Is Your Smile Holding You Back?

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In this post from The Fayetteville Dentist, we begin with something we’d classify as Murphy’s Law.

You leave the house on a pressing errand, looking completely disheveled. Inevitably, you bump into someone you know. How do you feel in your ill-fitting sweatpants and stained T-shirt?

Attractive clothing, well-groomed hair, and a fit body boost morale for most people. But do you know what others notice first? Your face. Specifically, your smile and eyes. Study after study has shown that sensational teeth and eyes always capture attention.

Now, it’s difficult to change your eyes unless you get colored contacts. But beautiful smiles are within reach, because at name of practice we can work miracles with cosmetic dentistry. We can turn ordinary smiles into stunning first-impressions.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Available cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening. We can transform your smile from dull to dazzling.
  • Porcelain veneers. Cover chips, cracks, and other tooth imperfections.
  • Dental implants. Replace missing teeth with state-of-the-art implants that look and function like natural teeth.

If you are not satisfied with your smile, cosmetic dentistry from The Fayetteville Dentist can help. We also have pediatric dentistry services. Our Hope Mills office may be more convenient for you! Call to find out what we can do for your smile!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Tooth Replacement For The 21st Century

Fayetteville tooth implant supported dentures

Not everything was better back in the good old days. Take dentures, for instance. They’ve improved many lives, but there is a better option from The Fayetteville Dentist: implant-supported dentures.

There are two types of implant anchored dentures: removable and permanent. No adhesive is required for either system.

With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable.

Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment that allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type, because they can remove them at night for cleaning.

Implant-supported dentures from The Fayetteville Dentist are life-changing! We also offer complete general and cosmetic dentistry services. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Cosmetic Dental Artistry

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Cosmetic dentistry at The Fayetteville Dentist is part science and part art. Our objective is creating positive changes to the teeth and smiles of our patients.

In order to achieve an attractive, yet natural looking result, we do more than recommend specific procedures. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth. In order to create a balanced look, the facial shape and coloring is taken into account. The patient’s age, health condition and lifestyle all influence the plan.

In other words, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan.

Smile enhancement through cosmetic dentistry can have dramatic results in your overall appearance. Even one procedure, such as teeth whitening, can make a big difference in how you see yourself.

Your teeth take a lot of wear and tear over the years. But cosmetic dentistry from The Fayetteville Dentist can restore your smile to its youthful appearance. We offer extended evening and Saturday hours, and also have an office in Hope Mills. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Should You Worry About Dental X-rays?

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Providing unmatched dental care is much easier for us at The Fayetteville Dentist when we have comprehensive information about their patients’ oral health. In  this case, pictures are worth a thousand words.

Pictures, in the form of x-rays, reveal what’s going on below the surface of your teeth and gums. That’s why we like to have complete and up-to-date X-rays.

There are several types of x-rays:

  • Bite-Wing x-rays give us a picture of the upper and lower back teeth. We can see how they touch each other and see if there is any decay.
  • Panoramic x-rays give us the big picture: a view of the teeth, jaws and jaw joints, nasal area, and even the sinuses. These are especially useful if we think the patient may need orthodontics or a dental implant.
  • Occlusal x-rays show us the floor of the mouth, and the bite of the upper or lower jaw. They’re good for showing the development of children’s teeth, both the baby and permanent teeth.

How often we take X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your dental health. Because children are growing and experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more frequently.

Since they use radiation, some patients are concerned about x-rays. But they are designed to minimize patient exposure; you only get negligible amounts. The latest generations of x-rays reduce radiation even more. Still, we take the added safety measure of covering the patient with a heavy leaded apron and collar.

At The Fayetteville Dentist, x-rays help us maintain the dental health of all our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Remember, we also have an office in Hope Mills. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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How White Fillings Improve Your Smile

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Needless to say, the best filling for your teeth is no filling at all: that is, teeth and gums that are clean and healthy, and free from decay. But cavities happen, and when they do, we can fill them with white fillings at The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC.

Our patients love white fillings because they blend in seamlessly with teeth. Gone are the days of showing metal fillings whenever you laugh.

White fillings are made of a composite resin material. They are durable and are good to use on front and back teeth. In many cases, preparations involve the removal of less natural tooth structure. More of the tooth, in other words, can be maintained.

It’s the aesthetic considerations that appeal to many patients. But it can also be a big relief, because there is none of the mercury associated with traditional metal fillings.

White fillings from The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC fix a cavity, and leave you with a great-looking smile. We offer complete general and cosmetic dentistry services, and also have an office in Hope Mills. Call for an appointment with us today!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Dental Crowns At The Fayetteville Dentist In Fayetteville

Dental Crowns at The Fayetteville Dentist in FayettevilleDental crowns have been used in dentistry for over 2000 years. There is evidence that the Etruscans experimented with crowns on teeth using ivory and bone as early as 700 B.C. At The Fayetteville Dentist, our techniques and materials are all state-of-the-art!

Dental crowns (also called caps) cover the entire visible portion of the tooth and are cemented in place. They strengthen teeth that have been worn down or weakened by decay or injury.

Crowns are also used to restore the original shape of a tooth or solely to improve its appearance.

The most common types of crowns are:

  • All-porcelain (ceramic)
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • Gold

Dental crowns are among the restorations used on a regular basis, at The Fayetteville Dentist. They’re among our complete general and cosmetic dentistry services. Call to schedule an appointment with us today. We’ve also got an office in Hope Mills!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Is Grandpa Smiling?

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How are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of those who are sixty-five and over? Well, at The Fayetteville Dentist we’ve got some good news and bad news.

