General Family Dentistry Wilmington, DE

young family with grandparent smiling brightly I family dentistry in wilmington deWelcome to Bruce E. Matthews, DDS, PA, the Wilmington, DE dental practice of Dr. Bruce E. Matthews, Dr. Brian Matthews, Dr. Daniel Matthews, and Dr. Katie Matthews. At our dental office, dentistry is a family affair, and we love welcoming new area families each and every week.

At Bruce E. Matthews, DDS, PA, you’ll be partnered with a Wilmington, DE dentist who takes a vested interest in your oral care, and a dentist who is both gentle and thorough. In our Wilmington, DE dental office, we also see patients of all ages, including children.

If you’re interested in excellent dental care and are seeking a dentist in Wilmington, DE, we invite you to contact a member of our team to schedule an examination today. Also, reach out if you would like information about our services.

We have collected the questions we hear most often about general dentistry; these are presented below for your convenience.

What is the difference between preventive dentistry and general family dentistry in Wilmington, DE?

Preventive dentistry provides the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Preventive services include:

  • Twice-yearly exams
  • Twice-yearly teeth cleanings
  • Periodic x-rays
  • Dental sealants
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Other specific services meant to prevent costly and complicated dental issues down the road

At Bruce E. Matthews, DDS, PA, we customize your preventive treatment to help you achieve your best dental health. We know that every mouth is different and requires specific care.

However, as a general rule, the American Dental Association recommends dental exams and professional teeth cleanings twice per year, and our Wilmington dentists concur. We have found that twice-yearly exams, periodic x-rays, and professional teeth cleanings lower your risk for gum disease, dental emergencies, and cavities.

Dental sealants coat and strengthen your teeth, and fluoride treatments help prevent cavities; fluoride treatments are especially helpful for children who may be more prone to tooth decay.

Dental x-rays allow your dentist in Wilmington to spot tiny problems before they become big issues. And professional teeth cleanings are designed to remove the tartar and bacteria your toothbrush leaves behind.

During your exam, your dentist will also provide periodic cancer screenings using the latest technologies.

General dentistry provides the maintenance you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This may include:

  • Fillings
  • Root canal therapy
  • Extractions
  • Restorations
  • Other specific treatments

What types of technology do you use?

At Bruce E. Matthews, DDS, PA, we utilize technologies that educate our patients about their oral health, brighten smiles, or allow for a safer and more comfortable dental experience.

Intraoral cameras, for example, allow you to see close-up images from inside your mouth. This helps you make good choices about your dental care, and it helps your Wilmington, DE dentist better explain your specific treatment plan.

How often should I visit the dentist?

Our dentists follow guidelines put forward by the American Dental Association. This means you should visit the dentist at least twice per year for exams and cleanings. If you have specific oral health conditions like periodontal disease, or if you suffer from sleep apnea, your dentist in Wilmington may customize your treatment schedule to better care for your oral health situation.   

What happens during my child's first dental visit?

Parents are always invited to be with their children during treatment.  We will also proceed at the child's pace. It is vitally important to establish comfort and trust with your child. Our goal is to diagnose, through imagery, your child's oral health and offer recommendations as to his or her care. Parents can view their child's oral status with our modern monitoring system. 

At Bruce E. Matthews, DDS, PA, our team is gentle with children and we work hard to help them feel positive and confident about their dental habits and about coming to the dentist.

Do you treat dental emergencies?

Our dentists in Wilmington, DE always set aside time to treat dental emergencies, and our staff works hard to get you seen as soon as possible.

Dental emergencies may include one or more of the following:

  • Toothache
  • Broken or missing tooth
  • Broken or lost restoration
  • Swelling
  • Fever
  • Bleeding

Always contact our dental office at the first sign of a dental emergency in Wilmington, DE. If it’s after hours, one of our Wilmington dentists will take your call and help you through your situation.

Will my Wilmington dentist help me with anxiety?

It’s not unusual to feel anxious on the eve of a dental procedure. However, if you suffer from anxiety, we do not want that to stand in the way of your oral health; this is why we offer sedation dentistry in Wilmington.

Our sedation services include nitrous oxide and oral sedation. For those patients with severe anxiety, we may also consider sleep dentistry.

Nitrous oxide is a safe gas administered through a nasal mask, providing relaxation and comfort. Oral sedation is a pill given prior to your procedure to help you feel at ease.

At Bruce E. Matthews, DDS, PA, we may have the gentlest dentists in Wilmington, DE. Often, our most nervous patients are surprised by the easy care they receive in our dental office.

What services do you offer outside of general dentistry?

Preventive and general dentistry help keep your smile healthy. One of the benefits of good dental care—besides a healthy smile for life—is that it usually makes you an excellent candidate for cosmetic dentistry in Wilmington.

Cosmetic dentistry may include:

Professional teeth whitening in Wilmington, DE

Our professional teeth whitening system is heads above anything you can purchase without a prescription; this includes store-bought gels and trays.

Quality tooth crowns in Wilmington, DE

Dental crowns go over a prepared tooth to provide strength following trauma or deep root infection. Dental crowns can also conceal tooth flaws, misshapen teeth, small gaps between teeth and stubborn stains. They are always colored to go with your surrounding teeth and provide a consistent smile.

Lumineers in Wilmington, DE

Lumineers are a long-time Hollywood secret, but we can provide Hollywood-caliber lumineers right here in our dental office.

At Bruce E. Matthews, DDS, PA we take a mold of your teeth and use this to create beautiful dental lumineers. These are ultra-thin shells that go across the fronts of your teeth to create a uniform smile. Lumineers conceal discoloration, flaws, cracks, chips, and height discrepancies. Lumineers can also correct gummy smiles. Your Wilmington dentist can usually complete the lumineers process in two dental visits.

Dental bonding in Wilmington, DE

Bonding relies on a tooth-colored resin material to conceal your tooth flaws. It can be used to hide discoloration and reshape a tooth. This is an inexpensive and simple cosmetic dental option.

Dental implant restorations in Wilmington, DE

Dental implants are slim posts made of sturdy titanium. Your dentist surgically implants these posts into your gum. Over several months, these posts bond with your jawbone to create a stable support for a restoration tooth.

If you have several missing teeth, you can opt for an implant-supported denture or bridge. A few dental implant posts are strong enough to support a bridge or denture!

Dental implants improve your smile, but they also help prevent bone loss in your jaw and stop your teeth from shifting.

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Invisalign is the clear alternative to traditional metal and wire braces. Invisalign relies on clear aligners to bring your teeth into position over time. Every few weeks these aligners are changed out.  You can remove your aligners when eating, drinking, brushing and flossing!

Six Month Smiles in Wilmington, DE

With Six Month Smiles, you can straighten your teeth in six short months. These tooth-colored braces are virtually invisible and concentrate on your smile line. These braces are a great option for older teens and adults.

Other Services

Outside of cosmetic dentistry, we also offer therapy for sleep apnea! Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that means you stop breathing several times during the night. This can lead to daytime sleepiness, mood issues, and more severe problems like heart attack and stroke.

Contact Our Wilmington, DE Dental Office Today

If you’re looking for great dentistry in a relaxing environment, we invite you to call our dental office to schedule exams for yourself and your loved ones.

We proudly serve patients in Claymont, Marcus Hook, Ashton, Brookhaven, Kennett Square, Wallingford, Philadelphia, PA and beyond.