Dentist in Greensboro, NC
Michelle H. Mottinger, DDS
2710 Henry St. Ste 104
Greensboro, NC 27405-4962

Phone (336) 375-1825

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By Michelle H. Mottinger, DDS
December 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Dr. Michelle Mottinger provides excellent teeth whitening services to Greensboro, NC, and the surrounding area. If you want to improve your smile, give us a call today!

Looking for a Brighter Smile?

If you are interested in teeth whitening options in Greensboro, NC, then it's time to give Dr. Mottinger a call. There are a number of different options available, but all will help you get the smile of your dreams. Let's take a look:

  • Do-It-Yourself Kit - these kits are perfect for anyone looking to lighten their teeth by a few shades. While they do deliver results, it will take some time. With at-home kits, you can expect to wait weeks after regular use to notice a slight difference.
  • Whitening Toothpastes and Strips - similar to kits, these products can help brighten your smile. The main disadvantages are the amount of time that they take to work and the frequency with which you have to re-do the process.
  • Professional Whitening - with an in-office treatment, you can expect to see results right away. This type of treatment is well-suited for anyone who is noticing that their teeth are darker and dull. Your results will also last longer, and if you do choose to continue with at-home whitening kits, toothpaste, or kits, you will keep a brighter smile even longer!

A beautiful smile is a great asset to have, and with today's technology, bright, white teeth are easy to obtain. If you have been thinking about improving your smile, or you just aren't satisfied with the results you are getting from at-home remedies, it may be time to try something else. 

We are here to review your options with you and help you move forward with treatment. We want all of our patients to have the smile of their dreams.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Are you looking to try teeth whitening in Greensboro, NC? Call (336) 375-1825 today and book your consultation with Dr. Mottinger. We want you to have the bright, beautiful smile you've always dreamed of!

By Michelle H. Mottinger, DDS
November 28, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmj disorders   jaw pain  

Tenderness; headaches; difficulty chewing; excruciating pain. These are a few of the symptoms you could endure with a jaw joint or temporomandibular disorder (TMD or TMJ). This group of disorders disrupts the daily lives of millions of people around the world.

This month is TMJ Awareness Month, to shed light on these debilitating conditions and how best to manage them. Although controlling TMD isn't always easy, it can be done with the right blend of treatments.

The temporomandibular joint—actually a pair of joints connecting the lower jaw to the skull on either side of the face—is "ground zero" for TMD. These are ball-and-socket joints similar to the hip or shoulder, but with a unique addition—a cushioning disk that lies between the adjoining points of the two bones that temper the forces generated when you eat, speak or bite down.

Researchers believe TMD can arise from a variety of sources, including traumatic injury, psychological stress or mechanical dysfunction within the joint and cushioning disk. These problems can create blood flow constriction, which in turn causes the accumulation of chemical waste byproducts in the jaw muscles. This in turn and cause the muscles to spasm and become inflamed and sore.

Treatments are also as numerous as the possible causes of TMD. But for the most part, they range along a continuum of conservative to aggressive approaches.

On the conservative end, doctors treat TMD as a joint problem and borrow heavily from orthopedics. These types of treatments include the use of anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxing medications, icing or heating, stretching exercises, physical therapy and massage. Dentists may also provide mouth guard appliances for patients with clenching or tooth grinding habits to decrease biting forces.

On the more aggressive end are interventions like orthodontics or dental work. But, while these were common recommendations 20-30 years ago, it's no longer thought to be necessary for treating most TMD disorders and should not be recommended as a cure or solution for TMD.  At the furthest extreme is actual jaw surgery to relieve symptoms or repair damage within the joints. The latter, however, has not yet amassed a solid track record, and should be considered as a last resort.

Finding the right combination of therapies to give consistent relief sometimes requires a bit of trial and error. Most doctors recommend starting first with the most conservative methods before considering more aggressive measures. You should also undergo a complete dental exam to see if teeth or gum problems are contributing to your symptoms.

TMD can make your life miserable. But with some persistence and patience, you can find what works for a life without pain and dysfunction.

If you would like more information about managing TMD, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Seeking Relief From TMD.”

By Michelle H. Mottinger, DDS
November 18, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Dental implants have revolutionized restorative dentistry. Not only are they the top choice for individual tooth replacement, implants also improve upon traditional dental work.

Dental bridges are a case in point. A few well-placed implants can support a fixed bridge instead of natural teeth, as with a traditional bridge. Furthermore, a fixed, implant-supported bridge can replace all the teeth on a jaw.

But although convenient, we can't simply install an implant-supported bridge and forget about it. We must also protect it from what might seem at first an unlikely threat—periodontal (gum) disease.

