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Bone Grafting Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Health
Braces/Traditional Braces Dental Implants Root Canal (Endodontics)
Bridges Dentures Anxiety-Free Dentistry
Children’s Dentistry Extractions Soft Tissue Graft
Crown Lengthening Gum Disease Treatment Veneers
Crowns HPV and Oral Cancer Screening Whitening/Bleaching
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beaufort dental services

We are proud to provide a state-of-the-art facility for the highest quality dental care available. For this reason, our office meets and surpasses all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and CDC (Center for Disease Control) standards. We are confident that you will feel right at home in our office as we welcome all patients as if they were family.

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Bonding/White Fillingswhite fillings

A bonding is a composite resin that is used as an alternative to amalgams and veneers. This is an excellent cosmetic option for those patients who do not want the look of silver in their mouths and do not want the expense of veneers. Bondings can be used on teeth that are decayed, cracked, or stained.

Procedure
The bonding procedure is usually completed in one visit. The first step is to remove the decayed or unsightly portion of the tooth. The tooth is then etched with a liquid or gel and a bonding agent is then applied. This will allow the composite resin to be placed in the prepared tooth. The resin is then trimmed and polished, leaving you with a beautifully sculpted, natural-looking restoration.

Bonding Durability
Although composite resins are cosmetically pleasing and easily placed, their durability is not as strong as other types of restorations. These resins typically last from 4-7 years before they begin to chip and wear away. When this happens, the restoration will need to be replaced.

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Bone Grafting

A bone graft is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with material from the patient’s own body or an artificial, synthetic, or natural substitute. The graft not only replaces missing bone, but also helps your body to regenerate its own bone. This new bone growth strengthens the grafted area by forming a bridge between your existing bone and the graft material. This bone loss can be reversed. Over time your own newly formed bone will replace much of the grafted material.

Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.

We now have the ability to grow bone where needed. This gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, and it also gives us a chance to more effectively restore esthetic appearance and functionality.

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Braces/Traditional Braces

Beyond their traditional color, the only thing traditional about these braces is that you can see them. Contemporary braces are made of super strong metal alloys derived from the space program. Their strength allows them to be the smallest of all braces and therefore the most comfortable. Their density makes them ultra slippery so teeth move faster than they ever have before. Today’s braces, in combination with other high tech materials mean fewer office visits to complete treatment.

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Clear Braces
Ceramic braces utilize less noticeable brackets for patients concerned about aesthetic appearances. Ceramic brackets are translucent, so they blend in with your natural tooth color. This means that unlike traditional stainless steel braces, with ceramic braces your smile will not look ‘metallic.’ In addition, ceramic brackets are designed so that they won’t stain or discolor over long periods of time. An orthodontist can let you know if you are a candidate for ceramic braces.

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Bridges

dental bridge beaufort

A bridge is one of the few options that you have when deciding how to deal with a missing tooth or teeth.The replacement of these missing teeth is necessary in order to maintain the proper mouth functions.Tooth loss can affect the way you eat, speak, and the alignment of other teeth in your mouth.

Types of Bridges
A bridge, by definition, is a link or connection between two permanent structures. A dental bridge is very similar in that it attaches the restorative teeth (bridge) to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. This bridge acts as your new teeth, closing the gap and restoring your smile. Bridges are often constructed of gold or metal foundations with porcelain fused to the foundation. This ensures that the bridge will support the normal functions of the mouth.

There are three main types of bridges:

  • Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
  • Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
  • Maryland bonded bridges (also called a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge) are made of porcelain teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.

Procedure
The procedure begins with preparation of the natural teeth, or abutments.We will shape the abutment teeth so that the ends of the bridge will fit comfortably on each one. The next step is to take an impression of the area.This impression will be sent to our lab where your new restoration will be crafted. While this new tooth is created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. Our temporary restorations will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or unattractive tooth.

During your second visit to the office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. This bridge will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. We will make every effort to ensure that the new bridge feels exactly like your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to cement the bridge into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.

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Children’s Dentistry

Beaufort Family Dentistry recognizes the importance of looking after your family’s dental health. Our dentists make it their priority that your child’s teeth stay healthy and free of decay and other dental diseases.

Our practice offers children’s dental services including:

  • Regular dental check-ups
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Dental sealants, cavity fillings and crowns
  • Emergency dental care
  • Expert brushing and flossing tips

We also provide helpful advice towards your child’s eating habits and what parents should do to help protect their child’s teeth and gums.

