Dead Or Just Sick?

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Since teeth don’t grow and the enamel is not made of living cells, it’s easy to forget that teeth are alive. We are reminded when we have a toothache, or sudden sensitivity to hot or cold food. Like other organs, teeth need a blood supply to stay alive and healthy. At Winston-Salem Dental Group, our job is helping you keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Veins, arteries, lymph vessels and nerves live below the enamel and dentin in the pulp of the tooth. When the blood flow is cut off, the tooth will eventual die. What can cause blood flow issues? Injury, trauma, infection, large fillings, and multiple restorations can impact a tooth’s blood supply.

We can complete root canal therapy to save a dead tooth if required. During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment) the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material. The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. The final steps are the core build up and beautiful and functional crown.

After a successful root canal, the tooth can last many years, but not always. Inadequate oral hygiene, decay, periodontal disease, an undetected crack, abscess, or degradation of root canal sealing materials can all cause a root canal to fail.

If you have any tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, injury, or other painful issues, talk to us about ir right away. Keep in mind that sometimes there are no noticeable symptoms. That is why it is important to visit us for regular checkups.

At Winston-Salem Dental Group we are committed to maintaining the dental health of all our patients. Root canal therapy is among our services. Schdeule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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Crown Or Veneer?

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Winston-Salem Dental Group offers multiple cosmetic dental procedures for creating sensational smiles. Two of the most popular procedures are dental crowns and porcelain veneers.

Many patients don’t understand the difference between the two. Generally, a crown strengthens a compromised tooth while a veneer is used mainly for cosmetic improvements.

In short: a dental crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth. A veneer is an ultra-thin layer for the front of a tooth.

Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), from porcelain fused to metal, or gold. Veneers are made of several layers of extremely strong ceramic laminate.

Both crowns and veneers are affixed to the tooth with a special adhesive. Crowns and veneers are durable and can last many years if properly cared for, though they are not stronger than natural enamel.

Crowns and veneers are available from Winston-Salem Dental Group. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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Smile Perfection

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At Winston-Salem Dental Group, we are dedicated to smile perfection. We use cosmetic dentistry to transform ordinary smiles into smile masterpieces.

Here are some of the procedures we use in smile makeovers.

Implant Dentistry
Dental implants are the ultimate tooth restoration. A dental implant is a metal post that is inserted into your jawbone. The post replaces the root of the missing tooth.

After a few months, it fuses with your jawbone to provide a solid base. One implant can support one artificial tooth, while several can support a dental bridge, or even a full denture arch.

Dental Crowns
A mainstay of dentistry, dental crowns are better than ever. New fabrication technologies and materials have improved their aesthetics and stability.

Veneers
A veneer is a more conservative treatment than a full crown. This is a good choice for people whose teeth are structurally sound but have unsightly issues such as discoloration, chips, cracks, or imperfect shape.

Inlays/Onlays
Inlays and onlays (indirect fillings) are designed and created using dental CAD/CAM software. These fillings are strong, attractive, and precisely fitted to the cavity.

Tooth Whitening
Teeth whitening is the crowning touch for a dazzling smile!

At Winston-Salem Dental Group, we improve smiles with cosmetic dentistry every day. Call us to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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Think It’s Not Necessary To Replace Missing Back Teeth?

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Sometimes when people lose a back tooth they wonder whether they should bother replacing it. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to do the chewing. Why not leave it be and save some money? Actually, there are several very good reasons to replace a back tooth with a dental implant from Winston-Salem Dental Group.

1. The adjacent tooth (or teeth) may start shifting.

If a tooth tilts, moves, or rotates, it can impact the bite. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or TMJ pain.

2. The underlying bone will eventually pull back.

Without the tooth root, the jaw bone shrinks. This changes the dimensions of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a decline in supporting bone. The vertical shortening progresses and becomes more pronounced as you get older.

3. There will be additional stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions.

This can bring about excessive wear, fracture, or pain.

If you have a missing back tooth and want to learn about dental implants, call us at Winston-Salem Dental Group. We offer complete general and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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Think Before You Pierce

The Dangers of Oral PiercingIf you are considering piercing your lip or tongue to accommodate jewelry, this post from Winston-Salem Dental Group is for you. Please consider the following:

Infection
Your mouth is full of bacteria. Any opening in the tissue carries the risk of infection. The germs from your tongue and mouth can easily get into your bloodstream. Dentists and doctors are continually treating acute infections caused by oral piercings. Oral infections can be a real problem and should be a major consideration before getting an oral piercing.

Tooth Damage
It should come as no surprise that having a piece of metal bang around in your mouth can easily damage tooth enamel. Though tooth enamel is amazingly strong, once it’s chipped or cracked, it can only be restored with artificial material. Fortunately, we offer many tooth restoration options such as crowns and fillings, but our advice is to avoid the problem if you can.

Prolonged Bleeding and Swelling
The blood vessels in the tongue are often damaged when the tongue is pierced, causing prolonged bleeding and possible build-up of scar tissue. In some extreme cases, the tongue swells up enough to block the airway.

Gum Recession
A number of periodontal disease studies have shown that wearing oral jewelry is linked to periodontal disease which can bring about tooth loss. Periodontal disease can cause gum recession which exposes the root of your teeth, potentially causing hypersensitivity and pain. Again, our advice is to avoid the issue right from the start.

