Family Dentistry in Durham, NC

Gain access to conservative, innovative, and comprehensive dental care.

Preventative Dental Care

Creating a foundation to build your oral health.

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Your family’s smiles are precious and deserve the best possible care. At Stead Willis DMD, we primarily focus on preventing issues rather than reacting after you are already in pain. Therefore, our dentist in Durham, NC has created a unique experience with your health at its core.

From our comprehensive services to our calming atmosphere, everything is in place so you can enjoy premium dental care. Our gentle and kind team offer the following to keep your smile healthy:

In addition to the services listed, we can also provide you with more advanced and complex restorative services when needed or requested. So, whether you need a simple cleaning or a brand new smile, Dr. Stead Willis has the dental options you need to get the teeth you want.

Dental Services for All Ages

Experience comfortable dental care in our calming environment.

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Comprehensive Exams
Healthy teeth are possible with a well thought out dental treatment plan. The key aspect of this is regular six-month visits to see Dr. Stead Willis.

By visiting us for regular dental exams, you are greatly reducing the risk of future dental issues. Dr. Stead Willis will carefully examine your teeth and gums to identify any issues in their earliest form. He’ll also provide insight into how to prevent problems from arising and how to improve your at-home routine. During your regular check-up, Dr. Stead Willis’ exam consists of:

  • An evaluation of your teeth and gums
  • Capturing digital x-rays (as needed)
  • DEXIS imaging (cavity checks)
  • A discussion about any concerns
  • Ideas on how to improve your hygiene routine

In addition, your doctor may recommend regular hygiene cleanings with our talented dental hygienists. Be proactive and protect your smile from potential dental problems. It could save you both time and money!

Dental Hygiene
A solid at-home dental hygiene routine is paramount to enjoying healthy teeth and gums. However, we occasionally need a little help, and that is where our dental hygienists come in. Our skilled professionals can remove plaque or tartar that is missed during your regular brushing and flossing. Everyone has some hard to reach areas; professional cleanings assist in keeping your smile clear of plaque build-up.

Our hygienists can also recognize when your gum health has been compromised and will work with Dr. Stead Willis to keep your soft tissue healthy. This may include more regular cleanings or even deeper cleanings known as scaling and root planing.

Our team is determined to keep your family healthy in the most conservative and gentle way possible.

One of the most effective preventive treatments, especially for younger patients, is dental sealants. This non-invasive service uses a special resin to prevent the risk of cavities and help you easily care for your smile.

Dental sealants are applied as a gel, which is painted onto your teeth. The transparent gel fills the grooves and fissures on the surface of your tooth. This prevents small bits of food debris becoming trapped and encouraging plaque build-up, which can lead to cavities.

The treatment is beneficial for our younger patients who find it more difficult to reach their back teeth. With sealants, the tooth surface becomes smooth, so it is much easier to care for your teeth and brush away any debris.

All patients are eligible for sealants subject to an exam from Dr. Stead Willis.

Oral Cancer Screenings
With the progression of dental technology and cancer research, it is now possible for our Durham dentist to check you for oral cancer. As part of your regular exam, Dr. Stead Willis assesses your mouth and throat for any potential signs. These may include:

  • Lumps and lesions
  • Red or white patches
  • Bleeding gums
  • Sensitivity

If we suspect there may be an issue then, we’ll work with your primary care physician to make a proper diagnosis. Should cancer be present, then rest assured, our team is by your side and will help you during your treatment.

Millions suffer from oral cancer with survival rates spiking when the cancer is caught in its earliest form. Make sure you book regular exams every six months so we can help monitor your oral health.

At Stead Willis DMD, we offer custom-made mouthguards to protect your smile and prevent further dental issues. We provide you and your family with quality night guards and sports guards.

Night Guards: These comfortable mouthguards are made to prevent tooth grinding while you sleep or to hold your jaw in a better position. Custom-designed to fit your teeth, the night guards come with specific instructions and have proven to be very effective.

Sports Guards: When playing sports, it is imperative to keep your teeth and jaw safe. Our sports guards can be created for smiles both big and small, and in a variety of colors.

Mouthguards can be an excellent preventive tool that keeps your smile beautiful and healthy.

‘‘Dr. Willis has such a calm, friendly manner. He was great at reassuring my son about the multiple injections that were necessary. He explained why and how it would not hurt. My son was nervous, but Dr. Willis and his assistant talked him through the whole thing and my son was thrilled that nothing hurt at all!’’

Charlotte P. (Stead Willis DMD)

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