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Complete Dental Care

We are your family’s go-to dental practice in Greenwood, SC. Whole Life Dental offers services ranging from dental sealants and teeth cleanings to dental fillings and tooth extractions. In addition to preventive and restorative care, we also provide a wide range of other services.

From losing your first tooth to fluoride, to teeth whitening options, to concerns about healthy snacks to flossing skills, our dentists and dental hygiene professionals provide customized treatment to meet your individualized needs.

A professional evaluation and insight into oral health are part of the experience while in the office or online.

The dental care you need, where you need it.

Services

In office Services

Preventative Care

We perform modern, cosmetic dental restorations, or “fillings”, that replace tooth decay with cutting edge materials that blend in with the natural shape and color of your smile!

Do you frequently wake up with dull headaches, a painful jaw, or toothaches? Many people clench or grind their teeth while they sleep. Night guards are wear-in devices designed to protect your mouth and jaw while you sleep, stopping the habits of clenching and grinding, helping to prevent pain in the head and mouth caused by that unnecessary tension.

 

Sealants are protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth in order to prevent decay from forming in hard to reach nooks and grooves of teeth. The sooner you can seal your teeth, the more effective it can be in preventing future pain or decay issues.

Every six months our qualified staff will:

  • Evaluate x-ray images of your mouth

  • Examine your mouth to spot problems before they become painful issues

  • Schedule treatment for any issues that do exist

  • Clean plaque and tartar off of your teeth

  • Answer any questions about mouth health you may have,

keeping your mouth and gums happy and healthy!

Over time, teeth collect residue called tarter, which can cause gum infection and cavities if it stays on the teeth too long.  We have specially trained staff who can remove this tarter and plaque safely and pain-free. Even regular brushing can’t remove this tarter, so it is very important that you have your teeth cleaned regularly.  Most people need this every six months, but some people need a cleaning more or less frequently. Make sure to ask one of our dentists what plan is best for your mouth!

By taking regular x-rays of your mouth and performing routine oral examinations, our Doctors and Dental professionals are able to catch and help you prevent serious health issues before they become life threatening or seriously painful. We are committed to helping you improve how you feel about your mouth.

 

Your teeth are not the only body part that lives in your mouth!  In order to prevent puffy, painful, even infected gums, our compassionate staff are specially trained to clean your teeth, in ways home care cannot, to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, giving you that happy, healthy, confident smile!

RESTORATIVE & COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Sometimes, there is not enough tooth left to fill in! That’s where “Crowns” or “Caps” come in. Ceramic crowns replace the enamel of your tooth, restoring appearance by matching or improving the color, and restoring the functionality of your tooth, by protecting the sensitive inside parts of the tooth from pain or further decay, while replacing the worn out part of the tooth.

Veneers are ceramic covers used to replace the enamel of your smiling teeth. They can be used to correct weak, breaking, or broken front teeth, or used to improve a smile you are unhappy with or embarrassed by.

If your tooth gets decayed too deep, a filling sometimes is not enough to save the tooth or stop the pain. Root canals work like fillings, but they fill in the inside of the tooth, rather than the outside. Don’t let the internet scare you: Modern root canals are not traumatic and preserve the natural roots of your teeth, leading to better quality of life.
Sometimes, there is not enough tooth left to fill in! That’s where “Crowns” or “Caps” come in. Gold crowns are sometimes used to replace the enamel of back teeth when ceramic crowns aren’t strong enough to stand strong chewing pressure.  They can restore the functionality of your tooth, by protecting the sensitive inside parts of the tooth from pain or further decay, while replacing the worn out part of the tooth. They can also be placed on front teeth if you want to make a strong statement with your smile!

We perform modern, cosmetic dental restorations, or “fillings”, that replace tooth decay with cutting edge materials that blend in with the natural shape and color of your smile!

Dental implants replace the natural root of a tooth, allowing the most natural feeling restoration of missing teeth possible today. Both crowns and dentures can be fabricated to connect to dental implants, leading to superior feel, taste, and comfort when replacing any amount of teeth.
Sometimes, teeth need to be extracted to stop pain, make room for other or new teeth, or to facilitate future dental improvements. We are fully committed at Whole Life Dental to providing you with a safe, compassionate, knowledgeable experience. Do not let fear or anxiety stop you from receiving the care you need and deserve. If you have unmanageable tooth pain, or need teeth extracted for any other reason, please let us help.
If plaque and tartar build up long enough on your teeth, they can start to collect below your gumline on the the roots of your teeth, which can cause extreme sensitivity or pain as well as gum disease, gum recession, and eventually, the loss of the teeth. Periodontal scaling is very similar to the routine cleaning of your teeth you get at 6 month check-ups, but due to the sensitivity caused by this specific plaque and tartar build up, takes extra time and care.
Full or Complete dentures replace all of your teeth with a prosthetic device that mimics the natural look and function of your teeth. There are many types of full dentures, any of which may be the best solution for you, but a thorough consultation with our Dentists is necessary to determine which type, if any would work to restore your chewing ability and your smile.

Removable, replacement teeth are also available no matter what the number of missing teeth you are looking to replace, even just one. Please talk with our staff about all of your tooth replacement options, as we are committed to getting you the most comfortable solutions possible to any dental problems you may have.

CARE AT HOME

  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush: The harder the brush, the more damage to enamel you can do.  Replace your toothbrush every 3 months and after you have a cold or fever.

  • Apply a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste to your toothbrush.

  • Point bristles at 45 degree angle toward the teeth and brush in small, gentle circles.  The best way to remove plaque is with soft, deliberate strokes instead of hard, fast strokes.

