A Badly Compromised Tooth Might Require Extraction

Oral trauma and untreated tooth decay can range in severity and necessary treatment. Sometimes emergency endodontic therapy can remove the tooth’s affected enamel layer and restore sufficient structure to secure a dental crown restoration. However, some patients suffer from a tooth that is so severely compromised that endodontic treatments simply cannot save the affected tooth. In a rare case like... read more »

A Dental Filling Can Help Prevent Further Tooth Decay Complications

Problems with maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine can cause an acidic environment to develop in your mouth. If plaque acid buildup isn’t neutralized and further prevented it can cause a cavity to develop on a tooth’s enamel layer. Without professional treatment, the area of tooth decay can continue to spread. In time, it could allow a bacterial presence to develop... read more »

Dental Sealants Help to Keep Tooth Decay at Bay

When it comes to creating a healthy, beautiful smile, it is vital to protect the teeth you have. Dr. Ralph Hoffmann of Ralph M Hoffmann DMD PA is pleased to offer dental sealants to protect your smile in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating which is typically placed on your molars and premolars to keep food particles and... read more »

An Eating Disorder Can Significantly Alter the Appearance of Your Smile

Eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia can have a significant impact on the health of your body as well as your teeth. Frequent acid exposure from bulimia can cause extreme enamel erosion issues with multiple teeth. This can have the net effect of causing tooth sensitivity and fostering large areas of tooth decay. At the same time, malnutrition issues... read more »

The Effects of Eating Disorders on Your Smile

Did you know that eating disorders can ruin your smile? Due to peer pressure, depression, a lack of self-worth, or a variety of other complex causes, eating disorders can even be found in otherwise healthy individuals. Two of the most common types of eating disorders are bulimia and anorexia. Anorexia is an eating disorder caused by not eating enough essential... read more »

Do You Know How to Care for Your Dental Implants?

Taking care of dental implants is the key to their longevity. Dental implants are extremely durable and long-lasting provided they are not abused, neglected, or damaged. If you let gum disease ravage your mouth, your gum tissue will not be strong enough to continue to hold your implants in place. To take good care of your new dental implants, we encourage... read more »

Oral Accidents Happen, Save Your Smile With Dental Implants

Oral accidents can happen, but you can save your smile with dental implants. Thankfully, if you lose a tooth or two it doesn’t have to be a permanent condition. Modern advances in technology and the state-of-the-art craftsmanship of our team at Prosthodontics of the Carolinas allows Dr. Hoffmann and Dr. Griswold to custom-craft implants that will look and act much like... read more »

A Tooth with a Missing Filling Often Needs to Be Restored with a Crown

Dental fillings are intended to repair cavities for a long period of time. However, as time goes on, the bacteria in your mouth can actually start to attack the seam where the filling meets the healthy tooth enamel. If the bacteria eventually gain access, they can cause additional pockets of tooth decay and compromise the cement that is holding the... read more »