The team at our Spartanburg SC dental office is dedicated to an uncompromising level of excellence in family and cosmetic dental care. We take time to get to know our patients and explain dental procedures. A first visit to our office includes a thorough exam, comfortable cleaning and complete evaluation with time to discuss problems or concerns with Dr. Stewart. We provide restorative procedures including tooth-colored fillings, all-ceramic crowns, restoration of dental implants, over-dentures, bridges, denture restoration and partials. We also offer sedation options for patients who are anxious about their dental procedures.
Dr. Stewart does implant crowns, also known as implant dentistry, to replace missing teeth. Implants can also be used to stabilize an ill-fitting or loose denture. An implant crown consists of two parts, the base structure, a titanium screw or post, and the tooth-shaped covering called a crown. Dr. Stewart refers patients to an oral surgeon or periodontist to have the post implanted into the jawbone. After the gum has healed around the embedded post, Dr. Stewart completes the restorative work, fitting a crown over the post. Implant dentistry prevents painful shifting in the mouth, malocclusions and uneven wear on your remaining teeth.
Thanks to scientific developments, fillings’ aesthetics have improved. Fillings made of tooth-colored materials enable Dr. Stewart to repair decayed teeth or replace old silver fillings with natural-looking fillings that blend in with your other teeth.
Crowns & Bridges
A crown is a tooth-shaped covering made of metal, ceramic or porcelain to restore strength and eliminate discomfort when you compromise the tooth’s structure through injury or severe decay. The actual procedure consists of removal of tooth decay, taking exact measurements of the tooth and creating a crown that fits over the tooth structure, protecting and strengthening the remaining tooth structure and reinforcing the jaw.
Dr. Stewart uses dental bridges to fill an area left by a missing tooth or teeth. He offers fixed bridges, resin bonded bridges and cantilever bridges, depending on each situation and the area where the missing tooth or teeth are located.
TMJ Splint Therapy
Dr. Stewart uses a device called a Bruxguard Splint to treat patients experiencing jaw pain in the temporomandibular joint, commonly called TMJ. The bruxguard is a clear, plastic appliance that goes in the patient’s mouth over the upper teeth. The splint can help protect the teeth from abrasion, reduce strain on the muscles by allowing the upper and lower jaw to move easily with respect to each other.
The goal of splint therapy treatment is to minimize the damage of bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching, to avoid damage to the temporomandibular joints, stabilize the patient’s bite, prevent tooth damage and eliminate pain and discomfort.