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By Garlitz Dentistry
March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Don’t ignore a toothache. It could be a sign that you need root canal treatment.

Whenever possible, the goal is always to try and preserve your natural teeth. So when a toothache sets in and our Columbia, SC, dentist Dr. Kyle Garlitz detects an inflamed or infected dental pulp the only way to save the tooth is through root canal therapy. Here’s why root canals are beneficial, and also why they are really nothing to worry about,

Root Canals Save the Day

If you are experiencing a toothache a root canal can swoop in and save the day, eliminating that pain almost instantly. A toothache is often a warning sign that the dental pulp has become infected, which can happen for several reasons. Perhaps you have severe decay or a crack in the tooth that allowed bacteria to get inside. Once the pulp has been infected the only option is to remove the tissue to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Root Canals are Nothing to Fear

There is a lot of misinformation out there surrounding root canals and it’s time that we dispelled all those myths. First, root canals aren’t painful. Whatever you’ve read that told you they were is wrong. In fact, a root canal is designed to treat the source of your pain so that you don’t have to deal with that nagging, painful toothache anymore.

We know that comfort is key, especially when getting dental treatments. Our dental team works hard to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible throughout your procedure by offering the very best pain management. A root canal is always performed under local anesthesia, so your mouth will be fully numb before we even begin. This ensures that you don’t feel anything during the process. A root canal is the opportunity to give your damaged or infected tooth another chance.

Garlitz Dentistry has offices in Columbia and Lexington, SC, to serve you better. It’s important that you have a dentist that you can turn to when toothaches or other dental problems arise so you can get the care you need. Call one of our offices today at (803) 736-8606.

By Garlitz Dentistry
January 27, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Porcelain Veneers  

Unhappy with the shape, alignment, or color of your smile? If so, you could benefit from porcelain veneers. A minimally invasive cosmetic dental service, veneers are a permanent and durable dental solution that can last for a lifetime with proper maintenance and visits to your dentist, Dr. Kyle Garlitz of Garlitz Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC. Read on to learn more!

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

A veneer is a wafer-thin layer of resilient porcelain that is custom-created by your dentist to match the natural appearance of your smile. Bonded to the front of the teeth, veneers allow for the alteration of tooth shape, position, size, and color, to hide aesthetic issues such as discolorations, cracks, or chips. Porcelain veneers have many advantages over other cosmetic restorations, and we can discuss them in detail once you visit our Columbia office for an assessment.

What Can Porcelain Veneers Do For My Smile?

Teeth are easily stained by the copious amounts of coffee we consume, dark foods we eat, and the natural aging process. Porcelain veneers can disguise these issues when even brushing, flossing, and whitening options can't shift them away. Porcelain veneers enhance the color of enamel by making it whiter and brighter than before, and they don't stain as natural teeth do. Additionally, they correct the shape of a tooth that has been worn down by grinding habits and fill in gaps to fix alignment and bite issues. Veneers can make you feel attractive and confident, and fortunately, most patients are candidates.

What to Expect From the Procedure

Placing your porcelain veneers typically requires two visits to our Columbia office. During the procedure, Dr. Garlitz will first take a mold of your teeth and send it to a laboratory where your veneers are fabricated. He will then place a temporary set of veneers until your permanent shells are ready. On your second visit, these restorations are cemented to your enamel, allowing you to leave our office with something to smile about!

Interested? Give Us a Call

To learn more about porcelain veneers and other services provided, visit our website. For an appointment with dentist Dr. Kyle Garlitz, please call Garlitz Cosmetic and Family Dentistry at (803) 736-8606.

By Garlitz Dentistry
November 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you have suffered tooth loss or anticipate an extraction, what's your best tooth replacement option? Here at Garlitz Dentistry in dental  implantColumbia, SC, your dentist, Dr. Kyle Garlitz, restores damaged smiles with dental implants, the most secure and long-lasting way to fill gaps, restore oral function, and maintain bone in the jaw. Read on to learn how implants could be your path to a strong, complete smile.


After tooth loss

Your oral structure changes after you lose a tooth. The adjoining teeth shift position, moving toward the empty space. Your personal appearance changes, and so does your self-confidence. Furthermore, according to Dear Doctor, you can lose a full 25 percent of jawbone size and density within the first year of tooth loss, alone, an effect that traditional bridgework and dentures, sadly, cannot prevent.


Dental implants: a wonderful alternative

Dental implants are made of three parts:

  • A titanium screw placed right into the alveolar ridge of the jaw, serving as an artificial root
  • A metal extension post
  • A porcelain crown to recreate the function and appearance of a natural tooth

During a brief oral surgery at Garlitz Dentistry in Columbia, SC, your dentist will insert the implant into the empty tooth socket. Over time, your bone cells will grow around the device and fully integrate the titanium into the jaw. This bonding process is called osseointegration, and when complete, Dr. Garlitz will attach the post and crown to the initial piece, completing your brand new tooth!


Is it right for you?

Prior to the start of treatment, Dr. Garlitz carefully examines each of his prospective implant patients. Specifically, he wants to see enough bone in the jaw to support the titanium device, as well as that each patient does not have any concurrent issues with dental decay or gum disease. Don't worry—the vast majority of potential candidates end up qualifying for dental implants!


