Dentist Blog
By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
July 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentistry  

Taking care of your teeth ensures you have a beautiful and healthy smile. Visiting a family dentist in Greenville, NC, allows the whole family to enjoy strong, healthy teeth too. That's why it's so important you and your family visit your dentist on a regular basis. Dental checkups and exams prevent serious dental issues and teach your children the importance of oral health. Dr. Laura Dávila and Dr. Norberto Velázquez can help you and your family with all your dental needs. Read on to learn how you can make sure each member of your family enjoys a healthy smile.

Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day prevents tooth decay. It removes food particles and plaque, a sticky substance that forms on your teeth. Plaque contains bacteria. If you don't brush your teeth, this bacteria turns into acid. The acid attacks the enamel on your teeth. Eventually, the tooth enamel wears away and causes cavities. If the plaque remains on your teeth, it turns into a hard substance called tartar. This makes it even more difficult to effectively brush your teeth.

Floss Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is just the first step in the battle against cavities. You also need to floss your teeth with dental floss. Flossing on a daily basis prevents cavities and gum disease. Dental floss removes food particles and bacteria that your toothbrush can't reach. It helps get in between the teeth, removing anything the toothbrush leaves behind.

Visit Your Dentist

At-home oral care is essential to good dental health, but visiting your dentist is important too. You should visit your dentist twice a year. Your dentist may also recommend additional visits according to your unique dental needs. During your dental visits, your family dentist in Greenville, NC, checks your overall dental health as well as any dental issues. Your dental hygienist will give your teeth a professional cleaning, removing both plaque and tartar from your teeth.

Schedule an Appointment

Help your entire family enjoy a healthy smile by ensuring they practice good oral health. Schedule an appointment with your family dentist in Greenville, NC. Visit Dr. Laura Dávila and Dr. Norberto Velázquez by giving us a call at (252) 756-7789. We are here for all your dental needs.

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.

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