit, he also examines the integrity of old fillings and restorations, since constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.   

Though twice-daily brushing and flossing are excellent for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums between visits, regular examinations and cleanings are an absolute necessity for a healthy mouth. In addition to providing the usual tooth polishing and cavity check during your exam, we also complete a thorough check of your gums and the gingival pockets to detect any signs of gingivitis and periodontal disease. These routine, regular checkups not only serve to keep your teeth and gums healthy with thorough cleanings, but also they help prevent serious dental problems from occurring.  These regular visits are a vital part of your dental care.

Sealants

Another option of preventive care that may be right for you is sealants.  A sealant is a resin material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars). This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids.    

Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. However, toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque, so sealants are used to protect these vulnerable areas by "sealing out" plaque and food.    

Sealants are not a complicated procedure.  It takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth, and it is a totally painless technique. First, the tooth is cleaned. Next, the chewing surfaces are roughened with a solution to help the sealant adhere to the tooth. Then the sealant is 'painted' onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. A special curing light is used to harden the sealant.    

As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and usually last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, Dr. Wetherill will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.    

Sealants work well for all ages. Because the likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, children and teenagers are obvious candidates. Adults can benefit from sealants as well.

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Restorative Dentistry Services

Smiles and eyes are the two things people notice most about a face.  With dentistry’s many advances, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth.  You have choices that can help you smile with confidence, and Wetherill Family Dentistry is excited to help you restore a healthy and positive smile.  Talk to Dr. Wetherill about the options most suitable for you, what your hopes and expectations are, and the factors or variables involved. 

Included within the restorative dentistry services offered by Wetherill Family Dentistry are the following procedures:

Fillings & Bondings
Crowns
Removable Dentures/Partials
Fixed Bridges/Dental Implants
Extractions
Root Canals

Fillings & Bondings

Advances in modern dental materials and techniques have provided new ways to create more pleasing, natural-looking smiles. As a result, dentists and patients have several choices when it comes to selecting materials used to repair missing, worn, damaged, or decayed teeth.    

Traditional dental restoratives include gold, amalgam, porcelain, and composite. The strength and durability of traditional dental materials continue to make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth.    

Newer dental restoratives include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are often used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important. They can be used on the back teeth as well depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.

Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity, and expense of dental restorations. These factors include the components used in the filling material, the amount of tooth structure remaining, where and how the filling is placed, the chewing load that the tooth will have to bear, and the length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth.  If you have questions about what is the best filling option for you, please talk with Dr. Wetherill.  He will recommend the best treatment plan for you based on the above factors and/or any other variables unique to your situation, and he can address any concerns you may have.    

Some broken teeth will not need a filling, but dental bonding instead.  Chipped, misaligned, or stained teeth can often be quickly and easily fixed with dental bonding. During the dental bonding process, Dr. Wetherill uses a durable, tooth-colored composite resin to fill cracks and gaps, reshape teeth, and conceal stains to restore your smile’s natural beauty. After applying thin layers of the bonding material to the area, the resin is cured using a specialized lamp, which hardens the resin for strong, long-lasting results. The resin is custom tinted to match the exact shade of your teeth, the results are excellent, and the dental bonding is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The versatility of dental bonding is unsurpassed; moreover, compared to other cosmetic procedures, the cost is relatively economical. When you come in for your appointment with Dr. Wetherill, we can discuss any improvements we can make to your smile with bonding and inform you of the results you can expect to see.

Crowns

Also called “caps,” crowns are constructed of gold, porcelain, or both.  Crowns are durable restorations that completely cover individual teeth in order to conceal cracked, decayed, discolored, or chipped teeth.  A crown is made to to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, thereby giving you a natural, beautiful smile.  In addition to enhancing the appearance of your teeth, a crown also provides added support to structurally deficient teeth.  A crown strengthens and protects the tooth structure when it cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.   

Crowns are used in a variety of situations.  A crown may be utilized to cover and support a tooth that has a large filling.  It can be used to attach a bridge, prevent a weak or brittle tooth from breaking, or restore one that is already broken.  Crowns thus serve a functional, restorative role in dental care as well as an aesthetically pleasing one.

In order to apply a crown, Dr. Wetherill first removes any decay and reduces the size of the tooth to accommodate the crown.  Then, an impression of the tooth is taken, and a temporary crown is placed over the tooth body while the porcelain crown is being crafted.  When the new porcelain crown is ready, Dr. Wetherill fits the crown over the top of the tooth, makes any adjustments necessary, and cements it securely into place.  With proper care, your new crown should remain stain-free and last long into the future.

Removable Dentures & Partials

If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be able to eat and speak—things that people often take for granted.

There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. Dr. Wetherill takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.   

Dentures can be made as a complete set, or as a partial set as needed, when only a few teeth are missing.  Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected to remaining teeth by metal framework.   

Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.

