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Your regular dental exams are an important part of your general dentistry hygiene and are instrumental in helping you maintain good oral health. Dental exams are not only necessary for our adult patients. Children as young as two should visit the dentist, and by the age of four regular checkups should be routine.
The Conway, South Carolina dentists at the Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry provide gentle and thorough dental exams for every member of your family. We emphasize preventive dental care, and regular dental check-ups are the best way to detect and address potential problems early.
Your dental check-up includes a comprehensive physical examination of your gums, teeth and mouth, as well as the use of X-rays to diagnose any dental health problems at an early stage.
Along with your regular dental exam, we also encourage you have a professional teeth cleaning. Even if you practice a quality at-home dental regimen that includes brushing at least twice daily followed by flossing, plaque will continue to accumulate in hard-to-reach areas between your teeth and gums. These professional cleanings remove lingering plaque and tartar to help ensure your teeth are clean and vibrant.
By having dental checkups on a regular biannual schedule, we can often reduce the chances of you having larger dental problems. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that patients receive an in-depth dental exam at least once every six months.
Your dental health affects your systemic health, and your routine check-ups allow the experienced Conway family dentists at the Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry to assess potential issues before they impact your overall health. Oral infections and periodontal disease, for example, have been linked to severe medical problems including high blood pressure and heart disease.
Your regular dental exams along with a good at-home dental hygiene routine are the foundation for maintaining a bright smile, pleasant breath, and healthy teeth and gums.
A quality dental hygiene routine that includes daily at-home care and at least twice-yearly dental check-ups is key to maintaining good oral health.
The Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, dentists at the Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry offer thorough dental exams to assess your dental health and detect potential problems before they become serious issues, as well as professional teeth cleanings to help keep your smile bright and healthy. We also emphasize preventive dental care, and we believe in providing you and your family members with the information you need to establish a healthy dental hygiene routine for your overall general dental health.
The foundation for good oral health is a dental hygiene routine that includes brushing your teeth at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brushing should be followed by flossing at least once every day in order to clean the hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth.
After brushing and flossing, we recommend using a Waterpik to remove the remaining biofilm and plaque that are missed by your toothbrush and floss.
Regardless of how well you care for your teeth on a daily basis, plaque will continue to accumulate. Professional teeth cleanings that are part of your regular dental exams help minimize the plaque and tartar that naturally build up even with good at-home care.
During your twice-yearly dental exams, our accomplished Myrtle Beach dentists also conduct a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums. These check-ups allow us to detect and treat potential dental problems early, and they are also an opportunity to discuss any questions you have about your oral health.
If you would like to learn more about dental hygiene or schedule your regular dental exam, please contact the Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry. We are proud to provide comprehensive dental care for families from the Myrtle Beach, Conway and Carolina Forest areas of South Carolina.
We will ensure that every family member from young children, to their parents and grandparent’s teeth are kept clean and healthy as possible for years to come.
Our experienced South Carolina dentists and accomplished support team understand the importance of quality early dental care. We work with children and their parents to help establish the foundation for good long-term oral health.
Instructing children in proper brushing and flossing techniques, avoiding too many sugary snacks, and being careful to keep your own teeth and gums clean is a goal for all families, but no matter how diligent your home routine is, only a trained family dentist can ensure your family’s teeth are kept as clean and healthy as possible for years to come.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children receive their first dental check-up around 1 year of age. Regular exams beginning around 3 years of age when the primary teeth are developing are essential to monitor for potential problems such as teeth alignment issues and cavities.
Often used interchangeably with general dentistry, family dentistry varies somewhat in its focus. While general dentistry provides some of the same services, family dentists are devoted to treating entire families, from young children, to their parents and grandparents. This focus on treating the unique issues affecting your family at every age, and forming relationships with every member of your family makes family dentistry a branch all its own.
Childhood dental exams are equally as important for parents as they are for children. These check-ups allow dentists and parents to discuss appropriate dental hygiene, the impacts of poor oral health habits such as thumbsucking, and the associations between diet and dental health among other topics. Our family dentists will emphasize good at-home dental care in addition to routine dental exams and professional teeth cleanings in an effort to prevent severe dental problems in the future. Preventative dentistry is especially important for children, because problems with a child’s primary teeth can lead to further oral health issues with permanent teeth.
As your child grows, our dentists will adapt our services to his or her unique needs. We can address dental problems as they arise and monitor for potential future issues, such as need for orthodontics such as braces or Invisalign.
At Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry, our dentists have been building relationships with entire families for decades, taking special care to put all of our patients at ease, while making every conceivable dental option available.
