How White Fillings Improve Your Smile

Tooth-Colored Fillings in High Point

Needless to say, the best filling for your teeth is no filling at all: that is, teeth and gums that are clean and healthy, and free from decay. But cavities happen, and when they do, we can fill them with white fillings at Alta Dentistry in Charlotte.

Our patients love white fillings because they blend in seamlessly with teeth. Gone are the days of showing metal fillings whenever you laugh.

White fillings are made of a composite resin material. They are durable and are good to use on front and back teeth. In many cases, preparations involve the removal of less natural tooth structure. More of the tooth, in other words, can be maintained.

It’s the aesthetic considerations that appeal to many patients. But it can also be a big relief, because there is none of the mercury associated with traditional metal fillings.

White fillings from Alta Dentistry in Charlotte fix a cavity, and leave you with a great-looking smile. We offer complete general and cosmetic dentistry services. Call for cleaning and checkup with us today!


Saving Teeth

Root Canals in High Point When a tooth is threatened by acute decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, a skilled dentist or endodontist must make a judgment call concerning the course of treatment. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal is typically the only way to save the tooth.

During a root canal  (or endodontic treatment), the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are taken out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.

The root canal is only the initial step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The concluding procedures are the core build-up and crown.

At Alta Dentistry, we  strong, natural-looking crowns that blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and  visits to your dentist, a tooth with a filled root can often function problemfree for the rest of a patient’s life.


7 Ways Bonding Can Beautify

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Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure, but many people still don’t know exactly what it is. In this post from Alta Dentistry in Charlotte, we explain 7 ways dental bonding is used.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is sturdy and tooth-colored. It is applied to the teeth while soft, like putty, and then hardened with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

We usually consider the option of bonding when 1) decayed, 2) chipped, or 3) cracked teeth need to be repaired.

4) Large spaces between teeth can be filled with bonding material, and 5) roots can be protected by bonding after gums recede.

6) Discolored teeth can also be improved using the bonding process, and, since the material is easily shaped, teeth can be made to 7) look longer or just have the general shape changed. Bonding is often used, along with teeth whitening as part of a total smile makeover.

At Alta Dentistry in Charlotte, dental bonding is among our general and cosmetic dentistry services. We also offer complete children’s dentistry. Call for an appointment with us today!


Just Chill

High Point sedation dentistry Many patients have experienced the benefits of anxiety-free dentistry (sometimes called sleep dentistry). There are three main kinds of sedation options available in the Charlotte area:

Inhalation

Nitrous Oxide, sometimes called ‘laughing gas‘ has been used in cosmetic dental offices for over a century, because, in many ways, it is a great sedative. It begins to work rapidly, but then wears off as soon as the patient stops inhaling it. Breathing nitrous oxide aids in creating warm tingling sensations and a feeling of euphoria.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedatives take longer to work than nitrous, but produce a calmer state for many nervous dental patients. Triazolam and diazepam are common oral sedatives used in dentistry. These sedative medications are routinely prescribed by physicians for anxiety, insomnia, and muscle spasms.

Oral sedation is a good sedation choice for anxious patients who require a lengthy dental procedure. After the dental visit, however, it takes a while for the medication to wear off. It’s vital that a conscious sedation patient not drive home after undergoing oral sedation.

IV Sedation

Like nitrous, intra-venous sedation starts working immediately as the sedative enters the bloodstream. IV sedation usually produces the deepest state of relaxation. IV patients can dream away the whole procedure and wake up calm.


7 Steps For A Healthy Smile

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When Benjamin Franklin said that in the 1730s he meant fire safety. But like all timeless quotes, it applies to many more aspects of modern life. At Alta Dentistry in Charlotte, we apply it  to dental health.

Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventative measures. Some essential guidelines are highlighted here.

  1. Make a habit of brushing your teeth. Do it twice a day for 2 minutes. Be sure to use an ADA approved toothpaste and toothbrush.
  2. Don’t forget the floss! Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy too.
  3. Wear a protective mouthguard when joining in an activity where your mouth could possibly be damaged.
  4. Don’t smoke. As if you needed yet another reason not to!
  5. Avoid piercing your lips, tongue, cheek, or any other part of your mouth that someone decided you should shove a metal bar through. Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection and nerve damage. It’s a perilous fashion that you’ll want to avoid.
  6. Avoid snacks that have a lot of sugar or starch.
  7. Schedule regular dental visits, of course!

At Alta Dentistry in Charlotte we want all our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums. The best way to have that is with prevention. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and children’s dentistry. Call us to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!


Trust Doctor dentist For Accurate Dental Info

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Dental patients are more informed than ever before and it’s not surprising that much of their knowledge about oral health and dental treatment is gleaned from online sources. Proactive self-education can be beneficial for you and your family, especially if it assists in living a healthy lifestyle. We caution our friends and neighbors in the High Point area, however, not to count on online dental information until their dentist verifies its accuracy.

Misconceptions about medical treatment in general and dentistry in particular began circulating long before personal computers became ubiquitous but the web has exponentially accelerated the speed and distance they can travel.

Some of the most frequent dental myths are focused on the safety of x-rays, the risk of root canals, the facts about fluoride, and the effectiveness of alternative practices such as oil pulling.

In worst-case scenarios, patients delay or avoid needed dental treatment because of something they encounter online. We encourage our patients to discuss all areas of concern with Doctor dentist. You can rely on Doctor dentist for accurate information and quality care.

At Alta Dentistry, we are dedicated to keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life. Our motives are straightforward and transparent. You can’t always determine who operates and funds online dental sites, so be careful out there!


