Dentistry Questions

A: There are too many options to list them all in short format! Our treatments range from cosmetic orthodontics to whitening or full smile makeovers, and much more. Arrange a consultation to learn about what’s best for you.
A: The best choice depends on your needs and preferences. If you are in a hurry, in-office treatment is better because results are instant with just one visit. However, patients with sensitive teeth fare better with home treatment, because it is gentler and more gradual.
A: If you want to change the color, size, shape, or overall appearance of teeth, veneers may be a great choice.
A: Six Month Smile treatment targets cosmetic straightening for results in a matter of months.
A: Yes! The absence of any tooth can lead to bone loss, and cause other teeth to shift toward the gap. Filling the gap will preserve your oral health and the appearance of your smile.
A: A dental crown is a restoration that covers and restores a tooth. They are often used for deep fractures, severe decay, broken teeth, or protecting teeth after root canal treatment. Our crowns are made of porcelain, for a natural looking result.
A: Traditionally, the process takes a couple of weeks with several appointments. However, times are changing. We were the first in the area to equip our office with CAD/CAM technology. Thanks to that system, the answer to your question is just one visit.
A: Yes. This dental office has not used dental amalgam since 1998. Furthermore, we take the appearance of you smile seriously, and we use carefully color-matched cosmetic materials.
A: Yes! Laser dentistry has a vast array of benefits for the patients, which is why we use it here in our office. It improves accuracy, reduces bleeding, reduces or eliminates the need for stitches, and shortens healing time.
A: A single tooth may be replaced with a fixed bridge, and dentures may be an option when a large number of teeth are missing. However, dental implants have a great many benefits over either of those choices. Today, most dentists and patients agree that implants are the preferred tooth replacement option.
A: We cannot diagnose a problem without an examination, but the most likely problem here is bruxism (clenching or grinding teeth). This often happens during the night, and you may not even be aware of it. Other symptoms include jaw pain, facial pain, frequent headaches, and excess wear on your teeth. Fortunately, bruxism can be controlled with a customized oral appliance. Visit us for a consultation.
A: It is possible that your toothbrush is too stiff or you are brushing too aggressively. However, a more likely cause is gum disease. Other symptoms may include puffiness, tenderness, or redness of the gum tissue. Schedule a periodontal examination today.
Absolutely! We recognize that oral cancer is one of the deadliest health risks facing our patients, and that early detection is the key to successful treatment. We use VELscope technology, which detects abnormalities in tissue even before they are visible.
You will be welcomed warmly the moment you walk through the door. When it is time for your appointment, we will escort you to the consultation area. Your dentist will conduct and in-depth discussion about your cosmetic and health concerns, medical considerations, scheduling or budget issues, and anything else relevant to your care. Then we will perform a comprehensive oral evaluation including smile analysis, periodontal health assessment, VELscope oral cancer screening and much more.

Please see the “First Visit” page for further details.
A: Yes, our practice offers a wide variety of sedation options as well as drug-free relaxation aids. These include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, noise canceling headphones, sunglasses, heated blankets, and more. Our goal is to provide a pleasant and relaxing experience for every patient, every time.
A: The radiation involved in traditional x-ray process is approximately equal to what you would receive from 60 minutes in natural sunlight without sunscreen. During the process, the patient is covered in protective apron covering the torso. However, we believe that safer is always better. For that reason, we transitioned to digital radiographs over a decade ago. This imaging system emits less radiation while providing more detailed diagnostic data than the traditional method. Furthermore, the process is more comfortable, especially for patients with jaw pain, because there need to bite down on film.
A: Yes. We welcome, and are honored by, referrals from our patients.
A: We offer a wide range of flexible payment and financing options. These include Care Credit third party financing, personal checks, and most major credit cards. We also offer a five percent bookkeeping courtesy. If you have financing concerns, please talk to our office staff.

Patient Testimonials

Tar Heel Dentist
Rating: 5Review By Britt W.The work done by Dr. H and his excellent staff has truly improved my life. After years of neglect, Dr. H was able to fix my teeth and I feel confident about my smile and my teeth for the rest of my life.