Dentist Blog
By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
July 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

If the thought of root canal therapy terrifies you, you are not alone. It is probably one of the most feared dental procedures of all time, but Root_Canalthe truth is that it is really not a painful or traumatic procedure. In fact, root canal therapy is actually a tool to relieve the pain caused by a badly infected or decayed tooth. Greenville, NC, dentists Dr. Laura Davila and Dr. Norberto Velazquez offer general and cosmetic dentistry services for the entire family.


Root Canal Therapy in Greenville, NC

If you're nervous (or outright terrified) about getting a root canal, you are not alone. You've probably heard the countless horror stories and jokes about what a painful and traumatic procedure it is, but the reality is very different. In fact, root canals function and feel very similar to getting a cavity filled.

First, the dentist will perform a thorough dental exam and get an x-ray of the tooth to confirm that a root canal is necessary. Root canals are performed to remove bacteria and damaged tissue from the inside of a tooth. A deep cavity or trauma can create an opening that allows bacteria to funnel into the pulp, the network of soft tissue inside each tooth, leading to inflammation and infection.

You will receive local anesthesia just like with a filling, so the pressure and discomfort you feel during a root canal procedure is minimal. The dentist will drill a small hole and clean the tooth from the inside out, removing any bacteria and damaged tissue. The tooth is then sealed and good as new!

Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy is the best case scenario for treating a severely decayed or damaged tooth. Not only does it treat the infection and relieve the resulting pain, but it can also save the tooth from permanent damage and possible extraction down the line, which will ultimately involve more dental work and expense.


Find a Dentist in Greenville, NC

For more information about root canal therapy and to discuss your oral health and dental care needs, contact our office by calling (252) 756-7789 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Davila or Dr. Velazquez today.

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
April 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Are you in need of a dental implant?

Due to an unparalleled ability to beautify smiles and provide vital jawbone reinforcement, dental implants are one of the most in-demand Dental-Implantdental replacement procedures available today. If you need to rebuild your smile, Drs. Laura Davila and Norberto Velazquez, your dentists in Greenville, NC, are here to help!


More About Dental Implants:

If you have lost a tooth, it's vital to deal with this problem as soon as possible, for tooth loss can directly lead to jaw bone deterioration. Dental implants are one of many restorative procedures, but unlike dentures and bridges, they provide the jaw with the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and intact.

Implants consist of several parts. There's the titanium post that's inserted into the jawbone to replace tooth roots and prevent the deterioration of bone structure. There's also an abutment that is placed over the titanium post. The final part is a crown that tops off the entire fixture, to complete your new tooth!


Dental Implant Procedure:

If you decide to get a dental implant from your Greenville dentist, here's what you need to know about the process:

A local anesthetic is applied to the procedural area, after which your dentist will insert a titanium post into the jawbone. This titanium post will come to act as your new tooth root through the process of osseointegration (the natural action of the titanium piece fusing with the jaw). The doctor will then let your mouth heal for a period of 3 to 6 months, while osseointegration takes its full course. When you return, your dentist will insert an abutment atop the post before placing a crown over the abutment to complete your new tooth!


Advantages of Dental Implants:

  • Implants have a high success rate, at around 95 percent
  • They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink.
  • They are versatile in that they can be used to fill a single gap in your teeth, a few gaps, or all of your teeth.


Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you have questions or concerns, Drs. Davila and Velazquez can help you out! Call their Greenville office today by dialing (252) 756-7789.

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
January 23, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Family DentistIf you find yourself overwhelmed by all the places that your family needs to be on a daily basis, switching to a family dentist is a great step towards condensing some of that chaos! A family dentist provides services for everyone in your household, including everyone from toddlers to seniors. Drs. Norberto Velazquez and Laura Davila in Greenville, North Carolina, have the training and experience necessary to provide your entire family with quality dental care. Read on to learn how a family dentist can make a difference in your busy life.

One convenient location
Keeping track of routine dental appointments for everyone in your family can be stressful if they each visit a different office in various spots around Greenville. A family dentist, however, makes it easy to schedule appointments for everyone in your household! Simply call the dental office of Drs. Davila and Velazquez, and our helpful staff will help you determine a day that works for all members of your family to come in for their check-ups. This not only eliminates the need to keep track of when your family members need their teeth cleaned, but you won't need to arrange for multiple days off work and school or drive all over town!

