Our goal is to help you maintain exceptional dental health.
A healthy mouth is often the sign of good overall total body health. Our hygiene program focuses on getting the patient’s teeth and gums into a good healthy state, teaching fundamental methods for home care, and determining the intervals that the patient should return for recare. While most patients are seen every six months for their hygiene visits, some patients require a more frequent schedule to maintain good dental health. This will be determined by the hygienist, Dr. Hudgens, and the patient.
The regular cleanings and dental exams we provide are anything but routine! We spend a great deal of time examining and educating patients and performing customized cleanings. Our patients receive cleanings that will leave the mouth feeling fresh, and dental exams that offer peace of mind and good long-term oral health. With our personal touch, you can enjoy all the benefits of healthy teeth and gums.
Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy
The early onset of gum disease is gingivitis, often marked by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. This stage of gum disease is reversible, but if it is left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. At this stage, gums begin to separate from the teeth and form pockets that can become infected. We use dental lasers and other advanced methods to treat gum disease, and provide special ongoing treatment plans to help patients maintain healthy gums.
Dental PhobiaAs a patient-oriented practice, we take special care with anxious patients. We will talk with you to understand your underlying fears and take the steps necessary to help you feel comfortable. We know that each person with dental phobia has a unique set of concerns. We will work with you to help you feel relaxed. We also have special VR glasses you can wear during treatment, providing an enjoyable distraction.
In the past, dentists could only treat cavities and tooth ailments with silver and mercury fillings. Modern restorative dentistry has replaced these unsightly fillings with tooth-colored composite fillings made of porcelain or resin. These fillings are sealed to the surface of the tooth, creating a strong bond that prevents future decay.
Porcelain Dental Crowns
Dental crowns, also known as caps, function as natural teeth by fitting over badly worn or decayed teeth that cannot accommodate a filling. Dental crowns provide support to damaged teeth, while also restoring functionality and esthetic balance. Our porcelain dental crowns are fast, easy, and beautiful! Contact our office to find out more about the porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers available at our practice.
If you have gaps in your smile and find it difficult to speak and/or chew, dental bridges may be the right option for you. Bridges work by closing spaces in your mouth and filling gaps with long-lasting artificial teeth. Dental bridges are semi-permanent—they can only be removed by a dentist—and are comfortable and proven to strengthen teeth. Dental bridges can also be attached to dental implants at our office for a more permanent solution for missing teeth. To find out if you are one of the many candidates for dental bridges, call today.
An excellent alternative to crowns, porcelain veneers and ultra-thin veneers such as Lumineers® offer dramatic and effective ways to change the color, size, and shape of teeth. Veneers are ideal for masking stains, closing gaps, correcting misalignment, and restoring worn teeth. Empress porcelain veneers and other porcelain veneers offered to our patient are custom designed to slide over the teeth, so patients can expect their smile to look incredibly natural and radiant. Long lasting and conservative, porcelain veneers have gained immense popularity in Charleston for their realistic appearance and their ability to resist staining.
Ultra-thin and Prep-less Porcelain Veneers
In addition to traditional porcelain veneers, we offer ultra-thin, minimal prep, and prep-less porcelain veneers as another option for enhancing the appearance of discolored, chipped, and misaligned teeth. Ultra-thin, minimal prep, and prep-less veneers are made from a unique porcelain composite that can be as thin as 0.2 to 0.3 millimeters, which is half the thickness of traditional veneers. As a result, the teeth receiving ultra-thin, minimal prep, and prep-less veneers do not necessarily need to be reduced in size in order to make room for the porcelain, thereby leaving much or all of the original enamel intact. This makes them an excellent option for patients with badly damaged enamel or sensitive teeth. Without drilling or anesthetic shots, the process of placing ultra-thin, minimal prep, and prep-less veneers is faster and far more comfortable than the traditional method.
Teeth Whitening With Zoom! 2 and Porcelain Veneers.
