We know that you have lots of options to pick from when you choose a dentist: that’s why we take your trust in us so seriously. We are honored that you would choose us, and we are committed to providing you and your family with the highest level of service and a wide range of treatment options in order to meet your needs and accommodate your specific situation. In the next couple of blog posts, we are going to highlight the various services that we offer, so that you know your full range of options. We would love to answer any questions that you might have, so please always feel free to pick up the phone and give us a call at 864.576.0995!
All that being said, in this post, we’re going to take a look at the general dentistry services that we offer; in later posts, we’ll talk about cosmetic dentistry and other advanced options. Let’s get started!
- First of all, we offer cleanings. Of course, right? What goes into a cleaning, though? Well, the purpose of a cleaning is to help prevent problems or catch them super early, so they’re easier and less expensive to fix, so we take our time providing a thorough oral examination to identify any trouble spots. For your oral exam, your dentist will visually and clinically check the health of your teeth and gums while also screening you for oral cancer. He will take standard x-rays, and based on the findings as well as your personalized health plan and history, he may recommend additional x-rays, which provide a lot of detail and help your dentist find cavities and check the health of each tooth. After completing an examination of your teeth and gums, we will perform a thorough cleaning!
- We provide fluoride treatments! Fluoride is a mineral that helps teeth resist the acid caused by sugars and by germs that are in plaque, a film that collects on teeth. Fluoride treatments help keep cavities away. How does that work? A concentrated fluoride paste, gel, foam, or varnish is applied to the surfaces of your teeth and allowed to sit for a few minutes. The fluoride coats the teeth, repairs early microscopic cavities, and reinforces the healthy enamel. We offer fluoride treatments for adults and children!
- Another way to protect against tooth decay is with sealants. Sealants are thin coatings applied to the chewing surfaces and are designed to prevent the intrusion of bacteria and other debris into the deep crevices on the tops of your teeth. If your family has a history of cavities, sealants might be a great preventative measure for you or your children.
- Fillings are used for tooth restoration. We recommend composite resin fillings for our patients. Resin onlays are bonded to damaged teeth, filling in cracks and forming a tight, superior fit that restores the tooth to nearly its original strength.
- If you have a broken tooth or severe damage, you may need a crown. Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. They are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance and to provide lasting stability to the area. Crowns strengthen your weak or damaged tooth while also preserving its aesthetic beauty.
- Implants are basically artificial tooth roots that are permanently integrated into the bone/jaw. Implants can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, and because of their permanence and low-maintenance upkeep, they are a common choice for tooth replacement!
- A bridge is a tooth replacement alternative to implants. The teeth on either side of the space are covered with crowns and a false tooth is suspended between them. Because they are custom made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
- We can also help fit you for dentures. Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. A denture is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. The denture process takes about one month and five appointments (initial diagnosis, impressions and measurements, temporary placement to ensure proper fit, permanent denture placement, final follow up). It’s a bit of a long process, but that’s because we are committed to creating a comfortable, effective fit for you!
- Some cases of acute periodontal (gum) disease that do not respond to more conventional treatment and self-care such as flossing may require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing. We are equipped to diagnose and treat these cases!
- Last but not least, we offer the service that dentists are infamous for: root canals! Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root. Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success, and involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection, and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth.
Please feel free to reach out to us with any follow up questions you may have about any other these services or to find out more about financing options and how we can help you make sure that you are able to get the dental care that your family needs – (864) 576-0995! Next time, we’ll discuss some of the specialized services we offer!