Gently Now (Protect Your Gums When You Brush)

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Everyone wants nice, pearly white teeth. It makes sense, then, to brush our teeth more often to get them – right? Well, no. As we explain in this post from Alta Dentistry in Charlotte, brushing too aggressively can result in receding gums.

Gum recession is when your gum line exposes more of your teeth, or in severe cases, your tooth root. It creates a pocket of space between your teeth and gum line.  Decay-causing bacteria can grow and fester in that pocket. This leads to serious issues down the line. Even tooth loss.

Longer or Harder?
A common misconception is the idea that if you want to lighten your teeth, you should scrub them really hard.

The best way to get white teeth is to brush longer, not harder. The key, though, is to use a very light touch. Gently brush your teeth until they’re squeaky clean. Run your tongue over them. Doesn’t that feel great?

Why?
When you brush your teeth too quickly, you may not remove all the food particles. You don’t want this debris turning into plaque.

If you truly want whiter teeth, brush in a slow, circular motion for about five minutes. Methodically go over each tooth surface.

Use a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. That way, you get all the recent gunk off and your teeth get a little bit whiter each time you brush. The fluoride helps your enamel re-harden.

Let’s Review
Brushing too aggressively can lead to gum recession. Gum recession can (and most likely will) cause a space to form between your teeth and gum line. This pocket collects bacteria. Bacteria causes cavities. Plus, if the gums continue to recede, the tooth can become loose.

The best approach is to brush longer, and with a light gentle touch. Don’t forget to floss!

If you’re gums have already begun to recede, don’t despair! It’s a treatable condition. At Alta Dentistry in Charlotte we offer a full range of general and family dentistry procedures. Call to schedule a cleaning and checkup with us today!


New Parents: Educate Yourselves About Children’s Oral Health

Today’s post is for new parents or couples planning for children sometime in the future.

An Epidemic of Tooth Decay in Young Children

The statistics on early childhood tooth decay are sobering. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of U.S. children between 2 and 11 years old have in their primary teeth. https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/research/data-statistics/dental-caries/children

At Alta Dentistry, we are devoted to helping today’s young children avoid the prevalent tooth decay that has plagued previous generations. If young children are protected from birth, they are more likely to maintain good oral health throughout the rest of their childhood. But this is only possible if parents make it a priority. We urge new parents to be proactive about child dental health from the moment they leave the hospital.

You do your best to safeguard your children from illness and infection. It’s vital to understand that tooth decay is an infectious disease with serious long-term consequences. 

Anticipatory Guidance (ADA-Speak For Preventative Dentistry For Kids)

Here is what we at Alta Dentistry (and the American Dental Association) recommend regarding a toddler’s first dental visit:

It is advantageous for the first visit to occur within six months of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age, and receiving oral health education based on the child’s developmental needs (also known as anticipatory guidance). https://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/statement-on-early-childhood-caries

Educate yourselves on how to avoid early childhood dental decay before teeth erupt. Then you will avoid creating habits that put teeth in jeopardy. 

Are You Up To Speed On Best Practices?

For example, you are probably aware that putting a child to bed with a bottle creates an ideal environment for tooth decay. But did you know that at-will breastfeeding throughout the night is also harmful for baby’s teeth?

Other common behaviors like frequent juice consumption and toddlers drinking from bottles all have dental consequences. Talk to us at Alta Dentistry for critical guidance about children’s dental needs.

We know that sleep-deprived new moms and dads have a lot to worry about and it’s impossible to act on every well-meaning intention. Just make sure your child’s dental health isn’t put on the back burner while you figure out how to make everything work. After all, you wouldn’t put off using a car seat or scheduling well-child pediatrician visits. 

 


Have Your Dessert!

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Do you have a sweet tooth? Join the club! No one confuses dessert with healthy food, but for many of our patients at Alta Dentistry in Charlotte, it’s not realistic to recommend avoiding sugary treats.

If you fit that category, here is something useful to know: eating sweets at certain times is better for your teeth than others. For instance, when you eat a full meal, your saliva production increases. Saliva is necessary to neutralize acids and rinse bits of food off of teeth.

That means that sweets consumed after meals have a lower risk to your teeth, because your mouth is already in optimum cleansing mode. Sweets after meals are preferable to sweets eaten between meals as snacks.

Additionally, remember that the type of treat is as important as when you eat it. We constantly remind our patients that sticky candies stay on your teeth for a long time, even when your saliva is flowing. And hard candies that you suck for an extended time give bacteria a perfect environment to create dangerous enamel-weakening acids.

A good choice? Chocolate! A lot of our patients are happy to hear that. Plain old chocolate (no nuts, no chewy inside) melts quickly away and won’t stick to your teeth. Just be sure to brush before bed!

At Alta Dentistry in Charlotte, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also offer complete children’s dentistry. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!


Been A While Since You Had Your Teeth Cleaned?

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How long has it been since your last cleaning from a dental hygienist? You don’t have to answer that. At Alta Dentistry in Charlotte, we provide thorough cleanings and checkups to ensure they have healthy teeth and great smiles.

We are devoted to giving each patient personalized care in our state-of-the-art office.

Maintaining your dental health is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and seeing us for regular checkups and cleanings.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Use a fluoridated toothpaste and take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended.
  • Seeing the dentist twice a year. We have to include this one. A professional teeth cleaning alone is worth the trip to our office, but the dentist can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

If you’re due for a cleaning, please call us at Alta Dentistry in Charlotte. Our team works hard to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!