Dentist Blog
By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
May 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

Do you constantly feel pain in one of your teeth? This might be a sign that your tooth is damaged. The primary reason why a toothache is painful is that a nerve in an affected tooth root is inflamed or irritated. With that said, the most typical causes of tooth pain include tooth infection, injury, loss of a tooth, or decay.

In some cases, however, the root cause of tooth pain isn’t so obvious. In these instances, you can consult with the Greenville, NC, office of Dr. Laura Dávila and Dr. Norberto Velázquez to find the cause of your tooth pain.

Reasons Why You Have Tooth Pain

Your tooth pain may be caused by various reasons, such as the following:

  • Tooth Decay: Cavities or tooth decay could form when there is a buildup of bacteria on the surface of a tooth that could wear down the enamel. Cavities are normally painless, but when the decay progresses into the tooth’s middle layer, pain is often felt.
  • Gum Disease: This means that your gums are infected. If left untreated, the gums deteriorate and bone loss occurs, making the roots of your teeth exposed to plaque and prone to decay and sensitivity.
  • Bruxism: This is a condition in which you grind and clench your teeth unconsciously. This may lead to tooth sensitivity or facial pain in the long run.
  • Tooth Abscess: When the pulp inside your tooth dies, a tooth abscess occurs. The dead tissue creates a pocket of pus and bacteria called an abscess. Inflammation or infection of a tooth could result in this.
  • A Fractured Tooth: This is when a tooth is either split or cracked. Tooth fractures could cause throbbing pain, as the fracture exposes the pulp of the tooth to irritation and infection.
  • An Impacted Tooth: Other teeth, gums, or bone could cause a tooth to not move into its proper position. The tooth is left under the gum, which causes pain, pressure, and soreness in the jaw.
  • Pulpitis or Inflammation of the Tooth Pulp: This happens when tooth decay reaches the pulp of your tooth, making it irritated and inflamed.

When Should You See Your Dentist for Tooth Pain?

If you are experiencing the following signs and symptoms, visit your dentist in Greenville, NC, as soon as possible:

  • Trauma or injury to a tooth.
  • There is swelling around your tooth or jaw.
  • Your tooth is suddenly extremely sensitive to either low or high temperatures
  • It hurts when you chew.
  • There is bleeding around the tooth or gums.
  • Your tooth is chipped or cracked.
  • You have a toothache with fever, drainage, swelling, or a pocket of pus at the same time.
  • You have a missing dental crown or dental filling.

For Concerns About Your Oral Health or Dental Emergencies, Contact Us

Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, Dr. Laura Dávila and Dr. Norberto Velázquez of Drs. Davila & Velazquez, P.A. here in Greenville, NC, by calling (252) 756-7789.

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
March 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns   Crowns  

Damaged or missing teeth can impact the beauty of your smile. With dental crowns, you can restore your natural smile. Learn more about crowns with Dr. Davila and Dr. Velazquez in Greenville, NC.

What are crowns?


Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps your dentist uses to cover a damaged or missing tooth, or teeth. The crown strengthens the tooth in addition to improving your smile. Your dentist cements the crown in place which then covers the tooth all the way to above the gum line.

The crowns are created based on a mold made of your mouth in order to ensure the crown is the correct shape. Crowns can be used to strengthen damaged or weakened teeth, cover stained teeth, or stabilize teeth with large, deep fillings. Crowns are also part of dental implants used to replace a missing tooth.

Types of dental crowns

There are a variety of materials that can be used in the construction of crowns: porcelain, ceramic, zirconia, metal, or composite resins.

A combination of materials can be used as well. For example, you can select a metal crown covered with porcelain.

Your dentist will help you select the best material for your crown based on the following:

  • Tooth location
  • How much tooth shows when smiling
  • Gum tissue position
  • Tooth function
  • Amount of natural tooth remaining
  • Color of surrounding teeth

Your personal preferences will also be consulted. While your crown is being created, your dentist will place a temporary crown in place using adhesive. It will be removed once the permanent crown is ready.

Onlays and 3/4 crowns cover only a portion of a tooth. This option may be recommended by your dentist if only a portion of your tooth needs to be covered.

Crowns in Greenville, NC

Dental crowns can restore your bite to improve eating and chewing. Your smile is also returned to its natural shine, improving your self-confidence. Good oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing can help you maintain your crowns. Your dentist provides the best advice for caring for your crowns.

For more information on dental crowns, contact Dr. Davila and Dr. Velazquez at (252) 756-7789 in Greenville NC.

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
November 18, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

A straight smile is a great smile, and now you can achieve it discreetly with Invisalign, a state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment that can correct many issues including underbite, overbite, crossbite, and open bite. Invisalign can also close up gaps between your teeth and correct tooth rotation/overlap. Here at Davila Velazquez in Greenville, NC, your dentists, Dr. Laura J. Davila and Dr. Norberto Velazquez, offer Invisalign treatment to give you the outstanding, straight smile you deserve—read on to learn more!

What Invisalign can do for you

Invisalign is revolutionary because the system uses beautiful, clear plastic trays called aligners. It’s become a popular orthodontic treatment for both older teenagers and adults, and for good reason. These are just a few of the benefits you will enjoy with Invisalign:

  • Discreet treatment, because the aligners are clear plastic and virtually invisible to people around you
  • Comfortable treatment, because the aligners are made of smooth plastic and custom-molded to your jaw
  • Fast treatment, because the entire Invisalign process is complete in an average of nine-to-fifteen months
  • Convenient treatment, because you can remove the aligners to eat, so you are still able to enjoy the foods you love
  • Healthy treatment, because you can remove the aligners to brush and floss normally, so it’s easy to keep your smile healthy

You begin your Invisalign treatment when you receive your first set of aligners, which you wear for two weeks. Then you move on to a new set of aligners which you wear for another two weeks. You move up to a new set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete. You will visit your dentist every few weeks to monitor your progress.

Interested? Give us a call

To learn more about this amazing orthodontic treatment, call Dr. Laura J. Davila and Dr. Norberto Velazquez of Davila Velazquez in Greenville, NC. Dial (252) 756-7789 today to get started on your beautiful, straight smile with Invisalign!

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.

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