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22/Oct/2019

If tooth decay has turned into a cavity or pitted area in the tooth, getting in to see your dentist as promptly as possible is the best thing that you can do.  Cavities only continue to grow worse if left untreated.  Make an appointment with a Cary dentist as soon as you can for a checkup.  When your family dentist discovers that you have a cavity sooner rather than later, the dentist may be able to preserve more of the existing tooth structure.  Dentist may recommend that you get a filling.

Composite fillings are made of a tooth-colored material that blends in flawlessly with your natural teeth.  No one would be able to distinguish a tooth with a composite filling from your other teeth.  The other option is amalgam or metal fillings.  These have been used for over a hundred years.  They are inexpensive compared to composite fillings, but will not look like a natural tooth.  So it will impact the overall look of your teeth.  The most important thing is your oral health.  Cavities must be dealt with swiftly, regardless of the type of fillings you ultimately decide would be best for you.

The cavities, or small holes in the teeth, will continue to worsen if left untreated. The decay may spread to surrounding teeth or even lead to you losing the tooth altogether. Zen Triangle Dentistry can diagnose and treat cavities to eliminate the need for additional dental work.

 

 

 

 

 

 


22/Oct/2019

Do I need a Porcelain Crown?

Porcelain crowns allow you to restructure a damaged tooth and can create a natural looking tooth that has an even better appearance than the original. They retain the functionality of a natural tooth, because they are very sturdy as well as attractive.  They restore cracked and damaged teeth, and remain an excellent option if you have cracked or damaged a tooth due to an accident, or your enamel and tooth is badly decayed.  Porcelain crowns may be used to cover existing implants or onto the original tooth structure.  They strengthen the tooth, while also creating a beautiful symmetrical look.  They are the same color as your natural teeth, so they blend in beautifully.

 

Cary Partials or Partial Crowns

Similarly, partial crowns are another service our Cary cosmetic dentist can provide.  A partial crown will be a cosmetic improvement to your smile, but are a more conservative alternative to the typical porcelain crown.  It is an onlay that sits on top of the tooth, covering only the part of the tooth that has broken or chipped.

 

What is a bridge?  Is it the same as a porcelain bridge?

A bridge, also known as a porcelain bridge, is one avenue that you may pursue when trying to find a solution for a missing tooth, or a tooth that you lost through an accident.  Your dentist may have chosen to do a tooth extraction on a badly damaged tooth, and now you have a gap in your smile.  To aesthetically improve the look of your smile, as well the function of your teeth, you may opt to have your Cary dentist use a porcelain bridge.  A porcelain bridge has advantages over dental implants.  Bridges are a cost-conscious way to replace a missing tooth.  Dental bridges are less invasive and less expensive than dental implants.  Bridges do not require a metal structure below the tooth.  In all, there are many advantages to having your family dentist use a bridge to replace a missing or broken tooth.

 

 


22/Oct/2019

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22/Oct/2019

With dedication to providing the gentlest care, Cary family dental office of Zen Triangle Dentistry specializes in providing your whole family with a personalized dental experience. Our family dental practice is committed to helping patients of all ages have the best dental visit possible. Our dentist is highly qualified to care for your entire family—from young children to adults.

When searching for the dental practice right for you and your family, always ask questions like, “What kind of services are offered? How will this office treat my family differently than other dental offices?”

Cary family dentistry services offered:

  • New patient exams
  • Dental emergencies
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Children’s dentistry
  • Zoom teeth whitening
  • Root canals and extractions
  • General dentistry
  • X-­rays

It is a common misconception that children do not need to visit the dentist as often as adults, but that is not true. It is just as important to schedule regular check-‐ups every six months for children as it is for adults. As a child grows, their mouth changes and their permanent teeth start to progress. It is vital to keep a check on these adult teeth as they begin to grow to be sure that they are coming in correctly. Dental check­‐ups are also a great way to encourage good oral hygiene amongst adolescents.

For all your family dental needs in Cary, North Carolina, contact the office of Zen Triangle Dentistry. Our dental staff specialize in gentle dentistry for your entire family.

