By Dr. Andrew D. Mylander
September 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Smile problems? Dentists have a wide array of tools at their disposal for improving the aesthetics of your smile. Dr. Andrew Mylander is cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistryone of New Bern's top dentists. He offers a complete range of dental services. Here are six dental procedures that can improve your smile. 

1. Dental Crowns

A crown is a type of dental restoration which fully encases the visible portion of a tooth. Dental crowns are used to restore weakened, discolored, broken, and damaged teeth. Dental crowns can improve tooth function. They can be expected to withstand chewing forces well. You can also improve the color and the shape of your teeth with dental crowns. 

2. Dental Bonding

Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin to repair decayed, fractured, chipped, and discolored teeth. Bonding is also used to close gaps between teeth. In this procedure, very little tooth enamel is removed, which gives it an advantage over options like crowns and veneers. 

3. Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can fill in the gaps in your smile and take years off your look. Dental bridges involve creating dental crowns for the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth, with a fabricated tooth in between. The absence of teeth can make it difficult for people to eat. A bridge can provide a dramatic improvement in chewing ability. 

4. Dental Veneers

A beautiful smile is a must for job interviews, meetings, and blind dates. Dental veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front part of the teeth to improve your smile. Veneers are used to cover teeth which are discolored, chipped, misaligned, or worn down. Your New Bern, NC dentist can also fix small gaps in your smile through the use of veneers.

5. Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a procedure that is used to repair teeth that are badly decayed or infected. Root canal therapy will alleviate your discomfort or pain and give your teeth a second chance. Root canals are nothing to fear. Most patients report that root canal treatment is no more painful than having a dental filling placed. 

6. Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening will whiten teeth that have been stained by coffee, smoking, soda, red wine and more. There are both in-office and at-home whitening options available. In-office bleaching uses a stronger whitening agent and a light to speed up the whitening process. Professional take-home bleaching involves custom-fitted trays filled with a whitening solution that you can use at home.

There's no reason to go through life with an imperfect smile. Don't wait another minute- call our dental office at 252-633-2261 right now to schedule a dental appointment in New Bern, NC. We want all our patients to have healthy smiles that look great, too.

By Dr. Andrew D. Mylander
June 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Is root canal therapy on your top 10 list of things you want to avoid in life? Many people assume that root canal procedures are extremelyroot canal painful. Fortunately, that's not true. Our New Bern, NC, dentist, Dr. Andrew Mylander, shares the truth about root canal therapy.

Why are root canals recommended?

Root canals save teeth that are inflamed or infected. Pain, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, discoloration or painful, swollen gums can be indications that you need a root canal. If the tooth becomes abscessed, pain can increase and may be accompanied by facial swelling, fever and swollen lymph nodes.

The inflammation or infection affects the pulp, a collection of nerves, tissues and blood vessels in the center of your tooth. Once inflammation or infection occurs, you'll be faced with two choices: extract your tooth or undergo a root canal. Extracting your tooth may sound like the simpler option, but it can lead to several unpleasant consequences, such as weakening of your jawbone, shifting teeth or sagging facial muscles. Root canal therapy preserves your tooth, allowing you to continue to use it. During the procedure the pulp is removed, the tooth is cleaned, and the cavity is filled with a rubber-based filling.

Why do people say that root canals are painful?

If you ask anyone who has had a root canal lately if the procedure was painful, they'll probably assure you that they didn't feel a thing. Unfortunately, your grandparents may not have had the same experience. Often root canal horror stories are passed down from generation to generation. Luckily, thanks to today's very effective local anesthetics, root canals can be performed with no pain.

If you're a little nervous about the procedure, we offer sedation services in our New Bern office. Whether you choose an oral sedative, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or an inhaled sedative, you'll feel calm and will experience no pain during your procedure.

Don't let fear keep you from getting the dental treatment you need. If you need a root canal or other type of dental treatment, or it's time for your regular dental exam, call our New Bern, NC, dentist, Dr. Mylander, at (252) 633-2261 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Andrew D. Mylander
March 20, 2017
Category: Dentistry
Tags: oral hygiene  

Do you use mouthwash regularly? If you don't have a bottle in your medicine cabinet, you're not alone. According to the Oral Health oral hygieneFoundation, only 31 percent of adults use the product. New Bern, NC, dentist, Dr. Andrew Mylander, explores mouthwash use and explains how you can benefit from using the product.

Is mouthwash really necessary?

Using mouthwash after you brush and floss removes little pieces of food and loosened plaque from your teeth. Rinsing with water will do the same thing, but mouthwash offers a few benefits that tap water doesn't, including:

  • Enamel Strengthening: Mouthwashes that contain fluoride actually help keep your tooth enamel strong and more resistant to tooth decay. Fluoride works by remineralizing weak spots in the enamel. Although most toothpastes contain fluoride, using a fluoridated mouthwash offers an extra layer of protection.
  • Cavity Protection: Antibacterial or anti-cavity mouthwashes kill bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Bacteria is found in plaque, a sticky substance that covers your teeth every day. Brushing and flossing removes plaque, but sometimes it's difficult to remove it from every surface of your teeth. Anti-cavity mouthwash can reach hard-to-reach places, reducing your cavity risk.
  • Fresh Breath: Have you ever taken a look in the mirror and noticed a small piece of food stuck in your teeth? Tiny bits of food tend to smell after they've been in your mouth for a while. Mouthwash helps dislodge the particles and also attacks bacteria that can cause breath odor.

