A toothache can be a sign of a variety of issues. When toothaches occur, patients are urged to visit their dental practice as soon as possible as they may require treatments such as oral surgery. Greensboro area cosmetic dentists, Drs. Steven Hatcher and Sona Isharani, believe in providing services that allow patients the opportunity to maintain as much of their natural smile as possible.
What might a toothache mean?
Toothaches may indicate several problems that can arise with the smile. The first is a cavity. Cavities may become large and uncomfortable. Another is an abscess. Injury to a tooth may cause damage to the dental pulp, which can become inflamed and infected. When these situations occur, there are two options: root canal therapy or extraction. Our practice advises patients to keep their natural tooth structure whenever possible, so we may suggest root canal therapy.
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy, or endodontic therapy, is the simple process of removing the dental pulp from inside of the tooth. The dental pulp is the mass of tissues that include the nerves and blood supply. When this mass becomes infected, patients may experience pain and discomfort that can only be resolved by removing the pulp, or the tooth. Root canal therapy is done right in our dental office with local anesthetics and proper sedation to ensure patient comfort throughout. Afterwards, patients may require the placement of a dental crown for added strength.
Drs. Steven Hatcher and Sona Isharani provide a wide range of general, restorative, and cosmetic treatment options for patients interested in quality dental work in the Greensboro area. Contact our practice today at (336) 383-1482 to schedule an appointment. We are currently accepting new patients. Our state-of-the-art office is conveniently located at 2516-A Oakcrest Avenue, in Greensboro.
Having dental clinics that offer a lot of in-house services is the best way to avoid referrals to other professionals for care. Drs. Steven L. Hatcher and Sona J. Isharani are two dentists in the Greensboro, NC area who are focused on providing full-service care for both children and adults. We offer treatment options that may not be available at other dental practices. Instead of referring patients out to other offices, most treatments are done right here by the dentists patients already know and trust!
Drs. Steven L. Hatcher and Sona J. Isharani offer treatment options for both children and adults. Dr. Sona J. Isharani is a board certified pediatric dentist who can care for the youngest of patients. She works closely with children on a daily basis to provide gentle, caring, and comprehensive treatment for a variety of concerns. Additionally, our team offers many of the following treatment options for children and adults:
Call Drs. Steven L. Hatcher and Sona J. Isharani at (336) 383-1482 to schedule a visit. We welcome new patients and families into our state-of-the-art facility. We are located at 2516-A Oakcrest Avenue.
When a dental emergency occurs, seeking quality care and attention is the first step for patients in and around the area of Greensboro, NC. Drs. Steven Hatcher and Sona Isharani are committed to helping patients in the community with the treatment of unexpected problems.
There are several types of dental emergencies that can occur. They include the repair of the smile when something has gone wrong, for the best results and optimum comfort of the patient. Some common dental emergency situations which may be handled at the practice of Drs. Steven Hatcher and Sona Isharani include:
These are just a few of the most common dental emergencies seen at our practice.
Our practice is equipped with a 24-hour call line at (336) 383-1482. We keep appointment times open throughout the day specifically for emergency dental situations. This allows us to see many of our patients the same day they call for an appointment. If we are unable to see them right away, we can refer them elsewhere or get them in for an appointment first thing the next business day. In the meantime, we may prescribe medications or walk patients through what they can do to handle the situation until they are able to be seen in our office.
If you need assistance as soon as possible for a dental emergency, contact our team today at (336) 383-1482 and make an appointment for quality service and treatment. We assist new patients in our practice, so do not hesitate to contact us even if you’ve never been to our facility before. We are here to help!
Many parents in the Greensboro area want their children to visit pediatric dentists they know and trust. Who better than the practice that already cares for their smiles? Drs. Steven L. Hatcher and Sona J. Isharani are dentists who assist entire families in achieving beautiful, healthy smiles.
Our professionals work with patients of all ages. We help families with general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry treatments. Dr. Sona J. Isharani is a board certified pediatric dentist who is dedicated to helping children in building the foundation for a lifetime of beautiful smiles! This can be done with standard general dentistry services or even further protection of the smile including the application of fluoride and sealants.
