While many people look into tooth replacement options due to their aesthetic value, there are other, more medically beneficial reasons for filling in the gaps in your smile. Tooth replacements like dental bridges can fill in your gap, but not provide the same benefits as other options like dental implants. Find out more about dental implants and what they can do for you with Dr. James Warner and Dr. Catherine Kotz at East Cooper Dental in Mount Pleasant, SC.
How can dental implants benefit my smile?
Dental implants have several unique benefits that other tooth replacement options simply do not offer. Thanks to their design, dental implants lie within the bone underneath your missing tooth. Since the bone grows around the implant to hold it in place, the implant essentially becomes part of the bone, stimulating it in the same way as a healthy tooth’s root. This stimulation provides protection against bone atrophy, which occurs when a tooth’s root no longer lies within the bone and allows the bone to begin degrading over time. Additionally, implants’ design makes them non-removable, meaning that your replacement teeth will remain in your mouth at all times and never require you to remove them for cleaning or eating.
What can I expect from a dental implant procedure?
Implants require several dental appointments and significant healing times. However, implants last a lifetime with the proper care. Your dentist will perform your implant procedure in two phases. The first phase will include a consultation, taking an impression of your mouth to use in the design process of your replacement teeth, and actually implanting the implant’s fixtures into your mouth. The second phase begins after several months of healing, which allows your implants to fully integrate into the bone. Then, your dentist places the replacement teeth, created in a dental laboratory, over the implants, completing the process.
Caring For Your Dental Implants in Mount Pleasant, SC
Caring for your dental implants is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Patients should commit to a serious at-home dental routine, brushing twice daily and flossing once. Those with dental implants should see their dentist the recommended twice yearly for examinations and cleanings to keep their implants and natural teeth free of decay and gum disease.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Warner and Dr. Kotz at East Cooper Dental in Mount Pleasant, SC. Call (843) 388-9894 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Find out how these clear aligners will work to straighten your smile.
Are you a teen or adult who hates their smile but knows that they won’t wear traditional metal braces? Our Mt. Pleasant, SC, dentists - Dr. James Warner, Dr. Catherine Kotz and Dr. Courtney Michelson - know all too well that once you reach a certain age the idea of sporting braces is no longer the norm. In fact, it can be embarrassing sometimes. This is why we often recommend Invisalign.
Determining Your Candidacy
So many older teens and adults who no longer thought they were right for braces have been able to achieve the smile they’ve always hoped for with Invisalign. During your consultation, our Mt. Pleasant general dentists will sit down and discuss this treatment with you and talk to you about your goals. It’s important that we understand what you hope to accomplish through your orthodontic treatment so we can ensure that Invisalign is the best way to get the results you want.
Your Treatment Plan
No two person’s treatment plan is exactly the same. Our doctors will use a special digital scanner to create images of your teeth. These images will be placed onto a computer screen where our dentists will map out each exact movement that your teeth will take throughout the course of your treatment. You will even get to see how your teeth while shift (pretty neat, huh?)!
Once your treatment is mapped out and the information has been sent to an Invisalign lab, we will get a series of custom aligners sent back to us. The number of aligners you will receive will depend on the severity of your dental problem(s). Each aligner is custom-crafted to fit over your upper and/or lower teeth, and is made from a thin clear plastic that people won’t be able to notice.
Each aligner should be worn around 20 to 22 hours out of the day in order to stay on track with your projected end-of-treatment timeline. Ideally, you should only remove your aligners before you eat or drink anything, or before brushing and flossing your teeth. If you have questions about how to clean or care for your aligners don’t hesitate to ask your dentist.
Aligners are worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next set in your treatment. During this time, you will come in every few weeks for follow-up appointments to make sure that your treatment is going according to plan and that your smile is healthy.
Are you ready to find out more about how Invisalign could help you? If so, then turn to the experts at East Cooper Dental in Mt. Pleasant, SC, who are ready to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
What your cosmetic dentists in Mt. Pleasant want you to know
Are you embarrassed by your smile? Do your teeth have cracks, defects and chips? Are you afraid people notice your bad teeth and not your beautiful smile? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time for you to discover dental bonding. Your cosmetic dentists at East Cooper Dental in Mt. Pleasant, SC, want to tell you about how dental bonding can help your smile.
Dental bonding is the modern way to enhance your smile. Bonding treatment is easy, painless, quick and inexpensive compared to other cosmetic dental treatments. You should consider dental bonding if you have teeth that are:
- Chipped, cracked or broken
- Unevenly worn due to aging
- Slightly overlapped or spaced apart
- Twisted, rotated or poorly aligned
- Discolored, stained or yellowed
Your treatment begins with the application of etching fluid. This fluid creates tiny indentations to support the bonding material. Next, a bonding agent is applied to form a bond between your tooth surface and the bonding material.
