If you have a missing a tooth or need to have a tooth replaced for any reason, you definitely should consider a single dental implant.
People in Charlotte, NC need to know that according to a report in the Journal of Dental Research, approximately half of all Americans have some degree of periodontal disease and aren’t aware of it. More specifically, the study reveals that half of American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease. Among those older than 65, the rate soars to over 70 percent.
For those who are unsure, periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that targets the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth. It’s a prevalent dental problem that can cause tooth loss and is connected with a few other chronic inflammatory conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
The study findings were gathered from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The purpose of the survey is to gauge the health and nutritional status of American adults and children.
Despite the common occurrence of periodontal issues, there is still reason for optimism if you are proactive with your dental care. Regular dental exams are the best means to detect and treat periodontal problems early. This means a skilled dentist like Dr. Robert Harrell (pictured) at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne is your best offense and defense in the war for healthy teeth and gums.
If it has been a while since you’ve had a professional periodontal exam, schedule a visit with Dr. Harrell. He is rated one of the top local dentists year-after-year by <Charlotte Magazine>. Contact him today at 704-541-9888 or use the contact form on this page.
Most folks in Charlotte, NC think of braces as a dental appliance for kids and teens — even if they have crooked, misshapen teeth themselves. The reality is everyone can enjoy the benefits of straighter teeth. At Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne, grownups who aren’t interested in wearing metal braces now have another, better option: Invisalign clear braces.
Perfectly straight teeth are certainly a key component of a beautiful smile, but they are also necessary for your overall oral health. Crooked teeth are more likely to have plaque build-up and wear, because their misalignment results in hard to reach areas where harmful microorganisms can grow. Misaligned teeth are also more challenging to floss and properly clean, increasing the chance of decay. In addition, uneven teeth result in faulty bite patterns and irritate the gums. In short, these issues go beyond the cosmetics of your smile; they put your entire mouth at risk.
Treatment with Invisalign couldn’t be simpler. The therapy simply involves wearing a series of custom-fit aligners that correct the teeth a little at a time. Every patient is different, but each aligner is normally worn for a few weeks before moving to the next. They can easily be removed for eating, cleaning and flossing, but are left in otherwise. The aligners slowly move the teeth in the proper direction, with each aligner refining the movement of the previous, until the teeth are completely straightened.
Treatment with braces guarantees several years of painful therapy and they can be very difficult to keep clean. With Invisalign, the aligners are slim and comfortable in the mouth and, because they are removeable, much easier to brush clean. Invisalign patients usually have straight teeth in a year or less. An added bonus with Invisalign braces is no one even knows you’re wearing them.
If you want to know more about Invisalign braces, schedule a free, no-obligation smile consultation with Dr. Robert Harrell. Call 704-541-9888 or use the contact form on this page to reach the office today. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to demonstrate how you will appear when the Invisalign process is done.
Patients at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne can expect the most relaxed, stress-free dental visit they have ever experienced. Enjoy a fleece cover and an iPod with a playlist of relaxing music during your visit. Or, if you like, enjoy current films or Satellite TV on cutting-edge personal video glasses. Above all, Dr. Harrell desires for his clients to have the greatest dental care experience possible.
If you have a missing a tooth or need to have a tooth replaced for any reason, you definitely should consider a single dental implant. This simple treatment is the very best way to fill the gap in your smile.
The process begins with the dentist drilling a small hole in the jaw. Into this, a surgical-grade titanium post is inserted. The function of the post is to serve as an anchor for the structure. The post is threaded like a screw because the grooves make the fusion to bone simpler and less time consuming. Next, an abutment is placed on top of the post. This is the portion of the structure to which the crown is affixed.
At Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne, crowns are made of porcelain due to its many advantages. Porcelain is extremely strong and has comparable wear patterns to natural enamel. With single dental implants and porcelain crowns, people are able to eat and talk effortlessly.
Single dental implants are superior to standard tooth replacement methods in several important ways.
Unlike dentures, which may be loose-fitting in the mouth, single dental implants are a permanent fix for missing teeth.
Since they don’t move, single dental implants are much sturdier than dentures and bridges. They seem more natural for chewing and speaking.
The structure of single dental implants makes them the strongest tooth replacement available today. Eating a candy apple or corn on the cob is no problem with a dental implant.
When teeth are missing, the underlying bone has a tendency to weaken. The titanium posts prevent this from developing.
A single dental implant with a porcelain crown can be made to look nearly identical to the color and luminescence of the surrounding teeth.
There is no longer any reason for you to endure the pain of a bad tooth or to sacrifice your smile to a missing tooth. Single dental implants match the appearance and feel of your natural smile. They require no unique cleaning, aside from brushing or flossing, and most patients can’t tell the difference between the feeling of implants and their natural teeth.
Dr. Robert Harrell is committed to giving you the most effective results possible. If you are ready to smile, eat and talk with confidence once more, call Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne today at 704-541-9888 or use the contact form on this page to schedule a free, no-obligation smile assessment. At your exam, a digital smile preview will be created at no cost (an $85 value) to show how your smile will appear when your therapy is finished.