What Is More Valuable Than A Diamond?

Charlotte cosmetic dentistryMiguel de Cervantes once wrote that “Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.” But the author of Don Quixote could never have imagined that dental implants, available in Charlotte from The Steele Creek Dentist, would one day be a viable replacement for lost teeth.

A dental implant is a titanium post anchored into the jaw bone. When an artificial tooth is fitted to it, an implant functions just like a natural tooth.

With a dental implant, you can talk, chew, and brush like normal. Eat that steak. Laugh out loud. Sing at the top of your lungs!

The dental implant procedure has advanced beyond the experimental stage, and moved into mainstream dentistry. With implants you can replace a single tooth, or they can be used to anchor a set of dentures.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte offers dental implants, as part of our general and cosmetic dentistry. Find out more by scheduling a 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

 

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Do You Eat A Smile-Healthy Diet?

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This post from The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte explains how specific foods and eating behaviors affect our teeth.

The Sugar Problem
Sugars get converted by bacteria in the mouth to acids. It is the acids that begin to attack enamel and initiate decay for men and women of all ages. Fruits have high water content which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t really forbidden. It’s the chocolate bars, hard candies, cookies, cakes and pies that are.

Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to minimize the acidic effects. It is a good idea to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts and milk. The calcium and phosphorus will encourage tooth remineralization.

Timing of Meals
The more often you eat the more often your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be tempered by picking healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods, but to skip oral hygiene altogether.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, the dental health of each patient is our primary concern. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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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Energy Drink Warning For Charlotte

Griers Fork Smile RedesignThe subject of this blog post is energy drinks and how they can weaken your teeth. At The Steele Creek Dentist, we are seeing more and more patients with tooth enamel erosion caused by repeated consumption of sports drinks.

Most of these men and women take good care of their teeth, brush and floss, and come into The Steele Creek Dentist for a twice-yearly exam and deep cleaning.

But guess what? If you drink energy drinks regularly, your enamel can erode even if you practice oral hygiene.

Beverages like Red Bull, Rock Star, and Monster are a cocktail of powerful acids and other enamel-eroding ingredients. Most of them contain citric acid, fruit juices, loads of sugar, and a potent chemical that gives them their bright fluorescent color.

We are concerned by this significant oral health risk.

Here is an excerpt from a recent CNN story: “Researchers at the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry found the energy drinks and sports drinks eroded the enamel more than soda and fruit juices.”

We need to add the caveat that soda and fruit juices also contain acids that can weaken teeth.

If your teeth have enamel erosion, whatever the cause, The Steele Creek Dentist can restore your smile with general and cosmetic dentistry. 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

 

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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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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

 


Do You Have A Thumbsucking Toddler?

Open Bite For years, parents have been warned that thumb sucking can cause future dental problems for their thumb-loving toddlers. One of the pediatric dentistry problems we see at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte is called an open bite.

An open bite occurs when the front teeth in the lower and upper jaw have been moved forward, often to the extent that they do not meet when the mouth is closed. In most cases, an open bite has been caused by thumb sucking, but pacifiers and tongue thrusting can also move teeth out of alignment.

Tongue thrusting refers to a swallowing action in which the tongue is pushed forward during swallowing. Normally, the tongue is on the roof of the mouth and the teeth closed completely when swallowing. A tongue-thrusting habit can develop due to factors other than thumb sucking, though this is a common cause. Allergies, large tonsils, tongue size, jaw angle, muscular problems, frequent sore throats, and anything that makes swallowing difficult can result in a tongue-thrusting habit.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we diagnose bite problems as part of our pediatric dentistry. If treatment is started early, many bite issues and their associated problems can be prevented. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and many other services. 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

 


Rather Have A Root Canal?

Carlotte Endodontics Have you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At The Steele Creek Dentist, we perform root canal therapy routinely for our patients and many report minimal discomfort.

Root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many root canal patients, the procedure is about the same as getting a filling.

At The Steele Creek Dentist, our goal is to help our patients avoid the necessity of root canals by providing critical dental care. However, if it becomes necessary to preserve a tooth, we provide the most advanced endodontic treatment in North Carolina.

How do you know if you need a root canal? Your first clue is a persistent toothache. If you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, gum swelling and pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage, call us right away. In some cases there are no symptoms. That is why it is essential to visit us regularly for a thorough dental examination and cleaning.

In addition to root canals, The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte provides general and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and many other services. 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
Carlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Checkups in Charlotte: The Steele Creek Dentist

Have you scheduled your next dental cleaning and checkup? As a matter of dental health, you should see us at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte every six months to make sure your teeth and gums are in good shape.

No one really looks forward to going to the dentist. What they look forward to is getting it over with. But taking good care of your teeth is one the best things you can do. Not only is it ideal to have healthy teeth and gums, but there is a direct connection between your dental health and your overall health.

Here are four very good reasons why you should see us every six months:

  • Plaque and tartar. We’ll give you a thorough, professional teeth cleaning. The simple fact is that your toothbrush and dental floss can’t do it all, even with the most committed routine. Keeping your teeth clean of plaque and tarter puts you on the road to dental health.
  • X-rays. The dental x-rays we take allow us to spots potential problems we can’t see with a simple visual inspection. Identifying them early is the best way to treat them.
  • Oral cancer. We perform oral cancer screenings. Again, identifying this early will lead to the best outcome.
  • Gum disease. Gum disease is preventable, which is one of the reasons why your home dental care routine is so important. Checking your gums in our office every six months is the best way to catch problems early.

Notice the common theme? Prevention. When it comes to your dental health, prevention is the key.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we advise all our patients to schedule their next six month cleaning and checkup, even as they leave our office after the last one. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and of course, cleanings and checkups. 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


Baby Teeth Are A Big Deal: Pediatric Dentistry in Charlotte

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How important are baby teeth? Why bother taking care of something that’s just going to fall out and be given to the tooth fairy? It’s a good question, and The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte has a good answer.

Baby teeth are more important than you might think. They’re needed to keep the proper amount of space available for the permanent teeth that will come in later. Without proper attention they can decay, just like adult teeth. And that could lead to gingivitis.

Baby teeth are also invaluable in the development of clear speech. This is especially important for Carlotte parents who are dying to know what their child means when they point to something repeatedly and say ‘scklash’ or ‘grag-grag’.

You can expect your baby to get his or her first tooth between the ages of six months and one year. That’s when we want to see them for their first checkup. Even if one tooth is barely showing, we like to examine it and the surrounding gum tissue, to make sure everything is developing as it should.

At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we love seeing babies and toddlers, and their big brothers and sisters too. We provide pediatric dentistry, along with 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
Carlotte, North Carolina
28273