Like general dentistry, family dentistry focuses on the prevention and treatment of common dental issues. With biannual cleanings, fluoride treatment, and examinations, our friendly dentists are able to keep your family’s teeth their healthiest while also diagnosing and treating potential problems before they become serious issues. Family dentistry also includes services specifically designed for children such as dental sealants, which are highly effective in preventing decay. This is a service that we offer in which a clear acrylic coating is painted onto the tooth surface and essentially protects the enamel of the teeth from being damaged by plaque and acids. It is an excellent means for fighting tooth decay.
If you live in Conway, Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, or their surrounding communities such as Surfside Beach, Carolina Forest, Pawley's Island, and Aynor, South Carolina, please contact our experienced family dentist at Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry to see how we created a safe, friendly environment in which to treat your entire family’s dental needs.
Most people who wear dental crowns can do so without anyone being the wiser. They are an excellent choice for patients who have some common dental problems. Dental crowns are used to cover dental implants and to hold dental bridges in place, but they also offer an ideal solution for teeth that are:
Porcelain dental crowns offer an amazingly strong and completely natural looking solution for restoring both aesthetic beauty, and functionality. It is important to remember however that porcelain crowns are an effective, but not a permanent solution for these issues. The average crown may last over ten years, and the length of time your crown lasts will depend greatly on your oral hygiene and proper maintenance provided at routine cleanings.
At Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry, our Myrtle Beach dental crown dentists utilize 100% ceramic dental crowns. Metal is highly noticeable and leads to cosmetic imperfections. By contrast, all ceramic crowns use porcelain, an alternative to metal that can be matched exactly to the color, size, and shape of your adjacent natural teeth, providing a smile that is as beautiful as it is strong.
The process for placing dental crowns in most dentists’ offices takes two visits, but at Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry, our dentists are able to create your porcelain crowns in-office, eliminating the wait time for your crowns. In fact, as one of South Carolina’s first CEREC practices, our doctors are able to place crowns in a single office visit for most of our patients.
During your visit we will use state-of-the-art technology to create an exact image of your mouth to ensure your new crown is precisely matched to your adjacent teeth. After this model is created, we can produce a dental crown in-office that will match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth, restoring function and beauty in a fraction of the time you may have to spend at another dentist’s office.
If you are interested in learning how you can benefit from dental crowns in the Myrtle Beach, Conway, or surrounding areas of South Carolina such as Aynor, Loris, Carolina Forest, North Myrtle Beach, Forestbrook, and Surfside Beach, please contact the porcelain crown dentists at Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry to schedule an initial consultation.
If you are missing teeth, the associated loss of function and aesthetic beauty can have a tremendously negative effect on your entire life. Missing teeth can not only cause you to feel self conscious and awkward, but can lead to myriad dental issues like misaligned bite, TMD, and even increase the risk of periodontal disease.
Dental bridges provide an optimal solution for missing teeth, and at Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry, our Grand Strand dental bridge dentists have years of experience helping patients restore beauty and functionality to their smiles with benefits including:
The process for dental bridges takes two office visits. During your initial visit, one of our dentists will prepare your teeth, which requires recontouring the teeth to make space for the porcelain dental crowns that will comprise your bridge. We will then take an impression of your teeth to serve as a model for the creation of your crowns. We will produce a temporary bridge for you to wear during the time your permanent crowns are created.
During your second office visit, we will remove your temporary bridge, and replace it with the bridge created by our dental lab partners. This safe and relatively noninvasive procedure produces long lasting, beautiful results that will allow you to face the world with a smile as strong as it is appealing.
Dental bridges are permanent, but will require proper care and maintenance to last their longest. Fortunately, caring for your bridge is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. A proper at-home oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice daily, combined with a minimum of twice yearly visits to our office for cleanings and examinations will help ensure your bridges last for years to come.
If you are living with the discomfort of missing teeth in or around Myrtle Beach, Conway, or Grand Carolina Forest area of South Carolina, please contact the experienced dental bridge dentists at Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry for an initial consultation.
Even the most thorough at-home oral hygiene regimen cannot guarantee against decay and disease. A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make the tooth's canal susceptible to bacterial infection. When the soft tissue, or dental pulp, of your tooth becomes infected, in many cases the tooth can be saved and an extraction avoided by having a root canal preformed.
Signs that you may need a root canal include:
Severe Pain or intense sensitivity in a tooth or your gums
Swelling or irritation in your gums
At the first sign of any of any of these symptoms, one of our experienced root canal dentists can help determine if a root canal is necessary to stop the pain and keep your natural tooth in place.
When you come to Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry for your root canal, you may be surprised to find how simple and pain free this procedure is. Most of the time, root canal therapy is completed in a single visit.
The root canal procedure is completed with the help of the WaterLase dental laser. Use of this laser during root canal treatment offers several benefits: virtually eliminates post-operative pain, thoroughly sterilizes and cleans the root canal space, produces a cleaner canal for a better seal. We simply clean out the diseased canal, fill it with a biologically-inert material, seal it from further infection, and you're finished. Follow up care requires that the tooth be properly restored with a crown to protect the remaining tooth structure.