The Good News:

  • Tooth decay rates in older Americans has decreased in the past thirty years.

The Bad News:

  • 25% of people over sixty-five have no remaining teeth
  • Nearly 20% have untreated cavities
  • 10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease.
  • There is evidence to suggest that advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease
  • Most older Americans don’t have dental insurance

Clearly, there is room for improvement. What elements will improve the oral health of older Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three components:

  • Improved oral health education for the elderly
  • Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
  • Increased access to dental care1

At The Fayetteville Dentist we are committed to providing all of our patients with comprehensive oral health education and care. Our services include a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Please call our office to schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Innovative Implants For Confident Smiles

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Many people have experienced a boost in self-confidence after dental implant treatment at The Fayetteville Dentist.

How Do Missing Teeth Affect Your Life?

Missing teeth can impair your ability to speak and eat. Extensive tooth loss can make it difficult to eat a healthy diet. Dental implants can relieve pain, correct bite troubles, and improve function.

While conventional dentures are preferable to a completely toothless mouth, they can cause almost as many problems as they solve. Many denture wearers limit social activity because they are afraid their dentures will move around in their mouth. Dentures can also irritate gums and bring about painful sores. And they can make it hard to taste food.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw. They fuse with the bone to provide a solid support. One implant can support one replacement tooth, while several can support a dental bridge or full arch.

Dental implants from The Fayetteville Dentist are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement. We have extended evening and Saturday hours that fit any busy schedule. We also have an office in Hope Mills. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Into The Thick Of It, The Skinny On Toothpaste

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At The Fayetteville Dentist we urge all of our patients to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. This very good habit is the single most important thing you can do to maintain your dental health.

What kind of toothpaste should you use? There is no one-size-fits-all product on the market. One patient might be interested in whitening toothpaste, and another may need something for sensitive teeth.

There’s an almost bewildering selection of toothpastes in the oral care section of any grocery store, from those aimed at children to so-called natural toothpastes. You want to make the best choice for your teeth, but it isn’t always easy to make up your mind.

Different types of toothpastes have specific active ingredients that make them work. Fluoride is by far the most important thing to look for. But there are many other ingredients; what follows is a rundown of the more common ones.

  • Detergents. Sodium lauryl sulfate is nearly ubiquitous, not only in toothpaste, but in other personal care products like shampoo. Sometimes it’s called Sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl ether sulfate. It’s the stuff that makes products foamy. Some people are sensitive to it, and some consumer advocacy groups say it can be hazardous. There are toothpastes that don’t have it.
  • Whiteners. The most common toothpaste whitener is hydrogen peroxide, but there are others, like polyphosphates. While they do a modest job whitening teeth, many experts agree that the whitening agents aren’t strong enough, or in contact with the teeth long enough, to do a really good job. To get really white teeth, try professional whitening from a dentist.
  • Desensitizers. Some people’s teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold foods than others. And some are more tactile-sensitive. Used on a regular basis, desensitizing toothpastes can be very effective, but it’s a good idea to get a dentist’s recommendation first.
  • Plaque fighters. A toothpaste ingredient called triclosan is believed to fight plaque and gum inflammation. While it seemed promising at first, more recent studies indicate triclosan may contribute to antibiotic resistance, and disrupt hormones and the immune system.

Feel free to ask us for a recommendation, and what might be best for your particular set of teeth. Always read the label, and make sure the toothpaste you’re considering has the American Dental Association label. If you see it, it means the ADA considers it safe and effective. Whatever you choose, brush and floss twice each day!

At The Fayetteville Dentist we offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and children’s dentistry. We also have an office in Hope Mills. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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These Snacks Are Just As Bad As Candy For Kids’ Teeth

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Most parents know that candy can be really bad for the teeth of their  children. The sugar in it creates acid that drills into enamel. A small hole can become a cavity. At The Fayetteville Dentist, we want you to know that certain snacks can be just as harmful for growing teeth.

Let’s look at the most common kids’ snacks that are just as bad as candy.

Dried fruit

Nutrition-wise, a dried apricot is a far better selection than a candy bar. The issue is that dried fruits stick tightly to teeth. This poses the same oral health risk as candy.

Sports and Energy Drinks

Few parents let their youngsters guzzle energy drinks. But many parents buy electrolyte-containing sports drinks for older children. Be sure to scrutinize the labels. Some sports drinks have as much sugar as soda.

Soy, Almond, or Rice Milk

Parents whose child can’t tolerate lactose turn to non-dairy milk. Most types come in both a sweetened and non-sweetened version. Sweetened types contain a substantial amount of sugar.

Granola Bars

Traditional sugary granola bars should be considered candy. (Ditto for fruit snacks.)

Yogurt

Kids need calcium, and yogurt is a well-designed source. Many types of flavored yogurt, however, have a high sugar content. Some parents keep the fridge stocked with hand-held yogurt packets. Kids who eat these throughout the day are subjecting their teeth to a nonstop stream of sugar.

Sweetened Applesauce

Some manufacturers pack this healthy snack with plenty of sugar. If you can get your pre-teens used to fruit without added sugar, they will be better off.

Instant Oatmeal

We all know that most cold cereal marketed for children is sugar-filled. Instant oatmeal is a convenient alternative that is healthier in many respects. Be aware that some have as much sugar as sweetened cold cereals.

Remember, brushing and flossing are essential for a lifetime to good dental health. So are regular cleanings and checkups at The Fayetteville Dentist. Our services include children’s dentistry. We also have an office in Hope Mills. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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