Is there anything I should avoid when shopping for mouthwash?

Take a look at the list of ingredients before you drop into a New Bern store to buy mouthwash. If a product contains alcohol, it's more likely to dry your mouth. In addition to being a little uncomfortable, dry mouth can actually worsen breath odor.

Mouthwash use, in addition to regular dental cleanings, will help keep your breath fresher. If you've been meaning to schedule a checkup, call New Bern, NC, dentist, Dr. Mylander, at (252) 633-2261 to make your appointment.

By Dr. Andrew D. Mylander
December 21, 2016
Category: Dentistry

Going to the dentist is a daunting task for many people, especially if they have dental anxiety. However, your dental health does not dental anxietyneed to suffer due to your fear of the dentist’s chair. Sedation dentistry can help you relax during your dental procedures. Learn more about sedation dentistry with Dr. Andrew Mylander in New Bern, NC.

What is sedation dentistry? 
Sedation dentistry uses medications administered via inhalation, oral tablets or intravenously which helps patients relax during their dental procedures. Dentists reserve sedation dentistry for patients with dental anxiety who have issues committing to their procedures due to their fear of the dentist. Sedation can help patients get through anything from a simple teeth cleaning to a root canal.

How can sedation dentistry help me? 
Sedation dentistry can help patients with all levels of anxiety. The four main levels of sedation include:

  • Minimal Sedation: Minimal sedation keeps the patient awake and alert, but helps them relax during their procedure. This is usually administered via the inhalation method and referred to as “laughing gas”.
  • Moderate Sedation: Moderate sedation may cause patients to slur their words or forget parts of their procedure.
  • Deep Sedation: Dentists administer deep sedation intravenously. This is the highest level of sedation without putting the patient completely to sleep. Patients may fall asleep, but their dentist can still awaken them if need be.

Sedation Dentistry in New Bern, NC
Patients with dental anxiety, low pain tolerance, high tooth sensitivity, a heightened gag reflex or those who need several procedures performed at once benefit from sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry has proven to be a safe and reliable option. Your dentist can help you determine if sedation dentistry is the best choice for you and your procedure.

For more information on sedation dentistry, please contact Dr. Mylander in New Bern, NC. Call (252) 633-2261 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mylander today!

By Dr. Andrew D. Mylander
September 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces  

Many people know that orthodontics can give you a beautiful smile by straightening teeth that are crooked, crowded or overlapping. orthodonticsOrthodontics can do more than just straighten a smile, though. They can also correct a misaligned bite and alleviate any related jaw tension caused by the misalignment. Whether you want to straighten your teeth or correct a misaligned bite, Dr. Andrew Mylander, provides a variety of orthodontic treatments in New Bern, NC.

Types of Orthodontics

There are several orthodontic options in New Bern. Depending on your orthodontic needs, traditional braces attached to the teeth or removable clear aligners might be best. Dr. Mylander can help you determine which orthodontic treatment is right for you.

Braces are an orthodontic treatment used to straighten teeth or align the jaw. Depending on the type of braces being installed, brackets are first attached directly to the front or back of the teeth. The brackets are then connected to one another with wires. Over time the braces help the teeth to shift and realign.

Invisalign is another option for straightening teeth that is practically undetectable to others. It involves wearing clear aligners over the teeth that can be removed when eating, drinking, brushing or flossing. Invisalign is a good option for teens and adults who want a straighter smile and do not need to correct jaw alignment.

Benefits of Orthodontics

For many orthodontic patients, a primary benefit of orthodontic treatment is the confidence boost they experience once they’ve achieve a straighter smile. Many people avoid smiling when they are not confident in the appearance of their teeth. Straightening teeth that are crooked or overlapping helps many individuals begin smiling with confidence.

Orthodontics are known for creating beautiful, straight smiles, but they can also contribute to a healthier mouth. When teeth overlap and crowd too closely together, food particles can become trapped. The result is a build up of bacteria and plaque in between teeth, which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Properly aligned teeth have fewer crevices for plaque and bacteria to become trapped in. They are easier to keep clean, which helps with prevention of tooth decay and gum disease.

Even when teeth are straight, orthodontics can still be needed in some cases. When the top and bottom teeth do not line up properly, the bite is misaligned. This can put additional strain and tension on the jaw. Individuals with this problem can suffer from jaw discomfort and even headaches. Orthodontics can correct the misaligned bite and alleviate the tension and headaches associated with it.

If you are interested in straightening your smile or correcting your bite, you might benefit from orthodontic treatment. To find out if orthodontics are right for you, call (252) 633-2261 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mylander, your New Bern, NC, orthodontics provider.

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