My Blog

Posts for category: Oral Health

By Atlantic Dentistry
August 18, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Fillings  

Your dentists in Kitty Hawk, NC, can help if your filling is loose

Fillings are an excellent form of tooth replacement. As they age, fillings can become loose. A loose filling can lead to bacteria leaking into your tooth. Bacteria can mix with the sugar in the foods you eat, producing an acid, which can give you tooth decay. Fortunately, your dentist can replace a loose filling before decay can happen.

Drs. Markus and Gunther Heyder and Dr. Ashley Parham of Atlantic Dentistry offer a wide range of dental services, including fillings, teeth whitening, and dental implants. They have two convenient offices in Kitty Hawk, and Manteo, NC, to help you and your smile.

If you have old metal fillings in your mouth, they can become loose and begin to leak. You may have a loose filling if you:

  • See any cracks, chips, or broken areas of a filling
  • See any margins of a filling that are worn down or crumbling
  • Experience sharp, stabbing pain when you eat or drink sweet foods or beverages
  • Experience throbbing pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages

If you have any of the signs or symptoms listed above, you should visit your dentist as soon as you can. If a loose filling goes untreated it can:

  • Cause tooth decay, which can lead to a bigger filling
  • Result in you eventually needing a root canal
  • Cause severe loss of tooth structure, which may make the tooth unrestorable

At Atlantic Dentistry, you can choose from:

  • Conventional metal fillings, which are economical and strong
  • Tooth-colored fillings, which are aesthetically beautiful and blend with your smile
  • Dental crowns, if you have lost a significant amount of tooth structure

Your dentist can help you choose the type of restoration which is best for you. To learn more about replacement fillings and other dental services including teeth whitening and dental implants, call Drs. Markus and Gunther Heyder and Dr. Ashley Parham of Atlantic Dentistry. You can reach them in Kitty Hawk, NC, at (252) 261-7700, or at their office in Manteo, NC, at (252) 475-9841, so call today.

By Atlantic Dentistry
March 16, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you are looking for dental implants in Kitty Hawk or Manteo, NC, consider choosing the experienced dentists at Atlantic Dentistry. Dr. Markus Heyder, Dr. Gunther Heyder, and Dr. Ashley Parham want you to know about the amazing benefits of dental implants. The dental implant procedure is the future of tooth replacement surgery. Dental implants are the sturdiest and best-looking artificial teeth available today. If you want to learn more about dental implants call the dentists of Manteo and Kitty Hawk, NC. They proudly serve the OBX and can provide any service for your dental needs.

Top 5 Reason to Get Dental Implants

1. Dental implants are the most convenient tooth replacement option.

Only with dental implants can you have a strong and durable replacement tooth. Removable dentures awkwardly slide around in your mouth causing pain and other complications. Implants eliminate that risk because they are supported by a metal screw and abutment which holds the replacement crown permanently in place. You'll be able to eat, speak, and brush your teeth like you are used to, making implants the most convenient option for you!

2. Maintain a natural appearance.

Dental implants can endure the hardships of natural teeth because they are rooted like natural teeth. Once the implant has been set, you will be able to continue with your life as if you never lost the tooth. The crown or bridge attachment is made to match the color and shape of your natural teeth. Your smile will look seamless no matter where your replacement is.

3. Improve your confidence.

With natural-looking replacement teeth, you will have a smile that you can be proud of! Your teeth are an important feature of your face, they should not be neglected. You will feel confident again by restoring your teeth to that familiar smile. The doctors at Atlantic Dentistry in Kitty Hawk can give you one of the most dramatic cosmetic make-overs with a simple dental procedure.

4. Maintain Your Nutritional health

Gaps in your smile can damage your overall health. Without the proper teeth, it can be hard to eat all the nutritious foods we need. A dental implant will complete your smile and help you eat a complete diet.

5. Decrease the Threat of Gum Disease

Gum disease is bad enough, even without a missing tooth. But, a missing tooth can actually make your gums more susceptible to infection and disease. With a dental implant, you will protect your gums and your surrounding teeth from losing out to bad plaque build-up.

Among all the reasons to get dental implants, you should make the choice that will best benefit you. Implants are the cutting-edge replacement option that could change your life for the better. Talk to your dentists in the Outer Banks, call Atlantic Dentistry in Kitty Hawk, NC, at (252) 261-7700 or (252) 475-9841 for their Manteo, NC, location.

By Atlantic Dentistry
December 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Many oral health problems are preventable. Tooth decay is one of them, as is gum disease and its associated inflammation. At Atlantic Dentistry in Kitty Hawk and the Outer Banks, NC, our dentists encourage regular preventable care--both at home and in their offices. Dr. Markus Heyder, Dr. Gunther Heyder and Dr. Ashley Parham individualize care plans so smiles thrive.

Your mouth is an active place

You eat, drink, and speak using your teeth and the soft tissues of your mouth. Supported by your bone structure, the oral cavity breeds several kinds of microbes, including Strep mutans, the germ largely responsible for tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Keeping your smile healthy

At Atlantic Dentistry in Kitty Hawk and the Outer Banks, your dentists encourage the kind of oral health care which prevents disease before it starts. they ask all patients, including children age one and up, come to Atlantic Dentistry twice a year for a comprehensive exam, digital X-rays when needed, and a hygienic cleaning.

Why? Plaque and its hardened form, tartar, is the main culprits in tooth decay and periodontal disease, says the American Dental Association (ADA). Detect these biofilms, and remove them, and you'll have fewer short- and long-term problems.

