Dental Concerns

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Do you look in the mirror only see changes in your smile? Do you have concerns about the way your teeth look or problems your chewing food? Dr. Trahey Maner and his dental team are here to listen to you, pay attention to your concerns, and provide you with both dental services you need and the cosmetic services you want.

We have listed a few dental concerns you may have about your smile, most can be solved with just a few office visits. Let Dr.  Maner and his dental team help you find the answer to your dental questions. Call Maner Dentistry at 252-441-1006.

• Chipped or cracked teeth

Not wanting to smile because of a chipped tooth? Do you have a chipped tooth that is irritating your tongue. Chipped or cracked teeth may seem small at first, but may be early signs of trouble to come.
Solution. Composite bonding or porcelain veneers can give you quick natural-looking results.

• Crowded and/or crooked teeth

Crowded and crooked teeth can be hard to clean, causing stains and possible decay. Misaligned teeth also can cause facial deformity around the mouth – puffy or sunken lips.
Solution. An invisible new way to straighten teeth without braces. Smart Moves Invisible Aligners use a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth, without metal brackets or wires. You can now straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
Also, for some cases, porcelain crowns or veneers can be used to correct misaligned teeth.

• Missing teeth

Extracting a tooth seems like a simple solution to a painful problem but leaving space between teeth can be the beginning of bigger problems. Teeth on either side of the missing tooth will shift and tilt into the empty space. Teeth that once chewed against the missing tooth can also grow into the empty space. All of this shifting can affect your bite, possibly cause headaches, decrease your chewing capacity, or cause loss of additional teeth.
Solution. We can restore your bite to proper function for better dental and over-all health. Your smile can be restorated with the best options available to you.

• Worn-down teeth

Teeth are short or worn down, hiding behind your lips even when you smile.
Solution. Lengthen teeth with porcelain veneers or crowns for a more youthful appearance.

• A gummy smile

Your gum line is uneven or your smile shows too much gum tissue.
Solution. Cosmetic gum lift or reshaping.

• Old obsolete dentistry

Broken down, chipped or discolored restorations. These old restorations may be leaking around the margins, where the tooth and restoration meet. Broken and leaking restorations can cause a bad taste in your mouth or bad breath. Left alone, these broken restorations can further damage and compromise the health of your teeth.
Solution. New all-porcelain restorations not only are more durable but look like natural teeth – with no metal edges at the gum line. Another option is to replace removable appliances with dental implants.

• Discolored teeth

Teeth can discolor from age, medications, old fillings, and trauma. No matter the reason, stained teeth can make your smile appear older than you feel.
Solution. Teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns can brighten and enhance your smile giving you a youthful look.

• Uneven sized teeth

Disproportionate sized teeth can make you feel uncomfortable about smiling.
Solution. Cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns can recreate an ideal alignment for your smile.

• Poor chewing

If enjoying a meal is uncomfortable, we have a solution for you. Chewing can become ineffecient from a missing tooth, or there may be a problem with the alignment of the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Jaw muscles can become sore or painful during or after eating.
Solution. Replace missing teeth. Re-establish your natural biting and chewing surfaces for proper function and stability. You can enjoy eating again.

• Unsightly dark silver fillings

When laughing or smiling wide do you see “black fillings” in the back of your mouth? As silver fillings age, they darken. Older silver fillings can also weaken teeth, leading to breakage or eventual tooth loss.
Solution. Replace old silver fillings with cosmetic bonding, porcelain inlays or onlays. Not only are these restorations natural looking, they are strong and durable.

• Wide front teeth

Disproportionate sized teeth can make you feel uncomfortable about smiling.
Solution. Cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns can create an ideal alignment for your smile.

• Old dentures

If your dentures are uncomfortable or loose, preventing you from enjoying your favorite foods or causing you to avoid social interactions, we can help you.
Solution. We can fabricate a new smile for you. New dentures will look life-like and natural and feel so much better. You will wished you had changed them years ago.

• Aged teeth

Teeth can get darker and stained as we get older.
Solution. Tooth whitening, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns can brighten and enhance your smile giving you a vibrant, youthful look.

• Spaces between teeth

Spaces between your teeth can be distracting and make you feel self-conscious when talking or smiling.
Solution. Cosmetic bonding or veneers can give back your confidence by eliminating those gaps between your teeth, restoring your smile better than you ever imagined.

• Puffy gums

If your gums are puffy, sore, and bleed when you brush; then you may have periodontal disease.
Solution. Our dental hygiene team will evaluate your needs and make recommendations to provide you with a complete program of oral hygiene that results in a healthy, attractive smile.