Tooth-colored fillings are a more cosmetic alternative to the traditional amalgam fillings many patients are familiar with. They are natural looking and provide an attractive restoration that can last for many years. These composite fillings can be used to restore chipped and decayed teeth and replace defective metal fillings. They are superior to metal fillings because they are made of a composite material that does not contain mercury, are bonded in place and do not expand and contract due to temperature changes. Finally, they are preferred by patients because they are virtually invisible.
Our team at Spartanburg Family Dentistry uses these fillings exclusively because they provide an excellent option for people concerned about preserving their smiles and maintaining strong, healthy teeth.
Inlays can often be used in place of traditional dental fillings to treat tooth decay or similar structural damage. Whereas dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a dental visit, inlays are fabricated indirectly in our CEREC before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth. These restorations are called “inlays” because the material is bonded within the center of a tooth.
Inlays can be used to replace old dental fillings or to repair damage to the biting surfaces of the teeth caused by tooth decay. Porcelain is a great cosmetic option because it can be engineered to match the color of the natural tooth.
Inlays are typically created during one dental visit. At this visit, the old filling or the decayed portion of the tooth is removed and the tooth is prepared for the inlay. A dental scan is taken of the tooth, which will be used to create the inlay in our CEREC. Minor adjustments are made if necessary once bonding is complete.
We are proud to offer the latest in dental technology, with Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, more commonly referred to as CEREC crowns. Since we have invested in CEREC technology, wearing temporary crowns while waiting for custom-made, permanent crowns to be created in a laboratory is no longer necessary. Our patients can now get long-lasting and durable CEREC crowns in just one dental visit. Our commitment to the continued use of state-of-the-art software and equipment makes this possible for our patients.
CEREC crowns provide our patients with a convenient and innovative answer to their dental needs. The CEREC system uses 3-D design software and an in-house milling machine to design custom-fitted crowns, eliminating the need for messy impression molds.
Bridges are fixed prosthetics that are used as replacements for one or more missing teeth. It is important to replace missing teeth not only to aid in chewing and appearance, but also to prevent the tendency for adjacent and opposing teeth to gradually shift into the open space. Over time, bite and TMJ (jaw joint) problems can develop. Bridges prevent these problems by filling the interproximal spacing with an artificial tooth attached to either a permanent dental implant or the adjacent natural tooth.
Although several types of dental bridges are available, the most commonly used is the traditional bridge consisting of an artificial tooth attached to two or more crowns. A personalized consultation will allow our doctors and our highly trained team to determine what type of bridge will address your dental concerns.
Partials & Dentures
Dentures/partials are removable appliances that are designed to replace and restore the function of missing teeth held in place by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of your mouth. We can customize a set of partial or full dentures by taking a series of digital intraoral scans of your jaw to obtain precise measurements. These measurements will be used to design accurate models for your dentures. Following these models, try-in appointments are made to allow us to determine the best fit, function and appearance for you. Upon your approval, the prosthetics will be crafted and adjustments will be made as necessary.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is performed to preserve the structure of the tooth while removing infection. A root canal is recommended if a tooth’s pulp becomes diseased, inflamed or otherwise abscessed. Your doctor then restores the tooth’s shape and size by placing a customized porcelain CEREC crown over the top area of the tooth to match the color of your surrounding teeth and contour of your mouth for a natural and comfortable fit. Regardless of how the pulp became infected, we have the state-of-the-art technology and experienced team to provide relief in one dental visit.
This practice provides a positive, supportive dental experience. The team does a thorough review, offers options, but does not push procedures or treatments. There is a watchful, "wait and see" approach, an emphasis on tracking teeth in order to treat when necessary, not to make money. Dr. Summer's care is compassionate and patient-centered. Highly recommend this practice.Elisabeth BallReturning Patient
I haven’t been to the dentist in a very long time and needed a lot of work. They made me feel so comfortable. I’d recommend them to anyone!Deena MorganNew Patient
I came here as a new patient and was very impressed. Beautiful, clean office with some of the latest technology. I got to watch ESPN on YouTube TV between my x rays and cleaning. They explained everything and were very open and honest with my treatment plan. I even got a gift bag for being a new patient. Definitely go here.Cameron WilsonNew Patient
I’ve always been pleased with Dr. Summers and his staff in my 5+ years going there, but today, they went above and beyond when they worked my daughter into their full day to repair her more than chipped front tooth. My daughter is not even a regular patient there as she normally sees a pediatric dentist, but I felt that Dr. Summers and his staff were better equipped to repair her tooth, and we needed it done today or tomorrow. I was not disappointed. You can hardly tell that she had any work done, which was a huge concern of mine.JL WoodReturning Patient
I am deathly afraid of the dentist; from the sounds to the worrying about what cavity I have next, it’s just overall stressful for me! This has been the BEST dental experience I have ever had. The hygienist was amazing and the dentist was top tier. Everyone was kind, gentle, and welcoming.B. D.New Patient