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Dental bridges offer a great solution to fix your smile if you are missing a tooth and want to restore your smile to its original beauty. We realize that it may have seemed like a lot to determine your candidacy in general, and that the choices of dental bridges can be overwhelming, so we have worked together at Weddington Family Dentistry to provide you with the information you need to understand the differences between the three main types of dental bridges that our practice offers. 

There are three main types of dental bridges: Traditional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and Maryland bonded bridges. The Traditional Fixed Bridge is the most common type of bridge. It creates a filler tooth that is supported by crowns placed over top of your healthy teeth on either side of the gap. For this type of bridge to be supported, it is necessary to have strong, healthy teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth will need to be fitted with crowns to provide reinforcement for the bridge to be placed. 

What happens if you are missing a tooth beside the gap where the dental bridge will go? If this is the case, a cantilever bridge might be a better option for you. This type of bridge uses more force on an adjacent tooth to support the bridge rather than one right next door, for long lasting results. 

If you are missing a front tooth, then the Maryland Bonded Bridges is your best option. This bridge is supported by your adjacent, healthy teeth with a metal wing on either side of the bridge, which is situated behind these adjacent teeth. This option does not require crowns on the adjacent teeth like the traditional bridge does, and will not be visible or hinder your beautiful smile in any way.

Each type of dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth, but each is specialized to treat a specific type of situation. If you have further questions about the three types of dental bridges, do not hesitate to contact our front desk team at Weddington Family Dentistry today! A member of our amazing staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Call us at 704-782-2630 now!


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Dental Bridges are a great option if you are missing a tooth and want to replace it to get that smile you always dreamed about. A dental bridge consists of a false tooth in between two or more crowns that is placed within your gap. At Weddington Family Dentistry, we have worked together to provide you with the information you need to help take the proper care of your new dental bridge. 

Dental bridges can be challenging to clean since you must clean both in between the teeth that support the bridge and underneath the bridge. Start by brushing your teeth twice a day, as well as soon after consuming any sugary drinks or food. To clean the plaque stuck on your teeth, it is recommended to floss twice a day just as you should between natural teeth. Many dental experts agree that with dental bridges it is also a good idea to add a water flosser into your routine in addition to regular string floss. Water flossers are very effective at removing larger amounts of the plaque that can get stuck between your teeth, and are therefore a great investment for maintaining proper care of dental bridges after they have been placed!

These steps are a great way to keep your bridge clean. Remember to make these actions habits, not just steps right after placement that are soon forgotten. In addition to these cleaning habits, which you perform at home, you also need to continue coming in for regular professional cleanings with us! 

If you have any further questions about proper care of dental bridges, do not hesitate to contact our front desk team at Weddington Family Dentistry today! A member of our amazing staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and help set up your next appointment. During your appointment we can provide a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health and immediately determine whether you are a good candidate for dental bridges. Call us at 704-782-2630 or use our easy online scheduler to book your evaluation with us!


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If you have a missing tooth and are looking to restore your smile, then look no further than dental bridges from Weddington Family Dentistry for one of the best restorative solutions. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for your teeth that are placed on either side of your gap, with a false tooth in between. A dental bridge is inserted by one of our dental experts and supported by your natural teeth surrounding it (or by dental implants if you are missing those surrounding teeth, as well.)

The first step in deciding whether you are a candidate for a dental bridge is to determine the number of teeth you are missing. If you have one to three consecutive missing teeth within your mouth, bridges are most likely a great restorative solution for you. Secondly, both your oral and overall health must be in in a fairly good state. Additionally, a good candidate must be free from gum disease, and if they have gum disease, this needs to be treated before moving forward with dental bridges procedures. Moreover, in order to build a bridge, a patient must have a solid foundation on which the bridge can be built. As mentioned earlier, a bridge is supported by natural teeth or implants, which means these teeth have to be healthy and strong with a strong jawbone density supporting them, as well.

Since a bridge procedure is essentially building upon your current jawbone, having good bone density will improve your long-term oral health while also allowing the procedure to go smoothly. If a patient’s jawbone density is not ideal, they can undergo a bone grafting procedure and then have dental implants inserted to provide the bridge’s foundation.

In order to truly determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge, do not hesitate to contact our front desk team at Weddington Family Dentistry today! A member of our amazing staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and help set up your next appointment. During your appointment we can provide a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health and immediately determine whether you are a good candidate for dental bridges. Call us at 704-782-2630 or use our easy online scheduler to book your evaluation with us.


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Ouch! Chomp on something your tooth didn’t like? Or get hit in the mouth with a hockey puck? If you think you may have a cracked tooth, or if you’re holding a piece of your tooth in your hand, follow these steps!

1. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at 704-782-2630. Let us know about your emergency and we will make our best effort to see you as soon as possible. You may also schedule an appointment HERE.