 


22/Oct/2019

Are you looking for a new dentist in Cary, North Carolina? Choosing a new dental office can be difficult with all the choices and similar services offered. When looking for a new dentist, referrals from friends, neighbors and coworkers are helpful. The location of the new dental office is also important. Having the dental office located near your home, work or your children’s school will help when setting appointments and assist in fitting into your busy schedule. You will need to ask if the dentist is excepting new patients and if the dentist is a family dentist that can offer services to your entire family. When choosing an office see if the dental practice has procedures that will make your dental procedures comfortable and has experience with service you may need. If you can, ask the dentist or practice manager about the office that will help determine if their office is right for you. Online reviews are also helpful to see what some of their current patients feel about the practice. These all will help in making the best educated choice for finding a new dentist in Cary, NC.

 

The office of Zen Triangle Dentistry serves Cary, NC and the surrounding communities. We are a family dental practice offering services to patients of all ages. Our dental practice includes restorative dentistry, general dentistry and cosmetic dental care. Our caring and gentle staff utilize the most current and advanced dental technology and procedures. So if you are searching for a new dentist in Cary, give the office of Zen Triangle Dentistry a call and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.

 


22/Oct/2019

Dental hygiene and health is very important to children of all ages. Dental exams and cleanings are needed for children with baby teeth as well as when adult teeth start to come in. Having your children start with good dental habits is important and will help with good dental health as they grow. Teaching your child to floss and brush as part of their daily routine is important to start early. Having proper brushing skills will help reduce any build up and possible future cavities. Having your child feel comfortable with dental visits and cleanings will make going to the dentist easier as they grow. Good dental health starts with the experiences they have as children.

Your child’s diet is also an important part of their dental health. Too much candy or sugary drinks can lead to dental issues and cavities. Children should brush and floss after eating or drinking items with sugar to reduce effects on their teeth.

  • Children’s Dental Habits Cary NC
  • Daily Brushing
  • Daily Flossing
  • Six Month Dental Exams
  • Healthy Diet and Reduced Sugar Intake

Zen Triangle Dentistry is a family dental practice and offers dental services to both children and adults. Our practice is dedicated to providing the best possible dental experience with gentle care for children of all ages. We provide regular check-ups, preventative and restorative dental services and assist in proper brushing and flossing techniques. Let our caring staff assist in encouraging good dental hygiene habits and providing the proper dental services needed for your child.


22/Oct/2019

Most dental patients benefit from a tooth whitening procedure performed in a dental office. Tooth whitening is a cosmetic dental application to improve the shade and appearance of a patients’ teeth. The procedure will lighten your teeth color and produce a more appealing smile. Most people see an improvement from teeth whitening and can be done with a combination of in office and take-home applications.

 

Tooth whitening can help reverse staining of the teeth from coffee and tea, smoking and diet. Teeth staining can produce a yellow or light brown appearance that can be improved from the whitening process. Most stains are on the outermost part of the tooth surface and can be removed with teeth whitening. A sealant applied after the procedure can assist against new staining from smokers and coffee or tea drinkers.

 

The number of tooth whitening applications may very on the severity of the initial staining. Intrinsic stains are the most difficult to reverse and lay below the surface of the tooth’s enamel. Removing these stains can be a challenge but can be accomplished with persistence and multiple procedures.

 

People that have sensitivity problems, enamel that is damaged or have periodontal disease should consult their dentist to see if the procedure is right for them. Your dental health is important prior to starting whitening. Any cavities or gums issues should be addressed first.

 

Teeth whitening is a great way to improve your smile without any restorative dental materials. Ask your dentist what whitening application will work best for you.


22/Oct/2019

Dental implants are a good option for replacement of missing teeth or teeth with damage beyond any restorative possibilities. A dentist that specializes in oral surgery or a periodontist usually perform the procedure. Dental implants will replace missing teeth while performing and looking like the original tooth. The procedure is requires oral surgery and is normally done while the patient is sedated.

 

The dental implant process involves three steps to complete. A screw is placed into the jawbone to create a stable base for the implant. Then a connector is used to attach to the base and allow the crown to be attached. Then a crown designed to fit and match the surrounding teeth is installed. When complete the patient will have a fully functional and permanent replacement for their missing tooth.

