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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Dentistry

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We understand that you may have questions when it comes to your dental health and treatment options.  Here is a list of some of the more commonly asked questions in our Mount Pleasant dentist office.

If you have any additional questions or would like to set up an appointment to meet with Dr. Annan, please contact us today.

General Dentistry

Visit your Mount Pleasant, SC Dentist Regularly 

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit your dentist regularly "at intervals determined by a dentist." Once Dr. Annan has seen you and performed an oral examination, he will be able to determine the number of checkups you should schedule with him. Most patients can maintain oral health with two checkups a year. If you have gum disease in Mt. Pleasant, SC, you may need to schedule frequent checkups to make sure you are not at risk of dental problems. 

Dr. Annan is highly skilled in detecting tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems, even if you aren't showing any apparent symptoms. During your biannual visits with the dentist, Dr. Annan not only checks for early stages of oral issues—but he also checks over your general health. Oral cancer screenings are a standard part of dental examinations, and your dentist can address other issues like heart disease and diabetes.

It's essential to see your Mt. Pleasant, SC dentist as often as he recommends. Through your patient records, your dentist can keep track of any changes and have a detailed account of your oral health and what to watch for.

Is it time for you to schedule your next dental cleaning and exam? Give East Cooper Smiles a quick call to set up a time to visit with Dr. Annan.

dental crowns in mount pleasant sc

We Provide Dental Crowns in Mount Pleasant, SC

A crown is a natural looking, tooth-shaped cap used to restore the appearance, strength, size and shape of a broken or worn tooth. Crowns are generally used to cover broken teeth, to protect weak teeth or to provide support to a deteriorated tooth.

We provide high quality and long-lasting crown installations. In some cases when the original tooth is badly broken, has extensive cavities, or a very old filling, the crown must be supported with a build-up. A build-up is a solid foundation upon which a quality crown rests.

dentist mount pleasant scWe recommend regular visits to the dentist because it allows us to work with you on the best steps to maintain a healthy smile for many years to come. Regular check-ups and teeth cleanings are necessary to your prolonged oral health and give us the opportunity to determine how best to serve your past, present, and future dental needs.

How Does Going Twice A Year Benefit Me?

Bi-annual visits are the best-proven way to monitor the health of your teeth and gums, as well as the potential for problems down the line. Each patient has a unique set of teeth that react differently to their surroundings, and regular visits allow us to develop a personal familiarity that gives us the chance to determine, recommend and administer the treatments best suited to your particular situation. It is also crucial to the maintenance of accurate, up-to-date dental records that allow us to provide you with the best comprehensive dental care possible.

Unfortunately, just brushing your teeth isn’t enough to keep your teeth and gums clean. When you brush your teeth, your toothbrush removes debris and plaque from your teeth, but the toothbrush bristles don’t reach into all the spots that need to be cleaned. 

Keep this in mind when looking in the mirror: just because your teeth look clean doesn’t mean that they are! Food particles and plaque can be trapped between your teeth and around your gums, but you may not be able to see all of that debris and plaque. Your teeth could look squeaky clean to you. When you floss well, you can remove food particles and plaque build-up that you can’t see, achieving a thorough oral cleaning.

Flossing is important to your oral health! Ideally, you will floss your teeth every day and brush your teeth at least twice a day. It’s also important to have your teeth cleaned by a professional regularly. At your dental cleaning, our dental hygienist may offer tips to help you improve your at-home hygiene routine, and your teeth and gums will be examined by our knowledgeable dentist, Dr. Jason Annan. 

Dental Cleaning in Mount Pleasant, SC

If it’s time for your dental cleaning, reach out to our office today to schedule an appointment. At East Cooper Smiles, we are here to help you maintain your beautiful, healthy smile, and beautiful smiles require regular cleanings!

dental x-rays mount pleasant sc X-rays provide our professionals the tools they need to gain a better picture of your teeth and how they interact in relation to one another and your gum line. An x-ray can help us determine and target the problem areas of your mouth and provide us with the information necessary to better comprehensive dental care.

What do X-rays see that we can't?

X-rays allow us to see angles and areas of your teeth not readily visible during the course of a normal check-up. They also provide a picture of the parts of your teeth hidden by your gums and the best course of action for treatment for the total span of each individual tooth.

Dr. Annan uses digital x-rays, rather than older film based x-rays. Digital x-rays require less radiation (in fact, minuscule amounts of radiation) and fewer "re-takes".

Best Options for Replacing Missing Teeth 

Did you know that a missing tooth can cause a domino effect that can change the architecture of your smile and create dental problems? When a tooth is missing, the teeth surrounding it begin to shift towards the gap, which alters your smile and changes how you eat and speak. Due to the shifting, tooth decay may happen, along with cavities. Even if all your existing teeth are perfectly aligned and shaped, that all can change when they shift.  

Without a tooth root to anchor the jawbone, your bone can actually retract and recede, creating a "sunken" hollow-cheeked appearance. The entire contours of your face can completely change due to missing teeth, not to mention how difficult eating and speaking can become. 

At East Cooper Smiles, we offer permanent tooth replacement options like dental crowns, bridges, dentures dental implants, and more. If you are in Mt. Pleasant, SC, and are missing a tooth—we recommend making an appointment to speak with Dr. Annan about your options. It's crucial to prevent future dental problems, and replacing a missing tooth can restore your confidence and appearance. 

East Cooper Smiles can help you decide which tooth replacement procedure is right for you. Call our dental team in Mt. Pleasant, SC, for more information about your dental options. 

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