Patient Testimonials
  • Azalea Dental is, without a doubt, the best dentist office I have ever been to. The staff is professional, courteous, and very easy to talk to and work with. They have televisions on the ceiling for crying out loud (I'm a former Army guy, so anything beyond whiskey and a stick to squeeze is good. Televisions on the ceiling is exceeding the standard).
    Dan B.
  • Dr. Riley and all of the staff are amazing! Between Jenna and Debbie at the front desk, the hygienist Jodie, and Dr. Riley my appointments have always been quick, easy and most importantly, painless. I would refer any of my family or friends to Azalea Dental! Thank you guys for always offering 5 star service!
    Libby L.
  • The best dental practice I have ever experienced, and I have experienced several.They are friendly, thorough and experienced, I wouldn't consider going any where else for my dental health .
    Jeff
  • I have chosen Azalea Dental for many years as our family dentist. Our first impression was great and we have continued with Dr Riley and staff ever since. They have state of art equipment and knowledgeable professional staff. I am and always will recommend this office. They are the best in the area!
    Carolyn O.

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3 Signs That Mean It Might Be Time for a Root Canal

Nobody likes to talk about root canals because they have the unfortunate reputation of being challenging and uncomfortable. However, with updated techniques and technology, your Summerville dentist can perform root canals that are no more complicated than having a tooth filled.And while lots of people associate root canals with pain, but the truth is that root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it.Timely Treatment is EssentialWhile we understand that you would rather not think about a root canal, it’s important for you to know the signs of root canal infection. By the time you notice any of these signs, the disease has already damaged your tooth. If we don’t ...

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Drinks to Avoid for a Healthier Smile

Drinks to Avoid for a Healthier Smile | Azalea Dental
If you believe you are doing everything right with your oral health but still get diagnosed with cavities, the soft drinks you consume may be the culprit.Colas and other soft drinks are by far the worst drinks because they are loaded with sugar. For instance, a 21 oz. bottle of cola contains 44 grams of sugar. Just to put this in perspective, adults need only 32 grams of sugar per day to maintain good health.If you regularly consume energy drinks, it’s time to rethink your choices. Many energy drinks contain unhealthy levels of caffeine, but they are also filled with acid and sugar. There is not much good to be ...

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The Health of Your Kidneys and Your Gums May Be Linked

Kidney and Gum Health Blog | Azalea Dental
As your Summerville, SC dentist, Dr. Thomas Riley makes it a point to stay current with the latest research in dentistry that affects your overall health and wellness. In recent years, one area that’s getting a lot of attention is the link between your oral health and the health of your body.Gum Disease and Chronic Kidney DiseaseThere is enough research to connect chronic inflammation from gum disease to an increased risk for heart disease, respiratory illness, cancer, stroke, pregnancy complications, and diabetes.However, a study published recently in the Journal of Periodontology set out to observe the long-term effects of gum disease and chronic kidney disease (CKD). This study, conducted by ...

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5 Ideas to Help You Find a Great Dentist in Summerville, SC

Great Dentist in Summerville, SC | Azalea Dental
Are you looking for a new dentist in the Summerville, SC area? Maybe your former dentist retired or just doesn’t serve your family’s needs any longer.Before you begin your search, here are a few tips to help you find a dentist who’s the perfect fit for your family.Get word-of-mouth referrals: Talk to friends and relatives about their dentists to find out about their experience with a particular dentist. Would they feel confident referring you to this dentist? If you can’t get a referral from a friend, pay attention to online reviews and testimonials that let you see how the dentist is doing according to actual patients.Do your research: Go online ...

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Replacing Missing Teeth

If you're missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your looks and overall health. Your teeth are designed to work together to help you chew, speak and smile. When teeth are missing it can be difficult to do these things. Even the loss of a back tooth may cause your teeth to shift and your face to look older. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced.Inside are three options for replacement. Not all options are right for everyone but we will help you decide which option is best for you.ImplantsYou may choose implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full denture. An implant is a "post" that is surgically placed in the ...

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How Safe are Dental X-Rays

Do you ever wonder, “How safe are dental x-rays?”. The key to a healthy smile is prevention. When you see Dr. Thomas Riley for the first time, we typically start with a thorough oral exam. As part of this, we will take x-rays of your mouth. People often feel hesitant and worry they are placing themselves at risk. However, we use advanced technology to ensure our exams are safe, comfortable, and precise.Frequently Asked Questions About Dental X-RaysWhat is digital radiography?Instead of using traditional photographic equipment and bitewings, the doctor employs a digital sensor and computer technology to perform a series of detailed x-rays. When you first sit in the chair, ...

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How do Whitening Toothpastes Work, and How Effective are They?

When you go shopping you probably encounter a myriad of options for removing dental discoloration, such as over-the-counter strips or whitening toothpastes. There is no shortage of possible solutions to teeth stains. Whitening toothpastes are an especially popular option people often turn to brighten teeth. However, do whitening toothpastes work? Can you really achieve a brighter smile by using them?How Do Whitening Toothpastes Work?Toothpaste that brightens your teeth does so due to special ingredients. For example, many contain an abrasive material that gently buffs away surface stains. Others contain Hydrogen peroxide or other chemicals designed to break down discoloration. A few contain a chemical known as blue coveraine, which can ...

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