A Lesson About Dental Bonding | Mooresville Dentist

Because our smile is one feature that is first noticed by strangers we meet, having dental issues, like receding gums, can affect your smile and your self-esteem. Luckily, there are treatment options, like dental bonding, available at your dentist’s clinic to help fix this problem.

Dental bonding is a dental procedure that involves the application of a composite resin to repair decayed, chipped, fractured and discolored teeth. Not only will the tooth be repaired, but it will blend in naturally.

The procedure is considered as one of the cheapest and least-intrusive dental procedures available today. Although often used for cosmetic purposes, dental bonding has several functional benefits too. For example, the bonding material can be used to close tooth gaps, change the shape of the teeth, making it a cosmetic alternative to fillings.

The bonding can also be applied to the exposed areas on the tooth’s root caused by gum recession. This can help provide necessary protection to the roots and prevent cavities from forming. Even better, the bonding can also help address any sensitivity issues that may be caused by the roots being exposed because of gum recession.

Unfortunately, applying bonding at the gumline is more of a cosmetic and temporary solution than a solution to your receding gums. This is because your teeth and gums might require a deeper cleaning known as scaling and root planning.

Although very rare, it’s also possible for those with gum recession to require surgical treatment, specifically a gum graft. Also done by a periodontist, the surgical procedure involves grafting the gum tissue to cover exposed root surfaces and prevent further complications.

For more information about dental bonding, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Drs. Catherine and Kenneth Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Improving Your Smile with Veneers | Mooresville Dentist

When it’s time to improve your smile, veneers may be the ideal option. The problem is, there are a couple of veneers to choose from and they both have pros and cons. Veneers can be composed of either composite resin or porcelain. Here’s a quick rundown:

Composite:

  • 4-8 years with proper maintenance
  • Made of high-quality reinforced plastic
  • Have a porous surface, which can affect their look after years of use.
  • Stain more easily
  • Easily chipped

Porcelain:

  • Can last up to 25 years and do not require as much maintenance
  • Made of high-quality porcelain, natural in color and more resistant
  • Maintains strength and appearance
  • Does not stain

The longevity of your porcelain veneers greatly depends on how well you take care of them. Here are a few tips:

Proper dental hygiene. This shouldn’t be a question – dental hygiene is important regardless of your dental work. Brush and floss daily with a nonabrasive toothpaste containing fluoride. Good oral care at home helps prevent periodontitis which can cause your gums to recede. Veneers are placed right at the gum line. If your gums do start to recede the appearance of your veneers could be compromised.

Avoid excessive force. It is a habit for many of us, but your smile doesn’t like it. That means no biting your fingernails, hairpins, ice or hard candy. These types of things can break or dislodge a veneer, and for some, could be the reason you have the veneer in the first place.

No clenching and grinding your teeth. By grinding your teeth your veneers can be chipped or broken due to the force generated by these actions. If you suffer from bruxism at night, find out about getting a night guard to protect your teeth and veneers.

Avoid foods and drinks that stain. And lastly, while porcelain veneers are very resistant to staining the cement used to hold them in place can stain over time. Try to avoid coffee, tea, soda, wine and tobacco.

Ways to Keep Your Smile Bright and White | Mooresville Dentist

Some people are just born with much more yellowish teeth compared to others. It’s more of a genetic thing than anything else. It is also a known fact that as we age, our teeth begin to yellow. Other things that can tinge our teeth are more along the lines of habits – tobacco habits, drinking dark beverages like coffee or wine, poor diet and dental hygiene. So, as we step foot into 2022, it may be a good idea to take stock in what your current habits are and how they are affecting your smile.

Frequent dental cleanings can easily remove most of the stains caused by certain food, drinks and tobacco. Using a whitening toothpaste can also help remove such stains in between visits to the dentists. Though, if your stains have been present for years, simply cleaning and brushing just won’t cut it.

Bleaching. Bleaching requires the use of tooth-bleaching gels to oxidize out the stain and can be done either by the dentist or at home. A common side effect during the process is for teeth to become slightly more sensitive than usual.

At-home whitening. Done by letting your dentist take an impression of your teeth and making a custom-fitted tray, you’ll then have to fill the tray with whitening gel and wear it for two hours a day for as long as two weeks. If done correctly, at-home whitening can be a very effective teeth whitening solution.

In-office whitening. Zoom! whitening is done in the dentist’s office. Each visit takes somewhere around 30 minutes to one hour and multiple visits are usually required to achieve the desired results.

For more information about teeth whitening, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Drs. Catherine and Kenneth Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Let’s Talk About Gingivitis | Mooresville Dentist

When we neglect our teeth, it is inevitable that there will be some trouble on the horizon. There’s no way around it – our dental health is going to be affected. And because our mouth is our first line of defense for the rest of our bodies, it is important to look after it the best we can. One of those dental maladies? Gingivitis.

