Posts for category: Dental Procedures
Do you need a tooth extraction?
Are your teeth crowded, diseased, or have gone through some sort of trauma? If so, Dr. Scott Langdon in Mooresville, NC, can help. Dr. Langdon performs dental extractions and can help you if you're in need of one.
More About Tooth Extractions
There are a few reasons you may need a tooth extraction:
- Overcrowding: All, most of, or some of your teeth are overcrowded causing issues in speech, or bite.
- Damage: Any trauma from sports, or accidents, may cause severe trauma resulting in a tooth extraction.
- Infection: Extreme tooth decay eroding teeth may infect your gums and other teeth if not dealt with.
To reduce the chances of needing a tooth extraction from diseases, here are some preventative measures to follow:
- Floss before bed and make sure you floss between each tooth and in hard to reach places like molars.
- Stop bad or poor habits like smoking, chewing tobacco, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee and tea.
- Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each, holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to improve your chances of having healthy teeth.
You need to take care of yourself after a tooth extraction.
Here are some tips:
- Don't use a straw and ice the tooth extraction area.
- Don't eat or drink for a few hours.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water for constant disinfection, and call your Mooresville dentist if you're suffering from severe pain, it may be a dry socket (blood hasn't clotted properly).
- Use painkillers if needed and avoid smoking, or drinking alcoholic beverage after the procedure.
If you think you need a tooth extraction and want to consult your doctor to see if the tooth is beyond saving, then you should call your Mooresville, NC, dentist today!
Do you want to know more about dental sealants? Do you want to know if they're a good option for your child's dental health? Well, look no further. When it comes to your children's oral health, you can speak with your Mooresville, NC, dentist, Dr. Scott Langdon.
What are sealants?
Your teeth consist of grooves and pits where decay can grow and compromise the health of your teeth. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing doesn't always reach decay, which is why sealants were developed. Sealants were developed about 50 years ago and are used as a preventative measure for children.
A sealant is a thin coat applied to the surface of teeth, preferably the chewing surfaces. They prevent bacteria, as well as other debris, into the grooves and pits of your teeth.
How should you maintain your child's teeth?
If bacteria settles in, cavities can begin to eat away at your child's teeth. That's why it's important that you help your child maintain a consistent oral regiment of brushing and flossing, as well as visiting the dentist twice a year. Make sure your child drinks plenty of water to wash away food debris and avoid giving them too much sugary food. Supplement them with fruits and vegetables, and provide them fluoride-containing mouthwash and toothpaste.
Want to know more about the importance of sealants for your child?
Getting dental sealants is not difficult or painful.
- Your Mooresville dentist will clean and dry your child's tooth
- Then they apply an acid gel
- Your child's tooth will become rougher on the chewing surface
- Your doctor will then remove the gel, dry the tooth and apply sealant onto the grooves
- The dentist will expose the sealant to a special dental light to harden the sealant
Sealants are beneficial to children and adults, and the sooner you get them the sooner your teeth will be protected. So when you visit your dentist, make sure you ask them about sealants.
Dental crowns are longstanding and reliable restorations which bring damaged teeth back to life. If you have a tooth that's weak, misshapen, decayed or fractured, you could be a candidate for a CEREC crown from Dr. R. Scott Langdon, your Mooresville, NC, dentist. These one-visit porcelain crowns are lifelike and strong.
What is a crown?
It's a tooth-shaped cap, shaped to fill a smile gap and to fit perfectly over the healthy parts of an ailing tooth. Crowns help avoid the harmful consequences of tooth loss--marred personal appearance, bone and gum recession, impaired oral function and more. Crowns also restore dental implants, support traditional bridges and cover teeth saved by root canal therapy.
Most dentists, including Dr. Langdon, choose porcelain as their preferred crown material because of its realistic appearance and strength. Other common materials are porcelain fused to metal, or PFM.
Whatever the material, crowns support and beautify damaged teeth for years. They require meticulous brushing and flossing (as do all your teeth), and of course, Dr. Langdon sees all his patients every six months for cleanings and check-ups, as recommended by the American Dental Association.
Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. That's what CEREC means, and it's a remarkable process. With digital imaging and impression techniques, your Mooresville, NC, dentist can create a three-dimensional, virtual model of your tooth and surrounding tissues and then translate that information into an actual porcelain crown.
Where does this happen? It all happens right in Dr. Langdon's treatment room, eliminating third-party dental labs, long wait times (days to weeks) and awkward temporary crowns.
