Alex R. Goodman, DMD has been serving the Columbia community with quality dental services at very affordable costs. Being in a smaller town and with the help of a well-groomed professional staff, I have been able to apply a personal touch to patients of all ages.
I am originally from Springfield, TN. I Graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry in 2007. I Practiced in Nashville, TN for 2 years prior to buying the practice in Columbia.
Member of the ADA, TDA (Tennessee Dental Association) Millenium Study Club.
Tooth-colored fillings - These are composite resin fillings that match the existing shade of your tooth. These fillings are bonded to the tooth.
Crowns - Porcelain crowns are used when there is not enough tooth structure to place a filling; therefore,the tooth is prepped down to have a crown,also known as a cap,which covers the tooth to protect it from cracking. A crown is an excellent restoration and looks like a natural tooth.
Veneers - This restoration is placed when a patient is not satisfied with his or her smile due to color and misalignment of their front teeth. A small amount of tooth is removed on the front side of the tooth and a porcelain veneer is placed. These restorations are mainly used for aesthetic reasons. Many movie stars are known to have these,which we call Hollywood smiles.
Lumineers - This restoration has the same concept as a traditional veneer,but these do not require any or a very small amount of tooth reduction. The type of veneer that can be used depends on the severity of your malocclusion.
Bridges - This restoration is used to replace a missing tooth. Basically it bridges the space between two teeth. The teeth on both sides of the space are prepped for a crown and then a bridge fits over both of the prepped teeth along with a tooth in the space that was void.
Dentures - This is a restoration used when a patient has no teeth in one or both top and bottom arches. They are made to look as if you have a full set of teeth.
Partials - It is a removable appliance that clasps to your existing teeth and replaces the missing teeth in your arch.
Root Canals - This procedure is performed when a tooth begins to hurt due to decay or has an infection at the root tip. The nerve is removed and the canal is filled with a synthetic material to seal the tooth off from the body's bloodstream.
In-office bleaching - We use a product called BOOST. 3 applications of a strong whitening material are placed on your teeth,which takes approximately 1 hour. Also,bleaching trays are given to you to take home to continue bleaching teeth until desired shade is acquired.
Implants - We restore the implants that are placed by the periodontist. A crown is made to fit over the actual implant that is placed into the bone.
Extractions - They are pretty much self explanatory. We try to do everything we can to save teeth and not extract them.
Perio - This term is used in reference to patients who have bone loss around their teeth due to a number of factors. Bone loss is caused by buildup of tartar underneath your gums,which begins to eat away your bone. We provide services such as scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) to rid the bacteria in the area. We use a system to numb those deep pockets without giving shots.