We aim to make our little patients feel as calm and comfortable as possible, all while helping them achieve and maintain healthy smiles!

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Crown Lengthening

When decay occurs below the gumline, it may be necessary to remove a small amount of bone and gum tissue. Your dentist may ask for this procedure before he or she makes a new crown for your tooth.

Crown Lengthening procedures are done for both restorative dentistry and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line. General practitioners often refer for crown lengthening procedures prior to restoration of broken or severely decayed teeth. This procedure adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.

Sometimes crown lengthening is done to improve a “gummy” smile because the teeth appear short. The teeth may actually be the proper length but excess gum tissue may be covering these teeth. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth.

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Crownsdental crown

As we get a little older, our teeth begin to change and are prone to decay. There are many possible reasons for this change in your smile. These reasons can include bruxism(teeth grinding), general decay, cracked fillings, root canals, and many others. If your tooth is beyond repair with a filling material, we may recommend that the best viable option to save the tooth is a full crown. The reasons for this type of restoration in a badly damaged tooth are durability, cosmetic appearance, and overall support of the chewing function.

Types of Crowns
If we decide that you are in need of a full crown, there are a few different options for the repair of your tooth. These options include a full porcelain crown, a porcelain fused to metal or gold crown, or a full gold crown. We will make the determination as to which of these options is the most appropriate for your situation. You can be comfortable in knowing that your new tooth will be virtually unnoticeable and will flawlessly complement the rest of your smile.

Procedure
When we have decided to go ahead with a full crown restoration, we will set aside 2-3 appointments for the entire process. Although the majority of crowns are completed in two visits, there is sometimes a need for a third visit to ensure a proper fit.

The procedure begins with the removal of all decay in the tooth. Once we have removed the decay, we will take an impression of the tooth. This impression will be sent to our lab where your new restoration will be crafted. While this new tooth is created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. Our temporary restorations will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or incompatible tooth.

During your second visit to the office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. This crown will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. We will make every effort to ensure that the new tooth feels exactly like one of your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to cement the crown into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.

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Custom-made Mouth Guardsmouth guard for sports

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), “A mouth protector can help cushion a blow to the face that otherwise might result in an injury to the mouth.
A misdirected elbow in a one-on-one basketball game or a spill off a bicycle can leave you with chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth or even tooth loss.
A mouth protector can limit the risk of such injuries as well as protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.”

Our office will be happy to make a custom-made mouth guard for your child. Please call 843-524-6363 for an appointment!

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Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Healthdental hygiene

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In addition to the meticulous cleaning, polishing, and examination of your teeth, we also take the time to help our patients develop proper oral hygiene habits at home. We will evaluate your hygiene techniques and make adjustments to your routine where needed. Our doctors and hygienists will also make suggestions for preventative measures such as dental sealants or nightguards to protect against bruxism & TMJ. If we feel that you are suffering from gingivitis or more severe gum disease, we may recommend a root scaling or planing. These measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you to keep your natural teeth.

Oral Cancer Screenings
During a dental exam, the doctor will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas. Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated. Smoking, especially combined with heavy alcohol consumption (30 drinks a week or more), is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. In fact, this combination is estimated to be the most likely trigger in about 75 percent of oral cancers diagnosed in this country. Other lifestyle and environmental factors also may increase your risk of developing oral cancer.

Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure in which the periodontist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets, because aside from the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar make it easier for bacteria to gain a foothold.

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Dental Implantsdental implants beaufort

Dental implants are becoming more popular in today’s dental society for a number of reasons. Implants are utilized to offer patients a foundation for new restorative teeth where natural teeth are missing or have been extracted. The implant offers the patient the opportunity to regain normal function of the tooth without being forced to resort to a bridge or a denture.

Benefits

  • The implant will osseointegrate (bond) with the existing bone.
  • The new implant will support your teeth firmly and safely.
  • Your new implants are aesthetically pleasing.
  • You will no longer have pain during talking or eating.
  • The dental implant will prevent progressive bone atrophy.
  • Implants have a proven scientific basis.

