Dental Services

DENTAL SERVICES




DENTAL SERVICES


General Dentistry

General dentistry, also referred to as family dentistry, is comprised of the services rendered by primary dental care providers. A general dentist treats patients of all ages with services geared toward the general maintenance of oral hygiene and tooth health.

  • Garners Ferry Dentistry’s dentists are highly trained in a wide range of dental procedures. Because our general dentists provide the same restorative services on a regular basis, they are highly skilled at what they do; providing you with an extra layer of confidence. Our services include:

    • Complete Exams, X-rays, & Cleanings
    • Fillings, Root Canals, and Extractions
    • Teeth Whitening
    • Crowns & Veneers
    • Full & Partial Dentures
Check-up & Cleanings

In addition to daily brushing and flossing, you can help protect your oral health by seeing your dentist regularly for check-ups. A dental check-up is recommended every six (6) months, but our dentist in Columbia, SC may recommend more frequent visits, depending on your dental health history.

  • In most cases, a dental hygienist and dentist will perform your dental check-up. A dental check-up typically involves:

    • Cleaning and polishing your teeth
    • Education on dental hygiene issues
    • Taking X-rays and intraoral pictures to look for dental problems
    • Evaluating your risks of getting periodontal disease which, if left untreated, can lead to sore gums, bad breath and potentially the loss of your teeth
    • Scheduling your next 6-month appointment
Pediatric Dentistry

Children have their own unique sets of needs that reach far beyond the actual treatment they receive in the chair.

  • Children normally visit a pediatrician for their medical care. Here, they learn how to create healthy habits for a strong body. By the same token, a child who visits a dentist learns how to create healthy habits for strong teeth that may prevent future oral issues. Some of the things your child may get from a visit to our practice:

    • Oral Health Exam
    • Proper Brushing & Flossing Techniques
    • Care for Dental Injuries
    • Fun Way to Receive Dental Care
    • Preventive Treatments (such as sealants or fluoride)
Dental Extractions

Our dentists are motivated to save their patient’s teeth. When a patient has tooth damage, the first thing a dentist may recommend is restoring the structure and health to the tooth or teeth through treatments such as fillings or crowns.

  • Unfortunately, these types of restorative procedures are not always possible. Sometimes, a tooth is damaged or decayed beyond repair and the only treatment option is to remove the unhealthy tooth. Some of these procedures are:

    • Simple Extractions
    • Surgical Extractions
    • Wisdom Tooth Removal
Crowns & Veneers

Many people with dull, chipped or crooked teeth may hide their smile which may affect the warmth and personality they present to those whom they encounter. Thankfully, our cosmetic dentist can assist you with obtaining the bright, white, straight smile you deserve!

  • One way to change the overall appearance of your smile is through crowns and veneers which may:
    • Protect Weak Teeth
    • Restore Broken Teeth
    • Cover Severely Discolored Teeth
    • Improve cosmetic appearance

    We have a number of various cosmetic and financial options.

Dental Fillings

For decades, there was only one option for tooth fillings which was amalgam (also known as “silver fillings”).  Today, there are many options for fillings including those that naturally match the color of your teeth.  It is important to know your options for fillings. 

  • Tooth decay can advance rapidly so you want to have cavities filled quickly. Some advantages of fillings:
    • Limits damage caused by trauma and dental cavities
    • Reestablishes adequate function of the tooth
    • Helps prevent damage to the nerve of the tooth
    • Helps prevent tooth loss
    • Makes it easier to clean your teeth
    • Lowers the bacterial count in your mouth
    • Helps you achieve and maintain fresh breath
Full & Partial Dentures

Individuals who have lost several or most of their teeth may be good candidates for dentures. These dental devices are used to replace missing teeth.

  • As needs for dentures are varied, there are two types normally offered – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are being replaced and can be for the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth are still present.

    • For patients with multiple missing teeth
    • Improved appearance and self-confidence
    • Better chewing
    • Improved speech
    • Protection for other teeth
    • Available in natural-looking materials
Root Canals

Root canal is the term which describes the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. Located in the root canal is the tooth’s nerve. Our dental team is prepared to deal with issues related to the root canal.

  • The nerve is not vitally important to the health of the tooth; it is only present to provide the sensation of hot or cold. Therefore, when root canal therapy is necessary, there is very little downside to the procedure. Most patients do experience some sort of symptom that will alert them to the problem. Such symptoms may include:

    • Severe pain in a tooth when chewing
    • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
    • Swollen or tender gums
    • Recurring or persistent pimple on the gums
    • Darkening of the tooth
Teeth Whitening

Having a bright white smile is another important aspect to proper cleaning. Many people use whitening toothpaste; but this is a limited approach to teeth whitening

  • For many patients, time has aged teeth and produced a dullness that negatively impacts the smile. In this case, which applies to most individuals seeking a whiter smile, the best teeth whitening methods are those which are more powerful.  We offer various available teeth whitening methods.

Braces & Invisalign

Today, there are many options for orthodontics available including Invisalign, making it easier than ever for any child, teen or adult to begin straightening out their smile.

  • For the younger crowd, there may not be a huge push for clear braces, as there is with adults. Teens often opt for traditional braces, as there are many braces colors that are fun and show off one’s personality. 

    For the adult who wants to straighten their teeth, we typically receive requests for Invisalign. We have one of the few general dentists in Columbia SC who offers this procedure. The aligners are almost undetectable when worn and can result in easier cleaning of your teeth. Overall, your confidence in your smile should improve.

