The What, How and Why of Dental Veneers

Mixed race multi-ethnic female friends laughing together perfect smileIf you are looking to improve the aesthetics of your smile, dental veneers may be the solution. Charlotte, NC cosmetic dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp uses dental veneers to help patients achieve the smiles they have always dreamed of. Whether you have a discolored tooth, a gap or a mishappen or chipped tooth, porcelain veneers can restore the natural beauty to your smile.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers, also known as porcelain veneers are an ultra thin ceramic shell that permanently bonds to the front and sides of your teeth. The material that the veneers are constructed from is a state of the art ceramic that is able to reflect light like a natural tooth. The material is both highly durable and natural looking. Dr. Van Gurp will remove a small layer of your tooth to make room to the bond the veneer. Dental veneers are designed as a permanent restoration and with proper oral hygiene can last a lifetime. Depending on your oral health and personal cosmetic goals, Dr. Van Gurp may be able to create your dental veneers in just one visit to our Charlotte dentist office using CEREC technology.

How long do dental veneers last?

Why should I choose dental veneers?

Dental veneers provide a full range of cosmetic and oral health benefits. Dental veneers can help treat cosmetic concerns that may develop into more complex health issues if left untreated. Veneers are highly durable, natural looking and comfortable. Your veneers will be custom designed and fabricated to fit the aesthetics of your natural smile and will blend seamlessly with your other teeth. Dental veneers can be used to treat one tooth, or your whole smile making them highly customizable to suit your specific needs. Dr. Van Gurp offers a unique artistic eye for balance and facial symmetry for a beautiful smile you will feel proud to share for years to come.

Schedule A Consultation

Learn more about how dental veneers can improve your smile. Contact our Charlotte dentist office or schedule a consultation online. Our personalized dental care can help you regain confidence in your smile while improving your oral health.

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

dv1617008April is oral cancer awareness month and Charlotte, NC family dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp is doing his part in raising awareness. Oral cancer can be life threatening, and often goes undiagnosed until the later stages. Oral cancer can be difficult to spot on your own, making it essential to visit the dentist twice a year for oral cancer screenings.

Vizilite Oral Cancer Screening

Dr. Van Gurp provides oral cancer screenings at all biannual dental checkups. Our Charlotte dentist office uses cutting-edge technology for the most comprehensive oral health care. Vizilite is a special light Dr. Van Gurp uses to better detect signs of oral cancer. Early diagnosis is key to conservative and effective treatment of oral cancer. Oral cancer screenings take only a few minutes and are virtually pain free.

Oral Cancer Symptoms

It is always a good idea to stay alert of any changes in your oral health. Self exams can help you spot changes for early diagnosis. Check all soft tissue surfaces at least once a month for the following signs:

  • Red or white patches
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Lumps
  • Thickening of the soft tissue
  • Sores
  • Bleeding
  • Lump in the throat

While self oral exams can help, it is important to remember that is may be difficult or impossible for you to spot oral cancer in your own mouth. Dr. Van Gurp is a trained and skilled dentist who has the knowledge and experience to properly diagnosis complex oral health concerns. Regular visits to the dentist can help maintain your oral and overall health.

Schedule A consultation

Regular visits to the dentist every 6 months can help keep your oral health in check. Dr. Van Gurp will work with you to build a comprehensive treatment plan to restore your oral health, and build a beautiful smile. Contact our Charlotte, NC dentist office today or schedule a consultation online.

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The Importance of Flossing

Woman flossing teeth, studio shotCharlotte, NC family dentist Dr. Van Gurp is putting an end to all of the flossing excuses. Flossing is an essential part of removing the plaque from between your teeth on a daily basis yet many patients are still resistant to making it a part of their daily routine. It is important to invest in your oral health and quality of life, especially when flossing is quick, inexpensive, and effective.

Common Flossing Excuses

  • Common Excuse: I simply do not have time to floss.
    Flossing is more convenient than ever with the use of floss picks. Keep some in your car, in your purse or next to your toothbrush. Take a minute or two every day to floss between your teeth to protect your oral health. Flossing takes less time than checking your social media, watching a tv show, or making a cup of coffee. And remember, flossing for a few minutes a day could save you hours in the dentist chair.
  • Common Excuse: It hurts when I floss, so I do not do it.
    If you experience discomfort or bleeding while flossing, it may be due to one or two things.
    Either you are flossing incorrectly or too hard, or you already have some stage of gum disease. If you need advice on how to properly floss, ask our dental care team next time you are visiting our Charlotte dentist office. We will be happy to provide you with some tips and tricks on how to properly floss. If you experience frequent bleeding of the gums, Dr. Van Gurp can screen your gums for periodontal disease. Dr. Van Gurp provides comprehensive treatment for gum disease to prevent further damage to your teeth and gums. Flossing regularly can help prevent the advancement of gum disease.
  • Common Excuse: My teeth are so close together, nothing gets stuck in between them.
    Even if your teeth appear to touch each other, there are still tiny spaces in between that are prime hiding spots for plaque and bacteria. Brushing your teeth only cleans the outer and exposed surfaces of your teeth. Flossing removes the plaque build up that hides in between teeth in tiny crevices. Removing plaque daily can prevent it from causing tooth decay.

