How can we help you?
It is completely natural to have questions about a potential dental office before you commit to an appointment. We understand and want you to know that we are here for you when it comes to answering those questions.
Please take a moment to browse through some of the most popular questions we receive. If yours is not listed here, please give us a call and we will be happy to address yours personally.
Absolutely not! We see patients from all over the Treasure Coast. Many of our patients live in Martin County and neighboring Saint Lucie County. We even have some patients that travel from as far north as Cocoa Beach all the way south to West Palm Beach. We see patients in Stuart, Rio, North River Shores, Pinecrest Lakes, Hutchinson Island, Nettles Island, Port Saint Lucie, Saint Lucie West, and Palm City.
We offer convenient appointment times and same-day emergency appointments. Call us to schedule your appointment- we'll take great care of you!
We Help You Plan Financially for Treatment
Patients often wonder about the cost of treatment and we completely understand! No one likes surprises when it comes to their finances, and we will always be upfront with you about the cost of your treatment.
When you come to Jensen Beach Dental for an exam, we will let you know any conditions we find and the expected cost of treatment. We can also help you to prioritize treatment, addressing the worst first, so that you can phase your treatment out over time, if necessary.
Payment Plans That Work For You
For our patients’ convenience, we also offer flexible payment options and accept cash, checks, MasterCard, and Visa. For patients wishing to pay for their treatment over time, we offer convenient financing through CareCredit and Springstone. Some of these financing options also include interest-free options.
We want to work with you to get you the treatment you need to stay healthy. If you have concerns about the cost of your treatment, please let us know. We keep our prices affordable for our patients, while still providing outstanding dental care and using the highest quality materials available. Your health is important to us.
Call us today to schedule your next exam or outstanding treatment. We look forward to helping you achieve maximum oral health.
Jensen Beach patients and their families should come to see us at least once every six months. If you are having dental issues, like gum disease, we recommend that you see us more often.
Typically, healthy smiles that aren't seeing oral health problems like toothaches or infections can be okay with the recommended two dental office visits every year.
During these visits, Dr. Christopher J. Wigley will perform dental cleanings, exams, and digital x-rays as needed.
We can also check on the state of your orthodontic treatment and dental prosthetics. We make sure nothing is loose or a poor fit, including dental crowns, bridges, dental implants, porcelain veneers, and dentures.
If you have had a root canal, we will make sure the area is free of decay and infection, and check on the state of the dental crown.
For many patients, seeing us more than every six months is better for a variety of reasons, including:
- Patients who are prone to cavities or tooth decay even with good oral hygiene
- Patients with gum disease
- Patients who have tooth pain
- Patients who smoke
- Patients who do not practice daily brushing and flossing
- Patients who have not seen the dentist in years and are seeking help
If you fall under any of the above scenarios, you may benefit from frequent visits to your Jensen Beach dentist.
During your dental visit, we can remove any build-up of plaque and tartar, look for abnormal dental health issues, monitor any ongoing problems, and more.
Schedule your next dental cleaning with Jensen Beach Dental today at (772) 334-4004.
We are here to treat you and your family and keep your smiles healthy and beautiful.
Same Day Dental Emergency Appointments
Don't Let Dental Anxiety Stop You From Getting Treatment
We know that many patients have a fear of the dentist. Whether you had a bad experience in the past or you simply don’t like to have dental treatment, you might feel nervous about your appointment.
At Jensen Beach Dental, our team is incredibly gentle and compassionate. We welcome patients with warmth and care so that you can feel at home and relaxed while you are with us. When you need a little something extra to help you relax, we offer nitrous oxide.
Nitrous oxide is a gas (often called “laughing gas”) that we administer with a combination of oxygen through a nose mask. Nitrous oxide enters your system quickly, helping you feel relaxed, and sometimes even euphoric. Many patients find that it takes the edge off of treatment and gives them that added confidence to follow through with their procedures.
Nitrous oxide enters your system quickly and leaves it quickly, too. You will feel normal just a few minutes after we stop administering the gas. It is incredibly safe and can even be used on children to help them settle down so that they can have the care they need.
