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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!

By North Rivers Dental Associates
June 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about dental crowns and how they can restore your crowns

While no one wants to face dental problems, sometimes even the best measures can’t prevent them from happening. When issues set in it’s important that you turn to our North Charleston, SC, family dentists for treatment. In some cases, we might recommend getting a dental crown, a restoration that is made to look just like a real tooth. Could a dental crown benefit your smile? Let’s find out.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you dealing with a tooth that is cracked or broken?
  • Do you have extensive and widespread tooth decay?
  • Do you have a tooth that is malformed, discolored or unsightly?
  • Do you have a tooth that is weak?
  • Do you need to replace a missing permanent tooth?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then you could be a candidate for a dental crown. In fact, a lot of people have crowns. These tooth-shaped caps are often used for restorative purposes; however, they can also improve the look and shape of a tooth, too. Crowns are multipurpose!

In fact, crowns can also be used to replace a missing tooth, no matter whether you choose to get a dental implant or a bridge to treat your tooth loss. Crowns are used to cover an implant to complete the restoration and also be used to support and keep dental bridges firmly in place.

All crowns are custom-made based on measurements taken of your tooth. Here at North Rivers Dental Associates, we believe that everyone in North Charleston, SC, deserves a dental crown that is as close to a real tooth as possible. Trust us; no one will even be able to tell that you have a crown.

Crowns can be made from different kinds of materials; however, it’s more common to used tooth-colored materials like composite resin or porcelain, because they most closely match the look and color of tooth enamel.

North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC, is here to provide your family with a full range of dental services. No matter whether you need to schedule a regular cleaning, chat about your orthodontic options or want to find out how restorative dentistry can help you, we are the dental experts you can rely on.

By North Rivers Dental Associates
April 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

It's just natural that smiles change over the years, but is the darkening, yellowing and staining of tooth enamel irreversible? Your teeth whiteningprofessional team at North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC would tell you that you can have a noticeably brighter smile with safe and effective teeth whitening. Done in the office in about an hour, or more gradually at home, dentist-supervised whitening brightens and rejuvenates dull, yellow enamel. Here are more details.

The origin of stains

Deep, hard to treat intrinsic dental stains come from oral trauma, some prescription medications or medical treatments. Easier to treat extrinsic stains respond well to teeth whitening processes in North Charleston. This surface discoloration involving only the outer enamel and not the second tooth layer, called dentin, comes from:

  • Intensely-colored foods and beverages
  • Tobacco--either cigarettes or the smokeless variety
  • Acidic foods which soften enamel, making it more susceptible to stains
  • Poor oral hygiene habits

So as organic residues accumulate in the calcified matrix of tooth enamel, teeth darken and exhibit areas of discoloration. Just think about the brown stains on the front teeth of smokers. Fortunately, teeth whitening can help.

The whitening process

When you come to North Rivers Dental Associates for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums, looking for any signs of decay or periodontal diseases. These conditions would be addressed first before any whitening treatments.

However, if all is well, you can begin whitening right away. There are two options:

  1. In-office whitening which takes about an hour right in the dental chair
  2. At-home whitening which uses custom-fitted trays to apply the hydrogen peroxide gel over the course of a week

Either method brightens tooth color by up to 10 shades with little to no dental or gingival sensitivity.

Staying bright and white

Your smile can remain white and sparkling indefinitely if you:

  • Limit dark foods and drinks
  • Brush twice a day and floss daily
  • Get six-month cleanings, examinations and whitening touch-ups at North Rivers Dental Associates
  • Eliminate all tobacco usage

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that most people would like to have brighter smiles. Are you one of them? Why not contact North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC for more details? Call (843) 553-7827.