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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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Dallas, NC Dentist
...Our services include: General Dentistry Teeth Whitening Crowns Preventive Care Periodontal Exams View a Complete List of our Dental Services Should you ever need additional information about our practice, we are always available to answer your questions...

Dental Services
... Bonding Cosmetic Contouring Crowns and Bridge Restorations Composite Fillings(Tooth Colored) Implants Restorations Veneers Whitening Teeth Cleaning Deep Cleaning Comprehensive Oral Exam Diagnostic Impressions Consultation and Treatment Planning Vitality Test Cracked Tooth Test Emergency Exams Pediatric / Childrens Dentistry Intraoral Imaging Protective Sealants Root Canal Therapy Extractions Scaling and Root Planing Dentures Cosmetic Dentistry Gum Disease Diagnoses Fluoride Treatment Prophylxis Oral Hygiene Maintenance Partial Dentures Bite Guards Amalgam Fillings Partial Repairs Denture Repairs Digital X-Rays Safety Precautions                                                                                                                                                                                                                We follow standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA),the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC)...

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry
...Porcelain crowns can be used to replace the part of the tooth that rises above the gums...

Testing your Knowledge: Dental Implants vs. Bridgework
...True or False Prior to placing a three-unit fixed bridge, if the surrounding teeth have crowns, they must be redone so that the bridge fits and wears properly...

The Elements of a Beautiful Smile
...Tooth colored fillings can be used to repair damaged or decayed back teeth, or porcelain crowns may be used to replace the top part of a tooth that has been seriously damaged...

Matching Game: Which Smile Design Technique Is Right for You?
... Words to match: Whitening Bonding Enamel shaping Orthodontics Veneers Crowns and bridgework Implants Gum contouring ______ is a minor surgical procedure in which we alter the position of the gum tissue and sometimes even the underlying bone...

Repairing Chipped Teeth
...After your child's teeth and jaws are fully developed, we can discuss options for more permanent restorations such as porcelain veneers or crowns...

Facts You Should Know About Tooth Wear
...Porcelain crowns and veneers, for example, can re-establish the normal thickness and length of teeth while improving their color and giving you a more youthful appearance...

The Artist Behind Porcelain Veneers
...These behind-the-scenes artists are the trained professionals in the art of using dental porcelain to hand-craft veneers and crowns into near exact replicas of natural teeth in shine, opacity, translucence and shape...

Teeth Whitening Treatments: Five Facts You Should Know
...Furthermore, fillings, crowns and other dental restorations can't be lightened with bleach — another reason to talk to our office; we can help you achieve the best possible look for your particular smile...

Test Your Knowledge: Dentures
...Bone loss can also be limited by retaining the roots of teeth that had previous root canal treatment, even when the crowns must be removed...

Do You Want A "Perfect" Or "Natural" Smile? We Need To Know!
... We will also decide which cosmetic materials and techniques to use; this can range from composite resins (tooth-colored fillings), porcelain veneers (thin layers of dental ceramic that are bonded to your tooth enamel) or porcelain crowns (which replace the entire external form of a tooth)...

Planning Your Wedding Day Smile Makeover
... Teeth that are damaged or missing can be restored by crowns or bridgework...

More Than a Clean Feeling - Professional Cleaning Enhances Oral Health
... A basic procedure known as coronal cleaning removes plaque (bacteria and leftover food deposits) on the crowns, the visible portion of the teeth...

Gold or Porcelain Crowns? The Factors to Consider
Gold is more than a financial commodity or a symbol of wealth — it’s one of the best materials for restoring damaged tooth crowns, the visible portion above the gum line...

It Can Pay to Spend on Dental Implants
...Tooth implants — tiny titanium, screw-like substitutes for a tooth’s natural root to which natural-looking dental crowns are attached — are pricier but offer an important extra benefit...

Ultrasonic Scalers can Effectively Clean Most Patients' Gum Tissues
...Care should be taken when they’re used with implants or porcelain or composite crowns — specially designed tips are necessary to avoid scratching the restoration...

Frequently Asked Questions about Inlays and Onlays
...You can also read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “The Natural Beauty of Tooth Colored Fillings...

Smile Transformation Begins and Ends With Smile Design
...These range from less invasive procedures like whitening, tooth reshaping, cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers, to more involved restorations like crowns, bridgework or dental implants...

Exposing and Preserving Impacted Canine Teeth
...The crowns of the new adult teeth eventually break through the gum tissue and emerge (erupt) into view...

Cosmetic Questions to Ask to Get You on the Right Path to a Better Smile
...It’s often possible to “see” your proposed smile through computer simulation, or in some cases “test drive” it with temporary (provisional) crowns or veneers...

Test Out Your Future Look With a 'Trial Smile'
...We can shape and sculpt the resin to mimic the effects of veneers, crowns or other dental work proposed to create your new smile...

