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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.
If you have suffered tooth loss or anticipate an extraction, what's your best tooth replacement option? Here at Garlitz Dentistry in Columbia, SC, your dentist, Dr. Kyle Garlitz, restores damaged smiles with dental implants, the most secure and long-lasting way to fill gaps, restore oral function, and maintain bone in the jaw. Read on to learn how implants could be your path to a strong, complete smile.
After tooth loss
Your oral structure changes after you lose a tooth. The adjoining teeth shift position, moving toward the empty space. Your personal appearance changes, and so does your self-confidence. Furthermore, according to Dear Doctor, you can lose a full 25 percent of jawbone size and density within the first year of tooth loss, alone, an effect that traditional bridgework and dentures, sadly, cannot prevent.
Dental implants: a wonderful alternative
Dental implants are made of three parts:
- A titanium screw placed right into the alveolar ridge of the jaw, serving as an artificial root
- A metal extension post
- A porcelain crown to recreate the function and appearance of a natural tooth
During a brief oral surgery at Garlitz Dentistry in Columbia, SC, your dentist will insert the implant into the empty tooth socket. Over time, your bone cells will grow around the device and fully integrate the titanium into the jaw. This bonding process is called osseointegration, and when complete, Dr. Garlitz will attach the post and crown to the initial piece, completing your brand new tooth!
Is it right for you?
Prior to the start of treatment, Dr. Garlitz carefully examines each of his prospective implant patients. Specifically, he wants to see enough bone in the jaw to support the titanium device, as well as that each patient does not have any concurrent issues with dental decay or gum disease. Don't worry—the vast majority of potential candidates end up qualifying for dental implants!
Why not explore dental implants?
Don't worry about your smile. Consult with Dr. Kyle Garlitz. He's an implant expert and will restore your smile, making it as though nothing ever happened. Phone the Columbia office team for an appointment today: (803) 736-8606.
Do you have periodontal disease? Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, starts with an infection of the gums that can move into the ligaments and bone that support your teeth. Left untreated, your gums and bone can become so damaged, that teeth can fall out or have to be extracted. Led by Dr. Kyle M. Garlitz, Garlitz Dentistry (offices in Columbia and Lexington, SC) offers state-of-the-art treatments for periodontal disease.
About Periodontal Disease
Dental plaque is the primary cause of the disease. However, other factors can contribute to gum disease. These include: poor oral hygiene, certain diseases, hormonal changes, poor nutrition, tobacco use, certain medications, and family history of gum disease. Other factors that can contribute to the severity of gum disease are badly aligned teeth, defective fillings, and grinding or clenching teeth.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
The symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen, or tender gums, bleeding while flossing or brushing, receding gums, loose teeth, and painful chewing. People with gum disease may also experience mouth sores, sensitive teeth, pus between the teeth, and persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth. If you have any of these symptoms, you may have gum disease and should consult your dental provider in Columbia, SC.
Preventing Periodontal Disease
The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good dental hygiene. Flossing and brushing every day, eating a healthy diet and scheduling regular dental are essential to keeping gum disease at bay. Although not a substitute for flossing and brushing, mouth rinses can reduce plaque up to 20 percent. If necessary, your dental provider can design a personalized program of home oral care to meet your needs.
Treatments for Periodontal Disease
If gum disease is diagnosed in the early stage of gingivitis, it can be treated with a professional dental cleaning. Your dentist may also prescribe medication as part of your treatment. If the disease has progressed to periodontitis, your treatment may involve a process called “scaling and root planing” or “deep cleaning,” which involves cleaning and smoothing the teeth roots. Your dentist may also recommend changing certain behaviors, such as quitting smoking, as a way to improve your treatment results.
The Impact of Gum Disease on Health
Many studies strongly suggest a link between periodontal disease and a person's overall health. The bacteria from oral infections can enter the bloodstream or airways and travel to other parts of the body. These bacteria increase the risk of health problems such as stroke, heart disease, and respiratory disorders. Periodontal disease can also make it difficult to control diabetes and may contribute to premature and low birth weight babies.
If you think you may have periodontal disease, call Garlitz Dentistry at (803) 736-8606 right now to schedule a dental appointment in Columbia, SC. Call (803) 399-8068 to schedule an appointment in Lexington, SC. Let us help you feel great about your smile!