If you have dental anxiety and feel that nitrous oxide might work for you, call our Jensen Beach dental office for an evaluation. We look forward to helping you have the care you need – comfortably.
Absolutely! We try our best to see patients on the same day for dental emergencies. If the emergency is after our normal business hours, we can be reached by message for after-hours emergencies and will call the patient back as soon as possible. Our location in Jensen Beach makes us easily accessible to patients living in Rio, North River Shores, Pinecrest Lakes, Savannah Club, and Hutchinson Island.
Contact Us In An Emergency
If you're having a dental emergency, don't hesitate to call us! Leave a message with our Jensen Beach office and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Invisalign Clear Braces
Custom-Fit Orthodontic Treatment
Invisalign works very well to align teeth that have crowns (caps). The clear aligning trays are custom fit over and around your existing crown. Tooth movement will take place just like a tooth without a crown. Sometimes a small attachment needs to be bonded to a tooth to get it to move in the correct direction. Porcelain crowns can be predictably bonded.
Having dental crowns will not prevent you from being a candidate for Invisalign treatment. Come see Dr. Wigley at Jensen Beach Dental for a Free Consultation to go over all your treatment options.
Easy, Pain-Free Teeth Straightening Treatment
Invisalign is not painful. There may be some minor soreness at the beginning of treatment and sometimes when you change to the next aligner tray in the treatment sequence you may experience some discomfort. Most patients find the trays to be very comfortable and pain-free. Invisalign is no more painful than routine braces utilizing brackets and wires.
Clear, Strong, Aligners
The invisalign aligners are made out of a clear plastic material that is very thin and strong. They are virtually invisible when they are in place. It is practically impossible for anyone to see them while you are wearing them. They are custom made to achieve the desired movements of your teeth to reach the desired result. Comfortable to wear yet easy to remove when brushing and flossing. Invisalign aligners are a great way to align and straighten your teeth.
Professional Teeth Whitening
If you are considering professional teeth whitening in Jensen Beach, FL, look no further than Jensen Beach Dental. We offer professional teeth whitening to our patients in two convenient ways: through both in-office and take-home treatments.
If you have sensitive teeth, you may have concerns about the effects of whitening treatments. Although teeth whitening treatments have been known to cause mild discomfort or increased sensitivity for those patients who already have sensitive teeth, teeth whitening should never hurt or cause significant amounts of irritation.
The Benefits of Professional Whitening
Unlike teeth whitening treatments purchased at a drugstore, our professional whitening kits are tailored to your mouth and the unique shape of your smile — which means gel that stays on your teeth and will not irritate your gums. The strength of the whitening gel can also be customized depending on your needs and your desired shade. Typically, less concentrated whitening gels are more gentle on sensitive teeth.
Whitening your teeth is a simple, mess-free way to instantly improve the look of your smile, and you should never have to worry about experiencing pain or have fears about whitening treatments. If you have concerns about teeth whitening, you can always call and talk to our caring dental staff or make a teeth whitening appointment to discuss your options for whitening your smile in Jensen Beach, FL.
Dental Crowns & Bridges
If you need a dental crown in Jensen Beach, FL, you may be wondering how long the process takes. Thanks to advancements in dental technology, fitting a patient for and eventually placing a permanent crown is a relatively quick process.
You will typically receive your crown over the course of two separate visits to Jensen Beach Dental.
During your first visit, which will last approximately one hour, your tooth will be examined and evaluated by Dr. Wigley. Depending on the amount of damage to your tooth, our office may need to add a large filling called a core to the tooth to help improve structure and stability. We may also need to remove a portion of the existing tooth to make room for the porcelain crown.
At this first dental crown appointment, we will use a digital scan to obtain an impression of your tooth. This impression helps us create a temporary crown that is placed on the damaged tooth until the permanent crown is ready. Your permanent crown will be created by a skilled dental laboratory and usually takes several weeks to make.
Once the permanent crown is created and has been delivered to our office, you will return for a second appointment. At this appointment, we will bond the permanent crown to your existing tooth. It typically takes around 20 or 30 minutes to complete this process. After your crown has been placed, you are good to go!
If you need a dental crown placed in Jensen Beach, FL call our office today.
