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By DAVID G. FEENEY, DDS
April 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

You can know get your dental crown in just one quick dental visit.dental crowns

In the past, when you needed to get a dental crown you had to treat and prep the tooth first, take messy molds of your mouth, place an unreliable temporary crown over the tooth and wait a week or more before visiting your dentist again just so you could have the permanent crown fitted and placed. Well, not anymore! Our Matthews, NC, dentist, Dr. David Feeney, is here to tell you how CEREC crowns could restore your smile in just one appointment.

What are CEREC crowns?

CEREC crowns look just like regular crowns, the only (and major) difference is that you don’t have to make multiple trips to our office in order to get your new restoration. CEREC crowns can be designed, created, and placed all in one visit, saving you time and money.

How does CEREC work?

Once our Matthews cosmetic dentist has deemed you an ideal candidate for CEREC crowns and your tooth has been prepped (meaning that a portion of the tooth has been shaved down to accommodate the crown), the next step is to get accurate measurements of the tooth.

Instead of those awkward and gross putty-like molds from the past, we will take some quick photos with a small digital camera. These digital images will provide us with more accurate and precise measurements of your tooth.

From there, the photos of your tooth are made into 3D images using our special CAD software. Thanks to this amazing computer product, we are able to design a crown that will fit perfectly over your prepared tooth. Once the design process is complete it’s time to make your crown. In the past, we had to turn to an outside dental lab to make the custom crown, but with CEREC technology we don’t have to.

While you sit in our comfortable dental chair, we will place a ceramic block into the milling station. The measurements of your crown are fed into the milling station so it knows exactly how to chisel the perfect restoration to fit over your tooth. Once your crown has been made it’s time to check the fit and then cement it over the tooth to restore your smile.

If you have questions about getting CEREC crowns in Matthews, NC, or you want to talk to us about the other dental services we offer, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Feeney’s office today to schedule a consultation with us.

By DAVID G. FEENEY, DDS
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether you've just lost a tooth or experienced tooth loss in the past, dental implants can restore your smile. Matthews, NC, dentist Dr. dental implantsDavid Feeney shares a few benefits of dental implants and explains how the implant process works.

Why should I choose dental implants?

Dental implants offer several important benefits, including:

  • A Complete Replacement Tooth: Dental implants completely restore missing teeth. The implant, which serves as a synthetic root replacement, bonds to your jawbone and is topped with a dental crown. Implants are a good choice if you've lost one or two teeth, but you can even replace all of your teeth with the restorations. Many people who've worn removable dentures in the past find that implant-supported dentures are a more comfortable option.
  • Natural Feel: Dental implants feel comfortable because they're firmly attached to your jaw just like natural teeth. You can easily chew all of your favorite foods without worrying that your restoration will slip or rub against your gum.
  • Improved Appearance: The crown attached to the top of your dental implant looks just like your missing tooth. Crowns are created from impressions of your mouth taken in our Matthews office to ensure that the restorations look and feel natural. Shifting teeth, a problem that can occur after you lose a tooth, can be avoided by adding a dental implant and crown to your mouth. Once your new tooth is in place, you won't have to worry that your teeth will drift and overlap.
  • No Change to Your Bite: A missing tooth or teeth can change your bite and may even eventually lead to other problems, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) or difficulty chewing. Dental implants help you avoid these issues.
  • A Stronger Jawbone: Your jawbone starts to resorb, or shrink after you lose a tooth. Resorption occurs when your tooth roots no longer stimulate the bone and can several unpleasant consequences. Further tooth loss is a possibility, plus a shrinking jawbone can lead to facial sagging. Your new dental implant presses on your jawbone the same way your roots do, which strengthens your jaw and prevents shrinking.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call Matthews, NC, dentist Dr. David Feeney at (704) 847-1000 to schedule an appointment.

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

No one should be able to tell whether or not you have dental fillings.fillings

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.

