SERVICES & PROCEDURES
Gillespie Dental Associates, founded by Dr. Tim Gillespie, is one of the leading cosmetic dental offices in the Asheville and Western North Carolina region. His office and staff have served the area for over 25 years, having had its origins in the 20-year career of Dr. Kenneth E. Hornowski. Over this time, Dr. Gillespie has built and maintained a reputation for excellence in clinical dentistry, practice management, and customer service.
The development and retention of long term staff has helped build a tradition of care and expertise – many staff members have been with Tim for at least 10 years, with some having over 20 years experience in his office. This emphasis on caring serves as Dr. Gillespie’s standard as he continually improves upon attention to detail, and attention to you.
Teeth can be whitened three to four shades lighter using a carbamide peroxide gel without causing any damage to the teeth. This method relies on the ability of the gel to oxidize stains which build up from years of exposure to coffee, tea, smoking, soft drinks, and even chocolate! If the teeth are discolored from early exposure to tetracycline, they can be whitened also. The custom-fitting tray and quality of the gel are what differentiates a professional kit from those available over-the-counter.
If the teeth need to be slightly longer, straighter, or have spaces between them, thin porcelain veneers can be made to accomplish the desired effect. These veneers are only 1/2 millimeter thick, which means that a minimal amount of enamel is removed to make room for the veneer. The porcelain used allows us to create a restoration which is indistinguishable from natural tooth structure. Extremely strong adhesives bond the veneer to the teeth and are meant to be permanent restorations.
Dental crowns, also known as caps, are used to restore broken, cracked or fractured teeth. They may also be recommended for teeth that have large or multiple fillings that are at high risk for fracture, or for severely worn teeth. Crowns reinforce these damaged teeth, rendering them resistant to injury. Crowns can also be highly esthetic, and can enhance a person’s smile.
Full dentures are meant for patients who have lost all of their teeth. Specially molded dentures sit over the gums and fit the specific contours of the patient’s mouth. Full dentures aid chewing, improve speech, and help to keep the mouth and surrounding facial area in correct alignment. Thankfully, modern advances have made it almost impossible for the average person to differentiate between full dentures and natural teeth. For new denture wearers, teeth can be extracted and new dentures delivered the same day; however there would be some preliminary impressions at a separate visit.
For some people, removable partial dentures are the most suitable option available for replacement of absent teeth. Partial dentures, which are kept in place with metal or tooth-colored clasps, aid chewing, prevent sagging of the cheeks and lips, and improve speech. Modern advances have made it almost impossible for the average person to differentiate between dentures and natural teeth.
WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION+-
Wisdom tooth extraction is a normal part of growing up. Most people have their wisdom teeth extracted at some point, usually in their late teens or early twenties. In most cases, wisdom teeth are taken out to prevent overcrowding and maintain optimal tooth and gum health. We know that many young adults have fears associated with having their wisdom teeth extracted and we refer some of our patients to excellent oral surgeons for sedation.
ENDODONTIC TREATMENT- ROOT CANAL THERAPY+-
Some teeth which have had large cavities or extensive restoration may require root canal therapy. Root canal therapy typically becomes necessary when the “pulp” of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The pulp contains nerves and blood vessels which provide nutrients to the tooth. During root canal therapy, the damaged pulp is removed, and replaced with a sealing material. The tooth may then be restored with a crown. Root canal therapy has a high long term success rate when combined with proper restorative methods.
PERIODONTAL TREATMENT - GUM DISEASE+-
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, not only brings about severe health problems, but can also adversely affect a patient’s smile. If left unchecked, gum disease can even lead to a loss of teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by a large buildup of the bacteria found in plaque, which erodes the soft tissues of the mouth. The early stages (gingivitis) are marked by red, inflamed bleeding gums. If it is detected in these early stages, gum disease can often be reversed. For the cases where it is not detected early on, periodontal disease may still be treated using the latest dental procedures. Our dentists typically refer patients diagnosed with severe gum disease to a highly regarded periodontal practice in our area. As reputable, qualified periodontists, they understand that gum disease is never fun, and therefore work hard to bring your mouth back to its former healthy condition.
Both Dr. Gillespie and Dr. Peterson are Certified Inman Aligner Providers and can evaluate your teeth to see if you are a good candidate for an Inman Aligner. This removable appliance is used for minor tooth movement to correct crowding or space of the front teeth. Treatment can be completed in a 12 week period.
Implants are used to replace missing teeth or to help give stability to dentures or partials. Implants are titanium posts which are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Once the implant has become integrated into the bone, crowns or dentures are then made to fit on the implant to provide full tooth function. The process from extraction, implant placement, final restoration can take between 6-9 months.
Also known as a night guard or occlusal guard, this is a removalable appliance worn at night to keep the upper and lower teeth apart to prevent wear of the teeth. It can also be used to allieviate tension to the TMJ or jaw joint. The guards we use in our office are custom made for you, providing a better fit than over the counter devices.
This is a custom made appliance which opens the airway so a patient can breathe better during sleep. Many patients find this removable appliance effective in reducing snoring.
The intraoral camera is a valuable tool used as an aid in diagnosing dental problems. Under the magnification provided by the camera lens, it is often possible to detect early cracks and fractures of the teeth which may lead to future problems if left untreated. Viewing images from the intraoral camera may make it easier for patients to understand their dental needs.
We use some of the most advanced dental imaging software on the market! Our dental software allows instant storage and transmission of digital x-rays, as well as, intraoral pictures, extraoral pictures and photo ID’s. Digital radiography has greatly increased our ability to diagnose even more confidently several types of dental diseases: from carious lesions (cavities) and periapical lesions (abscesses & tumors) to the progression of destructive periodontal disease (bone loss), all the while using 80% less radiation.