South Charlotte Dentistry Compares Dental Implants vs. Traditional Bridge

Dental Implants vs. Traditional Bridge

At South Charlotte Dentistry, we are committed to finding the best solutions for our clients. If you have a missing tooth or a tooth that needs to be removed, you have a couple options for replacing it.

Traditional Bridge. For decades now, dentists have been using bridges and crowns to replace or cover damaged teeth. A dental bridge is a dental prosthesis that joins an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent natural teeth. The procedure requires that the adjacent natural teeth be reduced in size and covered by prosthesis as well. The artificial tooth is called the pontic. Usually bridges are permanent and cannot be removed.

Since bridges have been a part of dentistry for decades, they are usually cheaper than dental implants. However, bridges can create problems for the natural teeth that are on either side of the bridge. The filed down natural teeth are prone to bacterial plaque accumulations, decay, periodontal disease, and create potential for further root canals.

Dental Implants. Dental implants have been around for over 25 years, yet they are still making their way to the forefront of dental practices. The dental implant aims to recreate the missing tooth with a titanium implant the sits in the original tooth’s bone pocket. The titanium implant will actually form a bond with the bone over time, much like the original bond between the tooth and jaw bone. This helps prevent bone loss that can occur with bridges. The last stage of an implant is to place a crown that resembles the enamel of the missing tooth. Dental implants usually work just as well as the original tooth, sometime even better!

The cost of a dental implant may seem initially higher, but implants do not cause damage to the surrounding teeth like a bridge is prone to do. Over time, a dental implant can be the most cost effective way to replace a missing tooth.

At South Charlotte Dentistry, we offer both traditional bridges and crowns as well as dental implants. We examine all factors when recommending a procedure for a patient, including cost, recovery time, and effectiveness. You can set up a consultation today.

Kelly Bladl

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INVISALIGN in South Charlotte: Modern Braces for Adults!

Do you want straight teeth but are afraid of looking like a teenager?invisalign vs braces

Invisalign is a new and modern way to fix your teeth. South Charlotte Dentistry understands the desire to have straight teeth, but also knows traditional braces are not a look everyone wants, especially adults. Invisalign at South Charlotte Dentistry is the new modern way people are choosing to straighten their teeth. They’re basically invisible braces! Instead of looking clunky with the brace and wire method of traditional straightening contraptions, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are custom fit to your mouth.Straightening your teeth is more than a cosmetic desire. With Invisalign,

Dr. Wells at South Charlotte Dentistry can effectively fix overbites, under bites, gapped teeth, cross bites, open bites and overly crowded teeth. And the great thing is you can take the aligner out to enjoy your meals. No one will be able to tell you are getting your teeth aligned.

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

  • The Look. Invisalign clearly wins in this category. Traditional braces are obvious and obtrusive. Invisalign allows adults to achieve the smile of their dreams without the embarrassment.
  • The Cost. Invisalign cost about the same as traditional braces. Of course, the costs are specific to the needs of our patients. Depending on what issue Invisalign is fixing, the costs can vary.
  • The Process. This is where Invisalign really wins. The first step is to create a custom mold of clear plastic to fit your teeth. The plastic aligners are then created to match the mold. Wearers of these aligners will gradually and gently see a shift in their teeth correcting the ultimate problem. A new set of aligners replaces the old set about every two weeks. Traditional braces have a much more in depth process, including bonding the braces to the teeth and using wires to straighten your teeth. Traditional braces are usually more painful and can cause mouth sores. Discoloration of your teeth and tooth decay can also be a concern. You also have to restrict your diet with traditional braces – no more popcorn, chips, candies, apples and more. With Invisalign, you can take your aligner out to eat- so no food restrictions!

Getting braces as an adult is a big decision, but with Invisalign you have a great option. Whether you are wanting to fix a cosmetic problem or more, South Charlotte Dentistry can help. Call to schedule an appointment and consultation to discuss if you are good candidate for Invisalign. At South Charlotte Dentistry, we pride ourselves in listening to our patients needs and concerns to give you the best care for your teeth! Call us today 704-759-0908. We are conveniently located at 7741 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy Ste 102 Charlotte, NC 28277

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Invisalign: A modern approach to straightening teeth

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What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

If you are not happy with your smile for any reason you may want to consider cosmetic dentistry.  South Charlotte Dentistry offers a number of cosmetic dental procedures that can fix a small problem as well as a bigger concern.  From cosmetics contouring to tooth whitening, there are tools and techniques to get you smiling again.

