James Island Dental Associates
Restorative, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry


3 Benefits of CEREC Technology

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Dental technology is always evolving and improving, and one of the most significant benefits modern dentistry offers is streamlining procedures. There is no better example of this than CEREC crowns in Charleston, SC.

If you've had a dental crown placed in the past, you probably remember the two long appointments that were required to complete the process. Not to mention the temporary you had to wear for two to three weeks while you patiently waited for your final restoration. If your temporary crown was unreliable and broke or fell out, this meant additional time with your dentist to repair it. This entire process could take upwards of four weeks before you ...

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Proud to be Nominated for Best Dental Practice Charleston, SC

Dr. Thomas and Dr. Weir would like to thank our wonderful patients for nominating James Island Dental Associates for the Best Dental Practice presented by City Paper!  This is an extreme honor and we are very thankful.  We try to present great customer care for our patients.  We have very inviting and caring staff that is eager to help ease dental fears and stress. We hope that by being nominated that our patients will take it one step further and vote here: Click here and scroll to find James Island Associates under Best Dental Practice Charleston. It only takes a couple of secs!  Scroll down to Best Dental ...

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How LANAP Laser Procedure Treats Periodontal Disease without Surgery

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The dentists in our dental office are the first in Charleston, NC to receive training in the LANAP laser procedure, which provides excellent treatment for periodontal disease.

At James Island Dental Associates, we are always utilizing the latest in dental treatments and technologies to offer our patients the best and most comfortable options available.

Anytime we can avoid putting our patients through surgery, we will.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a disease of the gums, which causes pain, swelling, potential tooth loss, and infections that can spread to other areas of the body.

Besides swelling, the symptoms of periodontal disease may include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Painful chewing
  • Recurrent toothaches
  • Loose teeth

Periodontal treatments can be invasive, requiring ...

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Why Wisdom Teeth Extractions Are Often Necessary

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At James Island Dental Associates, we know how painful and troublesome wisdom teeth can be. Sometimes they only partially erupt, opening your gums to bacteria, food particles, and potential infections. Other times they encroach on other teeth, causing discomfort and swelling.

In our Charleston, SC dental office, we remove wisdom teeth regularly, and our patients are relieved to rid themselves of these bothersome teeth.

The good news is that wisdom teeth are not necessary. They come in long after adult teeth, and people can chew just fine without them.

The Wisdom Teeth Extraction Process

Our dentist will assess your situation to make sure that your wisdom teeth require extraction. If you’re experiencing pain ...

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What Snoring Treatments Do You Offer?

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Millions of people around the world snore, and snoring cessation and prevention is definitely something our Charleston, SC dentists treat and regularly manage with excellent results!

Snoring can be a potentially serious problem linked to sleep apnea, which is a condition that causes sleepers to stop breathing for short periods during the night. In our dental office, we diagnose, treat, and refer sleep apnea patients all the time.

Sleep apnea symptoms include:

  • Snoring
  • Feeling tired the next day
  • Daytime irritability
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Dental issues from possible teeth grinding

Dentists, during an oral exam, can often spot the telltale signs of sleep apnea—irritated throat or worn down teeth—and treat accordingly.

However, just because you snore does not mean ...

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Why Do I Need a Crown?

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At James Island Dental Group, we recommend crowns for a variety of reasons, and our patients are thrilled with the results. 

Here are a few reasons why we might recommend a crown:

  • Trauma or decay with extensive damage to teeth
  • A tooth treated with a root canal—a crown makes the tooth sturdier
  • A cracked tooth
  • A tooth that is shorter in proportion to surrounding teeth
  • You want cosmetic results fast

A crown is a tooth-shaped cover placed over your existing tooth. This ceramic cover looks exactly like your natural tooth, and the crown is durable. You can chew food and indulge in all your favorite healthy snacks.

The Benefits of CEREC Crowns

If you’re like many people, you ...

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What Should I Expect at My Child’s First Dental Visit?

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At James Island Dental Associates, our well-trained staff will ease your child into the new dental atmosphere and make them feel comfortable and relaxed while our dentist gently performs the initial exam.

During this extremely important oral health check, our dentist will pay close attention to your child’s bite and the way their teeth are coming in. Identifying potential issues early is a great way to utilize proactive care. 

Often, our dentist will order a dental cleaning, topical fluoride rinse, or other treatment to give your child a good boost in future cavity prevention and to help strengthen enamel. 

What Happens after the Exam?

From the very first visit, we like to set the ...

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