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By North Rivers Dental Associates
April 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

The symptoms of periodontal disease, also called gum disease, don't always seem startling at first. In fact, many people overlook their periodontal diseasesymptoms because they assume they're harmless. Recognizing periodontal disease signs and symptoms can help you protect your smile. Your dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates treat gum disease and many other oral health issues at their office in North Charleston, SC.

Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease

Do you have bad breath? Although your breath may not be so fresh when you first wake up in the morning or after you eat a burger smothered in onions, constant bad breath is not normal. Bad breath can be a sign that you have mild, moderate, or severe periodontal disease.

Bad breath is one of several symptoms of gingivitis, the mildest type of gum disease. Fortunately, gingivitis can often be reversed if you see your North Charleston, SC, dentist at the first sign of trouble.

Other symptoms of periodontal disease can include:

  • Bleeding Gums: Your gums shouldn't bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. If your toothbrush looks pink after you brush or your floss is bloody, you may have gingivitis.
  • Changes in the Appearance of Your Gums: Red, swollen gums are common if you have gingivitis. If you don't receive treatment, the condition of your gums may worsen and you may develop the more severe form of periodontal disease. Eventually, your gums may begin to pull away from your teeth, forming deep spaces called pockets. Pockets harbor bacteria, which can destroy gum tissue, bone, and ligaments.
  • Pain When Chewing: It may hurt to chew if your gums are red and inflamed.
  • Receding Gums: Periodontal disease can cause your gum tissue to recede, exposing your roots. In addition to the obvious change in your appearance, you may also experience sensitivity when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages if you have receding gums.
  • Loose Teeth or Dentures: Gum disease may eventually cause your teeth to loosen or even fall out. You're not immune from gum disease even if you've lost all of your teeth. A change in the fit of your dentures may mean that you have periodontal disease.

Don't ignore these common signs of gum disease! Call your North Charleston, SC, dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates at (843) 553-7827 to schedule an appointment.

By North Rivers Dental Associates
March 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Teeth whitening continues to be the number one cosmetic dental procedure worldwide, and it's easy to see why! Although treatment is whitequick, effective, and inexpensive, it's important to know that do-it-yourself whitening may not give you the results that you hope for.

Fortunately, the dental team at North Rivers Dental Studio in North Charleston, South Carolina offers reliable and safe professional teeth whitening. In less than an hour, you can have a smile that is no longer dull, but dazzling. Here's how it works...


How does teeth whitening work?

Whitening your teeth is a process that can be likened to a deep-cleaning for the microscopic indentations that cover the surface of your teeth. Over time, these little pockets can collect food, beverage, or chemical particles that build up and change the color of your teeth from white to tan, yellow, or gray. The whitening solution your North Charleston dentist uses contains a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide, which creates a natural reaction when applied to the teeth, sending tiny bubbles into the stained grooves and dissolving the trapped food particles. The result is a natural, beautiful tooth color, which can be up to ten shades whiter than it was before you came to North Rivers Dental Associates!


What about the whitening products I can buy over-the-counter?

Go to any grocery store or pharmacy and you're sure to see dozens of products and kits that claim to whiten your teeth with an attractive price tag. While these products do contain the same type of ingredients that we use at North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, they're unlikely to give you the same results that you'd have by visiting your dentist for a professional whitening session. That's because, in order to keep the cost low, the concentration of peroxide is much lower in the store-bought products, meaning that it will take much longer to see any significant changes. Furthermore, without a trained professional at the helm, your gums are at risk for developing chemical burns from the whitening solution. Here at our North Charleston office, however, you are sure to be safe and experience quick, satisfying result!

If you'd like to learn more about whitening or to schedule a session, contact North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC, at (843) 553-7827 to set up an appointment today!

By Riley Cates, DMD
December 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

There have never been more options available to make cosmetic improvements and restore damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. Crowns and bridgework are one of the oldest and most reliable dental restorations, and thanks to modern dental technology, they have been drastically improved to look and feel as much like natural teeth as possible. The dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates offer a number of restorative and cosmetic dental services from their North Charleston office.


