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By Garlitz Dentistry
September 13, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Traditional amalgam fillings have been in service for over a century and they continue to be an excellent alternative for certain cases, but for others, and those who wish to have a less noticeable filling, tooth-colored fillings may be the answer. Learn more about tooth-colored fillings by getting in contact with your dental professional in Columbia and Lexington, SC, Dr. Kyle Garlitz of Garlitz Dentistry.

Advantages of Traditional Fillings

One of the biggest complaints regarding traditional amalgam fillings is the way they look. Their very noticeable silver color is hard to ignore amid your white teeth. Tooth-colored fillings, as the name suggests, blend in with the rest of your teeth.

Traditional fillings also require that more of your tooth structure to be removed in order to apply the filling. But because of how well the materials of tooth-colored fillings bond onto enamel they can be used in even very small fillings. It's this same material that your dentist may use to repair small chips on your teeth.

How Tooth-Colored Fillings Work

Traditional fillings are made of a combination of different types of metals, while tooth-colored fillings are created from a composite of glass and plastics to create a strong durable bond that can be easily applied.

Your dentist begins by removing the affected parts of your tooth and then applies the composite in very thin layers. Every layer is hardened with a special light, and the process is repeated until the desired volume is achieved. After this, the tooth is shaped so it matches a natural appearance, and then it is finally polished.

Fillings in Columbia and Lexington, SC

Traditional fillings still have their place in modern dentistry, although for a great number of circumstances tooth-colored fillings may be the recommended solution. To find out if they're the right solution for you begin by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Garlitz of Garlitz Dentistry. You can dial (803) 736-8606 for Columbia, SC, and (803) 399-8068 for Lexington, SC.

By Garlitz Dentistry
June 30, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

When your smile is incomplete due to a missing tooth, it can really affect your confidence and the functionality of your smile. Dental implants can rebuild your smile and can give you the smile that you deserve. Dr. Kyle Garlitz at Garlitz Dentistry in Columbia, SC, provides dental implants that can rejuvenate your smile.

Rebuild Your Smile with Dental Implants

Losing a tooth can really impact your ability to smile and make it hard to bite or chew the foods that you love. Dental implants from your dentist in Columbia, SC, are a durable and long-lasting tooth replacement option for your smile. Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is fused into the jawbone and a dental crown that blends in with your smile.

The titanium post is fused into your jawbone and acts like a natural tooth root to help keep stimulation on the gums and to help keep your jawbone together. This method helps with functionality and makes your implant durable and long-lasting.

Once your gums heal, your implant is covered with a dental crown that is custom made to match the shape, size, and color of the rest of your smile. This helps give the implant a completely natural look so no one will know you were missing a tooth at all. The dental crown is also durable enough to withstand chewing your favorite foods without issue when you take proper care of it. Luckily, proper care should just consist of your normal dental hygiene habits of brushing and flossing daily, as well as regular visits to your dentist for cleanings.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

Don’t let your smile continue to be incomplete! Rebuild your smile with dental implants. Contact Dr. Garlitz at Garlitz Dentistry in Columbia, SC, today at (803) 736-8606 to find out if dental implants are right for you.

By Garlitz Dentistry
March 05, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

The ability to readily bite and chew food can be affected when teeth are weak or damaged. Fortunately, it is possible to strengthen damaged teeth and restore normal functioning. Dental crowns are protective caps that strengthen and restore damaged teeth by giving them a brand new exterior. Dr. Kyle Garlitz, the experienced dentist at Garlitz Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Lexington, and Columbia, SC, can restore your smile with dental crowns.

How Dental Crowns Help

Dental crowns are hollow caps that look like natural teeth but actually fit directly over them. When a crown is placed over a damaged tooth, the tooth is completely encapsulated inside. Each dental crown is custom fabricated to fit over its corresponding tooth and blend in with the rest of your smile. The skilled dentist at our office in Columbia, SC, can have dental crowns custom made for your damaged teeth.

There are several ways dental crowns help damaged teeth. They make them stronger, as well as protect and restore them. Crowns give weak teeth a strong, new outer shell. Not only does this make teeth stronger, but it also restores function. Teeth that were previously too weak to bite and chew food become strong enough to resume normal functioning with a crown in place. Additionally, dental crowns protect teeth from enduring further wear and tear so they do not sustain additional damage.

