Blog Archive

What Kind of Denture Is Best for You? Feb 14th, 2020

Are you missing teeth and considering dentures? At Blakeney Dental in Charlotte, North Carolina, we treat many patients who are looking to have custom-made dentures created for them. What you might not realize is that there are different types of dentures that are optimal for different cases. It’s important to...

Failed Root Canal: What Are My Options? Jan 15th, 2020

Under normal circumstances, root canal therapy is a highly effective procedure that can save your smile and protect you from possible oral health problems down the line. According to industry statistics, root canal therapy has a success rate of over 95%, so in most cases it gets the job done....

Teeth Staining: All Your Questions Answered Dec 4th, 2019

If you’ve noticed your teeth growing yellow, dull, or discolored, you’re normal. This common tooth problem affects everyone at some point during their lifetime. To successfully brighten and whiten your teeth, it’s crucial to know what’s behind your staining. At Blakeney Dental, Dr. Mark B. Ranzinger and our dental team...

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity and What are My Treatment Options? Nov 1st, 2019

Would you believe that at least 40 million American adults suffer from tooth sensitivity? If you’re one of the millions of people who cringe when ice cream comes in contact with your molars or biting into a popsicle causes you to wince with pain, then you may be wondering if...

Oral Care Tips for Patients With Diabetes Oct 4th, 2019

Maintaining good oral health is important for everyone, but it is especially important if you have diabetes. According to the American Dental Association, one in five cases of total tooth loss is linked to diabetes.  November is Diabetes Awareness Month. To recognize this month, Mark Ranzinger, DDS, and his compassionate...

How Gum Disease Negatively Impacts Your Overall Health Sep 1st, 2019

Do you have sensitive gums that bleed when you brush and seem to be creeping away from the surfaces of your teeth? You could have the beginnings of gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Gum disease is the No. 1 cause of tooth loss, and it can negatively affect your...

8 Tips for Overcoming Dental Anxiety Aug 5th, 2019

Does the idea of going to the dentist leave you with the shakes, the shivers, or cold sweats? You don't need to worry anymore. There's a lot you can do to manage your fears. At Blakeney Dental, Mark Ranzinger, DDS, and the rest of our care team are here to...

What Causes Bad Breath and How Can I Prevent It? Jul 24th, 2019

Do you find yourself popping mints, chewing gum, or using mouthwash to get rid of bad breath? If so, you're not alone. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to understand what's causing your bad breath so you can prevent it. At Blakeney Dental in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Mark...

The Amazing Versatility of Dental Veneers May 16th, 2019

When you have notable discoloration that doesn’t respond to conventional whitening treatments, misshapen teeth, chips, or some irregularities in size, dental veneers are the answer. These wafer-thin shells fit right over your natural teeth to give you a uniform, sparkling smile. Mark Ranzinger, DDS is a highly skilled and well-respected...

What Should I Do When a Permanent Tooth is Knocked Out? Apr 1st, 2019

It happens when you least expect it. You trip and fall and hit your mouth against something. Or you’re playing softball and a line drive smashes into your face. The impact knocks a tooth right out of your gums. A knocked-out tooth, also known as an avulsed tooth, is a...

Why Dental Implants Are a Game-Changer in Replacing Missing Teeth Mar 19th, 2019

If you’ve lost a tooth — or more than one — from decay, disease, or an injury, you’re thinking about what you need to do, if anything. In the past, dentists could only offer bridges or dentures as solutions for missing teeth, but those options have significant drawbacks. Dental implants...

Professional Teeth Whitening is the Quickest and Easiest Way to Look Younger Feb 21st, 2019

Even if you take excellent care of your smile, you can expect your teeth to darken and yellow as you age. Partly due to changes in the mineral structure of your teeth, these color changes also occur as the foods and beverages you consume over the years leave behind stains....