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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
February 19, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Orthodontic  

Unhappy with your crooked smile? Orthodontic treatment could be the answer to your dental frustrations. Here at Challenger and Associates in Clayton, NC, we provide patients with traditional options and innovative clear Invisalign aligners. Led by Dr. H. Russell Challenger, read on to learn what we can do for your smile.

What is orthodontic care?

Orthodontic care provides your smile with balance, correct alignment, and proper bite. Here at Challenger and Associates, your dentist carefully evaluates the appearance, health, function, and alignment of patients' teeth and formulates treatment plans to move teeth into more favorable positions.

Typically, traditional braces take anywhere from one to three years to straighten teeth. Invisalign aligners are quicker, changing smiles in an average of one year, although they address simpler concerns than their traditional counterparts. Regardless of your appliance choice, most patients wear retainers after active treatment is complete. These appliances may be removable or bonded on the backside of teeth.

What are your options?

Today's orthodontic treatments are wide-ranging, though precise, correcting problems such as:

  • Gaps
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Crowding
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Tooth rotation and tipping
  • Small twists
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Premature loss of baby teeth
  • Poor alignment from thumb-sucking or pacifier use
  • Oral trauma
  • Congenitally absent teeth

The appliances fix these issues by exerting steady pressure on teeth and their supporting connective tissue and bone.

Types of braces available from our Clayton office include:

  1. Conventional metal (stainless steel) bands and archwires
  2. Ceramic (tooth-colored) braces
  3. Lingual, or tongue-side, braces
  4. Invisalign clear aligners which are invisible, removable and take less time than traditional braces

A full one-quarter of today's orthodontic patients are adults, says the Academy of General Dentistry. That's one million people in North America who will enjoy attractive smiles that feel comfortable, function well, and stay healthier because they are well-aligned and easy to maintain.

Find out more

If you're ready to pursue your best smile, contact Dr. H. Russell Challenger of Challenger and Associates in Clayton, NC. Call the office team today at (919) 694-0694 for your personalized consultation.

By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
October 23, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign  

Have questions about Invisalign? Invisalign is the clear alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign enhances your smile without interrupting your life. Something that millions of people have already discovered. Led by Dr. H. Russell Challenger, Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign to their patients. Read on to get answers to frequently asked questions about Invisalign.

What is Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign treatment is the process of wearing a series of custom-made aligner trays that gradually straighten your teeth. No archwires and brackets, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces. Invisalign treatment is a great solution for both teens and adults looking for an invisible method to improve their smiles.

What are the aligners made of?

Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a set of aligner trays. Invisalign aligner trays are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for your treatment plan. The aligners are worn for about two weeks. Then you switch to a new set of aligner trays.

How do the aligners straighten teeth?

The aligners straighten your smile through the placement of controlled force on the teeth. You will need to wear your Invisalign aligners for about 20-22 hours each day, except to eat and clean your teeth. Invisalign aligners gently and continuously move your natural teeth in small increments.

What are the benefits of treatment?

Most patients love the fact that aligners are transparent and that they work with their lifestyles. They're almost completely invisible, so other people won't even notice that you're wearing them. Invisalign aligner trays can be removed for eating, special occasions, flossing, and brushing.

How long does treatment take?

It usually takes between 9-18 months to create a beautiful smile using Invisalign. The average length of your treatment plan depends on the severity of your condition. Before you start treatment, you will know how long your treatment will take and what your teeth are expected to look like at the end.

Will I need a retainer after treatment?

Wearing a retainer after Invisalign treatment is an important step, because it keeps your teeth in their new positions. If you want your teeth to stay in their new positions, it's best to wear a retainer as directed by your dentist. In many cases, the patient's last aligner will be their temporary retainer, until their retention option is determined. Our dentist can advise you on long term retention options.

Boost your self-esteem and confidence. Invisalign will do you a world of good. Call Challenger Family Dental to schedule an Invisalign consultation in Clayton, NC and get the smile you deserve.

By Challenger and Associates, PLLC
February 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Though root canal therapy tends to have a bad reputation, this important procedure can help you ensure that your decayed or damaged Root Canal Paintooth gets the treatment it requires to remain where it belongs—right in your smile! Read on to learn what a root canal is and how it can save your tooth from extraction, and for treatment, contact Dr. Russell Challenger at Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC.


What is a root canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure which removes the inner tissues from a decayed or damaged tooth. Known medically as endodontic therapy, a root canal clears up any infection caused by untreated tooth decay. Before the infection reaches the tooth’s tissue-housing inner pulp chamber, your dentists can treat the decay with a simple dental filling. However, once the tooth’s tissues become infected, the tooth requires a root canal.


Do I need a root canal?
Since a root canal most often treats a decayed tooth, understanding the symptoms of this condition can often help you determine whether or not you need a root canal:

  • Unexplained bad breath
  • A hole in the tooth
  • A brown or black spot on the tooth
  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold, especially while eating and drinking

If you think you have a cavity, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. Just because a tooth doesn’t yet hurt does not mean that it cannot be treated. After all, if your dentist treats your cavity before it reaches the inner pulp chamber of your tooth, you may avoid a root canal altogether!


Root Canal Therapy in Clayton, NC
A root canal takes only about an hour and begins with a local anesthetic to numb the area of the procedure. This means that you should never feel pain during the treatment. Additionally, a root canal also removes a tooth’s nerve, meaning that if you have a toothache, the tooth will feel no more pain after your procedure. If you think you may have teeth decay or gum disease, do not hesitate to speak to your dentist.

For more information on tooth pain or root canals, please contact Dr. Russell Challenger at Challenger Family Dental in Clayton, NC. Call (919) 694-0694 to schedule your appointment for a root canal today!

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