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Posts for: April, 2018

April 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

You can know get your dental crown in just one quick 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
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: periodontist  

It’s likely you depend on your regular dentist for the lion’s share of your dental care. But in cases of advanced disease or trauma, you may need the services of a dental specialist.

This could be the case with periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection triggered by a thin biofilm on tooth surfaces called dental plaque that isn’t adequately removed through daily oral hygiene practices. While your regular dentist can effectively treat many forms of gum disease, there are times when you should see a periodontist who specializes in the gum, supporting bone and connective tissues.

So, when should you see a periodontist for gum disease treatment? Here are 3 situations that may call for this important dental specialist.

If your dentist refers you. Your dentist may be quite proficient in treating gum disease, mainly by removing the dental plaque and tartar sustaining the infection. But if the infection has advanced deep within the gum tissues especially around the roots and bone, you may need more advanced measures, including surgery, performed by a periodontist.

If you’d like a second opinion. Of course, you don’t need a referral to see a periodontist. You can make an appointment with one for another opinion about your diagnosis and recommended treatment plan. If you choose to see a periodontist, make sure they have access to all your dental and medical records, as well as your past health history.

If you have other health issues. Gum disease often doesn’t occur in a vacuum – it may exist and even influence (or be influenced by) other inflammatory medical conditions. If you have such a condition like diabetes or cardiovascular disease, you may opt to see a periodontist first for a more comprehensive evaluation.

In the meantime, keep an eye out for the first signs of disease including red, swollen or bleeding gums (if you smoke, be aware smoking hides these signs of disease). And practice daily brushing and flossing as well as obtaining regular dental cleanings to keep plaque accumulation to minimum. Preventing gum disease and getting treatment as early as possible may help you avoid more invasive treatments later.

If you would like more information on treating gum disease, 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 “When to See a Periodontist.”

By David G. Feeney, DDS
April 14, 2018
Category: Oral Health

When is the best time to floss your teeth: Morning? Bedtime? How about: whenever and wherever the moment feels right?

For Cam Newton, award-winning NFL quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the answer is clearly the latter. During the third quarter of the 2016 season-opener between his team and the Denver Broncos, TV cameras focused on Newton as he sat on the bench. The 2015 MVP was clearly seen stretching a string of dental floss between his index fingers and taking care of some dental hygiene business… and thereby creating a minor storm on the internet.

Inappropriate? We don't think so. As dentists, we're always happy when someone comes along to remind people how important it is to floss. And when that person has a million-dollar smile like Cam Newton's — so much the better.

Of course, there has been a lot of discussion lately about flossing. News outlets have gleefully reported that there's a lack of hard evidence at present to show that flossing is effective. But we would like to point out that, as the saying goes, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” There are a number of reasons why health care organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA) still firmly recommend daily flossing. Here are a few:

  • It's well established that when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, tooth decay and gum disease are bound to follow.
  • A tooth brush does a good job of cleaning most tooth surfaces, but it can't reach into spaces between teeth.
  • Cleaning between teeth (interdental cleaning) has been shown to remove plaque and food debris from these hard-to-reach spaces.
  • Dental floss isn't the only method for interdental cleaning… but it is recognized by dentists as the best way, and is an excellent method for doing this at home — or anywhere else!

Whether you use dental floss or another type of interdental cleaner is up to you. But the ADA stands by its recommendations for maintaining good oral health: Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste; visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups; and clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner like floss. It doesn't matter if you do it in your own home, or on the sidelines of an NFL game… as long as you do it!

If you would like more information about flossing and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.