2. If there are tooth fragments that have fallen out, preserve them in a clean container with a moist solution (preferably cold milk or saliva), and bring them in to your appointment with us at Weddington Family Dentistry. You can also help to preserve your tooth by sealing it in plastic wrap. If you notice any dirt on the root, gently rinse it with your milk or saliva – do not scrub!

3. If you are feeling any pain or discomfort from your cracked tooth, try applying a cold pack to your jaw to lessen any pain and swelling.

4. If you are experiencing bleeding, bite down on a gauze pad until the bleeding stops. If your bleeding is not subsiding and it is outside of our business hours, visit our partners at Charlotte Emergency Dental on Park Road. They have extended hours on weekends to cater to emergencies just like yours.

It is possible to have a cracked tooth and not know it. If you have any pain when biting down, or when eating something hot or cold, it’s best to get it checked out by one of our dental professionals. In order to prevent further damage to the tooth or an infection, it’s very important to correct a cracked tooth immediately!


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Most people have heard of the word “plaque,” and know it’s not something you want on your teeth. Yet, they don’t know what exactly plaque is or how it contributes to dental decay and poor oral hygiene. Our team at Weddington Family Dentistry has gotten together to help give you a better explanation!

Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that lives on the surface of your teeth and along your gum line. It accumulates from normal, every day activities such as eating and drinking. Plaque build up becomes especially bad if you’ve been consuming a lot of sugars and starches, such as soda, fruit, bread or crackers.

Ever had that fuzzy feeling on your teeth that goes away after you give them a good brush? Yep, that’s plaque. Plaque is what contributes to dental decay because that bacteria likes to consume the sugars in your mouth, which then excretes acids that wear away at your tooth enamel.

When you don’t regularly brush and floss away plaque, it forms tartar. Tartar is the calcified substance on your teeth that only a professional cleaning can remove. During this professional cleaning, one of our dentists or hygienists will use a scaler to scrape the bacteria from in between and at the base of each of your teeth. The more tartar that has built up on your teeth, the longer the cleaning will take, but we will always take careful care to remove every bit we can. In order to keep your teeth tartar and plaque free after our work is done, you MUST commit to a proper oral hygiene regimen.

To regularly remove plaque:

1. Brush thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste (that has been given the American Dental Association’s seal of approval) at least twice a day.

2. Floss at least once a day to remove plaque that the bristles in your toothbrush cannot reach on their own.

3. Try to maintain a healthy diet and avoid snacking throughout the day as much as possible! If you do feel the need to reach for a snack, always use water to rinse if you do not have a toothbrush available.

3. Visit us for your regular dental cleanings and examinations every 6 months!

Are you behind on your appointments? Call us today at 704-782-2630 or use our easy, online scheduler to book your next visit HERE.



While we all hear and know the importance of brushing and flossing for maintaining proper dental hygiene. But a lot of people are still confused on what to do first, brushing or flossing. While some claim flossing after brushing your teeth is the right way, others claim that flossing before brushing your teeth is more effective. Let us know which process is the most efficient in ensuring proper dental hygiene.

Brushing and flossing are both important part of the teeth and gum cleaning process as they help to remove food particles from the teeth, which are the breeding point for bacteria and other pathogens. Brushing also removes and prevents plaque from building up on the surface of the tooth while flossing removes the stuck food particles from the corners and hard to reach places of the tooth. To ensure the most effective cleaning, both brushing and flossing must be done simultaneously, as any one of them are not sufficient to ensure total cleaning of the mouth. These simple activities performed for at least two times a day, can go a long way in preventing a host of dental problems and keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Coming to the crux of the matter of whether brushing done first is better than flossing done first is better or not, then answer to the question is  a no. But this does not mean that flossing done first is better, it just means that irrespective of whatever is done earlier, it does not matter that much. It all depends on individual preferences, on what is one comfortable with, whether it be flossing before brushing or flossing after brushing. There are no scientific studies to prove that the former is better than the latter or vice versa, and there is general consensus among dentists that the order of the dental cleaning process does not matter. But they do agree on patients doing both processes together at the same time for at least two times in a span of 24 hours to ensure proper oral hygiene. If you feel that brushing before flossing is more suitable for you, then you can follow that regimen. On the other hand, if you feel that flossing before brushing helps you maintain better oral hygiene, then you should follow that regimen.

No matter whatever way of dental cleaning and caring you choose for yourself, the following tips would help you in your pursuit of making sure your mouth and teeth are clean and free of pathogens.

  •         Making sure to brush and floss your teeth at least two times per day, one after waking up in the morning and the other before going to sleep at night.
  •         Cleaning your tongue at least once per day in addition to brushing and flossing to remove any harmful germs thriving there.
  •         Replacing toothbrush every three months.
  •         Using waxed floss to ensure smoother cleaning.
  •         Usage of an electric toothbrush for more effective cleaning.
  •         Taking the time to clean your teeth thoroughly using your toothbrush.

