Posts for: September, 2016

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
September 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: partial dentures  
RPDsOfferAnotherToothReplacementOptionforthoseonaTightBudget

Durable as well as life-like, dental implants are by far the preferred method for replacing missing teeth. But they can be costly and, although not as much, so can traditional bridgework. Is there an effective but more affordable means to replace a few missing teeth?

There is: a removable partial denture (RPD). In fact, RPDs have always been the less expensive alternative to bridgework and implants. Today's RPDs are usually made of vitallium, a strong but lightweight metal alloy. Because of the metal's characteristics, we can create an appliance that precisely matches the contours of your gums, is thin and hardly noticeable. We anchor prosthetic (false) teeth made of porcelain, resins or plastics in acrylic or nylon that resembles gum tissue.

The most important aspect of an RPD is to design it to produce the least amount of movement in your mouth as you eat or speak. A good design will minimize pressure on both the underlying bone (which can accelerate bone loss) and on the remaining teeth that support the RPD. Although a little more costly, it may be advantageous to use a dental implant to stabilize a lower partial denture when no end tooth is available for support.

To get the most out of your RPD — and to prevent dental disease — it's important for you to practice diligent daily hygiene. RPD attachments can make remaining teeth more susceptible to plaque accumulation, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that can cause tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. To avoid this you should remove the RPD and thoroughly brush and floss your remaining teeth. You should clean the RPD every day with recommended cleansers. You should also take it out at night while you sleep to discourage further bacterial or fungal growth.

Besides daily care for your RPD and natural teeth, be sure to visit us for cleanings and checkups at least twice a year. Taking care of both your appliance and your mouth will help ensure your RPD serves you for many years to come.

If you would like more information on removable partial dentures or other restoration options, 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 “Removable Partial Dentures: Still a Viable Tooth-Replacement Alternative.”


By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
September 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
JohnnysTeethArentRottenAnyMore

Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?


By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
September 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Overhauling your smile may seem like a complicated task. However, completely changing the look of your teeth does not always require a major dental procedure. Dental veneers can give you a new smile in only a few dental appointments. With help from your Columbia, veneersSC dentist, Dr. Joel Johnson, understanding dental veneers is easy.

What can dental veneers do for me? 
Veneers are a multifaceted dental restoration which dentists can use to correct numerous dental problems, including:

  • stained or discolored teeth
  • slightly overlapped teeth (overcrowding)
  • slightly gapped teeth (under crowding)
  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth

Veneers are made to last and, with the proper care, can last for many years. Additionally, a dental technician carefully color matches the veneers to your natural teeth, ensuring a natural and even look.

Dental Veneers in Columbia, SC 
Thanks to their porcelain materials, veneers are stain-resistant and durable. Your veneers should look, fit and feel just like your natural teeth. Most procedures for veneers span over two or more dental appointments. The first appointment is reserved for preparing the teeth and covering them with temporary veneers. A mold of your prepared teeth sent to a dental laboratory serves as a basis for the veneers’ design. Your second appointment will involve your dentist removing your temporary veneers and replacing them with the permanent restorations.

Caring for Your Veneers
Properly caring for your veneers is crucial to their lifespan. However, the process does not require anything other than a strong oral care routine. Brush your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes. Floss daily to remove any plaque and bacteria buildup using a separate strand of floss for each quarter of the mouth to reduce the spread of bacteria. Seeing your dentist for regular bi-annual examinations and cleanings will keep your teeth and veneers healthy and clean.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Johnson in Columbia, SC. Call (803) 788-2555 to schedule your consultation for dental veneers with Dr. Johnson today!




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