Category Archives: Cosmetic Dentistry

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Address:
8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
Telephone:

704-510-1150

Email:smile@glasscockdental.com
Business Hours
Monday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. – Every Other Week
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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Chipped Teeth Choices

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If you have a chipped tooth, you’re not alone! In fact, chipped teeth are the most common dental injury today. But don’t let that little-known fact fool you into ignoring a chipped tooth; any type of dental trauma deserves immediate attention. A small chip may not cause you pain, but there could be damage underneath the surface of the tooth. Our dentist can rule out cracks or internal tooth problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye. And in many cases, your chipped tooth can be repaired in just one visit.
Options, Options
Chipped tooth treatments vary according to the amount of damage. Depending on your situation, any one of these chipped tooth treatments may be an option for you:
Dental Bonding — Most chips can be corrected with dental bonding. Dental bonding is an efficient, durable and cost-effective way to correct minor chips.
Enamel Shaping — Often used in conjunction with dental bonding, enamel shaping can also correct small chips or surface flaws. During enamel shaping, a small portion of the tooth’s surface is removed or recontoured to smooth out imperfections.
Dental Veneers – If the chip is significant and dental bonding or enamel shaping can’t be used, you may need a veneer. These thin, porcelain wafers completely cover the surface of the tooth and are often used for front teeth.
Root Canal – Pain in the location of the chip can be a sign that the nerve is exposed. If that’s the case, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth.
Dental Crown — A dental crown is used to completely cover larger teeth or to cap a tooth after a root canal.
Tooth Extraction — If the tooth can’t be saved, a tooth extraction may be necessary. The good news is a dental bridge or dental implants can replace missing teeth.

Are your Gums Receding or Extra Sensitive?

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Gum Grafts: Stick It to Receding Gums

Take a look at your gums. Do they look like they’re receding or do they feel extra sensitive lately? If yes, it’s time to come in for a visit. Receding gums are a sign of two things: gum disease or overly aggressive brushing. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and even heart disease. For early stages of gum disease, we can use a non-surgical scaling and root planing (SRP) treatment to get your gums healthy again. Excessive gum recession, however, sometimes requires a surgical treatment called a gum graft.
Once your gums start to recede, brushing with a lighter hand will only be effective if there is still adequate gum tissue left to act as a barrier from disease and bone loss. But if your gums have receded to the extent that your tooth roots are exposed, you may need a gum graft. Exposed tooth roots can cause varying degrees of tooth sensitivity or make your teeth appear longer than normal. But more importantly, exposed tooth roots can leave your teeth vulnerable to bacteria and periodontal disease.
Gum grafts may also be used to correct a high frenum attachment. The frenum is the muscle between the upper or lower front teeth; if it pulls on the gum margin, recession could result. Orthodontic therapies can also stretch the gum line and cause the gums to recede. In all cases, gum grafts are an excellent way to protect the underlying bone and prevent the gums from receding further.

History of Clear Braces

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History of Clear Braces

Invisible braces (or clear braces) were first invented in 1987.   This invention was the first of its kind and a revolutionary product to traditional metal braces.  As this was the first version, the original invisible braces were expensive, cumbersome and much less precise to the products we have today.

As with any new  great idea, competitors began to emerge to try and improve upon the original concept.   In 1997, two MBA students at Stanford University, Zia Chisti and Kelsey Wirth , with the help of high tech computer imaging,  perfected the procedure needed to make invisible braces effective.  This was the birth of Invisalign.  In late 2006, out of necessity and high cost of clear brace aligners, owner and founder Dr. Willis Pumphrey, a 25 year veteran of dentistry, opened up Clear Correct.  Clear Correct, unlike it competitors, manufactures their clear brace aligners here in the states.

Why we Choose Clear Correct

The office of Glasscock Dental offers the Clear Correct system.  After careful consideration and evaluation, we find Clear Correct and its competitor Invisalign to be very similar in their end result for our patients.  They are both very good teeth straightening systems.  Both products are made of a clear plastic that is comfortable to wear.  The aligners are computer generated with both programs for the patients dental plan.  Where we find differences and favor Clear Correct as our choice to offer our patients  is in cost.  Overall, the Clear Correct system tends to be a more affordable option for our patients.  Also, the Clear Correct aligners are made here in the USA.

