Tooth-colored fillings are a discreet option for filling cavities in teeth. These fillings are made from a safe plastic resin material that can be color matched to your teeth. An advantage of tooth-colored fillings is that they blend in with your natural teeth so no one will know you have fillings. At Park Crossing Dentistry, Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer, and Dr. Emerald Powell are your dentists for tooth-colored fillings and cosmetic dentistry in South Charlotte, NC.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are an excellent option when you prefer a more discreet look. These fillings are made from a white composite resin material. In most cases, the filling can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth by using a special light to cure the resin once it has been placed in the corresponding teeth. Once the filings are in place and have been cured, they blend in are not noticeable to others.
Tooth-colored fillings are placed in teeth in the same way as other types of dental fillings. First, infected or decayed areas are removed from inside the affected tooth. Next, the interior of the affected tooth is thoroughly cleaned. Finally, the cavities inside the tooth are filled in with the composite resin material. Once the filling dries and hardens, the tooth will be restored.
Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings
There are several benefits to selecting tooth-colored fillings over other types of dental fillings. Your dentist for cosmetic dentistry in South Charlotte can help you decide if tooth-colored fillings are the right choice for you. Some of the functional and cosmetic benefits of these fillings include:
- Blend in with existing teeth for a natural look
- Strengthen teeth damaged or weakened by decay
- Restore normal biting and chewing functions
- Eliminate the risk of exposure to mercury or other metals
Tooth-colored fillings are a durable and natural looking option for strengthening and restoring teeth damaged by decay. To learn more about how tooth-colored fillings can benefit you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bateman, Dr. Neubauer, or Dr. Powell by calling Park Crossing Dentistry, your office for general and cosmetic dentistry in South Charlotte, NC, at (704) 541-5059.
Thankfully, your oral health is good, but your self-confidence would improve if your smile looked better. Does a prominent chip and staining embarrass you so much you often cover your mouth? At Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC, your dentists, Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer, and Dr. Emerald Powell, place lifelike porcelain veneers, thin, tooth-colored covers which normalize the shape, size, and color of selected teeth. Find out how veneers could help you smile.
The whats and hows of veneers
They're a very popular cosmetic dental treatment. Disguising the front of teeth which have minor flaws such as small gaps, chips, stains, and more, porcelain veneers are custom-colored, shaped, and placed by your South Charlotte dentist in two visits to Park Crossing Dentistry.
After a discussion of your aesthetic smile goals and after your South Charlotte dentist confirms your teeth and gums are healthy, they will remove a thin portion of enamel from each tooth receiving a veneer. This procedure is quick and relatively comfortable; however, the 1/2 mm reduction makes veneers a permanent enhancement. In other words, once you wear veneers, you always wear veneers.
Then, the doctor takes oral impressions so the dental lab technician knows how to craft each veneer for best size, fit and bite. Their semi-translucent appearance is matched to the rest of your smile using photos and your dentist's instructions. While you wait for your veneers (it takes a week or so), you'll wear temporary ones so your smile, speaking, and chewing feel normal.
When you return to Park Crossing Dentistry, your dentist will remove the temporary veneers. They will use a special bonding adhesive to place the permanent veneers over the front sides of your teeth. The doctor varies the shade of the cement to achieve the most natural-looking result. No, veneers are not like identical pickets in a backyard fence. They are intentionally crafted to look like real teeth (only better) with realistic variations in color and shape.
Caring for veneers
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that veneers are just as durable and long-lasting as porcelain crowns. However, there are two caveats regarding their care:
- Don't bite into hard foods, such as peanut brittle or candy apples, and don't use your teeth to open bottles or plastic packaging.
- Even though veneers are stain-resistant and don't decay, you must brush twice a day and floss once a day as usual. Also, see your dentist at Park Crossing Dentistry semi-annually for your routine exams and cleanings.
Contact us in South Charlotte, NC
We'd love to talk to you about our many cosmetic dentistry options, including stunning porcelain veneers. For a consultation call us today at (704) 541-5059.
We love to keep up with all the exciting life events of our patients, their kids, grandkids and even pets! We keep this picture board filled with some of the great memories patients have shared with us over the years. At your next dental visit, bring us a picture of your loved ones to add to our display.
Your health is a crucial part of living a long and happy life. Eating healthy foods and staying active are priorities for many people all over the world. However, oral health is often overlooked as part of overall health, with many people skipping their regular dental examinations and cleanings altogether. Preventative care can help you keep your teeth healthy and clean and ensure that the physical condition of your teeth and general well-being remain in top shape. Find out more about preventative dental care and why it is crucial to your oral health with Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer, and Dr. Emerald Powell at Park Crossing Dentistry in Charlotte, NC.
What does preventive dental care include?
The best way to fend off tooth decay and gum disease is with a strong at-home oral care routine coupled with routine examinations and cleanings at your dentist’s office. At home, you should care for your teeth by brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each session. In addition to brushing, floss between each tooth at least one time per day.
How often should I see my dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist every six months, for routine examinations and professional cleanings. These appointments give you the opportunity to address any questions or concerns you have about your oral care routine and allow your dentist to ensure that your smile is free from teeth decay and gum disease. Additionally, regular visits to your dentist allow for early detection of oral problems like teeth decay, gum disease, and even oral cancer, which are treated with less invasive procedures in their earliest stages.
What can I expect during a routine dental examination and professional cleaning?
Your dentist will visually examine your teeth and search for signs of tooth decay, such as cavities, and symptoms of gum disease like swollen, irritated gums. If they find issues such as minor cavities, they are sometimes treated right away during your visit. If gum disease or more advanced tooth decay is found, a follow-up visit can be scheduled to treat the problem. Issues discovered earlier can be better managed, which is why preventive visits are so important.
Preventative Dental Care in Charlotte, NC
For more information on preventative dental care, please contact Dr. Bateman, Dr. Neubauer, and Dr. Powell at Park Crossing Dentistry in Charlotte, NC. Call (704) 541-5059 to schedule your appointment for an exam and cleaning with your dentist today!
It is quite common for dentists to see patients who have a cracked or fractured tooth. With today’s advanced dental technology, people are keeping their natural teeth longer and over time the likelihood of a cracked tooth increases.
There are a number of reasons why a tooth could crack or fracture. These include biting on a hard object, grinding, trauma, and clinching.
If you experience a cracked tooth, you will want to see your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth to prevent further damage. An untreated cracked tooth is an invitation for tooth decay. If the crack is deep or into the nerve of the tooth, it may need an extraction or root canal. Taking immediate action to treat the tooth is always best.
Our South Charlotte dental team uses digital xrays and intra-oral cameras to help detect any cracks or fractures in your teeth.
This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.