dreamstime_xs_20456711If you are looking for a dentist, you have many choices, even here in Columbia, SC. There are many skills you can count on dentists having. After all, all dentists are certified to be able to practice in the state and therefore have a minimum level of competence in basic dentistry procedures. But there are other skills that either aren’t taught or are given short shrift in dental school, and these are the things that set dentists apart. Here are three of those essential skills you should always look for in a dentist.

Cosmetic Dentistry

You might think that cosmetic dentistry only matters for certain procedures, but the truth is that everything a dentist does can be transformed by a cosmetic dentistry perspective. The health and attractiveness of teeth are closely related, and a cosmetic dentist may be more vigilant about protecting the health of your teeth because of their cosmetic perspective. Dentists without a cosmetic perspective may also use unattractive restorations that may make you unhappy with the appearance of your smile and require correction.

Neuromuscular Dentistry

Neuromuscular dentistry deals with the way your teeth, bones, and muscles work together in the mouth’s dynamic system. There are two big advantages to working with a neuromuscular dentist: improved comfort and extended lifetime of restorations.

A neuromuscular dentist will always make sure that your restorations fit properly and won’t interfere with your natural bite, so you won’t have to worry about discomfort, soreness, or TMJ caused or worsened by a dental crown.

A neuromuscular dentist will also understand if you have bite problems that are responsible for tooth wear or damage and will work to correct them before placing restorations that will just be damaged the way your natural teeth were.

Sedation Dentistry

Dental anxiety is a common fact of life for many people. Sedation dentistry helps people overcome anxiety to enjoy a more comfortable and relaxed dental treatment. You may not think you need this extra step, but the truth is that you don’t know what the future will hold. You may grow more anxious of your dental visits in the future or there may be certain procedures that make you more nervous than you thought.

Having this as an option means you will never have to skip needed dental care because of anxiety.

Of course, this is just a small selection of the talents offered by the dentists at Smile Columbia Dentistry. To learn more, please call (803) 781-9090 for an appointment at our office in Columbia, SC.