When problems arise, our team can help. We provide treatment for common issues such as cavities or periodontal disease. Cavities are holes that can develop in the teeth. They can be big or small. The bigger they are, the more likely they are to become painful when patients eat or drink. They can also result in severe toothaches which may require immediate attention. Cavities should never be overlooked, as they can result in the loss of natural teeth if they are not treated. Treatment is available right in our practice with the placement of composite resin fillings. These fillings provide a way to seal off the tooth and keep the cavity from becoming larger.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a serious issue that can also wreak havoc on the smile. It is caused by an infection that needs to be treated with antibiotics and a thorough cleaning. Sometimes, patients may need to undergo scaling and root planing, a more invasive procedure that eliminates bacteria from all surfaces of the teeth and gums to bring the smile back to health.
Greensboro area families are welcome to contact the practice of Drs. Steven L. Hatcher and Sona J. Isharani to learn more about services for the whole family! From the youngest infant to the eldest senior, our team of professionals can provide treatment for everyone who needs to improve their oral health and wellness. Call us today at (336) 383-1482 to schedule an appointment.
There are many situations that can occur for Greensboro area patients during which an extraction of a natural tooth may be recommended. It is important for patients to understand that removal of a tooth is only done when absolutely necessary. For example, if patients are experiencing a toothache due to the infection of a natural tooth’s dental pulp, they do have another option. A root canal, or “endodontic therapy,” may save the natural tooth. However, sometimes extraction is ultimately required.
The most common type of tooth extraction is the removal of wisdom teeth. These are the third molars that develop last in the dental arch. Because of this, there is often not enough room for them to erupt through the gum line. This may cause them to become impacted and painful. Our dental team will then provide surgical extraction to remove them. Wisdom teeth that do erupt may be too far back in the mouth to provide proper cleaning and flossing, resulting in the need for removal as well. This is a simpler extraction.
Teeth may also be extracted if patients are preparing for the placement of a full denture. Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth. If patients have just a few teeth left in their smiles, they may opt to have the remaining teeth extracted so they can enjoy the benefits of full dentures. These are simple extractions that can be done with proper anesthetics, and sedation if needed.
Tooth extraction is nothing to be afraid of. Our dental team will try to keep the natural teeth whenever possible, but sometimes, there is no way to maintain them and extraction may be required. We offer proper sedation methods to ensure comfort throughout the procedure, and inform patients on after-care instructions to avoid the risk of infection or other problems following treatment.
If you live in or around the Greensboro area and believe extraction may be required for one or more of your teeth, now is a great time to contact Dr. Steven L. Hatcher, DDS, FAGD and Dr. Sona J. Isharani, DDS.
At the practice of Drs. Steven L. Hatcher and Sona J. Isharani, patients of all ages can receive optimum dental care. Whether they want to improve the aesthetics of their smiles or the overall health, our team is here to help. We have a wide selection of services which include the following:
Veneers are a great way for patients to disguise imperfections on the anterior teeth and they can last many years with proper care.
Sometimes, infection inside of a tooth may require root canal therapy. This is a treatment that is done with proper anesthetics and sedation for optimum comfort and can relieve pain and avoid extractions.
A dental implant is a titanium post that can be placed into the bone of the jaw to provide a replacement option for missing teeth. They can also anchor bridges and dentures.
A brighter smile exudes health and confidence and can be achieved with in-office power bleaching using the Zoom! Whitening system.
Same-day crowns are available at our practice, allowing patients to protect their natural teeth quickly and easily in just one appointment.
Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease is available in our state-of-the-art practice located in the Greensboro, NC area.
Replacement of missing teeth can be achieved with a dental bridge. This ceramic restoration is made to match the existing teeth for easy integration and a natural look.
Wisdom teeth often become problematic in the late teen years or early adult years. Our practice is skilled in extraction of wisdom teeth, whether simple or surgical.