General Dentistry

General dentistry, also referred to as family dentistry, is comprised of the services rendered by primary dental care providers. A general dentist treats patients of all ages with services geared toward the general maintenance of oral hygiene and tooth health.

  • Garners Ferry Dentistry’s dentists are highly trained in a wide range of dental procedures. Because our general dentists provide the same restorative services on a regular basis, they are highly skilled at what they do; providing you with an extra layer of confidence. Our services include:

    • Complete Exams, X-rays, & Cleanings
    • Fillings, Root Canals, and Extractions
    • Teeth Whitening
    • Crowns & Veneers
    • Full & Partial Dentures
Check-up & Cleanings

In addition to daily brushing and flossing, you can help protect your oral health by seeing your dentist regularly for check-ups. A dental check-up is recommended every six (6) months, but our dentist in Columbia, SC may recommend more frequent visits, depending on your dental health history.

  • In most cases, a dental hygienist and dentist will perform your dental check-up. A dental check-up typically involves:

    • Cleaning and polishing your teeth
    • Education on dental hygiene issues
    • Taking X-rays and intraoral pictures to look for dental problems
    • Evaluating your risks of getting periodontal disease which, if left untreated, can lead to sore gums, bad breath and potentially the loss of your teeth
    • Scheduling your next 6-month appointment
Pediatric Dentistry

Children have their own unique sets of needs that reach far beyond the actual treatment they receive in the chair.

  • Children normally visit a pediatrician for their medical care. Here, they learn how to create healthy habits for a strong body. By the same token, a child who visits a dentist learns how to create healthy habits for strong teeth that may prevent future oral issues. Some of the things your child may get from a visit to our practice:

    • Oral Health Exam
    • Proper Brushing & Flossing Techniques
    • Care for Dental Injuries
    • Fun Way to Receive Dental Care
    • Preventive Treatments (such as sealants or fluoride)
Dental Extractions

Our dentists are motivated to save their patient’s teeth. When a patient has tooth damage, the first thing a dentist may recommend is restoring the structure and health to the tooth or teeth through treatments such as fillings or crowns.

  • Unfortunately, these types of restorative procedures are not always possible. Sometimes, a tooth is damaged or decayed beyond repair and the only treatment option is to remove the unhealthy tooth. Some of these procedures are:

    • Simple Extractions
    • Surgical Extractions
    • Wisdom Tooth Removal
Crowns & Veneers

Many people with dull, chipped or crooked teeth may hide their smile which may affect the warmth and personality they present to those whom they encounter. Thankfully, our cosmetic dentist can assist you with obtaining the bright, white, straight smile you deserve!

  • One way to change the overall appearance of your smile is through crowns and veneers which may:
    • Protect Weak Teeth
    • Restore Broken Teeth
    • Cover Severely Discolored Teeth
    • Improve cosmetic appearance

    We have a number of various cosmetic and financial options.

Dental Fillings

For decades, there was only one option for tooth fillings which was amalgam (also known as “silver fillings”).  Today, there are many options for fillings including those that naturally match the color of your teeth.  It is important to know your options for fillings. 

  • Tooth decay can advance rapidly so you want to have cavities filled quickly. Some advantages of fillings:
    • Limits damage caused by trauma and dental cavities
    • Reestablishes adequate function of the tooth
    • Helps prevent damage to the nerve of the tooth
    • Helps prevent tooth loss
    • Makes it easier to clean your teeth
    • Lowers the bacterial count in your mouth
    • Helps you achieve and maintain fresh breath
Full & Partial Dentures

Individuals who have lost several or most of their teeth may be good candidates for dentures. These dental devices are used to replace missing teeth.

  • As needs for dentures are varied, there are two types normally offered – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are being replaced and can be for the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth are still present.

    • For patients with multiple missing teeth
    • Improved appearance and self-confidence
    • Better chewing
    • Improved speech
    • Protection for other teeth
    • Available in natural-looking materials
Root Canals

Root canal is the term which describes the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. Located in the root canal is the tooth’s nerve. Our dental team is prepared to deal with issues related to the root canal.

  • The nerve is not vitally important to the health of the tooth; it is only present to provide the sensation of hot or cold. Therefore, when root canal therapy is necessary, there is very little downside to the procedure. Most patients do experience some sort of symptom that will alert them to the problem. Such symptoms may include:

    • Severe pain in a tooth when chewing
    • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
    • Swollen or tender gums
    • Recurring or persistent pimple on the gums
    • Darkening of the tooth
Teeth Whitening

Having a bright white smile is another important aspect to proper cleaning. Many people use whitening toothpaste; but this is a limited approach to teeth whitening

  • For many patients, time has aged teeth and produced a dullness that negatively impacts the smile. In this case, which applies to most individuals seeking a whiter smile, the best teeth whitening methods are those which are more powerful.  We offer various available teeth whitening methods.

Braces & Invisalign
Today, there are many options for orthodontics available including Invisalign, making it easier than ever for any child, teen or adult to begin straightening out their smile.
  • For the younger crowd, there may not be a huge push for clear braces, as there is with adults. Teens often opt for traditional braces, as there are many braces colors that are fun and show off one’s personality. 

    For the adult who wants to straighten their teeth, we typically receive requests for Invisalign. We have one of the few general dentists in Columbia SC who offers this procedure. The aligners are almost undetectable when worn and can result in easier cleaning of your teeth. Overall, your confidence in your smile should improve.