Procedure
The tooth structure has two main sections, the root and the crown. The root is the section of the tooth that is below the gumline. A dental implant acts as the restorative for this section of the tooth. The metal implant acts as an anchor in the jawbone. The first step of the procedure is surgical placement of the implant. Under regular dental anesthetic, the gum tissue is opened and the dentist places the implant into the jawbone. When this is achieved, the tissue is then sutured closed. There is not often significant discomfort with this procedure. This process can take from 1-3 hours depending on the number of implants being placed.

This implant will be left untreated for a period of 3-6 months. During this time, the bone will grow around the implant in a process called osseointegration. A removable crown may be utilized during this time period to allow for chewing and to preserve the cosmetic appearance..

The next step in the process is to attach an abutment to the tooth. This is achieved by exposing the top of the implant and placing the abutment. This is the part of the implant that will support the final crown.

Finally, an impression is taken of the implant and a final restoration is crafted. This restoration will be comfortable and cosmetically pleasing. Your completed implant will be fully functional, allowing you to resume normal activities.

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Dentures

What are Dentures?
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Your dentist will help you choose the type of denture that’s best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.

How do Dentures Work?
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.

Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. Your dentist will determine which of the three types of dentures described below is best for you.

Conventional Full Denture
A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.

Immediate Full Denture
An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. (Your dentist takes measurements and makes models of your jaw during a prior visit.) While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.

Partial Denture
A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.

How Long Before I Get Used to My Dentures?
New dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even months. Eating and speaking with dentures might take a little practice. A bulky or loose feeling is not uncommon, while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to hold your dentures in place. Excessive saliva flow, a feeling that the tongue does not have adequate room, and minor irritation or soreness are also not unusual. If you experience irritation, see your dentist.

How Long do Dentures Last?
Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear. Rebasing means making a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. At a minimum, you should see your dentist annually for a checkup.

Here are tips for caring for your dentures:

  • When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped.
  • Don’t let your dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause them to warp.
  • Brushing your dentures daily will remove food deposits and plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained. An ultrasonic cleaner may be used to care for your dentures, but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
  • Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
  • See your dentist if your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Don’t be tempted to adjust them yourself this can damage them beyond repair.

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Extractions

Before removing a wisdom tooth, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A general anesthetic may be used, especially if several or all of your wisdom teeth will be removed at the same time. A general anesthetic prevents pain in the whole body and will make you groggy or cause you to sleep through the procedure. Your dentist will probably recommend that you don’t eat or drink after midnight on the night before surgery, so you are prepared for the anesthetic.

To remove the wisdom tooth, your dentist will open up the gum tissue over the tooth and take out any bone that is covering the tooth. He or she will separate the tissue connecting the tooth to the bone and then remove the tooth. Sometimes the dentist will cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove. After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Some stitches dissolve over time and some have to be removed after a few days. Your dentist will tell you whether your stitches need to be removed. A folded cotton gauze pad placed over the wound will help stop the bleeding.

What To Expect After Surgery
In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon.

The following tips will help speed your recovery.

  • Bite gently on the gauze pad periodically, and change pads as they become soaked with blood. Call your dentist or oral surgeon if you still have bleeding 24 hours after your surgery.
  • While your mouth is numb, be careful not to bite the inside of your cheek or lip, or your tongue.
  • Do not lie flat. This may prolong bleeding. Prop up your head with pillows.
  • Try using an ice pack on the outside of your cheek for the first 24 hours. You can use moist heat-such as a washcloth soaked in warm water and wrung out-for the following 2 or 3 days.
  • Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increase bleeding. Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.
  • Do not use a straw for the first few days. Sucking on a straw can loosen the blood clot and delay healing.
  • After the first day, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
  • Do not smoke for at least 24 hours after your surgery. The sucking motion can loosen the clot and delay healing. In addition, smoking decreases the blood supply and can bring germs and contaminants to the surgery area.
  • Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue or touching it with your fingers.
  • Continue to brush your teeth and tongue carefully.
  • Your dentist will remove the stitches after a few days, if needed.

Why Is It Done?
A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. When wisdom teeth come in, a number of problems can occur:

  • Your jaw may not be large enough to accommodate them, and they may become impacted and unable to break through your gums.
  • Your wisdom teeth may break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them.
  • Food and germs can become trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful. These are signs of infection. More serious problems can develop from impacted teeth, such as infection, damage to other teeth and bone, or the development of a cyst.
  • One or more of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side.