Gingivitis is inflammation of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth and is most commonly a result of poor dental hygiene. Gingivitis is a very common condition and varies widely in severity. It is characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily when teeth are brushed or flossed. But That isn’t the only way you can develop gingivitis – other factors that increase the risk of developing gingivitis. Here are the more common causes:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco prevents the gum tissue from being able to heal.
  • Crooked, rotated, or overlapping teeth create more areas for plaque and calculus to accumulate and are harder to keep clean.
  • Hormonal changes in puberty, pregnancy, and menopause typically correlate with a rise in gingivitis because the increase in hormones causes the gums’ blood vessels to become susceptible to bacterial and chemical attack.
  • Cancer and cancer treatment can make a person more susceptible to infection and increase the risk of gum disease.
  • Stress impairs the body’s immune response to bacterial invasion.
  • Mouth breathing can be harsh on the gums when they aren’t protected by the lips, causing chronic irritation and inflammation.
  • Poor nutrition, such as a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates, low in water intake, and a deficiency of important nutrients will impair healing.
  • Diabetes mellitus impairs circulation and the gums’ ability to heal.
  • Medications such as anti-seizure medications promote gum disease.

For more information about gingivitis, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Celebrate Halloween in a Healthy Way | Mooresville Dentist

We are a couple of days out from Halloween, and you are trying to keep your little ones away from Halloween cavity production. It’s difficult – we know. Halloween candy is delicious, and the fun size is very tempting, but how much is too much? All rules fly out the window during this time of year but setting some guidelines can prevent complete chaos.

According to a study, the average child consumes between 3,700 to 7,000 calories worth of Halloween treats. That’s not even considering how much sugar is ingested – it’s astronomical. But this is why it is very important to keep up with daily dental hygiene. In fact, crank up “Monster Mash” and make brushing a family affair. Here are some other tips to keep your family’s smiles healthy this Halloween:

Fill ‘em up. Sit down as a family and have a nutritious and filling meal before your Halloween outing so they aren’t as tempted to eat a lot of your candy afterwards. 

Infuse cardio. It’s always encouraged to have children walk from house to house instead of driving them around. Encourage them with a friendly competition for who can take the most steps or be the most active while collecting candy.

Pick and choose. Offer your children to have 1-3 pieces of candy per day, starting with lunch, or after dinner as a treat. Keeping it to a minimum will prevent overeating. Once they’re done, it’s time to brush.

Give it away. When your children get back home from trick-or-treating, have your kids put their candy into two piles: one they want to keep and one they don’t. Donate the remain candy to a local senior citizen center, food pantry. Spread the Halloween love all around.

For more information about Halloween dental tips, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

How Did I Develop Tooth Decay? | Mooresville Dentist

We may not know much about dental issues, but there’s one that we know for sure – cavities. We may not be able to tell we have one, but we know what causes them from the moment we start getting our teeth. And when you find out you have a cavity, you are generally in a dental chair. So, what are cavities and how do they get repaired?

As you eat food or drink beverages, a clear sticky substance called plaque, builds up on your teeth and consumes the remnants of the food and beverages. Consisting primarily of bacteria, the plaque consumes the sugars left on and between your teeth after meals. The acid from the plaque slowly destroys the enamel – the hard surface of your teeth – allowing acid and bacteria to reach the softer, less protected parts of your teeth, where decay and infection accelerates.

Dentists will use a combination of x-rays and close visual inspection to identify areas of decay in your mouth. If the decay has eaten through your enamel, the dentist will likely correct the issue by removing the decay with a dental drill and fill the resulting void with a filling – typically resin or a substance known as amalgam.

With regular visits, it’s likely that your dentist will discover and correct decay before it becomes a major problem. Ideally, your dentist will be able to treat decay with simple fillings, rather than more invasive procedures like root canals and full tooth extractions. If you have pain in a specific tooth, schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible, so that you can treat the source of the problem before it gets much worse.

For more information about cavities, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Why Autumn Highlights Tooth Sensitivity | Mooresville Dentist

In just a few weeks, we will begin to notice that the days are getting cooler as Autumn come to visit. Now we need to trade our frozen treats to warmer ones. Our iced tea and lemonade are traded for hot tea and pumpkin lattes and cold salads are swapped for hot soups. Unfortunately, this can cause a bit of trouble for some of us. Yes, we’re talking about tooth sensitivity. If you eat or drink anything hot or cold and you get a painful zing shoot in your mouth, you have sensitive teeth.

There are lots of reasons one could have teeth sensitivity. It’s mainly wear and tear that causes your gums to pull back, showing your teeth’s dentin, making your teeth sensitive. Tooth decay, gingivitis, and plaque buildup are various oral diseases that can make it tough to handle hot or cold foods, so it is important that we keep up with our dental hygiene. Brushing, flossing and rinsing a couple of times a day will help keep our mouths healthy. Purchase a soft bristled toothbrush and some toothpaste made specifically for sensitive teeth. Not only will these products help make your teeth less sensitive, but they will protect your teeth from getting worse.

