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Porcelain Veneers

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Having the right information is vital when making the right decision especially when it comes to your health or dental treatment. Porcelain veneers are a great dental treatment option. Dr. Kevin Jalali has the experience and knowledge when it comes to providing the best in porcelain veneers as a dental treatment option.

Veneers are used for several reasons for dental treatment. The most common reasoning is for cosmetic solutions, however they still have great benefits besides just cosmetics. Veneers are used to close gaps, give the illusion of correcting misaligned teeth, covering discoloration, repairing of chipped teeth and small fractures.

The process for prepping the tooth for porcelain veneers is similar to a traditional crown. The tooth being treated however is only minimally adjusted. A great analogy to a porcelain tooth prep is similar to scratching the surface of the tooth. The tooth is prepped and an impression is made. The impression is sent to a dental lab where the porcelain veneer is fabricated. Porcelain veneers allow your dentist to provide a great color match to your adjacent teeth. Porcelain veneers also do not leave a metal line around the gum line which is common among porcelain fused to metal crowns. It is important to remember porcelain veneers do not mean your tooth can never fall victim to dental decay. Your recommended dental cleanings and exams are important to make sure your porcelain veneers last.

If you are interested in porcelain veneers or finding a great dental office look no further. You may schedule your dental visit with Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC by calling 704.419.8168.

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Digital X-Rays In The Dental Office

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The use of x-rays in form of medicine are essential for accurate diagnostics. X-rays have helped advance the dental world and helped reduce the guessing game. There are many pros to digital x-rays and Premier Dentistry of Charlotte, NC is proud to offer this great diagnostic tool to it’s patients.

How digital x-rays outweigh traditional x-rays

• Reduction of radiation exposure
• The ability to enhance the x-ray for clarity
• Ease of transmission of the x-ray between referring offices
• Ease of transmission to insurance companies
• Reduction in waste

Digital x-rays reduce exposure of radiation to patients up to 80 percent when compared to film x-ray systems. This allows for a safer environment for both the patients and operators. Another important benefit to digital x-rays is the ability to enhance the x-ray for diagnostic reasons. These enhancements from the software systems do not change or alter the the diagnostics, but allow the practiconer or dentist to more accurately diagnosis.

There are times in the dental office when a patient is referred to a specialist. The ability to transfer x-rays between referring offices is another benefit that has come with the advancement of digitial x-rays.

Providing cutting edge technology is what Premier Dentistry of Charlotte, NC prides itself in. Our goal is to provide the best dental care we can & that means staying up to date on the latest in technology and diagnostic tools. We look forward to providing dental care to you, your family and friends. Click here to request an appointment.

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Questions & Answers About Dental Implants

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Dental implants are an amazing dental restorative option that has great results. This type of dental restoration allows for comfort & stability. Premier Dentistry offers this treatment to it’s patients as a treatment option.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are metal posts that are surgically placed below the gums. These posts fuse to the surrounding  jaw bone and allow for a crown, bridge or denture to be attached.

Can you really never get a cavity with an implant?

This is correct. You can never get a cavity on the implant, but routine dental care is needed for optimal gum and bone health.

Why would I want a dental implant?

Dental implants have a very high success rate and are often considered more predictable than alternative dental treatment options. A dental implant can securely hold a denture in place or be the support system for a crown or bridge for many years. Dental implants also allow the option for a single crown opposed to a bridge to replace a missing tooth.

Are you considering a dental implant for your restorative needs? Call today to schedule your consult. Dr. Kevin Jalali is happy to assess your dental health to see if you are a candidate for this amazing dental treatment option.

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Let’s Talk About Teeth Whitening!

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You won’t find a faster or more impressive whitening solution than Zoom! Whitening. If you want bright white teeth that are six to ten shades lighter than your current shade, you’re ready to discuss Zoom! with us at Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC.

Zoom! combines a powerful tooth whitening that are patients absolutely love. This fast-acting system will produce stunning results after just one hour in the dental chair.

Schedule an appointment with us for a few painless 15-minute tooth whitening sessions at Premier Dentistry. In this short amount of time, your teeth will reach their maximum natural whiteness. Our caring dentist and staff will take your needs and comfort into consideration throughout the procedure, and make sure you are comfortable and satisfied with your teeth whitening experience.

When you opt for Zoom! Teeth Whitening, you won’t have to sacrifice your time for beautiful white teeth. This procedure works great for those who want instant results such as brides before their wedding day.

Zoom! won’t damage your dental work or your natural tooth enamel. It actually contains protective ingredients that will minimize your sensitivity during and after the tooth whitening process.

Skip the discomfort and disappointment of the store bought teeth whitening kit. Come speak with your experienced dentist or dental hygienist about your professional whitening options in Charlotte. Some of the benefits of professional teeth whitening include:

Look Healthier, Be Healthier. When you have a brilliant smile, others will perceive you to be healthier and happier. Your beautiful smile will encourage you to maintain good brushing and flossing habits throughout your life.

