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.
Bad smile? Don't hide your smile... A cosmetic dentist can take your smile from being so-so to simply gorgeous. Dr. R. Scott Langdon is one of the finest cosmetic dentists in Mooresville, NC. He offers a full range of cosmetic dentistry services. Here are six ways cosmetic dentistry can help improve your smile.
1. Dental Crowns
When a tooth has a fracture or cavity that involves half the width of the tooth or more, it needs to be covered with a dental crown. This is because the remaining tooth is so weak that it is prone to fracture. Dental crowns can also improve your smile's appearance. Porcelain crowns are the most popular type of crowns, because they look like real teeth. Nothing gives the same luster, translucency, and depth like porcelain crowns.
2. Dental Bridges
Tooth loss can ruin a nice smile. Missing teeth can also make you look old before your time. A dental bridge can restore your smile, improve your appearance, and make you look years younger. A dental bridge is made up of two crowns on each side of the gap and a fabricated tooth in between. This fabricated tooth is called a pontic and can be made from alloys, gold, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
3. Cosmetic Fillings
Everyone needs a dental filling at some point in their lives. Cosmetic fillings, or tooth-colored are used to restore decayed or broken teeth. Traditional dental fillings are less popular than cosmetic fillings because of their silvery appearance. Once your dentist completes your cosmetic filling, it will look beautiful and won't be noticeable when you speak.
4. Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of medical-grade ceramic designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. Porcelain veneers are used to cover teeth which are worn down, discolored, chipped, or misaligned. Your Mooresville, NC, dentist can also fix the gaps in your smile through the use of porcelain veneers.
5. Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening is a revolutionary cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses a strong whitening agent and chairside lamp to accelerate the whitening process. The treatment will make your teeth up to 8 shades whiter in just 45 minutes. Results from the treatment are immediate and the process is reliable, safe, and hassle free.
6. Dental Implants
Dental implants are the gold standard in the replacement of missing teeth. Dental implants are a type of false teeth which mount to posts that are surgically implanted in the jawbone by a dentist. With dental implants, you will experience an improvement in chewing ability. Dental implants also prevent teeth shifting and bone loss and stimulate bone growth.
Your journey to a beautiful smile starts here! Call R. Scott Langdon at (704) 664-1188 now to schedule an appointment in Mooresville, NC. Cosmetic dentistry will do you and your smile a world of good.
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