Posts for: February, 2017

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
February 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Even with the best care and attention, teeth are susceptible to the normal wear and tear that comes with aging, just like the rest of the cosmetic dentistrybody. From stains and discolorations caused by everyday dietary choices like tea and coffee, to chips or wear from a teeth grinding habit, even an otherwise healthy smile can use a cosmetic upgrade from time to time. But beyond making teeth whiter or fixing gaps and spacing problems, cosmetic dentistry also plays a role in oral health, as well as a person's general quality of life and sense of wellbeing. Dr. Joel Johnson, a dentist in Columbia, SC, offers a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures to help patients achieve a smile they can feel proud of and eager to show off.

A study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) found that over a third of American adults reported being unhappy with the quality of their teeth. Although most people have a feature or two they would like to change if possible, like height or hair color for example, teeth can have an especially strong impact on everything from social and romantic to professional prospects for adults.

Improve Your Smile - and Quality of Life - with Cosmetic Dentistry in Columbia, SC

Cosmetic dental restorations generally improve the appearance of damaged teeth, but they can also improve function and restore a tooth back to health. Cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers and dental crowns can strengthen and fortify broken, chipped and decayed teeth after treatment for a cavity or root canal. Dr. Johnson offers same day crowns for busy adults and professional whitening treatments that exceed the results of over the counter treatments.

Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Columbia, SC

Whether you just need to whiten your teeth a few shades, fix a chipped or cracked tooth, or replace old and outdated silver dental fillings, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that is right for you. For more information, contact the office of Dr. Johnson by calling (803) 788-2555 to schedule an appointment today.

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
February 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Sure, it’s big news when celebs tweet selfies from the dental office… if you’re still living in the 20th century. But in Hollywood today, it’s harder to say who hasn’t posted snaps of themselves in the dentist’s chair than who has. Yet the pictures recently uploaded to Twitter by Mark Salling, the actor and singer who regularly appears as Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the popular TV series Glee, made us sit up and take notice.

“Getting my chipped tooth fixed. Also, apparently, I’m a big grinder,” read the caption. The photo showed a set of upper front teeth with visible chips on the biting surface. What’s so special about this seemingly mundane tweet? It’s a great way of bringing attention to a relatively common, but often overlooked problem: teeth clenching and grinding, also called bruxism.

Although bruxism is a habit that affects scores of people, many don’t even realize they have it. That’s because the condition may only become active at night. When the teeth are unconsciously ground together, the forces they produce can wear down the enamel, cause chipping or damage to teeth or dental work (such as veneers or fillings), or even loosen a tooth! While it’s common in children under 11 years old, in adults it can be a cause for concern.

Sometimes, mouth pain, soreness and visible damage alert individuals to their grinding habits; other times, a dental professional will notice the evidence of bruxism during an exam or cleaning: tooth sensitivity and telltale wear and tear on the chewing surfaces. Either way, it’s time to act.

Bruxism is most often caused by stress, which can negatively impact the body in many ways. It may also result from bite problems, the overuse of stimulating substances (caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs), and as a side effect of certain medications. Sometimes, simply becoming aware of the habit can help a person get it under control. Common methods of stress reduction include exercise, meditation, a warm bath or a quiet period before bedtime; these can be tried while we monitor the situation to see if the problem is going away.

If stress reduction alone doesn’t do the trick, several other methods can be effective. When bruxism is caused by a minor bite problem, we can sometimes do a minor “bite adjustment” in the office. This involves removing a tiny bit of enamel from an individual tooth that is out of position, bringing it in line with the others. If it’s a more serious malocclusion, orthodontic appliances or other procedures may be recommended.

When grinding is severe enough to damage teeth or dental work, we may also recommend a custom-made night guard (occlusal guard), which you put in your mouth at bedtime. Comfortable and secure, this appliance prevents your teeth from being damaged by contacting each other, and protects your jaw joints from stresses due to excessive grinding forces.

Whether or not you have to smile for a living, teeth grinding can be a big problem. If you would like more information about this condition, call our office to schedule a consultation for a consultation.

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