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Family Dentistry

Dental Care for the Whole Family

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.

Get the Quality Care You Deserve

Schedule an appointment for the whole family today!

Dr. Barganier, Dr. Bale and Dr. Zuffi, along with the whole Carolina Complete Dental team enjoy treating your whole family! From small children to older family members we love to work with patients of all ages. From baby’s first appointment to routine cleanings, along with cavity prevention and fillings, Carolina Complete Dental is the place to bring the whole family for all your dental needs.You should bring your baby in to see your Goose Creek dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts, usually around 1 year of age. Healthy baby teeth are essential in setting the stage for adult teeth to grow in properly later. Decay early on significantly increases their chance for decay later on. Get them started on the right foot with a good oral hygiene routine, a healthy diet and regular visits with your Goose Creek children’s dentist.

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!

Oral Hygiene

A Clean Mouth is a Happy Mouth

Routine checkups & cleanings keep your mouth healthy & your smile happy.
How often should you visit Dr. Barganier, Dr. Bale, Dr. Zuffi, 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!

What is the best way to keep my mouth healthy between visits to the dentist?

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.

  • Flossing and brushing are the core elements of your home dental hygiene. Make sure to floss and brush at least twice a day, and use fluoride toothpaste to help prevent further tooth decay.
  • Keep an eye out for sugary foods, because they contribute to the formation of oral bacteria and plaque in your mouth. We also recommend completely avoiding tobacco in all forms as it can cause stains, gum disease, and debilitating oral cancer.
  • Do you want fresher breath? Brush your tongue! The bacteria that causes bad breath is headquartered on your tongue, so brushing it can help get rid of unpleasant tastes, odor, and halt the formation of plaque.
  • Life can get very busy and priorities are constantly shifting. Don’t let your family’s visits to the dentist slip through the cracks! Schedule routine cleanings and checkups every six months with Goose Greek Dental.

Call your Goose Creek dentist today at – Existing Patients: (843) 779-9445 or New Patients: (843) 779-9445 – to schedule an appointment at Carolina Complete Dental.

Gum Disease

Receding Gums Illustration

Don’t Ignore Bleeding Gums

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.

How do I get 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:

  • Crooked teeth, degraded fillings, or bridges that don’t fit well
  • If you are taking steroids, cancer drugs, calcium channel blockers, oral contraceptives, or epilepsy medications
  • If you are pregnant
  • If you have diabetes
  • If you use any form of tobacco

How do I know if I have 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:

  • You have swollen, red, and/or tender gums
  • Your gums bleed easily
  • Your gums have begun to separate from your teeth
  • Your bite feels different
  • Your dentures seem to fit differently
  • Your permanent teeth have become loose
  • You notice pus between your gums and teeth
  • You experience chronic halitosis (bad breath) and or bad taste

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.

How do I prevent gum disease?

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!

Treatment Options for Periodontal Disease

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:

  • Gum (periodontal) trays can be worn at home
  • Deep gum cleaning (scaling and root planning)
  • Dental implants
  • Periodontal surgery and/or laser gum surgery

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

Non-Surgical Treatment

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. Zuffi 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.

Surgical Treatment

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.

Regeneration
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 Graft
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.

If you’re ready to get your gums back to health, contact your Goose Creek dentist today at – (843) 779-9445.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

No More Metal Mouth

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 – (843) 779-9445 – to schedule!

Mouth Guards

Protect Your Assets

Carolina Complete dentists, Dr. Barganier and Dr. Bale 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.

Sports Guards

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.

Teeth Grinding & TMJ

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.

Sleep Apnea

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.

Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and protect your smile, which is one of your greatest assets! Call (843) 779-9445 to schedule.

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If you have any questions about what we can offer you at our Carolina Complete Dental office feel free to give Dr. Barganier, Dr. Bale or Dr. Zuffi a call at – (843) 779-9445!

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