Schedule A consultation

Regular visits to the dentist every 6 months can help keep your oral health in check. Dr. Van Gurp will work with you to build a comprehensive treatment plan to restore your oral health and build a beautiful smile. Contact our Charlotte, NC dentist office today or schedule a consultation online.

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Dental Technology For Better Dentistry

Dentist doing a treatmentRecent advancements in dental technology have made dental treatments more effective and less invasive. Technology has made it easier to detect and diagnose advanced dental health concerns earlier for more conservative treatments. Technology has also made dental procedures less painful and reduced downtimes needed after treatments. Dental Technology allows for a more enjoyable dentist office experience and Charlotte, NC family dentist Dr. Van Gurp offers state of the art technology for the benefit of his patients.

  1. Dental Concern: Cavities
    Tooth decay is one of the most common dental concerns. Cavities develop when plaque feeds off of bacteria and begins to erode and eat away at the structure of your tooth. Cavities can cause tooth sensitivity and pain and left untreated will eventually result in the need for a root canal or tooth extraction.
    Technology: Diagnodent:
    Diagnodent is a pain-free laser that scans the teeth for tooth decay that may not yet be visible to the human eye. With Diagnodent Dr. Van Gurp can detect tooth decay in its earliest stages in the deep grooves of the teeth. When found early, tooth decay can be conservatively treated with a dental filling.
  2. Dental Concern: Gum Disease
    Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection of the gums. Gum disease is an advanced dental health concern that can lead to tooth loss, chronic halitosis, and even systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease.
    Technology: Laser Dentistry
    Laser dentistry is much less invasive than traditional gum surgery used to remove the bacteria from pockets in the gum. Laser dentistry allows for shorter down times and more effective treatment without the use of sutures. Laser dentistry is also used for gum lifts, tooth sensitivity and healing cold sores
  3. Dental Concern: Dental Restoration
    Porcelain dental restorations are used to fix a myriad of cosmetic and restorative dental concerns. Dental crowns can be used to cap a root canal, fix a tooth gap or crack, or to fix a cosmetic concern. Dental crowns once had to be sent out to a dental lab to be fabricated. Fabrications could take up to two weeks before being ready to be secured in the mouth.
    Technology: CEREC
    CEREC is a CAD/CAM technology that allows Dr. Van Gurp to take digital images of your mouth to design a custom fit dental restoration. The digital images are then used in a in-office milling machine to fabricate the restoration on the same visit. One day restorations can be fabricated and fit in jut one visit to our Charlotte dentist office.

Schedule A consultation

To find out how dental technology can help improve your dentist care contact our Charlotte dentist office. Dr. Van Gurp will work with you to build a comprehensive treatment plan to restore your oral health and build a beautiful smile.

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Combat Bad Breath

bad breathBad breath can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Charlotte, NC family dentist Dr. Van Gurp has some suggestions for combating persistent bad breath and improving your overall oral health.

Combat Bad Breath

  • Stay Hydrated. Drinking plenty of water can help to wash away odor causing bacteria. Having a moist mouth helps your body produce saliva. Saliva keeps your oral bacteria in check. Staying hydrated also helps to avoid dry mouth that could lead to tooth decay.
  • Brush Your Tongue. Brush twice a day for two solid minutes, and do not forget to brush your tongue. Your tongue is a hotbed for amino acid and bacteria growth which emits unpleasant smells. Brushing your tongue can help keep this smell under control.
  • Eat Well.Foods like dark green vegetables, low fat proteins, and fruits and nuts are great for your oral health, and your overall health. Avoid foods high in sugar or acidity. Sugar leads to tooth decay and highly acidic foods can erode enamel.
  • Eat some Parsley, or Fennel. This may seem funny, but it is true! Parsley and fennel are traditional ways of combating bad breath. This folk remedy can help keep your breath fresh!
  • Quit Smoking. Tobacco smoke smells. If you are smoker your mouth may smell like the smoke which can be unattractive to many people. Smoking also puts you at higher risk for developing gum disease and tooth decay, both of which cause bad breath.
  • Visit The Dentist! Bad breath that does not go away may be a warning sign that you are developing a more serious dental health concern. If brushing, flossing,and swishing do not eradicate your bad breath, be sure to schedule an appointment in our Charlotte dentist office. The earlier Dr. Van Gurp can catch common dental health concerns, the more conservatively and effectively he can treat them. Consistent bad breath may be an indicator of tooth decay , gum disease, or a condition called dry mouth.

