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602 College Ave Ste 1
Clemson, South Carolina 29631-2823
(864) 654-6813

A Clemson Dentist Your Family Can Trust

At Calhoun Clemson Dental Associates (CCDA), we understand the importance of having a dentist you can trust to give your family the level of dental care they deserve. That's why we're proud to offer high-quality dental services for children, teens, adults, and seniors. Our practice leverages state-of-the-art technology to improve the efficiency of our offerings and your overall comfort.

We've served as a dependable family dentist to Clemson and its surrounding communities since 1977. Our father-daughter dental team, Drs. John E. Ross, III, and Mary Frances Knapp pride themselves on getting to know you on a personal and professional level. Whether your child needs their first dental checkup or you need high-quality crowns, our practice is the place for you.

You can find us at the corner of College Ave. and Calhoun St. near Clemson University. Additionally, our practice is conveniently accessible from SC 93 and US 76. Call us or visit us in person to schedule your family's next appointments with our friendly team!


Our High-Quality Dental Services

When you first visit our Clemson dentistry office, we'll begin by conducting an extensive oral exam. One of our dentists will sit down with you and look at the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbones. Afterward, we'll create your personalized treatment plan that outlines which of our offerings we think are suitable for you. We encourage you to ask questions about our services at any time so that you never feel like you're not getting the whole picture about your treatment.

We can begin treating patients as soon as three years old. Our excellent dental services include, but are not limited to:

Leveraging State-of-the-Art Technology

Clemson family dentistA hallmark of our Clemson dentistry practice is our use of cutting-edge technology. Whether it's improving the efficiency of our offerings or helping you feel more comfortable during your visit, state-of-the-art technology improves your overall experience in more ways than one. Some of the technology we use includes:

  • Diode Lasers: Diode lasers, also called soft tissue lasers, are dental tools that allow precise manipulation of soft tissue without needing scalpels. Our practice uses them for biopsies and procedures like gum contouring. One of the primary benefits of a diode laser is that it cauterizes as it cuts, which does away with stitches and speeds up recovery times.
  • Digital X-Rays: This form of technology allows us to create detailed images of your teeth and jawbones. Compared to traditional x-rays, digital x-rays minimize radiation exposure and work fast to help reduce your time in the exam chair.
  • Primescan Intraoral Scanner: When we need to take impressions of your teeth, we use an intraoral scanner. This piece of technology eliminates the need for messy traditional impression molds and improves your overall comfort.
  • 3D Printer: Our office uses a 3D printer to create high-quality nightguards and sports guards. Having the 3D printer in our office gives us the opportunity to keep everything in-house and prevent you from visiting another office for the service.

Your Place for Excellent Dentistry in Clemson

At Calhoun Clemson Dental Associates (CCDA), we're passionate about improving and protecting the smiles of you and your loved ones. We accomplish this goal by pairing efficient dental services with a compassionate chairside manner to create pleasant dental experiences for patients of all ages. Our staff looks forward to meeting you and showing you the level of excellence they're capable of achieving. To help make our services more accessible to everyone, we accept various forms of financing, including CareCredit®. Call us today to schedule your next appointment!


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A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet.  It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride...

Cosmetic Dentistry in Clemson Do you find yourself hiding your teeth because of cosmetic imperfections? At Calhoun Clemson Dental Associates (CCDA), we offer effective cosmetic dental treatments to make your dream smile a reality. We understand that when you love the look of your teeth, it can boost your confidence, and we want you to have a smile you can't wait to share. Our team is proud to serve the residents of Clemson and the surrounding areas. You can rely on us to offer the custom treatments you need to elevate the appearance of your...

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”.  Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.  Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva.  If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar).  When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.  Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the...

It’s great news that the incidence of tooth decay has significantly diminished over the years due to the use of fluorides and an increase in patient awareness.  However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage and sometimes need to be restored back to health.  Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function. Should your teeth ever require a restorative treatment, you can rest assured knowing we will always...

EMERGENCY DENTAL TREATMENTWe want our patients at Calhoun Clemson Dental Associates to know we are here for them, even after hours.  If you have a dental emergency outside of regular business hours and are a patient of record, we will be available to treat you.For dental emergencies after business hours, please call (864) 654-6813 and leave a message for either Dr. Ross or Dr. Knapp.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I have bad breath?

Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition.  Many of us may not realize that we have bad breath, but everyone has it from time to time, especially in the morning. There are various causes that attribute to bad breath, but in healthy people, the major source is... ...Read More

Brushing and flossing help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease. Plaque is a film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that sticks to the teeth and gums.  The bacteria in plaque convert certain food particles into acids that cause tooth decay.  Also, if plaque is not removed,... ...Read More

Over the years, there has been some concern about the safety of amalgam (silver) fillings. An amalgam is a blend of copper, silver, tin, and zinc, bound by elemental mercury.  Dentists have used this blended metal to fill teeth for more than 100 years.  The controversy is due to claims that the... ...Read More

You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits. Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.  At these... ...Read More

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.  Unlike tooth decay, which often causes discomfort, it is possible to have periodontal disease without noticeable symptoms.  Having... ...Read More

Brushing our teeth removes food particles, plaque, and bacteria from all tooth surfaces, except in between the teeth.  Unfortunately, our toothbrush can’t reach these areas that are highly susceptible to decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the... ...Read More

If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth or simply want to improve your smile, cosmetic dental treatments may be the answer to a more beautiful, confident smile. Cosmetic dentistry has become very popular in the last several years, not only due to advances in cosmetic dental... ...Read More

Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of tooth-shaped porcelain that are individually crafted to cover the fronts of teeth.  They are very durable and will not stain, making them a very popular solution for those seeking to restore or enhance the beauty of their smile. Veneers may be used to... ...Read More

Since teeth whitening has now become the number one aesthetic concern of many patients, there are many products and methods available to achieve a brighter smile. Professional teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth... ...Read More

With many state-of-the-art dental treatments and prevention options available in dentistry today, there are fewer reasons for having to extract (remove) teeth.  When something does go wrong with a tooth, we try to do everything possible to restore the tooth to its original function.  Removing a... ...Read More

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