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Teeth Whitening
... If you have other dental work — crowns, bridgework or fillings — it may be difficult to achieve a tint level that matches these restorations, especially at home...

Keep a Close Eye on Your Dental Health While Undergoing Cancer Treatment
...In this case, you may need to consider restorative options with artificial crowns or other cosmetic enhancements — not only to improve your appearance but also to protect your natural teeth from further damage...

Your Veneers Have 'Staying Power' - if Cared for Properly
...Unlike crowns or other restorations, veneers require very little tooth preparation to accommodate them...

The Perils of a Loose Permanent Tooth - and What to do About it
...A permanent option is to crown both the affected teeth and nearby stable teeth and fuse the crowns together...

Crown Differences Could Ultimately Affect Your Cost
Crowns are a mainstay of cosmetic dentistry used to improve your smile’s appearance in a variety of situations...

Take Steps to Reduce Mouth Acid and Avoid Dental Erosion
...In moderate cases, we can reshape and cover damaged teeth using dental materials like composite resins or porcelain to fill decayed areas or cover teeth with veneers or crowns...

Crowns & Bridgework
Dentistry is an art as well as a science; dental crowns offer a perfect example of this...

Gummy Smiles
...Afterwards, the worn-down teeth would usually be restored with porcelain crowns or veneers...

Inlays & Onlays
...Since dentistry's goal is to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, inlays and onlays may be recommended instead of crowns when a tooth can be restored with this more conservative type of treatment...

Porcelain Veneers
...And if you have lost a lot of tooth structure from decay or trauma (or a particularly severe grinding habit), it might be better to restore your teeth with porcelain crowns that cover the entire tooth...

Tooth Wear
...Depending on the situation, this can be done with bonding, veneers, or crowns...

Cosmetic Gum Surgery
...This causes a cosmetic problem because root surfaces, which have no enamel covering, tend to appear more yellow than the crowns of your teeth...

Gum Grafting
...Exposed tooth roots can make your teeth look overly “long,” and they also generally appear somewhat darker than your pearly white crowns...

Eating Disorders & Oral Health
...But the damage can be repaired with various restorative techniques including veneers and/or crowns...

Oral Piercings
...Teeth that have already been restored (with crowns, for example) may be even more prone to damage...

Stress & Oral Habits
...And dental work such as crowns and fillings may get damaged...

Anesthesia Wand
... It provides painless injections for all routine dental treatments including root canals, crowns, fillings, and cleanings...

Digital Dental Impressions
...It's possible to identify any additional prep work required for new crowns, veneers and fillings right then and there; to implement any needed changes; and to rescan the tooth to create a new series of images and 3D model...

Same-Day Crowns (CAD/CAM)
...But these days, there's a much more convenient alternative: same-day crowns made in the dental office...

Top Reasons to Choose Dental Implants
...Two, four or more implants can be used to support multiple crowns, or even an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth...

Root Canal Retreatment
...After you are anesthetized (usually with a numbing shot), any restorations presently on your tooth — crowns, for example — will be altered to provide access to the root canal filling material...

Root Canal Treatment
...Restorations can take many forms, from traditional gold crowns to tooth replicas made of high-tech tooth-colored material...

Cosmetic & General Dentistry
...These procedures include: Cleanings & Oral Exams, to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and catch early signs of dental disease Cosmetic Bonding, to repair small chips or cracks Crowns & Bridgework, to replace large amounts of lost tooth structure and/or missing teeth Dental Implants, for the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today Extractions, to remove unhealthy teeth that cannot be saved Fillings, to restore decayed teeth Inlays & Onlays, to fill teeth with larger cavities Invisalign Clear Aligners, for highly discreet orthodontic treatment Oral Cancer Screenings, to detect a dangerous disease that can be cured if caught early Orthodontic Treatment, to move teeth into the right position Porcelain Veneers, for repairing larger chips and cracks, and reshaping teeth Removable Dentures, to help you smile again Root Canal Treatment, to rescue diseased teeth Sealants, to help prevent cavities Teeth Whitening, to brighten a faded or discolored smile TMD Treatment, for pain in the jaw area that can interfere with biting and chewing Tooth-Colored Fillings, for a completely natural, healthy look Tooth Decay Prevention, so you keep your natural teeth as long as possible When to Visit the Dentist Many people only go to the dentist when something is wrong...

Pediatric Dentistry
...The crowns (tops) of the permanent teeth actually push against the roots of the baby teeth, causing them to resorb, or melt away...

Technology
...By combining 3-D digital imaging and computer-aided design and manufacturing technology, it's now possible to have permanent crown restorations completed in a single day — much better than leaving the office with temporary crowns and coming back weeks later for permanent ones! Cone Beam CT Imaging...