Posts for: December, 2017
We want to express our gratitude to all our great patients and dental specialists who have brought in so many yummy treats throughout the year! We have thoroughly enjoyed all the goodies and appreciate your thoughtfulness.
We had a great time at our annual Park Crossing Dentistry Christmas Party! Lots of delicious food and a fun gift exchange. Pictured here are Colleen, Dr. Powell, Eliana, Cheryl and Angie.
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.