New Digital Dental X-Rays Reduce Radiation up to 90%
It’s a kinder and gentler world at the dentist’s office these days. The scary needles and drills are being replaced with high tech equipment that didn’t even exist a few years ago. One such piece of dental technology is the Digital X-ray.
Clearer, More Accurate X-rays
Dental x-rays have been “good enough,” but with today’s modern dental technology a more accurate diagnosis is required. Enter the Digital X-ray. “Because of fluoridated water, tooth enamel has become much harder and decay resistant,” says Dr. Duc Tang, a Charlotte family dentist. “This is a good thing except that it makes decay much harder to detect so it often doesn’t even show up on a traditional x-ray.”
Digital X rays provide clearer and much more accurate pictures of what’s going on inside a patient’s mouth. This allows for a more accurate diagnosis. Leaks or breaks in fillings that used to go unnoticed, often leading to root canals, can now be found and treated before major damage is done.
Less Radiation Exposure
The new X-ray technology also produces up to 90% less radiation than earlier methods. “Traditional X-rays are and always have been perfectly safe,” says Dr. Tang. “The problem was that some people were nervous about the amount of radiation they were receiving in the dental office. This new technology greatly reduces this concern.”
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Are you ready to find out how veneers could improve the look of your smile?
Cosmetic dentistry has certainly come a long way over the decades. It’s amazing what dentists are able to do thanks to advancements in dental technology, techniques and materials. Now, our Charlotte, NC, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Duc Tang, can truly transform smiles with simple restorations like dental veneers.
What are dental veneers?
Even the smallest imperfections can really take something away from your smile. There are many scenarios that can leave you with chipped, cracked or discolored teeth. Even though little flaws can easily be treated, more extensive cosmetic defects may seem more difficult to tackle. Don’t worry, our Charlotte dentist believes that dental veneers could be just the thing you’ve been looking for.
Dental veneers are ultra-thin shells made from porcelain. Porcelain is a highly durable material that is also designed to match the shade and translucency of natural teeth. It’s even stain-resistant, which means that you won’t have to worry about your new smile fading over time. Veneers are uniquely crafted to fit over your teeth and are bonded to the front surface to hide an array of imperfections.
What problems can dental veneers address?
Veneers are an amazingly versatile restoration since they are able to cover up a myriad of problems. Do you have severe discolorations that even professional teeth whitening can’t handle? Then veneers can cover these discolorations and give you the whiter smile you want. Do you have chips, cracks or fractures in your teeth? Veneers can also hide these problems.
Veneers can also help improve the evenness of your smile and make your smile appear straighter. If you have one tooth that is a bit too short, too long, worn down, crooked or overlapping, then veneers can easily alter the shape, size and length of one or more teeth to give you the smile you’ve always wanted but never thought possible.
If you are ready to find out if you are the ideal candidate for dental veneers, then it’s time you turned to Promenade Center for Dentistry in Charlotte, NC, to learn more about what veneers could do to enhance your appearance. Call us today!
Do you often forget to floss? Find out why you might want to start remembering.
You are getting ready for bed and it hits you—you’re really sleepy. You can barely keep your eyes open, as you turn off the TV and walk zombie-like to your bathroom. The idea of picking up your toothbrush sounds akin to hiking Everest and you’re not sure you’re up for the challenge (but you do it anyway, right?). You finishing brushing your teeth but then what? Do you head right to bed or did you skip a crucial piece of the oral health puzzle? Our South Charlotte, NC, dentist, Dr. Duc Tang, thinks you may just have forgotten something very important.
Flossing: It’s a necessity. Some may even call it a necessary evil, but it’s truly the only way to get the surfaces between teeth clean. Sure, your toothbrush may be able to dislodge some food or plaque, if you’re lucky, but you don’t want to rely on that when you have a handy tool that you know will do just the trick.
Flossing doesn’t have to be a long, arduous process. In fact, you only have to do it once a day (how easy is that?). Of course, many people ask our South Charlotte, NC, general dentist what would happen if they didn’t floss their teeth regularly. Here’s the answer:
Throughout the day a sticky substance known as plaque forms along the teeth and gums. You can’t see it, but it’s there. The plaque shows up based on the foods and drinks you consume throughout the day. Plaque cannot stay on teeth and gums or it will harden into tartar, something that can wreak some serious havoc on teeth.
