Patient Education at Family Dentistry on Montford

Patient Education

Answering Common Dental Questions in Charlotte

Do Dental Implants Require Any Special Care?

One of the biggest benefits of fixing your missing tooth with a dental implant is how seamlessly it blends with the rest of your teeth. Your custom crown will look like it’s been a part of your smile forever and never be prone to cavities or root canals.

For most people, the everyday care for a dental implant is no different than your normal oral health routine of brushing twice daily and flossing once. You still want to make sure you keep food particles and debris from your dental implant because there’s always a chance they can stick to some of the areas surrounding your dental implant. This always has the potential of plaque formation or infection to your gums.

This is why it’s important to keep up with your regular visits with your dentist and hygienist so they can monitor your entire mouth for anything suspicious. Your hygienist will also use special tools and techniques to gently clean your dental implant and make sure it’s secure and doing its job. Keeping your dental implant clean is important, but it should not keep you up at night. Smile and enjoy your renewed self-confidence you truly deserve.


Will My Dental Crown Or Bridge Be Noticeable?

There’s a reason this is one of our FAQs because we get asked this a lot. It’s with great confidence that we can say that the answer to this question is NO. It makes complete sense that people ask us this because, in the past, it was a valid question. The entire team at Family Dentistry on Montford will tell you — times have definitely changed.

Thanks to huge advancements in modern dental materials and technology, you’ll be amazed at how natural and beautiful crowns and bridges look these days. The improvements over past dental restorations are dramatically life-changing for patients and their self-confidence.

The durable porcelain that’s used to build modern crowns and bridges has the ability to be expertly color-matched by your dentist and our lab. The end result is a seamless smile that’s natural yet noticeably improved.


What About Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening Kits?

This is another excellent question we hear from patients of all ages. How do you know if the stuff you’re spending your hard-earned money on is actually working? Purchasing teeth whitening products is no different than other household items we all use or need. It adheres to the old adage — you get what you pay for. Why? Because what you find at your local drugstore is mass-produced and meant as a one-size-fits-all solution. However, we all know our smiles are as unique as our fingerprints, with different requirements and needs. What you’re getting at the store is more hype and less professional-strength, where you’ll actually see the stunning results you’ve been looking for. As an added bonus, you get help achieving your desired results from a team you know and trust.


Am I Having A Dental Emergency?

We hope you and your family never have to experience a dental emergency on any level, but as we all know — accidents happen! When they do, know that your friends at Family Dentistry on Montford are here for you and are skilled in fixing dental emergencies quickly and comfortably. Chances are, if you’re experiencing sharp or acute pain, especially in your nerves, you have a dental emergency. The first thing you need to know is to not panic. There’s a simple three-step process for getting you out of pain and fixing your smile.

  1. Call us right away if you’re experiencing pain or damage to your teeth.
  2. Come in for an emergency appointment where we can assess your needs.
  3. We diagnose issues and create a custom treatment plan to help you heal.

Dental emergencies happen more often than you think. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to call us if you’re struggling and uncomfortable. You don’t deserve to live like this! Common dental emergencies include:

  • A pimple-like lesion on your gums
  • A broken or cracked tooth
  • A foreign object stuck between your teeth
  • Swelling in your gums and face
  • A broken or lost filling or crown

We have everything you could need to get your smile back in good health. If you think you’re having a dental emergency, please don’t wait to reach out to us. We’re always here and ready to help.


Why Is A Root Canal Necessary?

They’re the two words in dentistry that no patient ever wants to hear — root canal. However, there’s really nothing to be worried or upset about. Thanks to advancements in technology and Dr. Robertson’s highly-skilled training, root canals at Family Dentistry on Montford are a breeze.

The reason we might recommend a root canal is simple. The interior of your tooth is filled with infection. This means you could end up with a lot of pain and damage to your sensitive nerves. Sometimes the infection is so powerful it has the ability to spread to nearby teeth. A root canal relieves all of this by removing the infection and restoring your tooth to its natural, healthy state. The more of your natural teeth we can save and protect with root canals, the more likely your smile will last a lifetime.


What Are The Advantages Of Invisalign®?

The answer to this question is — where do we start? Ever since Invisalign entered the orthodontic world, it’s revolutionized how people can get a straighter, healthier smile. With its custom, clear aligner technology, patients enjoy orthodontic treatment without restrictions and with a whole lot of freedom.

Compared to traditional braces and other orthodontic options, Invisalign has many advantages including:

  • Clear aligners that hide the fact you’re straightening your smile, unlike traditional metal braces
  • You can take them out and clean them with ease
  • You won’t have to worry about food restrictions
  • You’ll have fewer visits to the dentist for adjustments
  • There’s less uncomfortable pain with clear aligners
  • You can still play your favorite musical instrument without pain
  • Your self-esteem will skyrocket

With all these big benefits, it’s easy to see why so many of our patients like you choose Invisalign for themselves or someone in their family. There are probably even more that we haven’t listed here! That’s something we can show and tell you about when you call Family Dentistry on Montford for your Invisalign consultation.

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