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What are Dental Implants?

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. Implants, as it’s name implies, are  medical devices that replace a missing body part.  They function like the missing tooth, making it a better alternatives than bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.

The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.

The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.

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After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. One this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. This will then be sent to an outside lab. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office of David M. Glasscock to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.

Is there any Benefits from having Implants?

There are many benefits to dental implants. Dental Implants function the same way a normal tooth would function.

1. You are able to eat any food  you would have normally been able to eat prior to loosing a tooth.  Missing teeth make eating more difficult.

2. Having a health smile will also improve your social interactions with people.  A healthy smile is engaging. People who are missing teeth or in need of dental care tend not to smile.

3. When you have untreated dental problems, they will affect your physical well being.  Removing and replacing damaged teeth will help promote healthier gums as well as prevent your other teeth from moving.

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






Cosmetic Dentistry- Is it worth the cost?

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  • 63% – Percentage of people who say they look best in photos when they are showing their teeth.
  • 99.7% – Percentage of adults who say an attractive smile is an important personal asset.
  • 74% – Percentage of people who say that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for business or career success.
  • 23% – Percentage of people who say they look the best with their mouth closed.

Statistics prove over and over again that a healthy, beautiful smile is important to the success of your life. Some people underestimate the power of a beautiful smile and perfect teeth. That is why they don’t invest much on their dental treatments. They think that visiting a dentist is the last thing that they should do.  The office of Dr. David M. Glasscock DDS is here to tell you they are wrong.

Statistics tells us over and over again that your smile is the most important asset you  own.  It helps you get a job, makes you attractive to the opposite sex, and even helps you in establishing friendships.  Why wouldn’t you want to invest time and effort into something that provides you so much help in your life?

Some of us are just not blessed with the prefect smile.  We might need a little help.  Thankfully we live in a time where technology can fix the imperfections we were given.  Do to the advancements  in dental health, we can correct almost any problem.

Is cosmetic dentistry expensive? It can be.  It really depends on what needs to be done to determine the cost of treatment.

Is it worth the investment?  YES

Why is it worth it?  Having an attractive smile will help you live your life to its potential.  Do you want to be held back because of bad teeth? The investment of a healthy smile will improve your  overall health, your confidence and attractiveness to the people around you. 

Call the office of Dr. David M. Glasscock DDS.  We provide all aspects of Cosmetic Dentistry to the people of Charlotte and surrounding areas of NC.  Our goal is to provide you the most comprehensive treatment at a fair and reasonable price.  We want to make you smile!

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Happy Thanksgiving and National Flossing Day!

Too much turkey at Thanksgiving may induce drowsiness and cause you to go to sleep without flossing. From Turkey to yummy dessert its important to remember to brush and floss when you get home! Ironically, the day AFTER Thanksgiving (November 23rd) is National Flossing Day!



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Oral Health (CDC), 54 million people live with untreated tooth decay in their permanent teeth, while the U.S. Surgeon General states that periodontal disease is one of the biggest threats to oral health and one of the most common chronic diseases in the U.S. Rather than becoming a statistic, bite into a new oral health regime on National Flossing Day on Friday, November 23.

In addition to the cosmetic benefits such as fresh breath and cleaner, whiter teeth, flossing has many health advantages. Flossing on a regular basis removes plaque which can cause tartar build-up and reduces the risk of periodontal disease, gingivitis and tooth decay. In addition, you are less likely to lose your teeth and need dentures later in life.

“Nearly half of American adults over 30 and approximately 70 percent of seniors over 65 are afflicted with periodontal disease according to the CDC,” said Kathie Marsh, Dental Assistant program curriculum coordinator for Anthem Education Group. “Now is the time to take charge of your oral health and start practicing proper dental care.”

In honor of National Flossing Day, Anthem Education Group offers five flossing tips:

1. Floss before you brush so fluoride in toothpaste can reach between your teeth. 2. Guide floss between teeth using a back-and-forth motion.
3. Slide floss against the tooth surface and underneath the gum line. Pay attention to teeth next to toothless gaps.
4. Use a threader to assist in flossing if you have braces or other dental appliances.
5. Practice good flossing techniques at least once a day.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/Anthem-Education-Group-Shares-the-Tooth-4044116.php#ixzz2Cto5rjIn

Need Help Flossing? Contact Glasscock Dental for more information.

