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By DAVID G. FEENEY, DDS
October 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantMissing even one tooth can make chewing difficult, smiling uncomfortable, and even puts the rest of your teeth at risk for shifting out of place! However, Dr. David Feeney, your dentist in Matthews, North Carolina, can make that discomfort a thing of the past with dental implants. These amazing tooth restorations are permanent, attractive, and easy to care for. Wondering if dental implants are right for you? Read on!

Are You Missing One or More Teeth?

Dental implants are designed to replace any permanent teeth that have extracted, knocked out, or otherwise lost. Some implants only have one porcelain tooth attached to them; others can have several teeth, like a partial denture, that fill in the gap for a whole section of your smile. There's even the option of having implant-supported dentures! With an examination, your Matthews dentist will be able to determine your needs.

Do You Want a Low Maintenance Option?

One of the best aspects of dental implants is that they never need to be removed for cleaning or adjustments and don't require any special maintenance. Simply brushing, flossing, and making time to see your Matthews dentist twice a year is all that your dental implants will need to stay in place for decades, even a lifetime!

Do You Have Healthy Bone Structure?

Most patients experiencing tooth loss make great candidates for dental implants. However, there can be a few conditions that may require a different restoration. One of the main reasons that dental implants may not work is because the density and quality of the jawbone can deteriorate at a surprising rate after teeth are lost, and the post of the implant needs a solid foundation to stay stable. This isn't the case for everyone; it depends on a number of factors, including your health, your genetics, and how long you've been missing your teeth. Of course, Dr. Feeney can check your jawbone's structure by taking a quick X-ray in the area where you're missing teeth and fully determine if implants are a good option for you.

Contact us Today!

To get started, contact the dental office of Dr. David Feeney in Matthews, North Carolina and ask our friendly staff to schedule you for a dental implant consultation. We look forward to helping you smile more confidently!

By DAVID G. FEENEY, DDS
October 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you wish you had a whiter, brighter smile, you may have tried over-the-counter whitening kits or whitening toothpaste. However, you may teeth whiteningnot have noticed the results you had hoped for. Getting a noticeably whiter smile is easy with help from your dentist and a professional, in-office teeth whitening session. Find out more about professional teeth whitening with Dr. David Feeney in Matthews, NC.

Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening? 
Almost anyone can benefit from professional teeth whitening. However, not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure. Whitening does not work on porcelain dental restorations like veneers, crowns, or bridges. If you have these restorations in obviously visible places, a whitening session may cause an uneven color from the porcelain teeth to the natural teeth. Additionally, patients with tooth sensitivity issues should alert their dentist.

What can I expect during a teeth whitening appointment? 
Before your whitening session, your dentist will separate the teeth from the oral tissues to minimize irritation. Then your dentist places the whitening gel onto the teeth and, depending on the type of whitening system they use, directs a special light at the gel. The light helps speed and strengthen the process. The gel sits on the teeth for about an hour, after which your dentist rinses the teeth and ends the procedure. In some cases, your dentist may split the treatment into three 15-minute sections, reapplying the whitening gel after each segment.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Matthews, NC
If you think you can benefit from teeth whitening, you should consult with your dentist to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Teeth whitening procedures last about an hour and can provide a variety of results, from subtly lightening the teeth to dramatically lifting their color up to ten shades. For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. David Feeney in Matthews, NC. Call (704) 847-1000 to schedule your teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Feeney today!

By David G. Feeney, DDS
September 07, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By DAVID G. FEENEY, DDS
August 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

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Finding out you have a cavity can be downright upsetting, but it’s really nothing to worry yourself about. Cavities are one of the most common dental issues and, if caught soon enough by our Matthews, NC, dentist, Dr. David Feeney, can easily be treated.

What is a dental filling?

A dental filling is used to fill the tooth and restore its shape and appearance so that the tooth looks like it did prior to the cavity. Fillings even have the ability to increase the tooth’s durability and strength post-cavity.

Our Matthew cosmetic dentist offers composite resin fillings. Not only are these fillings tooth-colored but they are even matched to your tooth to make sure that the filling blends in and isn’t too light or too dark.

How is a filling placed?

If you are getting a tooth-colored filling, the composite resin we use will first be matched to your tooth. Once we have the ideal shade, we will apply a thin layer of this resin over the tooth. The resin is moldable so it can easily be contoured, trimmed and shaped. After each layer is placed and shaped it is hardened with a dental laser. We will continue to apply additional layers until the tooth is fully restored.

How long do dental fillings last?

While tooth-colored fillings are pretty durable, they aren’t meant to last a lifetime. On average, a composite filling can last up to 12 years or more with the proper oral care. Maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting us every six months for routine care are two surefire ways to make sure that your filling lasts as long as possible.

Do you need to schedule your six-month dental exam to make sure you are cavity-free? Want to find out more about dental fillings? Then it’s time you called our Matthews, NC, dental office today to learn more.

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Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.

Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.

The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.

In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.

To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.

Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.

If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.

If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”