At Willis Dental, we provide our patients with the latest and most advanced dental care possible. Our team of highly skilled and experienced dental care professionals strive to treat every patient with the utmost care and consideration. We work hard to create a comfortable and relaxing environment perfect for every member of the family.
Dr. Willis greatly enjoys his work as a family and cosmetic dentist in Salem, OR, and we're certain that after just one visit, you'll experience for yourself firsthand what so many of our patients already know - that at Willis Dental, we treat you like family.
Our comprehensive range of dental care services includes:
Preventative Dental Care
While it's easy to think of our oral health as only having an impact on our teeth and gums, recent studies have found surprising evidence that links our oral and overall health. Research suggests that individuals who suffer from oral health conditions such as tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss have a significantly higher risk of developing a range of chronic health conditions that include diabetes, stroke, dementia, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and cancer. While researchers continue to explore what connects these types of systemic diseases to our oral health, it's become clear that practicing preventative dental care can help ensure a healthy body now and into the future.
The best way to lower your risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and other common oral health problems is by following these three steps:
- Brush twice daily. Brushing helps to remove harmful oral bacteria and food particles that linger in the mouth after eating from the surface of our teeth and along our gum lines. Plaque - a sticky biofilm - uses the foods we eat to produce harmful substances that slowly erode away our tooth enamel and increase our risk of cavities and decay. By brushing at least twice a day, you can remove plaque deposits from the surface of your teeth and reduce your risk of dental disease.
- Floss daily. Flossing helps to remove food particles and plaque from areas of our mouth that a toothbrush cannot reach - between our teeth and below the gum line. If you don't take the time to properly floss at least one a day, you're failing to clean over 33% of your mouth! Needless to say, one of the most common areas for cavities to develop is actually between a patient's teeth, further underscoring why flossing is such an important habit for protecting your longterm oral health.
- Scheduling regular dental exams. Regular exams and cleanings provide our staff the opportunity to assess the current state of your oral health and remove plaque deposits from the surface of your teeth and gum line.
Follow these three steps, and you'll enjoy a lifetime of great-looking teeth and healthy gums, while also lowering your risk for a number of diseases that could threaten your overall health.
Dental Exams & Cleanings
Receiving regular dental exams and cleanings rank as a fundamental part of maintaining and protecting your longterm oral health. Regular exams provide Dr. Willis the opportunity to spot the early signs of decay and dental disease while these conditions are still easily treatable. The longer these types of oral health problems go unchecked, the more lasting damage can occur.
Frequent oral cleanings allow our team of gentle dental hygienists to remove plaque deposits from the surface of your teeth and along the gum line. When plaque is allowed to harden, it turns into a yellowish substance known as tartar. Not only does tartar buildup discolor teeth - robbing you of their natural luster - it also irritates gum tissue, increasing your risk of gum disease. Once hardened into tartar, plaque can only before removed from your teeth during a professional cleaning.
While Dr. Willis typically recommends that patients schedule exams and cleanings every six months, patients with certain medical and dental conditions - such as diabetes or heart disease - may need to schedule appointments more regularly.
Our teeth feature a number of hard-to-clean grooves that can make practicing quality oral hygiene difficult for younger patients who don't possess the manual dexterity or attention to detail needed to properly brush. When these hard-to-clean areas of the mouth become the breeding ground for plaque buildup and decay, cavities can easily develop.
Dental sealants help to physically "seal" away areas of the mouth that are difficult to clean, like the back molars, to protect tooth enamel from the effects of decay. During just one session, Dr. Willis can apply a simple tooth-colored acrylic coating to the surface of a patient's teeth in need of the treatment. Once in place, the sealant will prevent plaque buildup and keep the teeth safe from the effects of decay.
Tooth sealants are perfectly safe for both children and adults, and the application process only takes a few minutes to complete. Dental sealants are incredibly durable and can last for years before a reapplication is required.
To see if sealants are right for you or your child, contact our office to schedule your next dental appointment.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition that results in repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. Repeated apnea episodes cause patients suffering from the disorder to constantly wake from deep sleep throughout the night. This prevents patients from receiving the type of REM sleep needed for a full night's rest.
As a result of their lack of REM sleep, sleep apnea patients may suffer from:
- Daytime drowsiness
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor short-term memory
Over the long-term, sleep apnea can increase the risk for high blood pressure, heart failure, and stroke.
