A Smile Like A Precious Gem

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Do you have a missing tooth you would like to replace? While there is more than one option available, dental implants from The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants have been hailed as one of the great advances in the field of dentistry, and with good reason.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed into the jaw. The posts fuse with your jawbone to form a solid anchor for a restoration.

A single implant can support one artificial tooth, while several can support a bridge or dental arch.

The great thing about dental implants is that they function like  natural teeth. The titanium post integrates with the bone so well that the body seldom recognizes them as a foreign object. Implants have a success rate of greater than ninety percent.

Conventional dentures may be more affordable than implant-anchored dentures. But because they are removable, most patients find them unreliably loose. They can also affect the ability to enjoy food. These are not issues with implant-supported dentures.

Your teeth are precious gems, and dental implants from The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte are the closest thing to getting back a lost natural tooth. Find out more by scheduling a consultation. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Call our office today!

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Why It’s Crucial To Replace Missing Back Teeth

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Sometimes people who lose a back tooth wonder whether they should bother replacing it. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to do the chewing. Why not leave it be and save some money? Actually, there are several very good reasons to replace a back tooth with a dental implant from The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte:

1. The adjacent tooth (or teeth) may start shifting.

If a tooth tips, moves, or rotates, it can impact the bite. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or TMJ pain.

2. The underlying bone will eventually pull back.

Without the tooth root, the jaw bone shrinks. This changes the dimensions of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a decline in supporting bone. The vertical shortening progresses and becomes more pronounced as you get older.

3. There will be additional stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions.

This can bring about excessive wear, fracture, or pain.

If you have a missing back tooth and want to learn about dental implants, please call us at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, with extended evening and weekend hours. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Getting Ready For A Dental Implant?

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At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we believe everyone deserves a beautiful smile.

This post will focus on the preparation required for a dental implant.

What is a dental implant?

Simply stated, a dental implant is a titanium post inserted into the jawbone as a replacement tooth root. One implant can also one artificial tooth, while several can support a dental bridge or denture.

Who can benefit from dental implants?

Ideal candidates for dental implants include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, adequate bone structure, and proper health for bone healing. For most of our patients who seek tooth restoration, a dental implant is a great option.

What preparation is needed?

An initial consultation is the first step. For this evaluation be sure to bring pertinent medical information, your current medication list, and questions you have about the process. Dental implants take multiple visits and the process is different for each person, so be sure you understand all the specifics. If we determine that you don’t have enough bone structure at the implant site, bone grafting may be necessary.

How do I ensure successful healing?

Abstain from drugs or medications not approved by your dental caregiver. Eat soft foods for a while to give your mouth time to heal after the implant is inserted. Keep the mouth cleaned properly around the site. Follow the instructions given at each visit. Stay healthy by eating a nutritious diet and getting proper rest. Stay away from tobacco products.

How do I care for dental implants?

Caring for implants is not much different than caring for existing teeth. Be sure to skip damaging, harmful habits such as chewing hard items (ice or candy), and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is a problem for you. Keep the implant and gum tissue around the implant clean just as you (hopefully) do with your existing teeth.

The complete schedule of treatment can take a few months from initial visit to the placement of the abutment and artificial tooth. At your initial consultation, we can discuss the cost of  and think about financing options.

A dental implant from The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte can restore your life. We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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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:

704-800-0252

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:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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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:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Carlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Missing Teeth and Dental Implants in Charlotte

It’s a deceptively simple idea: replace a missing tooth by attaching an artificial one directly to the patient’s jaw. It’s an idea that has been around for a thousand years or more, but over the last half century it has become an exact science. Dental implants are one of the specialties offered at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte.

A dental implant refers not to the artificial tooth, but to the titanium post that is embedded in the jaw. The post goes where the tooth root used to be, and because of that, helps to prevent bone recession. This is one of the great benefits of implants. An artificial tooth sits on top of the post.

Once the procedure is complete, a dental implant look and function like a natural tooth. A bridge used to be the only real option for people who wanted to replace a missing tooth. Not anymore. The American Dental Association says that dental implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry.

Even people who are missing all of their teeth can benefit from dental implants. New, permanent styles of dentures can be supported in the jaw by implants. They are far more secure than traditional dentures.

If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants may be just what you’ve been hoping for. Call us at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte to see if you are a viable candidate. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry procedures like veneers. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-800-0252

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273