Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry - Charleston SC.

For patients in Charleston, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach with damaged teeth or painful jaw problems, Dr. John Rink uses restorative dentistry to restore the function and health of their smile. With dentures, porcelain or composite fillings, dental implants, and more, Dr. Rink can fill in gaps left by missing teeth, repair decay, and prevent painful shifting in the mouth. Patients suffering from disorders of the jaw can also receive TMJ treatment at our Charleston practice, and explore alternatives to surgical intervention.

For more information about TMJ treatment, restoration of dental implants, and other restorative dentistry solutions, contact Charleston dentist John Rink, DDS, AAACD

Dental Implant Restoration

If you are missing teeth but are not an appropriate candidate for porcelain veneers, we also offer dental implants at our Charleston practice. Dental implants are an excellent solution to missing teeth, and can prevent nearby teeth from drifting to an abnormal position. Dental implants eliminate gaps, providing a permanent, natural alternative to dentures. Dr. Rink restores dental implants at his Charleston practice by attaching artificial teeth to implants anchored in the bone below the gum line. After the dental implants have been surgically placed in the jawbone, excess bone and gum grow around the implants, holding them firmly in place. Dr. Rink then attaches artificial teeth, either fixed or removable, to the dental implants at his Charleston office. The end result is strong, secure teeth that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.

To find out if you are one of the many Charleston, Hilton Head, or Myrtle Beach patients who are candidates for dental implants, contact Charleston dentist John Rink, DDS, AAACD today.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are an ideal cosmetic solution for those missing one or more teeth provided by Dr. Rink to patients from Charleston, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, and all over South Carolina. Dental implants are permanently anchored into the jawbone, providing support for attractive, natural looking replacement teeth. They strengthen your bite by filling in gaps left by missing teeth, and also improve your speech and ability to eat the foods you love. If you are looking for a permanent replacement for missing teeth, consider investing in dental implants.

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Composite Fillings

In the past, dentists could only treat cavities and tooth ailments with silver and mercury fillings. Modern restorative dentistry has replaced these unsightly fillings with tooth-colored composite fillings made of porcelain or resin. These fillings are sealed to the surface of the tooth, creating a strong bond that prevents future decay. To find out if you are one of the many candidates for composite fillings in Charleston, Hilton Head, or Myrtle Beach, contact our restorative dentistry practice.

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If you have gaps in your smile and find it difficult to speak and chew, dental bridges may be the right option for you. Bridges work by closing spaces in your mouth and filling gaps with long-lasting artificial teeth. Dental bridges are semi-permanent—they can only be removed by a dentist—and are comfortable and proven to strengthen teeth. Dental bridges can also be attached to dental implants at our Charleston office for a more permanent solution for missing teeth. To find out if you are one of the many candidates for dental bridges in Charleston, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, contact the Charleston Center for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry today.

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Partial Dentures

To maintain a healthy smile, it is important to replace missing teeth in order to prevent shifting and damage to mouth tissue, and to reduce pain associated with TMJ disorders. At our Charleston practice, we use partial or removable dentures to fill gaps left by missing teeth. Partial dentures consist of artificial teeth attached to a plastic base, and when properly fitted, these dentures are indistinguishable from natural teeth. To find out more about partial dentures and how they provide Charleston, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach patients withTMJ treatment, contact our Charleston dentist today.

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Thousands of patients are now choosing the CEREC AC system for advanced dental care in a single office visit. CEREC AC is currently the only system available world-wide that allows dentists to fabricate and place permanent dental restorations (dental crownsporcelain veneers , porcelain inlays/onlays) in a single appointment. For patients at our restorative dentistry practice from Charleston, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, this means less time spent in the dentist’s chair, less drilling, and no second appointment required.

If you are interested in a CEREC restoration, it is important to choose a dentist with experience using CEREC AC technology. Dr. Rink is currently on faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) Dental School teaching the CEREC CAD/CAM course. He has placed numerous CEREC AC restorations at his Charleston practice and welcomes the opportunity to introduce the technology to new patients from Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach as well.

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Dental Restorations in a Single Appointment

At most dental offices, restorative dentistry treatments require multiple visits. During the first appointment, the dentist usually takes impressions of the teeth and applies a temporary restoration. A few weeks later, the patient returns for a second appointment where the temporary is removed and the permanent inlays, dental crowns, or porcelain veneers are placed. Ever since Dr. Rink introduced new CEREC AC technology at his restorative dentistry practice in Charleston , a dental restoration can be completed – start to finish – in just a single appointment! This is highly beneficial for the patients that visit our office from Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, and throughout the state.

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Quality Dental Materials

In the past, dentists used amalgam, gold, and other metals to repair and restore damaged teeth. Unfortunately, these materials had a tendency to break and often did not provide adequate support to the teeth. With CEREC AC technology, Dr. Rink can create durable tooth-colored ceramic restorations in a single appointment that are not only more attractive than metal restorations, but infinitely more healthy. Because these ceramic restorations are chemically bonded to the teeth, Dr. Rink can apply the restorations without having to sacrifice healthy teeth tissue. The result is an attractive, strong restoration that resists cracking and will protect the teeth from further damage.

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Smile Enhancement

Dr. Rink can use CEREC AC to create any single tooth restoration. If your teeth are stained, chipped, or cracked, Dr. Rink can create a single dental veneer to repair and restore your smile. CEREC AC also allows Dr. Rink to create single dental crowns to cover damaged teeth or to utilize as a dental implant restoration for the permanent replacement of missing teeth. To find out more about single visit CEREC AC restorative dentistry , contact Charleston dentist John Rink, DDS, AAACD

If you are interested in any of the treatments featured on this page, including bridgework, dentures, fillings, inlays/onlays, TMJ treatment , or dental implants , contact Charleston restorative dentist John Rink, DDS, AAACD today to schedule a consultation.

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Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

Porcelain inlays and onlays (also known as indirect fillings) are designed to fill in cavities and areas of damage in the teeth. Like regular fillings, they protect the teeth from further decay; however, while traditional fillings fit inside a cavity, inlays and onlays are placed on top of the tooth to build up the cusp of the tooth and add strength. While regular fillings are made of a soft material that is fitted inside of the tooth, inlays and onlays are molded from porcelain and cemented in place. Fortunately, Dr. Rink is able to use CEREC AC technology to mill porcelain inlays and onlays while you wait – the fillings can be fabricated and placed in a single visit. To learn more about porcelain inlays and onlays, or other restorative dentistry procedures, contact Charleston dentist John Rink today.

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Snoring Treatment

For some people, snoring is a disruptive, but ultimately minor annoyance. However, loud, habitual snoring can be evidence of a more serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. This sleep disorder is caused by an obstruction of the upper airway, often the result of excess tissue, large tonsils, or a large tongue. The condition can be life-threatening if left untreated. Dr. Fink offers oral appliances that patients can wear at night to prevent airway collapse, as well as advise on positions or behaviors that can help manage your snoring. 

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