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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.

By Blue Ridge Dental
January 18, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Services  

All your oral health needs are cared for at one comfortable, convenient location. Does this sound too good to be true? It's not if your dentists are Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. G. Bennett Smith in Mount Airy, NC. Known for their compassionate preventive, restorative, and cosmetic care, your team at Blue Ridge Dental really loves all their patients. Let's learn about just a few of their treatments.

Periodontal treatment

This takes care of gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults (according to the CDC). With every check-up at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, both your hygienist and your dentist will perform a complete soft tissue assessment, looking for signs of dangerous gum disease.

If you show symptoms, Dr. Smith will devise the right treatment plan to manage your condition and prevent further damage. Care could include antibiotic therapy, tooth scaling and root planning, and tips and techniques on improving both flossing and brushing at home.

Root canal therapy

This reliable, restorative treatment heals an infected or damaged tooth, removing its inflamed pulp, sealing it, and crowning it for many years of additional use. Your dentist does the exam, X-rays, and complete restoration entirely in our Mount Airy, NC, office.

Most patients do very well with just a local anesthetic, and typically, teeth restored in this way last just as long as other natural teeth, says the American Association of Endodontists. That saves you extraction and expensive tooth replacement.

Extractions

At Blue Ridge Dental, we do all we can to preserve your natural tooth structure. However, sometimes a tooth must be extracted for the good of your oral and systemic health. Our dentists do both simple and surgical extractions involving:

  • Irretrievably decayed, infected, or damaged teeth
  • Baby teeth that impede orthodontic treatment
  • Erupted or impacted wisdom teeth

Plus, if you require tooth replacement afterward, we provide that as well.

Cosmetic dentistry

How your smile looks and how you feel about it are important, too. For an assessment of how your smile can change for the better, come in for a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Smith. Tell your dentist what you want to improve, and together, you'll discover how to reach those aesthetic goals.

Our cosmetic dentistry services include:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Porcelain crowns
  • White fillings
  • In-office and take-home teeth whitening

Rest assured

At Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, your dentists, and their staff consider patients as long-term friends. Count on their excellent dental treatments and your thriving oral health for years to come. Phone for an appointment with either Dr. Lynette Smith or Dr. G. Bennett Smith: (336) 789-5306.

By Blue Ridge Dental
November 25, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Your mild gum disease (gingivitis) may lead to aggressive periodontitis, tooth loss and serious health problems. At Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, Dr. G. Bennett Smith and Dr. Lynette Smith provide periodontal treatments that really work. They can help you regain full oral health.

The symptoms of gum disease

Bleeding gums is the primary indicator, says the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). More quickly than you think, this mild sign of gingivitis progresses to:

  • Puffy, tender, red gum tissue
  • Receding gums
  • Dental sensitivity (pain when biting down or consuming hot or cold foods)
  • A long tooth appearance due to uncovered tooth roots
  • Loose, gapped teeth
  • A changed dental bite
  • Sores on the gums and pus between teeth
  • Bad breath which is consistently strong and unresponsive to mouth rinses or tooth brushing

Also, your dentist at Blue Ridge Dental observes gum disease during a routine exam, measuring gum pockets with a tiny probe. Pockets, or sulci, are diagnostic for periodontitis when they are deeper than three millimeters.

Periodontal treatments at our Mount Airy office

Recommendations to resolve gum problems vary according to patient need. Thankfully, they can achieve good results when you adhere to a maintenance plan at Blue Ridge Dental.

1. Deep cleaning and root planing removes extensive deposits of plaque and tartar between teeth and well below the gum line.

2. Antimicrobial medications speed healing and help gums re-attach to root surfaces.

3. Adjustment of your dental bite with a mouth guard, crowns or a periodontal splint. Typically, splints are thin strips of metal bonded to the backside of selected teeth to stabilize and support them.

4. Oral hygiene at home must include daily flossing and twice a day tooth brushing with a soft brush. Your dentist may advise an anti-plaque mouth rinse, too.

5. Stop tobacco usage.

6. Drink water to increase your saliva production and keep tooth surfaces and soft tissues clean and hydrated.

7. Begin a healthier diet to include fresh vegetables and fruit and high-fiber cereals and breads.

When patients suffer tooth loss due to periodontitis, our dentists evaluate them for dental implant placement. Grafting may precede implant procedures if tests show sufficient bone in the jaw to support dental implants.

Learn more about gum disease

You can get ahead of gum problems when you recognize and treat them. At Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, our periodontal treatments work. Dr. G. Bennett Smith and Dr. Lynette Smith want all their patients to enjoy vibrant oral health. Call us today for a consultation: (336) 789-5306.

We've all heard the phrase, "putting your best foot forward." But, shouldn't your smile be your very best as well? At Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC. cosmetic dentistry services improve the appearance of teeth and gums. Versatile and creative, the treatments provided by Dr. G. Bennett Smith and Dr. Lynette Smith make smile dreams come true, whether you want just a little change or a full smile makeover.

What your dentist considers

During a cosmetic dentistry consultation at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, Dr. Smith will consider many factors that influence your smile appearance. The first is your overall oral health. Any problems revealed during the exam and X-ray imaging must be addressed first.

Those being corrected, you and your dentist can look at how your smile may change so you look and feel your best. Think about these elements:

  • How much gum tissue shows when you smile?
  • What shape are your teeth, and do you like the shape?
  • Are you incisors too pointed? Do you have crowded, gapped, tipped or crooked teeth?
  • Are some teeth chipped, discolored or even missing?

Dr. Smith will give you input, too, suggesting treatments to correct your perceived and creating a natural look appropriate for your face, age, gender, smile longevity and oral health. These considerations are what the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) calls responsible aesthetics.

Our offered treatments

Your care plan may contain one, some or maybe several of the following services--all performed at our office in Mount Airy. They include:

  • Composite resin bonding which repairs a variety of small defects with a durable putty which is shaped and cured to a natural and long-lasting finish.
  • Professional teeth whitening, available as a take-home or in-office service which brightens stained enamel by as many as eight shades without any painful gingival or dental sensitivity.
  • Dental implants, the premier tooth replacements which fill smile gaps from roots to crown and improve jaw bone and gum tissue quality and quantity.
  • Porcelain crowns, realistic jackets of high-grade ceramic, custom-designed to protect and beautify a failing or misshapen tooth.
  • Porcelain veneers, super-thin laminates which camouflage defects such as mild crowding, pits, cracks, dark stains and more.
  • Inlays and onlays, or partial crowns, to treat decay or replace large fillings with bonded on porcelain to strengthen the chewing surfaces of large back teeth.
  • Contouring removes minuscule amounts of tooth enamel to smooth rough edges, even tooth shape and create a polished, but natural, smile appearance.

Interested?

Put that best smile forward with the help of Dr. G. Bennett Smith and Dr. Lynette Smith at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC. Their cosmetic dentistry services transform smiles and personal confidence. Call us for your in-office consultation: (336) 789-5306.





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