In My Book: Health
OrthodonticsWe offer a wide variety of cosmetic options. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, all ceramic/porcelain crowns, and Invisalign orthodontics.
Invisalign OrthodonticsInvisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible custom-molded aligners. By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you'll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat, brush, and floss your teeth as usual. Visit www.invisalign.com to see how it works.
Dental ImplantsA dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth or teeth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has the advantage over bridge work in that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support, and, should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the shaft. Also, implants last considerably longer than any other type of tooth replacement, most of the time, for life.
Resin CompositeFillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure with an appropriate material. It is called a filling because the material fills the hole that decay left. Now days most teeth are treated with bonded tooth colored composite resin fillings. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated, decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth would need more invasive treatment or possibly an extraction.
VeneersVeneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth and is minimally invasive to the natural tooth structure. Veneers are not recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
CrownsIt usually takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. During the first appointment any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is made of the prepared tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits the crown is made, usually of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic material, or gold. Until the crown is ready for delivery, a temporary resin or acrylic crown is worn. In the second visit this temporary is removed. Then the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and cemented in place.
Root Canal TreatmentRoot canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is performed when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to the pulp (nerve). (Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early) Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy. Once this occurs the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.
DenturesThere are different types of dentures, but they share a common function. They replace teeth that have become loose or been lost due to bone loss or have to be extracted because they cannot be restored in any other way (badly broken or fractured tooth). When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them or let them fall out, it's time for dentures. Relax. No one enjoys losing their natural teeth, but you can still eat and talk regularly.
Fluoride TreatmentZoom! is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It's safe, effective and fast, very fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. The convenience of Zoom! in comparison to days of using strips or wearing trays makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual. The Zoom! Whitening procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The clinician then applies the proprietary Zoom! whitening gel that is activated by a specially designed light. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You'll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure. Trays with gel are recommended afterward for maximum whitening and maintenance.
Dental SealantsThis is used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one brush bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want that. So the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
Tooth WhiteningThis is the procedure of making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive. Our office uses two different methods: Zoom! and passive tray whitening.
Cosmetic DentistryThis can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be altered to give a stunning look to the mouth.
General DentistryDr. Sandy Stovall is a graduate of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, and she is involved in a number of professional organizations that allow her to stay up-to-date with the ever-changing field of dentistry. She is a past president of the Old North State Dental Society and is a member of the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the AJ Williams Dental Study Club, and the Charlotte Medical/Dental Society. Dr Stovall is also very involved in mission work in Ghana, West Africa, where she hopes to build a dental clinic near the villages her organization serves. Outside of the office, she enjoys vocal and stage performances with The Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble and Opera Carolina.
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