    Repair Crooked Teeth   |   Treat An Injury   |   Improve Overall Appearance

  • Cosmetic fillings — Alternative, natural-looking materials to conventional silver-colored fillings made from porcelain and composite resins, which are colored to match natural tooth enamel.
  • Tooth Whitening – Using different levels of bleach, this procedure can reverse the effects of such things as aging, food and tobacco stains and medication use.
  • Veneers — Thin laminates used to cover stains, correct discolored, worn down, cracked and chipped teeth, and even close unsightly gaps between teeth.
  • Bonding – A tooth-colored material that looks like the enamel of your teeth and is used to improve the color of a tooth, or close unsightly gaps.
  • Cosmetic reshaping – A relatively simple procedure that can correct crooked, chipped, cracked, and even overlapping teeth.
  • Implants – Synthetic or ceramic structures placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are sometimes a viable alternative to partial dentures.
  • Crowns – Synthetic caps typically made of porcelain that is placed on the top of a tooth to restore its function and appearance, attach bridges, cover implants, or prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse.
  • Crown resizing –Done to reshape gums and bone tissue, and often used to correct a “gummy” smile.
  • Bridges — Natural-looking dental appliances that replace a section of missing teeth and restore the natural contour of your teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
  • Specialty dentures – Lightweight dentures that mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Most dentures are made from a combination of metals and synthetic material such as acrylic resin, and can be either partial or complete sets.

Don’t put off any issue that is preventing your form showing the world your smile.  Call South Charlotte Dentistry today.

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A Sticky Combination – Holiday Sweets and Tooth Decay

Holiday Sweets and Tooth Decay

Holiday Sweets and Tooth Decay

Holiday sweets mean more sugar and it’s no secret that more sugar leads to tooth decay. From the end of October to the end of December, sugar sneaks into every crevice of daily living, for adults and children.  Because of all the holidays that fall in the last three months of the year, candy, cookies, and cakes can be found almost everywhere you look. Office parties to ugly Christmas sweater competitions, sweets take over our diets. Is it even possible to survive the Holiday season without partaking in these treats? Dr. Wells knows that the answer is probably not. Here are some helpful tips to survive the holiday season with minimal damage to your teeth.

As most of us know, sugar can cause tooth decay.  Dental Cavities are an infection caused by a combination of carbohydrate-containing foods and bacteria that live in our mouths. The bacteria in our mouth feeds off the sugar it finds. As the bacteria digest the sugar, acid is produced. This acid begins to dissolve the hard enamel that forms the outer coating of our teeth. This acid attack can last up to 20 minutes every time we eat sugary foods! “Avoiding sugary food is the best way to prevent cavities from forming,” said Dr. Wells, “But for most of us, that is impossible this time of year.” If you find yourself enjoying the pleasures of this season, the best thing to do is brush your teeth afterwards.

Also, keep in mind that some types of candy and sweets, like gummy bears, caramels, jelly beans, peanut brittle, have a tendency to get stuck in your teeth. At this time of year, Dr. Wells sees an increase in repairing crowns or bridges that have been pulled off by sticky candy. These candies may be difficult to resist, but in order to protect your dental work it might be the best choice.

After the holidays, be sure to schedule a teeth cleaning to ensure your dental health! The beginning of the year is a great time to make that appointment.

 

Cynthia Schick,

CCP Web Design Staff Writer and Google Author

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Prevent the Pain of Sensitive Teeth

painMany people experience tooth sensitivity or discomfort when eating or drinking food and drinks that are either very cold or very hot.  You should consider this pain or sensitivity a messenger that there’s a problem with a tooth or several teeth that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. This pain is pointing to one or more problems including tooth decay, worn tooth enamel, a cracked tooth, worn filings or exposed tooth roots and is most likely the cause of the sensitivity you are feeling.  Oftentimes, the problem is simple and can be addressed in a single visit to your dentist.  But if left untreated, it will create a bigger issue that could require more time, visits and money to fix.

