Dowd Family Dentistry
309 McArthur Road
Fayetteville, NC 28311

Office: (910) 822-5888

Fax: (910) 822-0055

By Dowd Family Dentistry
July 14, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

VeneersAre your teeth badly stained, slightly crooked, or unevenly spaced? If so, porcelain veneers from your cosmetic dentist at Dowd Family Dentistry in Fayetteville may be the perfect solution for you! Read on to learn all about this fantastic dental device and how it can help you achieve the beautiful smile you've always wanted.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped porcelain shells that are attached directly to the front of your teeth. Veneers look and feel completely natural, and they can be used to cover or disguise a number of dental imperfections.

What Dental Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Be Used to Fix?

Most dental devices are only designed to repair a single dental problem. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, can simultaneously fix a wide number of dental problems, giving you teeth you can be proud to show off.

Tooth Discoloration: If your teeth are badly discolored and all of the tooth whitening treatments you've tried simply aren't helping, cover them up! Veneers sit right on top of your existing teeth, hiding any discoloration so your teeth always look brilliant.
Gapped or Crooked Teeth: If your teeth are gapped or crooked, don't spend several months and hundreds of dollars on painful and unsightly braces to correct them. Veneers fill in the missing spaces to make your teeth perfectly aligned once again.
Unnatural Tooth Shape: If your canines are pointy and awkward, you don't just have to live with it. Your Fayetteville cosmetic dentist can create a custom tooth shape that will look perfect on you.
Chipped or Broken Teeth: If your teeth are chipped or broken, the result isn't just unsightly, it can also put your oral health at risk as well. Stabilize your teeth and improve your appearance with porcelain veneers from Dowd Family Dentistry.

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?

Are you ready to say goodbye to your awkward, discolored or unsightly smile and say hello to a picture perfect smile you'll be proud to call your own? If so, porcelain veneers from Dowd Family Dentistry in Fayetteville may be just right for you. Only a dentist can let you know for sure, however, so go ahead and call your favorite cosmetic dentist and set up an appointment today. Your beautiful new smile may be closer than you know!

By Dowd Family Dentistry
April 30, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic DentistryIf you are self-conscious about your teeth, it's time to consider a smile makeover. Advances in cosmetic dentistry make it easier to achieve the bright, straight and healthy smile you have always admired. Your Fayetteville cosmetic dentist at Dowd Family Dentistry can examine your teeth and gums and make sensible recommendations as to how you can have that great-looking set of pearly whites.

An Attractive Smile Begins With Good Oral Health

To determine how to remake your smile, the dentist starts with a thorough oral examination. This includes a visual inspection of your teeth, gums, tongue and jaw bone. They will screen you for oral cancer, and will also take x-rays or other imaging such as CT scans to look at bone structure and tooth roots. Treating cavities, gum disease and other oral health issues resulting from injury, age or birth defect are priorities. Of course, a dental visit would not be complete without a cleaning to remove plaque and tartar on the teeth and at the gumline.

A Smile Makeover Can Be Simple or Complex

Then, the dentist can address how you want your smile to change. Some individuals are dissatisfied with teeth that are:

  • discolored or stained from smoking, foods, beverages and age
  • oddly shaped or too petite or large
  • crooked or overlapping
  • chipped or cracked
  • worn down
  • widely spaced or crowded

An experienced Fayetteville cosmetic dentist has many ways to enhance your smile and to improve its health, too. For more complex issues, your dentist can offer:

  • tooth replacement with state of the art dental implants, fixed bridgework and partial or full dentures
  • traditional or clear plastic orthodontics to address a variety of tooth alignment problems
  • tooth extractions, root canal therapy (removing the diseased inner portion of a tooth) and tooth-colored fillings
  • porcelain crowns to replace tooth enamel with extensive decay, multiple fillings or fractures
  • deep tooth and root cleaning to control gum disease

Simpler aesthetic issues may be addressed in a number of ways. For example, in-office tooth whitening is an efficient and cost-sparing way to brighten the color of teeth by several shades quickly and safely. Some people choose dental veneers which are ultra-thin and durable shells of tooth-colored porcelain. Bonded to the front side of teeth, veneers create a photogenic smile that lasts for years. Cosmetic bonding with composite resin is great for correcting small gaps, chips, cracks and problems with tooth color.

Call Dowd Family Dentistry

Tracy Dowd Johnson DDS and Claude P. Dowd DDS are the cosmetic dentists in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area who can evaluate the health, function and appearance of your smile. Whether your desire is to replace that missing tooth, whiten your teeth or something in between, Doctors Johnson and Dowd will listen to your desires and formulate a treatment plan to give you the best smile possible. Call their office for an appointment: (910) 822-5888.

By Dowd Family Dentistry
January 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health

When concerned about the health and appearance of a tooth, both patient and dentist desire the strongest and most natural-looking restoration available. While fillings continue to be the treatment of choice for small areas of decay or other damage in a tooth, more extensive cavities and compromise of the nerve within the tooth may need repair with a crown.

The old procedure for crowns

For decades, dental crowns have taken 2 to 3 appointments to complete. Often, the patient has had to wear a temporary crown while the permanent prosthetic was sent to a lab for fabrication. In addition, to obtain a model of the existing tooth, the dentist would take a sometimes uncomfortable, gooey and messy impression.

