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By Garlitz Dentistry
July 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implant  

Here’s what to expect once your dental implant is placed.

Whether you’re about to get a dental implant or you are still researching this restoration to see if it’s right for you, chances are good that you want to understand how the implant is placed and the recovery process it entails. Our Columbia, SC, dentist Dr. Kyle Garlitz wants to keep everyone informed when it comes to the treatments they receive. Once the dental implant is placed into the jawbone, here’s what you should know about the recovery process.

Most dental implant procedures are performed with local anesthesia. Discomfort will usually subside within 2-3 days. Pain will vary in each patient, often depending on the extent of the surgery. If our Columbia, SC, dentist doesn’t provide you with pain medication after your dental implant has been placed then surgery was minor enough that a simple over-the-counter pain reliever may suffice; however, your dentist will provide you with pain killers if he thinks you may need it to ease pain.

Expect pain to ease up within the first 2-3 days after surgery, with bruising and tenderness going away within 3-5 days. Most patients can head back to the work within 24-72 hours after surgery.

When will everything heal completely?

While side effects will go away within a few days you may be wondering when the jawbone will fully heal after surgery. Again, everyone’s healing time will vary and factors such as health and age play a role. As your dentist probably told you, they need the jawbone to fully integrate with the implant before they can take the next steps. The process of bone fusing together with the implant is known as osseointegration, and it can take anywhere from 3-6 months for this to happen.

Avoid hard, crunchy foods

This may seem obvious but it bears letting our patients know that as your mouth heals from surgery you should stick to soft foods like yogurt, eggs and pasta. Start to slowly incorporate more foods into your diet at the end of the first week. Of course, any hard, crunchy foods should be avoided for a couple of weeks, or at least until the gums are no longer tender.

Are you interested in getting dental implants here in Columbia, SC? If so, then turn to the dental team at Garlitz Dentistry. We provide comprehensive dental care to people living in and around Columbia and Lexington, SC. To schedule a consultation with us call today at (803) 736-8606.

By Garlitz Dentistry
May 26, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Porcelain veneers are ultra-slim porcelain pieces used for recreating the teeth’s natural appearance while providing resilience and durability similar to the teeth’s natural enamel. They are typically the treatment of choice for individuals looking to mask imperfections in the front teeth such as stains, slight crookedness, gaps, and oddly-shaped teeth.

Consulting with your dentist, Dr. Kyle M. Garlitz here at Garlitz Dentistry in Columbia and Lexington, SC, will determine if veneers are perfect for your smile woes or if other treatments may be better. A clear and open dialogue with your dentist regarding what you would like corrected is essential to ensure successful outcomes.

How Dental Veneers Help Your Smile

Veneers are very successful in issues involving teeth that have developed poor contours, shape, and color. They’re also commonly used for resolving spaces between teeth, fractured teeth, and in certain cases, where teeth positioning has been compromised, resulting in minor issues with the person’s bite. Likewise, for some individuals, deeper stains don’t come off with professional bleaching or whitening such that veneers may be their only option.

In most cases, these kinds of stains, also called intrinsic stains, are due certain medications, genetics, or natural aging since the tooth enamel naturally wears away as we age, resulting in the darker and yellower part of the teeth to peek through. In addition, dentists may also use porcelain veneers for fixing overlaps and minor twists. Ask your dentist in our Lexington, SC, or Columbia, SC, practice to see if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers.

Benefits Offered by Porcelain Veneers

Since porcelain veneers will be individually crafted for each person, it will be virtually impossible to see the difference between real teeth and the veneers. Also, unlike real teeth, porcelain veneers are highly resistant to stains from tea, tobacco, coffee, and wine.

Further, as opposed to other treatments, your real teeth will stay significantly more intact since your dentist will only need to buff some of your tooth surfaces to ensure a proper and comfortable fit. Veneers are likewise crafted from porcelain, which is capable of reflecting light just like real teeth.

For More Information on Porcelain Veneers, Contact Us

Schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Kyle Garlitz of Garlitz Dentistry. You can reach our Columbia, SC, practice at (803) 736-8606 and our Lexington, SC, practice at (803) 399-8068.

By Garlitz Dentistry
April 14, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Oral Health  

Oral health is a good measure of general health. Your mouth is one of the more important parts of the body to maintain. Dr. Garlitz and staff at Garlitz Dentistry, Columbia, SC are fully equipped to aid in caring for you and your family’s oral health, and further educating their patients on how to care for teeth.

Oral hygiene

The two mainstays of dental hygiene are brushing and flossing. They are central to caring for your oral health. Brushing clears out most plaque and bacteria, especially with the use of fluoride-containing mouthwash and toothpaste. The fluoride is essential to protecting your teeth against cavities. Flossing removes plaque and other remains, which toothbrushes cannot reach. This keeps your gums free of diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis.

Dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. A great addition is mouthwash, which is a full antibacterial rinse of the entire mouth, including areas rich in bacteria, which aren’t usually brushed, like under the tongue. A significant impediment to maintaining healthy teeth is the consumption of sugary drinks, such as dark sodas, which can be corrosive and soften teeth enamel, leading to tooth decay. So, avoid eating unhealthy food, and stick to fruits and vegetables.


Orthodontics promote good oral health mainly by preserving the structure of the mouth and teeth. and partly. Orthodontic treatments help align teeth, so that they wear down more uniformly, reducing pain resulting from an improper bite. As a consequence, teeth tend not to chip as easily or weaken from grinding. Straightened teeth lend themselves to easier brushing and flossing, as there are less awkward, hard to reach areas. If you need Invisalign braces tailored to your teeth, our Columbia dentist can help.

Dentist visits

Good oral health is incomplete without checking for sources of bad oral health such as cavities, gum disease and other underlying issues a professional can detect. Dr. Kyle Garlitz of Garlitz Dentistry in Columbia and Lexington, SC, can ensure you and your family stay healthy. While our office is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's important that you maintain good oral health practices at home during this time. If you have a dental emergency, call one of our office locations. For our Columbia office call (803) 736-8606, and for the Lexington location (803) 399-8236.

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.

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