Preventive Dental Care for Healthy Smiles

If you live in Powdersville, Simpsonville, or other surrounding communities including Pelzer, SC, let the skilled Tylan Creek Family Dentistry team help you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. We offer a wide array of general and preventive dentistry services to keep patients’ smiles healthy from age 1 to 100. Contact our knowledgeable team to find out more or schedule an appointment for your family in one of our two convenient, family-friendly office locations.

Checkups & Cleanings

Dental checkups and cleanings every six months at Tylan Creek Family Dentistry are essential to keep smiles healthy. During every dental checkup, we carefully examine the visible portions of smiles and the underlying supportive structures. This includes a combination of visual and tactile examination and diagnostic x-rays. The thorough examinations are used to screen for common oral health issues including tooth decay, gum disease, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism), and oral cancer. Following your examination, one of our hygienists will carefully remove plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of teeth, and make recommendations for at-home hygiene products and care techniques. Finally, you’ll sit down face-to-face with one of our skilled dentists, to discuss the results of your examination. We’re happy to answer questions you have throughout your appointment, but it may be easiest to ask at this point. Then, we’ll partner with you to create an ongoing treatment plan to ensure your optimal oral health.

Dental Sealants

Sealants are thin coats of resin that cover teeth preventing tooth decay or damage by preventing plaque and tartar from weakening the tooth enamel. We frequently recommend dental sealants as a preventive care technique for children, but adults may also want to receive a sealant application, if they experience regular tooth decay. We can apply sealants as part of any six month dental checkup. We simply coat teeth with the liquid sealant that fills in biting surfaces, and once in place, we use our curing light to harden the sealants on to teeth.

TMJ & Bruxism Therapy

TMJ dysfunction (TMD) and bruxism have a variety of causes and may present any number of resulting side effects. However, these two seemingly different oral health concerns have one thing in common – treatment with custom-crafted mouthguards from our team. These nighttime mouthguards offer patients with TMD relief by repositioning the jaw in the ideal alignment, during sleep. This limits unconscious motion and relieves strain on the jaw joints. Damage from nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, bruxism, is also prevented using nightguards due to the physical barrier between rows of teeth that prevents unconscious wear.

Oral Cancer Screening

Many of the patients we treat in our Simpsonville and Powdersville dental offices believe that only people who smoke or chew tobacco will be diagnosed with oral cancer. Unfortunately, this is not correct. As much as 30% of those diagnosed don’t participate in any high risk activities at all. That’s why we include oral cancer screenings as part of every six month dental checkup for all patients. It’s our goal to help patients by diagnosing oral cancer in the earliest stages, when treatments may be effective in reversing the damage. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, early diagnosis is the best way to reduce the number of annual deaths attributed to oral cancer, and it’s our hope that screenings at our practice every six months will help our patients avoid becoming oral cancer statistics.

Emergency Dentistry

We invite our patients to contact Tylan Creek Family Dentistry right away in case of dental emergencies. Regardless of whether you visit our Simpsonville or Powdersville, SC office, we have a doctor on call at any time. Simply contact our regular office number and follow the instructions to reach our currently on call doctor. We see existing and new patients experiencing dental emergencies on the day they call. Until we’re able to schedule an appointment, one of our knowledgeable dentists will walk you through at-home care methods and pain management techniques to ensure safety and comfort leading up to the visit. If your emergency is severe or potentially life threatening, please proceed to the nearest emergency room. We’ll be happy to correct any dental damage as soon as your safety is no longer at risk.

Family Dentistry

At Tylan Family Dentistry, we are passionate about offering the highest quality care for patients of all ages and stages of dental development, but family dentistry is about more than that. It’s about making the process of caring for your whole family’s smiles convenient and comfortable. We know how busy families are, and we are happy to provide block scheduling to see whole families on the same day. We pride ourselves on seeing patients at the time they’re scheduled and getting them back to their daily routines as quickly as possible while still providing superior quality care that exceeds the highest patient expectations. Most importantly, family dentistry is about offering every patient we see the advanced, effective dental care we would expect for our own families.

Children’s Dentistry

We are always happy to care for your children’s oral health at our Simpsonville or Powdersville dental offices. Our dentists and teams have years of experience caring for the unique oral health and behavioral needs of young patients. Many of our general and preventive services such as dental sealants are optimally beneficial for young patients, we offer wisdom tooth extraction referral sources, tooth colored fillings, and other treatments to help keep your child’s smile healthy. Most importantly, it’s our goal to ensure your child creates positive associations with visiting the dentist. Many adult patients who suffer from dental phobia or anxiety attribute their discomfort in dental offices to a bad experience from their childhood. We want our young patients to look forward to visiting our office two times a year, and enjoy caring for their oral health.

Gum Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease is one of the most common oral health concerns among US adults, but with early diagnosis, treatment can be as simple as more frequent professional cleanings. Unfortunately, the warning signs of mild gum disease, called gingivitis, are very subtle and often go unnoticed by patients. That’s why we screen for signs of this common disease at every dental checkup. If gum disease is able to progress to the more advanced state, periodontitis, we may need to use more complex treatments including scaling, the removal of plaque and tartar, and root planing, the smoothing of roots to remove build-up beneath the gums and prevent future buildup.

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