Member:

American Academy of  Pediatric Dentistry

Member:

American Association

of Orthodontists

Member:

American Dental Association

803.951.9100   139 Whiteford Way   Lexington, South Carolina 29072

Dr. Jamie Gomez offers full service restorative and cosmetic dentistry for the entire family.

She specializes in comprehensive patient care with an emphasis on prevention.  Our state of the art practice has the latest dental technology on the market today.

Our services include the treatment of periodontal disease, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, bruxism, crown and bridge treatment, fillings,

endodontic treatments, cosmetic veneers, cosmetic bonding, bleaching, and Invisalign.

General Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening

Extractions

Removable Prosthetics

General dentistry includes the services you remember from going to the dentist. Cleanings, X-Rays, Dr’s Exams and Fillings.

Cosmetic dentistry can help patients with:

 

•  Cracked teeth

•  Chipped or fractured teeth

•  Discolored teeth

•  Excess or uneven gum tissue

•  Missing teeth

•  Decayed teeth

•  Weakened teeth

 

Cosmetic dentistry includes veneers, dental implants, crowns, bridges and gum recontouring, and may also integrate other dental treatments such as white fillings, teeth whitening, and bonding.

 

At Palmetto Smiles, Dr. Gomez offers advanced materials and techniques for our crown and bridge treatments. Today’s restorations can give you healthy teeth that last for years while looking completely natural.

Bleach Trays (Take Home)

Bleach trays are custom fit trays for your teeth that are fabricated from impressions taken at a short dental visit. They are lightweight and comfortable and can be worn at your convenience. You will be given bleach and instructions on how to properly use them.

With home-bleaching you are able to monitor your color and use when it's convenient for your schedule.

 

What are realistic expectations?

There is no given shade that whitening will guarantee! Every smile is different and the success rate depends on the type of stain. Yellow, orange and brown stained teeth will usually whiten up more than gray stained teeth.

 

Can I whiten my crowns, veneers or composite fillings?

No. Bleaching cannot lighten any artificial materials such as resins or porcelains.

Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have major impact upon your oral health and appearance.  Although we will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are sometimes occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted.

A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:

 

     •  Severe decay

     •  Advanced periodontal disease

     •  Infection or abscess

     •  Orthodontic correction

 

After careful examination and treatment, our doctors may advise to have a tooth extracted. Before a tooth is removed, we will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone.

 

For a simple extraction, we will first apply a local anesthetic to prevent pain and discomfort. The tooth will be loosened with a tool called an elevator and then removed with dental forceps. Once the procedure is complete, the area may be closed with one or two stitches.

 

It is critical to keep the extraction area clean to prevent infection. We will provide you with dry, sterile gauze to bite down on for 30-45 minutes to limit bleeding while clotting takes place. For the next 24 hours, you shouldn't smoke, rinse your mouth vigorously, or brush teeth directly next to the extraction site.

Dentures are full replacements to all teeth. They use suction to retain themselves and are of great cosmetic value.

 

Mini implants can be used to improve retention of weak bone base dentures.

 

Partial dentures are partial replacement of teeth, they use existing teeth to anchor to and are made of a cast metal coping covered by acrylic and teeth.

 

Flexible partials are the cosmetic answer to the metal based partial, there is no metal in them and they flex a little to allow retention and fit. Both kinds of partial dentures are very retentive and secure.