“Drill and fill” is yesterday’s news. Our services are designed for two purposes: Fixing smiles and preventing smiles from needing to be fixed.
We believe that less dentistry is better and are committed to helping our patients understand and achieve this ideal.
Our mantra here is “Simply less. But better.” and achieving this goal takes a deliberate approach. It takes more time on the front end. It means gathering more information about you so that better decisions are made and personalized plans can be created. It actually means getting to know you better – in more than just a “dental” way.
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Our cleanings are far from routine. Our devotion to preventive healthcare means we spend more time with you to create a personalized plan to prevent dental problems from happening. If it’s your first appointment with us, we ask you to block out 90 minutes of your time because we take this time to ask questions, take full series x-rays, provide helpful tips, and complete a thorough cleaning. At the end of this exam, we’ll have a game plan to help you with your oral and overall health.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
It’s important to stay on top of your oral health by performing basic oral hygiene routines, such as brushing and flossing. It can be easy to forget the techniques for these important rituals, which is why we’re more than happy to provide you detailed oral hygiene instructions – so you can keep your smile for life.
X-rays are an important step in catching anything out of the ordinary before it becomes a larger problem. As such, full series x-rays are common among dentists. At Benson Dentistry, our state-of-the-art digital x-rays are highly effective and significantly reduce your exposure to radiation.
Sealants are preventive dentistry’s best friends! Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted onto the chewing surfaces of teeth. They’re that extra defense to prevent tooth decay in those hard-to-reach tooth surfaces. By applying sealants, we can prevent tooth decay from becoming a cavity.
The Benson community is filled with sports fanatics. Is your child protected from the unexpected? Accidents do happen, and our custom mouth guards can protect your child’s smile from severe and traumatic damage. What’s the advantage of buying our mouth guards? They are customized to your child’s bite, creating a secure and comfortable fit. Store-bought mouth guards are not as comfortable and are not accurately fitted for any bite, which prevents them from fully protecting your child’s smile.
Electric toothbrush: The secret to any healthy smile is to thoroughly (but gently!) brush your teeth every day. As advocates of preventive healthcare, we recommend you use an electric toothbrush. Why? Well, it does all the work for you and provides a more thorough cleaning than a manual toothbrush.
Fluoride Toothpaste: Numerous studies have shown that fluoride is an important ingredient that strengthens tooth enamel and prevents decay. All ADA-accepted toothpastes contain fluoride. Other sources of fluoride are found in drinking water (depending on your community) and mouth rinse.
Air Floss: We know flossing isn’t the most exciting habit, but it is necessary. Philips Sonicare has created a unique cleaner called Air Floss to help reach places your toothbrush can’t. It’s clinically proven to be as effective as floss, removing 99.9% of plaque that brushing missed.
What’s restorative dentistry? It’s in the name! At Benson Dentistry, we restore and fix smiles back to their natural beauty.
While we truly value the natural life of your smile, there are times when a tooth has suffered through so much decay, the only way to save the natural tooth is to restore it. Dentistry has advanced exponentially over the years; services that were once considered “scary” are now just a “walk in the park!”
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We only offer metal-free fillings because they blend naturally with your smile and also allow Dr. Walker to retain more tooth enamel, making them a much more conservative procedure.
Crowns are used to restore a severely decayed or fractured tooth back to its former strength and function. Our crowns are durable, long-lasting, AND they look and feel like a natural tooth!
Do you wish to cover up chips, misalignment, cracks, or discoloration in your smile? Veneers can help! These thin, tooth-colored shells are bonded to the front of your teeth and create a natural, beautiful appearance. When it comes to crafting your veneers, Dr. Walker works closely with a dental lab to ensure these cosmetic restorations blend naturally with your smile and fit with you – and only you.
Are you tired of dentures that slip and side? Dr. Walker can provide implant-retained dentures, which work similarly to dental implants. Unlike traditional dentures, implant-retained dentures fit securely into the jawbone and blend naturally with your smile. With your new dentures, you’ll have the ability to eat your favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile with confidence.
There are times when a tooth cannot be saved, and an extraction is the only option to better your oral health. We do have options, such as dental implants, dentures, and bridges to help regain a new tooth, and we’ll do everything we can to ensure your appointment is comfortable and relaxing.
Night guards protect your teeth from the nightly grind. What does that mean? When you are asleep, you may be clenching or grinding your teeth without even realizing it. This habit can wear down your teeth and may lead to TMJ issues or other future problems that may require costly solutions. Our custom-made night guards are designed to protect your teeth from clenching and grinding, allowing you to sleep peacefully.
Nothing is better than your natural teeth, which is why we do everything possible to save them. Root canal therapy is the final line of defense (or else an extraction is the only remaining option). This treatment is needed when the tooth nerve or pulp becomes severely infected. Dr. Walker will need to remove the pulp, clean the canal, and seal it with dental materials to save the tooth. There’s a stigma root canals are a painful procedure; however, that is not the case. We are empathetic to your dental needs and will work with you to ensure you’re very comfortable.
Give your smile a boost with our take-home whitening kits. Unlike over-the-counter products, professional whitening kits consist of custom-made whitening trays, which are more effective in giving your smile that extra shine. Plus, this allows Dr. Walker to supervise your treatment to make sure everything is going according to plan.
Fever Blister Treatment
Fever blisters and canker sores can be an uncomfortable experience, and we have medication to help reduce these sores. Ask about treatment options at your next appointment.
Scaling and Root Planing
Also known as a “deep cleaning,” scaling and root planing is necessary if you’re developing serious signs of periodontal (gum) disease. If left untreated, you could be at risk of losing your teeth. During your appointment, our team of caring professionals offer many amenities to help make your visit comfortable.
Accidents are unexpected, but they do happen! If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office number: (919) 894-4195 and we’ll get you in as soon as possible!
One of our guiding principles is to treat patients like family, which means developing a personal relationship with you! At Benson Dentistry, we maintain that principle by placing and restoring dental implants in office, which allows Dr. Walker to see you from start to finish.
Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. Not only do they replace missing teeth, but they can:
- Allow you to eat your favorite foods.
- Help you speak with clarity.
- Halt bone deterioration (a side effect caused by missing teeth).
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Step 1: The Titanium Post
The first step to begin the implant process is placing the titanium post or implant. Using modern technology, Dr. Walker will accurately place the post to become the anchor for your new tooth. From there, it may take 3-4 months for the gumline and jawbone to fully fuse with the implant before beginning to the next step.
Step 2: The Abutment
Once healed, Dr. Walker will screw on the abutment, which will make room for the crown to be placed.
Step 3: The Crown
After the abutment is placed, Dr. Walker places and shapes a crown to blend in with your natural teeth. As a result, you’ll receive a functional and beautiful smile!