Although the bridge materials themselves are impervious to infection, the natural tissues that underly the implants—the gums and bone—are not. An infection plaguing the gums around an implant can eventually reach the bone, weakening it to the point that it can no longer support the imbedded implants. As the implants fail, so does the bridge.

To guard against this, patients must regularly remove any buildup of plaque, a thin biofilm that feeds disease-causing bacteria, adhering to the implant surfaces in the space between the bridge and the gums. To do this, you'll need to floss—but not in the traditional way. You'll need some form of tool to accomplish the job.

One such tool is a floss threader. Similar to a large needle, the threader has an eye opening at one end through which you insert a section of floss. You then gently pass the threader between the bridge and the gums toward the tongue.

Once through, you release the floss from the threader, and holding each end, you work the floss along the implant surfaces within reach. You then repeat the threading process for other sections until you've flossed around all the implants.

You might also use a water flosser, a device that directs a spray of water between the bridge and gums. The pressure from the spray loosens and flushes away any plaque around the implants.

Whatever the method, it's important to use it every day to reduce the threat of gum disease. You should also see your dentist regularly for further cleanings and checkups. Keeping your implants clean helps ensure gum disease won't ruin your fixed bridge—or your attractive smile.

If you would like more information on keeping your dental work clean, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Hygiene for Fixed Bridgework.”

By Michelle H. Mottinger, DDS
November 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

New crowns can improve your smile by rebuilding worn and cracked teeth. So many people experience cracked or worn teeth due to teeth grinding, clenching, and biting down hard on something. Those in Greensboro, NC, can fix their broken smile using crowns. Dr. Michelle Mottinger is ready to show you how crowns can restore your mouth and get you smiling again. 

How Can Teeth Wear Down or Get Cracked? 

In most cases, teeth can wear down over time for those who grind or clench their teeth. Over time, the tooth starts to look worn and misshapen. Accidents, such as getting hit in the face can cause a tooth to crack. Additionally, biting down on something hard or clacking teeth together can also cause a tooth to crack. Minor imperfections can be treated with bonding or contouring; however, more severe damage to a tooth will require getting a new crown. 

What is a Crown? 

Essentially, a crown is a small-cap that snugly fits over a cracked or worn-down tooth. This procedure helps repair the tooth and keeps bacteria out to prevent further damage. Crowns are made from several materials, including stainless steel, composite resin, and dental porcelain. The type of material used for crowns depends upon the patient’s preference and the dental recommendation of your Greensboro, NC dentist. 

What is a Crown Procedure? 

Most patients have to have two appointments to complete a crown procedure. The first appointment involves the dentists taking an impression of the affected tooth. Then the dentist uses the impression to construct a brand-new, custom-made crown that fits over the damaged tooth. Once in place, the only thing left to do is secure the tooth and make minor adjustments. 

Do not hesitate to repair worn and cracked teeth. Those living in Greensboro, NC, should call to schedule an appointment with their dentist to discuss using crowns to rebuild their smile. Call (336) 375-1825 to schedule a consultation and have Dr. Mottinger show you how crowns rebuild worn and cracked teeth. 

By Michelle H. Mottinger, DDS
November 08, 2021
Category: Oral Health

As parents, we want to do everything possible to help our kids stay healthy—and that includes their teeth. And just like other aspects of their health, it's better not to go at dental care alone. That's why we recommend beginning your child's regular dental visits no later than their first birthday.

You may think that's a bit premature, given the few teeth a child may have when they're a year old. But there are solid reasons why early childhood dental visits are a smart move, especially if you're playing the long game for their future dental health and development.

Minimizes damaging tooth decay. If a child loses just one primary tooth to decay, it could have an adverse, cascading effect on their developing bite. Dental visits begun sooner rather than later are more likely to catch and treat tooth decay, as well as provide other preventive measures that can ensure primary teeth aren't lost prematurely.

Provides you a partner for your child's dental care. A child's dental development and health depend on what you do in the home—daily oral hygiene, monitoring for signs of disease and avoiding habits that promote tooth decay. Regular dental visits help support the home front by providing you helpful insight and advice for supporting your child's dental health.

Identifies bite problems early. Although they usually develop gradually, there are often early signs of an emerging bite problem. Pediatric dentists especially are trained to notice early signs of an abnormal bite and refer you to an orthodontist for interventional treatment.

Reduces your child's dental visit anxiety. The unfamiliarity and clinical nature of a dental office can make a child susceptible to anxiety that could follow them into adulthood. Early childhood dental visits help normalize the dentist's office for your child, reduce anxiety and make it more likely they'll continue seeing the dentist later in life.

Life can be hectic with an infant in the home. But getting into the routine of regular dental visits at an early age is a worthwhile investment in healthier teeth and gums—now and in the future.

If you would like more information on good dental care practices for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Age One Dental Visit.”

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