Ever wondered how you are going to schedule after school sports, grabbing the kids from the park, running to the grocery store, and still managing to have time for yourself? Well now, you don’t have to think about driving back and forth to get every person in your family the care they deserve. Carolina Complete Dental provides compassionate care and skilled treatment for your entire family.
At Carolina Complete Dental, we believe prevention is the best medicine. We would much rather see each member of your family twice yearly for your regular cleanings and exams, than not see you for a while and have to fill a bunch of cavities or give you a crown or treat your gum disease. A healthy mouth is essential for a happy, healthy life!
Routine checkups & cleanings keep your mouth healthy & your smile happy.
How often should you visit Dr. Barganier, Dr. Bale, Dr. Clark, and the hygiene team at Carolina Complete Dental? According to the American Dental Association, you should see your Goose Creek dentist twice a year for a checkup and a cleaning. Come visit us every six months to make sure your mouth stays in top shape, and please remember to plan on spending 45 to 90 minutes with us for each visit. We know that life can be busy, but it’s always better with a healthy smile!
Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is every bit as important as seeing your Goose Creek dentist. Here are some tips for staying on top of your dental health at home.
You have probably heard about periodontal disease (gum disease) and the dangers it can pose to your oral health. Gum disease, caused by an infection in the gums, can occur without any pain and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It is important to visit your Goose Creek dentist every six months so that they can help keep your mouth free of gum disease.
When plaque is left to buildup on your teeth, pockets of toxic bacteria can form between your teeth and gums (just beneath the gum line). If the pockets continue to grow, the gums will separate from the teeth, resulting in loose teeth, tooth loss, bone loss, and even general health complications. A good flossing and brushing routine combined with regular checkups and cleanings at the dentist can prevent gum disease.
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. You will know gingivitis by the swelling, redness, and bleeding of gums, but don’t worry, because it is often cleared up with regular flossing and brushing at home. The second stage of gum disease is called periodontitis, and it is more severe. If gingivitis is allowed to become periodontitis, the bacterial pockets deepen to the point teeth, gums, and the supporting bone can incur permanent structural damage, and it may be necessary for your Goose Creek dentist to extract one or more teeth.
If any of the following apply to you, you may be at a higher risk for developing gum disease:
First of all, it is important to remember that not all patients who suffer from gum disease will have symptoms. However, if you any of the following apply to you, it is best to see your dentist as soon as possible:
The main reason gum disease can be so destructive is that it creates pockets between teeth and gums that fill with plaque, and compromise the entire structure of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. This leads to loose teeth that may fall out, and damage the gums and bone.
The best defense against gum disease is a great oral hygiene routine. That means flossing and brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and visiting your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings. If you take care of yourself, you can keep your smile healthy, beautiful, and gum disease-free for years to come!
Generally, treatment of periodontal disease is divided into two categories: non-surgical treatment and surgical treatment. Every case is unique, so treatment varies depending on the extent of the gum infection, but there are a number of remedies available:
It is our policy to start with non-surgical therapies that may provide relief before moving on to surgical procedures. That being said, some cases are so severe that surgery is the only option
Early-stage gum disease is often treatable with an effective cleaning method known as “scaling and root planing”. With the help of an ultrasonic cleaning implement, plaque and tartar are eliminated from problem areas that hygienist’s standard tools cannot get to. The most common areas are beneath the gum line and around the root. Once the cleaning is complete, your Goose Creek dentist will smooth out—or plane—the surface of the tooth in order to create better conditions for gum reattachment.
Equally as important as the procedure itself is maintaining good oral hygiene afterward. Flossing and brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, avoiding sugary foods, giving up tobacco, and making sure see Dr. Barganier, Dr. Bale or Dr. Clark twice a year for cleanings and checkups may be all that is necessary to stay gum disease-free for the rest of your life. However, neglecting your oral health with almost certainly lead to more gum disease, and surgery may be necessary for severe cases.
If a scaling and root planning treatment doesn’t do the trick, don’t give up hope! There are plenty of surgical treatments designed for severe cases of periodontal disease. There is almost always a chance to restore your oral health and get back your shining smile. Here are a few types of periodontal surgery:
Pocket Depth Reduction
Pocket depth reduction, or “flap surgery” works by removing the bacteria and damaged tissue within these pockets (from the tooth, the root, and the gums), then sewing them back up, so that the healthy gums can reattach to the teeth.
For severe damage to the support structure of your teeth, regeneration begins just like flap surgery by folding back the flap and removing the problematic tissues. But goes one step further with a bone graft or a tissue-stimulating protein infusion. Both encourage the growth of tissues that repair your jawbone and gums.
Soft-tissue grafts involve borrowing tissue from the roof of your mouth (or elsewhere) and sewing it over the exposed roots to encourage healthy gum growth, and protect teeth from bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Successful grafts return teeth to normal sensitivity and eliminate the embarrassing cosmetic side effects of receding gums.
Is treatment for periodontal disease covered by insurance?
In most cases, dental insurance will at least contribute to the treatment costs associated with periodontal disease. Our first priority is getting you the dental care that you need in the most convenient way possible and we will work directly with your insurance company to get the most out of your coverage.
In the past days of dentistry, the only way to fill a cavity and stop the decay of your teeth was to use metal fillings. These metal fillings, however, combined a mixture of metal alloys, silver and mercury, which tended to expand and contract with changes in temperature leading to damage and breakage. Not only are the functional aspects bothersome, but they are also a glaring reminder of the dental work you previously had every time you open up your mouth.
At Carolina Complete Dental, we use all metal-free fillings. These restorations are much better and safer than the old metal filling. They don’t expand and contract with temperature changes in your mouth, so they do not allow bacteria to enter and cause tooth decay, as old amalgam fillings did.
Besides being superior in function, they are virtually undetectable—once in place they blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. Carolina Complete dentists Dr. Barganier and Dr. Bale use composite fillings that look just like the enamel of your teeth and are safer, stronger and longer lasting than filling materials used in the past.
Contact Carolina Complete Dental today to learn more and see if non-metal fillings may be able to help your smile—invisibly. Call – Existing Patients: (843) 553-5235 or New Patients: (843) 779-9445 – to schedule!
Carolina Complete dentists, Dr. Barganier, Dr. Bale and Dr. Clark create custom mouth guards for Goose Creek patients who need them for a variety of reasons. Whether you need a custom mouth guard to keep your teeth safe while playing sports, to prevent teeth grinding and clenching, or to help with your mouth’s alignment while sleeping so you don’t snore, the dentist at Carolina Complete Dental are here to help.
If you or your little one is involved in any sort of contact sports, there is always a high risk of oral injury. A custom mouth guard from Carolina Complete Dental can significantly increase your risk. Custom mouth guards offer a higher level of comfort (so they will actually be worn), a better fit and the highest level of protection against tooth loss and concussions.
If you suffer from teeth grinding and clenching, or bruxism, your teeth are at risk for becoming worn down over time. You may also suffer from TMJ or TMD, which causes a lot of stress on the jaw joint and can cause chronic head and neck pain. A custom mouth guard from your Goose Creek dentist can protect your teeth and your jaw joint if you carry your stress in your mouth, like a lot of us do.
If you suffer from loud, frequent snoring, or have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may want to consider oral appliance therapy. We use a mouth guard device to gently shift the lower jaw forward, which prevents the airway from collapsing and allows the user to breathe comfortably throughout the night. Visit our Sleep Apnea page to learn more.