Cosmetic & Restorative Dental Services in
Westminster, South Carolina
COSMETIC & RESTORATIVE
At SC Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry we offer a full range of services for patients of all ages. Whether your child is 2 years old and needs their first happy visit or you are 99 years old and would like to take care of your teeth, our caring team is here to help you improve and maintain your dental health and beautiful smile. We are a family dental practice offering routine dental cleanings, general restorative procedures, cosmetic dental procedures and surgical procedures, such as extractions and implant dentistry. Please call our office at 864-647-9000 to make your appointment with Dr. James Hicks and Bethany James, our amazing dental hygienist, to learn more about our general, family, cosmetic and surgical dental practice in Westminster, South Carolina.
Dental Crowns & Bridges
When a tooth is damaged, decayed or cracked, a crown may be recommended to restore the tooth and prevent further damage. A crown is a permanent "cap" that covers the entire tooth structure above the gum. Our crowns are made of porcelain and zirconium and look and feel very much like a natural tooth. Crowns can also be used cosmetically to brighten a smile, reshape the teeth and realign your teeth, creating a beautiful and vibrant smile.
Figure 1: Dental Crown Figure 2: Dental crowns used to restore decayed and cracked teeth
A dental bridge consists of three or more crown units fused together to replace a space where one or more teeth are missing. A bridge is made up of a a filler tooth (the pontic) that is attached to adjacent crowns (abutments). The bridge is bonded into the mouth to fill the space and restore your smile, your bite and overall oral health. Leaving spaces in the mouth where your natural teeth were can cause your teeth to shift, leading to biting issues and jaw problems. Bridges can maintain the integrity of your tooth alignment and help you maintain your overall oral health.
Figure 3: Dental Bridge Figure 4: Dental bridge to restore front teeth
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain, very similar to a fingernail, that are bonded to the front of your teeth to enhance your smile. Veneers are often used to correct spaces between your teeth, whiten teeth that are heavily stained or discolored, improve the shape and size of your teeth, correct slight misalignment, and restore chipped, worn or broken teeth. With porcelain veneers, you can achieve a natural-looking, beautiful smile!
Porcelain veneers are one of the best solutions for smile revitalization because you can improve so many features in your smile, while still maintaining a natural look. Porcelain is stain resistant, so your smile will remain bright and white for many years. We welcome you to call SC Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry at (864) 647-9000 to schedule your free consultation with Dr. James Hicks and find out if porcelain dental veneers are the right solution for your smile goals!
Figure 5: Porcelain Veneers Figure 6: Porcelain Veneers used to correct tooth shape, spacing, and
Tooth Colored Fillings
At SC Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we routinely do dental x-rays and check your teeth for cavities are detected early, they may be small enough to be removed and the tooth can be repaired with a dental filling. Our fillings are done in silver (amalgam) or tooth colored (composite). While amalgam fillings are an option, often times, Dr. James Hicks recommends composite fillings because they are more attractive and do not contain mercury.
Tooth colored fillings are restorative and cosmetic as they are used to restore the natural tooth structure after the dental decay (cavity) is removed from the tooth. Tooth colored fillings may also be used to:
Close small gaps between teeth
Reshape and resize teeth
Cover exposed roots
Repair small chips or fractures on teeth
Tooth colored fillings are more attractive than silver fillings and they are mercury free. The composite material is strong and durable and can withstand the chewing and biting forces of the mouth. The process of getting a tooth colored filling is very simple, requiring only one visit and usually little if any pain after the procedure.
Figure 7: Example of tooth colored filling Figure 8: Before & after showing tooth colored fillings
SC Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry offers in-office and take-home GLO Professional teeth whitening systems. GLO Professional is one of the most advanced teeth whitening technologies available anywhere! A beautiful, healthy, white smile has the power to change your life and make you GLO - inside and out! We are proud to be a certified GLO Science dental practice, offering our patients the very best teeth whitening experience and results available anywhere - with faster appointments, superior results, and little to no sensitivity.
We offer a variety of GLO teeth whitening options that fit your lifestyle and whitening needs, available exclusively through our GLO dental practice. Let us help you reach your full smile potential and customize the best whitening treatment for you!
GLO IN-OFFICE WHITENING
Get dramatically whiter teeth in under 32-minutes in style and comfort - and without pain! The GLO whitening mouthpiece uses a patented combination of warming heat and light technology to speed up the whitening process for safe, clinically proven, professional whitening results with little to no sensitivity.
Figure 9: GLO Professional in-office whitening
GLO PROFESSIONAL TAKE HOME WHITENING KIT
Whiten with professional GLO technology and professional strength whitening gel in the comfort of your own home. Use on its own or to maintain your white smile between in-office treatments. Available exclusively through SC Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, a GLO dental practice.
Figure 10: GLO Professional take home whitening kit