We all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s just not as much fun losing teeth as an adult. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of 25 permanent teeth remaining, which is three shy of a full set (not counting wisdom teeth). Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier want everyone in Fuquay-Varina to know that replacing a missing tooth is important to your dental health. Read on for more information and please give Fuquay Family Dentistry a call with any questions or concerns. Read more ›
Keeping your health history updated with Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier may help save your teeth. Although you may think of general health and dental health as two completely unrelated categories, they are much more connected than the average person suspects. Just as the information you share with your general practitioner assists them in keeping you healthy, Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier depend on your input for optimum dental health.
When it comes to your overall health, your dentist also needs to see the big picture so they can assist you with keeping your teeth vital. Most Fuquay-Varina residents might not think to inform their dentist about their general physical health, but would be surprised at the potential impact that information can have on their oral care. The Fuquay Family Dentistry team likes to go above and beyond for our Fuquay-Varina patients, but we depend on your participation to make sure you get the quality dental care you deserve. Here are a few reasons why. Read more ›
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fluoridation of drinking water is ranked among the ten greatest public health achievements of 20th century America. However, a quick search of the internet tells us that fluoride can actually be toxic if ingested in large enough quantities.
So which is true? Do the health benefits outweigh the negatives of fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water? We at Fuquay Family Dentistry know that Fuquay-Varina folks care a great deal about their health, so we’ve put this article together to examine the facts and help you come to your own decision. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you might have, so feel free to give us a call! Read more ›
Kids are constantly growing and changing, and their mouths are no exception! Throughout childhood, kids lose their baby teeth, gain adult teeth, and they begin to take ownership of their own oral health. From brushing to braces to practicing their smile, oral health is important for every kid at every stage. We know you love to see your child smile! Fuquay Family Dentistry does too. Read our kids’ dentistry tips to learn how to help keep your kid smiling for life.
Caring for Kids’ Teeth
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The root word “ortho” means “straight or upright.” Orthodontics – you guessed it – help make your teeth straight. But oh, how it can do so much more!
A lovely smile with straight teeth and an even bite is equal parts functional and beautiful – and thanks to scientific progress, all that can be yours. Orthodontics is an area of dentistry that focuses on how the bones and teeth of your mouth are placed and fit together. Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier in Fuquay-Varina are professional providers of orthodontic treatments. Read more for our general overview of orthodontics and what teeth straightening can do for you. Read more ›
Sometimes in life, you just need a do-over. That’s precisely what a crown is—a new start for your tooth. Teeth are important players in your life! They’re not only the first responders for your digestive tract, but they can make a great first impression – so you deserve a beautiful, fully-functioning set. If your teeth need a real makeover, a crown might be just the thing you need. A crown is a custom-made shell that fits perfectly over your natural tooth. Crowns look and act exactly like your original tooth – but better. Crowns restore broken and badly decayed or discolored teeth. Crowns also top off dental implants and build dental bridges. Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier in Fuquay-Varina share what you need to know about getting a crown.
If You Need A Crown
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Bite. Crack. Ouch!
A cracked or broken tooth is a real problem. Unlike other bones in your body, a broken tooth will not heal itself and needs to be cared for immediately. Depending on the extent and location of the damage, your dentist will likely recommend an inlay, an onlay, or a crown. All versions of the same idea, these restorative dentistry treatments are custom-made covers to protect your tooth and restore it to its full, healthy, and functioning condition. Another reason you may need an inlay, an onlay, or a crown is due to extensive tooth decay breaking down your tooth that requires more than a simple filling to fix.
Here’s how your options compare:
- Fillings: only fill a small, center portion of the biting surface of your tooth and is not a treatment for extensive damage
- Inlays: fill a larger portion of the biting surface than a filling contained within the cusp
- Onlays: fill and cover the biting surface of your tooth including up and over the rounded ridges (cusps)
- Crowns: covers the whole tooth; all or most of the portion visible above your gums
Benefits of Inlays & Onlays
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Many Fuquay-Varina residents will lose a tooth at some point in their lives, but that doesn’t mean your smile needs to suffer. There are numerous ways to fix a lost tooth, but today Dr.McCormick and Dr. Meunier would like to educate you about the best option for a healthy smile that will last a lifetime: dental implants. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to give Fuquay Family Dentistry a call.
Implants function just like real teeth
If you are looking for a solution that will preserve and improve the health of your mouth, implants are the way to go. Although dentures and bridges can help simulate the function of real teeth, they do not stimulate the jawbone. Implants are placed directly into the jawbone, just like the root of a tooth. As a result, they can put a stop to painful, damaging reabsorption, so that you never have to deal with that “sunken face” look. On top of that, implants are sturdier than any other form of dental appliance.
Implants stabilize other appliances
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A hole in your smile is never a positive thing. It negatively affects physical appearance, eating, speaking, and your overall sense of confidence and well-being. Let Fuquay Family Dentistry bridge the gap between where you are with your smile and where you want to be!
A missing tooth or teeth can also cause jaw pain and bite misalignment. Without a full set of teeth, your other teeth tend to move into the empty space, causing unnatural alignment in your bite and jaw—which can be very uncomfortable and can lead to bigger headaches and TMJ/TMD problems.
Dr. McCormick shares how each tooth plays an important role in your health and everyday life, and how dental bridges can restore your smile and function of your teeth. Read more ›
We’ve all had a toothache at some point at some point or another. While you should always consult your Fuquay-Varina dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many Fuquay-Varina residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier to perform an extraction, or remove the tooth. Today, Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier at Fuquay Family Dentistry would like to talk about what you can expect from an extraction and why it’s not something to fear!
Pulling Teeth isn’t like “Pulling Teeth” Anymore
Just like root canals, tooth extractions have a pretty bad reputation. Many Fuquay-Varina folks may refer to something difficult by saying it was, “like pulling teeth.” However, Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier will be the first one to tell you that the technology and techniques of modern dentistry have made the process of extracting a tooth fairly simple and with minimal discomfort to the patients. As long as you take it easy after the procedure and follow the guidelines, you’ll be back to normal in a just a few days. Read more ›