At Jensen Beach Dental, we do our best to provide comprehensive care to our patients, and that includes extractions, when necessary. We do offer extractions in most situations in our office. However, if we feel you would be better served with a referral, we will do that, as well. After all, it is all about what is best for you – our patient!
The Extraction Experience
When we perform extractions in our Jensen Beach dental office, we will make sure you are completely comfortable for your treatment. We know many patients have anxiety about such procedures and that is why we offer nitrous oxide to help you relax. Dr. Wigley is extremely gentle and will make sure you have the correct amount of anesthetic to stay comfortable.
Once we complete your extraction, we will partner with you to make sure that your recovery goes smoothly. We will schedule follow-up appointments to remove stitches, if necessary, and to monitor your healing.
Replace Your Missing Teeth
If you need tooth replacement options, we have those, too! We can discuss whether a dental implant, bridge, or a partial denture will meet your needs and make plans for treatment in a timely fashion so you don’t have to go without your tooth any longer than necessary.
Our patients truly appreciate being able to have all of their dental care in a familiar and comfortable environment.
If you're in need of a tooth extraction or a replacement for a missing tooth, we can help. Call our office today to schedule your appointment at our Jensen Beach, FL office.
Many of our patients who have just received a dental implant in Jensen Beach ask us if their implant will last forever.
Anatomy Of a Dental Implant in Jensen Beach
Dental implants are made up of three components: the titanium post inserted in the jawbone, the visible porcelain crown that rests on top, and the abutment that connects the two together. The titanium post acts as the structural support for your implant, much like a root would in a natural tooth.
The titanium portion of the implant, when properly cared for, can generally last forever and will likely never need to be replaced. The porcelain crown, however, is used for chewing and comes into contact with many different foods and surfaces each day. Just as the crowns of our natural teeth can become worn down or damaged over time, the crown on a dental implant will experience wear-and-tear.
Extending the Life of Your Dental Implant in Jensen Beach, FL
If you have recently received a dental implant, you probably already know that the key to maintaining the health of your implant is to practice strong oral hygiene habits. Continuing to brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly will give your implant the best chance for success.
Porcelain crowns typically last in the range of 10 to 15 years, and superior dental hygiene practices can extend the life of a crown even beyond 15 years! So, depending on your age and how well you take care of your implants, the crown portion will likely need to be replaced at least once during your lifetime.
If you still have questions about dental implants in Jensen Beach, FL, do not hesitate to contact our dental office.
Dentures Should Never Be Worn 24 Hours A Day.
Here at Jensen Beach Dental, Dr. Wigley recommends you sleep without your denture. You should clean your denture daily. Use a soft denture brush and do not use abrasive toothpaste. Toothpaste could cause minor scratches that will allow stains to develop more easily.
Soaking your denture in an over the counter denture cleaner daily is the best way to keep your denture looking brand new. Follow the manufacturer’s directions. Your denture should look as clean as the dishes you eat off of. They should not be stained and discolored.
You should also brush your tongue and gums daily. Use a normal toothbrush dipped in mouth wash for a clean refreshing feeling.
Store your denture at night in a clean carry case that is protected from pets and children.
Dr. Wigley advises you to come in for an annual oral cancer exam and professional denture cleaning to make sure that everything is being maintained properly. Call our office to schedule your appointment today!
Finding out if you need a new denture depends on how they broke. What is the reason for the failure? Is it a simple broken tooth or is there more to the story?
Every Fix Is Unique
Many times a tooth becomes unglued and can be replaced quite easily the same day. Other times the nature of the problem is not very apparent and there are other reasons that the denture may have broken. One reason may be a severely worn denture that has become very weak and as a result, teeth start to break. As acrylic teeth wear down over time, the denture can become weaker and thinner and more prone to fracture.
Here at Jensen Beach Dental, Dr. Wigley will evaluate all your options and get you the best solution for your denture problem. Most times you can have your repaired denture back the same day. If a new denture is needed, the turn around time isn't as long as you may think so give us a call.
