General Dentistry

 

General Dentistry

General Information
We offer comprehensive dentistry for the whole family, and with 37 years of experience, it’s what Dr. Jenkins does best.

You may have dental needs such as preventive care, fillings, crowns, bridges, extractions, veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, root canals, or dentures. We understand you don’t want to visit a different dentist for every different procedure; therefore Dr. Jenkins’s office is the only one you’ll need to visit.

Some patients are subject to intense dental fear usually a result of a bad childhood experience. We offer sedation choices which allows for a very comfortable experience during treatment and with no recollection of the treatment afterward. Some patients get along very well with Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas). It is used primarily for more minor fear. It doesn’t require an accompanying escort and there are no residual effects immediately afterward.

Rounding out the list of services we offer injections with products such as Botox. Not only for esthetics; this service can be used in the treatment of TMJ, migraine headaches, and facial muscle soreness. Of course the esthetics of the smile doesn’t stop at the teeth, but can include the lips, gums, and facial lines known as wrinkles. Use of Botox and or fillers such as Juvederm, can be used to enhance these areas.

We pride ourselves on our service and are committed to helping you look, feel, and smile your best. That is what is meant by the whole-patient experience.

CEREC - All Ceramic Crowns

A one visit crown. They eliminate the need for temporaries, sticky goop in the mouth, and the inconvenience of returning to the office for a second visit to cement the final crown. As the name indicates, there is no dark metal to show at the gum-line. They are extremely strong and life-like. Considered by many to be the new “gold standard” of dentistry.

Inlays & Overlays

Inlays and Overlays

In dentistry, an inlay is usually an indirect restoration consisting of a solid substance such as porcelain, fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place…An Inlay mostly involves pits and fissures of the tooth and not necessarily the cusps. While an onlay involves the cusps and cuspal tips.

Fillings

Resin composite fillings are made of a ceramic and plastic compound. Because resin mimics the appearance of natural teeth, these fillings blend right in. They’re also known as “white fillings” or “tooth-colored fillings. Composite resins provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth.

Bridges

Dental bridges literally “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth — and a false tooth/teeth in between…Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.

Sealants

Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth — usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) — to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.

Dentures
Smiling couple

See our Dentures page for more information.

Non Surgical Gum Therapy

This type of treatment is the most often performed for the majority of gum disease cases. As dictated by the American Association of Periodontologists, non-surgical gum disease treatment is the most effective form of therapy. It is utilized for a patient with 4 to 6mm pockets with bleeding.

This is accomplished under a local anesthesia. The hygienist uses specially shaped instruments to remove the tarter and bacteria deposits below the gum surface. The areas are then medicated with an antibiotic. The end goal is to obtain a smooth, clean, bacteria free root surface to allow for a reduction in the inflammation and re-attachment of the surrounding tissue. By minimizing pocket depth allows for the patient to be more effective in home care to help keeping the build-up to a minimum holding the destructive effects in check.

These recommendations also include a proposed 3 month follow-up and a customized follow-up after that to suit the patient’s needs to keep the disease under control. It cannot be stressed enough that this type of disease is maintainable, not curable.

Full Mouth Rehab

As the name implies, full mouth reconstruction refers to rebuilding and/or replacing all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. Full mouth reconstructions combine esthetics with restorative dentistry to improve the health, function, and beauty of the mouth.

The need for full mouth reconstruction may result from:

  • Teeth that have been lost due to decay or trauma.
  • Teeth that have been injured or fractured.
  • Teeth that have become severely worn as a result of long-term acid erosion (foods, beverages, acid reflux) or tooth grinding.
  • Ongoing complaints of jaw, muscle and headache pain requiring adjustments to the bite (occlusion).

How the Process Begins

If you think you need reconstruction, we will examine your mouth to determine the extent of the problem and the treatment options that can be used to correct it. Dr. Jenkins will be looking at the condition of the teeth, gum tissues, jaw joints and muscles and esthetics.

The examination process requires records of your mouth, such as X-rays and photographs, impressions of your upper and lower teeth, models of your teeth that are made from the impressions and a model of your bite. Once obtained, Dr. Jenkins will study all information relevant to your case, and develop a comprehensive, step-by-step treatment plan to correct all of the problems in your mouth and complete your reconstruction.

Treatments take a lot less time than you think. Call Bluffton Dental Care today for your complimentary consultation!

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Location

25 Clark Summit Dr. Suite 100
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910

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Hours

Mon: 8:00am – 4pm
Tue: 8:00am – 4pm
Wed: 8:00am – 4pm
Thu: 8:00am – 4pm
Fri: Closed

Outstanding smiles from excellent dentistry!

Need quality cosmetic, general, and implant dentistry in Bluffton, Hilton Head, Beaufort, Savannah, Georgia, and the surrounding communities? Look no further then Bluffton Dental Care and have your smile made over today!

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