Zen Dental Blog


01/Jun/2020

Do you have a dental emergency—severe toothache, broken crown, cracked tooth, lost filling? Finding an emergency dentist during these trying times has become more difficult. Many dental offices are closed due to the COVID-19 virus and its challenges. Zen Triangle Dentistry offers emergency dental services and will promptly relieve you of your emergency.  If you are in Cary, NC or surrounding areas and suffering from a dental emergency, please call our office right away to see if we may be able to help. The office is open for dental emergency appointments and offers flexible availability.

Emergency Services Offered:

  • toothache
  • broken crown
  • lost filling
  • extruded tooth
  • chipped tooth
  • knocked out tooth
  • dry socket

If your dental emergency is a toothache, broken crown, lost filling, extruded tooth, chipped tooth, knocked out tooth, dry socket, or you have an unlisted dental emergency; please call our office immediately. We are now setting emergency dental appointments and can be reached to set a time to have your dental needs addressed.

For your dental emergency, please contact our Cary office, serving clients in Cary at 919-465-0799. Zen Triangle Dentistry will gladly work to help with your dental emergency.


01/Jun/2020

 

 

If you’ve been in an accident or suffered a sports injury, you may have fallen and hit your mouth in the process, chipping a tooth.  You might have a tooth that is more prone to being chipped because of a cavity.  Decay can weaken the tooth structure, causing you to chip a tooth when you bite into something hard, or easily chip a tooth due to any pressure.  If you have chipped a tooth, you should make an appointment with a dentist right away.  Our Cary dental office excels at getting you in quickly to be seen by a skilled dentist who is an expert in dental emergencies and chipped teeth.

Zen Triangle Dentistry can provide you with multiple options to repair the chipped tooth, including dental bonding, restorations and veneers.  If you have suffered only a minor chip in your tooth enamel, your chipped tooth could possibly be fixed in one visit by reshaping and polishing the surface of the tooth.  Dental bonding may be able to replace the fractured tooth if you have the piece of tooth which has been lost.  The dentist could otherwise use a composite resin and dental bonding to restore the chipped tooth.   Tooth colored resins called composites are a more affordable option.  Porcelain veneers are possibly the most aesthetically pleasing option to repair a chipped tooth.

In the most severe cases, where a nerve has been exposed as a result of the trauma, you may be experiencing sensitivity to hot and cold, and intense pain.  This situation could necessitate a root canal to remove damaged pulp from the tooth. Regardless of which option you choose, Zen Triangle Dentistry will ensure that you are well-informed when you make your decision, and that the results are beautiful.


01/Jun/2020

Spring is the time of the year for new beginnings. The weather is warmer, the days are longer, and all things seem possible. Maybe it’s time to consider a brand-new smile. Now can be the time to restore your smile and feel confident about your appearance. Zen Triangle Dentistry is here to assist in helping you find that new smile for spring.

 

Preventative and Restorative dentistry can both play a part in having a better smile. There are steps you can take that are effective in regard to improving your teeth and their appearance. Regular teeth brushing and flossing are an important step you can take. Brushing will help reduce plaque build-up and prevent cavities when done regularly. Flossing will assist in these as well but also help with the prevention of any possible gum disease.

 

Dental exams and x-rays are another preventative measure to catch any possible dental problems early and keep your teeth clean and looking great. Our dentist and staff will inspect for any cavities or possible areas of concern and suggest any suitable treatments. Cosmetic and restorative dental procedures could also help in improving your smile. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular treatments that helps with reversing yellow and stained teeth. Zen Triangle Dentistry offers both Zoom and Ker teeth whitening products. Each has their own strengths and our dentist can recommend which will work best for you. Other cosmetic treatments can be crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, dental implants and corrective teeth straightening.

 

The office of Zen Triangle Dentistry in Cary NC is here to help with your desire to spring into a brand-new smile.

 


01/Jun/2020

Whether you are in need of emergency dental care or looking for a dental office, there are things to consider when choosing a new dentist. Location may be an important part of your decision. The dental office being close to your home or work will help with travel to your appointments and make it less likely you will miss them. Make sure they have flexible scheduling that will fit your schedule and have availability for same day dental emergencies. You also want to feel comfortable with the dentist and their staff and their overall dental philosophies.

 

You may want to see if the dentist has initial consultations available to discuss you and your family dental needs and concerns. See if they offer general dentistry services as well as restorative and preventative dental care. Finding a dental practice that accepts your dental insurance or offers flexible noninsurance options is important. Routine dental visits and future dentistry need should be considered.

 

General Dental services to consider:

 

  • New patient exams
  • Dental Cleanings
  • Digital X-Rays
  • Crowns and Bridges
  • Dental Implants
  • Gum Disease
  • Root Canals
  • Extractions
  • Composite Fillings
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Family Dentistry
  • Emergency Dentistry
  • Other General Dentistry Services

01/Jun/2020

Getting in to see your dentist once every six months is an easy habit to get into.  Usually these visits will be of nearly no cost to you if you have dental insurance.  And the benefit far outweighs any cost.  If it’s been awhile since your last dental exam or check-up, we understand.  We can help you get back on track getting regular cleanings, and taking X-rays to see where you are now.