At our practice, Dr. Sona J. Isharani is a board certified pediatric dentist who can provide services to even the youngest of patients with the care and attention they deserve!
Whether you are seeking cosmetic dentistry or general care, contact our practice at (336) 383-1482 to make an appointment with our team of professionals. Discuss the endless possibilities for your smile!
Mouth guards are worn by professional athletes, and they should be worn by children, teens, and adults who engage in the occasional game of basketball or baseball. Children who practice martial arts, surf, or ride horses also need protective gear in the event of a hit or fall. A mouth guard may be purchased at a sporting goods store. Here, parents will find pre-formed or “boil and bite,” mouth guards which can give the illusion of a better fit. There are also customized mouth guards that are designed in the dental office. For a child to have the best protection, Greensboro dentists and pediatricians recommend the use of a comfortable, well-fitting guard.
Getting a mouth guard is not about convenience or price; it is about protecting the growing jaw and developing teeth. In some instances, existing orthodontia must also be encased beneath it. A mouth guard should fit tightly around teeth, but be comfortable. It should not get in the way of heavy breathing. A child should be able to speak clearly with a well-made mouth guard. The appliance should be durable enough not to tear or become misshapen with regular use. If a mouth guard purchased at a store or provided by a team does not meet these standards, it is not likely to deliver the full protection necessary to prevent injury. For a custom-fit mouth guard made with professional-grade materials, you can speak with Dr. Isharani or Dr. Hatcher.
The mouth guard requires care to last as long as it can. A mouth guard is intended for one person only. It should not be shared, even amongst family. When not in use, the mouth guard should be kept in a container with good ventilation. After each use and before storing, the piece should be gently washed with soap and tepid water. With good care, a mouth guard should last at least a season, sometimes an entire year. We encourage patients to bring their guards in to our office so we can evaluate them for optimal strength and cleanliness. Drs. Hatcher and Isharani have established a family-friendly dental office in which patients in and around Greensboro can receive the level of care they deserve. To discuss dental care and protection during sports, call our office at (336) 383-1482.
Change can be difficult. Therefore, it is important for many parents to find a dental office with a fun, kid-friendly environment that their children can grow with throughout the years. As they become teenagers and even young adults, they can count on a caring and gentle dental team in Greensboro. Dr. Sona Isharani is a board certified pediatric dentist who loves seeing children and helping families maintain optimal oral health. Her husband, Dr. Steven Hatcher, also enjoys seeing patients of all ages at our practice. Children’s dentistry is among the many services our dentists offer.
Once dental appointments are scheduled, parents can rest assured we will take good care of the children. We also provide an enjoyable experience for parents. We will take the time to explain everything in an engaging manner. For example, we will “count” the teeth and possibly “take pictures” of the mouth. We strive to make each visit positive, enjoyable, and fun.
We believe in gentle dental treatment and provide sedative options to help patients relax. One of the sedatives used for patients of all ages is nitrous oxide. Before a procedure, we place a mask over the nose and administer “laughing gas.” Since the effect kicks in quickly, patients feel relaxed during procedures. The effect also wears off quickly, allowing them to be fully alert after their appointments.
Preventive oral health care practices are paramount. We recommend brushing at least twice a day and, sometimes, after every meal. We recommend dental check-ups at least twice a year. We will develop preventive care plans during these appointments.
Parents should schedule the first dental visit for their child after their first tooth erupts or by his or her first birthday. We can help parents keep their child’s mouth, teeth, and gums in excellent condition from the youngest age. After the first tooth has erupted, we recommend brushing it with a soft bristle toothbrush every day. It is important to avoid giving a baby sugary foods and beverages such as soda or candy.
Are you looking for a dental team who is aware of a family’s needs? Drs. Isharani and Hatcher would love to meet you during a consultation appointment. We see patients of all ages, from babies to grandparents. We would love to make our dental team a part of your family. Schedule your appointment today by calling 336-383-1482.