Confidence Boost. A beautiful smile changes your overall appearance significantly. You may find yourself smiling, laughing, and enjoying social interactions more than ever before.

New Opportunities. Your stunning smile will help you stand out to everyone you meet. Your winning smile may create new opportunities in business and in your social life.

Call us today to schedule an appointment and see if Zoom! is a great whitening choice for you!

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3 Truths About Invisalign Braces

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There is no doubt that Invisalign braces are one of the most requested dental procedures on the market. Most people are aware of the clear brace technology that has made Invisalign a popular orthodontic treatment for straightening teeth. The “invisible braces” as they are affectionately nicknamed – have certainly found a popular niche amongst adult patients who prefer a discreet alternative to traditional wire orthodontics, and they are also catching on with teenagers who are willing to be compliant. Perhaps due to its growing popularity, like many products enjoying a healthy buzz through social media outlets, the Invisalign treatment is shrouded in popular myths and urban legends. Premier Dentistry is proud to offer invisalign treatment to our patients!

For those of you still undecided about going for an invisalign treatment, here is a little information that will hopefully clear a bit of the confusion and provide more details about the modern braces of 2017.

Truth 1: The aligners need to stay on your teeth to work
One of the most attractive features of Invisalign braces – they are called aligners – is that they are removable. Unlike traditional wire-and-bracket type of braces, you can remove your aligner during meal times for eating, brushing and flossing. That means you won’t have to avoid certain types of food or clean with caution for fear of loosening or damaging the braces. However, for optimum results, you will need to keep your aligners on for 22 hours or more per day. Failing to wear the retainer like contraption for a minimum of 20 hours a day may be counterproductive to the treatment. Aligner wearers should be mindful of this during extended meal hours.

Truth 2: You will need to clean your teeth after every meal
Let’s just say a travel toothbrush will become your best friend. You will need to maintain proper oral hygiene to reduce the risk of infections or decay throughout the treatment period. Brushing and flossing needs to be thorough, in order to remove food debris trapped in the crevices and clean those areas where there is contact between teeth and aligners. That’s a lot of brushing so it may be wise to invest in a few travel toothbrushes and a Sonicare toothbrush.

Truth 3: The aligners are virtually invisible
Of course they are not invisible, invisible. Still, they appear invisible for all intents and purposes of the innovation – that is, others won’t notice them in your mouth, even when they are looking directly at you. Put it this way, Invisalign has been around for some time now. I doubt, however, that you have ever noticed anyone wearing the clear braces. Alternatively, I am sure you remember the last person you saw wearing traditional metal braces. That alone underlines the effectiveness of the clear brace technology that Invisalign offers.
Contact us today in Charlotte,Nc to learn more or schedule a consultation to see if Invisalign is a good fit for you!

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The Truth About Dry Mouth

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Xerostomia also referred to as dry mouth is common for many dental patients. Our goal at Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC is to educate our patients and provide the best dental care. Learn more about dry mouth, the causes & how to treat it.

Dry mouth increases the risk of dental decay, tooth sensitivity, demineralization of the teeth and more. Dry mouth is commonly found in those suffering from Sjogren disease, those receiving radiation therapy and a common side effect for many medications. The severity of the dry mouth can vary but it’s important to find ways to cope.

Many medications can cause dry mouth including antidepressants, antihistamines, antihypertensive medications and more. It’s important to ready all of the side effects of your medications and take every step to keep your oral health at its best.

There are things that you can do if you suffer from dry mouth to help cope and keep your dental health great. Some of those suggestions include:

• Chewing sugarless gum
• Avoiding salty or spicy foods
• Using a humidifier at night
• Avoid caffeine

At Premier Dentistry we believe strongly in preventative care. It is important to floss daily, brush gently twice a day and have dental cleanings at least 2 x’s a year. At your dental appointment please make sure you let your dental professional know all medications you are taking and if you are experiencing dry mouth.

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Chewing Gum, Thoughts To Chew On

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Who doesn’t love to chew gum? It’s loved by many yet has also had some that thought otherwise. Chewing gum is typically placed in the candy category but it now may have some dental benefits.

Did you know?

Did you know that chewing gum increases salivary flow? When gum is chewed after eating this increase in salivary flow has been shown to help wash away & neutralize the acids causes by the breakdown of foods that take place in the mouth. This acid over time can cause a breakdown in the enamel leaving the tooth susceptible to decay. It’s recommended to chew sugarless gum for the benefit and to not expose the teeth to sugar which is found to cause cavities.

You can’t replace brushing and flossing with chewing sugarless gum.

Wouldn’t it be nice and easy to just chew on some gum instead of the recommended daily oral home care? Well, it’s just not that easy. Chewing gum if sugarless and those stamped with an ADA Seal of Acceptance do have benefits, but nothing can substitute daily flossing and brushing properly.

