Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Veneers SmileHow porcelain veneers from your dentist in Columbia, SC, can give you a new smile

Does your smile need a little freshening up? Is your smile dull and uninteresting? Is your smile compromised by chipped, cracked, or damaged teeth? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time for you to discover the magic of porcelain veneers. They are the go-to treatment to give you a beautiful, flawless smile. Dr. Joel E. Johnson in Columbia, SC, offers porcelain veneer treatment to give you a new smile.

Porcelain veneers are thin, beautiful laminates of sparkling porcelain. These laminates are permanently cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneer treatment is conservative, because Dr. Johnson only removes enough tooth surface to compensate for thickness of the veneers.

Porcelain veneers are a versatile treatment that will freshen up your smile by covering up many cosmetic and aesthetic issues with your teeth, including:

  • Excessive tooth wear due to aging or grinding
  • Chips caused by everyday wear-and-tear
  • Cracks or fracture lines caused by trauma
  • Discolorations due to medications or genetics

Veneer treatment may also be able to hide alignment issues including gaps between your teeth, or tooth overlap and tooth rotation. Dr. Johnson will discuss whether veneers are the right choice, or if conventional orthodontics are the best treatment for alignment issues.

Porcelain veneer treatment is a popular choice to refresh smiles because porcelain looks just like natural tooth enamel. It reflects light, so your new porcelain veneers will sparkle just like natural tooth enamel. Unlike natural tooth enamel, porcelain resists stains, so your smile will stay bright for years, even if you drink coffee or smoke.

If you need to refresh your smile, porcelain veneers can help. They can hide both minor and major problems with your teeth, giving you a smile that makes a statement. To find out more about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dental services, call Dr. Joel E. Johnson in Columbia, SC, today!

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
July 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Need crowns from your Columbia, SC, dentist?dental crowns

A dental crown is made out of porcelain, or ceramic. Unlike veneers, crowns don't cover only the front surface of your teeth. They're caps that fit over the unattractive, decayed, or damaged tooth. Crowns can replace a missing tooth when one of your Columbia, SC, dentist installs a dental bridge over your gums.

Installation of Crowns

There are three steps to getting your unsightly tooth capped:

  • Step 1: Your dentist will numb the area surrounding the tooth and begin preparing the tooth. This is done to reshape the tooth so it fits under the crown.
     
  • Step 2: A crown is designed at a laboratory using impressions taken of your teeth. The impressions are taken digitally or with the use of a putty-like material and are used as a guide so that laboratory technicians can mold a crown that'll fit perfectly over your tooth.
     
  • Step 3: The permanent crown is cemented over the tooth using a special type of cement or resin.

Caring for Crowns

Improve your dental care by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once before bed. In addition to maintaining a healthy oral regimen, make sure to visit your dentists twice a year for your bi-annual examination. Also, make sure to use fluoride-containing products, like mouthwash and toothpaste, that will help prevent cavities.

Advantages of Crowns

Besides making your smile more aesthetically pleasing, crowns have other advantages:

  • They're used to cover restorative procedures such as root canals and dental implants.
  • Several crowns can be used if you have more than one tooth that needs to be covered.
  • They give your teeth reinforcement, therefore improving your bite and capability to chew.
  • Crowns also support fillings that have been dislocated.

For more information on dental crowns or to schedule an appointment, contact your Columbia, SC, dentist, Dr. Joel Johnson by calling their office at (803) 788-2555.

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
October 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Is your damaged tooth worth saving? Of course, it is if you wish to preserve your smile's appearance and functionality. No tooth is a dental crownsthrowaway. So explore the possibility of a dental crown from Columbia, SC dentist, Dr. Joel Johnson. Read details here on how dental crowns salvage cracked, abscessed or decayed teeth.

What is a dental crown in Columbia?

Your parents or grandparents probably called it a cap, and it may have been made of gold or other precious metal. This tooth-shaped protective jacket may still be fashioned from gold, but more typically today's caps, or dental crowns in Columbia, are porcelain or porcelain fused to metal (PFM).

Dr. Johnson gives his patient choice of material when he evaluates a tooth which has weakened due to numerous fillings, deep decay, dental abscess or oral trauma. He looks carefully at the tooth and gums and takes digital X-rays to evaluate its roots and supporting bone.

If a crown is a good option, he writes a treatment plan and takes oral impressions. These casts of the tooth in question and its neighbors help the dental lab construct the crown, shaping and shading it for perfect fit and bite. Dr. Johnson offers same-day crowns, too, which speed up the process significantly, avoiding long waits for crowns to return from the lab.

The dental crown procedure

This requires a local anesthetic to numb the tooth before the dentist shapes the enamel. Sometimes he must build-up the remaining structure with a post to provide a sufficient base to receive the restoration. After Dr. Johnson prepares the tooth, he uses a special adhesive to bond the crown in place. A final bite adjustment finishes the crown.

Additionally, an ailing tooth may require root canal therapy before receiving a crown. This reliable treatment removes diseased nerves, connective tissue and blood supply from the tooth's interior chambers or root canals. Once sealed and given sufficient healing time, the tooth is ready for crown placement.

Crowns also restore today's superior tooth replacements, dental implants. A dental implant consists of a titanium metal cylinder or screw, surgically inserted into a tooth socket to replace the missing natural root. A metal extension and custom-crafted porcelain crown finish the artificial tooth for realistic appearance and oral function.

Preserving your crown

Most crowns last ten to fifteen years, although ones made of precious metal last even longer. Key to longevity is good oral hygiene--that is, brushing, flossing and professional cleanings to remove plaque and prevent tartar accumulation. These bacteria-laden "biofilms" cause periodontitis, or gum disease, an enemy of natural teeth, restorations such as crowns and dental implants.

Keep that tooth

Why not look into a dental crown? It's a great alternative to extraction and can give your tooth the second chance it deserves. Call Dr. Johnson today for a restorative dentistry consultation in Columbia, SC: (803) 788-2555.



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