Natural Protection
Teeth are protected by a couple of natural substances. The exposed part of the tooth is protected by enamel and the roots are protected by something cementum. Under both these natural protectors is another layer of protection called dentin.  Once this dentin is compromised or exposed, heat, cold, acidly or sticky foods can stimulate the nerves and cells inside the tooth and cause pain or discomfort.

Some Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
There are a number of things that can expose the dentin of a tooth and believe it or not, brushing your teeth too hard is one of them.  In the dental world, this is formerly called aggressive tooth brushing and can wear down both tooth enamel and tooth fillings. You can also injure your gums by brushing your teeth incorrectly or too aggressively.

Periodontal disease is also a main cause of tooth sensitivity. This is an infection the gums and the bone that support your teeth.  If this goes untreated, gum tissue will separate from the tooth and form pockets that will be attract bacteria.

Long-term use of mouth wash can also wear down the dentin and expose the nerves and cells therefore causing discomfort.

Treatment
Depending on the cause of your tooth sensitivity, for the most part, it can be treated. Desensitizing toothpaste contains substances the block sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve.  However, several applications need to be applied before experiencing relief.  Look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance to make sure the desensitizing toothpaste meets the criteria for safety and effectiveness.

If toothpaste does not work, talk to your dentist about a fluoride gel or special desensitizing agents that can be applied to sensitive areas of affected teeth.

 

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Six Months Smiles- the Fastest Way to Straighten Teeth

The Sredheadix Month Smile system is now available at South Charlotte Dentistry.  It is one of the best techniques out there for straightening teeth.  It also happens to be the fastest way of straightening teeth with any substantial results.

The Six Month Smile treatment works just like the traditional braces or the Invisalign braces we offer, in that it straightens crooked teeth and shapes the smile. The Six Month Smile braces are also invisible, making them less embarrassing than traditional braces!

As it says in the name, the Six Month Smile system only takes six months to complete, making it the fastest acting corrective orthodontic fixture available. Most orthodontic treatment with traditional braces can take as long as 36 months, and in some extreme cases even longer! With Six Month Smile, the results occur most often after six months and no later than nine months for the vast majority. The amazing thing about this treatment is that most of Dr. Wells’ patients expect the Six Month Smile treatment to be less effective than traditional braces, and yet most customers are seeing the exact same results as others who have gone the traditional braces route. To determine if they are a good candidate for Six Month Smile, patients should check out this website (http://www.6monthsmiles.com/pages/patient_home/is_it_right_for_me.aspx) where they can take a smile assessment!

The Six Month Smile treatment system does not work on everyone, especially those with a very complicated problem with their tooth alignment. But Six Month Smiles is usually only a problem for the most complicated cases. The majority of people who come to South Charlotte Dentistry interested in the Six Month Smile are able to get it.

If you are interested in straightening your smile in a matter of months without the hassles of traditional braces, please check out the smile assessment tool linked above and call or stop by South Charlotte Dentistry to find out if Six Month Smile is right for you!

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Do You Suffer from Xerostomia or Dry Mouth Syndrome?

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Inactive Saliva glands causes Dry Mouth for many

Many of us don’t think about the connection between saliva and good health.  From the essential role in normal upper gastrointestinal function to oral health, including the digestion of starch, swallowing and the maintenance of tooth enamel, the salivary glands play an understated, but critical role in our bodies.  Healthy bodies are always making saliva, up to 2 to 4 pints a day. Usually, the body makes the most saliva in the late afternoon and the least amount at night.

Dr. James Wells at South Charlotte Dentistry says, “We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food.  Saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. When we don’t produce enough saliva, our mouth gets dry and uncomfortable. ”

There are many people who suffer from dry mouth syndrome or what’s medically known as Xerostomia.  It’s more common in older people, especially those on medication.  Dry mouth can be a common side effect of many prescription and nonprescription drugs including drugs used to treat depression, anxiety, pain, allergies, and colds (antihistamines and decongestants, obesity, acne, epilepsy, hypertension (diuretics), diarrhea, nausea, psychotic disorders. urinary incontinence, asthma, and Parkinson’s disease.  Dry mouth can also be a side effect of muscle relaxants and sedatives.  Dry mouth can also also seen in people that have gone through radiation involving the salivary glands.

