Gummy Smile?

Gummy Smile?Many cosmetic dentistry patients with a gummy smile undergo crown lengthening surgery to bring proper balance and symmetry to their smile. Gum tissue and, in some cases, bone is removed to expose more of the visible part of a tooth. It is a safe procedure that we offer at Crystal Dental Group in High Point.

A ‘gummy smile’ is a term used to describe a smile with teeth that appear too short because an unusual amount of bone and soft tissue hide part of the crown. Our patients who have opted for crown lengthening love how their new perfect smile looks and feels.

Crown lengthening is not used solely for cosmetic reasons. When a tooth is injured and breaks at the gum line or if a filling or crown comes off a tooth that contains decay, crown lengthening makes additional tooth structure accessible for further restorative work. It is also used to treat some types of periodontal disease.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and have extended evening and Saturday hours for your busy schedule. Call for an appointment with us today!

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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Do You Eat A Tooth-Healthy Diet?

Healthy Teeth and Your High Point Diet Maintaining healthy teeth is an important concern us at Crystal Dental Group in High Point. We want all of our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums.

Maintaining healthy teeth requires thorough brushing and flossing, every single day. Regular cleanings and checkups are also necessary for preventing cavities and maintaining good dental health.

It’s easy to overlook the fact that a healthy diet is beneficial to your teeth. A diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and teeth. We recommend foods rich in vitamin B, such as breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, like fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

Saliva is vital to healthy teeth because it assists in maintaining the pH balance in your mouth. Foods high in fiber encourages saliva production, as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth, or even pull out fillings.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we want all our patients to enjoy good dental heatlh. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth

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At least three million Americans have replaced a missing tooth with a dental implant, and that number grows each year. You can restore your smile with a dental implant from Crystal Dental Group in High Point.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post. They blend in with the patient’s remaining teeth, and look and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are a long-term tooth restoration.

Dental implants also prevent bone recession, which is common in people who have lost teeth. The titanium post goes where the tooth root used to be, and helps strengthen the bone.

Implants can also be used to anchor dentures, providing a much firmer, more secure fit. Many patients report newfound confidence in  themselves, after years of embarrassment caused by missing teeth.

Dental implants are one of the most significant advances in dentistry. To find out more, call Crystal Dental Group in High Point. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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Do You Have The Most Common Dental Problem?

High Point Teeth Whitening At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we restore decayed teeth to create smiles that are both healthy and beautiful. Recent advances in both techniques and materials have made the impossible not only possible, but affordable as well.

Decay is the most common dental problem and the second most common disease in the nation (number one is the common cold). If you have one or more teeth with decay, it’s time to take care of them.

Your teeth may seem like pieces of bone growing in your mouth, but they are actually living structures. That hard surface of enamel covers an interior filled with a rigid material called dentin, which is mineralized connective tissue.

At the core of each tooth there is a collection of nerves covered in a pulpy sheath. They pass through a hollow core called the canal. The teeth are anchored to your jaw by ligaments, and a material known as cementum.

There is a strong link between your dental health and your overall health. A healthy mouth helps to maintain a healthy body. Certain oral bacteria and inflammation are associated with serious health issues, like heart disease and premature birth.

Good dental health is a pretty big deal, and something we take very seriously at Crystal Dental Group in High Point. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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Know The Facts About Oral Piercings

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Body piercings are a common form of self-expression. This post from Crystal Dental Group in High Point is for those who currently have an oral piercing or are considering one.

Since this is a dental blog, you may expect us to raise all sorts of alarms warning of the dangers of piercings. You are right. Unfortunately, these piercings and the jewelry they accommodate can lead to serious troubles with not only your teeth and mouth, but your entire body. These piercings can lead to tooth damage, decay, periodontal disease, tooth loss, bone recession, compromised immune system function and, in rare cases, death.

In general, any oral piercing is going to open you up to an array of dangerous oral infections and complications. The mouth is full of germs and introducing foreign objects permanently is not natural for your body’s health.

A tongue piercing can result in difficulty chewing with unnatural chewing patterns that may lead to swallowing issues. The jewelry produces excess saliva from the salivary glands, which throws off the natural balance of your oral cavity. Permanent nerve deterioration, excessive bleeding, and allergic reactions can also occur.

Metal jewelry also can easily come in contact with your teeth, leading to cracks, chips, or other damage. Your teeth are built to last a lifetime. Any damage compromises their stability and shorten their lifespan.

Though not technically a piercing, some people drill small holes in their teeth to place rhinestones or other jewelry. Drilling into a tooth is harmful for many reasons, including damage that can make a root canal necessary. The jewel also can attract bacteria that can directly go into the drilled cavity of the tooth.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we encourage patients with oral piercings to remove their jewelry before it puts their health at risk. If you intend to keep one, we advise you to have regular dental cleanings and check-ups. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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Get Your Teeth In Shape, High Point!

Get Your Teeth In Shape, High Point!

Most people are more health-conscious than ever. Many of us are trying to stay active, eat a balanced diet, and better manage stress. When you feel healthy, attractive, and happy, you smile more often. At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we make sure all our patients have healthy, attractive teeth.

Eating right is a great step toward good dental health. A balanced diet that is low in sugar and high in nutrients will support dental health at every age. And, of course, water is always the beverage of choice for those who want healthy teeth.

Daily brushing and flossing are essential healthy habits for your mouth.

