Modern dentistry offers many ways to replace missing teeth. Conventional fixed bridgework and dentures are two of them. However, the most effective, natural-looking and bone-building choice is the dental implant. Columbia dentist, Dr. Kyle Garlitz, offers these amazing prothetics in his state-of-the-art dental practice. Read more to see if dental implants from Garlitz Dentistry could be right for you.
A dental what?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is so lifelike it actually resides right in the patient's jaw bone--just like a real tooth. The single-tooth implant has three parts: a titanium screw, a metal alloy post and a realistic porcelain crown. Inserted during a simple in-office procedure at Garlitz Dentistry in Columbia, a dental implant immediately begins to rebuild bone in the empty tooth socket. Osseointegration, as medical experts call it, ensures a stable, strong bond between implant and jaw bone.
Dr. Garlitz carefully evaluates his prospective implant patients. They require:
- Sufficient bone in the jaw to support the device
- Healthy gum tissue
- Good oral hygiene habits--brushing, flossing and getting check-ups and cleanings at Garlitz Dentistry
- Patience, as osseointegration can take several months, says the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Why is an implant superior?
A dental implant is superior in appearance, function and longevity when compared to traditional bridgework or dentures. Old-style tooth replacements only rest on the gums and must be anchored to neighboring teeth with clasps or crowns, causing substantial wear and tear on these teeth. Slippage is a common problem, and invariably, bone and gums recede. Most conventional prosthetics require replacement or relining within a decade.
With dental implants, gums and jaw retain their natural shape and density. In fact, bone becomes stronger every time the patient bites and chews. And, dental implants have a high success rate--up to 98 percent, reports the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. Your implants could last for the rest of your life!
Close those gaps
Gain self-confidence, great oral function and outstanding personal appearance with dental implants from Dr. Kyle Garlitz. He can help you determine if you could benefit from dental implants. Call Garlitz Dentistry today for a consultation. In Columbia, phone (803) 736-8606. In Lexington, call (803) 399-8236.
Damaged teeth not only affect your appearance but can lead to further dental problems if they're not treated promptly. Our Columbia and Lexington, SC, dentist, Dr. Kyle Garlitz at Garlitz Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, explains how crowns protect and stabilize damaged teeth.
What are crowns?
Whether you call them crowns or caps, these restorations offer valuable benefits for damaged teeth. They're created with durable materials, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin, and are designed to last 10 to 15 years or longer. Hollow crowns fit over teeth after they been reduced in size slightly. When you visit our Columbia or Lexington office for your first crown appointment, we'll reduce your tooth and make an impression of your mouth. We'll send the impression to the dental lab that will create your crown, then craft a temporary crown for you. You'll wear the temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready, which usually takes about two weeks.
How do crowns protect teeth?
Fragile teeth, such as those that are cracked or brittle, are more likely to break. Crowns completely encase the teeth preventing them from breaking. Every time you take a bite of food, your crown, rather your tooth, absorbs those strong biting forces.
Brittle teeth are inherited in some cases, but may also occur as a natural result of aging. Although these teeth may look fine, they may not be able to handle continual pressure if you don't receive a crown. Crowns may also be recommended if your teeth have become more fragile after you receive root canal therapy or a large filling.
Crowns also restore teeth that are broken or have large chips in them. Broken teeth can be quite painful if exposed to the air. Crowns cover the teeth, stopping the pain. They also restore the normal shape, height, and width of your teeth.
Do crowns have other uses?
Crowns are frequently used to conceal imperfections and flaws in teeth, particularly those that affect more than one surface of a tooth. The restorations offer the ideal way to transform oddly shaped or crooked teeth or conceal discolorations caused by tetracycline use, trauma or large fillings.
Protect your smile with dental crowns! Schedule an appointment with Dr. Garlitz of Garlitz Cosmetic and Family Dentistry by calling (803) 736-8606 for the Columbia, SC, office or (803) 399-8236 for the Lexington, SC, office.
Most people are aware that practicing good oral hygiene is an important step in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. But keeping up with good oral hygiene practices, which include brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to the dentist, can be something of a challenge for people of all ages. But wherever you and your family may be on the oral health spectrum, it is never too late to improve your oral hygiene practices and jump start your oral health. Dr. Kyle Garlitz, a dentist in Columbia, SC, recommends starting with a dental exam and professional cleaning and discussing your diet and lifestyle habits to make sure that you are getting the best out of your oral hygiene routine.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in Columbia, SC
There can be a lot of conflicting and confusing information when it comes to your dental health. How often should you brush your teeth? What type of toothbrush should you use? Is flossing really necessary every day? Do you really need to see a dentist if you don't have any symptoms?