If you are embarrassed or self-conscious about your smile, know that Dr. R. Edward Hudgens has transformed thousands of smiles through cosmetic periodontics and advanced dental restorations. Dr. Hudgens can create healthy, dazzling smiles, and mask imperfections using dental crowns, Zoom! 2 teeth whitening, or porcelain veneers—all in as little as two visits! Patients in our practice no longer have to hide behind chipped, stained, or cracked teeth. We can correct both minor and complex flaws with procedures designed to renovate the smile.
We perform teeth whitening with Zoom! 2. It is a fast and easy in-office teeth-whitening procedure that takes approximately one hour to complete. With the system, a hydrogen-peroxide gel is carefully applied to the teeth and then activated by a patented, blue-spectrum light. In-office teeth whitening at our practice is quick and comfortable with immediate results. It will not harm your teeth, gums, or dental work. Ask us about Zoom! 2 in-office teeth whitening.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
As one of the most effective and popular cosmetic dentistry solutions available to patients, the take-home teeth whitening kits available at our practice allow patients to brighten their smile in the privacy of their own home. The duration and frequency of the teeth whitening treatment will vary depending on the severity of the discoloration. During a teeth whitening consultation at our office, Dr. Hudgens will be available to help patients determine what type of teeth whitening treatment is appropriate for their needs.
Dental implants are an ideal cosmetic solution for those missing one or more teeth provided by Dr. Hudgens to patients. Dental implants are permanently anchored into the jawbone, providing support for attractive, natural looking replacement teeth. They strengthen your bite by filling in gaps left by missing teeth, improving your ability to eat the foods you love. Dental implants also improve your speech and your smile. If you are looking for a permanent replacement for missing teeth, consider investing in dental implants.
Restoration of Dental Implants
If you are missing teeth but are not an appropriate candidate for porcelain veneers, we also offer dental implants. As mentioned above, dental implants are an excellent solution to missing teeth and can prevent nearby teeth from drifting to an abnormal position. Dental implants eliminate gaps, providing a permanent, natural alternative to dentures. Dr. Hudgens restores dental implants by attaching crowns to implants anchored in the bone below the gum line. After the dental implants have been surgically placed in the jawbone, excess bone and gum grow around the implants, holding them firmly in place. Dr. Hudgens then attaches crowns, either fixed or removable, to the dental implants. The end result is strong, secure teeth that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
During your first consultation with Dr. Hudgens, your gums will be evaluated for periodontal (gum) disease. If left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss and an excessive buildup of plaque and decay. The mildest form of gum disease is called gingivitis, and can be reversed with proper cleanings. Advanced gingivitis, or periodontitis, may require additional treatment and removal of teeth. If extraction is required, Dr. Hudgens can provide a cosmetic solution with dental implants or bridgework.
Partial and Complete Dentures
To maintain a healthy smile, it is important to replace missing teeth in order to prevent shifting and damage to mouth tissue, and to reduce pain associated with TMJ disorders. In our office, we use partial or removable dentures to fill gaps left by missing teeth. Partial dentures consist of artificial teeth attached to a plastic base, and when properly fitted, these dentures are indistinguishable from natural teeth. When all the teeth have been compromised by decay or gum disease, complete dentures can be made.
Immediate Complete Denture
Immediate complete dentures are made before any of the patient’s remaining teeth are extracted. When they have been processed and ready to deliver to the patient, Dr. Hudgens will remove the remaining teeth and place the dentures at the same appointment, sparing the patient any embarrassment of having to endure a period of time without any teeth in their mouth.
TMJ Disorder Treatment
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can occur for a number of reasons, including an imbalanced bite. When the teeth do not meet properly, the TMJs must overcompensate to achieve a comfortable bite. Over time, this constant strain can result in worn teeth, facial pain, headaches, and other symptoms. We can help pinpoint the cause of your TMJ pain and determine a treatment that will provide the relief you need.
