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

Learn more about dental crowns and how they can restore your smile.dental 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
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
March 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How fillings from North Charleston can save your smilefillings

Your teeth are the strongest part of your body; tooth enamel is even stronger than bone! Your teeth can still be damaged by decay or trauma, but don’t worry. Your dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC, can help with the latest state-of-the-art filling materials and techniques to give you back your smile.

If you have broken or decayed teeth, it can impair your ability to chew the foods you love. Lack of chewing also impairs your digestion, which affects your health. A whole smile is a healthy smile! You already know if you have damaged or decayed teeth, it dramatically affects your smile and your appearance. A whole smile is an attractive smile!

Modern dental filling procedures are easy, quick, and inexpensive. At North Rivers Dental Associates, you can choose from many different filling materials depending on your preferences and the location of the filling in your mouth. Consider these different types of fillings:

  • Tooth-colored (composite) fillings, which give you a completely natural look. The composite material can be color-matched to your existing teeth, providing a virtually invisible, harmonious smile.
  • Glass ionomer fillings, which can be matched to the color of your existing teeth; these fillings are usually placed near the gumline, in areas where you don’t need chewing strength.
  • Porcelain, which is cosmetically beautiful and light reflective; these fillings look like your natural teeth and are virtually invisible.

With so many choices, it can be difficult to know which filling material is best for you. That’s why your dentists at North Rivers are here to give you advice and help you make the best decision for your unique smile. For more information about fillings and other dental services, call your dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC. Call today!

By North Rivers Dental Associates
December 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

There are many factors that may determine whether dentures are in your future.

There are many scenarios in which someone may require dentures. While most of the time you may know it, particularly if you are denturesalready dealing with missing teeth, there are some warning signs that may be trying to tell you that dentures could be in your future. Our North Charleston, SC dentists--Dr. Riley Cates, Dr. Maurice Weintraub and Dr. Ryan Emerson--offer up some of the top factors that may determine whether dentures are right for you.

You Don’t Get Routine Exams

Are you someone who doesn’t think that coming in to see their North Charleston general dentist is necessary? Sometimes people assume that if their teeth and gums feel and look fine then they must be fine, but this isn’t always the case. So many serious issues can be hiding in your smile that only we can detect. If you don’t see us regularly then you may end up developing gum disease or other oral health issues that could lead to tooth loss.

Your Gums are Swollen or Bleeding

Inflammation of the gums is often one of the first signs of gum disease. When caught during the earliest stages, gingivitis can be treated. However, once it’s become gum disease there is no way to cure the problem only to control and manage your condition to prevent further complications. If you don’t floss every day and notice that gums are constantly tender, puffy or bleeding then you need professional treatment to prevent tooth loss in the future.

You’ve Been Dealing with Dental Pain

Dental pain is your tooth’s way of saying “Ouch! There’s something wrong!” Just like with gum disease, if you get the problem treated right away then you won’t have to suffer with dental complications like tooth loss. Of course, if you have been ignoring your toothache for quite some time then you may end up losing the tooth in the long run. Preserving your natural teeth should always be your top priority.

You Already Have Missing Teeth

This is the most obvious sign that dentures might be a good option for you. We offer both partial and complete dentures, which means that those with total tooth loss, as well as those who only need to replace a few teeth, can easily do so with dentures.

Do dentures sound like the best way to replace your missing teeth? Then it’s time to find out. Schedule a consultation today with North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC to get one step closer to a restored smile.