Dentist - Mooresville
224 Talbert Rd.
Mooresville, NC 28117
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- Tooth Whitening
- General Dentistry
- Dental Cleanings
- Digital Radiography
- Blood Pressure Check
- Periodontal Exam
- Fluoride Treatment
- Oral Cancer Exam
Tooth Whitening - The no Asprin Whitening System
With Sapphire Professional Whitening, you can bid farewell to sensitivity - the most common patient complaint about whitening. Not even a pre-treatment Aspirin is needed when you use this breakthrough chair side formula. The more gentle way to whiten.
Easy maintenance for lasting results
Not only can you have a bright, white smile with Sapphire Professional Whitening, but you also get everything you need to maintain that radiance. Sapphire After Care is a complete maintenance kit with Sapphire Take Home Whitening and Sapphire Brilliance Toothpaste. Sapphire combines the speed of in office whitening with the longevity available with home whitening.
Unbelievable brilliance and health
Sapphire Professional Whitening allows you to achieve dramatic results quickly. When used with the Sapphire Supreme Light1, the system is proven to whiten smiles up to 7 shades in only 30 minutes Sapphire Professional Whitening also allows you the flexibility to whiten your smile without light activation. Beyond beautifying your smile you can also protect it from demineralization and caries, thanks to the integrated fluoride.
The Sapphire in office bleaching does not expose you to harmful UV rays like some other systems and thus does not require protective sunscreen or face masks.
Drs. Patel & Patel review each year the in office bleaching system they offer. Dr. Patel comments, 'We are now on our third in office bleaching system. As technology changes we feel that our patients deserve the best choices in their tooth whitening systems. Why expose ourselves and our patients to harmful UV rays when so many other choices are out there?'
Drs. Patel & Patel provide the entire array of general dentistry. Your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will also take a full series of x-rays for proper diagnosis of decay. Our exams include an oral cancer screening and a fluoride treatment.
Everyone knows that prevention is the way to avoid the dreaded 'dental visit.' So why risk it? Take care of your mouth and call us today to schedule your regular six month checkup and exam. Give LKN CD the chance to help you achieve your goals for a healthy beautiful smile.
Digital Radiography (x-rays)
Drs. Patel & Patel have been using digital x-rays for over 5 years! We know that our patients appreciate the tremendous reduction in radiation this technology provides.
Dental radiographs, or X-rays, are an important part of a thorough dental examination. A full set of X-rays (18) is usually required for patients who are new to a dental practice, or who need extensive treatment. Two to four follow-up or check-up X-rays called "bite-wings" are necessary every 6-18 months, depending on each individual patient’s needs. The most common questions concerning dental X-rays deal with: why they are needed, the amount of radiation exposure, the safety during pregnancy, and recently, the benefit of digital X-ray technology.
Dental X-rays are important for many reasons. They can expose hidden dental decay; reveal a dental abscess, cyst or tumor; show impacted or extra teeth; and also help determine the condition of fillings, crowns, bridges and root canals. Dental X-rays can also reveal bone loss from periodontal (gum) disease, locate tarter buildup, find foreign bodies within the gum or bone, and see if there is enough bone for the placement of dental implants. These are just some of the many reasons why dentists rely on dental X-rays.
Some people worry about their exposure to radiation during dental X-ray procedures. This is very understandable in light of the relatively high radiation of some medical X-rays. They may remember a doctor in the emergency room asking them or a female family member if they are pregnant because they need to take a chest X-ray or an upper gastrointestinal (GI) series. Patients who have had cancer may also have a heightened sense of awareness about the radiation that they are receiving at the dental office.
Dentists are very concerned about minimizing the amount of radiation a patient receives at the dental office. That’s why we use special high-speed film, and cover patients with a lead apron during X-ray procedures. You will be happy to know that 18 dental X-rays deliver 56,000 times less radiation to an unborn child than an upper GI series, 800 times less radiation than a chest X-ray, and 40 times less radiation than a typical day of background radiation. Dental X-rays are both safe and effective, and can be used during pregnancy.
One new dental technology involving dental X-rays is digital X-rays. They offer the advantage of an 80 percent reduction in radiation, no need for film or processing chemicals, production of a nearly instantaneously image, and the ability to use color contrast in the image. The main disadvantage is the cost. Digital X-ray units presently cost 3-5 times more than conventional units, and the quality of the image is not any better than film. The speed in which a dentist gets to see the image is about three seconds, but with fast developing chemicals, a conventional X-ray can be developed in about 15 seconds. The digital unit does reduce exposure to radiation, but the amount of radiation is so low that the benefit is very slight.
Dental X-rays are an important tool in the diagnosis and treatment of dental problems. They do not, however, replace the need for a visual examination of the head, neck, TMJ and oral cavity. It is only with a combination of both the X-ray and the visual examination that the dentist can best treat his or her patients.
Blood Pressure Check
Your overall health is very important to us. That is why we will offer you a blood pressure check. There is a direct link between periodontal disease and high blood pressure. We hope to make our patients more aware of how damaging a poor kept mouth can have on the rest of your body. Visit http://www.perio.org/consumer/bacteria.htm for more information. This is the official webpage for the American Academy of Periodontology.
At your routine exam, Dr. Patel will check your gums. The purpose is to verify that they are healthy and happy. Unhappy gums are often red, bulbous, and often bleed when flossing. Dr. Patel will also check to see if the supporting bone is strong. If your gums are swollen and show signs of gingivitis (over 70% of Americans have this and don’t even know it!) we have the solutions to help you.
Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. With time, plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. The toxins stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the body in essence turns on itself, and the tissues and bone that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed. Gums separate from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) that become infected. Dr Patel likes to see all his patients with pockets less then 3mm; so if you hear the Dr or hygienist call out numbers greater than three you need help. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Often, this destructive process has very mild symptoms. Eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed. To read more about periodontal disease visit http://www.perio.org/consumer/exams.htm.
After your cleaning the dental hygienist will either apply a topical fluoride or a fluoride varnish to strengthen and protect your teeth. Drs. Patel & Patel believe in this extra step in helping fighting tooth decay and include this with every cleaning. To ready what the American Dental Association has to say about fluoride treatments visit: http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/pubs/jada/reports/report_fluoride_exec.pdf
Oral Cancer Exam
An oral cancer exam is painless and quick — it takes only a few minutes. Your regular dental checkup is an excellent opportunity to have the exam.
Here’s what to expect:
Preparing for the exam: If you have dentures (plates) or partials, you will be asked to remove them.
Dr. Patel or the hygienist will inspect your face, neck, lips and mouth to look for any signs of cancer.
With both hands, the Dr. or hygienist will feel the area under your jaw and the side of your neck, checking for lumps that may suggest cancer.
He or she will then look at and feel the insides of your lips and cheeks to check for possible signs of cancer, such as red and/or white patches.
Next, your Dr. or hygienist will have you stick out your tongue so it can be checked for swelling or abnormal color or texture.
Using gauze, he or she will then gently pull your tongue to one side, then the other, to check the base of your tongue. The underside of your tongue will also be checked.
In addition, he or she will look at the roof and floor of your mouth, as well as the back of your throat.
Finally, the Dr. or hygienist will put one finger on the floor of your mouth and, with the other hand under your chin, gently press down to check for lumps or sensitivity.