When it comes to dental procedures, having a tooth extracted is probably at the bottom of almost everyone’s "preferred" list. Fortunately, tooth extractions aren’t nearly as common as they used to be, thanks to advances in equipment, technology, and understanding of how teeth function. However, there are certain instances in which an extraction is necessary, and your dentists at Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC - Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer and Dr. Emerald Powell - are here to explain when having a tooth removed might be the best option for you or a family member.
Many instances of tooth breakage can be repaired with restorative techniques like bonding or crowns. However, if the tooth cracks to the gum line, your South Charlotte dentist may recommend an extraction. This is to prevent any infection from developing inside the tooth, as well as to make room for a functional and aesthetic replacement such as a dental implant.
Severe tooth decay can sometimes be treated with root canals, but there are times that an extraction from your South Charlotte dentist is the best way to treat the problem. This is particularly true if there is advanced gum disease as well.
If the teeth are large and crowded together, alignment issues will almost certainly occur. In preparation for braces, your South Charlotte dentist may suggest one or more extractions in order to make room in the mouth for the rest of the teeth to move into the proper position. Although this is more common for younger patients, adults who want to straighten their teeth may benefit from having an extraction as well.
Regardless of your dental needs, Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC can help you! Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists - Dr. Bateman, Dr. Neubauer, or Dr. Powell.
Our dentists in south Charlotte use a variety of digital x-rays to examine various parts of your mouth. Each x-ray is used for a different reason and helps the team diagnose different problems.
- Bitewing X-rays: These x-rays are typically taken once a year, giving clear results necessary for diagnosing decay between the teeth. They allow our dentists to see areas that are not visible to the naked eye. Bitewing x-rays can also help identify variations in bone density caused by gum disease as well as catch any excessive wear in restorations such as fillings. In children and adolescents, they show developing permanent teeth.
- Periapical X-rays: This type of x-ray, also referred to as a PA, focuses primarily on one tooth at a time. It shows the entire tooth, from the top to the root. This x-ray is often used by our team when a patient complains of a toothache. It can detect deep decay, a crack in the tooth, or root issues. The PA can also help in catching cysts and abscesses.
- Panoramic X-rays: Panoramic x-rays show all of your teeth in one photo (pictured here with Dr. Neubauer). It can also illustrate the jaw joints and the upper sinuses. This type of x-ray is used to determine the position and condition of wisdom teeth as well as detect abnormal growths or jaw issues.
Are you concerned about radiation from x-rays? All of our x-ray machines are digital and provide the safest technology available. Digital x-rays produce less radiation exposure than walking from your car to the front door of our dental office.
Dental plaque is a sticky material that forms on and between tooth surfaces above the gums, along the gum line, and below the gum line on the roots of the teeth. When you eat, the bacteria in plaque use the sugars in your food to produce acids that eat away at the tooth enamel.
Why is it so important to control plaque? Because the excess buildup of plaque can lead to a variety of destructive dental issues, including gum disease, cavities and bone loss.
With plaque being an ongoing threat, good oral hygiene must be a continuous effort. Brushing and flossing twice a day is essential in preventing the accumulation of plaque. In addition, studies have shown that using an electric toothbrush can significantly reduce plaque buildup.
If plaque is not removed frequently through brushing and flossing, it can develop into tartar, which is basically calcified plaque. While plaque can be controlled at home with good oral hygiene, tartar can only be removed by your hygienist. This is why frequent visits to your dentist are so vital. Your hygienist will remove any plaque, tartar and oral bacteria from your teeth before they cause damage to your teeth and gums.
This month marks a very special occasion at south Charlotte dentist Park Crossing Dentistry.
We are excited and proud to be celebrating Addie’s 15 years as a hygienist with our team. Her warmth, friendliness and professionalism have made an indelible mark on our office.
Our patients regularly express their love and appreciation for Addie’s gentle touch and caring personality. And the kids love her too!
We are looking forward to many more years of Addie’s superior dental care.
Thank you, Addie, for your dedication to our practice and to our patients!
Considering teeth whitening for your class reunion, a wedding, or other special event? We have a new in-office whitening system that is fast and effective! The system is called POLAOFFICE+ and our patients love it! Here is Maryann’s results from her whitening session last week. The session lasted one hour and she saw a deeper color of white by several shades. Call our office for your appointment today! 704-541-5059
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