Fear of the dentist can keep many patients away from visiting a dental office which can result in poor oral health and dental problems. At Riverwalk Smile Dentistry in Rock Hill South Carolina, Dr. Seth and our staff are dedicated to our patients in understanding their fears, personal concerns and goals. Dr. Seth take time to explain many benefits of restoring your dental health to our patients. Our goal is to make these routine appointments as stress-free for you as possible. We offer sedation dentistry options that can make it possible for you to receive the dental care you need or desire while completely relaxed from start to finish.
Benefits of Good Oral Health
The state of your oral health impacts not only your smile, but your overall health and well being. Poor oral health can contribute to the development of many physical health issues including cardiovascular and systemic diseases.
If you have been suffering with a deteriorating smile due to dental anxiety, we have solutions to help you get back to enjoying a good quality of life. Dr. Seth will meet with you to determine how to address your fears and anxiety so that you can feel calm and confident during your recommended dental treatment in our Riverwalk Smile Dentistry office. Restoring a healthy smile will not only improve your overall well being, it will boost your confidence.
Sedation Options: Relax At The Dentist
At Riverwalk Smile Dentistry, we have options for sedation that will enable you to be responsive and in control of your bodily functions while in a relaxed state. You will feel no pain and have little or no memory of your procedure afterwards. Our sedation options are:
Inhalation sedation: Nitrous Oxide commonly called “laughing gas” is a tasteless, odorless gas to induce a deeply relaxed state, so you can still work with your dentist but will feel no anxiety or pain. Since it wears off almost immediately, patients can drive themselves to and from our office for treatment.
Oral sedation: Oral conscious sedation is taken by mouth, often including an at home dose to begin to relax you. This pill form of sedation will gradually take effect and takes time to completely wear off. For this reason, you will need an escort to and from your appointment.
Schedule A Visit
We want to help you get back to enjoying life with a healthy smile. If you are suffering with dental anxiety, come in for a visit at Riverwalk Smile Dentistry in Rock Hill SC. We welcome new patients and are convenient to Indian Land, Tega Cay, Charlotte and many local communities. Contact our office at (803) 639-7676 to schedule your appointment.
In life accidents happen, and knowing what you should do or not can help you SAVE or LOOSE a tooth. For ALL Emergency Dental situations like tooth ache, pain in your jaws, it’s important you schedule a visit to your Rock Hill dentist as soon as possible. We do keep some spots on our schedule open to accommodate dental emergency.
Top 2 common Dental Emergencies
Crack tooth – Immediately rinse mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold pack on the face to keep any swelling down
Tooth Ache – Rinse with warm water to clean. Use dental floss if any food is caught between your teeth. If pain persists, contact your dentist in Rock Hill SC 29730
For any Dental emergency or tooth ache or cracked tooth Call your Dental Office in Rock Hill SC – Riverwalk Smile Dentistry at (803) 639-7676 or visit us at Riverwalk Smile Dentistry to discuss. We are located in Riverwalk Carolinas right above Riverwalk YMCA.
Bridges and crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, by a dentist or prosthodontist. Crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth or cover an implant. Your dentist may recommend a crown to:
Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
Restore a fractured tooth
Attach a bridge
Cover a dental implant
Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to shift resulting in a bad bite. This can also lead to gum disease and TMJ disorders. Bridges are commonly used if you’re missing one or more teeth. They cover the space where the teeth are missing and are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space. Call us at (803) 639-7676 to learn more about Bridges and Crowns. Riverwalk Smile Dentistry is your #1 Dental office in Rock Hill SC that cares about YOU.
While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown is to practice good oral hygiene. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. See your dentist or hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.
A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for normal oral function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain fused to metal is often used because it is both a strong material and attractive in its appearance.
A bridge is mounted onto a space where teeth are missing and is attached onto a tooth or implant. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutment. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. As your dentist in rock hill we can help you decide which is best for you, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost.
Life long Beautiful smile at a reasonable cost, who doesn’t want it. Lumineers are better than traditional veneers as they are ultra-thin (approximately 0.2 mm) and highly translucent, allowing them to replicate the natural appearance of enamel. While traditional veneers are much thicker, requiring the grinding down of your original tooth structure, Lumineers are so thin that little to no tooth reduction is necessary. Additionally, the durability of Lumineers allows them to resist wear and remain resilient to last over 20 years. The Lumineers procedure is a completely pain-free way to reshape and permanently whiten your teeth. Because they are ultra-thin, in most cases you will get a perfect fit without shots or grinding down of the original tooth structure. Once the procedure is completed, there is no post placement discomfort or sensitivity, which means Lumineers will look natural and feel comfortable from the moment they are placed. On the first visit, your dentist will create a precise mold. Then you and your dentist will determine the shade of white that is right for you. After your first visit, your dentist will send the mold off to the DenMat Lab for your custom Lumineers to be created. With Lumineers you don’t have to wear temporaries. When your dentist receives your custom Lumineers they are checked for fit and shade. Then during your second visit, your Lumineers are painlessly applied without shots or drilling of sensitive tooth structure. And you’re ready to start smiling out loud. Lumineers are completely reversible because there’s no grinding down of healthy tooth structure, in most cases. Your natural teeth are still intact and strong.
