When something goes wrong with your smile, it’s important that you know who to call for restorative dentistry services. Whether you need to learn more about your tooth replacement options or you are looking for a way to manage the symptoms of your TMJ disorder, Dr. Hudgens provides an extensive menu of restorative dentistry services to meet your needs. We can help you manage your complex dental concerns and restore your smile in our Charleston, SC dentist office.
Learn more about our restorative dentistry services below.
Dr. Hudgens has over 25+ years of experience in providing restorative dentistry treatment options to patients dealing with complex dental concerns. If you need restorative dental work, our treatment options include:
If you are in need of tooth replacement options, Dr. Hudgens offers dental bridges to assist you in replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges do not require a surgical procedure, unlike dental implants. Instead, dental bridges utilize the support of your surrounding teeth to hold a set of prosthetic teeth in place of the missing teeth. Whether you are missing one tooth or several consecutive teeth, dental bridges are an efficient and cost-effective method of tooth replacement to consider.
When you experience severe dental damage like deep chips or cracks, we made need to replace the entire exterior of your tooth to restore your bite pattern. With dental crowns, our dentist will shape down your damaged tooth to a foundational core that will support a porcelain cap. The porcelain cap will protect your remaining dental structure without requiring the need for a complete tooth extraction. Dental crowns are also used to top off dental implants. They are custom-made to blend in seamlessly with your smile and perform just as a natural tooth would.
Dental implants are considered the premier option for tooth replacement. This is because they have an extremely high patient-satisfaction rating. Dental implants require a surgical procedure to place a titanium post beneath your soft tissues. As this post heals, it will become a part of your jawbone, effectively maintaining tooth root functionality. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replaces both the tooth and the tooth roots, giving patients many benefits that they will not find in other tooth-replacement options.
If you are missing many or all of your teeth, our office provides custom-made dentures and partials to help you get back to living life with a full set of teeth. Dr. Hudgens takes the time to ensure a secure and comfortable fit. He can also offer guidance on taking care of your dental restorations, and how to care for them outside of the dentist’s office. We make dentures and partials based on impressions of your own soft tissues. Additionally, we can offer guidance on implant-secured dentures, which offers you the chance to anchor your dentures in place while in use.
If you experience jaw pain, tension headaches, or earaches outside of the dentist’s office, you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders occur when the essential joints involved with chewing and speaking become inflamed or injured. It’s important to mention any symptoms you’ve been experiencing outside of the dentist’s office to Dr. Hudgens during your next dental appointment.
We can offer TMJ treatment options to manage your symptoms, prevent teeth grinding, and reduce the amount of daily tension held in your jaw joints. Oral appliance therapy is a conservative treatment option for this disorder that many patients find to be effective.
Gum disease is one of the most common dental concerns that we treat in our Charleston, SC dentist’s office. If we catch your gum disease during its early stages, often we can treat it with a thorough dental cleaning. During dental cleanings, we remove any buildup surrounding your gum line that could be causing irritation. However, if your gums become infected and you experience the symptoms of late-stage gum disease, we can also provide you with periodontal disease treatment to remove any infected tissue and restore your smile from the harmful effects of gum disease.
Looking for a restorative dentist in Charleston, SC? The Charleston, SC dentist office of Dr. R. Edward Hudgens is currently accepting new patients. Join our dental family today by scheduling an appointment online. We look forward to helping you restore your smile.