A chipped tooth is a common dental concern that most patients will face at some point in their life. Children fall, adults bite into something just right and the outcome is a chipped tooth. A chipped tooth can happen at any age and the severity of the chip will be a huge factor in the recommended dental treatment.
A very small chip and your dental provider may recommend just watching the area. Don’t be surprised if an x-ray is taken to help diagnosis the severity of the chip. If the chip is a result of trauma such as a fall it is important to make sure the root of the tooth was not damaged.
How Can A Chipped Tooth Be Fixed?
If the chip is small, a desensitizing agent may be applied to the area to help with sensitivity as your dental provider makes note to keep watch over the tooth during your dental checkups. Often times dental bonding can fill the area with great results in making the tooth look like the chip never happened. Dental bonding is matched to the natural tooth color with pretty amazing results. If the chip is larger a crown may be recommended. The treatment will be determined by the size of the chip. With a larger portion of the tooth missing a crown will provide protection, structure and aesthetics back to the tooth.
It is important to have a chipped tooth checked by a dental professional. With the advancement in dental materials you will find great results. If you are looking for a caring and professional dental office in the South Charlotte area please give our office a call, Premier Dentistry located in Charlotte, NC.
If you’ve missed a few dental appointments and your dentist recommends a deep cleaning, you may think your teeth need to be cleaned extra thoroughly. However, a deep cleaning has little to do with your teeth – it’s actually about care of your gums and bone loss prevention (which regular cleanings also help to prevent).
Deep cleaning is a process performed by a dental hygienist. First, the hygienist will work to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth as well as the spaces between the tooth and gums. Those spaces, known as pockets, create the perfect environment for bacteria to grow, so it is important to keep them free of any debris. Deep cleaning is usually recommended when a patient has pockets that have grown too deep.
The hygienist will also smooth the root of your tooth to make the surface less hospitable to plaque and tartar. In the dental world, this is called “root planing.” In certain cases, antibiotics may be applied behind the gums to prevent bacteria from coming back while the area heals.
If you need a deep cleaning, our skilled dental hygienists at Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC will explain the procedure and make sure you are comfortable during your cleaning. Your hygienist may use ultrasonic tools in addition to standard dental instruments. Afterwards, you teeth and gums may be a little sensitive for a few days. However, you will recover quickly and have a much lower risk of advanced gum disease – you’ll be glad you did it!
You can schedule your dental exam by calling our office at 704.419.8168. Don’t put off your dental cleaning another day!
If you haven’t already made flossing a daily habit today is the day to start. Check out why Premier Dentistry recommends daily flossing.
Have you ever felt as though food debris were stuck in between two of your teeth? That feeling can drive you crazy as well as make the gums very uncomfortable. Just imagine what the food debris and particles left there can do to the teeth. While brushing is necessary and recommended at least twice a day, done alone it will not provide the best cleaning.
The places where the gums and teeth meet are where flossing has the biggest impact. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), interdental cleaners such as floss are an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. Food debris and plaque are often trapped in these very places. If left the process for tooth decay begins and gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease, can set in. Gingivitis is characterized by red, swollen gums.
Flossing should be done with ease making sure to not “pop” the floss. Remember flossing is meant to improve your oral health not damage your gums. There are many flossing devices on the market. We suggest finding the one that works best for you.
While it is a widely discussed question to floss or brush first let’s not forget the severity of just getting the job done!
Not only is it recommended to floss daily and brush at least twice a day, but it is important to have a minimum of 2 dental cleanings and exams a year. Are you looking for a great dentist in the South Charlotte area, contact Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC today!
We get it, root canals have been given a bad name over the years. Premier Dentistry understands that many patients have dental anxiety which is why our office in South Charlotte provides a calm and relaxing dental environment.
What is the real problem?
The root canal is not what is painful instead it’s the infection that caused the need for a root canal that can be uncomfortable. Root canals are recommended when a tooth has received trauma, it is heavily decayed or an infection is found with a x-ray. Pain is associated with the infection and often times a small puss filled abscess can be noted near the root of the tooth. It is not uncommon for your treating dentist to prescribe antibiotics prior to the root canal treatment. Don’t be mistaken by thinking antibiotics will be your long term treatment option. While any pain associated with the infected tooth should subside with the use of antibiotics if a root canal is not completed the infection can come back along with the pain.
The root canal treatment removes the bacteria and infected pulp from the tooth chamber. After the completion of the root canal your treating dentist will recommend a crown to be placed on the tooth. Without a crown to cover the treated tooth the risk for the tooth to break is high.
Don’t let the words root canal keep you from seeing your dentist. Our gentle approach for treating our patients helps to reduce dental anxiety. Call today to schedule your consult with Dr. Kevin Jalali of Premier Dentistry.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.