By Mark W. Icard, DDS
June 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral cancer  

Are you worried that changes to your oral health could mean cancer?oral cancer

While no one even wants to utter the word “cancer”, it’s something that everyone needs to think about. While oral cancer may not be as talked about as other types, it’s still just as dangerous. Our Harrisburg, NC, dentists, Dr. Mark Icard and Dr. Jason Stein, are here to share some of the telltale signs of oral cancer and when you should make an appointment.

What are the signs of oral cancer?

There are actually quite a few symptoms that could be warning signs of this form of cancer. Of course, keep in mind that these symptoms could also be caused by something that isn’t as serious. The best way to find out what is causing these symptoms is to visit our Harrisburg general dentist for care. Some oral cancer symptoms include:

  • Oral pain
  • A sore or lesion in the mouth that doesn’t go away
  • A persistent sore throat
  • Pain or issues swallowing, chewing or speaking
  • Numbness anywhere in your mouth
  • Swelling of the jaw
  • Loose teeth
  • A growth or lump in the soft tissue of your mouth
  • Vocal changes

If these symptoms continue for a few days or weeks then it’s time to have these issues addressed. As with any cancer, the sooner you are diagnosed the sooner you can get the proper care you need.

How do you screen for oral cancer?

Of course, one of the best ways to protect against oral cancer is to get regular screenings. While you may not realize this, we perform these screenings during your six-month checkups. If you haven’t been keeping up with these visits, maybe it’s time you did!

During your appointment, we will thoroughly examine your mouth looking for any redness, swelling, sores, lumps or other signs that could tip us off to the fact that there is something problematic going on. This screening is completely painless and only takes a minute.

At the first sign of issues, it’s best to play it safe and give us a call today. Let us know what’s going on and our Harrisburg, NC, dental staff will make sure that you get an appointment right away.

By Mark W. Icard, DDS
April 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Teeth that are misshapen, crooked or stained can be improved by veneers from your Harrisburg, NC dentist. These veneers are thin veneerspieces of composite resin or porcelain over the front of the teeth in order to improve their appearance. They are used on teeth that they are chipped, spaced, crooked or discolored. To successfully apply them, little or no anesthesia is required. Dr. Mark Icard & Dr. Jason Strein are well versed in using this treatment procedure for a variety of procedures.

More About Veneers

Veneers last longer than bonding and resist stains from our beloved tea or coffee habits. Your veneers in Harrisburg, NC, are made by a dental lab working from a model created by Dr. Icard or Dr. Strein. They are typically irreversible as a dentist must remove a small amount of tooth enamel from the teeth to accommodate the bonding process. Veneers are great in masking undesirable defects on the teeth from injuries or just imperfections. They are especially great for patients with gaps between their front teeth.

Veneers typically take several appointments. During the tooth preparation visit with Dr. Icard or Dr. Strein, a patient’s teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the added thickness of the dental veneers. During that visit, a mold is also taken of the teeth and sent to a lab. After they are prepared, the patient comes back for another visit where the final bonding process occurs. The veneers are placed on the surface of the teeth to check their fit. A chemical bond is used to achieve the strong bond needed. A laser is used to harden the material to finish the procedure.

To learn more about what veneers in Harrisburg, NC, can do for your smile, call Dr. Icard or Dr. Strein to discuss your options at 704-455-5003.

By Mark W. Icard, DDS
February 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If this situation arises, it’s important to know what to do to protect the implants

When you get a dental implant you can feel confident in the fact that this restoration is designed to last many decades. After all, the implant itself has already fused together with bone and tissue, so you know it’s meant to stay. Of course, the dental crown we place over the implant to complete your restoration won’t last quite as long. Fortunately, our Harrisburg, PA, dentists, Dr. Mark Icard and Dr. Jason Strein, are here to tell you what to do if your implant restoration has broken.

Coming in every six months for routine exams is a surefire way to make sure that your dental implant remains healthy. During these exams, we can also determine if there are any issues that we need to address. A dental implant is extremely durable but you still must maintain the very best oral hygiene possible to make sure that it truly lasts as long as possible.

Of course, the dental crown that we place over the implant is still just a dental crown. While our Harrisburg general dentists certainly wish there was a dental crown out there that could last forever, there isn’t one at this time. This means that at some point the crown may break or become damaged and need to be replaced. It’s okay! It happens. The most important thing you can do is come in right away if your restoration is damaged. Don’t wait to get treatment and don’t try to treat the issue yourself.

