2104 Old Spartanburg Rd Greer, SC 29650

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General Dentistry Greer, SC

Dr. Adam Carraway is a preventative dentist in Greer, SC, who emphasizes the importance of routine dental care for his patients. He completed a General Practice Residency that gave him exemplary knowledge of various dentistry aspects. With this expansive toolbox, he can look at every option available and present the best treatment for each patient.

Ultimately, our goal is to help maintain a beautiful smile throughout our patient’s lifetimes. We work hard to prevent dental emergencies and identify issues before they become a problem. If a dental emergency does occur. Dr. Carraway utilizes the latest technologies to identify the cause and prescribe the best treatment options available. He believes in giving patients the power to make their own healthcare decisions. Because of the breadth of his knowledge in many different aspects of dentistry, Dr. Carraway gives patients the best options for their particular situations. He acts as a teammate and advisor for the patient to give identify how to accomplish their oral healthcare goals.

General Preventative Dentistry in Greer, South Carolina

General Dentistry Services

Prevention is the most important aspect of ensuring a lifetime of great oral health. Dr. Carraway helps each patient build an action plan to maintain and improve their oral health using preventive dental treatments. Routine dental cleanings are very important for maintaining gum health. Neglecting dental cleanings can lead to a buildup of tartar beneath the gums, leading to inflammation and, eventually, bone loss. This process takes many years to develop, but once present, it is very difficult and expensive to treat.

Therefore, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Sports Mouthguards

You need a mouthguard if you or your child play contact sports like basketball, football, or soccer. Sports mouthguards protect the teeth from injury and loss. Because we customize mouthguards to each patient, they are less likely to fall out and distract patients from their game.

Dental Emergencies

Call Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in a dental emergency at 864.268.7812. Emergency dentistry treats toothaches, broken dental restorations, knocked-out permanent teeth, and more. If you receive prompt care for your dental emergency, you can prevent the spread of infection and stop the chance of further damage to your teeth.

Family Dentistry

Dr. Carraway is a family dentist who treats patients of all ages in his Greer dentist office. So whether you have children that need preventive care against cavities or are an adult noticing oral health problems as you age, we can help. We make it easy for families to receive consideration for every family member under one roof.

Dental Sedation

Sedation dentistry is a treatment method that helps calm and relaxes patients during their dental procedures. IV sedation, nitrous oxide, and oral conscious sedation relax patients and provide pain-free care. We typically use sedation for lengthy or complex procedures. However, we can also accommodate patients with dental fear or anxiety so they can receive sedation for routine care.

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions treat impacted, overcrowded, and infected teeth. Many patients think that dental extractions are highly painful. On the contrary, tooth extraction treatment is comfortable for patients because we use a local anesthetic and dental sedation. Extractions also relieve pain often caused by an infection or impacted tooth.

 

Dental Care for Adults and Seniors

Maintaining your oral health helps you maintain your best quality of life. As people age, they may notice that they require treatment for problems like missing, damaged, and discolored teeth. We provide dental implants, dentures, dental bridges, porcelain veneers, tooth bonding, dental crowns, and teeth whitening treatment for adult patients. These treatments help address oral health problems as they happen.

What Are Root Canals and Dental Fillings?

When plaque comes in contact with sugar, acid forms and breaks down tooth structure. This broken-down tooth structure is commonly referred to as decay or a cavity. If a cavity is left untreated long enough, it may progress into the tooth’s nerve and cause a toothache. Toothaches that result from deep cavities in the nerve must be treated with root canals. Therefore, treating cavities with a root canal or dental fillings is advantageous before they reach the tooth’s nerve.

Dental technology has progressed to the point that root canal procedures take no longer and are no more complicated than a filling or crown. It is typically best financially to save a tooth with a root canal than replace the tooth later on with a dental implant.

