Dentist Blog
By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
January 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

A healthy, beautiful smile is a great confidence booster, but whether due to age, damage, or even genetics, our teeth aren't always as beautiful as we would like. If your smile could use a touch-up, consider cosmetic dentistry from Drs. Davila and Velazquez in Greenville.

At our Greenville office, we offer several cosmetic dentistry options, so you are sure to find the right solution for your smile. Here are some of the procedures we can offer you:


If your teeth are dull, graying, or yellowed, professional whitening from our Greenville office can brighten your teeth dramatically. We use a higher level of peroxide than what is offered in an at-home whitening kit, so your whitening results are longer lasting and more intense.

Dental Bonding

Teeth that are chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged can benefit from dental bonding, which fills in and conceals imperfections. Using a composite tinted to match your tooth, your dentist will cover the damage and mold the material to fit the size and shape of your natural teeth. Once cured, the composite will become permanent and durable.

Crooked or uneven teeth

Dental veneers from our Greenville office improve the appearance of your smile instantly. Veneers are custom-sized and shaped to look natural and attractive, and are cemented to the surface of your natural teeth. Dental veneers provide straightening without the wait time of braces or retainers.

Dental implants

For teeth that are missing or require removal due to severe damage or decay, dental implants fill the gap to complete your smile. Your dentist uses a screw-like post to act as the root for an artificial tooth, tinted, shaped, and sized to match the rest of your teeth. Dental implants permanently improve the look and health of your smile.

Find the right cosmetic dentistry procedure for you at our Greenville office. Call us today at 252-756-7789.

By Drs. Davila and Velazquez
November 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

Do know what osseointegration is? It's the main reason why dental implants, today's most popular tooth replacement, are so effective. Placed by your dentists, Dr. Laura Davila and Dr. Nobert Velazquez, in their Greenville, NC, practice, implants benefit patients in so many ways. Learn about osseointegration and implant benefits here.

Replacing a tooth

Tooth replacement eliminates smile gaps, improves self-esteem, maximizes biting, chewing, and digestion, and supports remaining teeth. When a patient has sufficient bone in his or her jaw, Dr. Davila or Dr. Velazquez recommend dental implants as the optimal dental prosthetic.

Better than conventional partials, bridges, and full dentures, dental implants actually improve jaw bone quality. They provide sturdy anchorage for later placement of a metal post and porcelain crown or dentures as need dictates.

You see, dental implants resemble screws, and because they are made of titanium, they actually fuse with the bone when your dentist surgically places one in your jaw. This bonding action is termed osseointegration. A dental implant integrated with this way acts and feels just like a real tooth root as it transfers the stresses of biting to the bone. ScienceDirect says this transfer exercises the bone and keeps it strong. What an amazing benefit!

Other benefits of dental implants

Our dentists find that their implant patients in the Greenville, NC, area enjoy a wide range of implant advantages, such as:

  • Natural smile appearance; no one can tell you have an implant, and your face will retain youthful shape and size
  • No decay; however, you must brush and floss carefully to remove toxic food residues
  • Natural-sounding speech
  • Stability and easy care; implants are not removable and require no adhesive, special soaking, or denture pastes
  • No more embarrassment; implants cannot slip, slide and click as dentures can
  • One-time procedure; they last a lifetime, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness

Healthy teeth and a healthy you

Failing teeth are a real danger to your systemic health. So, replacing them with state of the art dental implants contributes to great oral health and function and vibrant overall health.

For more information on beneficial dental implants, call our Greenville, NC, office at (252) 756-7789 today for an informative consultation and exam. Dr. Davila and Dr. Velazquez love talking to their patients about osseointegration and these great artificial teeth.

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.

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