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By: Steve W.
Cornerstone Dentistry
Dr. Hardy and his staff are the most caring and professional staff I have experienced Before visiting Dr. Hardy I would not go to a dentist, but now It's liking visiting family. I have been very pleased with the work Dr. hardy has done, and I have received so many compliments about my teeth it makes me want to smile all the time. I would not recommend another dentist other than dr. Hardy and his staff.
By: Vincent B.
Cornerstone Dentistry
Since moving to Anderson I had to find a new dentist for my dental needs. Cornerstone Dentistry worked with my prior dentist to ensure my needs were taken care of. I was so impressed by their professionalism, I decided to become a regular patient. Their family friendly atmosphere and nice office made it an easy choice. I would recommend Cornerstone Dentistry.
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By: Meredith E.
Cornerstone Dentistry
I went to Cornerstone for the first time the other day. Had a great experience. Dr. Wilson took his time, was very thorough, and also let me know that they offer free whitening to ALL AnMed employees! They had the molds made that day, and I was called the next day and notified my trays were already ready for pickup. Beautiful office,friendly staff!
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By: cathy.henshaw.90
Cornerstone Dentistry
Had a great experience at corner stone dentistry staff was very friendly and knowledgeable . Dentist was very professional and has a great personality. Would highly recommend this office to everyone out there. Prices are very reasonable as well. Atmosphere was awesome and very calming. Looking forward to my next visit.
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By: anna.summers2
Cornerstone Dentistry
I have been a patient of Cornerstone for almost seven years and have ALWAYS received professional and friendly care. My husband and I mainly have our teeth examined and cleaned every six months, and never had any problems. I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking a new dentist.
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By: Greg T.
Cornerstone Dentistry
I needed an implant done on my front tooth so I was concerned about how it would look. Dr. Hardy was recommended to me and took the time to make sure the crown looked as good as possible. He and his staff did an excellent job throughout the procedure.
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By: Gb L.
Cornerstone Dentistry
The best. Spent 28 years having unsatisfactory dental work at another Anderson dentist. Couldn't be happier with Dr. Hardy and staff. They have the latest technology to find problems before they become a big issue.
By: ross.browne.925
Cornerstone Dentistry
Totally was blown away to find a Dentist and Office Staff who were so caring and personable. Very attentive to my comfort at each and every appointment with no pressure to do unnecessary procedures.
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By: Ronnie C.
Cornerstone Dentistry
Clean & Courteous. Went over problems and how to treat them in detail. Enjoyed the visit and look forward to making this the last dentist office I have to be a "new patient" at. Very Pleased.
Cornerstone Dentistry
Great office, wonderful staff and doctors! Relaxing environment and very accommodating! I was very pleased and at ease. Definitely recommend to anyone and all ages.
Tips & Advices
Depending on the circumstances, there might not be a safe or effective alternative to dental implants that would not impact your health and quality of life. This is because healthy teeth are essential for maintaining a balanced diet and proper nutrition. In the case of a single tooth damaged from a cavity or infection, a dentist might opt to perform a root canal procedure to remove the infection while preserving the tooth itself. However, this operation often still requires replacing the top of the tooth with an implant known as a crown. In general, the best alternative to implants is preventing the need for them through proper oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing helps prevent tooth decay that can eventually lead to loss of teeth and other dental problems.
Start by looking into what is and is not covered under your health or dental insurance to understand and estimate costs. Then work with your primary dental care provider to understand treatment options and get recommendations for practitioners. You may also research oral and maxillofacial practices online.
Coverage of implant procedures varies depending on the specifics of your health or dental insurance. It may also depend on whether or not the implants are considered medically necessary as opposed to being an elective or cosmetic procedure. If you are a member of a Medicare health plan, most elective dental procedures are not covered. Medicare may cover some costs for procedures that involve dental surgery, like reconstruction of the jaw following an accidental injury or emergency surgery. Check with your health plan provider for information on how dental implant services are covered.
Full recovery from an implant procedure can take several weeks or months. Assuming the surgery is completed without any serious complications, patients are usually sent home within a day to recover. For the first day or two after surgery, patients are advised not to disturb the implant site or perform any kind of strenuous physical labor. Gauze pads will need to be periodically replaced to control bleeding for the first day or two. Pain medication to reduce discomfort and swelling is also prescribed for at least the first two weeks. Doctors will advise patients to avoid hard food, hot food or liquid, or use of a straw for the first days after the procedure. The best foods are purees and soups that require minimal chewing and can be eaten with a spoon. Patients may also need to rinse implant sites for a few days after surgery. Follow-up appointments within the first few weeks are often required to ensure recovery is progressing.
Those who perform dental implant procedures are known as oral and maxillofacial surgeons. These physicians are generally certified as a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) as well as one or more special degrees for dental surgery or osteopathic medicine. Becoming a dental surgeon requires at least 12 years of academic and professional training in the United States, and requires certification with the state medical board. A general dentist with specific training in implantology can perform implant surgery, as well as certain specialists:
  • Prosthodontist – specializes in the restoration and replacement of teeth
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgeon – specializes in dental surgery
  • Periodontist – specializes in periodontal (gum) disease

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