American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
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 includes the services you remember from going to the dentist. Cleanings, X-Rays, Dr’s Exams and Fillings.
Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease and strokes. Regular cleanings can help prevent these problems and provide you with good oral hygiene. According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer, every hour of every day in the United States alone. When you have your dental cleaning, we are also screening you for oral cancer, which is highly curable if diagnosed early.
Children and adults should be seen for their regular cleaning and check up every six months. People at a greater risk for oral diseases should have their dental check ups more than twice a year.
Dental x-rays are images of the teeth, bones, and soft tissues around them to help find problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw. X-ray pictures can show cavities, dental structures (such as wisdom teeth), and bone loss that cannot be seen during your dental examination.
Bitewing x-rays show the upper and lower back teeth. These x-rays are used to check for decay between the teeth. They also show bone loss when severe gum disease or a dental infection is present.
Panoramic x-rays show a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, They show problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumors), infections, and fractures.
Exams begin by reviewing the x-rays, models, and photos of your mouth with one of our doctors. Any conditions are noted and explained in detail. The clinical exam includes examination of the teeth and gums, evaluation of the bite and TMJ, an oral cancer screening, and an esthetic evaluation where indicated.
If treatment needs are not complex, we recommend solutions, and ask the patient if they are ready to proceed. If the treatment recommendations are more complex, we may ask you or your child to return for a further consultation.
Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the world today. Whitening removes organic stains or discolorations primarily caused by aging and certain foods.
We offer prescription take-home systems.
• We provide you with a whitening tray and whitening agent to use at home.
• Convenience: You can do home whitening at any time of the day or night, for short or long periods.
• Portability: You can also use at-home whitening trays while on the go wherever you are.
A dental filling is a type of restorative dentistry treatment used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth.
Dental filling materials include amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth colored) restorations.
A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. After removing the old restoration and decay if there is not enough of your own natural tooth structure, a build up will be used. Crowns are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.
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.