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Dentist Charlotte NC North Carolina

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General overview of different dental
treatment that may be offered by a dentist 
in the Charlotte NC area

Dental Treatment:

Dental Restorations: Dental restorations include, fillings, crowns, onlays, crowns and bridges and dentures. Dental restorations replace parts of teeth or entire teeth. 

Dental Filling: Fillings are direct restorations, meaning they are made in the mouth. The most common filling material is composite and amalgam. The material is placed into the prepared (drilled) tooth structure. Filling materials will set or cure automatically (self cure or self setting) or they will cure with visible light from a curing light. 

(We do not do silver fillings in our practice)

Dental inlay and onlay: A dental inlay and onlay is an indirect filling (made outside of the mouth). The onlay or inlay is then cemented or bonded on the tooth the same day or at a future appointment. These restorations are either made by a dental lab technician or from a milling machine. As a general rule, inlays and onlays will replace more tooth structure than a filling. Inlays and onlays can be made from metal alloys and ceramic (porcelain). The trend in dentistry is get away from metal alloys and use only ceramic material. Inlays do not cover cusps of teeth. If the restoration covers one or more cusps of a tooth, then it is considered an onlay. Inlays and onlays cover less tooth structure than crowns.      (inlay and onlay dentist Charlotte North Carolina)

porcelain inlay, gold inlays and porcelain onlay 

Porcelain Inlays and onlays in a 
variety of shapes and sizes

Dental crowns: Dental crowns are indirect restorations that replace more tooth structure than onlays and inlays. Crowns cover all sides of a tooth. Crowns can be made from different materials including metal and ceramic. Crowns are needed when more of tooth has to be replaced. 

A dental crown covers most of the tooth. 

Dental Bridge: A dental bridge is a restoration that replaces one or more teeth. It is non-removable and is cemented or bonded to the adjacent teeth. 

Dental Implant: A dental implant is placed in the bone to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A crown or bridge can be placed on one or more implants. 

An implant crown and an implant bridge.

Root Canal:A root canal is a procedure where the infected inside of the tooth (pulp tissue) is removed, the remaining space is cleaned and the space is finally “corked” and sealed with a filling material. Ultimately the tooth has a filling and crown placed on it so it can function normally again.

Periodontal therapy: Periodontal therapy is therapy which is completed to treat diseased gum or diseased gum and bone around the teeth. Depending on the severity of the infection the therapy can be minimal or advanced. Periodontal therapy can also be performed to repair damaged anatomy of the gum and bone tissues.

Cosmetic porcelain veneers and crowns. 

Cosmetic porcelain veneers and crowns.

Porcelain veneers and whitening

TMJ and Bite therapy: This therapy is performed to balance the function of the jaw joint, jaw muscles and bite or occlusion. It may involve adjusting the surfaces of the teeth and or bite guard therapy. Balancing the bite will decrease futures disease in these structures, decrease pain if present and prolong the life of existing dental treatment in the mouth.

Dentures: Dentures are removable teeth. Dentures can be complete or partial. Complete dentures replace al l the teeth in either the upper jaw or lower jaw. Partial dentures replace some of the teeth in either jaw. Partial dentures can be made with metal or without metal. Complete and partial dentures can be stabilized with dental implants.

Upper and lower complete denture and a partial denture 

Metal free partial denture and implant denture