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Gaston Dental Associates
816 East Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, North Carolina 28054

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GENERAL DENTISTRY

We provide the following list of services:

Dentures/ Partials

Dentures and Partials are used when a person is missing some or all their teeth on the top or bottom arch. Dentures and Partials allow a person to eat and speak better while helping build self-confidence.

Root Canal Therapy (RCT)

Root canal therapy is treatment to the inside of the tooth. This treatment is specifically for the nerve or pulp the tooth. RCT removes the inflamed and/or infected tooth nerve and replaces it with a sterile material for tooth preservation. Once the RCT is completed on a tooth, a crown is recommended

Extractions

Extractions is the removal of a tooth that cannot be saved by a filing or by root canal treatment (RCT).

Bridges

A bridge crosses the space left by a missing tooth or other dental space and helps secure the teeth on either side. A bridge is comprised of two dental caps that are placed on either side of the space, with a pontic in the middle that replaces the missing tooth/teeth.

Cosmetic Whitening

Our dental team can offer you options for cosmetic whitening. From custom made whitening trays, internal teeth bleaching, to in office whitening procedures our team is ready to help you with your whitening desires.


CHILDRENS DENTISTRY

Types Baby Crowns

Since the enamel of baby teeth are thinner, cavities tend to spread more easily and usually come to affect a larger area of the tooth. At that point, baby crowns may be the only way to protect the tooth from premature extraction. Gaston Dental Associates offers two types of crowns, NuSmile and Stainless steel.

NuSmile Pediatric Crowns

NuSmile Pediatric Crowns look better and last longer than other restorative options. These crowns are anatomically correct, stainless steel crowns with a natural-looking, tooth-colored coating.

Stainless Crowns

Stainless steel crowns are made of strong metal to resist chewing and grinding. Mostly used on the teeth located in the back of the mouth.

Space Maintainers

Space maintainers are appliances that “hold” the space in a child’s mouth until the permanent tooth erupts. Keeping the “space” for the new tooth to grow in properly.

Pulpotomy (Baby Root Canal Therapy)

A pulpotomy is sometimes called a baby tooth root canal. When a cavity gets really deep, and goes into the nerve of the tooth. The tooth becomes irritated which is usually the “tooth ache” a child feels. If the inflammation and infection continues without treatment, the tooth will likely eventually abscess and needs to be removed. After a pulpotomy is performed, it is usually necessary to place a stainless steel crown to restore the tooth.


PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY

Routine care

Maintaining proper oral health requires routine check-ups. This checkup allows your dental team to review with you your home hygiene techniques, helping you to improve them. The dentist can examine your teeth and answer any questions of concern you might have. The hygienist can remove all calculus and plaque build-up giving you a fresh start. Excessive plaque build-up causes cavities. To ensure you keep your smile healthy strong it is important to visit your dental home every 6 months.

Fluoride

Administered twice a year helps maintain healthy oral hygiene by strengthen the enamel of your teeth.

Sealants

Sealants are a protective coating that covers the chewing surface of the molars. This prevents plaque from getting stuck in the grooves of the tooth. Having these areas covered helps prevent cavities on the chewing surface.

X-Rays

X-rays are internal pictures of your teeth. It’s very important to have x-rays done once a year. It helps our Dentist to determine what type of treatment would be best for the patient.

Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning is often referred to as Periodontal Scaling, Root Planning (SRP). This type of dental cleaning is a more therapeutic procedure used to reduce some of the causes of periodontal disease. Periodontal scaling and root planning involves the removal of tartar, bacterial plaque, bacterial toxins, the outer covering of the root surface, and diseased tissue from the inner lining of the crevice surrounding the teeth. The scaling cleans the teeth above and below the gum line to remove deposits. The root planning smooth’s the rough roots of one’s teeth.

One thing to keep in mind is that the process of scaling and root planning takes more time than a standard cleaning so the hygienist may schedule additional time, or treat one half of your mouth at a time. The hygienist may also use a local anesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable visit.


RESTORATIVE

Fillings

Fillings can be either composite (white) or they can be amalgam (silver). This is used to rebuild the area of the tooth where the cavity was.

Crowns

A crown is a dental cap that covers a damaged tooth, restoring not just its appearance but also improving strength and functionality. Cemented permanently in place, a crown can then be cared for and maintained as easily as a regular tooth.

Pediatric Partials

Pediatric partials are permanent fake teeth replacing missing baby teeth to restore an aesthetic appearance, prevent adjacent teeth from drifting out of place, help with speech, and maintain normal oral structures in children. The fake teeth are firmly secured onto the child’s existing teeth so that it does not become loose or fall off. They are intended to restore a child’s smile, as well as to retain the functionality and anatomy of children’s teeth. Pediatric partials help boosts a children’s self-esteem especially in cases when missing teeth make them feel self-conscious about smiling, laughing, or talking to other children.