If you have a dental infection, root canal therapy can save your tooth from extraction. Treatment involves removing the infected tissue and sterilizing the tooth, before restoring it with a dental crown. Recent innovations in technology and techniques have made root canal therapy virtually painless.
Gum disease is a progressive condition that can lead to gum recession, bone degeneration, and tooth loss if left untreated. To address gum disease, we use dental lasers, which can eliminate compromised tissue precisely and efficiently. We can also design a long-term plan to keep your gums healthy.
An imbalanced bite can result in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, as the joints must overcompensate. This constant strain on TMJs can cause pain or tenderness, as well as headaches. We can help pinpoint the cause of your condition and design a plan that will provide the relief you need.
Does your spouse or partner complain about your snoring? We provide customized oral appliances that can reduce snoring and ease your breathing. By properly positioning your jaw while you sleep, these devices can also help you sleep more deeply and comfortably.
The regular cleanings and dental exams we provide are anything but routine. We spend a great deal of time examining and educating patients and tailoring our cleanings to individual needs. It is our goal to help you achieve long-term oral health and a beautiful, vibrant smile.
As a patient-oriented practice, we take special care or those who are especially anxious about visiting the dentist. We will listen to your concerns or fears and take the steps necessary to help you feel comfortable. We even have special virtual reality glasses you can wear during treatment.
Some patients need a little extra help relaxing during treatment. For these patients, we offer sedation dentistry, including oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide. Anxiety should never stand between you and the treatment you need, and we will do everything we can to put your mind at ease.
Dr. Rink offers comprehensive services to patients of all ages. You may schedule your family's appointments back-to-back, and our team can handle all of your insurance and billing needs. To protect your health, Dr. Rink can monitor dental issues that run in your family and plan ahead.
If you are plagued by a consistent or severe toothache, you may need to have a tooth extracted. Dr. Rink removes teeth that are unable to be repaired by more conservative restorative measures. While he does not remove wisdom teeth himself, Dr. Rink can refer you to a specialist if necessary.
Dr. Rink performs an oral cancer screening during every check-up to help ensure all cases are caught as early as possible. If, during this examination, he finds potentially cancerous lesions, he will recommend you to a specialist who can perform a biopsy and recommend treatment.
Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update
To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:
Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.
We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.
Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.
Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.
We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.
To your optimal dental health,
- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and teamVirtual Consultation
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