Damaged teeth or worn teeth due to teeth grinding are also ways teeth can become sensitive. If you have damaged teeth, see your dentist as soon as possible. Acidic foods, like citrus fruit, can also contribute to wear and tear on tooth enamel. Keep these foods around, but make sure you eat them in moderation and make sure to brush afterwards.

For more information about tooth sensitivity, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Sometimes It’s Like Pulling Teeth | Mooresville Dentist

No one wants to lose a tooth, but it happens to the best of us. But when you find out that the dentist is going to have to pull a tooth from our mouths, it is a whole different ballgame. There is a reason for it – something has gone wrong, and your dentist needs to fix it.

Your dentist may recommend extraction if you tooth is…

  • Seriously damaged, either due to injury or decay, and cannot be saved
  • A wisdom tooth (third molar), it may cause crowding, alignment problems, pain, or infection
  • Blocking another tooth from coming in
  • A baby tooth that didn’t fall out in time
  • Causing crowding, a dentist or orthodontist may recommend removing some teeth to allow braces to better adjust the remaining teeth
  • Infected, or could potentially be an infection source in high-risk patients such as those undergoing organ transplants or cancer treatment

Extractions typically fall into one of two classes – simple and surgical. Dentists often perform simple extractions, where oral surgeons often perform surgical extractions. Simple extractions generally involve a single tooth that is visible in the mouth, with clear alignment – after numbing the area with local anesthetic, the tooth will be loosened using an instrument known as an elevator, and then pulled with an instrument known as forceps. For surgical removal, the surgeon may use local anesthetic, moderate sedation, or general anesthesia, and likely use a combination of tools and techniques to remove teeth that may be difficult to see, especially within the gums.

If your dentist recommends an extraction, it’s likely that you have a potentially serious problem. But worry not – tooth extractions are a lot less painful than they once were.

For more information about tooth extractions, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Dental Sealants: Sealing Your Smile with a Kiss | Mooresville Dentist

Dental Sealants

Upon meeting, the first thing a stranger notices is your smile – it’s a well-known fact. Sadly, knowing that fun fact makes many of us with flawed smiles very self-conscious. If these flaws are due to some type of an accident, there are implants that can solve the issue. But if the flaws are due to poor dental hygiene, the issue can be more complicated. This is why it is so important to always look after your smile in between dental appointments. Because when we become lax on our daily dental hygiene, our grins will likely develop dental issues like tooth decay, cavities, or something else that may result in pain and infection.

If you suffer from this affliction, don’t worry – there is a solution to fight against this – dental sealants.

Dental sealant is a thin plastic film painted on the chewing surface of teeth that typically lasts as long as 5 to 10 years. And if you are worried about the pain factor, the process is short and easy. After the tooth is cleaned, a special gel is placed on the chewing surface, washed off and dried. Then, the sealant is painted on the tooth. The dentist or dental hygienist also may shine a light on the tooth to help harden the sealant, but it doesn’t take longer than a minute to form a protective shield and can be reapplied if they are no longer in place.

Decay damages teeth permanently and sealants protect them from many future dental issues from occurring, but they also save time and money associated with dental fillings. Dental sealants have been proven a safe and cost-efficient dental procedure for patients prone to cavities.

For more information about dental sealants, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Getting Digital Inside Your Mouth | Mooresville Dentist

As each year passes, our technology improves, especially when it comes to visuals. Our movies and televisions have become so crisp and clean, it feels like we’re watching it live. But this technology is not only improving our entertainment; it’s also being utilized in many other industries, including dentistry. Believe it or not, but your dental professional has gone digital.

It may seem a bit excessive to have 3D technology at the dentist, but there are plenty of reasons it is for your benefit. It allows dentists a wide variety of perspectives of the face, neck and teeth, giving you a better diagnosis and making a more complete treatment plan. With digital x-rays, dentists do a lot more than ever before. The technology is fast, simple and completely non-invasive, so there’s no need to worry. All you have to do is sit in the chair for a scan, and the dentist has a computer-generated view of your face, teeth and other important details from various perspectives. Not only does this help keep your mouth healthy but can also give you a better look into dental procedures you are about to have done.

The imaging system is basically an x-ray scanner, only it’s mounted on a rotating arm. While you sit in the chair, the scanner will move around your head to gather all the data necessary. A traditional x-ray can only show so much – going digital can show views never seen before with a typical scan. This accessibility makes it easier to see bones, teeth, airways, nerves, as well as tissues and see the relationship between them in order to create a more effective treatment plan. When you can catch issues early, treatment will be much more effective.

For more information about digital x-rays, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.