We know that many of our patients are afraid of the numbing procedure, so we work hard to ensure that it is as pleasant as possible. After numbing the tooth, we will remove the infected pulp, made up of the nerves, cells, and blood vessels that keep teeth alive. Then, we clean the tooth chamber and place the filling.

Dental fillings restore the tooth structure after a cavity. Modern fillings are called white fillings because they are made of tooth-colored composite resin. Moreover, they easily blend in with teeth and offer a more natural look than traditional metal fillings. After we remove decay and clean a tooth, we seal it with a dental filling. Finally, another added benefit to dental fillings is that they help seal out tooth decay and lower the chance of reinfection.

Why Am I Prone to Cavities?

Patients may be prone to cavities for a number of reasons. One reason is the shape and formation of the teeth. It is more difficult to clean between overcrowded teeth than straight teeth. Bacteria can hide in these hard-to-reach areas. Diet can also be a factor. Sugary foods and drinks that stay on the enamel eventually eat away at the tooth structure. Visit our office for routine care, and we can examine your smile to recommend cavity prevention treatment.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children and adolescents in the United States. Fluoride toothpaste is one of the most important tools for preventing tooth decay. Fluoride toothpaste helps to remineralize the teeth, by recreating their natural protective layer. This helps to prevent cavities and strengthen teeth against acid attacks.

The Importance of Preventative Care

Preventative dental services help prevent future oral health problems from occurring. Additionally, preventative dental care is the most important part of your oral health. It helps prevent more serious dental conditions requiring invasive and expensive procedures. Modern preventative dental care takes place both in your dentist’s office and when you’re at home. Diligent dental care forms the base of both your oral health and our dental practice.

Preventive Dental Care at Home

At home, you must brush at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss daily at least once. Food particles and debris stay on your teeth without brushing and flossing, collecting bacteria. The longer these things are left on your teeth, the more problems they cause. Plaque hardens into tartar, making it harder to remove. Plaque and tartar are what lead to problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

Your diet plays a bigger part in your oral health than you may realize. Diets high in sugar and acid are particularly harmful to your teeth. Sugars are the biggest player in tooth decay, and acids contribute to wearing away the protective enamel layer on your teeth. You’re likely to have dental problems in the future if your diet is high in one or both of these.

A balanced diet is crucial for your oral health. Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially fibrous ones, require a lot of chewing. This process helps dislodge particles and debris that are stuck between your teeth. It increases saliva production as well. Saliva works like water and washes bacteria and debris away from your smile.

Dental Care From Your Dentist in Greer, SC

You can still develop dental problems even if you take great care of your oral health at home. There are areas in your smile that are hard to reach with a traditional toothbrush and floss. Specialized dental tools used by our hygienists can get into every cramped space in your mouth to free them of plaque and tartar. You’ll probably be surprised at just how much builds up in these harder-to-reach spots.

Each regular dental visit comes with a thorough oral exam, too. Oral health problems like gum disease and oral cancer have very mild beginning symptoms. For gum disease, bleeding gums are the best warning sign. Since many of them come without pain, many adults don’t realize they have them. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and severe health problems throughout your body. Our staff has specialized training to recognize signs of these problems in their early stages.

At the end of each dental cleaning, Dr. Carraway examines the teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks, and other tissues to screen against oral cancer and check the health of the teeth and gums. Dr. Carraway and his team work hard to formulate a plan for each patient and partner to ensure a lifetime of beautiful smiles.

Your Greer, SC dentist, also looks for changes in your mouth from visit to visit. Our aim is to help you catch problems early. Dental X-rays help us determine if there’s tooth decay developing in a place where the eye can’t see or if your wisdom teeth growing in will cause issues with your smile. We believe in taking care of problems early on and preventing them from becoming bigger problems in your mouth.

Request a Dental Appointment Today

Do you need preventative dental treatments? Contact Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for complete dental care at 864.268.7812 or schedule a dental consultation on our website. We look forward to seeing you at your next dental visit.