By DAVID G. FEENEY, DDS
February 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The goal of Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, better known as CEREC, is to get you in and out of the dentist's dental crowsnoffice on the same day with your new dental restoration. It is a technology that’s available at Dr. David Feeney’s Matthews, NC, dentist office. Patients who are in need of crowns are excited to learn that they no longer have to wait weeks or months for them. Here are a few benefits of CEREC same day crowns that may attract your attention.

First, What Are CEREC Same Day Crowns?
As the name suggests, same day crowns are restorations that can be created almost immediately. This is done with a machine called CEREC that is based on CAD/CAM technology. After taking a visual image of your teeth, the computer can mill a crown in about an hour or less, while you’re waiting in the chair. Your dentist can then bond the crown in a matter of minutes, shape it if needed, then send you on your way.

The Benefits of CEREC Crowns
CEREC is growing in popularity at dentist offices around the country because of the convenience and effectiveness of this technology. Here are some of most significant benefits of getting same day crowns at Dr. Feeney’s Matthews dentist office:

- Your dentist is able to create crowns that are almost perfect. They usually require very little adjustment compared to lab-created caps.
- The process is fast—about 2-3 hours versus two or more weeks.
- There’s no need for a potentially uncomfortable temporary crown.

Maintaining Your New Crown
After you same-visit crown is installed, it’s up to you to care for it so that you can enjoy the benefits for as long as possible. Consider these simple tips for carrying for your CEREC crown:

- Brush and floss gently around the crown, especially the gum line to keep it free from food and plaque.
- Avoid biting down on hard foods or exposing the crown to very hot liquids.
- Tell your dentist if there is any discomfort after the installation so that adjustments can be made to prevent potential damage.

Just One Crown Appointment
If you decide to get a CEREC crown, you can go to the dentist for just one appointment and walk out with your brand-new capped tooth. Call (704) 847-1000 today to schedule time with Dr. Feeney at his Matthews, NC, office.

By DAVID G. FEENEY, DDS
December 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover what makes dental implants tick and whether they are right for you.

You are thinking about getting dental implants but you aren’t sure if this is the right tooth loss treatment for you. We completely dental implantsunderstand the extensive time and thought that goes into deciding whether this restoration is right for you. Our Matthews, NC dentist, Dr. David Feeney, is here to give you the skinny on dental implants to help make your decision-making process simpler.

The Pros of Dental Implants

Simply put, an implant is a small metal screw or post that is made from titanium and is used to support an artificial tooth. Implants are placed into the jawbone to take the place of your tooth roots. Over the course of several months, the jawbone and implant fuse together. Implants are the only restoration that naturally bond with natural bone and tissue, making it a very reliable and durable tooth replacement.

Unlike other restorations like bridges, dental implants don’t rely on healthy natural teeth to support it, which can prevent damage to these teeth over time. Also, since the implant becomes one with the jawbone, it prevents bone loss. No other restoration can prevent the deterioration of the jawbone. This means that the remaining natural teeth won’t shift out of place and your facial structure will be preserved. Dental implants are truly as close as you can get to having natural teeth.

The Cons of Dental Implant

Of course, no dental procedure comes without some downsides. While this procedure is typically very safe and effective, surgery always comes with some potential complications such as bleeding, infection or nerve damage.

It’s also important for our Matthews dental implant expert to point out that getting these restorations takes time. There is no quick fix when it comes to getting implants. It requires multiple procedures and can take up to a year or more to finally get your full restoration.

Also, they can be rather expensive when compared to other options. You can talk to your health insurance provider to find out if they will cover some of the procedure. However, while they are often more expensive than bridges or dentures, they are also designed to last a lifetime without needing to be replaced, while other restorations will need to be replaced more regularly. So while you may pay more upfront for implants, it could potentially save you money in the long run.

Turn to our Matthews, NC dental office today if you want to schedule your dental implant consultation. We would be happy to sit down with you and determine whether dental implants are right for you.