The new procedure: a single visit crown

Enter the single visit crown. Experts in restorative and cosmetic dentistry now employ innovative dental techniques called CEREC. This stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics. This dental innovation uses CAD CAM 3-dimensional technology to assist the dentist in preparing, fitting, fabricating and placing a beautiful and super durable porcelain crown over the patient's remaining tooth structure. The procedure literally takes minutes, not days or weeks.

How a one visit crown works

The dentist prepares the patient's tooth, removing the old fillings and any decay. Then, using a LED (light emitting diode) camera, she scans the tooth to obtain an accurate image. Computer software takes this image and designs a 3-dimensional model of the tooth. Finally, a milling machine uses that image to create a strong and durable porcelain crown right in the dental office.

The new crown matches the natural color of the patient's other teeth. The doctor then cements the restoration in place, polishes it and makes some final adjustments for fit and bite. The new crown will last for years and will give the individual the stability and confidence that a great dental restoration provides. Plus, most single visit crowns take about an hour from start to finish, an incredible improvement over the old timeline.

Dowd Family Dentistry

At Dowd Family Dentistry, Tracy Dowd Johnson DDS and Claude Dowd DDS take care of the dental needs of entire families with services which include:

  • one visit crowns
  • cosmetic veneers
  • pediatric dentistry
  • fillings, onlays and inlays
  • whitening
  • dentures
  • dental implants
  • TMJ treatment
  • root canal therapy
  • cleanings and x-rays
  • extractions
  • the most professional and up to date techniques available
  • gentle and caring treatment

Phone our Fayetteville, North Carolina office today to request and appointment. New patients are always welcome. Learn about the many benefits of single visit crowns.

By Dowd Family Dentistry
December 22, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: whitening  

Whitening toothpaste can work--but it does have its limitations. Here is what you need to know.

Some Whitening Toothpastes are More Effective Than Others

Not all whitening toothpastes are created equally. Most toothpastes contain special chemicals that help to break down stains and remove them from the tooth's surface. However, the amount and potency of these chemicals will vary among brands. Furthermore, some whitening toothpastes may only contain a special blue dye which clings to the teeth and only makes them appear less yellow. For a truly white smile, you will likely need to visit a professional cosmetic dentist in Fayetteville, NC, such as Tracy Dowd Johnson, DDS.

Whitening Toothpastes Take Time to Work

Because whitening toothpastes generally contain weaker chemicals than the ones you would receive by visiting a Fayetteville, NC professional cosmetic dentist, you often have to wait longer to see the effects. This can be frustrating and inconvenient if you have an engagement coming up in the near future or if you would like a beautiful smile today.

Most Whitening Toothpastes Can Only Be Used for a Limited Amount of Time

Whitening toothpastes aren't always gentle on the teeth and gums, and as a result, they should only be used for a short amount of time. Use a whitening toothpaste longer than the manufacturer recommends and you risk irritating your gums or even wearing down your tooth enamel. If your teeth have significant discoloration, this limited window may not be long enough to give you the results you want.

Whitening Toothpastes Will Only Help So Much

Furthermore, whitening toothpastes are only effective on mild surface stains. If your teeth are badly stained or if the stain goes deep enough into your teeth, whitening toothpaste may never provide you with the results you need. Visiting a cosmetic dentist in Fayetteville, NC would be a much better option.

While whitening toothpastes may seem cheap and convenient, if your teeth require more thorough whitening, these small tubes may be little more than a waste of your time. For a beautifully white smile you can be proud to show off, call Tracy Dowd Johnson, DDS instead. Along with her knowledgeable and caring staff, Tracy Dowd Johnson will help you achieve a beautiful and sparkling smile you can be proud to show off.

By Dowd Family Dentistry
December 10, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

Dentists commonly use crowns to fix your smile when there are imperfections that can’t be resolved with cleaning or whitening. When a tooth is still strong and sound, but shaped awkwardly, crooked, too small or discolored beyond bleaching, crowns can often be the perfect solution. Learn how Fayetteville cosmetic dentist Dr. Tracy Dowd Johnson, DDS can enhance your already beautiful smile with a dental crown.

Description of a Dental Crown
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped piece of material that is polished and shined to perfection in a laboratory. It’s commonly made of ceramic or porcelain to closely resemble the look of a natural tooth. The crown acts as a covering—it improves the cosmetic appearance of your smile but you maintain the root of your original tooth. When bonded over the existing tooth, it looks like you were born with it. 

The Process of Enhancing Your Smile with a Crown
It takes a few visits to get your finished dental crown. On the first visit your Fayetteville cosmetic dentist must take X-rays and make a mold of your teeth so that the crown can be custom-created to fit your smile. During that visit the dentist may also prepare the surface of the original tooth with his dental tools and provide you with a temporary covering. When the finished crown is ready, you’ll come in for a final appointment to have it bonded with a very strong cement material. The dentist uses his tools to shape your smile to near perfection. Your crown can last for up to 20 years if you take good care of your oral health and maintain regular dental visits.

Personalized Dental Care
Dowd Family Dentistry is committed to “personalized dental care,” and that definitely includes getting you fitted with a custom tooth restoration that you can count on for many years to come. Contact the office today at 910-822-5888 to schedule an appointment with Fayetteville cosmetic dentist Dr. Tracy Dowd Johnson, or visit the practice’s website at for more information.

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