Our practice enjoys giving care to children of all ages. We offer professional dentistry to assist your child in achieving optimal oral health, and we encourage you to bring your child in for visits with us on a regular basis. During these visits, we can give your child a basic cleaning and dental exam to help ensure their smile is developing properly and is free of tooth decay or other troubling dental issues. As a child grows, it is important that they receive preventive care and education on maintaining the health of their teeth. This can help them preserve good oral health and encourage their permanent teeth to come in correctly.
We are happy to help your child learn about the wonderful benefits associated with regular dental care. Our team is well trained in providing dental care for children and will help your child feel more relaxed during their time in our dental chair. As you bring your child in for visits with us, we also encourage you to help them practice proper dental habits at home. We recommend that you teach your child to brush and floss their teeth on a daily basis and provide them with a balanced diet full of healthy foods. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s oral health, we invite you to speak with us during your visit.
To schedule an appointment for children’s dentistry, you are welcome to contact us today and ask for a meeting with our dentist!
Dental Cleanings & Exams
As a part of your oral health routine, we recommend that you visit our office for regular dental cleanings and exams. A dental cleaning involves the professional removal of plaque and tartar (also known as dental calculus) from the surface of your teeth. Additionally, our dentist may floss and polish your teeth to promote a healthier, more vibrant smile. This cleaning can help you avoid future tooth decay and harmful periodontal diseases.
As you meet with us, your checkup may involve the following:
- Dental flossing
- Fluoride treatment
- Removal of tooth stains or discolorations
- Screening for tooth decay or gum disease
- X-rays to examine your overall oral health
In addition to your cleaning, our dentist can examine the situation of your oral health and help you determine the proper type of treatment needed to preserve and protect your smile. This may involve the use of digital X-rays, which enable us to view a closer look of your teeth and aid us in detecting hidden oral health issues.
These regular cleanings and exams are essential in furthering the overall health of your smile. We encourage patients to visit with us every six months to help avoid the risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease. You can get started by contacting us today for an appointment!
Our dentist may recommend a sealant to protect our patients’ smiles from decay. Some patients have teeth with naturally deep grooves that can be difficult to clean properly on their own, which can cause bacteria and debris to build up and cause decay.
A dental sealant is made of a clear or tooth-colored resin material, which is applied directly onto the chewing surfaces of your teeth. The sealant blocks out decay and creates a surface to your tooth that is simple to clean with normal brushing.
Dental sealants are usually recommended for children, as their developing smiles can be sensitive to decay and damage. They are often recommended for permanent molars as soon as they grow in, which usually occurs between the ages of 6 and 12. We may also recommend dental sealants for adults with teeth that are vulnerable and are prone to decay, or for patients who have struggled with tooth decay.
Dental sealants are simple to apply, and they can be placed in just one short visit to our office! Sealants are an easy solution for preventing decay and keeping your smile healthy. To learn more about dental sealants and how they can improve the health of your smile, we invite you to call or visit our office today to schedule an appointment.
A dental emergency is a situation that requires immediate attention from a dental professional. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, we encourage you to contact our office as soon as possible to schedule an emergency visit with our dentist. We understand there is no way to plan for a dental emergency, so please call at any time, and we can arrange an appointment as quickly as possible to minimize damage and any lasting side effects. A dental emergency can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- A cracked, broken, chipped or fractured tooth
- A lost restoration, such as a filling or a crown
- Severe toothaches or any other tooth pain or intense discomfort
- Partially or completely knocked-out tooth
- Damage to any soft tissues in your mouth, including tongue, cheeks, gums and lips
If you are suffering from any of the above conditions, please contact our office immediately. We will provide you with the information you need to prevent any further damage in the time before your emergency visit. Our dentist and team will then be able to assess the damage and restore the health of your smile. If you have experienced trauma to your head or neck, we strongly recommend visiting the emergency room or your general physician before scheduling with us, even if your smile has also been affected. To learn more about dental emergency care, please give our office a call today!
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral and can be found in many foods as well as many local water supplies. You receive a certain amount of fluoride from your diet and from using fluoridated toothpaste when brushing your teeth, but sometimes, additional care is needed to help strengthen and protect your teeth. If this is the case for you, our dentist can provide you with a professional fluoride treatment to help protect your teeth from cavities.
