General Dentistry Service Huntersville, NC
Our family dentist, Dr. Guice, and the entire team of Lake Norman Dentistry focus on providing preventative dental care and performing a variety of dental procedures to keep patients in excellent oral health. By providing comprehensive care, we can ensure your teeth remain as healthy as possible and that if anything does develop, we can treat the condition as soon as possible.
Whether you’re concerned about your bad breath, a toothache, or want to improve the appearance of your smile, we can help. We’re proud to serve North Carolina patients in Charlotte, Cornelius, Lowesville, and the surrounding areas. At Lake Norman Dentistry, our staff is warm and friendly. We take the time to understand your oral health concerns and provide the information and services you need to maintain lifelong oral health.
Keeping Your Natural Smile Healthy
Lake Norman Dentistry offers a variety of comprehensive services designed to treat several dental conditions. Our general dentistry is aimed at preserving and protecting the health of your natural smile. That includes keeping tooth decay at bay, fixing minor damage to the integrity of your teeth, and ensuring your gums stay strong. By investing in your oral health, you can prevent serious issues and lower your risk of developing health conditions later on.
Our Huntersville dentist prioritizes patient education and you can rest assured that we’ll keep you informed every step of the way. This way, you understand your oral health better and can make informed decisions in case any problems arise. For patients who suffer from dental anxiety, we offer solutions so that you can relax while getting the dental treatment you deserve.
Our general dentistry services include:
Teeth Cleanings and Examinations
At our Huntersville, NC dental office, we recommend you have your teeth cleaned at least twice per year. This way, we can remove the plaque that has built up on and in between your teeth. Regardless of how well you brush your teeth, it is difficult to clean hard-to-reach spaces, leading to a buildup of plaque and tartar. Since plaque can increase your risk of getting cavities, removing it can help you to be in better health. These appointments are completed quickly, and we can attempt to work within your schedule.
Oral Cancer Detection
Our general dentistry services include looking for signs of oral cancer while cleaning and examining your teeth. At Lake Norman Dentistry, we understand the important role we play in detecting signs of the disease. It is difficult– if not impossible– to see the inside of your mouth, which makes it difficult to see signs of oral cancer until the disease has spread. While cleaning your teeth, we can look for hard lumps, bumps, red and white spots, and rough patches – all traditional signs of oral cancer. If we see these signs, we can refer you to an oncologist for further testing.
Bad Breath Treatments
If you suffer from halitosis (bad breath), you don’t have to live with it. Call 704-895-3858 to schedule a dental examination and bad breath treatment. Very often, this is caused by a cavity, infection, or gum disease. By cleaning your teeth and your tongue, we can typically remove the cause of your bad breath. If you have other issues like dry mouth that are causing the problem, we can discuss further ways to improve it.
Treating Gum Disease
In our Huntersville, NC dental office, we both prevent and treat gum disease. This is one of our most important general dentistry services because if gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to gum recession and tooth loss. We can treat it by removing plaque from underneath your gums. Typically, this will help restore your gums to good health. However, if your gums begin to recede, we can discuss more intensive general dentistry services.
If you or your children have deep ridges on the chewing surfaces of your teeth, you should consider dental sealants. Patients can use this procedure as a way to reduce their risk of developing cavities. This is an easy way to protect your teeth because we can apply sealant in a matter of minutes. It works by acting like a protective barrier so food particles and plaque cannot become trapped, thereby reducing your risk of developing cavities.
Studies have found that a fluoride treatment can reduce your child's risk of getting cavities by 30 percent or more. If you live in the Huntersville area, visit our dental office and ask for a fluoride treatment annually. Fluoride works as a mineral that strengthens your teeth. In between appointments, you can use fluoride toothpaste to continue strengthening them.
At Lake Norman Dentistry, we can treat any of your cavities and restore the missing tooth structure with a dental filling. We can place natural-looking, tooth-colored fillings, so your tooth looks both natural and beautiful. If your teeth require intense repair or if you’re missing teeth, our family dentist also offers restorative dentistry services.
If the center of your tooth is infected, you most likely need a root canal. The obvious sign of this is if you have tooth sensitivity or a toothache. To perform a root canal, your Huntersville dentist will create a small hole in the tooth to remove the infected area before cleaning the area, seal it up with a rubber-like material, and then use a filling or dental crown to restore and protect the tooth. We will numb the area to be sure you feel comfortable during the procedure. It will last slightly longer than treating a cavity, but the process is fairly similar.
Sometimes, if a tooth cannot be saved, tooth extraction is needed to preserve the health of your overall smile. By removing problematic teeth, your oral health is protected. One of the most common tooth extraction procedures is for extracting wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that our mouths typically can’t accommodate. They rarely come in properly which leads to intense pain and discomfort for the patient.
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Preventative Care Tips From Our General Dentistry Office
We understand the power and importance of education. We believe that when our patients are better informed, they can make healthier decisions that will reduce the likelihood of them developing cavities or infections. This is why we take the time to discuss oral health. When you visit our Huntersville dental office, we can show you how to brush your teeth properly, how to select the right toothbrush, what foods to avoid, and what foods to eat for a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.
We can also provide you with specific instructions that relate to your oral health. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call (704) 895-3858 or fill out the contact form at the top of this page.
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Definition of Dental Terminology
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite.
- Tooth decay is when the enamel of the tooth begins to decay and cause erosion from plaque and tartar on the teeth.
- Dental Caries
- Dental caries is also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
- Dental Checkup
- A dental checkup is an appointment that involves cleaning the teeth, identifying any signs of infection and removing said signs of infection at least once every six months in the office.
- Dental Filling
- A dental filling involves restoring the structure of the tooth by using metal, alloy, porcelain or plastic to fill the tooth.
- Dental Prophylaxis
- A dental prophylaxis is a professional and detailed cleaning that involves the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the teeth.
- Dental Sealants
- Dental sealants contain a resinous material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to prevent dental caries.
- A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
- Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue that results from plaque, other infections in the mouth and poor oral hygiene.
- Preventive Dentistry
- Preventive dentistry is the dentistry that focuses on maintaining oral health in order to prevent the spread of plaque, the formation of tartar and infections in the mouth.
- Tartar forms when plaque builds up on the surface of the teeth and calcifies into a hard surface that is much more difficult to remove and will require professional treatment.
- Tooth Enamel
- Tooth enamel is the protective visible outer surface of a tooth that contains the dentin and dental pulp.
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