Unfortunately, you would be surprised how many people think that they can try and glue a broken or chipped piece off of a dental crown. Let us be the judge of that! If a crack or chip is so significant that it affects the integrity of the crown we certainly don’t want that. What’s the point of having a restoration that isn’t as strong or durable as it needs to be? You’ll just need to have the crown replaced in the near future anyway, so why not treat the issue when it first arises?

If there is enough damage to the crown that it can’t be saved we will need to replace it. This will require us to take impressions of your mouth to send to a dental lab so they can make a whole new crown. In the meantime, we will place a temporary crown over the implant so that you don’t have to go without a tooth.

Once your new crown has been made you will come back into our office so we can remove the temporary crown and either cement or secure the crown over the abutment once more. The process of getting a new crown for your dental implant is actually surprisingly simple and painless, but it is a situation that does need to be handled right away.

If you have a broken or damaged dental implant crown then it’s time you visited us right away to get the issue resolved. Turn to the dental experts in Harrisburg, PA, that you can trust. Don’t let a damaged implant ruin your new smile.

By Mark W. Icard, DDS
December 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you have stains on your teeth which affect your self-esteem and confidence? If so, you could get rid of those dental stains for good teeth whiteningand take control of the way you look with teeth whitening. Learn how teeth whitening works and find out what it can do for you and your smile with Dr. Mark Icard in Harrisburg, NC.

Teeth Whitening Facts
Teeth whitening is a fast and easy procedure, lasting around an hour and occurring right in your dentist’s office. From start to finish, the only thing patients need to do during their procedure is sit down in the dentist’s chair and get comfortable. While teeth whitening is an effective way to change the appearance of your smile, it is not permanent and patients require touch-up appointments once or twice a year.

How does teeth whitening work? 
The whitening gel used during treatment contains chemicals. These chemicals react with the stains on your teeth, breaking the bonds which hold together the stain at the molecular level. With their bonds broken, then stains dissipate and, to the naked eye, become lighter in color. To avoid future staining, patients should avoid known stain-causers like coffee and tea, tobacco use and eating darkly-pigmented foods like berries. Avoiding these stain-causing elements mixed with regular touch-up appointments and a strong at-home oral care routine will keep your teeth bright and white.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Harrisburg, NC
Dentists recommend teeth whitening for adults over the age of 18 who wish to improve the color of their teeth. However, teeth whitening is not for everyone and should be avoided if:

  • you are pregnant or nursing
  • you are under the age of 18
  • you have porcelain dental restorations like bridges, veneers, or crowns in noticeable places
  • you have dental issues like tooth decay or gum disease
  • you have an allergy to the chemicals used during treatment

For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Icard in Harrisburg, NC. Call (704) 455-5003 to schedule your appointment for a teeth whitening session with Dr. Icard today!

By Mark W. Icard, DDS
October 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Want to get a smile makeover without needing invasive cosmetic dentistry? Your wish has been granted!

Getting a beautiful smile doesn’t have to feel nearly impossible to achieve. You shouldn’t have to go through invasive dentistry in order cosmetic dentistryto get the smile you’ve always dreamed of, and our Harrisburg, NC dentists, Dr. Mark Icard and Dr. Jason Strein, also agree. That’s why we offer dental veneers.

Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth to enhance your smile’s appearance and hide imperfections that are keeping you from having the smile you’ve always wanted. Once the veneers are adhered to the front of your teeth it will be as if these flaws never even happened!

If you are dealing with teeth that are discolored, poorly shaped, cracked, chipped, a bit crooked, overlapping or if you have gaps between your teeth, you may feel self-conscious about your smile. Fortunately, by getting dental veneers in Harrisburg you can hide all these problem areas. When you smile people will only see a white, straight set of gorgeous teeth.

When you come into our office interested in getting dental veneers we will sit down with you and listen to the issues you are having and your smile goals. Knowing what you dislike about your smile and what you hope to achieve through cosmetic dentistry we can figure out whether dental veneers are the right choice for you.

Veneers are surprisingly thin (even thinner than your fingernail) and we place them over the surface of your tooth using a special dental resin. Besides the obvious aesthetic benefits dental veneers can offer they can also provide additional protection for your teeth since porcelain is such a durable material. Plus, no one will even know that you are wearing veneers.

Are you ready to find out if your smile is right for dental veneers? If so, then it’s time you called our Harrisburg, NC dental office to schedule your cosmetic consultation. Let’s get you a smile that you’ll finally be proud of!

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