General Dentistry / Family Dentist Office
Maintain a Beautiful & Healthy Smile.
At Oakwood Dental Arts in Hickory, NC, part of creating well-crafted smiles means providing topnotch dental care. At our general dentist office, we work to deliver you the most advanced dental treatments and options available in Hickory and surrounding areas.
Why Choose Oakwood Dental Arts?
Advanced Dental Care & Technology
Comprehensive Dental Services in One Location
Oakwood Dental Arts offers everything you need to maintain and restore your healthy, beautiful smile – all in one dentist office location in Hickory, NC.
Friendly & Caring Dentist and Dental Office Staff
We are professional, courteous, and here for you! We really strive to make you feel as comfortable and special as possible. You and your family’s overall health is our #1 priority.
General & Preventive Dentistry: How it Works
Dental Cleanings & Checkups
Good dental hygiene and detection of any problems early on can help you avoid more serious issues later, such as gum disease or tooth decay. Brushing and flossing are vital to having a healthy mouth, but no oral hygiene routine is complete without dental cleanings at least twice a year as part of a regular dental checkup. Dental cleaning is important to keep teeth clean and to help your body maintain oral health.
A professional dental cleaning every 6 months can greatly improve your oral health. Regular dental cleanings remove tarter and plaque buildup and reinforce your at-home oral care. Even more importantly, you will be examined for signs of cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer.
What is meant by Dental Cleaning and Prevention?
Just as you need to look after the rest of your body to look good, so you need to care for your teeth and gums. When you visit your dentist for dental cleaning and prevention treatment, he will examine your teeth fully and usually take a full set of x-rays at the same time; these will allow him to see what is going on inside your gums and jaw bone.Once completed, he will evaluate the findings and put together a plan of action. This will involve you visiting the practice for regular check-ups.
General Dentistry treatment may include such things as:
Cleaning and Polishing Your Teeth
What are the benefits of Dental Cleaning and Prevention?
Cleaning and polishing: This will remove tartar from your teeth as well as plaque, which is formed from bacteria. If left in place, inflammation will eventually occur. He will then polish your teeth to make them look good, removing stains at the same time.
Who should consider dental cleaning and prevention?
Everyone should consider having dental cleaning and preventative work on a regular basis. Good dental hygiene and detection of any problems early on can help you avoid more serious issues later, such as gum disease or tooth decay. This does not mean that you should not continue to take care of your teeth at home. As well as cleaning your teeth carefully you should always watch out for any signs of inflammation of the gums, damage to the teeth or possible oral disease.
Checking Your Gums
Evaluating your gums: Your gums and the bone underneath your teeth will be carefully checked to ensure that there are no problems or any disease developing.
Screening for Oral Cancer
Should I get an oral cancer screening?
Did you know that thousands of people every year are diagnosed with oral cancer? This disease can be devastating and even deadly if left untreated for too long. That’s why diagnosing oral cancer in its earliest stages is so crucial to the treatment process. Dr. McKinney can quickly and comfortably scan for oral cancer as a part of your routine dental check-up. The doctor will be looking for any tissue abnormalities that could suggest its presence. Call us today to schedule your exam.
X-rays: These will allow Dr. McKinney to check inside your jaw bone and teeth for such things as bone loss, problems with development, teeth in the wrong position, tumors, abscesses and any other hidden problems.
By relying on digital X-rays, Dr. McKinney is able to make precise, detailed images of your teeth that are instantly accessible and offer an easy way to discuss your treatment plan and potential areas of concern. This way, the doctor’s recommendations are easier to understand.
Examining Existing Dental Work
Existing dental work: Dr. McKinney will check all fillings, crowns, bridges, implants etc. for any damage or signs of wear and tear.
Schedule Your General Dentistry Appointment
Oakwood Dental Arts wants to partner with you and your family to ensure that everyone can enjoy a lifetime of good oral health. We invite you to come in for a dental check-up. Please contact us to schedule your preventive dental care appointment.
General Dentist & Preventative Dentistry Services
Dr. McKinney uses the latest dental diagnostic technology to identify and stop potential decay and damage at the earliest stages. Read more about our general dentistry treatments to learn how you can get a well-crafted smile.
Oakwood Dental Arts offers everything you need to maintain and restore your healthy, beautiful smile – all in one location.
We are pleased to offer comprehensive general and family dentistry in Hickory, North Carolina in Catawba County, so you can feel confident that we can always provide the care your smile needs.
Family Dentist Office
We are dedicated to being a dental office for the whole family, meaning we know how to handle dental anxiety and how to make treatments as easy as possible for our patients, including children. Dr. McKinney, along with the rest of our skilled team, enjoy caring for patients of all ages at our office.
General Dentist Accepting New Patients
We always welcome new patients, from children and teenagers to adults and seniors, to visit our practice for the dental care you need to achieve and maintain optimal oral health. No matter your treatment, our goal is to keep you comfortable and relaxed. We work together with you to come up with the best solutions that work for you.