Drs. Davila & Velazquez, P.A.
120 Oakmont Drive
Greenville, NC 27858-5936
(252) 756-7789
By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
June 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

It’s important to know how to handle this dental emergency if it happens to you.cracked tooth

You know that that the crunch sound you just heard wasn’t from the food you were eating but from a cracked tooth. Now what? Don’t panic. Our Greenville, NC, dentists, Dr. Laura Davila and Dr. Norberto Velazquez, are here to tell you what you should do if this problem happens so you aren’t left in the dark.

First, let’s determine if your tooth is actually cracked. Here are some symptoms that you may experience if you have a cracked tooth:

  • A toothache or sharp pain in the tooth that appears when you bite down
  • Dental pain that come and goes
  • Pain that manifests whenever you chew
  • Pain that appears when exposed to hot or cold

Of course, not everyone will experience pain if they have a cracked tooth; however, you may be able to see the crack when you examine your tooth in the mirror. How our Greenville general dentist treats the tooth will really depend on the extent of the damage. While smaller cracks may not require treatment, if you are dealing with pain or discomfort, or if you have trouble chewing, then it’s time to give us a call.

Sometimes a cracked tooth can be restored just by placing dental bonding over the area to improve its shape, cover the crack and strengthen the tooth. Bonding is a simple, non-invasive procedure that is often used for cosmetic purposes and doesn’t require anesthesia.

If the crack is a bit more extensive, a dental filling may be able to support the tooth better than dental bonding can. While a filling is often used to restore a tooth after a cavity it can also be a great way to revive a minimally damaged tooth. In some cases, even a dental filling won’t be enough and our Greenville restorative dentists will recommend placing a dental crown over the entire tooth.

In rare cases where the crack goes below the gumline, no restorative treatment will be able to save the tooth. If this happens, the best approach is to remove the tooth completely and then discuss the different tooth replacement options available to you.

Think you may have a cracked or damaged tooth but not quite sure? It isn’t always so easy to tell. If you are concerned about your tooth, play it safe and call our Greenville, NC, dental office to find out if you should come in for treatment.

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
March 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you want to improve the appearance of your smile then find out what we can do for you.

If you feel self-conscious about smiling or talking in public because of the appearance of your smile then it’s time you talked to our Greenville, NC, dentists Dr. Laura Davila and Dr. Norberto Velazquez about which of these cosmetic, restorative and sometimes even preventive dental treatments are right for you:

Dental Sealants

Sealants are a great preventive measure that can protect the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars from decay. Since there are so many little fissures and grooves on the surface of your molars, this can leave them susceptible to cavities. One way to prevent cavities from happening is to have our Greenville, NC, general dentist place this tooth-colored plastic over the tooth to seal out decay. While this is most often recommended for children and teens, it can still be a good option for adults who are at risk for cavities.

Dental Implants

If tooth loss has you embarrassed by that gap in your smile then it’s time you found a replacement that is as close to a real tooth as you can get. An implant’s sole purpose is to naturally bond with tissue and bone to become a lifelong foundation from which to hold a dental crown or multiple artificial teeth in place. Implants are the only restoration that functions very much like a real tooth.

Cosmetic Contouring

Also called tooth reshaping, this cosmetic procedure is a non-invasive way to remove very small amounts of enamel from a tooth to make conservative changes to the shape of a tooth. Maybe you have canines that are just too pointy, which could be a source of embarrassment when you smile. Cosmetic contouring allows us to painlessly drill away some enamel to give you the properly shaped smile you’ve always wanted.

Veneers

In some instances where dental bonding and contouring just can’t tackle those more moderate cosmetic flaws, the best option will be to get dental veneers. Veneers are each specially crafted to cover the front surface of one or more teeth to hide discolorations, cracks, chips, gaps between teeth and even minor crowding. If you always wanted that Hollywood smile without going through invasive dentistry or braces then dental veneers may be the best choice.

If you want to learn more about the dental services we offer and how they could benefit your oral health then it’s time you called our Greenville, NC, dental office to book your next visit.

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
December 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Flap Surgery  

Find out how flap surgery might be able to improve the health of your gums.

Are you dealing with gum disease? Are you looking for a way to tackle your symptoms once and for all? Perhaps our Greenville, flap surgeryNC dentists, Dr. Laura Davila and Dr. Norberto Velazquez, have already told you that you would be a good candidate for flap surgery. Perhaps this is the first time you are hearing about it, but either way, learn more about this procedure and what it can do for your gum health.

If you have severe gum disease that hasn’t responded to root planing and scaling or medications, then it might be time to consider surgery. During flap surgery, our Greenville general dentist will go inside the gums to clean the roots of the teeth and to fix any bone damage that may be present as a result of gum disease.

