As a modern dental office in Greenwood, things have changed in the past several decades. As technology has grown in leaps and bounds, these advancements have translated into changes in how we treat teeth and make cosmetic improvements. As a patient, you can benefit from these advancements and the opportunity to keep your natural teeth intact and healthy, rather than potentially needing to have them extracted, as in years past.
Here are a few of the changes that have been made:
You can now choose between amalgam and resin fillings.
When you visit our modern dental office, you now have options in regards to the type of fillings that you receive. While amalgam fillings used to be the only option after removing tooth decay, we can now place tooth-colored fillings that blend in with your surrounding tooth structure as well. This is essential for completing a restoration that looks natural. In fact, most of our patients cannot tell which of their teeth had cavities and which ones have always been healthy. However, amalgam fillings are long-lasting and if you would prefer an option that has been proven to stand the test of time, this is available to you as well.
Dental care is more comfortable.
As a modern dental office in Greenwood, we use advanced dental tools and implement best practices to improve our patients’ experience. This makes it possible for us to provide you with gentle dentistry that is entirely comfortable and will not cause you any further irritation. If you have been worried about visiting the dentist due to a previous dental phobia, don’t be. We can help you to overcome your dental anxiety by showing you how comfortable receiving dental care can be.
We work with an oral surgeon to permanently replace your missing teeth.
One of the most significant advancements in dentistry has been in how we replace missing teeth. We can do so using dental implants. Previously, when a tooth was lost, most people would get a removable denture or a fixed bridge to wear. Both are effective and still widely used. However, they do not address the entire problem. When a tooth is lost, both the physical tooth and the roots are gone. This creates an issue with how you look and the food you can eat, but it also can lead to resorption. This is where the body begins to leach calcium out of the jawbone for use in the rest of the body. As a result, your facial structure can appear sunken or aged. We can stop the process of resorption using dental implants. For this procedure, a local oral surgeon will implant a titanium post under the gums and secure it to the jawbone. This post acts like a new root and provides stimulation to the bone. The bone in turn provides stability for the new crown (tooth) that we will secure to the implant. This portion of the procedure is done in our dental office where the actual implant surgery is completed by an oral surgeon. As a modern dental office in Greenwood, we highly recommend this solution for patients who want to regain the full functionality of a tooth they have lost.
For more information on the procedures and new equipment we use, call and schedule an examination.