TMJ disorder describes a condition characterized by pain in the jaw, neck, and head. Causes of TMJ include excessive clenching of the jaw, grinding of teeth, stress, and an improper bite. Thousands of Americans suffer from facial pain associated with TMJ. At our practice, we now offer several treatment options to correct TMJ related disorders, including several non-surgical TMJ treatments. Dr. Hudgens can create a TMJ treatment plan that includes tooth restoration with dental implants or dentures and fixed or removable bite splints. When worn, these bite appliances prevent teeth from touching each other and help to reduce pain in the jaw, neck, and head that is the result of TMJ.
With Dr. Hudgens’ advanced training, he is able to perform oral surgery procedures that most dentists would refer out of the office. The procedures, which are accompanied by sedation, are performed on a daily basis in our office.
We Feature the Latest Patient Amenities and Oral Sedation "Sleep" Dentistry at our Office
With Dr. Hudgens, you will achieve fantastic results you will thrill you. He also wants to ensure your treatment experience is comfortable and rewarding from beginning to end. For this reason, we offer the very latest in patient amenities, state-of-the-art technologies, and oral sedation "sleep" dentistry.
Sometimes patients need extra help relaxing when visiting us. For these patients, we have sedation dentistry options, including oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide. Avoiding the dentist can lead to worsening oral health problems that affect your overall health. Anxiety should never stand between you and the treatment you need. Get in touch with us today to learn how we can make your next visit absolutely calm and relaxing.
Oral Sedation "Sleep" Dentistry
Dental crowns, dental implants, fillings, full-mouth restoration—even the very words fill most patients with dread and fear. Sadly, this fear often prevents people from getting the crucial dental care they need or the esthetic treatments that could help them look and feel much better about themselves. Dr. Hudgens understands this very real fear. That's why his staff has been trained in the very latest techniques for oral conscious sedation and sleep dentistry. Our practice has helped even the most reluctant and fearful patients achieve optimal oral health and gorgeous smiles. We can help you, too.
Oral Conscious Sedation
To alleviate pain and to ensure our patients' maximum comfort during dental treatment, we offer oral conscious sedation which involves a simple pill, taken orally. Although our patients are not unconscious with oral sedation dentistry, they are in a complete state of relaxation similar to sleep and do not feel pain. We monitor our patients throughout the procedure and assure their safety. In many cases, oral sedation dentistry has an amnesiac effect on patients. They remember little to nothing of their dental treatment, almost as if they were taking a nap!
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
In addition to oral sedation dentistry, we also offer nitrous oxide sedation dentistry to patients. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide has been used by dentists for decades to put patients into a profound state of relaxation. This gas is frequently combined with the use of local anesthetics for optimal results
New cutting-edge dental technologies are changing the way dentists operate. Dr. Hudgens has incorporated new diagnostic tools into his practice to increase efficiency and help him assist patients in determining their optimum course of treatment. The digital x-rays and intraoral camera now offer the latest dental innovations and advanced care.
Dr. Hudgens uses digital x-rays to ensure accurate diagnosis and superior dental care. Capturing an image with digital x-rays is not only faster than with traditional x-rays, it is also safer. Digital x-rays reduce exposure to radiation by as much as 90 percent. During the process, a small sensor is placed into the mouth and record images of the patient's teeth that will be instantly transmitted to a computer screen. From there, Dr. Hudgens can review the results and come up with an immediate treatment plan.
With the intraoral camera, Dr. Hudgens can diagnose potential dental problems early on while they are still relatively easy to treat. The camera itself is about the size of a pen and can be easily inserted into a patient's mouth. From there, images taken by the camera will be displayed on a computer screen for both the doctor and patient to view. The intraoral camera gives patients the knowledge they need to better understand their treatment, and helps Dr. Hudgens diagnose potential gum and teeth issues quickly and effectively.
R. Edward Hudgens, III, DMD, RPH
1051 Gardner Road
Charleston, SC 29407
Charleston, SC 29407
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Most Dental Insurances Accepted.