Dealing with a cavity? A composite filling will fix it right up!
Almost all Americans deal with tooth decay, and unfortunately, more than a quarter of people have untreated cavities. While enamel is amazingly strong, it is often no match for sugar, which oral bacteria can feed off of and turn into potent, teeth-weakening acid. This is why visiting our Columbia, SC, dentist, Dr. Kyle Garlitz, is the best thing you can do for your smile, even if you aren’t experiencing any problems.
What are the warning signs of a cavity?
Many people may have dental decay or even a cavity and not realize it. This is why those six-month checkups are so important for your oral health! During these checkups, our Columbia, SC, family dentist can easily spot any cavities and treat them right away, thus preventing them from getting worse and causing any oral damage.
Of course, there are some cases in which someone with a cavity may experience,
- A toothache
- Sudden tooth sensitivity when consuming foods and drinks that are hot, cold, or sweet
- A dark stain on the surface of the tooth
- Holes or pits in the tooth
If you notice any changes in your smile it’s a good time to see a dentist.
How is a cavity treated?
The first thing we need to do is remove the decayed enamel to prevent the cavity from spreading deeper into the tooth. By catching the cavity early, we can often prevent the need for a root canal. Even though there are no nerves in tooth enamel, we will still numb the area around the tooth so you don’t feel any discomfort or sensitivity.
Then, we will remove any decayed enamel and clean off the tooth. As you might imagine, a tooth that has had a cavity removed is a bit weaker than it was when it was still fully intact—therefore, in order to rebuild and strengthen the tooth, we will need to place a dental filling. Since we know how important is it for our patients to get natural-looking restorations, we offer composite resin fillings that blend right in with the rest of your natural smile.
What should I expect when getting a tooth-colored filling?
Composite resin is a tooth-colored material that is also putty-like, making it easy to apply over the areas of the tooth that need to be rebuilt. First, we will choose the proper shade of resin that will match the tooth. Then, a thin layer is applied, shaped, and hardened into place with a dental light. We will continue to apply additional layers of the resin until the tooth is fully rebuilt. Composite resin is extremely resilient and can last anywhere from 5-7 years (or longer).
Give us a call!
Here at Garlitz Dentistry, we believe that every family in Columbia, SC, should have access to great comprehensive dental care. No matter whether it’s time to schedule your next dental checkup or if you are struggling with a toothache, call our office today at (803) 736-8606.
Want a smile that radiates beauty? Professional teeth whitening can rejuvenate your smile easily and quickly, whether through at-home care or in-office bleaching. Professional teeth whitening removes tooth discoloration through a safe and effective process. Led by Dr. Kyle Garlitz, Garlitz Dentistry in both Columbia and Lexington, SC, offers professional solutions for patients who want a whiter smile. Read on to learn more about the benefits of professional teeth whitening.
1. It will give you a white smile.
Professional teeth whitening is the answer for anyone who wants a whiter smile. Take-home whitening involves wearing custom-fitted mouth trays created by our dentist. For in-office whitening, your dentist will combine whitening gel with light or heat to speed up the whitening process.
2. You will get dramatic results.
Professional teeth whitening can help you achieve stunning results that are much more impressive than OTC products. In-office teeth whitening is a safe and effective procedure that can make your teeth an average of eight shades whiter. A dentist-dispensed take-home kit also provides excellent results.
3. You will see results quickly.
You can whiten your teeth in a flash with an in-office teeth whitening treatment. In-office whitening will give you a white smile in less than 45 minutes, while a professional take-home whitening treatment provides fabulous results in one or two weeks of use.
4. You will take years off of your look.
Professional teeth whitening can take years off your look, which is why it's such a popular procedure among Hollywood stars. Despite our advancing age, many people prefer a younger look. According to a study conducted by Oral-B, healthy-looking teeth makes adults look younger. The study showed that teeth whitening was more effective in restoring a youthful appearance than even facelift surgery!
Want a million-dollar smile, better self-confidence, and an improved quality of life? Don't wait—call one of Garlitz Dentistry's offices in either Columbia or Lexington, SC. Call (803) 736-8606 today to schedule a consultation in Columbia, and for Lexington, dial (803) 399-8068.