Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
February 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
CharlizeTheronBackinActionAfterDentalSurgery

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
January 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

When you think of cosmetics, do you think of your dentist? Well, you should if your dentist is Dr. Joel Johnson in Columbia. Expert in a wide array of services which improve smile appearance and self-image, Dr. Johnson can makeover your smile, giving you a look that's both realistic and highly functional.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

It's that branch of modern dentistry which improves smile aesthetics--that is:

  • Tooth shape, size, and color
  • Smile alignment
  • How much tooth structure and gum tissue shows when a person smiles
  • Repair of obvious defects such as hairline cracks and gaps

Many cosmetic services, such as professional teeth whitening, are budget-friendly, one-visit and simple to execute. Others, however, require modern diagnostic, imaging, and fabrication techniques such as Dr. Johnson's ED Digital fabrication processes for crowns, veneers and bridges. Whether used singly or in combination, aesthetic services from your dentist in Columbia render youthful, bright smiles which really last.
Types of cosmetic dental services
 
Dr. Johnson confers with his prospective cosmetic dentistry patients before beginning any treatments. He performs a complete examination and takes digital X-rays to ensure your treatment plan is built on a foundation of good oral health.
Also, you and your dentist will discuss the improvements you wish to achieve. Are ragged tooth edges detracting from your healthy smile? What about tooth color? Are tobacco stains so stubborn you think nothing can ever whiten them? Is your smile crooked, gapped, or crowded? These are the details you and Dr. Johnson will address to arrive at solutions that are practical, transforming and affordable.
Available cosmetic services
 
Your cosmetic dentistry plan will be tailored to include some of the following treatments as you and your dentist determine best. Dr. Johnson offers:

  • Composite resin bonding, an efficient, one-visit repair of chips, cracks, gaps, and other small flaws using a durable and lifelike blend of acrylic and glass
  • Porcelain veneers, or dental laminates, shells of ultra-thin ceramic which camouflage larger defects such as deep stains, mild crookedness, and misshapen tooth structure
  • Porcelain crowns, durable and beautiful jackets of fine porcelain which support and beautify damaged teeth
  • Professional teeth whitening, an in-office or at-home service which applies powerful peroxide gel, lifting deep dental stains from tooth enamel
  • ClearCorrect invisible aligners, a faster, more discreet way to correct moderate orthodontic problems without the intricacies and inconveniences of traditional braces

A smile made just for you
Get it from cosmetic dentistry expert, Dr. Joel Johnson. Learn more during a one-on-one consultation with this caring and skilled dentist. Call the office for an appointment in Columbia, SC, (803) 788-2555. If you're a new patient, ask about free bleaching with your initial cleaning and examination.

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
January 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Porcelain Veneers  
GetRidofThoseUnattractiveTeethwithPorcelainVeneers

Those unattractive teeth you see in the mirror are what are standing between you and a truly beautiful smile. If only you could make them go away.

In a way, you can do just that—with dental veneers. For the past three decades dentists have been covering the imperfections of problem teeth with these thin layers of porcelain. What's more, they're usually less involved and expensive than other restorations.

Veneers work best on teeth with moderate flaws like chipping, heavy staining or wearing, or slight misalignments like crookedness or gaps. The dental porcelain used is a ceramic material that so closely mimics the color and translucence of natural teeth it often takes a trained eye to notice any difference.

The first step to getting veneers is to plan your new look with a full examination and a diagnostic mock-up, a temporary application of tooth-colored filling materials applied directly to the teeth. This gives you and your dentist a better visual idea of how veneers will look on your teeth, and to make any adjustments ahead of time. A dental lab will use these findings to create your custom veneers.

In the meantime we'll prepare your teeth to accommodate your veneers. Although they're usually only 0.3 to 0.7 millimeters thick, veneers can still appear bulky when placed straight on the teeth. To adjust for their width we usually must remove some of the teeth's surface enamel so the veneers look more natural. Because enamel can't be replaced, the removal permanently alters the teeth and will require some form of restoration from then on.

When the veneers are ready we'll attach them with special cement so they'll form an almost seamless bond with the teeth. You'll then be able to use them just as before—but with a little caution. Although quite durable, veneers can break under too much force, so avoid biting on hard objects like ice, hard candy or nuts. And be sure you practice good dental care on your veneered teeth with daily brushing and regular dental cleanings and checkups.

The end result, though, is well worth the upkeep. Porcelain veneers can rejuvenate your smile and provide you a new level of confidence for years to come.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better than Ever.”

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
December 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  
VivicasVeneerstheMakingofaHollywoodSmile

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
December 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

VeneersDo you need veneers from your Columbia, SC, dentist, Dr. Joel E Johnson?

Veneers are wafer-thin coverings that are placed on the teeth's surface to act as strong substitutes for tooth enamel. Veneers create a natural-looking surface when bonded to the surface of your teeth. Veneers, like natural tooth enamel, are tough and translucent, however, they do not stain like natural teeth.

Versatility of Porcelain Veneers

Veneers beautify your smile by providing good tooth color, shape, and proper alignment. Veneers can improve any of the following characteristics:

  • Color: Teeth become stained by foods and drinks, smoking, chewing tobacco and aging.

  • Size & Shape: Teeth become worn down from teeth grinding habits and naturally irregular-shaped teeth.

  • Alignment & Spacing: Veneers can close small gaps between teeth and/or make minor adjustments to correct tooth alignment.

Limitations of Veneers

Veneers aren't always the answer. You may need orthodontics because veneers can't be used to:

  • Correct severely misaligned teeth
  • Close large dental gaps
  • Extreme tooth decay and decay
  • Severe trauma due to an accident or tooth grinding

Steps to Creating a New Smile with Porcelain Veneers

  • First, visit Dr. Joel Johnson's Columbia, SC, office to discuss what you don't like about your teeth discuss and whether veneers can solve the issue
  • Once you and your doctor have agreed upon a plan, your dentist will remove small amounts of enamel off the surfaces of your teeth
  • Next, your dentist will create a mold of your teeth and send it to a laboratory to create veneers
  • You'll then receive a temporary set of veneers while your permanent set is being manufactured
  • Finally, your permanent veneers are cemented onto your teeth.

If you are interested in a new smile with veneers, call your Columbia, SC, dentist's office today to learn more at (803) 788-2555! With dental veneers, you can rejuvenate your smile and get to living your best life!



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Joel E Johnson, DMD, PA
9 Office Park Ct.
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 788-2555
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