Nothing is more important to parents than their own children. As a parent herself, Dr. Sona Isharani understands this sentiment and takes it to heart. Her understanding and compassion is evident in the quality care given to every young patient, as she would want for her own child. Adults seeking a dental provider in or around Greensboro can visit Dr. Steven L. Hatcher, and at the same time and in the same location, bring their children to Pediatric Dentist Dr. Sona.
Our desire is to make visits to the dentist a more enjoyable event, especially for very young children. They will be unsure of what is about to happen in this setting, and may experience a lot of anxiety with the exposure to the sounds and tools of dentistry. This is the perfect time for soothing those fears and answering questions to put a child at ease with the environment and provider. Dr. Sona has the specialized training to treat children and the procedures and equipment used are designed especially for their growing and changing oral structure. She works well with the children and the parents, to explain how to establish good routines at home and through regular visits to the office. It is more than just routine dental services that defines a great pediatric dentist.
Each step along the way, Dr. Sona can make sure the progressing needs of a child are recognized and given preventative care. Knowing what comes next in a child’s oral development helps her stay ahead of potential problems, resulting in a better outcome for the patient. She believes so strongly in establishing a solid relationship with a patient that she offers a complimentary one-year exam to give a child a happy and pleasant first experience. Caring for the primary teeth is vital to a child’s oral development. If problems are not treated on the surface, they can work their way down and affect the permanent teeth before they ever break through. In addition, when children have their first dental visits early, and parents are consistent with taking them to their regular exams, they will realize the importance of good dental healthcare as they mature.
When children are brought into our office, we want it to become their dental “home,” where they feel comfortable and safe. As they grow into teens and then adults, that home won’t have to change, because we offer services for family members of all ages. It is convenient for families to be able to cover all the dental visits for the entire family in one stop at one office. Children who see their parents going to their own dental appointments will understand by their example that this is the right thing to do for their dental health. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sona, and make the anticipation of future dental visits more comfortable for you and your child.
Parenting is not easy. Along with that, knowing the best things for our children is often not easy either. One important area in which parents can become educated and pass principles along to their children is health, including dental health. Children are impressionable and reinforcing good habits when they are young can lead to a lifetime of benefit.
When it comes to nutrition, the choices are vast. These choices affect one’s physical health, including dental health. Paying attention to the various aspects of eating reveals great impacts from those choices. General guidelines for a healthy diet include an abundance of fruits and vegetables, a wide variety of whole grains, dairy choices that are low-fat or fat-free, and lean proteins. And do not forget the water – lots of it. It is always the best choice for a beverage and good for all areas of bodily health. Eating and drinking between meals should be limited, but should include nutritious choices. Anything that is consumed will impact a person’s health, including dental health.
When it comes to schools, standards have been developed to make healthy lunches at school more accessible. Changes nationwide include menus that offer more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, a shift to lower-fat dairy products, and limited calories, sodium, and unhealthy fats. Food and drink choices at home and at school, play a role in tooth decay in children. There are basic concepts that can be taught to children now that can have a positive impact. Forms of the food make a difference. If something is sticky, it is not as good for teeth. The amount of sugary or acidic foods and drinks one consumes is detrimental to oral health and should be limited. For sweets, choose sugar-free products and sugar substitutes for the sweetness without the sugar. Bacteria in a person’s mouth are fed by carbohydrates, which includes sugar. These bacteria are the source for many dental issues, including gum disease. Limiting sugars will lead to greater preservation of dental health. Good nutrition is good for your body – and your teeth. Make wise choices.
For children who take their lunches to school, parents should keep these guidelines in mind and contribute to making positive choices. Choose products for the home that are healthy and nutritious. Also, teach children to brush twice a day for two minutes and floss to keep teeth healthy between dental visits. Regular visits to a pediatric dentist will keep check for any areas of concern that are developing in a child’s oral health. In Greensboro, NC, make your child’s next appointment with pediatric dentist Dr. Sona Isharani, practicing along with her husband Dr. Steven Hatcher. Together, they provide comprehensive dental options with compassionate care for every member of the family.