As a sleep dentist in Salem, Dr. Willis offers a variety of sleep apnea treatment options designed to help prevent apnea episodes. Call our office to schedule a sleep apnea consultation, and start getting the good night's rest you deserve.
Our team at Willis Dental understands that not every patient enjoys visiting our Salem dentist office. In fact, dental anxiety actually prevents millions of Americans from receiving the type of quality oral health care they need to enjoy a great-looking smile for a lifetime.
To help ease any anxiety our patients may experience, Dr. Willis offers full sedation during dental appointments by partnering with a board certified anesthesia specialist to provide a complete sedation experience to our patients. While you rest, our team of gentle dental hygienists and treatment specialists will work to have you looking and feeling your best.
Don't let dental anxiety prevent you from receiving the kind of quality dental care you need to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Sedation dentistry can provide the comfort and relaxation you need to receive the quality dental care required for a healthy, happy smile.
Teeth whitening has quickly become the most commonly performed cosmetic dental procedure in the U.S. One look at the remarkable difference just one whitening treatment can make to the complexion of your smile and it's easy to see why.
Teeth whitening is a safe and easy option for anyone looking to reverse the impact a lifetime of consuming tooth-staining foods and drinks can have on the appearance of your smile. Depending on your individual preference, you can lighten just your upper teeth, or both your upper and lower teeth.
Teeth whitening treatments are not for everyone. Your oral health must be in good condition before starting any whitening treatment. Call our NE Salem dentist office to schedule your tooth whitening consultation with Willis Dental today.
Dental tooth bonding utilizes a resin that's placed on the front or back surface of a patient's teeth to lighten stains, close minor gaps, correct crooked teeth, or restore decayed teeth. Once a tooth is prepared, a bonding resin is placed into position. The tooth is then colored and shaped to improve the form and function of your smile. Once cured using a high-intensity light, the surface of the tooth is polished to blend seamlessly into the natural appearance of any smile.
Dental bonding treatments generally last from three to five years before any repairs become necessary. Willis Dental can complete tooth bonding restorations during just one office visit. Get the smile you've always wanted with dental tooth bonding.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth, helping to correct the appearance of uneven, chipped, stained, or crooked teeth. These ultra-thin veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to stains from substances like coffee, tea, or tobacco.
It typically takes three visits to our dentist office in Salem to complete the placement of dental veneers. During your initial appointment, Dr. Willis will take an impression of your teeth that will be used in the creation of your custom veneers. Your second appointment will involve Dr. Willis preparing your teeth for the placement of your veneers, which will then be placed into position during the third and final appointment.
Maintaining your dental veneers requires the same commitment to practicing quality oral hygiene at home, including brushing and flossing daily, and scheduling regular exams and cleanings at Willis Dental.
Restoration Dental Care
When the impact of tooth decay requires the need for a filling, our team at Willis Dental provides our patients with the option of selecting traditional amalgam - or metal - fillings or composite fillings. Composite fillings are made from a tooth-colored porcelain and blend seamlessly into the natural appearance of your smile. Both metal and composite fillings offer a lasting solution for the treatment of a cavity.
At Willis Dental, we strive to provide dental work that looks indiscernible from the natural state of your smile so that we can create a smile that looks and feels its best.
Dental crowns serve as tooth-shaped “caps” that restore the shape, resilience, and appearance of a tooth. We offer crowns made from high-grade porcelain, ceramic, or porcelain bonded to gold.
Fitting a crown requires two visits to our Salem dentist office. During your first appointment, Dr. Willis will eliminate any remaining decay from the structure of your tooth, before shaping the tooth as needed. Dr. Willis will then fit the tooth with a temporary crown.
During your next visit, Dr. Willis will remove the temporary crown and replace it with a permanent crown. Once adjusted, the permanent crown will be cemented into position, providing you with a great-looking and durable new tooth.
During your next visit, Dr. Willis will remove the temporary crown and replace it with a permanent crown. Once adjusted, the permanent crown will be cemented into position, providing you with a great looking and durable new tooth.
Dental implants make a great option for replacing missing teeth or providing support for dentures, bridges, and crowns.
Dental implants are fixtures of titanium that take the place of tooth roots, and are surgically placed into your jaw bone to act as an anchor for a crown or denture to fit over. Most people can’t distinguish between a crown and a natural tooth because a dental implant looks so natural.
There are many advantages to dental implants, including increased stability and functionality. Dental implants tend to look and feel better than traditional dentures or dental bridges and offer the same force for biting as natural teeth. Best of all, they will last a lifetime if properly maintained.