Okay, it probably won’t cause serious issues right away but it will lead to cavities and gum disease if you aren’t careful. Those who don’t give their smiles the proper care they need on a daily basis may experience such extensive decay that it deems a tooth irreparable. In this case, we would need to extract the tooth and then determine a suitable replacement.
But why go through exhausting, extensive and even expensive restorative dentistry when you have one tool right at your disposal, from the comfort of your home, no less? Flossing everyday can remove plaque from between teeth and along the gumline and prevent it from ever turning into tartar, which leaves you not only with fresher breath but healthier teeth and gums.
Promenade Center for Dentistry in South Charlotte, NC, wants to make sure that you have a healthy smile for life. Whether that means calling us to ask questions about flossing and other ways to care for your smile or scheduling your six-month cleanings, we are here for you.
In many people’s minds, the words “root canal” have an instant negative connotation. Fortunately, many of the negative thoughts surrounding root canal therapy are simply myths. A root canal is an important dental procedure which, by design, actually preserves the natural structure of the tooth. Learn more about root canal therapy and what it can do for your mouth with Dr. Duc Tang at Promenade Center for Dentistry in Charlotte, NC.
Does a root canal hurt?
The very first thing your dentist will do before beginning your root canal procedure is numb the area he will work in. This eliminates the chance that you will feel any pain during your procedure.
How can a root canal help my tooth?
Tooth decay eats away at a tooth until it reaches the inner pulp chamber, where it infects the inner tissues and the tooth’s nerve. At this point, the only option is to extract the tooth altogether or perform a root canal to clear out the decayed tissues and fill in the tooth. Preserving the tooth’s natural structure leaves its roots intact, providing the stimulation the bone in which they lie needs to stay healthy and prevent bone atrophy. Extracting the tooth removes the roots as well, leaving a gap in your smile and affecting chewing and eating.
Do I need a root canal?
One of the most tell-tale signs of requiring a root canal is suffering from a toothache. Many times, a sudden toothache signals that decay has reached the tooth’s nerve and began infecting the surrounding tissues. You may also need a root canal if you have a broken or damaged tooth which exposes the tooth’s nerve.
Root Canal Therapy in Charlotte, NC
According to the American Academy of Endodontics, dentists perform about 15 million root canals a year, over 41,000 a day. This tried and true method will resolve your toothache and leave you with a healthy, functional tooth for years to come. For more information on root canal therapy, please contact Dr. Duc Tang at Promenade Center for Dentistry in Charlotte, NC. Call (704) 321-0980 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Tang today!
At our Dentist office here in Charlotte, we’ve been getting quite a few questions as the summer approaches about wisdom teeth.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
In general, most of us are going to have all 32 of our teeth. There are exceptions where some people will have less, and some people will have more. The wisdom teeth are known as our third molars and are the furthest back tooth.
The first molars are usually called the 6 year old molars, and the second molars are the 12 year molars. They’re called this because of the approximate age that they’ll erupt. Our third molars generally will start erupting a little later, but the age varies because so many of them get stuck and never make it through. But the mid to late teens is when we’ll start to notice issues related to their eruption.
Why do third molars need to be extracted?
First lets mention that not everybody will need their third molars removed. But a vast majority of people will, for the simple fact that there is no room.
With an impacted tooth, there can be several consequences. Pain from the inflammation around the gum tissue and jaw. Erupting third molars can also cause damage to the second molars. And impacted molars can form cysts around them.
When is the best time to get them extracted?
There’s a risk benefit ratio. The earlier they are taken out the less complications one would endure. A great age is the high school years. We’ll take an x-ray to track the development and path of the third molar. If it looks like it’ll be impacted we’ll then check the root development. We like to see about â…” of the roots formed for an extraction. If not enough of the root is formed then we’ll run into problems with the tooth rolling in the socket and not being extracted as easily. If the roots are fully formed we then run into the issue of being close to the nerves of the jaw and potential root tips breaking off. But that’s not to say that we couldn’t remove the teeth at either end of the spectrum.
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