Improve Your Smile and Oral Health with Dental Crowns and Bridges

Also known as a cap because it covers the top of a damaged tooth, crowns are a good option for both aesthetic and functional repairs to your smile. One of the most common uses for a crown is for it to save a severely decayed or damaged tooth from extraction. They are also generally recommended when a significant portion of a tooth's surface has been lost through decay or trauma, such as when a cavity is too large to treat with a standard dental filling or if a tooth breaks below the root.

The dentist may also recommend a crown to strengthen and reinforce a weak or fractured tooth. They cover dental implants as well, which replace the root of the missing tooth and connect to the cosmetic crown with an abutment instead of a bridge. Crowns are custom designed and cemented in place, so once they're in, you don't have to worry about removing them for cleaning or using adhesives to secure them in place. You will have to practice good oral hygiene, though, and visit the dentist regularly for both checkups and professional cleanings in order to lower your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease in the future.


Interested? Call our North Charleston Office Today!

For more information about crowns, bridgework, or any of our other restorative and cosmetic dentistry options, contact our North Charleston office today by calling (843) 553-7827 to schedule an appointment!

By North Rivers Dental Associates
October 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings   Damaged Teeth  

How fillings from your dentists in North Charleston, South Carolina can save your smile

Bright White SmileAre you having trouble eating because of damaged teeth? If so, it’s time to shore up your teeth against decay. Today’s dental fillings provide both strength and beauty and can improve and enhance your smile. The dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, South Carolina want to tell you about your options for fillings and how they will give you a great smile.

Dental filling materials have changed a lot in the last few years. In the past, you could only choose less-than-attractive metal. Today, you can choose a filling material known as composite, that will restore the strength of your teeth, and enhance the way your smile looks.

Composite is a unique liquid resin material that can be matched to the color of your teeth, making the filling virtually invisible. Your dentist will place the liquid composite and sculpt it to match the normal contours of your teeth. The liquid composite is then hardened with a high-tech ultraviolet light.

Composite provides a strong support which holds your tooth together. That’s because the composite is chemically and structurally bonded to your tooth surface using a bonding cement. Composite fillings are tooth-colored, so you know that they will blend with your smile, instead of detracting from it.

Let fillings help shore up your teeth against decay. To find out more about dental fillings and what they can do to protect and enhance your smile, call the dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, South Carolina today!

By North Rivers Dental Associates
July 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root CanalIf you manage to go without needing a dental restoration, consider yourself lucky! About 91 percent of American adults have had a cavity once in their lives, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control. Most of these spots of decay just need a filling, but more advanced cavities could need a root canal. The dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, South Carolina, have discussed the reasons why root canals are needed and how you might be able to tell if you need one.

Why root canals are needed

The outside of your teeth is hard and has no nerve endings, but the inside of each of your teeth is connected to the rest of your body with soft tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. That's why minor cavities or chips on the surface of the teeth don't typically hurt. But if decay is left untreated or you have an accident that causes breakage, it can be very uncomfortable because the structures inside the tooth are no longer protected. They are very vulnerable to infection, and often the only way to stop it is to have a root canal from your North Charleston dentist, which completely removes all of the tissue and replace it with a strong rubber compound. A porcelain or metal crown finishes off the restoration to keep it stable and attractive.

Signs of dental infection

  • Sensitivity: Mild tooth sensitivity can be caused for several reasons, but if one tooth in particular reacts to hot or cold temperatures with a painful, persistent tingling, it might be time to contact your North Charleston dentist for an examination. This symptom happens because the pulp is no longer insulated from heat or cold as it would be with healthy enamel.
  • Pain when biting down: A sharp pain with every bite is definitely not normal, according to your North Charleston dentist. A tooth that has sustained a deep crack often causes this type of pain because the action of chewing shifts the outside against the nerves inside.
  • Formation of abscess: The body's natural reaction is to try to rid itself of infection. Therefore, you may develop a blister-like lesion on the gums near a tooth that needs a root canal. You may also run a fever or have a bad taste in your mouth. This is what's known as an abscess, and it's a sure sign that you need to make an appointment with one of our dentists immediately.

If you're experiencing the symptoms listed above, or have further questions about your dental health, contact North Rivers Dental associates in North Charleston, South Carolina today!

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