How Well It Works
Wisdom tooth removal usually is effective in preventing:

  • Crowding of the back teeth.
  • A wisdom tooth becoming stuck in the jaw (impacted) and never breaking through the gums.
  • Red, swollen, and painful gums caused by a flap of skin around a wisdom tooth that has only partially come in.
  • Gum disease and tooth decay in the wisdom tooth, which may be harder to clean than other teeth, or in the teeth and jaw in the area of the wisdom tooth.

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Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease is a chronic infection, which may cause tooth loss as well as overall health problems. It has been shown to increase the risk of stroke; heart attack; and low-weight, pre-term babies among other health concerns. Treatment of gum disease is critical to obtain overall health and may incorporate one or more of the following procedures:

Oral Hygiene Instruction
An antibacterial mouth rinse and proper cleaning techniques are very important to remove the bacteria that cause gum disease. These bacteria are prevalent in every mouth and form a sticky film around the teeth every 24 hours.

Maintenance cleanings with the hygienist may be necessary as frequently as every 1-2 months or as infrequently as every 6-12 months. Usually, three-month intervals are suggested after gum treatment. If deep pockets remain and cannot be kept clean, bone surgery may be necessary, or bone destruction may continue as well as infection may spread to other parts of the body.

If the patient smokes, we encourage quitting. Smoking does not allow tissues to heal properly.

Bite Adjustments and Bite Appliances
In addition to bacteria, the uneven pressures of your bite can make your teeth feel sore or sensitive, accelerate the destruction of your jawbone, and loosen your teeth. Also teeth that hit or chew with too much pressure can create grinding and clenching habits, which may damage your jaw joint and your jaw muscles. Bite treatment attempts to correct the uneven pressures of your bite.

Bite treatment may consist of a bite adjustment. A bite adjustment is accomplished by reshaping and minor polishing of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This will correct the chewing pressures and make them even. This procedure may require several appointments. It does not harm the teeth in any way, nor is it uncomfortable. As the teeth shift in the future, additional adjustments may be necessary.

Bite treatment may also include bite guards. Bite guards are made from molds of the patient’s teeth and are fabricated to fit the chewing surfaces of the teeth. They stabilize the teeth, comfortably relax the jaw joint, and equalize the biting pressures. These appliances are sometimes used instead of a bite adjustment or in conjunction with a bite adjustment.

If unhealthy biting pressures are not corrected, teeth may become loose and eventually be lost. The jaw joint may develop severe deterioration resulting in joint pain and sounds, and loss of jaw function. The muscles of the jaw also may become very sore, and headaches may become common.

Deep Cleaning
Deep cleaning is a conservative, non-surgical way to remove disease from under the gum tissue. The disease could be thought of as a splinter under the gum that has not been removed. Specifically, a deep cleaning is the removal of tartar deposits from the roots of the teeth under the infected gum tissue and the smoothing of these root surfaces so that the gum tissue will become healthy and tight around the roots of the teeth again. These procedures are done after the gum tissue is first numbed.

After a deep cleaning, the gum tissue will begin to look firmer and pinker. Swelling in the gum as a result of the infection will diminish. Some shrinkage of gum tissue around the root may occur.

If a deep cleaning is indicated but is not done, further destruction of the jawbone around the teeth will continue. Eventually, the affected teeth will become loose and may fall out or must be removed. Also, the infection may spread to other areas of the body via the blood stream.

Following a deep cleaning, deeper bone defects may require bone surgery to be treated properly.

Bone Surgery
Bone surgery is a procedure where the gum is lifted away from the tooth to gain access to deeper bone defects and tartar. The gum is then sutured back into place or into a new position.

Bone surgery is done when it is impossible for a patient to keep pockets clean (usually over 5 mm. deep). These pockets become sites of further infection and bone destruction. The goals of surgery are to remove deep tartar, to reduce the pocket, and to arrange soft tissue into a shape that will be easier to keep clean and healthy.

If bone surgery is necessary but is not done, further bone destruction will occur. Infection will continue to progress through the bone as well as the rest of the body via the blood stream. Eventually the affected teeth will become loose and may fall out or must be removed.

 

Bone Grafting
At times, severe damage of the bone around the teeth may require help to heal. During a bone surgical procedure, a bone graft could be placed as scaffolding around a damaged tooth to help a patient’s own bone to regenerate new bone.