For more information about Lumineers, contact your Certified Lumineer Dentist in Rock Hill at (803)-639 7676 to schedule an appointment. We are located right above Riverwalk YMCA in 29707
While most babies don’t start getting teeth until they are six months old, infant dental care is important from the very beginning. Many dentists recommend an initial visit before the child’s first birthday to make sure teeth and gums are cared for and cleaned properly.
It is a good idea to get in the habit of cleaning your baby’s gums soon after birth. Although there may be a little fussing at first, your infant will get used to having the mouth cleaned like other parts of the body. Many children grow to enjoy tooth brushing as part of their daily routine.
During your baby’s first year, there are a few conditions to be aware of, including:
Between 3 and 9 months, your infant’s baby teeth will begin to emerge (erupt) into the mouth. Teething may make your child irritable or fussy and may cause restlessness, drooling or loss of appetite. However, it has not been shown to cause any other childhood symptoms.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby bottle tooth decay — also called “early childhood dental caries” — is one of the most important issues in infant tooth care. This condition is caused by frequent exposure, over time, to sugary liquids, which can seriously damage a baby’s teeth and overall oral health.M/p>
Sucking is a normal part of development that is comforting to children well into their first years of life. In fact, sucking often brings comfort even after a child no longer needs to get nourishment from a breast or bottle. During a child’s first few years, sucking habits probably won’t damage his or her mouth. But frequent and long-term sucking can cause problems. This is especially true if the habit continues after baby teeth start to fall out.
Night Guards may be a solution for many patients who grind or clench their teeth while they sleep. Bruxism or teethgrinding affect about 10 to 15 percent of adults, according to American Dental Association (ADA). This can result in worn or cracked teeth which usually with the period of time can lead to following:
Signs of wear on your front or back teeth
Sore Jaw pain
Worn teeth can lead to additional dental procedures like crowns, bridges, veneers, root canals, tooth extractions and dental implants night guards
At Riverwalk Smile Dentistry, Dr. Seth and Dr. Sheftall diagnose Bruxism by looking at the flat teeth as surfaces are worn down or wear faces (just like potholes in a road). This can completely worn off through enamel and exposing dentin (secondary layer) which can lead to cavities, toothaches resulting in more complex and costly dental problems the longer it goes untreated.
For many patients with bruxism, Dr. Seth and Dr. Sheftall may recommend the use of a custom fit mouth guard which will prevent teeth grinding and relax the jaw muscles. To address an imbalance and repair possible damage, Dr. Seth and Dr. Sheftall may recommend a restorative dental procedure or orthodontic treatment to repair and/or realign the teeth.
A Night Guard can provide a barrier between your upper and lower teeth to help protect them from wear. It is very important to understand that a higher quality and superior custom fit Night Guard based on your bite profile can help your jaws align in proper position, so that muscles can relax and gives your relief from pain. Night Guards of this type tend to be of superior fit, as they are made in a special laboratory from an impression of your mouth carefully taken.
During your preventative care visits at RiverwalkSmileDentistry in RiverwalkCarolinas, we get an opportunity to spot problems mentioned above at early stages which can save you from pain. If you haven’t been to a Dentist office in a while, we do offer a FREE consult appointment with Dr. Seth and Dr. Sheftall. Contact us at (803) 639-7676 or visit us at Riverwalk Smile Dentistry to schedule your appointment now.
A cracked tooth means a crack extends from the chewing surface of your tooth vertically toward the root. The tooth is not yet separated into pieces, though the crack may gradually spread. Early diagnosis is important in order to save the tooth. If the crack has extended into the pulp, the tooth can be treated with a root canal procedure and a crown to protect the crack from spreading.
However, if the crack extends below the gum line, it is no longer treatable, and the tooth cannot be saved and will need to be extracted. That’s why early treatment is so important. A cracked tooth that is not treated will progressively worsen, eventually resulting in the loss of the tooth. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential in saving these teeth.