Faq

My teeth are getting yellow, what can I do to make them look better?
If you are unhappy with the "color" of your smile, tooth whitening may be a perfect solution. As we age our teeth discolor for a variety of reasons, including smoking, cola drinking, red wine among others. This results in a dingy smile. But most stains are easily removed. The active ingredient in tooth whitening is peroxide. When applied, the peroxide breaks down allowing oxygen to enter your teeth to remove unwanted color without harming the structure of your teeth. You will see faster and have better results with a whitening system monitored and performed by your dentist. The result --a beautiful smile.

My friend went to a "Cosmetic Dentist" How is that different than a "General Dentist?"
Most "Cosmetic Dentists" are "General Dentists." There is not a recognized specialty field for cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry. What to look for; Experience. Ask to see before and after photos of the dentist's work. If they regularly do cosmetic procedures, they will have photos of their work for you to see. Also Important, ask where they received their advanced training, and verify it. Some of the premiere cosmetic programs are at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, P.A. C. Live, and The Pankey Institute.

I am 42, I work in sales and my front teeth are crooked. Is there a way to fix them without wearing braces for 3 years?
The short answer is Yes. Depending on your specific needs there are several options a trained Cosmetic oriented dentist can provide. Bonding of tooth colored filling material can be done to change the appearance of minor crooked teeth. Porcelain restorations such as veneers and crowns can correct more severe cases. Cosmetic solutions can produce spectacular results and only over a few weeks time. My advice would be to get a consult appointment with a "cosmetic" dentist so that you can determine which option best suits your needs. Remember, a "Cosmetic Dentist" should be one that continually pursues Advanced Cosmetic Training beyond dental school, year after year.

I'm 60 years of age and wonder if it is worth it to fix my dark, worn teeth. I've lived with them this long and besides, I don't need to look twenty again! What do you think?
People update their clothes, houses, furniture, cars after 60 years it is OK to invest in yourself and restore your teeth and give yourself the smile you've always wanted. You're worth it! I've had seventy year old plus patients go through orthodonics, crowns, and veneers to give themselves beautiful and better functioning teeth. People notice smiles and teeth; people also notice bad teeth! It is best to choose a dentist who understands cosmetic smile designs and age appropriate color and shapes to your age and style. Remember, ask to see before and after photos of the doctors cosmetic work, to assure yourself of his/her competence.

How many teeth do I need to have worked on to have a beautiful, white smile? My teeth are very yellow but otherwise are straight and in good shape.
Well, generally you would need to veneer a minimum of eight to ten teeth. You would not want just four or six very white teeth because your smile zone extends well past the six "front" teeth. Sometimes, you can whiten your teeth and veneer the front six teeth, but the change would be less dramatic and thc color would be dictated by being able to blend with the darker premolars. We teU our cosmetic patients, when you look at your smile, the number of teeth that you see when you smile are the number of teeth you want restored in order to have the most beautiful, natural, healthy looking smile.

I recently completed treatment for periodontal disease and now my dentist tells me that I have to go back every 3 months. I thought the treatments cured the gum disease.
There is no cure for periodontal disease. Treatments for this problem help the patient to "manage" and keep the disease in check. Like Diabetes or high blood pressure, regular monitoring and preventive treatments are necessary to keep the problem at a minimum. Periodontal disease tends to have a hereditary component to it; nevertheless, there are many things the patient can do to help minimize the problem. Strict oral hygiene, especially between the teeth, using floss, waterpik, and interproximal brushes can really help. Watching one's diet (minimizing snacking and sugar exposure) is also helpful. Smoking makes this problem even worse. Additionally, regular visits to your dentist (at least every 3 months) has proven to be an enormous benefit.

My Husband tells me I grind my teeth at night and I sometimes wake up with either a sore jaw or headache. What can I do?
Grinding or the medical term, Bruxism, has two parts. One is the cause and the Other is the damage that it can do. To answer the question, I would recommend having your condition evaluated by someone experienced and trained in the treatment of Tempromandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD). Bruxism and a poor bite can lead to severe tooth wear, jaw joint (TMJ) damage, headaches, neck aches, and fatigue. This condition can and often does worsen over time. A TMD dentist will evaluate the relationship of your muscles, nerves, and the way your teeth come together. It may be necessary to make an orthosis (a type of night guard) that will place your bite in an optimal position. By making an orthosis tailored to your specific needs, your Jaw joint (TMJ), head, and neck muscles will be at their most relaxed state and slowing or stopping the damaging effects.
The subconscious grinding of teeth, "Bruxism," is caused by multiple factors. It can start and stop being caused by stresses, either physical or psychological. Usually there is an underlying "occlusal" (the way teeth fit together) cause. Our teeth must fit together in such a way as that the maximum number of teeth are touching in order that we may eat. This position although good for eating may not be the most comfortable position for the muscles of chewing or the Jaw Joint (TMJ). It may be necessary to make an orthosis (a type of night guard) that will place your bite in an optimal position. By making an orthosis tailored to your specific needs, your Jaw joint (TMJ), head, and neck muscles will be at their most relaxed state as possible.
Bruxism is caused by many fuctors such as stress and improper bite relationships. The Damage can lead to severe tooth wear, notching of tooth roots at the gum line, Jaw joint (TMJ) damage and head and neck muscle damage/fatigue. One of the two ways to treat this problem is by making an acrylic appliance called a night guard. This limits the tooth wear that occurs while grinding. The second treatment option is to actually help treat the underlying cause by making an appliance called an orthosis (resembling a night guard). The orthosis will reposition your bite. The Dentist will evaluate how your teeth come together vs. how your teeth should come together. This limits the amount of muscle fatigue, headaches, neck aches, Jaw Joint (TMJ) destruction, and tooth wear that occurs while grinding. (This also applies for people who clench their teeth!) A neuromuscular examination and treatment should be sought by a dentist that is well trained in the treatment of TMJ related problems.