As you go about your day, the foods and drinks you consume cause bacteria, sugars and acids to attack and demineralize the enamel of your teeth, gradually wearing your teeth down and eventually leading to the development of cavities. Fluoride works by remineralizing your tooth enamel so that it can more effectively resist decay-causing factors. Fluoride is also important for children, as it helps strengthen teeth as they develop so that they remain strong and healthy in adulthood.
Fluoride treatments can be provided in just a few minutes as part of your regular dental visits. Our dentist will check your mouth during your exams to see if your teeth are at greater risk of tooth decay and will recommend fluoride treatments as needed. This preventive treatment is available for both children and adults, and it may come in the form of a gel, varnish or foam.
To schedule an appointment with our dentist and learn more about the benefits of fluoride treatment, please contact our office today.
A night guard is a special mouth guard designed to protect your teeth from bruxism, or teeth grinding. Teeth grinding can cause damage to your smile over time, so if our dentist and team suspect you suffer from bruxism, they may recommend a night guard to protect your smile. Many people are unaware of whether they suffer from teeth grinding, as it occurs at night while they sleep. If you are suffering from bruxism, you may be experiencing the following symptoms:
- Chronic jaw, ear or facial pain
- Waking up with a tired or tight feeling in your jaw
- Tension headaches and migraines
- Severe tooth wear that leads to chipped, cracked or flattened teeth
- Worn down tooth enamel, revealing the inner layers of the tooth
- Indentations on the side of the tongue
- Tooth sensitivity
If you suspect you are suffering from bruxism, we recommend you visit our dentist for your very own custom-made night guard. Your night guard will be designed to fit comfortably and effectively protect your teeth from damage, ensuring the lasting health of your smile. To learn more about night guards and how they protect your smile from the negative effects of teeth grinding, we encourage you to contact us today!
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, mouth, tongue, cheeks, throat, sinuses and hard palate. Oral cancer is one of the more easily treatable cancers, but only when it is caught in its earliest stages. However, most cases of oral cancer are not detected until they have progressed into more advanced, serious stages and become highly difficult to treat. Like any cancer, oral cancer can be life-threatening. Because of this, we are dedicated to providing regular oral cancer screenings to check for disease and get you the necessary treatment to protect your overall health. This screening will usually take place during your regular dental checkups with our dentist and team.
The following are the most common symptoms of oral cancer. If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, we encourage you to reach out to our dentist and team as soon as possible for an appointment:
- A sore throat that will not go away or frequently returns, or a feeling that you have something caught in the back of your throat
- Bleeding in the mouth with no clear or apparent explanation
- A lasting sore on the face, neck or mouth that does not go away or heal within two weeks
- Unexplained pain or numbness in the face, neck or mouth
- Ear pain
- Any lumps, bumps, rough or tender spots on your lips, gums or any other part of your mouth
- Red, white or spotted patches in or on the mouth
- Increasing difficulty in chewing, swallowing or speaking
- A change in the bite of teeth or dentures, or how they meet together
Our dentist and team will check for these symptoms during every screening to help ensure you and your smile stay in good health. If you have any questions about oral cancer, we encourage you to contact us today.
Oral Hygiene Counseling
Your oral health and overall wellness are closely linked. The mouth forms a gateway to the rest of the body, and the condition of your teeth, gums and other oral tissues can often affect your general health and well-being. Studies have shown that poor oral health has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications and other serious medical conditions.
A healthy mouth aids in the nutrition of the physical body, enhances social interaction, and promotes your self-esteem and feeling of general well-being. Your mouth will often provide “signals” to the rest of the body about health problems in the form of ulcers or lesions, bone loss, bleeding or swollen gums, or a reduced saliva flow, to name only a few symptoms. Bacteria in the mouth can cause infection in other areas of the body, and systemic conditions that affect the entire body are also known to have an impact on your oral health.
We encourage you to do everything you can to keep your mouth healthy. This includes:
- Brushing your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day and flossing daily
- Scheduling and keeping all your regular dental visits
- Being aware of your oral health, and telling your dentist about any changes in your overall health (recent illnesses, ongoing conditions, medication use, etc.)
- Refraining from smoking or chewing tobacco
- Managing dry mouth
If you have questions about your oral health or the mouth-body connection, please feel free to contact our office. We will be happy to provide you with more information and schedule your appointment with our dentist.
Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatments
Silver diamine fluoride is an FDA-approved antimicrobial liquid used to help control and halt dental caries (cavities) and prevent any further progression of tooth decay. Our dentist may also recommend this treatment for individuals with hypersensitive teeth.
Silver diamine is made from two main ingredients — silver and fluoride. The silver in the solution acts as an antimicrobial agent to strengthen the underlying protective layer of your teeth, while the fluoride works to halt tooth decay and prevent further damage from occurring. Silver diamine fluoride may be recommended for:
- Children with severe early childhood caries
- Young children who have difficulty cooperating for treatment
- Special needs patients
- Children with carious lesions that cannot be treated in just one visit
- Elderly patients with root caries
Some benefits of silver diamine fluoride include:
- Quick, painless, noninvasive treatment
- Minimization of the amount of restorative work needed later
- Elimination of harmful pathogenic organisms
- Prevention of further cavities
- Almost immediate reduction in tooth sensitivity
- Hardening of dentin, making it more resistant to acid and abrasion
- Stain-free treatment for healthy dentin or enamel (though it will stain decayed tooth tissue)
We invite you to call us today to schedule your appointment with our dentist and learn more about silver diamine fluoride. We look forward to helping you regain a healthy smile!
Sleep Apnea Treatments
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious medical condition characterized by interruptions and pauses in breathing while asleep. These pauses can occur multiple times each night and can last for 30 seconds or more. Sleep apnea occurs when the tongues rolls back in the throat or the soft tissues of the throat collapse, blocking the airway and preventing normal breathing. Some common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Extreme daytime drowsiness
- Insomnia or difficulty staying asleep
- Frequent, loud snoring
- A dry or sore throat upon waking
- Frequent morning headaches
- Personality changes, irritability, anxiety and depression
If you suspect that you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, we recommend that you seek treatment immediately. Sleep apnea contributes to a number of serious medical and health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, behavioral disorders, obesity and liver problems. Our dentist and your physician will be able to diagnose the problem and work with you to find a solution that meets your needs and fits your lifestyle.
There are several types of treatment available. If you suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea, we may recommend oral appliance therapy. A custom oral appliance can keep your airway open so that you breathe easily. More severe cases may require treatment using a CPAP machine or a surgical procedure.
We welcome you to contact our office for more details about sleep apnea treatment and schedule a consultation with our dentist.
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a disorder where the joint connecting your upper and lower jaw is not working properly due to injury, stress or misalignment. This joint is responsible for the forward, backward and side-to-side movement of the lower jaw. If there are any problems with this joint, the condition is usually due to TMJ (also called TMD). You may be suffering from TMJ if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Locking or popping of the jaw when you open or close your mouth
- Pain and pressure behind the eyes
- Headaches or migraines
- Pain that occurs in your jaw while eating, yawning or opening your mouth
- A change in how your upper and lower teeth fit together
If you think you may be suffering from TMJ, we recommend you contact us today to schedule an evaluation with us. Our dentist will review your symptoms with you and determine your treatment plan if necessary. Your treatment will vary depending on the severity of your condition; it can include simple lifestyle changes, jaw and facial relaxation exercises, a mouth or night guard or jaw surgery. If you have any questions about TMJ treatment, please call us today to schedule a consultation with our dentist!
A tooth extraction is the removal of the tooth. While we tend to avoid removing a tooth whenever possible, sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary to protect the health of your smile. A tooth extraction may be needed to restore the full health of your smile if you have one or more teeth that have become severely damaged in some way, including:
- Severe infection that has destroyed a significant amount or most of the tooth or its supporting bone structure.
- Severe tooth decay that that has damaged a tooth beyond repair and cannot support a restoration
- Crowding of teeth
Our dentist and team take great care in all parts of a tooth extraction to help ensure the process is as comfortable and painless as possible for our patients. We will also provide you with the proper instructions you need so you can take care of your smile as it heals. Following the extraction, we will also discuss your tooth replacement options to restore the appearance and function of your smile.
If you have any questions about tooth extractions and how they can benefit the health of your smile, please call our office today to schedule an appointment with our friendly dentist.
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1207 Davie Ave
Statesville, NC 28677