We are constantly seeking ways to improve our patient’s experience, and with the use of this dental technology, we are able to quickly, effectively, and virtually painlessly perform root canals for every member of your family.
When a root canal is required but no action is taken, the end result is almost always the loss of your tooth. In some cases, the infection may spread, leading to serious medical conditions that can require hospitalization.
When extraction becomes your only option, our experienced cosmetic dentists can replace your missing tooth with a dental implant or a dental bridge, but maintaining biannual visits for thorough examinations, and reporting signs of tooth infection to our office immediately is the best way to avoid having these additional procedures performed.
If you live in or around Conway or Myrtle Beach areas of South Carolina and are experiencing the pain and discomfort of an infected tooth root, please contact the experienced root canal dentists at Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry to learn more about our pain free root canal procedures.
Our teeth affect our ability to eat, the way we speak, and most importantly our teeth affect the way we smile. Sometimes situations occur causing you to lose your tooth (or teeth). Over time the space left behind will cause the remaining teeth to shift. It is important to replace the missing tooth (or teeth) so that the jaw muscles are able to work properly allowing you to chew, speak, and smile properly. The dedicated dental team at Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry offers various types of denture options which will get your mouth fully functioning again.
Dentures are removable appliances that replace natural teeth. The Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry only uses the finest dental labs to custom make dentures for each patient individually. The dentures are made out of a flesh colored acrylic base that is shaded to match the color of your gum tissue for a natural effect. This base is used to support fabricated teeth which are either made of porcelain, acrylic, or composite. Our forward thinking dentists most often prefer the composite teeth because they are the strongest of the three. Our dentures are made over the course of several visits, as we take custom impressions and have them shaped to match the structure and form of your individual mouth.
Partial dentures are only an option for our patients who still have one or more of their natural teeth. Our Removable Partial Dentures are designed to cover only a part of your mouth. These partial dentures can replace a single tooth or several missing teeth. They are held in place with clasps that secure to your natural teeth. As with our partial dentures, again, the Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry dentists use a state of the art dental lab to fabricate these removable appliances ensuring a natural appearance with a custom fit that will help maintain the structural integrity of your face.
Metal amalgam fillings, commonly used to fill cavities for years, are not only unsightly, they may fall out or cause teeth to break. The alternative to metal fillings is with tooth colored composite resin or porcelain filling that provides numerous benefits to their predecessors.
At Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry, our Myrtle Beach cosmetic dentists understand the benefits of tooth colored fillings, and offer this safe, beautiful alternative to traditional amalgam fillings to all of our patients.
Tooth colored fillings offer several benefits over amalgam fillings. Some of the benefits of tooth colored fillings are:
The process for tooth colored fillings is only slightly different than that for the amalgam fillings you may already have. In a single office visit, our dentists will remove decay from your tooth, and roughen the area inside the cavity to provide a surface which the resin can bond to. From there, the tooth colored filling will be placed into the cavity, and cured with a special light that allows it to harden and bond to your existing tooth structure.
This quick, painless process will help prevent further decay, reduce the pain associated with cavities, and retain the naturally beautiful look of your smile. What’s more, tooth colored fillings are not reserved for new cavities only. If you would like to replace your metal fillings with fillings that match the natural color of your teeth, we can do that, too.
There is no end to the possible configurations of dental issues that can cause you discomfort from embarrassment and painful side effects. The most common dental problems in America are:
Tooth decay – Caused by sugars and starch attaching to plaque and eating away tooth enamel. The solution for this common problem is proper at-home oral hygiene, controlling the diet, and biannual checkups with one of our experienced Grand Strand general dentists. We offer safe tooth colored fillings to prevent additional decay and potential complications with untreated cavities for teeth that are already damaged.
Gum disease – Studies suggest gum disease is linked to your overall general health. We are able to successfully treat gum disease through a variety of treatments. Using oral DNA tests, we can simultaneously check for indications of oral cancer in your saliva while assessing specific bacteria that cause gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to heart attacks, strokes, tooth loss, and other preventable complications.
Tooth erosion – Caused when acid attacks the tooth enamel. This common problem can lead to severe sensitivity, tooth cracking, and other complications. In addition to general dental cleanings and proper oral care at home, our Myrtle Beach cosmetic dentists can restore your teeth to their most vibrant and structurally sound through the use of dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and when the situation calls for them, dental implants.
Other issues – Teeth that are chipped, cracked, unevenly spaced, missing, or heavily stained can all cause significant embarrassment and make you feel less than attractive.
Our experienced dentists are able to work with any smile, no matter its current condition, and through the use of various cosmetic procedures, restore your smile to its most brilliant and stunning state.