 

Soft Tissue Grafting
A soft tissue graft is a tough barrier of tissue surgically placed over the exposed root of a tooth and the bone holding the tooth. The donor tissue usually is taken from an area on the inside of the upper teeth. Sutures are placed to secure the graft and the graft site. The patient will wear a comfortable healing appliance covering the roof of the mouth during the first week after surgery. This acts like a Band-Aid and makes it easy to speak and eat without any discomfort. Sometimes graft tissue from a tissue bank is used instead of a patient’s own tissue. This will avoid taking tissue from the roof of the mouth.

A soft tissue graft will help cover the exposed root and reduce root sensitivity. It also will help prevent further recession, bone destruction, and the possible loss of the tooth.

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HPV and Oral Cancer Screening

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At our office, we use clinical laboratory services from OralDNA Labs to ensure we are giving our patients the best oral health information possible. OralDNA Labs is a specialty diagnostics company designed to provide reliable, definitive and cost effective clinical tests that guide oral health professionals in detecting and prognosing disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.

Currently, Beaufort Family Dentistry offers three non-invasive salivary diagnostic tests, all of which are quickly and easily administered at chairside:

Salivary DNA test that determines the cause of periodontal infections, increased risk for severe periodontal infections (genetic), and salivary test that determines increased risk for HPV-related oral cancers.


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Inlays/Onlaysinlays/onlays

Inlays and onlays are sometimes referred to as partial crowns. These partial crowns are utilized when there is still a healthy enamel portion of the tooth. An inlay or onlay is a like a puzzle piece that will be fitted into the remaining portion of the tooth to help increase its strength. This piece is usually crafted out of porcelain or gold, but can also be made of a composite material. We will make the determination as to which restoration will work best in your specific situation.

An inlay is used when there is not damage to any of the cusps of your tooth and is essentially place within these cusps. An onlay is used when there is slightly more extensive damage to the tooth structure. This type of restoration is placed over at least one of the cusps on the tooth.

Procedure
When we have decided to go ahead with an inlay or onlay, we will set aside 2-3 appointments for the entire process. Although the majority of inlays and onlays are completed in two visits, there is sometimes a need for a third visit to ensure a proper fit.

The procedure begins with the removal of all decay in the tooth. Once we have removed the decay, we will take an impression of the tooth. This impression will be sent to our lab where your new restoration will be crafted. While this new tooth is created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. Our temporary restorations will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or incompatible tooth.

During your second visit to the office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. The inlay/onlay will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. We will make every effort to ensure that the new restoration feels exactly like one of your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to cement the inlay/onlay into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.

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Invisalign

Invisalign is a new system of straightening teeth without the use of conventional braces. A series of clear plastic aligners are utilized to create tooth movement. Moving teeth with removable aligners is not new. However, the computer program, which can generate a series of aligners with small changes is the new part. Invisalign is recommended for orthodontic situations with mild to moderate spacing or crowding. They are virtually undetectable, easy to use and comfortable to wear.


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Root Canal (Endodontics)

Root Canal, or endodontics, is the process of removing the nerves from the roots of a tooth. A root canal is often necessary to save an infected tooth. If an infected tooth is left alone for a long period of time, an abscess can form. An abscess will show up on an x-ray as a dark spot below the apex of the root. This is actually bone loss in the jaw. It is very important to catch this problem before it deteriorates too far.

Process
The first step of the procedure is to anesthetize the effected area. The next step is to open an access point through the top, or biting surface of the tooth. The doctor will then determine a working length of each canal. Each canal is then cleaned and shaped in preparation for the filling material. Once each canal is prepared, it is filled with an inert material called gutta percha. The canals are then sealed. The tooth is now ready for a restoration, which is usually a crown. This entire procedure is often completed in two visits.

Why do I need a root canal?
There are a number of reasons why one of your teeth may need a root canal. These include but are not limited to, a very deep cavity that extends into the nerve, a trauma to the tooth that exposes the nerve, or a crack in the tooth that extends into the nerve of the tooth.