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Smile Makeover

ThinkstockPhotos-101839034An aesthetically pleasing smile is frequently a healthy smile. Cosmetic dentistry can not only give you a smile you feel proud of it can also restore its function and health, enabling you to feel confident when you smile. A beautiful, healthy smile has also been shown to benefit your professional interactions.

Charlotte cosmetic dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp offers dental treatments that may take years off your smile and give you back the confidence to share it each day both socially and professionally.

Dr. Van Gurp is a highly educated and AACD accredited cosmetic dentist who puts patients at ease and offers attentive and complete dentistry. Dr. Van Gurp will spend time listening to your oral health concerns and your cosmetic goals to develop a comprehensive and conservative dental treatment plan. Our goal is to build a healthy, natural looking smile that will support your long term dental health.

Whether you are looking for a quick refresher or a total smile makeover, Dr. Van Gurp and our Charlotte dental care team can help you achieve your cosmetic dental goals.

Smile Makeover Charlotte NC

Porcelain veneers: Using state of the art CEREC dental technology, Dr. Van Gurp offers patients convenient same day dental veneers. Many patients can now get permanent veneers in just one visit to your Charlotte dentist office. Porcelain veneers can correct a whole list of dental concerns including chips, cracks, tooth discoloration, or gaps.

KöR Teeth Whitening: KöR is a highly sought after whitening treatment plan. KöR has been effective at whitening bleach resistant tooth stains. KöR is a custom fit dental tray whitening system. Trays will be custom made by Dr. Van Gurp and you will apply the trays at home while you sleep. Teeth whitening is a minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure that can take years off of your smile in just a few weeks.

Tooth bonding: Quick and affordable, tooth bonding can fix minor cracks, chips or gaps in your teeth. For an economical cosmetic fix, ask Dr. Van Gurp about bonding. Usually complete in one visit to our Charlotte dentist office, bonding can to restore your desired aesthetics to your smile.

Schedule A Consultation

If you are ready to take years off your smile schedule a visit to our Charlotte, NC dentist office. Dr. Van Gurp will help to educate you on all of the cosmetic treatments available that will help you meet your personal aesthetic goals.

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ADA Seal of Approval

ThinkstockPhotos-178486646The market is saturated with oral health products, but consumers should know that not all oral hygiene products are equal in quality and effectiveness. Some may find it overwhelming to determine which oral hygiene products will “say what they do and do what they say”.

You may have chosen ADA member dentist, Dr. Richard Van Gurp, for his compassionate work ethic and dedication to high ADA standards. Maintain your smile with the same quality oral hygiene products. Charlotte, NC Dr. Van Gurp may recommend dental hygiene products with the ADA seal to help supplement your regular dentist office visits. Dr. Van Gurp encourages you to reach out our dentist office with any questions regarding which products are best for your personal oral health concerns.

Not for purchase, the ADA seal must be earned by companies that adhere to the strict ADA product guidelines. The ADA requires oral hygiene product manufacturers to go exceed the standards for effectiveness and safety required by law. The ADA puts every oral hygiene product under rigorous scientific testing before awarding it the ADA seal. The ADA Seal is not an endorsement, and the ADA receives no profit from distributing the seal. The seal is strictly used to inform consumers that the products they choose are effective and safe.

Informed consumers can make better purchasing decisions. The ADA offers a free product list of dental health items that have the ADA seal. Reviewing the list before shopping can help you navigate those isles of different toothbrushes, toothpastes and countless different floss styles. Compare products and talk to Dr. Van Gurp about what dental procedures and products are right for you and your family’s oral health goals.

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Halloween Candy And Your Teeth

Halloween candy and oral health, Charlotte, NCThe scariest part of Halloween is the damage all that candy does to your teeth! Spooky plaque feeds off sugar, allowing it to rapidly spread and take over your mouth. Plaque buildup can cause gum disease, bad breath, sensitive teeth, and even tooth decay. Remember, plaque build up is like a ghost! Permanent effects of plaque are not immediately noticeable, but over a lifetime can cause serious and complex dental health concerns.

Charlotte, NC Dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp has some “tricks and treats” for you to moderate your sugar intake this Halloween. By making a few compromises and alterations, you can still have a spooktacular Halloween, and keep your smile healthy all winter long!

Pick Your Poison: If you can’t resist the ghoulish temptation of the candy, try to drink water instead of soda or sugary juice. Less sugar is always better, and the water will help flush out the sugar.

