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By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
May 05, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist  

Your dentist in Clayton, NC, can rescue your smile.

Have you forgotten about visiting your dentist? It’s easy to get busy, but your smile shouldn’t suffer. Regular dental visits are important, and if you can’t remember when you last visited your dentist, it’s probably been too long. Dr. Russell Challenger of Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC, offers a full range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to treat your smile.

If you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms, it’s time to visit your dentist:

Your gums bleed when you brush, floss, or eat; bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease, caused by bacterial plaque infecting your gums. Untreated gum disease can turn into periodontal disease which infects the supporting bone and can cause you to lose teeth.

You have tooth pain that continues or is getting worse; tooth pain is a sign of tooth decay. Untreated tooth decay can spread into the inner part of your tooth, an area known as the pulp, and you could end up needing a root canal.

You have sharp tooth pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages; temperature sensitivity is a sign of pulpal inflammation, which could mean you need a root canal.

You have lost teeth; when you don’t have a complete smile, you don’t chew as well. Your digestion and your overall health can be affected. Your dentist can provide many tooth replacement options to give you back your smile. You can choose from dental implants, bridgework, or dental appliances.

You want your smile to look great; cosmetic dentistry is just one of the many benefits of seeing your dentist regularly. You can take advantage of teeth whitening to brighten your smile up to 8 shades. Bonding repairs small chips and cracks, and veneers cover the fronts of your teeth to give you a perfect smile.

Don't wait when it comes to your smile! To find out more about how your dentist can rescue your smile, call Dr. Challenger of Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC, at (919) 694-0694 today!

By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
February 09, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Having beautiful, strong teeth makes you feel confident and attractive. If your teeth are damaged, you can still achieve a beautiful smile. One way to accomplish this is through dental crowns. Dr. H. Russell Challenger at Challenger Family Dental provides a wide range of dentistry services to help you look your best. If you live in Clayton, NC, and need a dentist to help you repair your damaged teeth, schedule an appointment at Challenger Family Dental. Keep reading to learn how dental crowns restore damaged teeth.

What are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a type of cap that is placed over a tooth that is damaged. Your dentist may recommend a crown if your tooth is discolored, cracked, broken or worn down. He or she will also recommend dental crowns if you are getting dental implants or a dental bridge. Dental crowns improve the size, appearance or condition of your damaged tooth.

What Materials are Used to Create Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are created from materials such as porcelain, porcelain bonded to metal, metal, glass, ceramic or resin. The price will vary according to the type of crown and the type of material used to make it.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns can last up to 15 years before you need to get new ones. Practicing good oral hygiene will help prolong the life of your dental crowns. You should also avoid chewing ice, biting your nails, tearing packages open with your teeth or grinding your teeth.

Dental Crowns Repair Your Smile

When you need a more attractive smile, dental crowns can make it happen. Whether your teeth are discolored, broken, cracked, weakened or worn down, dental crowns can repair your smile. If you live in Clayton, NC, and need a dentist to help you with damaged teeth, ask if dental crowns are right for you.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you're ready to achieve a more attractive smile and need a Clayton, NC, dentist, contact Dr. H. Russell Challenger at Challenger Family Dental. He can help you learn more about how dental crowns can repair your damaged teeth. Schedule your appointment by calling (919) 694-0694.

By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
December 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign  

Are you interested in Invisalign, but a little hesitant to start the process? Dr. H. Russell Challenger can help ease your mind and set you up for success. At Challenger Family Dental, Invisalign is an option for adults and teenagers who want a smarter way to straighten their smiles while improving oral health. It's also discreet, comfortable, and flexible for any lifestyle. To determine if you're a candidate, schedule a consultation in our Clayton, NC office. You won't be disappointed!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a new form of orthodontic treatment with many advantages. For starters, there's absolutely no metal in the mouth. Invisalign uses a series of clear aligner trays to move teeth into their correct position. Because there's no metal, you're less likely to experience oral injuries, dental emergencies, and other inconveniences. There are also no diet restrictions with Invisalign since you don't have to worry about cracking a piece of candy on brackets or wires. Other benefits of this unique orthodontic treatment include no interruptions with your oral care routine. Plus, they're virtually invisible, letting you straighten discreetly and confidently.

