My gums bleed when I brush my teeth. Should I be concerned?dds_admin
Bleeding gums is never a good sign. However, the condition may or may not require much attention, depending on the source of the problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by many things. Improper overly zealous tooth brushing and flossing can make your gums bleed. Ask our hygienist how to do proper home care. We will give you an appropriate tooth brush at your hygiene visits with us. Other causes of bleeding gums include plaque buildup, tartar buildup, gingivitis, or periodontal disease. If bleeding gums is your concern, then please do call for an appointment with Dr. Wignall. We can help you successfully treat all causes of bleeding gums.
How can I have whiter teeth?dds_admin
We evaluate your potential for whiter teeth based on the current color of your teeth and the causes of any discoloration. We can then decide which method you would like to use of the two we offer — an in-house quicker version versus a take-home slower version.
What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?dds_admin
We exceed OSHA standards of sterilization. Our entire practice team understands and uses state-of-the-art sterilization techniques designed to ensure patient safety. From the beginnings of wearing gloves and face masks through using and monitoring our state-of-the-art sterilization center, your safety is our top priority. We use a stainless steel cassette method for handling all our non-disposable equipment. From the moment we’re through using a set of tools or utensils, they’re isolated, put through a high-tech series of sterilization procedures, and then kept sterile until the very moment we use them again. We are happy to show you how our thorough sterilization procedures are done.
When should children be seen for their first time at the dentist office?dds_admin
We recommend that our patients bring their children in for their first dental visit after all of their primary teeth have erupted and also when they are able to sit in a dentist’s chair without fear. Generally, this is around the age of three to four. To make this a fun and non-threatening visit, we’ll typically just count their teeth, introduce them to our team and facility, let them ride up and down in the chair, and give them a prize from our well-stocked goody box. This provides us with an opportunity to detect problems, listen to your concerns, and hopefully also establishes a lifelong friendship and partnership for their oral health.
Am I able to speak with Dr. Wignall directly even though I don’t have an appointment?dds_admin
There is nothing Dr. Wignall enjoys more than a chat about dentistry. We encourage frank discussions with Dr. Wignall. Therefore, he is available to answer your questions via email or voicemail at 1-919-942-8880. Depending on office traffic and the complexity of your question, we hope to answer you question within 24 hours.
Is there a fee for missed or cancelled/broken appointments?dds_admin
We charge a $75 per hour fee for all missed appointments and appointments cancelled less than 48 hours prior to the appointment time.
What can I expect on my first visit?dds_admin
You will be greeted by Wanda. Wanda will take your heath history and registration form (click here for a copy or call us at 1-919-942-8880 and we will be happy to mail a copy to you). Dr. Wignall will review your health history. Dr. Wignall then spends plenty of one-on-one time thoroughly examining every aspect of your mouth, teeth, and gums. He will then examine any x-rays you have given us or fresh x-rays we have taken. He will then listen to your concerns. Taking all that in, Dr. Wignall will explain things to you in clear, everyday language. Once we are sure we understand your needs and objectives, we will draw up a comprehensive treatment plan and prioritize it. Our insurance coordinator can review your benefits and help to determine how those benefits can be put to good use. Wanda can then schedule convenient days and times to get you on your way to optimum oral health that’s the beginning of a really great smile.
How long have you been in business?dds_admin
Dr. Wignall graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1995. Dr. Wignall was first a staff dentist at John Umpstead Hospital. Dr. Wignall had interned at this state psychiatric facility while in dental school and enjoyed it immensely. Upon graduation, he accepted a position there to “make a difference for those people who may not have dental care otherwise”. After three years, Dr. Wignall opened his private practice in Chapel Hill in November 1998. Dr. Wignall has worked as an associate in a number of practices and was attending faculty at the Orange County health Department Dental Clinic for four years. As an adjunct faculty of the UNC School of Dentistry, Dr. Wignall supervised dental hygiene students, dental students and dental residents. In his present practice, Dr. Wignall uses all his experiences in the development of his clinical style that aims to the practical and simplest solution that will meet his patient’s needs.
Where exactly are you located?dds_admin
We are located across from Hotel Siena and attached to Cinco De Mayo restaurant, on East Franklin Street. We are within walking distance from University Mall.
Are you taking new patients?dds_admin
Yes, we love new patients. Please call us at 1-919-942-8880 or click here to email us and we will be happy to fix you up with an appointment that is convenient for you.
I have bad breath, what can I do about it?dds_admin
Bad breath has many causes, from stomach troubles, medication side effects, improper homecare, and gum disease. Millions of people struggle with halitosis, or bad breath, despite daily teeth brushing. We offer several solutions. First, we can provide a plastic tool called a tongue scraper that cleans away bacterial buildup on your tongue and significantly alleviates odor. We will also recommend a specially prepared rinse or toothpaste. Finally, we may recommend a visit with your family physician or specialist to identify and treat the cause, based on an evaluation of the condition of your teeth.
I really don’t like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?dds_admin
Our atmosphere is contagious for relaxing. We love what we do and that seems to help all our patients calm down once they walk in the front door. We want you to feel like “Norm” from Cheers!. We are always happy to see you and most of all provide state-of-the-art dentistry to make you pleased. Please feel free to have a frank discussion with Dr. Wignall if you have a big project you need doing; we can offer simple comfort measures as well as medication.