By Mark W. Icard, DDS
December 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how these dental restorations could enhance your smile’s appearance and strength.restorative dentistry

There is a reason crowns and bridges are the most commonly needed dental restorations. They can easily do so much to improve the health and function of your teeth. If you aren’t sure whether these restorations could help you, our Harrisburg, NC, family dentists Dr. Mark Icard and Dr. Jason Strein are here to tell you more about them and how they work.

What is a dental crown?

If you have a tooth that is fractured, cracked, decayed or damaged in some way and a dental filling won’t be enough to support the overall structure of the tooth then our Harrisburg, NC, family dentist will fit you with a dental crown.

This restoration is designed to look just like the crown of a tooth. A crown is completely hollow so that it can fit over the tooth to protect it and restore it. By placing a crown, not only will we be able to breathe new and improved life and durability back into the tooth but we will also restore its appearance.

What is a dental bridge?

Are you missing a permanent tooth? Do you have a couple missing teeth in a row? Are the rest of your teeth healthy and strong? If you said yes then a dental bridge may be the right way to replace your missing tooth or teeth.

A bridge uses two dental crowns, which are placed over healthy natural teeth on both sides of the gap. Between these two crowns lie one or more false teeth, which fill the gap and replace missing teeth. By getting a dental bridge you also prevent teeth from shifting into that open gap.

How do I know if my smile could benefit from crowns and bridges?

The only way to truly know whether your smile requires one of these restorations is to schedule an appointment with us.

Whether a sports-related injury cracked or damaged your tooth or you lost a permanent tooth, it’s important that you seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent further complications. With simple and effective restorations such as crowns and bridges, our Harrisburg, NC, family dentists make it easy to regain a healthier smile.

Icard and Strein Family Dentistry in Harrisburg, NC, is ready to give you the healthy, beautiful smile you want. Whether you are dealing with dental issues or you just need to schedule your routine cleaning, we are here to help you.

By Mark W. Icard, DDS
October 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

Your family probably goes several different ways each morning: different jobs, separate schools, various afternoon and evening activities. family dentistKeeping all of it organized can be overwhelming! One way you can condense your family's schedule is by working with a family dentist, who treats everyone from kids to seniors. In Harrisburg, North Carolina, Dr. Mark Icard and Dr. Jason Strein of Icard and Strein Family Dentistry are your "one-stop shop" when it comes to your family's dental health. Here's why you should consider making the switch to a family dentist.

What is a family dentist?

There are many separate specialties within the field of dentistry; endodontists are focused on the inner tissues of the teeth, for example, while orthodontists are experts in the alignment of the teeth and jaws. Family dentists have received advanced training in dental practices that are specific to various age groups. From early childhood through advanced adulthood, your Harrisburg family dentist is a unique and valuable resource for everyone in your household.

What are the advantages of a family dentist?

One of the best aspects of visiting Dr. Mark Icard and Dr. Jason Strein for your family's dental needs is the convenience it provides. You can schedule cleanings and checkups for everyone at our office in Harrisburg for one day, eliminating the need to take extra days off work and school. All of your dental records will be in one place; there's no need to try to recall who goes where! Children typically do better when they have a medical provider they know and trust; instead of switching dentists as your children get older, they can continue to see the same dentist throughout every stage.

If a family dentist makes sense for your busy household, it's time to contact the office of Dr. Mark Icard and Dr. Jason Strein! Contact us in Harrisburg, North Carolina to get started today!

By Mark W. Icard, DDS
August 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentistry  

If you have a busy family, you probably know how hard it is to keep everyone’s activities organized. Luckily, your family dentist can help family dentistryyou check one more thing off your list by being available to every member of your family regardless of their age. Find out more about the importance of having a family dentist and how it can help ease some of the stress of family life with Dr. Mark Icard and Dr. Jason Strein in Harrisburg, NC.

The Benefits of Having a Family Dentist
A family dentist does not specialize in any one age group, meaning that your entire family, from the baby to his great grandmother, can schedule their appointments at the same office. In fact, your family members may even be able to stack their appointments, carpooling together to save time, money and effort. A family dentist keeps all your family’s dental records in one place, eliminating any confusing or overwhelming situations. Children can see their family dentist starting as a child and remain with the same dentist into adulthood. This encourages a healthy relationship between dentist and patient and helps to ease or avoid issues like dental anxiety.

How often should my family visit the dentist?
Everyone, regardless of their age, should see their dentist for a regular examination and cleaning at least twice a year. These checkups do more than just ensure your mouth is free from cavities. Thanks to their frequent nature, regular examinations and cleanings can catch tooth decay in its earliest stages: plaque and tartar. Your dental cleaning will remove these substances from the teeth, preventing cavities from ever happening at all.

Icard and Strein Family Dentistry
Your family dentist can help you stay organized and ensure that you and your family’s mouths remain as clean and healthy as possible. To ensure that bacteria and plaque are adequately removed from the teeth, patients should brush with a soft toothbrush and fluoride-containing toothpaste at least twice a day and floss between each tooth once.

For more information on family dentistry or regular dental examinations and cleanings, please contact Dr. Icard and Dr. Strein in Harrisburg, NC. Call (704) 455-5003 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

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.

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