Dental crowns are commonly placed over teeth that have undergone root canal treatment. A root canal is needed when the soft, pulp tissue at the center of a tooth has become infected or damaged. When this occurs, the tooth is usually too weak to perform biting and chewing functions without severe pain or sensitivity. Once the tooth is restored through root canal treatment, a dental crown is often placed over the tooth to further strengthen and protect it.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns offer several benefits. They strengthen damaged teeth, protect weak ones, and restore biting and chewing functions. Another benefit is that crowns look just like natural teeth and blend in with the rest of your smile. Dental crowns are also custom-made for you and your smile, which is another reason they look so natural. Finally, crowns can be brushed and flossed like regular teeth so caring for them is easy.

It is possible to strengthen and restore damaged teeth with dental crowns. To find out of crowns are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Garlitz, our knowledgeable dentist, by calling Garlitz  Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC, at (803) 736-8606. We have an office in Lexington, SC, as well, that can be reached at (803) 399-8068.

By Garlitz Dentistry
March 04, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

If you are unhappy with imperfections in your smile, veneers could be the solution. A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is bonded to the front surface of a cosmetically flawed tooth to improve its appearance. There are many benefits to enhancing your smile with veneers. Dr. Kyle Garlitz can give your smile a makeover with porcelain veneers at Garlitz Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Lexington, and Columbia, SC.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers can be made from various materials, but porcelain is commonly used because it looks so much like natural tooth enamel. It is extremely strong and durable, as well. Another advantage of using porcelain is that it does not stain. With proper care, porcelain veneers can continue to look flawless for many years to come.

Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front surface of flawed teeth to improve their appearance. Once in place, veneers look like part of the natural tooth so all anyone will notice is your smile. Veneers can improve a wide range of cosmetic concerns, including:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Stains and discolorations
  • Rough or uneven surfaces
  • Slight gaps between teeth
  • Misshaped or misaligned teeth

A small amount of enamel is removed from a tooth before bonding a veneer in place. This ensures the veneer will be flush with the surrounding teeth rather than protruding past them. Each veneer is custom-made for the most natural look and best fit. You can enjoy a brand new smile with custom porcelain veneers from our office in Columbia, SC.

Benefits of Veneers

There are many benefits to be discovered with veneers. The most exciting benefit is how quickly they can transform your smile by concealing a diverse range of cosmetic imperfections. Another benefit is that porcelain veneers look just like your natural teeth. They can also be used to bite into and chew food without worry since they are permanently bonded to the teeth. Other benefits of veneers include being custom made, strong, durable, and as easy to care for as your natural teeth.

Porcelain veneers can give you the smile you have always wanted. Whether you are concerned about a chipped tooth, discolorations, or another issue, veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Garlitz to learn more about enhancing your smile with veneers by calling Garlitz  Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC, at (803) 736-8606. You can also call our office in Lexington, SC, at (803) 399-8068.

By Garlitz Dentistry
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Filling   Dental Filling  

Accidents happen, and so does decay when we aren't careful. Have you ever chewed on a pencil or chewed off a nail? Bad habits like these can cause a tooth to chip, crack, or even fracture. To correct these problems when and if they happen, your teeth could benefit from a trip to Garlitz Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to restore one or several teeth with dental fillings. This non-invasive cosmetic service offered by Dr. Kyle Garlitz in our Columbia, SC, office can provide stronger support and a more appealing aesthetic throughout the mouth. Give us a call today to get started.

What is a Dental Filling?

Just like the name implies, fillings seal small holes in the teeth called cavities. They usually consist of two types of materials: metal or tooth-colored, which are designed to resemble natural teeth. To determine if you're a candidate for this cosmetic procedure, Dr. Garlitz will first consult with you about the condition of your smile and take X-rays to take a deeper look into the problem area. The first step in the procedure typically involves the dentist removing the decay with a small tool, then applying a translucent cement before adding the bonded material. The result is a confidence boost, a better bite, and a fresh appearance.

Do I Need a Filling?

You may need a filling for several reasons. The most common is when a tooth develops a cavity, a filling prevents further decay that can require root canal surgery if left untreated. Dr. Garlitz encourages patients to visit our Columbia, SC, office when you notice mild to sharp pain when consuming hot or cold food and beverages, as well as extreme sensitivity in the tooth. Cavities are permanent and will not heal on their own. Composite material from fillings can also treat enamel fractures, replace old fillings, improve the color of one or multiple teeth, and rebuild tooth structure.

If you suspect it's time for a filling, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kyle M. Garlitz for an oral exam and proper diagnosis. He'll discuss what material options are available and address any questions or concerns during your visit. For more information on fillings and other services provided at Garlitz Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, visit our website. Please call (803) 736-8606 for appointment scheduling in our Columbia, SC, office.

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