Also, the ADA says that preventive care at home must include:

  • Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing once daily between teeth
  • A high-fiber diet
  • Plenty of water to hydrate tissues

What we offer

At Atlantic Dentistry, our preventive approach to your family's oral health includes:

  • A check of all your current restorations--crowns, fillings, veneers and more
  • Inspection for tooth decay
  • An easy oral cancer screening for adults
  • Measurement of gum pockets
  • Assessment of dental bite and tooth alignment
  • Plastic sealants to coat chewing surfaces as an effective barrier to decay-causing acids.

Your dentist will tailor a preventive treatment plan according to your current needs and anticipated developments in the future. He or she will include restorative care and also your cosmetic goals. Your oral health and smile appearance are a total package important to your overall well-being for years to come.

Learn more about preventive care

Prevention really is excellent medicine. So, if you desire a healthy smile for life, call Atlantic Dentistry to learn more. Dr. Markus Heyder, Dr. Gunther Heyder and Dr. Ashley Parham work from two Kitty Hawk area offices. On Cyprus Lane, reach these dentists at (252) 475-9841, and on N. Croatan Highway, call (252) 261-7700. We look forward to seeing you soon.

By Atlantic Dentistry
June 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health

How tooth-colored fillings from your Outer Banks Dentist can help you have a beautiful smile

Dental fillings are much more beautiful than they used to be, and they still offer the outstanding protection and restoration your teeth need. When you need fillings, you and your smile deserve to enjoy the benefits of tooth-colored fillings. The Outer Banks dentists at Atlantic Dentistry in Kitty Hawk and Manteo NC offer comprehensive dental care services, including tooth-colored fillings. They have two convenient office locations in Kitty Hawk and Manteo NC to help you have a beautiful smile.

The Perks of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings use a material called composite. This material starts as a liquid resin which can be matched closely to the color of your teeth. Because it is a liquid, it is sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth. Once in place, the composite is hardened with an ultraviolet “curing” light. The result is a stunning restoration which enhances your smile and doesn’t detract from it as metal fillings can.

These are just a few of the benefits of tooth-colored fillings:

  • Natural beauty, because tooth-colored fillings blend in with your smile and are virtually undetectable.
  • Quick results, because tooth-colored fillings can be completed in one appointment.
  • Easy treatment, because if there is no decay, you may not need an anesthetic.
  • Increased strength, because tooth-colored fillings are bonded to the tooth structure.
  • No more metal taste, because tooth-colored fillings are metal-free.
  • Tooth-colored fillings look naturally beautiful, and they can restore many of the same problems as conventional metal fillings and more. Tooth-colored fillings are the perfect choice to repair teeth that are:

Here are a few things that tooth-colored fillings can fix about your smile:

  • Damage from tooth decay
  • Broken from an accident or injury
  • Cracked or chipped from lifestyle habits
  • Eroded or worn down from aging

You deserve a great looking, strong smile, and tooth-colored fillings can help you achieve it. To find out more about tooth-colored fillings, call the Outer Banks dentist of Atlantic Dentistry. You can reach them in Kitty Hawk at (252) 261-7700, or in Manteo NC at (252) 475-9841. Call today!

By Atlantic Dentistry
April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Loss  

What would happen if you chose not to replace a missing tooth?

From a sports-related injury to gum disease, there are many reasons why an adult may lose one or more teeth. Of course, our Kitty Hawk, NC, dentists Dr. Markus Heyder, Dr. Gunther Heyder, and Dr. Ashley Parham are here to provide you with dental implants, dentures and bridges to replace missing teeth and to improve your oral health; however, what happens if you choose not to replace missing teeth and leave gaps in your smile?

Bone deterioration

This is the biggest consequence of untreated tooth loss. The roots of your teeth are responsible for keeping your jawbone healthy and for stimulating new bone cells. Once one or more teeth fall out, the jawbone doesn’t get the stimulation it needs. The result? The jawbone loses density and begins to break down. Luckily, by placing a dental implant where your tooth used to be, our Kitty Hawk, NC, dental team can provide the jawbone with the continued stimulation it needs to prevent further bone loss.

A bad bite

When you have gaps in your smile you will very quickly notice that your smile feels a little off kilter. This can lead to a bad bite, or malocclusion. This means that certain teeth are now taking on far more force and pressure from the jaws then they should be. Over time this can lead to excessively worn, weak teeth that are prone to cracking and breaking.

Shifting teeth

If you decide not to fill those gaps, this is another problem that will arise. As your jawbone changes shape your teeth begin to shift around too. This shift can cause further gaps between teeth and other teeth to crowd or overlap one another. Once this happens the only way to fix this malocclusion is with braces.

Difficulty chewing and speaking

You’re probably already feeling the effects of chewing and talking without certain teeth. This can cause serious speech impediments and also make it near impossible to eat certain foods. This can lead to a very limited and restricted diet, nutritional deficiencies and even stomach issues due to not being able to properly chew food.

Are you interested in getting dental implants here in Kitty Hawk, NC? Want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for treatment? If so, Atlantic Dentistry has been restoring smiles throughout Kitty Hawk and Manteo, NC, with the help of amazing restorations like dental implants. To learn more, call (252) 261-7700 for our Kitty Hawk office or (252) 475-9841 for our Manteo office.

Office Hours
Monday:08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Tuesday:08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Wednesday:08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Thursday:08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Friday:8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Find Us

Kitty Hawk, NC Dentist
Atlantic Dentistry
3704 N. Croatan Highway
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
(252) 261-7700

Manteo, NC Dentist
Atlantic Dentistry
503 Cypress Lane Ste. C
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 475-9841

Map & Directions

Contact Us