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Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Office
...com Facilities and Equipment Our office is equipped with high technology, such as the triangle’s first 3M digital impression 3-D scanner for precision-fit crowns, state-of-the-art sterilization equipment monitored by UNC Dental School Sterilization Monitoring service, technology for implant restorations, a Canon medical-grade digital camera, LED curing lights for tooth colored fillings, intraoral micro cameras in every room, multiple whitening systems including KOR whitening, nitrous oxide sedation, and the finest panoramic x-ray...

Dental Staff
...He utilizes many high tech instruments and provide all levels of cosmetic dentistry, good homecare instruction (the key to long term dental success), crowns, Digital x-ray, bridges, implant restorations, fillings and inlays, partial dentures, preventive treatment, whitening, nightguards and many other services...

Dental Services
... He was one of the first dentists in the area to routinely place tooth-colored fillings, beginning in 1985...

No "Glee" in Tooth Grinding
...When the teeth are unconsciously ground together, the forces they produce can wear down the enamel, cause chipping or damage to teeth or dental work (such as veneers or fillings), or even loosen a tooth! While it’s common in children under 11 years old, in adults it can be a cause for concern...

Janet Jackson: Even pop stars get insecure about their smiles!
...Tooth-colored fillings: If you have silver-colored fillings on teeth that show when you smile, consider replacing them with unnoticeable tooth-colored fillings...

How a New Approach to Treating Decay Could Benefit You
...We're also using new filling materials like composite resin that not only resemble natural tooth color, but require less structural removal than other types of fillings...

Here's How to Care for 3 Common Dental Restorations
...Fillings...

New Minimally Invasive Techniques are Improving Tooth Decay Treatment
...And new, stronger dental fillings like those made with composite resins require less structural removal to accommodate them...

Bulimia Nervosa
...  Other problems, such as poorly fitting fillings and braces, are another byproduct of such eating disorders...

Plaque
...  Ironically, the areas surrounding restored portions of teeth (where fillings, or amalgams have been placed) are particularly vulnerable to decay and are a breeding ground for bacteria...

Periodontal Exams
... During your periodontal examination, your dentist will check: For any lumps or abnormal areas in the mouth Whether any of your teeth are missing or loose The color, texture, size and shape of your gums Whether you have fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures or implants How much plaque is on your teeth The depth of the space between your tooth and gum Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease that causes inflammation of the gums...

What is Tooth Decay?
... Plaque also can attack fillings and other restorations in your mouth, which can lead to more costly treatment down the road...

Extractions
General Procedure When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be pulled, or extracted...

Veneers
... Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth...

Teeth Whitening
...These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings (porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate in this case)...

Old and Unsightly Fillings
Newer kinds of fillings made from composite resins and porcelain can restore unsightly fillings; many people are surprised how natural these kinds of filling materials can make a tooth once covered by the old-fashioned silver amalgams...

Introduction
Does mercury in the silver fillings in your mouth pose any long-term health risks...

General Dentistry
...General dentists are highly educated and trained in multiple facets of dentistry, providing a variety of different services for you and your family including: Crowns and bridges Dentures Dental implants Gum disease (Periodontal) treatment Orthodontics Root canal therapy Teeth cleanings Bonding Dental fillings General dentists who do not perform a certain treatment will provide you with a specialist referral...

Fillings
Frequently asked questions: dental fillings Are dental amalgams safe...

Anesthesia
...Such medications block the nerves from transmitting signals and are used for more major types of procedures, such as fillings and root canals...

Air Abrasion
...Although air abrasion is not suitable for work on crowns and bridges, it is often used for bonding procedures, and on tooth restorations involving composite, or tooth-colored fillings...

Glossary
... Composite filling - Tooth colored restorations, also known as resin fillings...