Category Archives: cosmetic dentistry

Tooth restoration in the Modern Dental Office

Fillings vary in complexity and material. Some are direct fillings, placed “directly” in a cavity, although others are indirect, wherein an impression of the tooth is taken and a custom filling is created to fit around it. If your dentist suggests a tooth restoration, knowing what’s available can help you make the best choice for your mouth.

You might think of amalgam fillings for teeth as a classic option. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), dentists have been using this type of filling for more than 150 years. As the name suggests, amalgam fillings are made up of a mixture of metals. They typically contain about 50 percent mercury, along with tin, copper, silver or zinc. Compared to other types, amalgam fillings have a few things going for them: They are the least pricey option, and they’re also very strong and long-lasting.

Amalgam fillings aren’t without drawbacks, though. They’re silver in color to start and tend to become darker with time, meaning they are a fairly conspicuous item when you open your mouth.

A composite tooth filling, typically made of powdered glass and acrylic resin, offers a few advantages over an amalgam filling. For one, the filling can be shaded to match the color of a person’s existing teeth, making it much less visible. As more people want natural-looking smiles, composite fillings have become increasingly popular.

When it comes to dental fillings, you can do much worse than gold. It’s one of the most durable and long-lasting options, with the ADA noting that it can remain effective for more than two decades. Of course, that durability comes at a price, as gold fillings are among the most expensive. They’re usually indirect fillings, as well, so you’ll need to spend more time in a dentist’s chair to receive one.

Porcelain fillings are similar to gold. They are a form of indirect filling, usually require more than one visit to the dentist and tend to be pricey. However, they’re also different from gold fillings in a few important way: On the one hand, they are much more fragile. On the other, they look like actual teeth and can help you maintain a natural appearance.

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Dental Anxiety and Dental Fear can be alleviated with Dental Sedation.

People teeth collage.

We’re not offended that many people are terrified at the mere thought of visiting the dentist. Some experience dental anxiety that is less severe, but continue to cancel dental appointments or put off obvious issues with their dental health. The general public is unaware of the variety of safe new techniques in dental sedation and dental relaxation.

Dental fear and anxiety can be caused by a past experience that was less than pleasant. Or, the dental anxiety could have simply increased over time.

Whatever level of fear or anxiety you many have related to a specific dental procedure or office visit, know that we are committed to making your experience a new one.

In fact, we don’t even want to try and twist your arm to make an appointment. We believe the first step in conquering or dealing with your concerns it to talk to you in person. We’ll carve out some time in our schedule to learn more about your specific situation. Some patients are so concerned about setting foot in our office, Dr. Sigmon has graciously agreed to meet them at a coffee shop down the street. He’s that committed to helping you find a solution because your dental health is a key factor in preventing many other serious health problems like diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and other conditions.

Solving Your Dental Anxiety or Dental Fear

You may consider a different approach to how you think about a visit to the dentist. Instead of focusing on your fear, try answering these questions and bring them to your meeting with Dr. Sigmon:

  • What would my “dream” visit to the dentist look like?
  • What personality or traits would my dentist have?
  • What would the dentist and staff do during my visit?
  • What would the dentist and staff NOT do during my visit?

Each Patient is Different

It’s important to remember that your fears and anxieties are not necessarily the same as another patient. Yes, there are common fears we know about, but your specific dental history is unique. The more detailed you can be in describing your concerns, the more effective solutions we can recommend. We want to learn more about you and what makes you comfortable.

You may have a fear of certain instruments or dental procedures. Maybe your current level of dental anxiety is related to a specific dentist or visit from your past. We want to know the details. Possibly your fear is unrelated to a dental visit but a general fear of medical procedures.

Think about your level of anxiety on a scale from 1 to 10. (1 being very mild and 10 being unbearable.)

You may also think about specific visits to the dentist and what made you uncomfortable. What level of anxiety do you associate with:

  • Lying down in the dental chair
  • Flossing by the hygienist
  • Hands in my mouth or near my nose
  • X-rays being taken
  • Water or spray being used
  • Objects being put in my mouth
  • Not being able to swallow
  • Gag reflex
  • Talking with dentist or staff
  • Answering personal questions
  • Not knowing how to request a break to breath or swallow

What Do You Believe is the Solution?

We are always curious about your thoughts on a solution. Many request IV Sedation because they’ve done the research and believe this is their only option.

Dr. Sigmon will talk you through the various approaches from minimal sedation, to moderate sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia. You might be surprised at the variety of affordable and safe techniques Dr. Sigmon is licensed to perform. You’ll find his thorough and caring approach will give you confidence to look at your dental health in a new way.

Are you ready to take the next step and conquer your dental anxiety for good? Call us today and we’ll guarantee you’ll be taken seriously.

Call our office at (828)385-5155 to determine how sedation dentistry can make your dental visit comfortable and relaxed.

Compass Dental Hickory
Dr. Ryan Sigmon
231 13th Avenue Place Northwest
Hickory, NC 28601
Phone: (828)385-5155

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Who Does Cosmetic Dentistry in Hickory, NC?

People teeth collage.

“Cosmetic Dentistry.” You’ve heard the term before but maybe you aren’t aware of the variety of techniques in dental care that can give you a smile makeover. Have you always wanted a brighter, straighter smile?

Whether you live in Hickory or the surrounding area, it’s worth the trip to our office for a free consultation. We’ll explain what your options are and how you can have the smile you’ve always wanted.

Traditional dental care focuses on oral hygiene, diagnosing oral diseases and prevention of tooth decay. Cosmetic dentistry is focused on improving the appearance of your teeth. Think of cosmetic dentistry as an elective dental treatment to brighten and straighten your smile.

Some cosmetic dental treatments can provide restoration to teeth with fillings that contain darker material. White fillings used today and can be matched to your tooth color. Maintaining a natural appearance to your smile often requires replacing these older fillings.

What’s involved in cosmetic dental treatments?

Cosmetic dentistry or a “smile Makeover” can involve one or more of the following approaches:

  • 1. Dental Veneers
  • 2. Dental Crowns
  • 3. Teeth Bleaching or Whitening
  • 4. Dental Implants
  • 5. Replacing mercury fillings with white fillings.
  • 6. Composite Bonding

Am I a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

You may have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Discoloration of teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Dark or mercury fillings

What’s a “Smile Makeover?”

You may hear this term when you are reading our site or visiting the information provided by another dentist in Hickory. Smile makeovers refer to a comprehensive assessment of the appearance of your smile in order to improve the visual appeal of your teeth, mouth, and smile. Usually, one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures are required. Dental veneers, dental implants, gingival sculpting and teeth whitening are all current approaches.

Visit this page on our website to learn more: Cosmetic Dentistry

Compass Dental Hickory
Dr. Ryan Sigmon
231 13th Avenue Place Northwest
Hickory, NC 28601
Phone: (828)385-5155

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