  • You should brush for 15 seconds on the outside and inside of each 4 corners of your mouth, which is 2 minutes total for your whole mouth.

  • Rinse your mouth with water twice for 5 seconds each time.

  • Mouthwash can provide additional benefits.  Talk to your dentist about whether you should use mouthwash.

Flossing illustration of string in between teeth removing debris to clean the mouth and prevent tooth decay
 

The space between your teeth is one-third of the functional space in the mouth.  Flossing or an appropriate substitute is the only way to clean this part of your mouth.

  • Flossing should be done at least once per day.  It is best to floss just after you brush, but it can be done at any time during the day.  It is better to floss when it is convenient instead of not flossing at all!

  • String floss is the best tool, but combination toothpick/floss sticks or in-between brushes can be good substitutes when used properly.

  • Use 8-10 inches of floss.  Wrap several times around your third (middle) fingers and use your index finger to hold the string tight.

  • Gently work the string between two teeth.  Wrap the floss around the corners of one tooth.

  • Gently slide the floss down to the gumline and back up.

  • Wrap the floss around the other tooth and repeat the gentle slide down and up.

  • Either gently work the floss free, or let go of one side of the floss and pull it through the teeth like thread out of a needle.

  • Repeat this process for each space between your teeth.

Properly and regularly cleaning your complete or partial denture daily will help prevent fungal infections and keep your appliance looking great.

  • Fill your sink with an inch or two of water, or line your sink with a soft rag or cloth in case you drop the denture.

  • Rinse the denture until all loose debris is free from the inside and outside.

  • Using a small drop of antibacterial dishwashing liquid (free and clear if you are allergic to dyes/scents or have sensitive skin), brush your denture on all surfaces with a denture brush or a soft bristled toothbrush.  NEVER use toothpaste to clean your denture.

  • Rinse all soap from the denture for 20-30 seconds under warm or hot water before placing it in your mouth or in a storage cup filled with plain water.

  • Do this at least twice a day, just as if they were natural teeth.

  • You may use a short-acting (one hour or less) soaking cleaner every 3-4 days if your denture has odor.  Do not soak your denture overnight in a cleaning solution, alcohol, peroxide, soapy water, or anything other than plain water. 

Sometimes your dentist may require you to wear an appliance on your teeth that makes flossing difficult.  Braces, bridges, and other types of treatments may block the spaces between your teeth. Floss threaders can help reach those difficult areas.

  • The floss threader is like a sewing needle made from soft, flexible plastic.  

  • Thread the floss into the loop at the end of the floss threader, and guide the plastic end under the appliance.

  • Pull the floss under the appliance, and gently floss the space.

  • Pull the floss free by gripping the floss threader.

A proxabrush or an in-between brush is a small, soft bristled brush often mounted on a handle similar to a toothbrush handle.  It can be used in conjunction with, or in place of floss for areas that may have wide spaces between teeth.

  • Ensure your brush is securely placed in your handle if they are separate pieces.

  • Gently insert the brush into the spaces between teeth wide enough to allow the brush without forcing it.  It can be inserted from the inside near the tongue or outside near the cheeks or lips.

  • You may dip the brush in some mouthwash or water after cleaning each space to remove any debris from the bristles.

  • You should rinse the brush after use, and replace it after 3-4 uses, or if there is visible blood on the brush after rinsing it.

Adhesive can help secure a loose denture so that it may be worn even if there is no suction or teeth to hold it in.  Properly fitted dentures either do not need adhesive or need only a small amount to be effective. If you must use large amounts of adhesive, please have your dentures evaluated by a dentist.

  • Dry the interior of your denture with a soft cloth or a piece of gauze.  

  • If using gel: Apply 3-5 medium pea-sized dots of adhesive around the deepest parts of your denture, where the natural teeth used to be.

  • If using pads: place the pad inside the denture and carefully press it into the appliance with your fingers or a toothbrush handle.

  • Gently dab any loose spit from your gums with a soft cloth or piece of gauze.

  • Place the denture in your mouth and hold it firmly in place with your fingers or by biting gently down for 30 seconds.

  • Upon removal, rinse thoroughly with mouthwash or warm salty water to remove all bits of adhesive from your mouth.  You may rub the gums with a soft cloth or piece of gauze if some areas stick too much. Rinse and remove any adhesive left on the denture before storing it.

  • Repeat as necessary.  If you feel you must do this too frequently, please have your denture evaluated by your dentist.

Custom-fitted Bleaching trays can help reduce sensitivity while bleaching and generally function more efficiently than over-the-counter options.

  • Before bleaching, you should brush with sensitivity toothpaste for at least 2 weeks.  Ask your dentist if prescription strength toothpaste is appropriate for you.

  • For each tooth from your premolars forward, apply a small, pea-sized dot of the bleaching gel into the inside wall nearest the cheek/lip of the tray.

  • Place the trays over your teeth with your fingers and allow the bleach to stay in place for 30-60 minutes.  Remove the trays and rinse your mouth thoroughly with fluoridated mouthwash. Remove the trays early if your teeth become sensitive or begin to ache.  Do not brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes.

  • You may repeat this process up to three times a day with at least 2 hours between each application.

Water picking is effective when used with other cleaning techniques.  It can be used to remove large debris from between teeth or under swollen gums.  It does not replace flossing.

  • You should always use the lowest setting on your equipment.

  • You may mix up to one-third mouthwash into the water.

  • Place the nozzle tip close to large spaces and allow the jet to eject debris.  Spit out the water often. Do not place the nozzle directly against the teeth or gums as the pressure can cause injury, especially to those with gum disease or recently extracted teeth.

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