Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Family Dentistry

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Educating yourself about you and your family's dental health is a smart thing to do, and that's why we've included a list of commonly asked questions below.

Your comfort is our biggest priority, and that's why we want you to have as much information as possible. If you can't find your question or have an additional one, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

General Family Dentistry

restorative dentistry tools in wilmington deThe options for repairing or replacing damaged teeth vary drastically based on your unique needs. After careful diagnosis of your particular situation with our state of the art diagnostic tools, we offer a full range of solutions to your dental health issues.  These treatments range from non-invasive, cosmetic-only procedures to full mouth reconstruction, employing implants and permanent restorations.  

Our experienced dental team can help you evaluate your needs for your oral health, and for your budget and help you choose the best treatment options. We look forward to helping you repair your smile and get healthy!

For more information on your restorative dentistry options, give Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS a call today at (302) 475-9220. 

woman with dental anxiety in wilmington deDid you know that modern dentistry is virtually painless? For moderate anxiety, however, nitrous oxide and/or oral medication is available.  For patients with more severe issues, sleep dentistry may be an alternative to consider.

For more information on anxiety-free dentistry, call the Wilmington, DE dental practice of Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS today to schedule an appointment or consultation!

woman smiling after her teeth cleaning in wilmington deOur dentists recommend that patients in good dental health visit our Wilmington dental office every six months, or two times per year, for teeth cleanings and x-rays. Patients who are managing gum disease may need one or two teeth cleanings each year in addition to their biannual visits.

You will see your dentist at each of these preventive visits for an examination and screening for concerns like tooth decay or gum disease. These checkups also help to ensure that any dental restorations you currently have are not breaking down and that they are functioning correctly. Six-month checkups allow us to detect many concerns like cavities in their earliest stages, enabling you to treat them with less expensive and minimally invasive procedures.

Your hygienist provides a thorough teeth cleaning during your preventive appointment, which helps to remove any excess plaque buildup that you might've missed at home. This is also a great time to receive tips on proper brushing and flossing techniques from your hygienist that will help you improve your home care routine. 

Is it time for your next teeth cleaning and checkup? Even if it's been a while, your dentist in Wilmington, DE is ready to welcome you to our friendly dental practice. We are a judgment-free team looking to help you achieve your goals for your dental health.

family walking to their dental appointment in wilmington deWhen you find a dentist you can rely on to take care of every member of the family, it definitely makes life less complicated. You spend less time running around town to multiple appointments, which can also minimize your stress level.

Dental Cleanings for the Family

Finding a Wilmington family dentist you trust means that you are more likely to be consistent with your routine preventive care visits. Your bi-annual teeth cleanings and checkups are so critical for protecting your smile.

Children can also feel comfortable building rapport with a dental team they trust, so there's no fear of the dentist in the future.

When you can build a relationship with your dentist, they will also know your health history and understand your goals for your smile. With this understanding, they can recommend the right plan for you to maintain your healthy and beautiful smile now and well into retirement.

As we age, our dental needs change. With consistent preventive care visits, your family dentist can help protect your smile through every stage of life.

Family Dentist in Wilmington, DE

Our dental team in Wilmington, DE is built with members of our own family and based on family values. We look forward to welcoming you into our dental family and caring for your smile for many years to come.

Do you have a broken, cracked, or missing tooth? If so, you may benefit from a dental restoration in Wilmington, DE. Dr. Matthew Bruce is highly skilled and experienced in placing and repairing dental restorations, such as fillings and dental implants. 

Dental Restorations in Wilmington, DE 

A dental restoration is a treatment that your dentist uses to restore or recreate a tooth’s function, integrity, or structure. People commonly need a dental restoration due to decay or trauma to the tooth.

The type of restorative dentistry needed depends on numerous factors. Your restorative dentist can help you choose which treatment best meets your oral health needs and goals.

Types of Restorative Dentistry 

There are many types of dental restorations available. Some of these include:

Each of these treatments can help restore a person’s oral health, aesthetic appearance, and dental function. Depending on the person’s individual needs, your dentist can determine the most viable treatment for you. 

Do You Need Restorative Dental Treatment?

Our dental team can help you revive your smile’s appearance and reclaim its vitality. Please contact our dental office today to learn more about your options or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bruce.

mother with her kids before children's dental exam in wilmington deBeing proactive with your child’s oral health care is extremely important. It can lay the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles. We are pleased to treat your children, and we value the trust you place in us to look after their dental health.

The easiest and most effective ways you can help keep your child’s teeth healthy is with proper oral hygiene habits. When they’re very young, you will need to help them to make sure their brushing and flossing is effective. As they get older, they can brush and floss by themselves, but you should still check to make sure that they are doing a thorough job.

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Routine exams and cleanings are also critical. During an exam we will do a thorough cleaning and examine each tooth carefully. This allows us to closely monitor their teeth to ensure proper development and to make recommendations for fluoride and sealants as necessary.

Leading by example is important too – let your child see that you are serious about your oral health care, which will encourage them to feel good about taking care of their own teeth. A lifetime of excellent oral health is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child!

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