What to Expect from Invisalign

Your new smile starts with a scan that is performed by Dr. Challenger in our Clayton, NC office. Using specialized computer software, he'll develop your personalized treatment plan from start to finish with a camera and without messy molds or discomfort. Before the physical aligners get crafted, Dr. Challenger can show you a preview of the finished product on the computer screen. Once the aligners are ready, he'll instruct you to wear them for 20-22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, brush, and floss. The length of treatment depends on the patient but can be as minimal as six months. Retainers are optional but recommended to prevent teeth from shifting out of place.

Now that you've learned a bit more about this alternative orthodontic treatment, are you interested in Invisalign? If so, Dr. H. Russell Challenger can discuss options for teenagers as well as adults. He can also address any questions or concerns during the initial consultation.

For more information about Invisalign, and other services provided by Challenger Family Dental, visit our website. Call (919) 694-0694 for appointment scheduling in our Clayton, NC, office.

By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
November 25, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root canal therapy is utilized for treating infection in a tooth’s center portion, also known as the pulp where the root canals are. Here at Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC, Dr. Russell Challenger, regularly performs root canal treatments for saving teeth that could’ve otherwise been extracted completely. But how do you know if your tooth requires root canal therapy?

Warnings Signs of a Tooth Needing Root Canal Therapy

The infection inside a tooth’s root canal is typically due to bacteria inside the mouth that has managed to seep into the tooth’s root canal. In most cases, this could occur because of tooth decay, old and malfunctioning dental fillings, or tooth damage due to trauma.

If left untreated, this infection will cause the pulp to deteriorate and eventually die. The following are common indications of a diseases pulp and infected root canal:

  • A loosened tooth
  • Pain when your chew or bite
  • Pain when you consume cold or hot food and beverages

As the root canal infection progresses, your symptoms might subside as your pulp begins to die. At this point, your infected tooth may appear to be healed. In reality, however, the infection has already spread throughout your tooth’s root canal system. Eventually, you will experience these symptoms:

  • Pain when you bite or chew again
  • Swollen gums near the infected tooth
  • Facial swelling
  • Pus seeping from the infected tooth
  • Your tooth taking on a darker shade due to decay

With this in mind, it’s immensely vital to visit your dentist in Clayton, NC, if you suspect that you have an infected root canal. Otherwise, the infection will continue to wreak havoc in the infected tooth. Likewise, there’s a chance that root canal therapy might not work if your tooth infection becomes so severe.

The Root Canal Therapy Procedure

In order to treat a root canal infection, your dentist will have to remove the bacteria causing the infection. You will be given an anesthetic for the treatment to ease pain and discomfort during the procedure. Once your dentist has removed the bacteria and disinfected the root canal, it will be filled to prevent further complications and then sealed on top with a dental crown or filling.

For Any Questions, Concerns, or Advice on Root Canal Therapy, Call Us

Dial (919) 694-0694 to arrange a visit with your dentist here at Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC, Dr. Russell Challenger, today.

By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
July 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health

You only get once chance to make a great first impression, and your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. It's hard to face the world when you suffer from missing, broken, crooked or discolored teeth. The embarrassment of an unattractive smile can interfere with both your work and social life. That's why visiting a Clayton dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry can help you improve your life. Dr. Russell Challenger offers a wide variety of dentistry services to help you achieve a beautiful smile. Read on to learn about all your cosmetic dentistry options.

Teeth Whitening

No one wants yellow, stained teeth. Professional teeth whitening can help you achieve a bright, gleaming smile. Our Clayton dentist uses a whitening solution created from hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to bleach your teeth. This type of procedure usually takes around 60 to 90 minutes.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that serve as the base for artificial teeth. Dental implants permanently bond with your jawbone. The artificial teeth work with dental implants to look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. This procedure is perfect for people who want to replace missing or broken teeth but don't want to wear dentures.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are false teeth made of porcelain or ceramic. They are used when you have damaged or missing teeth. A crown fits over your natural tooth like a cap. A bridge is a prosthetic that replaces missing teeth. They're usually made of porcelain.


Invisalign are clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. Made from flexible plastic, they snugly fit over your teeth. Since Invisalign are clear, they are virtually invisible. You can remove them when you want to eat, drink or brush and floss your teeth.

Schedule an Appointment with Us

Cosmetic dentistry enables you to enhance your appearance and boost your self-esteem. Schedule an appointment with your Clayton dentist Dr. Russell Challenger to find which cosmetic dentistry services suit your needs. Contact us at 919-694-0694.

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