Posts for tag: restorative dentistry
Damaged teeth not only affect your appearance but can lead to further dental problems if they're not treated promptly. Our Columbia and Lexington, SC, dentist, Dr. Kyle Garlitz at Garlitz Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, explains how crowns protect and stabilize damaged teeth.
What are crowns?
Whether you call them crowns or caps, these restorations offer valuable benefits for damaged teeth. They're created with durable materials, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin, and are designed to last 10 to 15 years or longer. Hollow crowns fit over teeth after they been reduced in size slightly. When you visit our Columbia or Lexington office for your first crown appointment, we'll reduce your tooth and make an impression of your mouth. We'll send the impression to the dental lab that will create your crown, then craft a temporary crown for you. You'll wear the temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready, which usually takes about two weeks.
How do crowns protect teeth?
Fragile teeth, such as those that are cracked or brittle, are more likely to break. Crowns completely encase the teeth preventing them from breaking. Every time you take a bite of food, your crown, rather your tooth, absorbs those strong biting forces.
Brittle teeth are inherited in some cases, but may also occur as a natural result of aging. Although these teeth may look fine, they may not be able to handle continual pressure if you don't receive a crown. Crowns may also be recommended if your teeth have become more fragile after you receive root canal therapy or a large filling.
Crowns also restore teeth that are broken or have large chips in them. Broken teeth can be quite painful if exposed to the air. Crowns cover the teeth, stopping the pain. They also restore the normal shape, height, and width of your teeth.
Do crowns have other uses?
Crowns are frequently used to conceal imperfections and flaws in teeth, particularly those that affect more than one surface of a tooth. The restorations offer the ideal way to transform oddly shaped or crooked teeth or conceal discolorations caused by tetracycline use, trauma or large fillings.
Protect your smile with dental crowns! Schedule an appointment with Dr. Garlitz of Garlitz Cosmetic and Family Dentistry by calling (803) 736-8606 for the Columbia, SC, office or (803) 399-8236 for the Lexington, SC, office.
Are you suffering from tooth decay? Do you need your cavities filled, but want to avoid metal fillings? Well, with tooth-colored fillings, that's no problem. Here in Columbia, SC, Dr. Kyle Garlitz can help you get the healthier and whiter smile you want.
Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, are used during dental bonding procedures. The composite is made of plastic resin and a filler of finely ground glass-like particles and is used to fix issues, such as:
- Chips and cracks
- Discolored and stained teeth
- Short teeth
Fillings and Dental Bonding in Columbia
In order to prepare your teeth for the composite, your dentist will apply an etching solution to the surface of your tooth, then the composite resin that matches the color of your teeth is applied and molded to the right shape. The last step consists of the composite being hardened in place with a curing light.
Advantages of Tooth-colored Composite
After your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural, especially if the tooth being filled is visible while you smile. Some other advantages include:
- Unlike silver amalgam, the fillings won't cause your teeth to turn a gray tint over time and are safer.
- As mentioned before, your teeth will look natural, so you won't feel self-conscious when you smile.
- The composite strengthens your teeth, so you can enjoy your meals without having to worry about applying too much pressure on your tooth and breaking, or cracking, it again
Maintaining your New Bonding
Dental bondings require the same care as all your teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, and floss at least once. This will help keep your teeth healthy and avoid new cavities from flourishing in your new tooth-colored fillings, or any of your other teeth.
For more information about tooth colored fillings and how they can improve the appearance of your smile, call Dr. Kyle Garlitz at (803) 736-8606, his office is conveniently located in Columbia, SC, so don't hesitate to call!
Is your smile missing teeth? Tooth loss can affect your appearance and have many negative effects on your oral health. Dental implants are the gold standard in the replacement of missing teeth. Garlitz Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, which has offices in Columbia, SC, and Lexington, SC, offers a complete range of dental services, including dental implants. Keep reading to find out if you are a good candidate for implants.
1- You have missing teeth.
Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Tooth loss can ruin a nice smile and make you appear older than you really are. Dental implants can fill in your smile's gaps and take years off your look. Implants are the next best thing to natural teeth.
2- You have healthy gums.
Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and bone in the mouth. People who have periodontal disease, or gum disease, may not be viable candidates for implants. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and bone supporting the teeth.
3- You have good bone density.
You need a sufficient amount of bone in order to adequately support the dental implant. Some individuals who have bone loss in their jaw can still receive implants, but first, the bone must be rebuilt using a special procedure. You may require a bone graft if your bone is too thin and unable to support an implant.
4- You are not a smoker.
Cigarette smoking can be harmful to dental implants. Smoking hinders healing in the mouth. People who smoke are at greater risk of infection after surgery and may heal more slowly. When a dental implant is placed in a smoker, it is more likely to fail. If you're a smoker, your dentist will likely advise you to quit before undergoing the procedure.
5- You're in good health.
If you are healthy enough to have a tooth pulled, you are probably healthy enough to have dental implant surgery. Chronic diseases, such as leukemia or diabetes, may interfere with healing after dental implant surgery. Patients with these issues may not be good candidates for dental implants. Consult with a dentist to find out if dental implants are right for you.
Don't wait another minute- call Garlitz Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 803-736-8606 now to schedule an appointment in Columbia, SC. Call 803-399-8068 to schedule an appointment in Lexington, SC. Dental implants won't just enhance your appearance; they will also improve your life. With dental implants, you will feel more confident when smiling and talking to people. You will look and feel better. You will have a renewed quality of life!
Find out what your Columbia, SC dentist can do to improve the look and function of your smile.
So, what exactly is restorative dentistry and is it right for you? When your Columbia, SC cosmetic dentist Dr. Kyle Garlitz talks about restorative dentistry he is referring to ways to manage your current dental issues and restore your smile so that it both functions properly and also appears its best. Find out more about the restorative dentistry options we offer and how it can help you.
If you are dealing with a cavity your general dentist in Columbia, SC will need to remove the decayed portions of the tooth and then refill the cavity with a tooth-colored material to restore it. A filling can be placed under local anesthesia and it usually only takes one visit to complete.
For patients looking to hide flaws like chips, cracks, discolorations and uneven teeth, look no further than dental veneers. These thin, tooth-shaped shells are applied to the front of your teeth. This procedure requires very little tooth preparation (just some enamel will need to be removed prior to placing your veneers). However, this procedure is irreversible once the teeth have been shaved down.
Crowns and Bridges
A crown is a great option for those who are dealing with weakened or damaged teeth that need a restoration that will fully rebuild the tooth back to its original strength and appearance. A dental crown is able to do just that. Whether you are dealing with a fractured, severely decaying or an infected tooth that needs root canal treatment, dental crowns are a great cosmetic option for reviving a weak tooth.
Furthermore, for those looking to replace a missing tooth dental bridges also use dental crowns to help secure the restoration into place.
Whether you are missing some or all of your teeth, dentures can be a fast, easy and inexpensive way to replace your missing teeth. While dentures will never be as good as natural teeth it can be a great dental prosthetic for those whose jawbones or mouth aren’t healthy enough for implants.
If you are looking for a long-term solution to your tooth loss and aren’t concerned about a treatment taking several months to complete then you’ll want to ask us about dental implants. A single implant can be placed into the jawbone to restore a missing tooth or several implants can be placed throughout the jawbone to hold a bridge or dentures firmly into place without worrying about slippage.
Have questions about which restorative dental treatment is right for you? Then turn to Garlitz Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC for all of your smile needs.