From a dental point of view, if you suffer a 50 percent reduction in saliva it will begin to cause tooth decay.  And if not address right away, it will cause rapid tooth decay for many people.  The lack of saliva in your mouth will affect tooth and root surfaces causing lasting damage if not addressed in a timely fashion.

Fortunately, there are many effective treatments for dry mouth. There are artificial saliva products available for people who suffer from Dry Mouth.  These are generally over-the-counter products that come in a form of a rinse or a spray.   Some tooth pastes, mouthwashes and moisturizing gels specifically formulated for dry mouth.  Ask me about how I can help if you have this problem.

 

 

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The Etiquette of FLOSSING!

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Flossing is an essential part of dental hygiene and you should try to do it every day. It’s commonly know that flossing, in addition to tooth brushing, can reduce the chance of getting gingivitis compared to tooth brushing alone. We recommend that you floss prior to brushing to clean out the spacing between your teeth and help the fluoride from the toothpaste coat the entire tooth. Working it into your nightly routine is a good idea, preventing the bacterium from sitting on your teeth all night.
But as we all know, there are times when we just need to floss and we’re not in an ideal situation to start picking at our teeth in public. Can’t it make you crazy sometimes. Has this happened to you? You begin working your tongue, trying to wedge it between your teeth, and voila, sometimes it works. But sometimes it doesn’t and your tongue muscles start to get sore.

In an ideal world:

• Your teeth would be perfect and you wouldn’t need floss, or for that matter a dentist.
• If you had to floss, your hands would be smaller to fit better in your mouth to move the string back and forth.
• If you had to floss, your tongue would be better designed to do the job- slip between your teeth and move it in and out to get to the irritant?
• Restaurants would pass out floss at the end of a meal instead of having toothpicks at the door. If everyone was doing it in public than it would be more accepted.
But in the real world, there are more subtle options you can use to get the food out of your teeth in public. You can try interdental brushes or dental wands as an alternate to floss. If you need to do it in public it looks less awkward. Many go the restroom after each meal and floss, but that takes proactive thinking and a willingness to carry your floss everywhere you go.

The bottom line is to maintain a healthy mouth flossing should be a daily event. Whether you choose to do it in public it’s your business.

Google Author Cynthia Schick

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So. Charlotte Dentistry First To Bring Leading-Edge Implant Technology to Charlotte

HiossenDr. James Wells is now using Hiossen’s leading-edge implant technology adding a sophisticated new dental implant system to his service offerings.  This new technique allows for a more stable approach to bone drilling, faster healing time for patients and a less risky process.  As the first to invest in the advanced Hiossen Dental Implant system in Charlotte, Dr. Well has been trained on the system of drills that ultimately reduce the risk of infection and complications around steadiness of the drilling process.

The Hiossen Dental Implant System is a series of varying size drills that dentists use to penetrate into bone preparing to ultimately install a crown.  The uniqueness of the Hiossen implant system is the built-in stopper system on the drills that prevents a dentist from drilling too deep or in the wrong direction – which can cause potential sinus infections or even nerve damage to patients.  Another beauty of the system is the aggressive thread design that allows Dr. Wells to change direction of the implant for the final drilling of the bone. Getting a precise fit for an implant expedites the healing process and creates a solid implant structure. It can significantly decrease implant breakage, infection, osseointegration issues, tissue loss, bone loss and nerve damage.

Dental implants are becoming a more common choice for people today versus traditional bridges or dentures.  As the first dental professional to use the system in Charlotte, Dr. Wells is excited to the known as the safest implant specialist in the Carolinas.

The Hiossen Implant system is the fastest growing implant system in the country. For patients interested in the exact procedure using this new technology, there is a good video on YouTube that illustrates the use of the new type of permanent stopper.

 

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