Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Sunny Dental Center
January 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Dental DenturesWhile both dentists and patients wish to avoid tooth loss, it happens. Decay, gum disease, and injury can damage teeth beyond repair. If this is your situation, don't despair. Your friendly team at Sunny Dental Center in Gastonia, NC offers lifelike dentures which replace teeth beautifully. Dr. Sunny Okoroji understands his patients' concerns when making decisions about tooth replacement, and he'll help you choose the type of dentures just right for you.

Fill those gaps

Tooth loss, a far too common issue among American adults, causes a number of oral health problems, such as:

  • Unattractive smile gaps
  • Recession of gums and bone in the jaw
  • Tooth drifting (remaining teeth move toward the empty space)
  • Impaired speech, chewing and biting

As such, you should replace teeth as soon as possible after extraction or injury. Multiple teeth sometimes are lost or extracted. In these cases, several pontic, or artificial, teeth or a whole arch of teeth may be created to fill gaps or provide a complete smile on either or both arches.
Whatever your particular case, Dr. Okoroji can create the prosthetic perfect for your oral tissues, remaining teeth, facial appearance and personal preferences. He has the expertise and artistic skills to fit you with a denture that will be comfortable, functional and last for many years. Premium quality acrylic is the primary material your Gastonia dentist uses for dentures. Some dentures also contain lightweight metals for extra durability and to attach the appliance to remaining teeth.
Types of dentures
Dentures fall into four broad categories. Whichever one your appliance falls into, rest assured your dentist will customize it fully for your needs. Denture types include:

  • Partial dentures made of one or more artificial teeth affixed to a metal framework and anchored via clasps to adjoining natural teeth
  • Full conventional dentures which replace an entire arch, either top or bottom, and are placed after gums and bone heal fully
  • Immediate dentures which are placed right after extractions so the patient has a functional set of teeth right away
  • Implant-supported dentures that are attached to two, four or six dental implants which reside in the jaw bone

Contact us
At Sunny Dental Center, Dr. Okoroji and his friendly team want you to be happy with your new smile. They'll work with you to give you dentures that maximize your oral function and make you feel confident in how you look. Call the office to arrange a convenient appointment. Phone us at (704) 853-0709.

By Sunny Dental Center
October 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals   procedues  

There is nothing to fear about root canals. Find out more about this commonly performed dental procedure.

Hearing your dentist tell you that you need a root canal may fill you with anxiety, but there is truly nothing to fear. Arm yourself with all the information you need to understand your upcoming Root Canalprocedure so that you can get through it easily and stress-free.

Q. What is a root canal?

A. This endodontic procedure is necessary when the inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, is either infected or damaged. The dental pulp can be affected by severe decay, infection or trauma. Once the damage reaches the pulp, your endodontist will recommend having a root canal.

Q. Do I need a root canal?

A. It can be difficult to know when you might need to come in for a root canal, which is why going in for your six-month checkup can protect your smile and detect issues when they are still easy to fix. Common symptoms that might warrant a root canal include,

  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold

  • Persistent or severe pain, particularly when chewing

  • Tooth pain that keeps you up at night

  • An abscess that develops around the affected tooth

Q. What should I expect from my upcoming procedure?

A. Root canals are a common practice. While many people worry that it might be rather time-consuming and invasive, it is no more complicated than getting a cavity filled.

The purpose of the procedure is to remove the affected dental pulp. Your general dentist will drill through the hard outer layers of enamel until we reach the internal part of the tooth. From there, your dentist will carefully remove the diseased tissue and disinfect the inside of the tooth if an infection is present. Once treated, we will use special materials to rebuild the tooth from the inside out. Most teeth treated with a root canal will also need a dental crown to protect the weakened tooth from further damage.

Q. Is the procedure painful?

A. Most people worry that a root canal will be painful. Everyone’s heard stories! But keep in mind that many people needing a root canal are dealing with pretty unpleasant and chronic dental pain. The purpose of the procedure isn’t to instill more pain, but to actually eliminate the source of the pain. Plus, a root canal is performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel a thing.

Contact your Dentist

Still have questions about root canal therapy? Need to schedule your next dental appointment? Then it’s time to call your dentist today. We would be happy to answer all of your dental questions.