In this age where personal customer service seems to have been replaced with high-tech solutions and impersonal care, it's nice to know that some people still "get it." Dr. Steven Hatcher and his wife and associate, Pediatric Dentist Dr. Sona J. Isharani, are just those type of people! They want to be your family dentist and make you feel at home, at ease, relaxed, and comfortable when you visit them. If you are in the Greensboro, NC area, you will find that they, along with their staff, fit the description of friendly dentistry.
Drs. Hatcher and Isharani provide outstanding care for patients of all ages. Infants, teens, and adults of all ages will benefit from a wide range of services to meet specific dental needs – preventative, restorative, cosmetic, and surgical. Isn't it nice to know that each member of your family can receive quality dental care in one place where each is made to feel welcomed and comfortable?
Dr. Sona, as she is called by her patients, will guide children through the early years of dental care. Let her make the first dental visits happy ones, and help your children establish good oral hygiene habits early. Let her continue this care into the teen years before Dr. Hatcher sees care through adulthood. Let them evaluate your family's changing needs and develop the best plan of care along with you.
Dr. Hatcher can help you maintain that smile you've worked so hard for, and keep it bright and in optimal condition. Whichever dentist fits your family's particular needs; they will take the time to talk with you, answer your questions, and give you personal and caring advice tailored just for you. With years of combined experience, you can rest assured that their specialty extends beyond just the way they treat you but in knowing how to do so effectively and safely.
You deserve to become a part of a friendly patient family. Your trust and your time are important to Drs. Hatcher and Isharani and their dental team. Call today to schedule appointments for yourself, your spouse, and your children.
So what is prevention? Why do we clean teeth?
The main reason is to prevent either periodontal disease or cavities from destroying either the teeth or bones that support teeth. Once periodontal disease sets in, the bone supporting teeth erodes away over time. There is no pain with gum disease but there are signs. If your gums bleed you may have periodontal disease. X-rays along with a comprehensive dental exam will tell you if you have gum disease. It is much easier to prevent gum disease than to treat the aftermath. The old cliche of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of medicine” definitely holds true in preventive dentistry.
If you would like to know if you have periodontal disease contact us at (336) 383-1482. We are located at 2516-A Oakcrest Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27408.
Did you know that less than 1% of dentists place and restore dental implants. At the office of Steven L Hatcher, DDS, in Greensboro, North Carolina we have the training and expertise to place and restore dental implants. Dental implants are a wonderful way to replace teeth that have been lost to gum disease, decay or even trauma.
The biggest advantage of dental implants is that they do not rely on other teeth for support. They actually bond to your bone structure and become a part of your body. Dental implants can replace missing teeth like magic! Dental implants can be so cosmetic and natural that even some dentists find it difficult to tell the difference between a dental implant and a natural tooth!
Dental implants are also versatile. They can be used to help people who have trouble with their dentures. My father is a perfect example. He had trouble with his upper denture until we placed dental implants. Well with dental implants we were able to make his denture less thick and much more tolerable for him. Now he can eat anything he wants and does not worry about his denture getting loose.
Did you know that less than 10% of all dentists have the technology to do single visit crowns? The CEREC technology is a revolutionary way to restore a tooth in one visit. In Greensboro, North Carolina porcelain veneers, crowns, inlays and onlays can be accomplished with the use of CEREC in one visit. I am a dentist who truly believes in this technology, so much that I have even restored my own family members with CEREC porcelain crowns and onlays!
This is a common question that we get at the office. Porcelain veneers are often used in smile makeovers. With Porcelain Veneers you can change the shape and color of teeth. Spaces or gaps can be closed, the possibilities are almost endless! They are mainly considered a cosmetic procedure and dental insurance frequently does not cover the service.
Frequently, the upper front teeth from premolar to premolar are included in the smile makeover. The teeth are carefully prepared and molds are made of the teeth. Then, the master ceramist fabricates the porcelain veneers and they are returned to the dentist for approval. Upon approval by the dentist and the patient they are bonded in place.
When done well, they can last a very long time. For examples of some of our cosmetic work go to http://www.triaddentistry.com/before-and-after.php