There is a strong link between your dental health and your overall health. A healthy mouth helps to maintain a healthy body. Certain oral bacteria and inflammation are associated with serious health issues, like heart disease and premature birth.

So good dental health is a pretty big deal, and something we take very seriously. We hope all of our patients do, too.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and a full range of pediatric dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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Dental Questions? Crystal Dental Group Has Answers

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At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we are committed to providing the best possible dental care. That goes beyond cleanings and exams. We like patients who ask a lot of questions, because that tells us they are taking a strong interest in their dental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the questions we’re often asked is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our short answer is, yes! But a more nuanced answer includes the time-honored truth that prevention is the best medicine.

Every appointment includes a thorough cleaning by a hygienist. Then the dentist examines your teeth and gums, looking for any new cavities and signs of gum disease. Every checkup also includes a screening for oral cancer.

Sometimes we need to see patients more frequently. Someone with gum disease, or who is undergoing orthodontic treatment, should have appointments more often than twice a year. We determine that on a case-by-case basis.

More Questions

Patients often wonder how long a filling will last. Some people think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problmes. You can extend the life of any restoration with good oral hygiene at home. If you have any questions about what that means, don’t hesitate to ask.

What kind of toothbrush is best? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. Manual and electric toothbrushes, used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth.

To really get between the teeth, we also recommend daily flossing. String floss is best, but whether it’s waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not, or wide dental tape is up to you.

And More!

When it comes to toothpaste, we recommend one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. That means it contains fluoride, which strengthens and protects your teeth.

These are just some of the common questions we get from our patients at Crystal Dental Group in High Point. Have we missed anything you’ve wondered about? Never hesitate to bring your questions to your checkup. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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The Crystal Dental Group Guide To Dental X-Rays

The Crystal Dental Group Guide To Dental X-Rays

Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? In this post from Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we take a look at dental X-rays.

For most of our patients, we update our dental x-ray records once each year. The images give us the big picture, including the tip of the roots of each tooth and the bone beneath the gums. This allows us to see potential issues even before they become a problem, and start treatment if necessary.

There is more than one type of dental x-ray:

Panoramic
Panoramic X-rays help us see everything in one image: the complete upper and lower jaw. They are often taken during a patient’s first visit, and are useful for evaluating jaw injuries and seeing emerging teeth in children.

Bitewing
Bitewing X-rays help us see what’s going on between teeth—something that is impossible with a visual exam. They also help us evaluate the jaw bone.

Periapical
These are similar to bite wings but they can get a clearer picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are commonly used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.

Full-Mouth Series
This is a combination of periapical and bitewing X-rays. It gives a highly-detailed picture of all the teeth and the surrounding bone structure.

Patients sometimes express concern about radiation from x-rays. Rest assured, they are safe: you are only exposed to minimal amounts, and the latest generation of x-rays further reduce it. But we never take any chances, so you’re covered with a heavy leaded apron and collar for added protection.

At Crystal Dental Group we want all of our patients to have the best possible dental health, and x-rays help us make the best possible diagnoses. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We have extended evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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Is it time for your next dental check-up? At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we know how easy it is to put it off. When we balance work and family life, things like dentist appointments have a way of being put on the back burner.

Know The Risk Factors For Oral Problems

We like our patients to see us every six months. It’s the best way to stay on top of your dental health. Most people are in a medium to low risk category for dental problems. But if an issue crops up, identifying it early is the best way to treat it effectively.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There are lots of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Seeing us twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist.

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, we assess many factors to determine the status of your dental health, and want you to have a beautiful smile for life. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, all of it done with state-of-the-art dental technology. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

At Crystal Dental Group in High Point, many patients come in with a toothache. In some cases, the toothache is a secondary symptom of a sinus condition. Let’s discuss the relationship.

Your maxillary sinuses are very close upstairs neighbors of your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. It’s no wonder that when there is pain in that general area, the particular location can be hard to pinpoint.

Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become inflamed and infected, it can affect the teeth.

In severe cases, swollen sinus tissues can actually move the teeth slightly, changing the bite. The reverse scenario can also take place. The infection surrounding an abscessed tooth can easily travel to the sinus cavity.

  • An abscess is an infected pocket of pus in a tooth and/or the surrounding bone and tissue. The most prevalent type of oral abscess initiates in the pulp of the tooth and is ordinarily caused by tooth decay.
  • When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually result in pain.
  • An abscess can cause entire tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jawbone.
  • If an abscess damages the tooth until it is beyond saving and requires extraction, a dental implant is one replacement option – but only if there is enough bone to anchor the implant.

How can you tell an abscessed tooth from a sinus infection?

Sinus pain generally manifests itself as a dull, continuous pain while the pain from an abscessed tooth increases in intensity. If you tap on an abscessed tooth, you will probably feel a sharp zap of pain.

You have several sinus cavities, and pain can emanate from any or all of them, so if you have an infection in more than one sinus cavity, you may have pain behind the nose and eyes. As mentioned previously, it’s possible to be in a world of hurt with both issues—an abscessed tooth and a sinus infection.

If you have pain in your upper jaw and lower sinus area, call us at Crystal Dental Group. An abscessed tooth should never be ignored. We offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today.

Contact Crystal Dental Group:

336-450-2078

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1589 Skeet Club Rd Ste 150
High Point, North Carolina
27265

 

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