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By North Rivers Dental Associates
January 23, 2018
Category: Dental Health

Are you in need of a dental cleaning? Well, look no further. Your North Charleston, SC, dentist can help you.preventative dentistry

An unhealthy oral regimen can break down enamel, allowing cavities to form. Cavities are formed when a person eats sugary foods and doesn't brush or floss. The result is the accumulation of plaque, which contains an acid-producing bacteria that breaks down the enamel, the protective layer covering your teeth. This exposes the sensitive layers of the tooth and allows bacteria to infect the pulp, unless the cavity is dealt with immediately.

Here are some procedures you may need to consider depending on the severity of your cavities:

  • Root Canals: If your tooth develops an infection and the pulp of the tooth is infected, you may experience severe pain. The only way to treat this issue is for your doctor to clean out the canal and seal it.
  • Dental Implants: If cavities have deteriorated your tooth, a dental implant may help you. Dental implants consist of replacing the tooth root with a titanium post and placing an abutment and crown on top. This will strengthen your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile.
  • Sealants: Your dentist will clean and dry your tooth, then apply an acid gel on the surface of the tooth, the chewing surface will become rougher. Your doctor will then remove the gel, dry the tooth, and apply sealant onto the grooves and expose it to a special blue light to make the sealant hard. This will prevent bacteria from entering grooves and cracks in your teeth and deteriorating your teeth.

Preventative Treatments:

If you want to prevent any of these procedures, then you need to visit your doctor every six months for a regular dental cleaning.

Your North Charleston dentist will examine your teeth, diagnose any disease you may have, such as gum disease, then your dentist or hygienist will perform a regular cleaning. If there's gum disease, then your doctor will deep clean your teeth to help resolve the issue and induce healing.

If you have any questions and/or concerns or would simply like to ask a question about dental cleaning, just call your North Charleston, SC, dentist today!

By North Rivers Dental Associates
November 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Damaged teeth are embarrassing, but modern dentistry has state of the art technology to help you deal with this issue. Drs. Riley dental crownsCates, Brian Jaques, Ryan Emerson, and Maurice Weintraub offer their patients dental crowns at their North Charleston, SC office to mask those unsightly teeth so you have a beautiful smile.

What are dental crowns?

Crowns look like caps and are made of porcelain. Your North Charleston dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. In the meantime though, you're given a temporary crown.

Why get a dental crown?

During restorative procedures, such as root canals, a significant amount of natural tooth is removed. This leaves the tooth exposed to decay and susceptible to breakage, which is why a dental crown is placed over the tooth. The dental crown reinforces the tooth and allows it to withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.

Here are some other procedures that use dental crowns:

  • Attaching bridges
  • Covering dental implants
  • Covering an existing filling that may be dislocated
  • Covering stained or discolored teeth

How do I take care of my crowns?

  • It goes without saying that you need to brush twice a day and floss before bed. However, make sure to give special attention to the area around your dental crown. It's important to avoid plaque to reduce the chances of cavities forming and impacting the dental restoration.
  • In addition to brushing and flossing, your diet can contribute to your crowns lasting up to 8 years, or more. Don't bite into ice and avoid sugary foods like soda and candy. Sugars contain the bacteria that produce plaque. So try eating healthy foods like apples and carrots that scrape the plaque off your teeth and incorporate more water into your diet.
  • Bruxism, when someone grinds their teeth, can reduce how long your crowns last as well. So make sure you find a solution for it with your dentist, like getting a mouth guard or splints.

For more information on dental crowns, contact your North Charleston, SC dentists today!

By North Rivers Dental Associates
September 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you dislike old-style metal fillings? While the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says amalgam filling material is perfectly safe, fillingsmost people don't want dark fillings to show when they smile. Are there durable alternatives to amalgam that are also unnoticeable? Yes, there are tooth-colored filling materials, and your dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC recommend them as safe, strong, effective and natural-looking. They can be your best choices when tooth decay strikes.

Problems with amalgam fillings

Some people do worry about the mercury content in amalgam fillings, but studies show the material is safe and probably the best choice for very large fillings. However, there are a couple of other worrisome issues associated with metal fillings. The obvious one is their appearance. They're very unattractive, particularly right in the front of the mouth.

The other problem has to do with how much healthy tooth enamel must be removed in order to place amalgam. Another problem is that a metal filling is inflexible and can gradually crack the tooth as the person bites and chews on it.