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

Get a Celebrity Smile with Veneers

Surprisingly, the beautiful celebrities we see on the cover of magazines and on television commercials may not have always looked the way they do now.

Celebrities have the pressure of looking “perfect” pretty much 24/7.  A lot of times hollywood’s finest need a little help.  Many times a subtle yet impactful cosmetic procedure like getting Veneers is the perfect solution and can do the trick without being so obvious.


Veneers are an excellent way to redesign and reshape your entire mouth no matter what age you are. Veneers are a very thin, durable, tooth shaped porcelain facings that are custom made to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

What Types of Problems Do Dental Veneers Fix?

Veneers are routinely used to fix:

  • Teeth that are discolored — either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
  • Teeth that are worn down
  • Teeth that are chipped or broken
  • Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
  • Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
  • In some cases veneers are sometimes used as an alternative from having to wear braces.

But veneers are not just a cosmetic fix, they also can be key to maintaining a healthy mouth.

Crooked teeth, in addition to being unattractive, also can increase the chances of cavities and gum disease by creating pockets in the mouth where food can get trapped. Also, a misaligned bite can be responsible for everything from painful TMJ to eventual tooth and bone loss.

Getting a dental veneer(s) may require more than one visit. Dr. Glasscock will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you, and he will discuss what the treatment will involve. Some patients will be able to have the veneers made the same day with the Cerec technology.

Interested in Veneers? Contact Glasscock Dental for more information.

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

Cosmetic Dentistry- First Impressions Do Matter

It has become more important than ever to maintain a vibrant healthy smile and a healthy body.  Based on your general appearance (teeth, hair, clothes, shoes, and body fitness) people tend to make a snap judgement on what they think of you.  I realize people tell you all the time that it’s what you have on the inside that matters.  Only a  shallow person would judge you on your physical appearance.  I agree that a persons unique individual qualities should be the most important thing in any relationship but that is secondary to  First Impressions.  First Impressions do Matter.  If the person you are engaging doesn’t find you visually stimulating enough to engage a second time, they will never find out how wonderful you are.

What is wrong with enhancing your appearance?  There are many studies that indicate when you feel good about your appearance, your confidence level increases.   The first trait most noticed while encountering another individual is  their smile.  If a persons is smiling they are considered engaging and friendly.  Who doesn’t want to be around a friendly, engaging person?  When a person doesn’t feel good about the appearance of their teeth, they tend to keep their mouth shut giving an impression of coldness.  So if you are thinking about enhancing your smile, let me give you some reasons from PR News that might convince you to think about it.

The perception study reinforced the affect crooked teeth can have on one’s social life and how they are perceived by others, including:

  • Making a Lasting impression: It’s important to have attractive teeth as part of a smile because pearly whites make a lasting first impression. Nearly one-third (29%) of Americans say the first aspect of someone’s face they typically notice is his or her teeth, and 24% say this is also the facial aspect that they remember the most after meeting someone.
  • Straight Teeth = Success: These thoughts also extend to perceptions regarding an individual’s potential for professional and financial success.  When looking at images, Americans perceive those with straight teeth to be 45% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job when competing with someone who has a similar skill set and experience.  They are also seen as 58% more likely to be successful, as well as 58% more likely to be wealthy.
  • Love at First Sight: Not if you have crooked teeth. When it comes to attracting a possible mate on a dating site, those with straight teeth are seen as 57% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a date based on their picture alone.
  • Crooked Teeth = Dull Social Life: Nearly two in five (38%) Americans would consider not going on a second date with someone who has misaligned teeth. Far fewer would ditch someone who lives with his or her parents (23%).
  • Straight Teeth = Good Personality: People connect more positive descriptions with men and women who have straight teeth than those who have crooked teeth. Those with straight teeth are 21% more likely to be seen as happy, 47% more likely to be viewed as being healthy and 38% more likely to be perceived as smart.
  • A Nice Smile Goes a Long Way: Nearly three in four (73%) Americans would be more likely to trust someone with a nice smile than someone with a good job, outfit, or car.
  • The Want List: Having an attractive smile is something important to many Americans. Close to three in five (57%) Americans would rather have a nice smile than clear skin. What’s more, 87% would forego something for a year in order to have a nice smile for the rest of their life; more than one-third of these folks would give up dessert (39%) or vacations (37%).

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Dr. David M Glasscock, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

  • 8430 University Executive Park Drive, Suite 610
  • Charlotte, NC 28262
  • Ph#704-510-1150