Do you accept insurance?
We will be happy to help you maximize your insurance benefits. We offer e-filing. This allows for quicker and direct reimbursement to the patient. In addition, when we discuss your treatment needs, we will always estimate what portion you can expect your insurance to reimburse.
While our experienced insurance specialist creates the estimate, please understand that your insurance company will make the final determination. In other words, we can’t guarantee our estimate. We accept Cash,  Personal checks, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and  Care Credit.
For treatment plans requiring multiple appointments, payments may be divided, with half of the total amount due at the first appointment and the remainder before final treatment. If you’d like a deferred payment options, we accept Care Credit Medical Financing. Ask us for details.

What sets you apart from other dental practices?
We have created a practice where patients can relax and feel comfortable. It’s our way of helping to alleviate any dental anxieties a client may have about going to the dentist.
Our doctor has received special training in the latest techniques to make dental procedures as painless as possible. We also believe that informing and catering to the patient is a vital facet of good dental care. Our patient comfort techniques and amenities, along with our state-of-the-art technology aids in patient education.
We’ll give your mouth a thorough exam, explain your condition, and our prescribed treatment plan in as much detail as you want. Informed patients make good decisions, so if at any time you have questions about your treatment plan, please ask.

What do I do if I have a dental emergency after office hours?
The doctor and staff at Pike Dentistry understand that dental emergencies don’t always happen during business hours. Your comfort and health are our utmost priority. Someone will be available to answer your questions and aid you should you experience a dental problem.
All “Current and Active” patients of record are welcome to call our main office number (910) 864-2400, and one of the doctors’ emergency contact numbers will be given.

Crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, and partials; where can I learn more about these procedures?
If you have questions about these or other dental procedures, don't hesitate to call us. We would be happy to explain any aspect of your dental care or our service offerings.

Do you refer patients to specialists?
While we are trained and equipped to handle many dental issues in our office, when a specialist would better serve you, we'll refer.
Some dental specialists are oral surgeons, periodontists (Gum Specialist), endodontists (internal tooth problems), orthodontists (for moving teeth), and pedodontists (for children). We refer to only trusted professionals with whom we have a good rapport.

What are mini implant dentures?
MDIs are dental implants that hold dentures in place, and they can be surgically implanted in one day. Implant-supported dentures create a reliable hold and freedom from messy adhesives! Learn more about MDI on their website.

My smile is missing teeth. What do you suggest I do?
You'll need to first schedule a consultation with the dentist. The dentist can assess your oral health and discuss options for replacement teeth. In general, you can choose from crown and bridgework, partial or full dentures, or dental implants.
As the most natural prosthetic to natural tooth structure, a dental implant offers the most long-lasting, comfortable, natural-looking choice.

What are the benefits of a digital X-ray over traditional radiographs?
Digital X-rays offer unparalleled benefits over traditional radiographs: they’re convenient, safe for the environment, provide a great opportunity for patient education, can be transferred and copied accurately, and best of all, they’re safer for our patients. Digital X-rays emit about 90-percent less radiation than traditional methods.

How does the doctor keep up to date on current techniques, technology, and materials in dentistry?
Our dentist and our team take more than the state's requirement for continuing education each year. We also read trade journals, attend professional association meetings, and do everything we can to keep in tune with the latest developments in general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as dental technology.
We are passionate about our careers, so we enjoy soaking up new information on our profession, then sharing it with you!

I avoid dental visits because of anxiety, is this normal? Can you help?
Many people fear dental visits because of negative past experiences or control issues. We understand dental anxiety and offer a solution to help you overcome your stress. 

I have not been to the dentist in years, and I’m ashamed to let a professional see the condition of my mouth. Is your staff judgmental?
Your mouth is a big part of your overall health, quality of life, and self-esteem.
We will not judge you, but help you by addressing your oral problems, explaining treatment options, then scheduling a plan of action that suits your schedule and your budget.

How can you straighten my smile without using metal braces?
Depending on your unique case, we may suggest porcelain veneers or Invisalign clear braces. Read more about these procedures in our services area.

Will I be charged if I need to cancel an appointment?
Your time is an invaluable commodity, as is the time of all of our valued patients. If you let us know that you will miss an appointment, we will have the opportunity to give another person your time slot.
Please give us 48 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule. We reserve the right to assess a fee to your file if you do not give us this courtesy.

What are your hours?
We are open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call today for your appointment.

Where are you located?
Our office is located at 6950 Nexus Court, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28304

How can I make an appointment?
Simply call us at (910) 864-2400 to schedule your appointment.

 
     


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