Restoring with tooth-colored fillings

Realistic white fillings are made from three different materials. Your dentist chooses the correct material depending on the size and location of the tooth to be restored. Materials include:

  1. Composite resin, an inventive mixture of acrylic and glass
  2. Glass ionomer, a blend of tooth-building fluoride and glass
  3. Porcelain, a ceramic used in inlays and onlays which are fillings bonded within or in place of the cusps of a large tooth

Besides the obvious aesthetic benefits, tooth-colored fillings are very durable, and because they are bonded right to remaining healthy enamel, they require far less enamel reduction than their metal counterparts. Finally, these materials flex with the pressures of biting and chewing, creating far fewer chips and fine cracks than amalgam.

Do you need a filling?

If you do, ask about your tooth-colored filling options. The professional staff at North Rivers Dental Associates are highly skilled in the latest techniques in restorative dentistry. Trust their expertise to choose the right option for your best aesthetics and smile longevity. Call the office today if you are concerned about the health of a tooth: (843) 553-7827.

By North Rivers Dental Associates
July 19, 2017
Category: Dental Health
Tags: jaw pain   tmj  

Could your achy, sore jaws be the result of a TMJ disorder?jaw pain

Do you find yourself rubbing your jaws in pain? Do your jaws feel achy and tired? If so, you may be wondering what in the world is going on. Our North Charleston, SC, dentists Dr. Riley Cates, Dr. Maurice Weintraub and Dr. Ryan Emerson are here to help you determine if you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder and when to visit us for care.

Symptoms of a TMJ Disorder

Of course, the most common symptom of TMJ disorders is jaw pain. You may notice the pain all the time or whenever you open or close your jaws. The pain you experience is most often a dull ache at the jaw joint that may even radiate all the way to the neck and shoulder.

You may also notice that your jaw feels sore or tired, particularly in the morning or by the end of the day. When you open or close your mouth you may also notice a popping or clicking sound. Your jaw may even lock up sometimes or feel stiff. Even the simple act of chewing can lead to immense discomfort.

Seeing a Doctor

So, when should you pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with our Charleston, SC, general dentists? If you are experiencing severe or persistent jaw pain that doesn’t go away, if you have pain for over 2 weeks despite at-home care, if jaws seem to lock up on you or if there is swelling around the jaw then you need to come in right away for care. While many cases of TMJ will go away on their own, this won’t be the case for everyone. By getting an evaluation right away we can help you determine a good course of action for reducing your jaw pain.

Most people will be able to self-manage their TMJ symptoms with easy remedies such as icing the achy jaws, taking pain killers, eating a soft-food diet and cutting food into smaller bites. When you come in for your evaluation we will be able to tell whether or not you could also benefit from wearing a splint to prevent grinding and teeth clenching, which can make jaw pain worse.

North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC, is ready to help you if you are dealing with painful, sore jaws. Don’t let pain become the norm. Call our office today to let us know what you are going through. Let us improve your jaw health.

By North Rivers Dental Associates
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you considered whitening your teeth? This is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that people use to improve their smile. At teeth whiteningNorth Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Riley Cates, Dr. Maurice Weintraub, and Dr. Ryan Emerson use their experience and talents to help their patients achieve their best smiles. A teeth whitening treatment can make a huge difference in the way you smile and feel about yourself. If you're still trying to decide if whitening is a good option, this article may help to convince you.

Why do people get their teeth whitened?

The answer to this question may seem obvious; teeth whitening improves the way your smile appears in photos and in person. However, research studies conducted by the dental industry have found that people consider white teeth to be more than just an attractive feature. A survey was done by Crest and found that people with a bright smile were more likely to be hired for a job, as they were seen as more professional and confident than those whose teeth hadn't been treated. Other attributes associated with whitened teeth were success and trustworthiness. First impressions are important, and your North Charleston dentist wants to help you look your best.

Why is teeth whitening so popular?

Whitening has become a multi-billion dollar industry for several reasons: it's safe, cost-effective, painless and can produce impressive results. Although there are kits and products available for purchase over-the-counter, scheduling a whitening session at North Rivers Dental in North Charleston ensures your safety, comfort, and the likelihood of immediate, long-lasting and noticeable results. One treatment takes about a half-hour and can make your teeth up to eight shades whiter, with results lasting as long as a year. While most of our patients will see good outcomes from whitening, it's not for everyone. A thorough examination from Dr. Cates, Dr. Weintraub or Dr. Emerson will help determine if whitening will work for you

If you'd like to learn more about teeth whitening at North Rivers Dental Associates, contact our office in North Charleston, South Carolina, to schedule a consultation with one of our talented dentists today.





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