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Could you be the ideal candidate for this lifelong tooth replacement?
Not providing your mouth with the proper care that it needs now means that your smile could be in trouble in the future. Everything from cavities and gum disease to tooth loss can happen. If you are an adult who is missing one or more permanent teeth the good news is that our Mount Airy, NC, dentists, Drs. G. Bennett and Lynette Smith, offer a solution that will restore your missing teeth and give you a full smile again: dental implants!
More about Dental Implants
Most adults who are missing at least a single tooth can be candidates for dental implants; however, there are several factors that determine whether or not you are right for the treatment at this moment. Some of the things that our Mount Airy, NC, general dentist will discuss with you include:
- The health of your jawbone: We will need to run x-rays to make sure that there isn’t significant bone loss (a complication of tooth loss). However, if there isn’t enough healthy jawbone to support the implant, don't fret! We will just need to perform bone grafting to rebuild the jawbone before you can get an implant.
- Your overall health: Are you dealing with diabetes? Do you have other chronic health issues? If so, it’s important that you have your condition under control before getting implants. For example, uncontrolled blood sugar can affect the healing process and increase your risk of infection. Proper medication is key!
- Your oral health: Are you currently dealing with gum disease? Has our dentist discovered a cavity during your checkup? Again, these are things we will need to treat first and foremost before performing any restorative dentistry, but afterward, you will be all set for your new tooth replacement!
If you want to find out if dental implants are the right treatment option for replacing your missing teeth, call our dental office in Mount Airy, NC, to schedule a consultation! Turn to Blue Ridge Dental to treat your tooth loss: (336) 789-5306
Crowns are vital for restoring your dental health. Often confused with veneers, crowns are quite different. Veneers adhere to small areas, but crowns cover the whole tooth.
More About Crowns in Mount Airy, NC
Crowns improve your smile and protect your teeth. Often referred to as caps, crowns are used to cover unappealing teeth after undergoing restorative procedures, like root canals and dental implants. They are synthetic porcelain caps placed over teeth to help reinforce weakened teeth and hide aesthetically unflattering teeth.
Unsightly teeth can also result from:
- Serious traumas that result in cracks, chips, fractures, or dents
- Poor dental hygiene leading to cavities and severe decay
- Yellowed or stained teeth because of smoking, chewing tobacco, or aging
Crowns are used for several procedures, such as:
- Attaching bridges
- Covering implants
- Preventing complete dislodge of loose fillings
Dental Crown Procedure
- Your Mount Airy doctor prepares your tooth so that it may fit under your crown.
- An impression of your tooth is taken and sent to a lab where a custom-designed crown is manufactured (you'll receive a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready).
- Your doctor will cement the crown cap over the tooth.
Caring for Dental Crowns
There are several things you can do to maintain a healthy oral regiment and prolong your crowns, which may last up to eight years or longer.
- Maintain a hygienic oral regimen to avoid plaque buildup and cavities by brushing and flossing
- Wear a nightguard if you suffer from bruxism, teeth grinding
- See your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings
- Change your toothbrush when bristles become frayed
Need a consultation?
For more information on dental crowns, call Dr. Bennett and Lynette Smith, in Mount Airy, NC, at (336) 789-5306 today!
Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common oral health problems for American adults (and the most common oral health problem in women). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that half of adults over the age of 30 suffer from some form of gum disease, ranging from gingivitis (mild) to periodontitis (severe), which can lead to tooth loss and other oral and general health problems. Dr. Bennett and Lynette Smith, dentists at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, recommend visiting the dentist every six months for a dental exam and professional cleaning to help prevent the onset of periodontal disease, and to treat symptoms before they have a chance to progress.
Periodontal Disease Diagnosis and Treatment in Mount Airy, NC
There are a number of treatment options for periodontal disease depending on the severity and stage. The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush your teeth thoroughly two to three times per day, and floss every day. A healthy diet is also an important part of maintaining good oral health. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of gum disease is also important. The most common symptoms include:
- Gum inflammation (tender, red, swollen, and bleeding gums)
- Chronic bad breath
- Receding gums
- Signs of infection (pus/discharge) around the teeth and gums
- Loose teeth
- Bite and alignment changes
Treatment Options for Gum Disease
For mild to moderate cases of gum disease, the dentist may recommend a procedure known as scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning treatment that removes plaque and tartar buildup between the teeth and gums. If a pocket has formed between the teeth and gums, you may need a pocket reduction procedure (also known as flap surgery) to secure the gum tissue to the tooth and prevent bacteria from forming. Gum recession that exposes the root or bone loss are treated with grafts to restore lost bone and gum tissue.