The next time you reach for a pack of gum at the store check and see if it has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Also make sure the gum is sugarless and if you suffer from TMJ issues chewing gum is not for you. Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC looks forward to providing dental care to you and your family. Give us a call today to schedule your dental appointment 704-419-8168.

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Take Control Of Your Oral Health

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At Premier Dentistry in South Charlotte we know first impressions are important, and that first impression is often formed by your smile. Many factors can affect your smile, and most of them are within your control. We have put together some tips on how you can take control of your oral health.

• Watch what you drink. The good news is that many people are more health conscious in terms of exercising, but sports drinks and bottled water are a mixed blessing. Many sports drinks are high in acids and sugars, which can cause tooth erosion. Tap water typically contains fluoride, which protects teeth from decay; most bottled water does not contain the recommended amount of floride, so using floridated toothpaste and mouthwash helps bridge the gap.
Both red and white wines can stain your teeth, and the acidity in wine can harm the tooth enamel. Avoid this effect by taking small sips, and rinse with water after your last glass. In addition to wine, black tea and coffee also contain tannin. These stain-producing molecules lodges in the tooth enamel which can retain bacteria leading to decay. Limit your intake, drink more water, and consider adding milk to your tea or coffee.
The sugar in soft drinks puts you at a risk for tooth decay and gum infections, not to mention staining from dark colas. Drink soda through a straw, and rinse with water or chew sugar-free gum to lessen the impact to your teeth.
One important note: Don’t reach for your toothbrush immediately after you enjoy your favorite soda, wine, coffee, etc. because the brushing can cause erosion. It’s recommended that you wait an hour before brushing.
• The dangers of smoking are well documented, and it’s no surprise that smoking yellows teeth. But even worse, the tar from tobacco creates a sticky film on teeth which can lead to gum inflammation, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
• Diet pills, and many other medications, cause dry mouth by decreasing the production of saliva. Dry mouth can lead tooth decay and gum disease. Drink plenty of water, chew sugar-free gum, and see your dentist if the problem is more severe.
• Pregnancy causes hormonal changes which can cause inflammation of the gums. Birth control pills, because they mimic pregnancy, can also lead to gum issues. Talk with your dentist before any dental procedures to lessen your risk of infection.

Being aware of the effects of what you eat and drink is the first step in protecting your oral health. The rest is up to you! Premier Dentistry provides dental care to the entire family. Our goal is keep your oral health at it’s best. Schedule your visit at our convenient South Charlotte office today.

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Why Does My Tooth Hurt?

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I brush my teeth every day. Why do I have a toothache?

Regular oral care is the best way to protect your teeth and gums and to avoid the pain of a toothache, but there are other factors that can contribute to that pain in your mouth.

The most likely cause of a toothache is a cavity, but other issues could be in play:
• An abscessed tooth (Infection of the gums or at the root of the tooth)
• Chipped or broken tooth
• Fillings that are damaged or missing
• Grinding or aggressive chewing

A stabbing pain is most likely the result of a cavity or a cracked tooth; a throbbing pain could indicate an infection that should be treated as soon as possible.

Sensitive teeth caused by receding gums or thinning tooth enamel could also be a cause of pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods. Until you are able to see your dentist to have your pain diagnosed and treated, you should be aware of some things to avoid, which can make your toothache worse. These include cold and sweet drinks and foods, and biting down or otherwise putting pressure on the tooth. Premier Dentistry recommends the use a soft toothbrush, and toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

Toothaches are not always severe and may come and go, making you think that it’s not worth it to see your dentist. But that tooth is not going to get better on its own. The longer you wait to see a dentist, the worse the cavity or infection will become, possibly making the treatment more complex and affecting your overall health.

Premier Dentistry reminds our patients to not forget, the best care is preventive care. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes; floss once a day to remove plaque between your teeth and on your gums, and see your dentist twice a year for cleaning and routine check-ups. To find out more about our contact us today!

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Laughing Gas For Dental Anxiety

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Do you suffer from dental anxiety? Thousands of people have some form of dental anxiety. Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC offers nitrous oxide commonly referred to as laughing gas for those patients with dental anxiety.

Nitrous oxide helps to relax many patients. It is delivered through a small nose piece, is colorless and has a slight sweet taste. Nitrous oxide has been used to help accommodate patients during medical and dental procedures for many years.

Nitrous oxide works quickly and once turned off leaves the body quickly as well. It is a safe and effective way to allow many patients to relax during their dental procedures. Some patients need nitrous oxide for in depth dental treatment while others need the calming effects for routine dental care.

There are several advantages to using nitrous oxide including:
• The ability to control the depth of sedation easily
• No after effects
• Calming effects can be felt in as little as 2-3 minutes

Don’t let your dental anxiety keep you from avoiding the dental treatment you need. For more information on nitrous oxide please visit www.mouthhealthy.org If you think nitrous oxide may be something to help with your dental anxiety please contact our office, Premier Dentistry in South Charlotte today.