Dr. Langdon will examine your tooth and X-ray it to confirm it's healthy enough to receive a crown. He'll numb the area around the tooth and remove the damaged portions, including old fillings. Then, he'll do a final shaping.
As you wait in the dental chair, you can watch your crown take shape as the CEREC apparatus mills it from a solid block of tooth-colored porcelain. The process takes about 20 minutes, and when complete, the crown is bonded permanently over your tooth. Because CEREC processes are so precise, the crown should fit and bite perfectly right away with little to no adjustment needed.
Keep your tooth
Restore it with a beautiful porcelain crown from Dr. R. Scott Langdon in Mooresville, NC. He'll explain the process and discuss with you the many benefits of Cerec crowns. Call the office today for a one-on-one consultation: (704) 664-1188.
What your dentist in Mooresville, NC, wants you to know
You’ve probably heard stories about root canals and now you’re wondering if you need one. That little twinge you felt a week ago has turned into continuous tooth pain. Dr. R. Scott Langdon in Mooresville, NC, wants to share the signs and symptoms of when you might need a root canal.
If you have tooth pain that doesn’t go away, you need to visit your dentist because early treatment can mean the difference between needing a filling or a root canal. Root canals are often performed because of tooth decay. If tooth decay has only penetrated the top two layers of your tooth, enamel and dentin; you may only need a filling. If you allow decay to go untreated it may penetrate into the inner chamber of your tooth, an area called the pulp. If decay has entered the pulp, you will probably need a root canal.
You won’t know if decay has entered the pulp, but you may notice these signs and symptoms that a root canal might be in your future. You need to pay attention to:
- Pain that increases if a tooth is exposed to hot or cold temperatures
- Increased pain after a filling has been placed
- Throbbing or aching pain when you chew foods
- Pain that radiates into your jaws, face, or head
- A tooth darkening or graying compared to the teeth next to it
- A red or white bump, drainage, pus, or bleeding coming from your gums near the tooth root
Dr. Langdon uses state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging technology to determine if you need a root canal. Digital x-rays, and temperature and vitality testing help determine whether your tooth has been compromised to the point of needing root canal therapy.
If you need a root canal to eliminate your dental pain, seek out the best. Pick up the phone and call your dentist, Dr. Langdon, in Mooresville, NC. He can get rid of your dental pain so you can smile again, so call today!
A dull smile may make you feel a little less confident about your appearance. Luckily, teeth whitening provides a simple way to lighten your teeth by as much as three to eight shades. Our Mooresville, NC, dentist, Dr. R. Scott Langdon, shares some information about teeth whitening.
Whitening doesn't have to take long
Over-the-counter whitening kits can take weeks or months to produce results, unlike professional whitening. After a single visit to our Mooresville office, your smile will be noticeably whiter. In fact, in-office whitening only takes about an hour.
Your dentist uses strong whitening agents
Hydrogen peroxide is the effective ingredient in whiteners, but its strength varies depending on whether you purchase a drugstore product or choose professional whitening. The hydrogen peroxide used in professional whitening is much stronger than the whiteners in over-the-counter products and can produce impressive results quickly.
Hydrogen peroxide is a very effective stain buster
Brushing your teeth is an excellent way to remove plaque, but it's not very effective in removing stains. Stains form when pigments in darkly colored foods penetrate tiny pores in your tooth enamel. The pores are so small that they can't be reached with toothbrush bristles. Any food or beverage that contains dark or brightly colored pigments, such as coffee or berries, can cause stains. Smoking also tends to stain your enamel.
Hydrogen peroxide gel is very effective at removing stains. It seeps into the pores in the enamel and breaks apart the pigments that cause stains.
Preparation before whitening is very important
Before your teeth are whitened, you'll undergo a dental examination and cleaning. The examination ensures that you don't have any cavities or other dental issues. Should your dentist find any problems, he'll probably recommend treating your oral health issues before proceeding with the whitening session.
Cleaning your teeth removes plaque and tartar. These substances not only cause cavities and gum disease, but block the effects of the hydrogen peroxide gel. If you whiten your teeth without removing plaque and tartar, your teeth will look speckled after your treatment. A cleaning and dental exam are important whether your choose in-office whitening or opt for an at-home whitening kit offered by your dentist.
Sensitivity can occur if even a small amount of gel touches your roots or gums. Before your treatment, a special gel will be applied to your gums to protect them. Retractors, small plastic devices that gently pull your cheeks away from your teeth, will also be used.
Boost your smile with teeth whitening. Call our Mooresville, NC, dentist, Dr. Langdon, at (704) 664-1188 to schedule your appointment.