Find a Dentist in Mount Airy, NC
For more information about gum disease prevention and treatment, contact Blue Ridge Dental by calling (336) 789-5306 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ben or Dr. Lyn today.
Tooth decay--it's common in children, teens, and adults. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control states that 91 percent of Americans between 20 and 64 years of age have had at least one cavity. If you needed a filling, would you know the signs? At Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, your dentists prevent, diagnose and treat tooth decay. Here's what Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. G. Bennett Smith say are telltale signs of decay.
What is a dental cavity?
It's a pit or hole in your tooth enamel caused by the acids oral bacteria secrete. As that hole grows, it spreads across and downward in the tooth surface. Ignored, this cavity may invade the yellow dentin and soft pulp interior to your tooth enamel, resulting in infection and tooth failure. In addition, areas of decay weaken and undermine healthy tooth structure and the integrity of existing restorations, such as crowns, veneers, and fillings.
How to protect your teeth
Of course, your daily flossing and twice daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste does much to protect your teeth from decay. Preventive services such as fluoride treatments and plastic sealants guard teeth from acidity and bacterial invasion. Plus, the American Dental Association recommends semi-annual cleanings, to remove plaque and tartar, and examinations with your dentist in Mount Airy to inspect for decay and other kinds of dental breakdown. These practices, combined with a low-sugar/carb diet, do much to keep gums and teeth strong.
Moreover, knowledge is indeed power. You should know and recognize the signs that you may need a filling so you get treatment right away. These signs include:
- Dental sensitivity to heat, cold, or sugary foods and drinks
- A throbbing toothache
- Sharp pain when biting and chewing
- Tooth discoloration
- A chip, crack, or area of roughness
- Lost filling or crown
- Drainage from the tooth or redness along the gums
If you exhibit any of these signs, contact Blue Ridge Dental right away. In the meantime, you can take over-the-counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain, and apply ice if your jaw is tender or swollen. Cover rough areas or obvious holes with orthodontic wax, and if you lose a filling or crown, bring it with you to the office if possible.
Avoid complex care and dental extractions
Be aware of what's happening with your teeth and gums, and if it's time for your six-month visit to Blue Ridge Dental, please contact us. Keep ahead of tooth decay so you continue to have a beautiful, long-lasting smile. Call (336) 789-5306.
Chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of root canal treatment before, but do you actually know why it’s sometimes necessary? Whether our Mount Airy, NC, dentists Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. G. Bennett Smith have recommended that you need this procedure or you are experiencing changes in your oral health that have you concerned, we are here to tell you more about the common warning signs that could be trying to tell you that you could benefit from this endodontic treatment.
Why is a root canal necessary?
Unfortunately, this simple procedure gets a pretty bad rap. There are jokes and horror stories made about how painful root canal treatment is, but you’ll be relieved to hear that this is a myth. Most people equate root canals with pain because they are already experiencing significant pain before getting the procedure; however, the goal of this endodontic procedure is to remove the source of the pain (not cause pain). By removing the infected or inflamed dental pulp we not only preserve the tooth but also remove the source of the toothache.
Do you need a root canal?
It’s impossible to know for sure that you need a root canal without our Mount Airy, NC, general dentists examining your teeth and running X-rays; however, there are some changes to your oral health that should not be ignored. It’s time to give us a call if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- A toothache
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth darkening
- Tender, swollen gums around the tooth
- A pimple-like growth on the gums (known as an abscess)
The classic symptom is a toothache. This toothache occurs because bacteria have been able to penetrate the outer layers of the tooth to infect the dental pulp inside. Once the pulp has been infected the only option is to remove it through root canal therapy and to clean out the inside of the tooth to prevent the bacteria from spreading.
Blue Ridge Dental offers comprehensive and compassionate dentistry in the Mount Airy, NC, area. If you need a toothache assessed or you just need to sit down and talk to us about your cosmetic dentistry options, we are happy to provide you with the care you and your smile deserves.