Our Dentistry Blog - Wood Creek Dental

Dentists Serving Greenville, Simpsonville, Landrum & Nearby Areas of South Carolina and North Carolina

May 15, 2021

Is Root Canal Very Painful?

Root canal treatment becomes necessary when a tooth is infected. It may also be needed in cases of severe decay, trauma, or when a tooth is chipped or cracked. With this treatment, debris and infection are gently removed from the inner chamber of the tooth before it is capped with a dental crown. The crown is shaped, shaded, and sized to blend seamlessly into your smile, restoring comfort, strength, and beauty for years...

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April 06, 2021

Signs of Gum Disease

In its earliest stages, gum disease may show only very minor symptoms. For example, a slight reddening of the gums or swollen gum tissue may be the first indications of gum disease, neither of which are exceptionally noticeable. Bleeding gums, which may also be an early warning sign of gum disease, are often when people begin to be concerned, but the...

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March 12, 2021


ClearCorrect™ is an orthodontic treatment that utilizes removable aligners to gently move teeth into their ideal position. The aligners are made of a clear and forgiving plastic that has been specially formulated to produce optimal results without compromising comfort. In fact, these aligners are so effective that ClearCorrect can sometimes be a faster treatment for many patients than traditional wire and bracket braces. The best way to learn how long treatment may...

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February 04, 2021

Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Safe?

Tooth-colored filings, also known as white fillings or cosmetic fillings, are made of a safe, nontoxic resin. Not only safer, they are less invasive, stronger, and more reliable than their metal alternatives. While the issue of amalgam fillings off-gassing mercury is still up for debate, this much is certain: there is nothing in tooth-colored fillings that could prove harmful if ingested or inhaled.


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January 06, 2021

Optimal oral health requires professional dental care. The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist every six months for routine cleanings and examinations. Maintaining these biannual visits helps prevent serious oral health concerns, such as gum disease, while also helping to keep the teeth bright and attractive. 


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October 06, 2020

Dental Sedation

There are three primary types of dental sedation. The type of sedation used will determine how long the effects last.

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is administered through a nasal cannula. This type of dental sedation will begin to wear off as soon as the supply is stopped. For some patients, effects may wear off within three to five minutes, but it is recommended that you give...

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September 03, 2020

Do Veneers Stay White?

Porcelain is stain-resistant. This is one of the reasons it's used for kitchen sinks and other household fixtures. Another is its durability. Porcelain is incredibly difficult to damage.

But what about porcelain used for dental veneers? Do porcelain veneers stay white?

Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant. They are not, however, stain-proof. Veneers are hard to stain, but once they have been, they cannot be...

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August 05, 2020

Mother and daughter cutting vegetables

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But what about the dentist? Are there foods that can help protect and maintain your oral health in between your biannual cleanings and examinations? Yes, there are. There are also foods you’ll likely want to avoid if you’re interested in keeping your teeth healthy, attractive, and strong.

The Good Guys

The best foods for your teeth are:

  • Raw...
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June 23, 2020

The safety and well-being of our patients has always been, and will always remain, our top priority at Wood Creek Dental. Our practice follows strict infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to...

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June 03, 2020

kids, adults, and seniors of a family pose and smile togetherWhen searching for a family dentist, your first step should be to examine the credentials, background and experience of each dentist you are considering. Not all dentists are equally accomplished or respected, so it’s important to choose a practice you can trust with every aspect of your dental health.

Family Dentistry Features to Look For

Before you select a family dentist, visit various...

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