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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.

By Garlitz Dentistry
December 14, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry from your dentist in Columbia, South Carolina can enhance your smile.

You’ve probably heard about cosmetic dentistry, and now you might be wondering if cosmetic dentistry is right for you. The short answer is YES! If there is something you don’t like about your smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can give your smile an upgrade.

Dr. Kyle Garlitz at Garlitz Dentistry offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services to enhance your smile. He has two convenient office locations in Columbia, and Lexington, South Carolina to help you and your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry is right for just about everyone who wants an outstanding smile. Typically, if you have dental problems that are causing you pain, you should take care of those issues first. If you need a filling, consider tooth-colored fillings, which give you strong protection, AND, enhance your smile. Tooth-colored fillings use composite, a material that can be matched to the color of your teeth, so the filling blends in with your smile, and doesn’t detract from it, like a metal filling can.

If you need a crown, consider a full porcelain crown. These crowns are strong and beautiful and will make you proud to show them off when you smile. Full porcelain crowns are suitable for any area of your smile, but sometimes you may want a little extra strength. In that case, porcelain can be fused to a strong metal underlay. These crowns are known as porcelain-fused-to-metal or PFM crowns.

If you have a dull, stained, yellowed smile, consider professional teeth whitening to whiten and brighten your smile up to 8 shades, giving you dramatic results that can last as long as 5 years.

If you have chips, cracks, fracture lines, discolorations, or you just want to change the size, color, and shape of your teeth, consider porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin laminates of beautiful porcelain that are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. They can turn a boring smile into a celebrity-perfect smile easily and quickly.

Cosmetic dentistry offers a way to achieve a whole new smile, custom-made for you. To find out more about cosmetic dentistry procedures, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Kyle Garlitz of Garlitz Dentistry in Columbia, South Carolina at (803) 736-8606. Call today.

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.

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