Signs/Symptoms

  • Moderate to severe lingering toothache pain when drinking hot or cold liquids or foods.
  • Moderate to severe pain when biting on a tooth
  • Sensitivity to tapping or pressure on the tooth
  • Toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night
  • A pimple on your gum that may release pus or blood
  • Radiating pain from one area of the mouth to another

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Anxiety-Free Dentistry
Don’t let your fear of dental procedures keep you from seeking treatment! Beaufort Family Dentistry now offers anxiety-free dentistry to help alleviate our patients’ anxieties about dental procedures. Here’s what it can mean for you:

  • You’ll feel practically no discomfort
  • You’ll have little (or no) memory of the procedure the next day
  • Fewer anesthetics will be necessary

How it works:

  • Just prior to your dental procedure, you’ll is given medication – in pill form, allowing the patient to be in a relaxed state while gently diminishing anxiety.
  • Anxiety-free dentistry can be used in conjunction with: Implants, cosmetic and general dentistry, traditional gum surgery, and LANAP® – the latest in laser therapy for the treatment of gum disease. If you’re one of the millions who for years have avoided the dentist, you’ll be able to get the treatment you need!

 

Here’s a video describing the Sedation Dentistry process:


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Soft Tissue Graft (Subepithelial connective tissue grafts)

When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.

When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices is necessary. However, when recession reaches the mucosa, the first line of defense against bacterial penetration is lost.

In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance to the gum and tooth. Also, gum recession, when significant, can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.

A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth, or gently moved over from adjacent areas, to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.

The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.

When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, it is difficult for us to thoroughly remove plaque and tarter. Patients can seldom, if ever, keep these deep pockets clean and free of plaque. Consequently, surgery may be needed to restore periodontal health. In some cases, the occlusion (bite) may require adjustment.

Patients can expect to be comfortable during the procedure. With the exception of slight cold sensitivity and tenderness, discomfort is rare following root planing. Patients can expect to return to work immediately after the appointment.

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Veneersveneers beaufort

Porcelain veneers are extremely thin casings of ceramic that are bonded to the front of the patients’ tooth to create a new smile. Porcelain veneers are placed over the front of teeth that appear too small or large, slightly discolored, or simply are not cosmetically pleasing to the patient. For many patients, teeth may have chipped, become discolored, or are slightly crooked. For the majority of these patients, porcelain veneers can prove to be the perfect solution.

When placing porcelain veneers, we pay close attention to the patients surrounding teeth and design each veneer to complement the overall smile. The result is a beautiful, attractive new smile.

If cared for properly, your veneers will last you a long time. We ensure that your new veneers are constructed of the most durable porcelain materials available.

Procedure
The procedure begins with the preparation of the tooth. This entails removing the discolored or unsightly portion of the tooth and meticulously shaping the tooth in preparation for the new veneer. Once we have shaped the tooth, we will take an impression. This impression will be sent to our lab where your new restoration will be crafted. While the new veneers are created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. Our temporary restorations will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or incompatible tooth.

During your second visit to the office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. The veneers will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. We will make every effort to ensure that the new tooth feels exactly like one of your natural teeth. The final step in the process will be to bond the new veneers into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.

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Whitening/Bleachingbeaufort teeth whitening

Over time our teeth tend to become discolored or stained. Whether this is from smoking, coffee, or any other foods, a beautiful smile could be closer than you think. We offer a safe, inexpensive solution to an unsightly smile. Whitening your teeth is a very simple procedure that can be completed in relatively short period of time.

Procedure
The first step in the whitening process is impressions. We will take full impressions of your upper and lower teeth. These impressions will be made into custom bleaching trays. The trays will fit onto your teeth perfectly so there is a small possibility of gum damage from the bleaching solution. The second step is to place the bleaching solution in the trays and wear them for a few hours a day. Within 7-10 days, you will see a significant improvement in the color of your teeth. Your smile will look brighter and younger. We will take before and after photos so that you will be able to compare the amazing transformation.

Bleaching only works on natural teeth and may not be effective in all cases. We will inform you as to the potential whitening for your specific situation.

 


Mercury Free, BPA Free Fillings

Millions of people have mercury fillings and we now know it’s not safe and a neuro-toxin. Dr. Porcelli can remove your amalgam, or silver fillings, with safe amalgam removal. We remove the amalgam safely so you have the most minimal exposure possible and replace with BPA-free white composite fillings.

Safe Mercury Amalgam/Silver Filling Removal Protocols
Dr. Porcelli is aware that mercury vapor, dental infections, and TMJ (bite) problems can have a negative impact on oral and overall health. Because of these concerns, we focus on patient education and strive to remove mercury amalgam (silver) fillings in a safe way. We utilize removal protocols for safely removing amalgam fillings based on the recommendations of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).

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