Plan Your Scare: Eat candy after a meal when saliva production is already increased, helping to move that plaque building sugar instead of lingering around in your mouth. Remember to rinse or brush your teeth after enjoying your sweet treat.

Trick with Treats: Make grapes eyeballs, and carrots zombie fingers! Turn healthy snacks into creepy treats! Always offer healthy alternatives at gatherings and parties, but dress them up for Halloween, kids won’t even realize they are eating healthy!

Avoid Braces Busters: Don’t let sticky and hard candies ruin all that hard work you put into straightening your teeth! If you or your kids have braces, make sure you steer clear of any taffy or sucking candies. Hard candies can get stuck and even break expensive braces. If you have any questions about what you can and can’t enjoy this holiday with your braces make sure to contact Dr. Van Gurp.

Family dentist Dr. Van Gurp also always recommends maintaining your healthy oral hygiene habits especially as the busy holiday season picks up. Brush and floss twice a day and make sure to come in for your regular dental cleanings and a comprehensive oral health screening. Schedule your appointment today!

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Oral Health And Aging

Oral health and aging, Charlotte, NC Charlotte, NC Dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp emphasizes the importance of striving to keep your natural teeth healthy for as long as possible to enjoy the best quality of life. Modern advances in both materials and technology in the dental field have made it possible to retain our natural teeth and a functional smile longer than ever before.

This means that maintaining consistent oral hygiene and routine dental checkups throughout our lifetime play a key role in our overall health and well-being. Keeping your smile healthy by taking advantage of all that modern dentistry can offer will provide you your best quality of life.

There are important considerations for your oral health as you age and Dr. Van Gurp offers comprehensive care to address your concerns and help you maintain optimal oral health and meet your cosmetic goals for a natural looking smile.

Later in life, our gums may recede, exposing the root surfaces of our teeth. Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors, including trauma, periodontal disease, vigorous brushing, and genetic predisposition. Root exposure is problematic mainly because root surfaces are covered by a material called cementum, which is much softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. In addition, certain medications can limit the flow of saliva, which is protective against cavities.

For this reason, older patients must take special care to brush and floss daily and visit the dentist regularly to discuss your medical history and ensure that root cavities do not occur. For patients with dentures, regular dental visits are also important, as a dentist can ensure they are fitting well and enabling you to eat and speak properly. We also examine your mouth for signs of periodontal disease and oral cancer, both highly treatable when caught early.

Cosmetic Dentistry for A Lasting Smile

We understand that aesthetics are also important to our older adult patients and offer cosmetic dental procedures that can keep your smile looking beautiful at any age.

Throughout our lives, our teeth may begin to darken due to staining or may abrade due to certain habits, such as teeth grinding. Teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are both great options for adult and senior patients who desire to improve the look of their smile.

If you have any questions about specific oral health concerns or would like to enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Van Gurp in our Charlotte, NC dentist office.

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Causes Of Toothaches

Toothaches, Charlotte, NC
No matter how careful and thorough you are with maintaining your daily oral care, at some point in your life you will probably experience the pain and discomfort of a toothache. Although a cavity is normally the cause, tooth decay is only one of the several triggering factors of tooth pain or discomfort.

Tooth Sensitivity
If you experience pain when you eat or drink hot or cold food and beverages, it could signal a cavity. It could also be a sign that you have sensitive teeth, either from thinning tooth enamel or receding gums. These are common side effects of aging, lifestyle habits or can be caused by other health concerns. In addition to discussing your concerns with Dr. Richard Van Gurp during your next routine preventive care visit, try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth as this may help ease the symptoms.

Severe Toothaches
If the pain of your toothache is sudden, sharp and stabbing, the cause may be related to a cavity or cracked tooth. However, if you experience a throbbing, constant pain when you bite down on your food, you may have an abscessed tooth or an infection that should be taken care of right away. Contact our Charlotte, NC dentist office as soon as possible to schedule a visit.

Might Not Even Be Your Teeth
A less common cause of a toothache is a sinus infection. If you have pain in the upper teeth on both sides of the jaw, a sinus infection could be the cause. This type of toothache is usually combined with nasal congestion and tenderness around the eyes, forehead and sinuses.

If your ache is more identifiable as jaw pain, it may be caused by a Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Bite problems like TMJ can be triggered by malocclusion, a jaw injury, arthritis, or tooth grinding. Wisdom teeth that have not been removed could also cause jaw pain and toothaches.

Prevent Tooth Pain

Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent a toothache and other common oral health concerns. To reduce your risk for developing decay, gum disease or other common causes of a toothache be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and visit Dr. Van Gurp regularly for oral examinations and a professional dental cleaning.

Been away from the dentist? Contact our Charlotte, NC dentist office to schedule a visit and restore a healthy smile.

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