Before your surgery, we will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area thoroughly so that you won’t feel anything during your treatment. Through incisions made at the gums we will carefully pull back a section of the gums to clean the roots and repair bone if necessary. Once complete, we will sew the gums back up and apply clean gauze over the area to stop any post-operative bleeding.

Flap surgery is rarely the first line of treatment against gum disease. However, if you have a severe form of gum disease that has already damaged your bone and gum tissue, then this procedure may just be the most effective treatment option you have. This is also a great way to prevent tooth loss due to bone damage.

If you continue to maintain good oral hygiene after your procedure, flap surgery is extremely effective. If you come in for routine visits and you brush and floss as you should, then you will start to notice that your gums will become healthy and pink again.

Gum disease can wreak havoc on your smile. Before this happens, trust your oral health to the experts at Dr. Davila and Dr. Velazquez in Greenville, NC. Call us today to schedule your next consultation.

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
September 14, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cavities   tooth decay   tooth pain  

What your dentists in Greenville, North Carolina want you to know about cavities

Sometimes you will know immediately if you have a cavity by the sharp, sudden pain you feel when you eat something. Other times, you cavitiesmay have a cavity and not feel any pain. Tooth decay causes cavities and the decay process can start without any symptoms. Your dentists at Davila Velazquez in Greenville, North Carolina want you to know the facts about cavities.

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria mixing with the sugars in the foods you eat. This mixture produces an acid which eats through the layers of your teeth, causing a cavity. There are some definite signs you have a cavity and need to see your dentists in Greenville, North Carolina. You should pay attention to:

  • A sudden, throbbing pain when you eat something hot, cold or sweet
  • Generalized toothaches or tooth sensitivity
  • Visible holes or cracks in your teeth
  • Black or brown stains on your teeth you can’t remove with brushing
  • Sudden, sharp pain when you bite down or chew

Tooth decay can also be present without you knowing you have a cavity. It is the insidious, non-painful nature of tooth decay that makes it so important to visit your dentist regularly.

When you visit your dentists in Greenville, North Carolina, they will take x-rays and do a comprehensive exam to determine if you have a cavity. Tooth decay can happen quickly, which is why the current recommendation is to visit your dentist every 6 to 12 months. Regular dental visits ensure a small cavity doesn’t progress to something more serious, like a root canal.

Your dentists in Greenville, North Carolina want you to know a few simple tips to lower your risk of cavities. Remember to:

  • Brush after meals and before bed with a toothpaste containing fluoride
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash after brushing
  • Avoid sugary beverages like soda or energy drinks
  • Avoid chewy, gummy candies and hard candies

If you think you might have a cavity, it’s important to visit your dentists in Greenville, North Carolina as soon as possible. You don’t want your cavity to become larger and more serious. Call Drs. Laura Davila and Norberto Velazquez at Davila Velazquez in Greenville, North Carolina. They can restore your smile, so call today!

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
June 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Have you been thinking about replacing a lost tooth or missing teeth with dental implants? Drs. Laura Davila and Norberto Velazquez, dental implantsyour Greenville, NC, dentists, explain why dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement choice.

Dental implants are most like your natural teeth

Bridges and dentures sit on top of your gums. Although they're an effective replacement option, they may never quite feel or act like your natural teeth. A dental implant replaces a lost tooth from the root to the crown. The implant consists of three parts: the implant itself, a small titanium post takes the place of your teeth roots; the crown that replaces the tooth above the gum line; and the abutment, a piece that connects the crown to the implant.

Once the implant is placed in your jawbone, it fuses with the surrounding bone, creating a stable foundation for the crown. Because the implant becomes a permanent part of your jawbone, your new tooth feels completely natural.

Implants are the cost-effective option

The cost for dental implants may seem a little high, but it's important to remember that this a one-time cost. Bridges and dentures eventually wear out and may need to be replaced several times during your life. When you compare the lifetime costs of implants versus bridges and dentures, you'll probably discover that implants are actually the better choice for your wallet.

Dental implants protect your oral health

Without your lost teeth to help support them, the teeth on either side will eventually begin to drift toward the opening in your smile. When the teeth lean, they frequently overlap, which makes it difficult to remove cavity-causing plaque. Dental implants keep your teeth straight and make it easy for you to remove plaque by flossing and brushing.

Implants also benefit your jawbone by providing constant stimulation. Without that stimulation, your jawbone weakens and shrinks, which can lead to facial sagging and further tooth loss.

Contact your Greenville, NC Dentists

Dental implants keep your smile strong and healthy. Find out if you are a good candidate for this innovative tooth replacement option by calling Drs. Davila and Velazquez, your Greenville, NC, dentists, at (252) 756-7789. Improve your smile with dental implants!





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