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Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

Today’s post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other problems. However, it is generally the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus required for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prevent bone recession.

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the detrimental infection.

Gum infections can proceed undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if required.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte provides general and cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Dental Crowns Solve Dental Dilemmas

Cosmetic Dental Solutions in CharlotteA dental crown is a strong, natural-looking permanent tooth restoration that covers the top of the damaged tooth. They are available from The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte.

We use dental crowns to solve a number of dental dilemmas. They can remedy the following issues:

  • A fractured tooth with decay
  • An ill-fitting existing crown
  • A decayed tooth that has lost a considerable amount of tooth structure
  • A tooth that has had a root canal
  • A tooth that is too small or misshapen
  • A tooth that causes a bite problem

Before your dentist can attach the crown to your tooth, we must prepare it. Dentists often administer a local anesthetic so you won’t feel pain during the prepping.

We will remove decay, if any, and shape the tooth to receive the crown. Then a mold is taken of the prepped tooth and surrounding teeth.

A temporary crown is then placed on the tooth to protect it until you return to receive the permanent restoration. The patient needs to be wary while wearing the temporary crown. Vigorous brushing or flossing can displace the crown or damage the exposed soft tissue. The patient should also refrain from eating extremely hard foods like nuts or sticky candy.

The mold of your teeth is sent to a dental lab where your crown is fabricated. Dental crowns are offered in three varieties: tooth-colored crowns made of resin or porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and solid metal crowns.

Each type has its pros and cons. Your dentist will choose the best suited crown material for your particular tooth.

What if you need a permanent dental restoration for both the top and root of your tooth? A dental implant is your answer.

For more details about dental crowns and other cosmetic dentistry solutions, call The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte for an appointment today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

comprehensive dental deep cleanings CharlotteNo matter what age you are, as long as you have teeth, dental exams are an important part of keeping your smile healthy and beautiful! At the Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we’re here to help.

Knowledge is Power
Dental exams are often put off because they can be seen as unnecessary. But exams are truly one of the best methods for preventative care.

At each check up, our hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once they are polished sparkling clean, your teeth and gums will receive a comprehensive analysis. They will be inspected for cavities, recession, excessive wear, and other problems. Catching them early is crucial so  they don’t turn into larger issues.

Innovative Dental Technology
Technology is moving swiftly, so it’s essential to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your check up is detailed and comprehensive. At The Steele Creek Dentist, we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams. If a problem is detected, an appropriate, individualized treatment plan will be designed.

Peace of Mind
After your entire mouth has been examined, we will detail what is necessary moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will make sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!

Checkups and cleanings at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte are essential to your dental health. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Both Smoking And Vaping Put Your Smile At Risk

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A recent study on the impact of e-cigarettes on oral health has more bad news for those who believe vaping is less dangerous than regular cigarettes. In a study published in the journal Oncotarget, researchers determined that e-cigarettes may cause chronic inflammation and permanent cellular degeneration. These conditions, in turn, can result in periodontitis, oral cancer, and tooth loss.

E-cigarettes, as defined by the FDA, “are devices that allow users to inhale an aerosol containing nicotine or other substances.”

Before e-cigarettes emerged on the scene in 2005, the number of individuals who smoked traditional cigarettes had remained fairly steady. The unanticipated rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, however, has generated a substantial health risk, especially for the nation’s adolescents.

Between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. Surgeon General found e-cigarette use among high school students increased by 900 percent, with more teens now using e-cigarettes than cigarettes.

At The Steele Creek Dentist, we treat patients suffering from smoking-related oral health problems with expertise and compassion. We also strive to deliver reliable information about public health issues. Our services include pediatric dentistry, and general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Eating Got You Down?

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Anyone with missing teeth knows chewing can be problematic and painful. If you are looking at the cost of dental implants and feel uncertain about whether this is the step you ought to take, come see The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte.

Dental implants are usually the best permanent tooth replacement for men and women whose missing teeth make it hard to chew and eat.

Improving a smile cosmetically beyond just functional needs can also be discussed during an informative consultation. The Steele Creek Dentist offers dependable advice about restoring your smile while still keeping it comfortable in the pocket book. Come consider the possibilities, including the cost of cosmetic dental smile makeovers.

If you have missing teeth, come see The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte to find out about dental implants. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Carlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

Hello Charlotte! Has your smile lost its luster? Are your teeth discolored? If flashing a pearly white smile is important to you, cosmetic dentistry from The Steele Creek Dentist can help.