Fixed Bridges & Dental Implants

In general, there are two types of permanent tooth replacement:  fixed bridges and dental implants.   

A fixed dental bridge is a non-removable appliance often used to replace missing teeth. The traditional bridge is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. It consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth and are attached to artificial teeth, filling or “bridging” the gap created by one or more missing teeth.  Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years.        

There are many reasons that Dr. Wetherill may recommend bridgework for a patient.  Those reasons include, among others: (1) to fill the space of missing teeth; (2) to prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position; (3) to maintain the patient’s facial shape; (4) to restore the patient’s chewing and speaking ability; and (5) to upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent fixed bridge appliance.   

At least two appointments are usually necessary for a fixed bridge procedure. During the first visit, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow space for the crown. Next, a mold is made for the custom bridge. You will also be fitted with a temporary bridge, which you will wear for several weeks until your next appointment.  At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully adjusted and cemented to fit perfectly. Sometimes the bridge is temporarily cemented so that your teeth and tissue have time to adapt to the appliance. In these cases, the new bridge will be permanently cemented during another visit.   

Sometimes a dental implant may present a better option for tooth replacement than does a fixed bridge.  Dr. Wetherill offers dental implants for individuals missing one or more teeth from their smile. Dental implants provide these patients with an attractive, functional tooth replacement option that looks and feels just like a natural tooth. Not only do dental implants eliminate gaps left by missing teeth, but they also help maintain jawbone mass, provide for comfortable chewing, and offer unsurpassed stability, which removable dentures cannot provide. In addition, dental implants do not require the alteration of neighboring teeth.   

For replacement of an individual tooth with an implant, a single titanium anchor is carefully implanted within the jaw bone. Once the area has healed, this anchor acts as an artificial tooth root, which will hold the replacement crown firmly in place. Your implant crown or “restoration” is custom crafted to match your surrounding teeth perfectly so that your smile looks incredibly natural. When your restoration is ready, Dr. Wetherill will cement the crown into place, finishing your implant. This procedure can be performed to replace multiple teeth, secure a dental bridge, or to create implant-secured dentures – there are many possibilities.   

Dr. Wetherill is pleased to discuss with you the available options for tooth replacement, and offer recommendations as to which option would best suit your needs.  In any case, the success of any bridge or implant depends on its the foundation to which it is attached.  Therefore, it is very important to keep your remaining teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.

Extractions

There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth.  Sometimes a baby tooth has long or misshapen roots that prevent it from falling out, so the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt (i.e., to come in).  At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay and infection, so Dr. Wetherill may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant.  Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.   

When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Wetherill may extract the tooth during a regular checkup, or he may request another visit for this procedure.  Other times, Dr. Wetherill may refer the patient to an oral surgeon, depending on the condition of the tooth at issue.  While the extraction procedure itself is typically very quick, it is important to share any concerns or preferences for sedation that you may have.

Root Canals (Endodontic Treatment)

Inside each tooth is the pulp and the nerve.  In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you would probably lose that tooth.  Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, you may save that tooth.    When the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection, root canal therapy is needed to save the tooth.  This involves removing bacteria and any decay, and then filling the resulting space with special medicated materials which restore the tooth to its full function.   

Having a root canal on a tooth is the preferred option for salvaging a tooth that would otherwise die and require removal. Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.       

Dr. Wetherill will help you assess whether a root canal is necessary, or whether a crown, an extraction, or some other restorative procedure is more appropriate.  Some factors that will be assessed when determining whether a root canal is merited are:  (1) whether decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth); (2) whether the infection is located in the tooth itself or in the root tip; (3) whether the tooth is “cracked” or fractured; and (4) whether any trauma has occurred to the tooth.   

If you suspect that you may need a root canal, please call our office for Dr. Wetherill to see you.  Although sometimes no symptoms are present, here are some possible signs that you may need a root canal: (1) severe toothache; (2) hot/cold sensitivity; (3) swelling and/or tenderness; (4) an abscess (or “pus-pocket”) on the gums; and pain when chewing.   

Root canal treatment often involves from one to three office visits. During treatment, Dr. Wetherill removes the diseased pulp. Next the pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are cleaned and sealed. Often posterior teeth that have endodontic treatment should have a cast crown placed over them in order to strengthen the remaining structure. After that, as long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups so that the root(s) of the restored tooth are nourished by the surrounding tissues, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.    

Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile! Dr. Wetherill performs some endodontic (root canal) treatment on site.   Other times, Dr. Wetherill may refer a patient to an endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems of the pulp), depending on the endodontic issues involved.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

The field of cosmetic dentistry provides us with a variety of options for enhancing the beauty of your smile. From basic to sophisticated, the procedures and treatments we offer at Wetherill Family Dentistry can help you achieve the winning smile you desire. We offer a host of long-lasting, natural-looking options including:   

Tooth Whitening
Porcelain Veneers & Crowns
Dental Bonding
Dental Implants

With recent advances in dental care, we can help you effectively achieve a total smile makeover!  Even a subtle change in your smile can make a big difference in the way you look and feel about yourself.  Talk to Dr. Wetherill and his dental team about the options most suitable for you, what your hopes and expectations are, and the factors or variables involved.

