We evaluate your range of Upstatesmiles, the Simpsonville and Greenville area cosmetic dentistry practice of William E. Bruce II D.M.D., P.A., to serve your cosmetic and dental health requirements. The aim of this practice is to supply the very highest possible dental care to our patients, so that each patient achieves optimal dental health throughout their lifetime.
|Address||672 Fairview Rd|
|Phone Number||(864) 962-5522|
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If you need an emergency dentist, we will see you today, if possible. Give us a call at (864) 962-5522. Please only call during office hours which are Monday through Wednesday from 8am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm. Thursday 7:10 am to 2 pm. If you have a toothache, we will focus on getting you out of pain today, and then we will discuss your options for a more long-term solution to your problems. If you are a patient of record, we can see you during office hours and sometimes after office hours. If you are a new patient, we will need to register you first, so we can see you during office hours but not after hours.
Many dentists place porcelain fused to metal crowns on front teeth. While these crowns are white on the front, they have a metal foundation to help give them strength. There are a couple of problems with a crown with a metal foundation. The first is that there has to be an opaquer layer placed over the metal to mask its color. That can make the tooth look pasty or chalky. The second is that, unless the crown is made by an exceptionally skilled ceramist such as the one we have, there will be a darkening effect produced by that metal at the margin of the crown - where it meets the tooth.
Today, you have had your tooth / teeth prepared for one type of restoration. Depending on the restoration, this process normally takes two or three appointments to complete. Temporaries are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restorations are being made. The following are some commonly asked questions that may arise following today's visit. Please refrain from chewing with your new temporary restoration for 30 minutes. Local anesthetic was used for the preparation, so please be careful when biting or talking so that you do not bite your lip, cheek or tongue.
If you are missing only one or two teeth, there are two excellent options for replacing those teeth. You can have a dental bridge or a dental implant. A dental bridge, pictured below on the right, involves suspending a false tooth between two crowns. The adjacent teeth are prepared for dental crowns, an impression is taken, and the case is given to a dental laboratory technician. The laboratory technician then makes the bridge, which is a single piece, and it is then cemented onto your teeth. There are fewer chances for complications down the road.
When there is a lot of tooth structure missing, Dr. Bruce will often use an inlay or an onlay to restore your tooth. Inlays and onlays differ from ordinary fillings in that they are made in a dental laboratory. That means that the dentist and dental technician have more complete control of the shape of the filling, and the filling can be made out of cast gold or fired porcelain, which are both extremely durable materials. An onlay covers most or all of the chewing surface of your tooth. It is similar to a dental crown.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to your jaw joint-the joint between your lower and upper jaws. If you have had symptoms like pain or a "clicking" sound, you may have TMJ disorder. TMJ problems have three main causes. One can be trauma to the joint-a car accident, a blow to the jaw, or a difficult wisdom tooth extraction. Another cause can be improper alignment of your teeth. A third cause could be arthritis. TMJ disorder requires careful diagnosis, and the treatment can be quite simple or very complex.
What people call silver fillings are more accurately called amalgam fillings. They are a mixture of silver, some copper, maybe some other metals, and about 50% mercury. They have been used in dentistry since the 1840's, and while they have their strong points, we now have excellent composite materials that have several distinct advantages. Some people question the safety of amalgam fillings, because they are about 50% mercury. It used to be thought that the mercury was tightly bound to the other metals and would not be released.
The end result is very much like a natural tooth, except that all the parts are artificial. They are an excellent way to replace a single missing tooth. If you are missing one tooth, you can have either a dental implant or a dental bridge. Here are before-and-after photographs of one patient with missing lateral incisors who chose to have Dr. Newkirk replace her old dental bridges with dental implants. Dr. Bruce is among the leading restorative dentists restoring dental implants in the Chicago area, based on the number of restorations he places.