Dowd Family Dentistry
309 McArthur Road
Fayetteville, NC 28311

Office: (910) 822-5888

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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
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.

By Dowd Family Dentistry
September 30, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

denturesHaving to get dentures leads to many concerns and worries. Eating and drinking while wearing false teeth shouldn’t have to be one of them. Dr. Dowd-Johnson has many patients with dentures who come to her with concerns about changing their diet. We would like to enlighten you on some tips of what to eat, what to skip, and what to tweak for stress-free eating.
  • Coffee: Yes, you may have to cut down a bit on the coffee drinking. But don’t worry, there’s no need to cut it out completely. The reason mainly being that coffee contains caffeine, which dries out the mouth. Dentures need plenty of saliva to keep the mouth moist so no irritation occurs.
  • Popcorn: We all know having popcorn stuck in between teeth can be a pain in the neck to get out, and dentures are the same way. We suggest using air-puffed snacks and to drink plenty of water while snacking on salty foods.
  • Sticky Candy: Sticky candy is bound and determined to dislodge your false teeth. Instead, try some sugar-free gum. It can also increase your saliva production. Win-win!
  • Nuts: Believe it or not, nuts can actually cause your dentures to come loose or cause one side to flip up. Since most people eat nuts on one side of the mouth, try chewing on both sides at the same time to help prevent this from happening.
  • Seeded crackers or bread: Poppy seeds and buns with seeds have little pieces that get stuck under your dentures. It can be very uncomfortable. Try using whole grain bread instead. With this bread, the grains are baked in, rather than loose on the top.
  • Steak: All you want to do is dive right into that grilled, juicy steak. Be sure to slow down and savor the flavor! Cut up the meat into small pieces to avoid destabilizing and dislodging of the dentures.
  • Raw fruits and vegetables: While fruits and veggies are so important to our health, biting into hard ones like carrots, apples, and corn-on-the-cob can put a lot of pressure on the front of the dentures and can dislodge them. Maybe try to make a fruit smoothie instead and cook the veggies to make them soft. For corn-on-the-cob, simply cut the corn off.
  • Peanut butter: Sticky peanut butter does exactly that to the dentures: sticks. Instead try hummus or a spreadable dip that is not so sticky.
Your best judgment and reaction to foods will tell you whether or not you can handle them, or if you need to take smaller bites. Also be sure to chew with both sides to help keep your false teeth in place.
To learn more about denture care or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!