 

The dental implant can be done with multiple or sometimes a single visit to complete the process. Depending on the need to extract the damaged tooth or the strength of the jawbone where the implant is to be placed. If done in two steps the first surgery will be to drill a hole to place the screw into the jaw and repair the gum around the base. Then the second appointment will have the connector attached to the base and then the crown place on top to complete the replacement.

 

There are various dental implant procedures and materials that can be used and it is best to have a full consult with your dentist to find the best option for your tooth replacement.


22/Oct/2019

Have you winced when consuming chocolates, ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies or other foods that are cold and/or sweet? Have you ever wondered what may be causing your teeth to be sensitive? I often hear from patients when they come to the dentist office, “Don’t touch this tooth, it is sensitive or this area of my mouth is sensitive”. I have some pearls and advice on various factors that could cause you to experience that “ouch” sensation making you wince while enjoying your favorite dessert!

When you experience some cold sensitivity, you may think that it is normal. However, it is very important to know that something could be wrong with either your tooth/teeth or disease process associated supporting structures of your teeth such as bone and gums. Here are some common contributing factors that could lead to sensitive teeth.

  • Tooth may have a cavity caused by bacterial end product called lactic acid breaking down enamel
  • Fractured teeth or fillings with missing protective enamel layer
  • Erosion caused by mechanical or chemical destruction exposing second layer of the tooth called dentin.
  • Bone loss, gum disease or mechanical factors leading to exposure of tooth root

Good news is that there is always a solution and recommendation for proper treatment based on factors causing sensitivity associated with teeth or supporting structures. Some of the treatment options may include but not limited to: desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride gel application in dental office, placement of a filling, full coverage restoration like a “cap” or crown, root canal or even a gum graft!


22/Oct/2019

At Zen Triangle Dentistry, we hear a lot of misconceptions about oral health. Not only are these dental myths not true, they are harmful to your teeth and gums! We are here to dissect some of the most common myths that we encounter in our office and set patients straight with the correct information.

“If I brush harder, my teeth will be cleaner.”

Many people believe that vigorous brushing will make their teeth cleaner and brighter. The truth is, if you brush too hard or too frequently, you can actually harm your gums and tooth enamel. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), people should use soft-bristled toothbrushes and apply gentle pressure when brushing to avoid the risk of injury to the teeth and gum tissue. As a good indicator, look at the bristles of your toothbrush; if your brush isn’t more than a few months old and the bristles are already worn, there is a good chance you are brushing too hard.

“Since nothing hurts, I do not need to visit my dentist.”

A lack of oral pain is a good indicator that your mouth is healthy, but that doesn’t mean you should put off visits to your dentist. Routine appointments with your dentist twice a year are a vital part to maintaining your oral health. In fact, many dental issues don’t present symptoms in their early stages and can be identified only during a professional exam. If your dentist finds a problem early, it will be much easier and cost-effective to treat.  

“It is normal that my gums bleed when I brush and floss.”

Occasionally, you may see small traces of blood in your mouth during routine oral hygiene. However, if your gums bleed every time you brush or floss, it is likely caused by too much food debris or plaque on your teeth. Plaque is the invisible, sticky substance that attacks the healthy gum tissue around your teeth. This leads to gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, which is marked by inflamed, bleeding gums. Fortunately, if you identify gum disease early, it is easy and painless to treat. Always report bleeding gums to your dentist so we can recommend a treatment plan to prevent periodontitis — the most severe and irreversible form of gum disease. In the meantime, continue to be diligent about your brushing and flossing as these are the best ways to combat gingivitis.

“Baby teeth are not important.”

Baby teeth play a vital role in the development of a child’s oral health. Not only do they help kids chew, speak and smile, but they also serve as placeholders for incoming adult teeth. If baby teeth are lost prematurely as a result of poor dental health or injury, incoming adult teeth could shift into the empty spaces and make it difficult for new adult teeth to find room. This can lead to crowded and misaligned teeth, which will require additional dental and orthodontic treatment for a child down the road. Helping kids practice good dental habits at a young age will set them up for a lifetime of healthy teeth.

Not everything you read or hear about dental health is true. Always talk to your dentist if you have questions or concerns about your teeth or gums. We’re here to help! Knowledge is your best defense against dental health issues such as gum disease and tooth decay, so let’s work together to make sure you have the right information.



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