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Cotswold Dental Care

If you are looking for a one-stop dental office that can take care of any and all of your dental needs, you have come to the right place. At Cotswold Dental Care, we strive to create the most comfortable and relaxing dental experience you can find anywhere in the Charlotte area.

When you visit Cotswold Dental Care, your smile is our top priority. Dr. Robert Gist and his dental team are dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve.

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Charlotte Dentist

image (10)This Charlotte, North Carolina dental practice provides general, restorative and cosmetic dental services designed to assist each patient in achieving and maintaining long term dental health and a beautiful smile. Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success. We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, and how we can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience. A standard of excellence in personalized dental care enables us to provide the quality dental services our patients deserve.

We offer the full spectrum of dental care, including routine checkups, dental hygiene, dental implants, teeth whitening, and smile makeovers. We will work with you to create the healthy smile that you need and the attractive smile that you have always wanted. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Dr. Gist and the professional team at Cotswold Dental Care makes him the Charlotte dentist of choice. Contact us now to schedule an appointment.

Our Services

Dental Implants

Dental implants, which are placed in the jawbone, are small anchors made of a biocompatible metal called titanium. The anchors begin to fuse with the bone over the course of a few months. After the fusing process, known as osseointegration, abutment posts are inserted into the anchors to allow for the permanent attachment of the replacement teeth.

These include crowns, bridges, or dentures – a single tooth, bridge of teeth, or an entire arch of teeth supported by a dental implant.


Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings and check-ups can include routine prophylaxis, periodontal maintenance, scaling, and root planning with  an exam from Dr. Gist.  A dental cleaning, also known as an oral prophylaxis, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth.

First, an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Next, hand tools are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished.

Crowns & Bridges

A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or a dental implant. A dental crown can be used for a tooth you might consider to remove and make it stronger for years. A dental crown can also anchor a dental bridge, which is a replacement option for a missing tooth or teeth.

Why you would need dental crown?

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining.
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth

What are Dental Bridges?

A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease.

Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be.

Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to crowns that cover the abutments.

Digital X-Rays

Dental X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventative, by helping a dentist diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem. An x-ray is a type of energy that passes through soft tissues and is absorbed by dense tissue. Teeth and bone are very dense, so they absorb X-rays, while X-rays pass more easily through gums and cheeks.

X-rays are divided into two main categories, intraoral and extraoral. Intraoral is an X-ray that is taken inside the mouth. An extraoral X-ray is taken outside of the mouth.

Intraoral X-rays are the most common type of radiograph taken in dentistry. They give a high level of detail of the tooth, bone and supporting tissues of the mouth. These X-rays allow dentists to:

  • Find cavities
  • Look at the tooth roots
  • Check the health of the bony area around the tooth
  • Determine if periodontal disease is an oral care issue
  • See the status of developing teeth
  • Otherwise, monitor good tooth health through prevention

Composite Fillings

A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.

Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.

Composites cost more than amalgam and occasionally are not covered by some insurance plans. Also, no dental filling lasts forever. Some studies show that composite fillings can be less durable and need to be replaced more often than amalgam fillings.

Ultimately, the best dental filling is no dental filling. Prevention is the best medicine. You can dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by:

  • brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • flossing daily
  • eating a balanced diet
  • visiting the dentist regularly.


Extractions are the removal of erupted or partially erupted tooth or root tips. While it is common to dread this procedure, as evidenced by the expression, “It’s like pulling teeth,” Cotswold Dental Care treats provides you with comfort and care. We have a lot of experience and are skilled at pulling wisdom teeth, emerging teeth, broken teeth, and even baby teeth.

As with any surgery, there is going to be some amount of pain, but we try to alleviate as much of it as possible. Tooth extractions do result in some bleeding for a short period of time. If you have any concerns over your tooth extraction, we will gladly discuss it with you, letting you know what you can expect before and after the surgery.

Dr. Gist has 18 years of experience and many satisfied customers who have had dental extractions.

Partial/Full Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue.  They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures.  Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.  A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.”  A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks.  During this time the patient will go without teeth.  Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process.  Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.


Dental sealants (also termed pit and fissure sealants, or simply fissure sealants) are a dental treatment intended to prevent tooth decay. Teeth have recesses on their biting surfaces; the back teeth have fissures (grooves) and some front teeth have cingulum pits.

Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.

Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Robert Gist

Dr. Robert Gist

Dr. Robert Gist is originally from Washington, D.C. and grew up in Salem, Virginia.

In 1986, Dr. Gist enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During his six-year enlistment, Dr. Gist was twice awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Medal. While on active duty, Dr. Gist received an associate in science degree with honors from the University of South Carolina at Beaufort, SC.

Dr. Gist studied biology at the University of Virginia and received his bachelor’s degree in 1994. In 1998, Dr. Gist received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Howard University’s College of Dentistry.

For the past 18 years, Dr. Gist has practiced in Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, and North Carolina.  He is a member of the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Society.

Dr. Gist enjoys traveling, college basketball and football, and spending time with his daughter Riley.


Dr. Robert Gist

Kristina Lincke

Kristina Lincke

Kristina has been with our office since she graduated dental hygiene school in Wilmington, NC, in 2013. She has a gentle touch the patients love. In her spare time she enjoys running and spending time with her two dogs.


Kristina Lincke

Dental Hygienist
Alena Goncharov

Alena Goncharov

Alena works part time as a dental hygienist attending to her patients with compassion. She attended school here in Charlotte and has been with us since 2012. Alena spends her free time with her husband and family. She enjoys shopping and traveling.


Alena Goncharov

Dental Hygienist

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