These are just a few of the dangers or oral piercings. At Winston-Salem Dental Group we suggest avoiding them by not piercing. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We have extended evening and Saturday hours to fit your busy schedule. Call for an appointment with us today!

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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Gently Now (Protect Your Gums When You Brush)

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Everyone wants nice, pearly white teeth. It makes sense, then, to brush our teeth more often to get them – right? Well, no. As we explain in this post from Winston-Salem Dental Group, brushing too aggressively can result in receding gums.

Gum recession is when your gum line exposes more of your teeth, or in severe cases, your tooth root. It creates a pocket of space between your teeth and gum line.  Decay-causing bacteria can grow and fester in that pocket. This leads to serious issues down the line. Even tooth loss.

Longer or Harder?
A common misconception is the idea that if you want to lighten your teeth, you should scrub them really hard.

The best way to get white teeth is to brush longer, not harder. The key, though, is to use a very light touch. Gently brush your teeth until they’re squeaky clean. Run your tongue over them. Doesn’t that feel great?

Why?
When you brush your teeth too quickly, you may not remove all the food particles. You don’t want this debris turning into plaque.

If you truly want whiter teeth, brush in a slow, circular motion for about five minutes. Methodically go over each tooth surface.

Use a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. That way, you get all the recent gunk off and your teeth get a little bit whiter each time you brush. The fluoride helps your enamel re-harden.

Let’s Review
Brushing too aggressively can lead to gum recession. Gum recession can (and most likely will) cause a space to form between your teeth and gum line. This pocket collects bacteria. Bacteria causes cavities. Plus, if the gums continue to recede, the tooth can become loose.

The best approach is to brush longer, and with a light gentle touch. Don’t forget to floss!

If you’re gums have already begun to recede, don’t despair! It’s a treatable condition. At Winston-Salem Dental Group we offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry, and offer extended evening and weekend hours. Call to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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Time To Upgrade Your Smile?

Cosmetic Dentistry OptionsHave you thought about upgrading your smile? Cosmetic dentistry at Winston-Salem Dental Group offers many remarkable possibilities for your smile.

The quickest and least invasive procedure is light teeth whitening. The results are dramatic, and teeth whitening side effects are minimal.

If your teeth are slightly crooked, but require no orthodontic work, porcelain veneers could be the answer. Porcelain  veneers are translucent, wafer-thin covers that are permanently attached to the front of teeth. They correct chips, cracks, stains, and other imperfections.

Another option is clear braces from Invisalign. Clear braces have no wires or metal; in fact, they look like an athlete’s mouthguard. A series of aligners gradually bring teeth into proper alignment. People love them, because they can be removed for meals and to brush your teeth, and are so subtle, others may not realize you’re wearing them.

To find out more about Invisalign clear braces, and how cosmetic dentistry can upgrade your smile, please call us at Winston-Salem Dental Group to schedule an appointment.

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth

Winston-Salem Permanent Tooth ReplacementHave you had a tooth extracted? If it was bothering you, it may have been a relief. Now, though, you have an unsightly gap in your smile. A dental implant from Winston-Salem Dental Group can fix it.

A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. It is composed of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

The Titanium Post

  • Inserted directly into the jaw bone
  • Extremely strong
  • Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue

The Abutment

  • Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
  • Permanently attached to the post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)

The Restoration (Crown)

  • Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
  • Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth
  • Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced

Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The innovative materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades.

Dental implants from Winston-Salem Dental Group are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement, and they’re among our general and cosmetic dentistry services. Call us to schedule an appointment tody!

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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How White Fillings Improve Your Smile

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Winston-SalemIt is an unfortunate fact of life that we get cavities in our teeth. When a tooth is compromised by decay, a filling is needed to restore it to its previous condition. At Winston-Salem Dental Group we offer white fillings that blend in easily with the rest of your teeth.

If you have old silver amalgam fillings, we can replace them with white fillings. White fillings are made out of a strong composite resin. Many of our cosmetic dentistry patients have replaced their old metal fillings with fillings matched to their teeth. You can improve your smile instantly by getting rid of the metal.

While white fillings have an obvious cosmetic benefit, there are other reasons for considering them. Although traditional metal (amalgam) fillilngs still have the approval of the Food and Drug Administration, many people are concened that they are not healthy.

If you would like to improve your smile by replacing your old fillings with white fillings, call us at Winston-Salem Dental Group. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

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This is an essential question occasionally asked by patients at Winston-Salem Dental Group. The answer, however, is “No!” Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly—not leave them alone. It is all but impossible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss, or an interdental brush.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times you do. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding generally stops within a week or two.

Gingivitis and the more advanced periodontal disease is extremely common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of American adults aged 30 and over have periodontal disease.

If you don’t make flossing a habit, you may wind up with gum disease. The good news is that gum disease can be reversed with improved oral hygiene.

It is important to correctly use dental floss to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth:

  1. Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long.
  2. Securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  3. Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  4. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  5. Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s essential to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  6. Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface—especially those that your brush can’t reach. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to provide a clean section for every tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new one.

Some people find it easier to start on one end on the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the other side. Then repeat for the bottom row. Whatever operation you pick, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the last molars.

At Winston-Salem Dental Group we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and we have extended evening and weekend hours for your busy schedule. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Winston-Salem Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

334 E Hanes Mill Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27105

 

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