Comprehensive & General Dentistry in Bellevue
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." – Benjamin Franklin
Less Dentistry, Long-Lasting Results
Dr. DeWood uses a conservative yet modern approach to dentistry, putting your needs first.
Regular six-monthly appointments are imperative to help you and your family maintain excellent oral health. Our caring team will help you devise a hygiene plan to reduce tooth decay and leave you with a stunning smile.
Dr. DeWood uses advanced training and her vast skill set to adapt to your concerns and goals. Using modern technology, we offer a broad range of services to care for your smile.
We want you to benefit from lasting health, so our aim is to educate you about your specific treatment and why it’s the best course of action. Dr. DeWood shares her passion for learning with each patient, so they understand their oral health.
‘‘Dr. DeWood is really informative and tells you all your options. I felt really in control of how my teeth would turn out. She explained everything in a way that helped me understand what was going on and how it works. I put off going to the dentist for a while because it always hurt when I was a kid. This time I didn't feel anything. ’’
Kyle (Actual Patient)
Prevention Not Just Intervention
Here are the comprehensive services we provide to keep your smile healthy and shining.
Regular six-month appointments help detect and prevent health issues before they become serious. Consistent dental check-ups help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. Left unattended, small treatable problems become worse and may require more extensive, expensive procedures to repair.
Your dental examination will generally include the following:
- Gum disease screening
- Oral cancer screening
- Visual tooth decay evaluation
- Visual gum disease examination
- Gum pocket measurement and tracking
- X-ray examination to detect: tooth decay, cysts, tumors, problems below the gums and other hidden issues
Professional cleanings performed by Dr. DeWood or our hygienist are just as important to your dental health as daily brushing and flossing. Using specialized tools and training, your hygienist or dentist will:
- Remove plaque buildup from the surfaces of teeth. (Bacteria in the mouth form plaque, which collects on teeth and causes decay, gum disease, and gingivitis.)
- Remove tartar from teeth surfaces. (Tartar, or calculus, is plaque that has become so hardened on the teeth that its removal requires special procedures. Tartar below the gum line is also an indication of gum disease.)
- Remove surface stains from teeth through polishing.
Regular cleanings are proven to improve your oral health and leave your teeth looking better.
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by the bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth and is not cleaned by brushing or flossing.
Here are some common signs of periodontal disease:
- Red, swollen, tender gums, or bleeding gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
Unnerving gum disease can be treated if caught early with a professional cleaning and a solid hygiene routine. However, if it has developed to be more severe, then you may be at risk of tooth loss and even health conditions affecting the rest of your body.
Our skilled dentist in Bellevue can offer the treatments you need to help with each stage of periodontal disease.
Sealants are used to help prevent tooth decay. The natural grooves of your teeth can trap food that can resist casual brushing and rinsing. If left in place, the trapped food allows bacteria to multiply, eventually causing tooth decay and requiring costly attention.
Sealants are painted directly onto the tooth where they seal the natural grooves to help prevent tooth decay. While sealants are durable, they are not permanent. They are particularly effective for young children who struggle with brushing and flossing.
Sealants offer a cost-effective, preventive step to reduce the chances of tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of molars.
Dr. Kathryn DeWood has participated in additional training and education to help those who suffer from the life-changing effects of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ/TMD).
What is TMJ/TMD?
These common disorders occur when the temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed or damaged due to stress, poor posture, trauma, clenching, or teeth grinding. These disorders are more common in women aged 30-50 and produce symptoms such as regular tension headaches, jaw muscle pain, jaw clicking or locking, and damaged teeth, which may affect your speaking or eating.
How is TMJ/TMD Treated?
It is vital to see a TMJ dentist if any of the above symptoms persist. Dr. DeWood has the skills and experience to diagnose TMD using modern technology. She will perform a full face and joint exam to assess your needs. Next, she will discuss you to use a custom mouthguard (worn at night) to help relieve muscle tension and headaches. These mouthguards will contribute to move the joint back into place and repair any damage to the cartilage, soft tissues, or bone.
Millions of Americans are unhappy with their smile due to misaligned or crooked teeth. Thanks for modern orthodontics, it is possible to discreetly and effectively realign your teeth and improve your bite.
Dr. Cheryl DeWood is our experienced and talented orthodontist who has years of experience straightening the teeth of those in Bellevue, WA. She offers a range of orthodontic services ranging from traditional braces to aligners from Invisalign®.
It is our goal to make you feel comfortable and confident when receiving orthodontic care. Call us today for more information about how we can straighten your smile.