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By Blue Ridge Dental
October 12, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

If you are experiencing tooth pain, you may be wondering if you may need a root canal. If you are seeking a dental professional for a possible root canal in Mount Airy, NC, give Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. Bennett Smith a call today at Blue Ridge Dental.

Causes Of A Root Canal

Root canals, also known as endodontic therapy, are performed by a dentist when the nerve or pulp of the tooth becomes infected. The pulp of the tooth is the center of the tooth containing the soft tissue. The pulp of the tooth is very sensitive and can cause pain if it is damaged or infected. Infection in this area of the tooth may be due to inflammation from decay, a cracked or broken tooth, or other trauma to the mouth.

Signs And Symptoms

The American Association of Endodontists states that the most common sign or symptom that may indicate a need for a root canal is tooth pain. While some people may only experience mild tooth pain, these symptoms can become severe or intensify throughout the day if left untreated. Other signs that may indicate the need for a root canal in Mount Airy, NC, include prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks, as well as tender and swollen gums near the infected or damaged tooth.

First Steps

If you notice any of the above signs or symptoms of a root canal in Mount Airy, NC, you must call your dentist right away so that they can advise you on the best steps to take. In the meantime, to alleviate any pain you may have, you can use an ice pack on your cheek near the site of your tooth pain. For dental care in Mount Airy, NC, call Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. Bennett Smith of Blue Ridge Dental at (336) 789-5306.

By Blue Ridge Dental
September 13, 2021
Category: Oral Health

If you’ve ever brushed or flossed your teeth and experienced bleeding or pain, it may be a sign of something more serious. It’s important that you’re aware of the common signs of periodontal disease so that you can seek out treatment before it becomes even more serious. Dr. Bennett Smith and Dr. Lynette Smith at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, can explain periodontal treatment and what symptoms you should be aware of.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

It’s important that you can recognize the common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease so that you can seek out periodontal treatment from your dentist in Mount Airy, NC, as soon as possible to prevent your disease from getting worse and more serious. The longer you take to seek treatment, the more difficult it might be to treat, which is why it’s important to be able to recognize the early signs.

Some common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
  • Tender gums
  • Swollen and red gums
  • Pus between the teeth and gums

Once you notice any of these common symptoms, you should be sure to visit your dentist as soon as possible to check for periodontal disease. If your dentist does confirm the periodontal disease, they’ll be able to start treatment as soon as possible to help keep your gums healthy and free of disease. Keeping your gums healthy is an important part of keeping your smile healthy and can prevent issues in other parts of your body. When the periodontal disease goes untreated, it can spread bacteria throughout your entire body and cause heart disease or other issues.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

Don’t ignore signs of periodontal disease! Contact Dr. Bennett Smith and Dr. Lynette Smith at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, to learn more about periodontal disease and how you can keep your smile healthy for years. Call today at (336) 789-5306.

By Blue Ridge Dental
September 01, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extractions  

Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. Bennett Smith of Blue Ridge Dental perform tooth extractions in Mount Airy, NC, for patients with damaged teeth. Sometimes it's best for the health of your mouth to remove a damaged tooth, and we can help!

Signs your tooth needs to be extracted

It is always your dentist's goal to help preserve your natural teeth to keep your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. But when a tooth is hopelessly decayed or damaged, it's best for the health of your mouth to have it completely removed. These are some reasons you may need an extraction:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Damage by trauma like a chip
  • A tooth cracked below the gum line
  • Removing teeth for orthodontic treatment
  • Overcrowding

In these cases, removing teeth would be beneficial for the health of your mouth and orthodontic treatment. Tooth extractions at Blue Ridge Dental keep your mouth healthy.

Tooth extractions

When you need a tooth extraction in Mount Airy, NC, don't panic! This minor surgery is routine and your mouth will feel back to normal in just a few days. Your dentist will start with an x-ray to assess the tooth and help predict any complications with the extraction. Typically you are numbed with local anesthesia. Other sedatives like oral medication and nitrous oxide can be used as well. A tooth may need to be sectioned or broken into pieces to remove.

After your extraction, the socket is packed with gauze to stop any bleeding and you may need stitches. While you heal, stick to a soft food diet. You may have some swelling and discomfort for a couple of days, and your dentist may recommend anti-inflammatory medication to help with any pain.

When you need a tooth extraction in Mount Airy, NC, Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. Bennett Smith are here for you at Blue Ridge Dental. Contact us for an appointment at (336) 789-5306.

By Blue Ridge Dental
June 17, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

At Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. Bennett Smith offer various cosmetic services to keep smiles beautiful. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and we'd all like to present our best smile to the world. But most of us have little imperfections in our smiles and that can make us self-conscious about smiling. Read about the most commonly requested cosmetic services we offer and come see us in Mount Airy, NC, if you want to improve the aesthetics of your smile.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic service requested at our Mount Airy, NC, office. Many of our patients have tried at-home whitening kits, but these are easy to misuse and can damage your gums. A typical teeth whitening appointment takes about an hour and can brighten teeth several shades. Get a professional whitening treatment and give yourself a boost of confidence with a bright white smile!

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a composite resin material that can be sculpted directly onto your tooth. This allows your dentist to change the shape of the tooth in order to fix chips and other imperfections. Dental bonding is designed to blend in perfectly with your natural teeth but it is prone to staining, so be careful with staining beverages and take great care of your teeth by brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day.

Veneers

Veneers are a way to completely reshape and redesign your smile. Veneers are made from a thin ceramic or porcelain shell. Each individual veneer fits snugly over a tooth to change its appearance. You can have a whole new smile without undergoing a single procedure. Your dentist may file some teeth down to make room for the veneers, but there is no surgery involved. You can have a beautiful and symmetrical smile with veneers.

Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. Bennett Smith help patients at Blue Ridge Dental get to the smile they've always wanted. With a variety of cosmetic dentistry services available, your dentist can tweak your smile or completely redesign it. Contact us for an appointment in Mount Airy, NC, at (336) 789-5306.

By Blue Ridge Dental
February 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. G. Bennett Smith at Blue Ridge Dental perform root canals for patients in Mount Airy, NC. If you're having tooth pain, come see your dentist while we can still save your tooth with a root canal!

What is a root canal?

A root canal, or endodontic treatment, is a way to salvage an infected tooth. If you have an infection the tooth pulp can be removed, preserving the rest of your natural tooth.

First, your tooth and the area around it are numbed. The root canal procedure includes creating an opening in the crown of the tooth and removing the tooth's root and the infected tooth pulp, as well as a thorough cleaning of the tooth's canal system. Your dentist may place medicine in the tooth to prevent infection. A filling is placed to prevent further infection and finish your tooth. This procedure can save your natural tooth and keep you from needing a dental implant.

When do I see my dentist about a root canal?

Patients who need a root canal often notice worsening pain in the tooth. The goal of regular dental appointments is to help you before you need a root canal, but don't ignore any of these signs:

  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • A gum blister
  • Jaw pain or swelling

These are all signs that you may have an infected tooth, but you can actually have tooth decay without feeling pain or experiencing symptoms. This is another reason it's important to have regular exams.

Many patients try to delay coming to the dentist for a root canal because of fear of the pain, but the procedure is similar to getting a filling in terms of discomfort, as you are numbed during the root canal. You may have some discomfort for a few days after the procedure, and your dentist will recommend the best way to relieve any pain. A root canal actually saves you from further tooth pain or a complete dental abscess.

Keeping up with regular dental appointments is important to prevent root canals, but if you do get an infected tooth Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. G. Bennett Smith can help. Call Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, at (336) 789-5306.





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