Maybe your teeth have been stained through sipping dark-colored drinks such as red wine or coffee, maybe smoking has left your teeth brown and dull. Whatever the cause, we can enhance your teeth and brighten your smile.

Maybe you have injured a tooth causing it to turn gray. We offer several solutions to restore the color to a tooth. When you come in for a consultation we will determine which cosmetic dental procedure is ideal for your teeth.

Your smile the first thing people notice. We will make sure yours is brilliant and absolutely stunning!

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte provides general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry for our youngest patients. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Keeping Kids’ Smiles Healthy

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Your child’s dental health is vital to overall health and vitality. At The Steele Creek Dentist, our pediatric dentist loves working with you and your child to ensure a healthy smile for life. Why? The health of your child’s teeth and gums can affect their speech development, eating habits and self-esteem.

Pediatric dental care is vital, and that is why we recommend bringing your child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the initial visit, we can discuss dental treatments such as sealants, fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, and orthodontics.

Children’s dentists also counsel parents about thumb-sucking, pacifier use and other habits that impact your child’s dental health. We can also help you keep your child’s teeth protected during sporting activities. Call us immediately if your child has a dental emergency or tooth injury.

In addition to offering experienced pediatric dentistry, we are a full-service North Carolina dental practice. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry including family dentistry and kids dentistry.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Carlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Peace Begins With A Smile

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Mother Theresa once said “Peace begins with a smile.” Perhaps that peace should start with the person who is smiling. How do you feel about your smile? You can improve it with cosmetic dentistry from The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte.

Bright eyes and bright smiles are best served clear and clean. Regular check ups can prevent runaway decay and costly corrections. Stay at peace with your smile by scheduling regular dental visits to avoid any future oral problems.

Rest assured that there are ways to redo what nature has given you or cosmetically remedy problems that have affected your once-pleasant smile. Talk to us about how you can achieve a smile you can be at peace with.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte agrees that peace can begin with a smile. If you are not content with the appearance or condition of your teeth, gums, or bite, schedule a cosmetic dental consultation with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


How Oral Inflammation Affects Your Health

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Swollen and painful gums are symptoms of periodontal disease, an inflammatory gum disease. Swelling occurs from an auto-immune response of the body reacting to an infection. If it’s caught early by The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, it is treatable.

Gum infections are noticeable through pain, redness, and warmth. If the infection is left untreated, it can affect the bone near the teeth. The body’s immune system wants to rid the bone of the dangerous material the bacteria is creating. Over time, bone loss will occur.

Inflammation in the gums also is associated with atherosclerosis, the occurrence of fatty deposits inside of the body’s arteries. Inflammation coincides with an increase of the blood protein CRP (C-reactive protein), produced by the liver. The more inflammation there is, the more the liver produces CRP. The more CRP present, the more likely cardiovascular disease is present, along with related problems. CRP production is also related to arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and intestinal issues.

Scientists are currently looking into the relationship between periodontal inflammation and CRP level and the effects outside of the oral cavity. Links have already been discovered between periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

If inflammation is left untreated, gums can develop pockets that provide the perfect breeding ground for infection. The longer the infection persists, the more likely bone loss will occur, eventually causing tooth loss.

It is vital to practice preventive dental care daily at home and have regular visits to the dentist. Dental appointments should include an exam, cleaning, and full mouth x-rays, along with the critical knowledge and instruction on how to properly care for teeth and gums at home. It is also very important to see your dentist immediately if a tooth suddenly becomes sensitive or you see any other changes.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte provides general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Dental Sealants – Another Tool For Cavity Prevention

Dental Sealants - Another Tool For Cavity Prevention In Steele Creek

Dental patients in Charlotte and the surrounding areas know that brushing and flossing,along with regular checkups with the Steele Creek Dentist, are essential to good oral health.

However, the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach into every small groove and depression in your teeth, especially the really bumpy back teeth. That’s where sealants can be invaluable.

Dental sealants are a plastic material that is applied during your checkup. It bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in the pits and fissures. The plastic acts as a shield against acids and plaque that can damage the enamel.

Many Charlotte residents might think that sealants are only for children and teenagers, but they can  be good for adults as well. If you are wondering if sealants are right for you, ask us. This simple procedure can improve your oral health by protecting the surfaces that are particularly vulnerable to decay.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte provides dental sealants during checkups and cleanings. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


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