Detecting Oral Cancer at the Dentist's Office

Oral cancer is divided into two categories those occurring in the oral cavity (your lips, the inside of your lips and cheeks, teeth, gums, the front two-thirds of your tongue and the floor and roof of your mouth) and those occurring in the oropharynx (middle region of the throat, including the tonsils and base of the tongue).

Early detection may result in better treatment outcomes and may help keep you or someone you love from becoming one of the 10,030 people whose lives may be claimed this year by the disease. The 5-year survival rate of ... Read more

What is Nocturnal Bruxism?

Bruxism is a dental condition that causes you to clench or grind your teeth, and can become a habit when awake or when asleep. The latter type is known as nocturnal bruxism or sleep bruxism. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 8 percent of adults suffer from this form of bruxism.

Nocturnal Bruxism Symptoms
After a long night of clenching and grinding, you may wake up in the morning with a stiff jaw, headache or sensitive teeth. Your partner may even be able to hear you grinding your teeth in the middle of the night. If your teeth ... Read more

Introducing: Dr. Courtney May

Dr. May will be filling in for Dr. Coambs while she is on maternity leave this winter. Please feel free to call our office or come in to meet her. 
Dr. Courtney May - Imagine Dentistry at the Arboretum

Dr. May was raised in the South Charlotte area where she attended Providence High School. 

She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a Bachelor's of Science in biology.  While at Chapel Hill, Dr. May volunteered her time in rural communities, both local and abroad, through the NC Missions of Mercy and the UNC Global Brigades.... Read more

Introducing: Dr. Kristen Welborne

Dr. Welborne will be filling in for Dr. Coambs this winter while she is on materity leave this winter. Please feel free to call our office or come in to meet her. 

Dr. Kristen Welbourne - Imagine Dentistry at the Arboretum

Dr. Kristen Welborne is a Charlotte native.  She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Davidson College where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree.  Dr. Welborne attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dental School on a Board of Governor's Scholarship where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery. She was a top-five graduate and a member of the honor ... Read more

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentist in the Arboretum | Imagine Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is a method of professional oral care that focuses on improving the appearance of your mouth, teeth and smile. And although cosmetic dentistry procedures are usually elective, rather than essential, some cases of treatment also provide restorative benefits.

The most common procedures used in cosmetic dentistry are fairly simple, whereas others are more complex and require specialized care.

Inlays and Onlays

These are also known as indirect fillings, which are made by a dental laboratory, and they are used when a tooth has mild to moderate decay or there is not enough tooth structure to support a filling. Provided there is no damage to the tooth cusps, according to Choice One Dental Care, the inlay is placed directly onto the tooth surface. When the cusp or a greater portion of the tooth is damaged, however, an onlay is used instead to cover the tooth's entire surface.

Inlays and onlays are made in a dental laboratory from composite resin material and attached to the teeth with adhesive dental cement. They provide support to strengthen teeth, restore their shape and avoid any further decay or deterioration.

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Dental Implants: A Permanent Tooth Replacement To Consider

One of the most notable technological advances in dentistry has to be the development of dental implants.

Prior to their launch, the only options available to people who had lost a tooth were bridges or dentures. Dental implants offer an attractive and comfortable solution for those who have lost a tooth to decay or injury, providing a permanent replacement option that looks and feels like a real tooth.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Because a dental implant feels and looks like a normal tooth, it can do wonders for a patient's self-esteem. Many people who were shy about smiling due to a space from a lost tooth feel perfectly comfortable after a dental implant. Beyond the aesthetics, a dental implant also makes it easier to eat and speak, since a titanium post secured directly in the jaw holds the implant in place. Thus, an implant doesn't come loose like a denture. Dental implants also benefit general oral health since they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.

Dental Implant Success Rates

Dental implant success can depend on where the missing teeth are located, but the average success rate is more than 95 percent, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). Because the implant penetrates the jaw bone and gum, certain people may not be a good fit for the procedure, such as those who smoke or suffer from diabetes. Your dentist will be able to evaluate whether dental implants are right for you.

Caring for a Dental Implant

Good oral health habits are required for the implant to be a success. Teeth must be flossed and brushed and regular dental visits should be made. It should be noted that most insurance companies do not cover the cost of a dental implant, and it can cost between $1000 to $2,000 per tooth and there is an additional cost for the crown that is attached to the dental implant. If you are missing a tooth and believe a dental implant might be the right solution for you, start by consulting your dentist.

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What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?

Teeth cleanings are sometimes dreaded. Between the prodding, strange noises, and occasional jaw discomfort, it's easy to understand the apprehension.

the truth is: For most people, a teeth cleaning is simple and painless.

Knowing exactly what is going on during the process can help ease your stress and allow you to better enjoy the minty fresh, clean results.

Step 1: A Physical Exam

Most teeth cleanings are performed by a dental hygienist. Before the actual cleaning process begins, they start with a physical exam of your entire mouth.

The dental hygienist uses a small mirror to check around your ... Read more

Our Annual Team Planning Retreat - 2017

A note from Dr. Coambs:

Here are a few photos from our team planning retreat. It was such a great day for team bonding, goal setting, and office vision plans! Can you believe Imagine Dentistry has been at the Arboretum for 5 years!? Cheers to the next 5 years!

Imagine Dentistry at the Arboretum Team Retreat

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Imagine Dentistry at the Arboretum Team Retreat

Imagine Dentistry at the Arboretum Team Retreat
We each took a specific colored skicky note and wrote out some of our big life events and arranged them on a timeline to see where our timelines overlapped! 
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5 Oral Health Concerns to Look Out for As You Age

Oral Health Concerns for Aging Adults | Imagine Dentistry at the Arboretum
With regular dental care and good daily habits, you'll likely have your teeth for a lifetime. As you get older, however, natural changes in both your mouth and general health can put you at risk of dental problems. Knowing the vulnerabilities that come with aging will allow you to effectively manage your oral health care, and prevent these dental complications.

Risks for Tooth and Root Decay


Dry Mouth

Elderly adults often suffer from dry mouth because of conditions requiring treatment or medications that have side effects. This includes cancer treatment or the use of cardiovascular medications. ... Read more

Tagged as aging, oral health.

Summer Citrus Snacks - Great for Your Gums, Hard on Your Teeth

Summer Citrus Snacks - Vitamin C is Good for Your Gums | Imagine Dentistry at the Arboretum

Eating a variety of nutritious food is good for your overall health, including your oral health. Some vitamins in particular have demonstrated benefits to building healthy teeth and gums, namely calcium and vitamin C, so be sure to include foods rich in these nutrients in your diet.

Calcium for Teeth

Calcium has been shown to help build strong teeth, and vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that also plays an important role in collagen synthesis, by which it helps you develop and maintain healthy gums. Dairy products, including milk, yogurt and cheese are good sources of calcium. Also, try ... Read more

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