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In recent times, dentists have started recommending the use of mouthwashes in addition to brushing and flossing in order to ensure complete oral hygiene. But still, a large part of Americans do not know about the benefits offered by mouthwashes. We discuss about the benefits of using mouthwash and how it can help to prevent and protect us from dental diseases.

Mouthwashes offer a plethora of benefits, the most important being that it kills the pathogens and bacteria present in the mouth. These bacteria are responsible for causing cavities in the teeth as well as for other dental ailments including gingivitis and bad breath. Mouthwashes also have minerals which help rebuild the enamel of the tooth, which makes it stronger and more resistant to attacks from pathogens and acids from food items. Mouthwashes also help in disinfecting the mouth as well as getting rid of sores and other infections that may have formed due to bacterial and fungal attacks. In addition, mouthwashes are lightly scented, which helps them to reduce and get rid of bad breath or halitosis, thereby giving one more confidence in expressing themselves freely without being judged or given weird looks.

 

While mouthwashes offer a plethora of benefits they have some side effects too. For example, the chemicals used in mouthwashes can lead to the increase in canker sores in the mouth for some people, while for some others it could lead to tissue damage and even bleeding. Some critics also argue against mouthwashes by saying that they act as a blanket against halitosis and do not act against the root cause of bad breath. Some people also claim that the chemicals used in mouthwashes can lead to a variety of diseases, a claim which has not yet been proven. Nevertheless, the ADA, or the American Dental Association, calls mouthwashes to be safe for use.

The open market means that there are several types of mouthwash available in the market today, all made by different companies, which makes one spoilt for choice in choosing the best mouthwash. The mouthwashes available in the market can be categorized in the following types.

Fluoridated: As the name implies, these mouthwashes contain fluoride, which makes them act as a restorative force and helps them to strengthen and restore the outer layer of our teeth.

Antiseptic: These mouthwashes are highly efficient in getting rid of the bacteria and other germs thriving in our mouth and can also prevent gum diseases or cavities from causing more pain and discomfort.

Total Care: These mouthwashes have the good points of all other kinds of mouthwashes and they help in the all-around protection of the teeth, gums and surrounding tissues.

Natural: These mouthwashes are made from natural ingredients and are suitable for those who are generally sensitive to chemicals.

Cosmetic: These mouthwashes are generally used to cover up bad breath and have no other major function.

Mouthwashes can act as a great supplement to protect the teeth and fight against germs and other pathogens present in the mouth and can help us maintain healthier oral lifestyle. The professionals at Weddington Dental can also help one maintain a superior oral lifestyle free of dental issues and ailments.


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Are you receiving good dental care in Concord, NC? Here at Weddington Dentistry, we are one of the best dental offices in Concord, North Carolina. Today we are going to be discussing signs to see if you are keeping up with your dental care. We are also going to include when you should come into the office and see us.

Looking for Dental Care in Concord, NC

When you start searching for dental care in Concord, NC you will find us. Our team and staff members are well trained to handle all your dental needs. Here are some signs that you have been keeping up with your dental care.

·        Tooth pain – If you are having any kind of pain in your mouth this can be a sign that you haven’t been keeping up with your dental care. Tooth pain can be excruciating and could be a sign that you may be getting a cavity. But not to worry, here at Weddington Dentistry, we provide the best dental care in Concord, NC and we would love to take care of all of your dental needs. But if you don’t have any tooth pain then your well on your way to having great dental care.

·        Discoloration – If you happen to notice any discoloration or growths in your teeth or in any part of your mouth, that can be a sign that you are not taking good dental care of your teeth. If you see anything like this we urge you to pick up the phone and call us so we can get you back on track to having great dental care in Concord, NC. If you don’t have any discoloration or growths in your mouth, then you are doing great with your dental care.

·        Sore gums – Have your gums been getting sore recently? Yet another sign that you haven’t been keeping up with your dental care. Sore gums can lead to gingivitis and gum disease. This is another reason you should consider coming into the office, so we can get ahead of this awful disease. If you don’t have any sore, bleeding or red gums then this means that you have been taking really good care of your teeth and that makes us extremely happy.

We Can Help You Improve Your Dental Care

Those are just some of the signs that you have been taking really good care of your teeth. But if you happened to have any pain or notices something weird going on in your mouth, give us a call. Here at Weddington Dentistry, we strive to give our each one of our patients the best care that suits their needs. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about your teeth, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’re always here to help in any way we can. 


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We are honored that you have chosen Weddington Family Dentistry and we appreciate the trust you have placed in us.

We are committed to being your partner in good oral health. We believe in establishing a long term relationship so we can get to know your unique needs and design a customized treatment program that will help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile for life.

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