The bonding material is composite, a unique liquid resin that can be color-matched perfectly to your existing teeth, creating a uniform, natural look. The composite is applied and artfully sculpted by your cosmetic dentists at East Cooper Dental. The liquid material is hardened using a high-tech ultraviolet curing light. As a final touch, your dentists will polish your bonded teeth, and they become a permanent, beautiful part of your new smile.
Dental bonding is non-invasive and easy, usually requiring no anesthetic. You can create a smile that is uniquely beautiful and uniquely yours. Don’t settle for a flawed, damaged smile when your beautiful new smile is just a phone call away. Dental bonding is the modern answer to a great-looking smile.
For more information on additional cosmetic dentistry procedures to enhance your smile, call your cosmetic dentists at East Cooper Dental in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Find out how dental bonding can help your smile by calling today!
Are you worried that your smile is ruined forever now that you've lost a tooth? Luckily, tooth loss doesn't have to permanently affect your smile. Dr. James Warner, Dr. Catherine Kotz and Dr. Courtney Michelson, your Mt. Pleasant, SC dentists explain how dental implants can give you something to smile about.
A brand new tooth
You can't grow a new tooth, but titanium dental implants offer the next best thing. A dental implant occupies the space in your jaw once filled by your roots. Your titanium implant bonds to the bone in approximately three to six months. Once bonding is complete, your Mt. Pleasant dentist adds a crown to the top of the implant. The crown fills the gap in your smile and restores your ability to chew and bite normally again.
Do you avoid smiling, or do you talk with your hand over your mouth because you're self-conscious about your missing tooth? Tooth loss can affect your self-esteem and the way you interact with other people. Dental implants not only serve a practical purpose but also help you feel good about your smile again.
A healthier smile
Additional tooth loss and facial sagging can occur if your jawbone begins to weaken after tooth loss. Fortunately, the problem can be avoided if you choose dental implants. Implants offer the stimulation your jawbone needs to remain strong. Replacing your tooth with an implant also prevents nearby teeth from overlapping, which can make it easier to remove cavity-causing plaque from your teeth.
Dental implants are an excellent choice if you've lost a tooth or two, but they're an even better choice if you've lost all of your teeth. Implant-supported dentures are more comfortable and don't slip or slide when you eat since they're firmly attached to dental implants. Most people only need six to eight dental implants to support an upper or lower denture.
Restore your smile with dental implants! Call Dr. Warner, Dr. Kotz and Dr. Michelson, your Mt. Pleasant, SC dentists, at (843) 388-9894 to schedule your appointment.
No matter what dental issues you are dealing with, getting dental veneers from your Mt. Pleasant dentist may be able to help.
There are so many little flaws that can happen to your smile. Even though teeth are very durable, certain hard foods or even decay can cause teeth to crack, chip or become discolored. Fortunately, our Mt. Pleasant dentists Dr. James Warner, Dr. Catherine Kotz and Dr. Courtney Michelson can help. While we offer a whole slew of different cosmetic procedures find out if dental veneers could help you achieve the perfect smile again.
What are dental veneers and why would I want them?
Dental veneers are ultra-thin porcelain shells that are applied to the front of your teeth to mask imperfections and to improve the overall look of your smile. Veneers are made to look just like natural teeth, providing the same realistic color and the same translucency that real teeth have.
Veneers are able to hide a variety of different dental flaws including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Minor crookedness, crowding and overlapping
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Misshapen or uneven teeth
The best way to determine if your dental issues can be addressed with dental veneers is by talking to our Mt. Pleasant, SC cosmetic dentists about what you are looking to improve about your smile to see if porcelain veneers are the best way to go.
How are veneers placed?
Once we have determined that you are the ideal candidate we will need to prepare the teeth for your new veneers. Of course, unlike other cosmetic procedures, veneers require minimal tooth preparation. First thing is first: we need to shave down some enamel to make room for your veneers. While removing enamel can’t be reversed, most patients don’t feel any discomfort and don’t even need local anesthesia during this preparation.
Next up, molds are taken of your teeth. These molds will be sent to a lab, where they will use these impressions to create custom-made dental veneers that fit your teeth perfectly. While you wait for your veneers to be completed, we may place temporary veneers over the teeth.
Once your veneers are ready, we will temporarily apply them so that you can see how your smile will look. Once you give us the thumbs up on your new smile we will apply a dental resin between your teeth and the veneers and harden the resin with a dental laser so the veneers are now permanently affixed to your teeth. One final polish and your new teeth are good to go!
East Cooper Dental is here for all of your dental needs. If you are someone in Mt. Pleasant, SC who is looking to achieve a more attractive smile through dental veneers then it’s time you called and scheduled a consultation with us.
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