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Could you be dealing with a cavity and not even know it?
Decay is one of the most common dental problems facing children, teens and adults today. Even infants can develop cavities. Of course, the goal of our South Charlotte, NC, family dentists Dr. Richard Bateman Dr. Joshua Neubauer and Dr. Emerald Powell is to make sure you keep up with routine dental cleanings and checkups to protect your teeth from cavities.
After all, you may have a cavity but not even know it. That’s why it’s crucial that you visit a dentist every six months for preventive dental care. This is the best way to ward off cavities and gum disease. Plus, if cavities are detected during your dental cleaning they are often caught early on when they are much easier for our South Charlotte, NC, dentist to treat.
Depending on the extent or location of the cavity, you may experience warning signs and symptoms. If you do, it’s important to recognize them so that you can seek dental treatment right away. The sooner a cavity is treated the better. Common signs of a cavity include:
- A sudden toothache
- Dental pain when chewing or biting down
- Tooth sensitivity, particularly to hot or cold (or even sweets)
- A visible dark spot on the tooth
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s important to schedule an appointment. Otherwise, making sure you come in for routine cleanings is one of the best ways to protect your oral health for the long run.
Are there ways to prevent cavities?
Even though cavities are one of the most common issues we treat, they can often be prevented with proper oral care. This includes:
- Avoiding sugar and starches
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Limiting snacking
- Visiting your dentist every six months
Children who are at a high risk for cavities may benefit from dental sealants on their molars, or back teeth, to protect against decay. This is something our dentists can discuss with you to determine whether sealants are right for your child.
Do you need to schedule a dental cleaning for your or your child? Are you noticing a toothache or other changes to your oral health? If you said “yes” then it’s time to call the dental professionals at Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC, right away to get the care your smile deserves.
What your dentists in South Charlotte want you to know
Do you have damaged or worn teeth? Is your smile showing signs of aging? If so, you need to know about dental contouring and reshaping, the non-invasive way to rebuild your smile. Your dentists at Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC, Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer, and Dr. Emerald Powell want to introduce you to the benefits of contouring and reshaping.
Dental contouring and reshaping is a popular cosmetic dental procedure for many reasons. Consider that contouring and reshaping is:
- Non-invasive because most cases don’t require extensive removal of tooth structure.
- Comfortable because in many cases, you won’t need anesthetic unless tooth decay is involved
- Versatile because you can change the shape of your teeth to create a more harmonious smile
Dental contouring and reshaping involves smoothing down worn and jagged tooth surfaces to create a beautiful, uniform smile. The procedure is often performed in combination with dental bonding. Dental bonding involves applying composite, a unique tooth-colored liquid resin which can be molded onto the tooth surface to create the appearance of more tooth structure.
The composite can then be shaped and contoured along with your natural teeth to create your new smile. Composite material can change the color and shape of your teeth and can even fill in gaps between your teeth or cosmetically change the alignment of rotated teeth.
Dental contouring, reshaping, and bonding are just a few of the many cosmetic dental services available at Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte. You might also consider:
- Professional teeth whitening, to whiten a dull smile up to 8 shades whiter, with results that can last up to 5 years
- Porcelain veneers, to hide aesthetic issues like cracks, chips, tooth wear, discolorations, enamel defects, and other cosmetic issues
- Smile makeovers, combining several different cosmetic dental procedures to create a smile that is uniquely and beautifully yours
You deserve a great smile you can be proud to show off. Dental contouring and reshaping can help. For more information about cosmetic and restorative services call your dentists at Park Crossing Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC, today at (704) 541-5059!
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.
Many people don't know that their smiles might benefit from a simple dental bonding treatment. Find out how bonding can help your smile and learn just how easy it is to have your teeth repaired at Park Crossing Dentistry, a cosmetic dentistry office located in South Charlotte, NC.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is the process of adding dental material to the surfaces of the teeth to fill in gaps, cracks, and other imperfections that show when you smile. The material used is usually the same composite resin blend used to add tooth-colored fillings. Layers of the resin are added to the surfaces and hardened using a curing light. When used in combination with dental contouring and reshaping, bonding can give the teeth a much fuller and more attractive appearance.
How Bonding Can Help Your Smile
A bonding treatment with your South Charlotte, NC dentist can give your teeth a temporary improvement in appearance and durability. It is also very affordable compared to alternative cosmetic dentistry treatments. Dental bonding does not last as long as veneers or crowns, but they provide you with a reliable solution that will last several years.
An Easy, Fast Dental Appointment
Once you see how fast a dental bonding treatment is, you’ll wonder why you didn’t have it done a long time ago. In some cases a treatment will be completed in about 15-20 minutes—it depends on the number of teeth that need to be treated.
See if Bonding Is Right for You
A cosmetic dentist at Park Crossing Dentistry can let you know if bonding is right for you after a short consultation appointment. Schedule time with Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer, or Dr. Emerald Powell at their South Charlotte, NC cosmetic dentistry office.