A comfortable environment
Your Greenville family dentist has received specialized training in the area of pediatric dentistry, so there's no need to find one dentist for your youngest family members and switch as they get older. Starting your young children with Drs. Davila and Velazquez can help ease the nervousness that comes with dental visits, since your children will always know what to expect with each appointment. The sights, sounds, even smells of our office will remain the same, as our entire staff aims to provide a relaxed, familiar experience for all of our patients.
Make this year an easier and more convenient one for your family by switching to a family dentist! Call the office of Dr. Norberto Velazquez and Dr. Laura Davila at (252) 756-7789 to make your appointments!

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
October 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Toothache  

If you are experiencing any toothache, Dr. Laura Davila and Dr. Norberto Velazquez, family dentists in Greenville, North Carolina, are available to alleviate your pain today. Read below to find out the most common causes of a toothache.


One of the most common causes for a toothache is decay that has spread beyond the enamel of a tooth. When this happens, the soft tissues that make up the inside of the tooth become infected and often cause pain because of the proximity to nerves. In this case, your Greenville family dentist will likely recommend a root canal to remove the infection and replace the structures inside the tooth with a rubber filling to keep it strong and stable.


A simple chip or break in a tooth usually doesn't cause any symptoms. A deep crack or significant break from an accident, however, may produce similar symptoms as described above. This is because the nerves inside the tooth, which are normally protected from stimuli, are responding to the absence of enamel or the change in the environment on the outside of the tooth. A root canal and a crown can help solve this problem for you.

Trapped Food

The most simple and easily treated cause of a toothache is a piece of food that's become stuck between the teeth. Usually, this is something solid and tiny, such as a popcorn hull or blackberry seed, but the pain can be unrelenting. The offending object is often easily removed with some floss and a little persistence, but if you're having trouble dislodging it, give your Greenville family dentist a call for some help.

For the entire spectrum of your family's dental health, trust Drs. Davila and Velazquez in Greenville, North Carolina. Contact our office today at (252) 756-7789 for an appointment!

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
July 10, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Good Oral HygieneCaring for your smile can be a challenging task, especially if you are unaware of which good oral hygiene habits make up a strong oral care routine. However, arming yourself with knowledge can keep your teeth healthy and clean for a lifetime. Learn more about good oral hygiene and what it means for you with husband and wife team Dr. Laura Dávila and Dr. Norberto Velázquez at their practice in Greenville, NC.

How should I care for my teeth daily?
Caring for your teeth is an everyday task which ensures that your smile stays free from plaque and tartar, which are the first stages of teeth decay. The American Dental Association advises that you should brush twice daily with a soft toothbrush for at least two minutes using short, back and forth motions. Floss between each tooth at least once a day and ensure that you reach up and under the gums as well.

What else can I do to keep my teeth healthy? 
Be sure to change your toothbrush for a fresh one when it begins to show signs of wear. Just like with a broom, the bristles begin to bend and cannot reach the tighter or more cramped areas of the mouth. Eat foods high in calcium like leafy greens and dairy. This helps keep your teeth healthy and strong from the inside out. In addition to a good diet with hearty and healthy foods, you should also see your dentist for routine preventative examinations and cleanings.

How often should I see my dentist? 
The American Dental Association also advises dental examinations and cleanings at least twice a year. These preventative visits provide the opportunity to find and treat issues like cavities or gum disease in the earliest stages with the least invasive and complex procedures. Regular cleanings remove any plaque or tartar buildup brushing or flossing may have missed and provide you with a clean slate to work with until your next appointment.

Good Oral Hygiene in Greenville, NC 
Keeping up with your smile is crucial to your overall health. Though you may believe that you should only see the dentist if something hurts, you can prevent a toothache altogether with regular visits and proper oral hygiene.

For more information on good oral hygiene habits, please contact Dr. Laura Dávila and Dr. Norberto Velázquez at their practice in Greenville, NC. Call (252) 756-7789 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

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