But practicing good oral hygiene doesn't have to be stressful or feel like another list of chores to pack into an already busy and overcrowded schedule. In fact, lowering your risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease is easier than many people know. The key is to focus on prevention.
If you are already brushing after meals and flossing once a day, you are ahead of the game. But there are a few additional steps in a comprehensive oral hygiene routine, including:
- See a dentist for a checkup and professional cleaning every six months
- Eat a healthy diet and watch your sugar intake
- Avoid tobacco
- Change your toothbrush on a regular basis
Find a Dentist in Columbia, SC
For more information about the best oral hygiene practices and for recommendations based on your personal oral health care needs, contact Garlitz Cosmetic and Family Dentistry by calling (803) 736-8606 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Garlitz today.
Are you suffering from tooth decay? Do you need your cavities filled, but want to avoid metal fillings? Well, with tooth-colored fillings, that's no problem. Here in Columbia, SC, Dr. Kyle Garlitz can help you get the healthier and whiter smile you want.
Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, are used during dental bonding procedures. The composite is made of plastic resin and a filler of finely ground glass-like particles and is used to fix issues, such as:
- Chips and cracks
- Discolored and stained teeth
- Short teeth
Fillings and Dental Bonding in Columbia
In order to prepare your teeth for the composite, your dentist will apply an etching solution to the surface of your tooth, then the composite resin that matches the color of your teeth is applied and molded to the right shape. The last step consists of the composite being hardened in place with a curing light.
Advantages of Tooth-colored Composite
After your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural, especially if the tooth being filled is visible while you smile. Some other advantages include:
- Unlike silver amalgam, the fillings won't cause your teeth to turn a gray tint over time and are safer.
- As mentioned before, your teeth will look natural, so you won't feel self-conscious when you smile.
- The composite strengthens your teeth, so you can enjoy your meals without having to worry about applying too much pressure on your tooth and breaking, or cracking, it again
Maintaining your New Bonding
Dental bondings require the same care as all your teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, and floss at least once. This will help keep your teeth healthy and avoid new cavities from flourishing in your new tooth-colored fillings, or any of your other teeth.
For more information about tooth colored fillings and how they can improve the appearance of your smile, call Dr. Kyle Garlitz at (803) 736-8606, his office is conveniently located in Columbia, SC, so don't hesitate to call!
Teeth whitening can quickly and easily get you the brighter smile you want.
Do you believe that there isn’t enough coffee in the world to meet your needs? Do you love nothing more than a glass or two of red wine to ease you into a relaxing evening? If so, then it may not surprise you to discover that your smile is a little more lackluster than it used to be. Foods and drinks can take quite a toll on the radiance of your smile, but our Columbia, SC, cosmetic dentist Dr. Kyle Garlitz can easily help you out.
Do you want to get a whiter smile quickly? If so, then in-office teeth whitening in Columbia, SC, may be just the thing for you. Not only is this the safest way to get your smile whiter but it can also give you the results you want in often just one whitening session.
Even those who suffer from some degree of tooth sensitivity may still be able to undergo professional in-office whitening since our dental team safely monitors the entire process to make sure that you get the results you want in a comfortable, pain-free setting.
What stains respond best to professional teeth whitening?
Our professional system is the most effective way to remove stains and discolorations from teeth; however, it’s important to acknowledge that not all stains are created equal. Stains that are the natural result of aging, or are the result of consuming certain dark foods or drinks, or using tobacco will work best with in-office whitening.
Stains that are caused by certain medications (e.g. antibiotics) or are due to trauma will not respond to professional whitening. In this case, you will want to consider other cosmetic dental options such as dental veneers for covering these discolorations.
What if I don’t want to whiten my teeth at the dentist’s office?
There are some people who truly prefer to whiten their teeth from the convenience of their own homes. We understand that sitting in the dentist’s chair for an hour isn’t plausible or comfortable for everyone. This doesn’t mean that you’ll have to turn to ineffective at-home whitening kits. We can still provide you with the results you want with our at-home whitening system. With a more effective whitening gel and customized whitening trays, you’re sure to get the results that you want in just a couple of weeks.
If you are ready to brighten your smile then call Garlitz Dentistry in Columbia, SC, today to find out if this is the right cosmetic treatment for you. One trip to our office could give you the vibrant smile you’ve been looking for.
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