Hill Dental Care is proud to offer a wide range of services to meet all of our patient’s needs. Our staff is trained to perform a variety of dental procedures in many areas of dentistry in order to meet and exceed your expectations. Plus, being a member of the both the South Carolina Dental Association and the American Dental Association helps us to stay abreast of the latest changes and recommendations the rapidly evolving world of dentistry. If you have a problem, we are confident we have the solution! Please take a look at our popular services listed below. You can click on a service to learn more!
Regular cleanings are recommended for almost everyone, usually twice per year but more may be necessary based on your needs. Dental prophylaxis removes plaque and calcified plaque (also called tartar or calculus) from above and below the gum line, as well as stains. Your teeth will also be polished to remove any stain not removed during the above procedure.
Periodontal means ‘around the tooth’. Even the most beautiful smile won’t hold up for long if the supporting gum tissue and bone aren’t healthy. Approximately 90% of the population has a periodontal disease at some stage.
Want to know more about what to look for, visit our Resource page on the Periodontal disease.
In order to detect decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss, dental x-rays are periodically needed. X-rays also help to determine tooth location and root position as well as problems within a tooth. Digital x-rays produce 80-90% less radiation than conventional x-rays and the images are immediately visible, drastically reducing wait time. The images can be also manipulated by the dentist or hygienist to provide magnification, contrast adjustment, and even measurement.
It is now possible to use tooth-colored composite materials instead of the older silver-mercury amalgam fillings that were once used.
- These newer fillings are mercury-free and restore the tooth to its original appearance.
- Treatment is usually more conservative because less tooth structure needs to be removed.
Utilizing bonding technology, we can make use of materials that are not only strong but esthetic as well. Our all-porcelain crowns rival metal crowns with regard to durability and are much more ‘life-like’ in appearance.
Although gold and ‘porcelain/metal’ (PFM or PBM) crowns are sometimes indicated & still good choices, in most cases we can provide a metal-free alternative.
Sometimes restoring a tooth may require more strength than a filling can provide, but a less-aggressive tooth preparation than is necessary with a crown. In these cases, conservative inlays or onlays can provide a robust alternative while taking advantage of porcelain’s beauty and bonding capability.
Porcelain veneers correct a vast array of aesthetic shortcomings. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain applied to the outside of a tooth to change the color, size, shape, or alignment. They are the most esthetic solution to many cosmetic problems. Usually, very little tooth enamel is removed during preparation and only 2-3 visits are necessary. Some call veneers ‘instant orthodontics’ because the effect is so dramatic.
Many patients have concerns about darkening teeth, perhaps from coffee, smoking, medications, or even aging. Whitening is a safe, straightforward procedure that can brighten your smile in a relatively inexpensive way. You’ll notice a difference in no time—and so will everyone else!
A remarkable advancement in dental science, implants are permanent restorations anchored in the jaw & used to replace missing teeth. They can replace a single missing tooth or restore an entire segment of missing teeth. Implants function as the ‘root’ of the tooth and in doing so, they serve to maintain the bone in the area that would normally recede over time.
- Once the implant is placed, it is allowed to integrate with the bone for a period of time.
- At this point, a crown can be placed and the implant & crown look and function just like the tooth or teeth they replaced.
They are an attractive & a time-tested alternative to traditional removable appliances (dentures) providing greater stability and security as well as giving the patient the feeling of their own teeth.
Sometimes in cases of trauma or when decay has progressed very deeply into a tooth, the nerve is damaged or killed and must be removed. This is known as root canal therapy.
Symptoms that indicate a tooth may need a root canal include:
- Lingering sensitivity to hot & cold
- Severe toothache pain
- An abscess (or ‘pimple’) on the gums, or swelling.
We use the latest high-tech equipment including a rotary system that drastically reduces the amount of time it takes to complete the procedure. Usually, root canals can be completed in less than an hour and may only require one visit. After a tooth is treated with a root canal, a crown is required for strength and durability.
Although dentures have obtained a bad reputation, they remain a cost-effective option for many patients. Today’s dentures and partials can very closely replicate the look of natural teeth and provide function, esthetics, and comfort.
Dentures can be fitted with attachments that connect them to dental implants, providing:
- Superior chewing efficiency
- Bone preservation
- Retention (i.e., they won’t ‘float around’ or come loose under normal circumstances).
Using modern materials, our partial dentures can be fabricated without the ugly metal clasps that were visible on designs in the past.
TMJ stands for ‘temporomandibular joint’; a gliding hinge that attaches the lower jaw to the skull right in front of the ear canal. Many people experience TMD, which is also known as temporomandibular disorder. If your TMJs are out of alignment or damaged, it can result in malocclusion (a ‘bad bite’) that can worsen over time and cause further destruction to the joint, as well as severely damaging teeth and the surrounding bone. Some of the common symptoms of TMD are listed below:
- Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
- Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
- Dull, aching pain in the face
- Earache or ringing in the ear
- A headache (especially in the temples or back of neck)
- Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
- Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
- Tingling in the fingertips
- Vertigo or dizziness
If you have any of these symptoms, you should schedule an exam and have Dr. Hill evaluate your bite and TM joints. Treatment can range from relatively inexpensive appliances that can provide quick relief to full-mouth reconstruction, depending on your needs.