Why not explore dental implants?

Don't worry about your smile. Consult with Dr. Kyle Garlitz. He's an implant expert and will restore your smile, making it as though nothing ever happened. Phone the Columbia office team for an appointment today: (803) 736-8606.

By Garlitz Dentistry
July 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you have periodontal disease? Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, starts with an infection of the gums that can move periodontal diseaseinto the ligaments and bone that support your teeth. Left untreated, your gums and bone can become so damaged, that teeth can fall out or have to be extracted. Led by Dr. Kyle M. Garlitz, Garlitz Dentistry (offices in Columbia and Lexington, SC) offers state-of-the-art treatments for periodontal disease.


About Periodontal Disease

Dental plaque is the primary cause of the disease. However, other factors can contribute to gum disease. These include: poor oral hygiene, certain diseases, hormonal changes, poor nutrition, tobacco use, certain medications, and family history of gum disease. Other factors that can contribute to the severity of gum disease are badly aligned teeth, defective fillings, and grinding or clenching teeth.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

The symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen, or tender gums, bleeding while flossing or brushing, receding gums, loose teeth, and painful chewing. People with gum disease may also experience mouth sores, sensitive teeth, pus between the teeth, and persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth. If you have any of these symptoms, you may have gum disease and should consult your dental provider in Columbia, SC.


Preventing Periodontal Disease

The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good dental hygiene. Flossing and brushing every day, eating a healthy diet and scheduling regular dental are essential to keeping gum disease at bay. Although not a substitute for flossing and brushing, mouth rinses can reduce plaque up to 20 percent. If necessary, your dental provider can design a personalized program of home oral care to meet your needs.


Treatments for Periodontal Disease

If gum disease is diagnosed in the early stage of gingivitis, it can be treated with a professional dental cleaning. Your dentist may also prescribe medication as part of your treatment. If the disease has progressed to periodontitis, your treatment may involve a process called “scaling and root planing” or “deep cleaning,” which involves cleaning and smoothing the teeth roots. Your dentist may also recommend changing certain behaviors, such as quitting smoking, as a way to improve your treatment results.


The Impact of Gum Disease on Health

Many studies strongly suggest a link between periodontal disease and a person's overall health. The bacteria from oral infections can enter the bloodstream or airways and travel to other parts of the body. These bacteria increase the risk of health problems such as stroke, heart disease, and respiratory disorders. Periodontal disease can also make it difficult to control diabetes and may contribute to premature and low birth weight babies.

If you think you may have periodontal disease, call Garlitz Dentistry at (803) 736-8606 right now to schedule a dental appointment in Columbia, SC. Call (803) 399-8068 to schedule an appointment in Lexington, SC. Let us help you feel great about your smile!

By Garlitz Dentistry
May 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dealing with a cavity? A composite filling will fix it right up!

Almost all Americans deal with tooth decay, and unfortunately, more than a quarter of people have untreated cavities. While enamel is Cosmeticamazingly strong, it is often no match for sugar, which oral bacteria can feed off of and turn into potent, teeth-weakening acid. This is why visiting our Columbia, SC, dentist, Dr. Kyle Garlitz, is the best thing you can do for your smile, even if you aren’t experiencing any problems.


What are the warning signs of a cavity?

Many people may have dental decay or even a cavity and not realize it. This is why those six-month checkups are so important for your oral health! During these checkups, our Columbia, SC, family dentist can easily spot any cavities and treat them right away, thus preventing them from getting worse and causing any oral damage.

Of course, there are some cases in which someone with a cavity may experience,

  • A toothache
  • Sudden tooth sensitivity when consuming foods and drinks that are hot, cold, or sweet
  • A dark stain on the surface of the tooth
  • Holes or pits in the tooth

If you notice any changes in your smile it’s a good time to see a dentist.


How is a cavity treated?

The first thing we need to do is remove the decayed enamel to prevent the cavity from spreading deeper into the tooth. By catching the cavity early, we can often prevent the need for a root canal. Even though there are no nerves in tooth enamel, we will still numb the area around the tooth so you don’t feel any discomfort or sensitivity.

Then, we will remove any decayed enamel and clean off the tooth. As you might imagine, a tooth that has had a cavity removed is a bit weaker than it was when it was still fully intact—therefore, in order to rebuild and strengthen the tooth, we will need to place a dental filling. Since we know how important is it for our patients to get natural-looking restorations, we offer composite resin fillings that blend right in with the rest of your natural smile.


What should I expect when getting a tooth-colored filling?

Composite resin is a tooth-colored material that is also putty-like, making it easy to apply over the areas of the tooth that need to be rebuilt. First, we will choose the proper shade of resin that will match the tooth. Then, a thin layer is applied, shaped, and hardened into place with a dental light. We will continue to apply additional layers of the resin until the tooth is fully rebuilt. Composite resin is extremely resilient and can last anywhere from 5-7 years (or longer).


Give us a call!

Here at Garlitz Dentistry, we believe that every family in Columbia, SC, should have access to great comprehensive dental care. No matter whether it’s time to schedule your next dental checkup or if you are struggling with a toothache, call our office today at (803) 736-8606.

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