Advanced training and the personal attention make it possible for us to treat almost all your dental needs in the convenience of our office. Dr. Nicholson and her team are uniquely qualified to understand your needs and to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Please take a few minutes to learn more about what we do, and do not hesitate to give us a call. We look forward to meeting you.
We offer the following general dentistry services:
Your smile is arguably the most expressive feature on your face. There is no reason to compromise your smile with damaged or missing teeth. Updating or brightening your smile is a wonderful and special gift you can give yourself. And new advancements in cosmetic dentistry have made it easier, more convenient, and more comfortable for you to “treat yourself.” Dr. Nicholson has a variety of effective options and will take great care in designing a smile that complements you and looks completely natural. So go ahead, say “cheese” and…smile! Be sure to visit our Gallery of Smiles to see some amazing “Before and After” photos.
We offer the following cosmetic dentistry services:
A full night of sleep is important, but two inter-connected problems can keep you from getting the kind of rest you deserve. Those problems are snoring and sleep apnea. It’s not uncommon for patients with one to also have the other, though that’s not always the case. Still, if you regularly suffer from daytime drowsiness, feelings of stress or fatigue, and mood swings, it may be time for you to visit Dr. Katherine Nicholson at Carolina General & Cosmetic Dentistry. At our Spartanburg dental office, we can help you confirm your symptoms and treat your snoring or sleep apnea with a special, custom-made oral appliance from Silent Nite®.
The reason why sleep apnea and snoring are linked is that they often have the same cause. In both cases, the muscles and soft tissues around the throat become too relaxed during sleep, blocking important airways as a result. Because of this, air either can’t get through at all or has to work harder, resulting in the vibrations we associate with snoring. But the good news for patients who suffer from sleep apnea and snoring is that treatment is possible with a custom-made Silent Nite sl, for snoring, or TAP III Elite oral appliance, for sleep apnea.
Silent Nite sl devices work by repositioning the lower, ensuring that important airways remain open throughout the night. This reduces airflow velocity and eliminates soft tissue vibrations, putting a stop to snoring. And because airways remain open, patients don’t struggle to breathe at night, resulting in uninterrupted sleep. Finally, you and your partner can sleep peacefully through the night and get the rest you both deserve.
TAP III Elite devices for sleep apnea are ordered through your physician. Many people who wear theses are those who have had difficulty wearing a CPAP mask or have been prescribed to have one fabricated in addition to wearing their CPAP mask. Some medical insurance companies have covered part of the cost of this custom oral appliance.
Is snoring or sleep apnea keeping you from the sleeping through the night? Call Carolina General & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicholson’s Spartanburg dental office. Following a diagnosis, we can begin your treatment with Silent Nite or TAP III Elite. During the first stage, Dr. Nicholson will gather information about your smile with a bite registration and more. By collecting detailed date like this, we can provide you with more efficient and more comfortable treatment that delivers exactly the level of precise care you need
The Zoom! Whitening procedure is simple and painless. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. Then the proprietary Zoom! Whitening Gel is applied, which is activated by a specially designed light. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You will be amazed with the results! In most cases, your teeth will get even whiter the first few days after the procedure.
The jaw joint is located just in front of each ear. It is a complex joint, and has many muscles controlling it. Many people experience severe pain in and around the joint for a number of reasons. The pain can be sharp right in the area of the joint, or it may feel like an earache. It may be persistent, and often severe, headaches result. People with TMJ problems may also experience muscles spasms in the neck, back or shoulders.
A bad bite, or persistent grinding or clenching of teeth can cause TMJ. Grinding and clenching seems to be related to stress. Correcting a poor bite and reducing stress in our lives would be ideal options, however we often need relief immediately.
Basically grinding, clenching and a bad bite cause the muscles that control the jaw to be overworked, they get fatigued and go into spasm. That is when the pain begins. An appliance can be made to wear over the teeth that will allow the muscles to rest and reduce the symptoms. Various medications can also help reduce the pain, as well as massage of the muscles, moist heat, and even physical therapy can help.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, it is not wise to ignore them, or attempt to cope with them on your own. It can get worse, without warning, and permanent damage to the joint can result, which may require surgery. The best thing to do is call our office immediately to be evaluated and get you on the road to recovery and relief.