Teeth cleanings are a quick and easy way to feel better about your smile.  Regular teeth cleanings prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay, cavities, and a whole host of other problems!  While cleaning your teeth, a skilled dental hygienist will examine each individual tooth for disease or damage.  The hygienist will also check your gums for any disease.  Dental x-rays may be taken with this scheduled dental exam. After the exam and cleaning, your teeth will be flossed.  Finally, your teeth will be polished and fluoride treatments may be given to keep your teeth protected.

Regular teeth cleanings and dental exams are the strongest predictor of excellent oral health.  If you care about your health, regular dental check-ups are vital.  Teeth cleanings and dental exams just twice a year go a long way to preventing gum disease and cavities.  Make sure that you schedule your dental exam soon to get you on the road to excellent oral health.


01/Jun/2020

Gum disease is often without pain, so you may not even be aware that you have it. If you have not been receiving regular dental checkups, there is a strong possibility that periodontal disease could exist and will progress further until the effects are irreversible. The keys to preventing periodontal disease are diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms of periodontal/gum disease may be difficult to spot.  Because gum disease is generally painless, you need to be on the lookout for possible signs of periodontal disease.

 

With the first stage of periodontal disease you will notice your gums bleeding easily from flossing and brushing. Your gum tissue is inflamed as a result of the bacteria in the plaque. In the early stages, this is a very treatable disease. You have not lost any gum tissue. The second stage of periodontal disease is much more serious.  Not all gingivitis will progress to periodontitis, but it certainly can happen without preventative dental treatments.   When periodontitis happens, your gums become infected, leading to bleeding gums, pus pockets and your gums recede; leading ultimately to loose teeth that may fall out or need to be pulled by your dentist.

 

Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the gum disease.  Non-surgical deep cleaning/ root planning/ scaling involves getting deep into the gum pockets to eradicate bacteria. During this deep cleaning local anesthetic may be used to ensure your complete comfort through this periodontal treatment. The tartar is gently scaled away from your teeth. Stains and mineral deposits are removed. Plaque is eliminated as the dentist targets the affected tissue, by scaling the root of the tooth.  Prescribing of an antibiotic to fight the bacteria at the source of your periodontal disease. If this is the chosen treatment, an antibiotic would be placed inside the gum pockets, at the site of the infection.

 


01/Jun/2020

Sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary due to decay that has destroyed the tooth, and the tooth cannot be saved.  Other times a tooth extraction is needed due to an accident. Accidents can cause teeth to become chipped, cracked, or broken.  In some cases, the best way to deal with these damaged teeth is a tooth extraction by a dentist with experience to ensure that you receive excellent care.

As unfortunate as it is, when you realize a tooth extraction is necessary, it is essential that you deal with the problem as swiftly as possible. Having the procedure done will allow you to get back to your normal routines pain-free!  It is also important to locate a dentist your trust to set your mind at ease.

It is unfortunate that cavities or an accident would necessitate a tooth extraction.  But taking care of it with qualified dentist is in your best interests.  In the past, the necessity of a tooth extraction meant you had limited treatments after the procedure. With the advances in dentistry, you now have many options after a tooth extraction.  Dental implants provide a permanent solution to replace a lost tooth. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry can elevate your oral health and make your smile beautiful again.


01/Jun/2020

Your smile matters to you.  It is often the first thing people notice when meeting you.  If you are embarrassed of your smile, you may be ready to try cosmetic dentistry.  Most people experience a need for cosmetic dentistry at some point in their lives.  When you are in need of a cosmetic dentist, you want to choose a cosmetic dentistry office that provides complete dental care.  Your overall health is important to you, but so is your smile.

Whether you have a chipped tooth or lost filling, cracks in your teeth, stained or yellow teeth or any other cosmetic concerns, you should consult an experienced professional. A cosmetic dentist can answer your questions and provide you with a dental plan to address your concerns.

Cosmetic dentistry is all about feeling your best and presenting your best smile to the world.  This can give you the confidence to smile and to feel relaxed while smiling. You can achieve the smile of your dreams and develop a plan of care that will leave you feeling good about yourself.  Cosmetic dentistry can be affordable, comfortable and rewarding if you find the right cosmetic dentist.

There are many services you have to choose from when you are looking to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry.  Some cosmetic dental procedures include porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, dental implants, tooth whitening, and composite fillings. Orthodontic care is another aspect of cosmetic dentistry. We can also discuss the possibility of closing gaps between teeth, repairing chipped teeth or even reshaping teeth to create an even looking smile.

A cosmetic dentist will consider all of your needs, your oral health plan, and present you with a myriad of treatment options.  This allows you to make the decision to pursue a cosmetic dentistry plan that will benefit you the most.  When you are ready to discover your best smile and put your best foot forward, you should explore the possibilities of cosmetic dentistry.


01/Jun/2020

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


01/Jun/2020

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.

 

 



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