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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.

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.

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