Root Canal Therapy
Many people falsely believe that root canal treatment is painful and involved. However, root canal treatment is a straightforward procedure on par with a dental filling. There is no need to put off this treatment that relieves pain and saves your infected tooth!
Why Root Canals Need to be Treated Quickly
A root canal treatment is a dental emergency because it means you have trauma to your tooth or a root infection. Infection can spread to other teeth or other parts of the body. For these reasons, waiting is never recommended. On the contrary, you should contact us right away.
If your dentist finds root infection during a routine exam—and you do not have pain—you may think that you can put off treatment indefinitely. However, the painlessness can be attributed to early infection or a tooth nerve that has already died. And just because you don’t have pain today—or too much pain—does not mean the infection will not lead to severe tooth pain later on.
Your root canal treatment means we numb the area, gently remove the root and pulp, close with a rinse and healing agent. You come back in a few weeks for a real filling or a dental crown. It’s all very simple.
Root Canal Treatment in Stuart, FL
If you have a root infection, don’t wait. Your dentist in Jensen Beach is here to restore your tooth to better health. Contact our office in Jensen Beach.
We Provide Well-Rounded, Expert Care
When you bring your family to Jensen Beach Dental, we know that you want convenience as well as quality. We do our best to treat most dental conditions right in our office. From extractions to root canals, we offer many of the same services you can get at a specialist without having to travel across town.
Dr. Christopher J. Wigley even offers implant placement and restoration right here in our modern and comfortable office setting. It helps patients to feel confident in their treatment when they can stay with the dentist they know and trust.
Dr. Wigley is Highly Trained
Dr. Wigley is gentle and highly skilled in a variety of dental specialties. You can feel confident that the treatment you receive will be effective, efficient, and comfortable.
Sometimes, we might determine that you would be better off going to a specialist either because of the complexity of the procedure or for your comfort. In those cases, we will be completely honest with you and partner with your specialist to make sure that we all stay on the same page regarding your treatment.
This will provide you with the best quality of care and comfort, which is what we want for each and every one of our valued patients.
If you're ready for a dental consultation, contact our office today to book your appointment! We'll walk you through your options and help you create a treatment plan that's best for you.
Root canal treatment has received a bad reputation over the years since many people associate the procedure with pain. The truth is, a root canal actually relieves the pain and discomfort that is being caused by an infected or abscessed tooth.
If you need a root canal in Stuart, FL, Dr. Wigley will ensure that your tooth is completely numb before your procedure. This also gives you immediate relief from the pain caused by your infection.
Next, he gently and skillfully removes the diseased tissue from inside your tooth and ensures that your tooth is infection-free. Your tooth will likely need to be strengthened with a permanent dental filling or tooth crown after it has had time to heal completely.
If you have a tooth that is causing you severe pain or constant discomfort, you must seek treatment as soon as possible. An infected tooth that is left untreated can result in further damage, more pain, and even tooth loss.
Your comfort is our top priority, and we're here to help you feel at ease and get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Contact our Stuart, FL dental office today at (772) 334-4004 if you have questions about root canal treatment or have an uncomfortable tooth that needs treatment.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) means that the hinge-like joints, located at both jaws, are not functioning properly. This can lead to sporadic and even chronic pain, which means it is very important to treat TMJ before the pain becomes chronic and interferes with life quality.
Symptoms of TMJ Include:
- Clicking sound in the jaw when chewing or speaking
- Jaw pain
- Jaw stiffness
- Teeth that do not line up correctly
- Teeth grinding
- Locking jaw
- Facial or ear soreness
- Ringing in the ears
- Migraines or headaches
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
When your bite is off, this can cause other dental issues. Also, teeth grinding can lead to cavities and even tooth loss.
Treatment for TMJ
Treatment for TMJ may include occlusal splint therapy, which is similar to a nightguard. TMJ therapy with a splint helps guide your jaw into ideal alignment, which relieves pain, jaw clicking, and teeth grinding.
At Jensen Beach Dental, our splints are custom made to fit your mouth, and we provide adjustments regularly to the splint surface to help achieve the best outcome. We’ve seen many patients improve after only a few days.
If you suspect TMJ or have already been diagnosed, contact our Jensen Beach, FL dental office today for an assessment.