If for some reason our best efforts to help you keep your smile whole and healthy are unsuccessful, our skilled dentists and team offer a variety of restorative dentistry services to repair dental damage and renew oral health. The sooner we begin treatment, the more conservative and comfortable the solution will be, so contact our team as soon as you notice any pain, chips, breaks, or other areas for concern. In urgent cases, we’ll schedule an appointment on the same day you call us.
Dental crowns are a reliable, long lasting solution to repair severely damaged or decayed teeth or conceal extensive cosmetic flaws. The crown fits completely over the top of the tooth recreating lost structure, and restoring the damaged appearance of teeth. We recommend crowns for a variety of reasons including:
Regardless of the purpose for receiving dental crowns, the process remains the same. Patients should plan to visit our practice two times over the course of several weeks. During an initial office visit, we’ll prepare the tooth, capture impressions, and place a temporary crown. When laboratory fabrication of the crown or bridge is completed, patients return to exchange the temporary for a custom restoration. For patients whose needs qualify them and are interested in a faster restoration option, we offer same day crowns and bridges using the CEREC system.
Patients with extensive tooth loss may need to consider partial or full dentures. Partials are used to replace a number of consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth along an arch. The tooth replacement prosthetics are crafted by combining a supportive gum colored base with replacement teeth. The base is molded to fill gaps, and replacement teeth are attached to the base. The entire prosthetic is held in place with metal clasps attached to healthy teeth. A full denture replaces the entire row of teeth, so there are no remaining structures to support the base. Instead, it is shaped in such a way that the denture fits against the gums creating natural suction that holds the prosthetic in place. Patients interested in increased stability may want to consider a dental implant supported denture.
Root canal therapy is necessary for patients who have experienced tooth decay or damage that reaches the innermost layer of the tooth. This inner layer of teeth is known as pulp, and the entire nerve system of the tooth is housed within this pulp layer. When damage or decay accesses the nerve system directly, the result is a severe toothache and lingering sensitivity to changes in temperature. If you experience these symptoms, call our office right away. In many cases, we’ll offer same day treatment to relieve toothache pain and renew oral health. Root canals require that we remove the inner pulp layer and nerve systems of teeth. We then refill the tooth and seal the access hole. Typically, we recommend patients have a dental crown placed to provide optimal protection and strength to the treated tooth.
In most cases, we’ll do our best to help patients retain their healthy, natural teeth. However there are some instances where extracting one or more teeth may be the best possible option to maintain overall oral health. If we determine that removal is the best option to preserve your smile, our skilled dentists can quickly and painlessly remove teeth, and help patients make a quick and complete recovery. When necessary, we will also discuss tooth replacement solutions. Some of the reasons we may need to remove teeth include:
Sleep apnea is the cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep. These apnea incidents can occur hundreds of times each night, and the result is fitful sleep, elevated blood pressure, loud snoring, and daytime exhaustion. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it’s important to find a treatment you can use consistently that will help you reduce the number of apnea instances you experience each night. Many sleep apnea sufferers use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) systems, but more than half of all CPAP users are never able to adjust to the sensations and noises associated with using the machine. Our team offers a comfortable, portable, silent alternative – oral appliance therapy. These custom appliances shift the jaw slightly forward putting pressure on throat muscles and keeping the airway clear during sleep.
The Conebeam/CT 3D scanner is one of the most significant pieces of dental technology we utilize in both our Simpsonville and Powdersville offices. Our state-of-the-art digital x-ray system allows us to see specific sections of the underlying structures of smiles, and the Conebeam/CT scanner allows us to see how the entire smile fits together. This is especially significant, when making sure children’s bones and teeth are developing properly. We are often able to recommend early orthodontic intervention to help kids develop a healthier smile more naturally. We also utilize our Conebeam/CT scanner as part of the treatment planning process for advanced procedures including dental implant supported tooth replacement and ClearCorrect® orthodontics. The images produced by our Conebeam/CT scanner are digital, so we can easily transfer them to labs, specialty practices, and insurance providers as needed.