 

Why Adults Should Consider Clear Braces

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Adults and Braces

It’s a big step deciding the get braces as an adult. Researching the products available to get your desired result at the best cost is essential to the process.  I know what your thinking, “Braces are for Teenagers” and you don’t want to be walking around with a mouth full of metal at your age.   I’m here to tell you, if you are a candidate, it can be done another way.  Getting clear braces could be the right choice for you.

Why Consider Braces?

There are many reasons to consider braces (even as an adult).  The most important thing is healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment.  How does your teeth being strait contribute to this?

1. When teeth are crooked or crowded, it makes them harder to clean.  Without proper cleaning of neglected, hard reached area’s, tooth decay can result.  This could lead to gum disease and eventual tooth loss.

2. Misaligned teeth can contribute to abnormal wear of teeth surfaces.  This can cause you to wear down your enamel, chip or break a tooth.  This problem can also lead to misalignment of the jaw joints.  That misalignment can lead to chronic headaches, neck pain or face pain.

3. Crooked teeth can cause injury more easily to your mouth, tongue and lips.

4.  An attractive smile is more engaging .  You will feel more confident and smile more.  47% of people notice a person’s smile first when they first meet someone.

Clear Correct

The office of Glasscock  Dental offers the Clear Correct system.  We feel this system is the most cost effective, comfortable and provides are patients with that beautiful, straight smile they are looking for.  Please contact our office to find out more about our free consultation to see if you are a candidate for Clear Correct clear braces.

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Ideas

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Are you looking for the right gift?  

Well, you found it!  

Give the gift of confidence and a beautiful smile with Opalscence.

Opalscence is the perfect gift for someone looking to have an amazing white smile.  This product offers a better solution to over the counter products that tend not to work as well. Opalescence provides professional whitening results for people who want to take their whitening treatments on the go.  You can’t buy this item in stores as it can only be purchased by a licensed dental professional.  The office of Glasscock Dental is proud to now be able to offer this product to our patience.

Opalescence provides a ready-to-go whitening gel that come with prefilled disposable trays.  So it’s ready to use right out of the package. No need to wait for custom trays, you can begin whitening your smile as soon as you leave our office.

If you have any questions, please give our office a call.  We are always here to assist you and answer your questions.

Address:
8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
Telephone:

704-510-1150

 Email:smile@glasscockdental.com
Business Hours
Monday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. – Every Other Week
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Straight Teeth have Health Benefits

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Most people think straightening their teeth is strictly for appearance purposes. Very few people know of the health benefits associated with a straight healthy smile.  The office of Dr. David M. Glasscock Family and Cosmetic Dentistry would like to give you some reasons to think about why you should consider straightening your teeth.

HEALTHIER TEETH AND GUMS

Crowded teeth or having teeth too widely spaced can cause swollen, red gums. When your teeth are properly aligned, it helps your gums fit more securely around your teeth.  Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean well.  When teeth are moved forward or back, it is easier to miss areas when trying to maintain your daily oral care. Missed areas on tooth surfaces can lead to bacteria and plaque build up which will ultimately lead to tooth decay and cavities.

Protruding Teeth

Teeth that are protruding are more likely to be broken in some sort of accident.  Teeth that protrude are also more likely to cause injury to a lip or the inside of your mouth do to an accidental bumping.

Problems with Teeth

Teeth that are not aligned properly show signs of abnormal wear more frequently. It also can cause problems with chewing, excessive stress on gum tissue and your bones that support your teeth.  Misalignment of your jaw joint can lead to frequent headaches , jaw pain, and neck pain.

Overall Health

They say that your mouth is the window to your bodies health.  Properly aligned teeth and jaw may alleviate physical health issues.

The office of Dr. David M. Glasscock offers Clear Correct as an alternative to metal braces.  If you are looking to make a healthier better you, give us a call to set up an appointment to see what Clear Correct can do for you.

Address:
8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
Telephone:

704-510-1150

Fax:

704-510-1220