Tooth Whitening

The number one aesthetic concern of most patients is having whiter teeth. Tooth whitening, or bleaching, is a treatment used to whiten tooth enamel and enhance the natural beauty of your smile.    

Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, replacement of any restorations (old fillings, crowns, or bondings) will be done after bleaching so they match the bleached teeth. A touch-up may be needed every few years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, or take tooth-discoloring medications.    

This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. During your first appointment, molds will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic trays.During your second appointment, the trays will be fitted and adjustments will be made if necessary. Depending on the degree of discoloration and desired level of whitening, the trays are worn overnight with a special whitening gel for one to two weeks.  Dr. Wetherill will send you home with the professional whitening gel and instructions for your whitening regimen.  It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during this time, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped the whitening process.  On occasion, a person may experience soft tissue irritation - either from a tray that needs additional adjustment or from whitening gel that may come into contact with the gums or other tissues.  If you have concerns about such side-effects, please feel free to discuss them with Dr. Wetherill or any of his team at Wetherill Family Dentistry.

Porcelain Veneers & Crowns

Some stained or discolored teeth may not be good candidates for a whitening procedure.  In such a situation, Dr. Wetherill may discuss with you the option of porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns.  Likewise, porcelain veneers and/or porcelain crowns may be an excellent choice for the individual with teeth that are badly shaped as a result of nature or of an accident or injury.  Porcelain veneers and crowns are a valuable tool in creating a beautiful and improved smile.

Porcelain crowns are created using the finest porcelain materials, and the results are incredibly natural. Ultimately, crowns can enhance the overall appearance of your smile, improve the health of your mouth and bite, and strengthen tooth structure. For more information on Dr. Wetherill’s use of porcelain crowns, please click here.  If you are interested in achieving strictly cosmetic benefits from porcelain crowns, you may want to explore porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers offer the same cosmetic benefits as porcelain crowns; however, they are in some cases more versatile, and require less of the tooth structure to be removed before placement.    

Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. Typically a dental technician makes them in a dental lab, working from a model provided by Dr. Wetherill.     

The application of porcelain veneers is usually an irreversible process, because it is necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.  Dr. Wetherill may recommend that you avoid some foods and beverages that may stain or discolor your veneers such as coffee, tea, or red wine. Sometimes a veneer might chip or fracture; however, for many people, the results are more than worth the offset.     

As with any procedure, if you have any questions about porcelain veneers, please feel free to discuss them with Dr. Wetherill or any of his staff.

Dental Bonding

Chipped, misaligned, or stained teeth can often be quickly and easily fixed with dental bonding. During the dental bonding process, Dr. Wetherill uses a durable, tooth-colored composite resin to fill cracks and gaps, reshape teeth, and conceal stains to restore your smile’s natural beauty. After applying thin layers of the bonding material to the area, the resin is cured using a specialized lamp, which hardens the resin for strong, long-lasting results. The resin is custom tinted to match the exact shade of your teeth, the results are excellent, and the dental bonding is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The versatility of dental bonding is unsurpassed; moreover, compared to other cosmetic procedures, the cost is relatively economical. When you come in for your appointment with Dr. Wetherill, we can discuss any improvements we can make to your smile with bonding and inform you of the results you can expect to see.

Dental Implants

Dr. Wetherill offers dental implants for individuals missing one or more teeth from their smile. Dental implants provide these patients with an attractive, functional tooth replacement option that looks and feels just like a natural tooth. Not only do dental implants eliminate gaps left by missing teeth, but they also help maintain jawbone mass, provide for comfortable chewing, and offer unsurpassed stability, which removable dentures cannot provide. In addition, dental implants do not require the alteration of neighboring teeth as bridges do.

For replacement of an individual tooth with an implant, a single titanium anchor is carefully implanted within the jaw bone. Once the area has healed, this anchor acts as an artificial tooth root, which will hold the replacement crown firmly in place. Your implant crown or “restoration” is custom crafted to match your surrounding teeth perfectly so that your smile looks incredibly natural. When your restoration is ready and the area has healed, Dr. Wetherill will cement the crown into place, finishing your implant. This procedure can be performed to replace multiple teeth, secure a dental bridge, or to create implant-secured dentures – there are many possibilities.  The dental implant procedure requires 2-3 dental visits and is coordinated with an oral surgeon or periodontist.    

Dr. Wetherill is pleased to help you explore your dental implants options - or any other cosmetic dentistry treatment - and assist you in choosing the procedure that will provide you with superior results.

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