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By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
January 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

For many of us, getting to the dentist for necessary treatments like a cleaning, or even a filling can be difficult. Whether due to fear, busy schedules, or concerns over costs, millions of Americans forgo general and cosmetic dentistry treatments each year. According to Reuters, studies have found that less than half of American adults over the age of 65 regularly go to the dentist (at least once a year).

In addition to the elevated risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems, skipping the dentist also means needlessly living with cosmetic issues that tarnish the smile - and quality of life - over time. Dr. Joel Johnson, your dentist in Columbia, SC, advises patients to think of regular dental care as an extension of a general healthcare and wellness plan. In many cases, a single visit for a non-invasive professional teeth whitening or cosmetic bonding procedure is enough to give new life to a damaged smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Columbia, SC

Dr. Johnson offers treatment options for every situation and budget. Cosmetic dentistry procedures improve the appearance of the teeth (such as whitening), and they can also be restorative, improving function, such as with broken, fractured or missing teeth. Some of the most common cosmetic and restorative dental procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening - (take-home or in-office options available)
  • Bonding - cosmetic bonding is one of the most affordable and efficient methods for fixing minor chips, cracks, sizing and spacing issues. It is also commonly used to seal a tooth after a root canal
  • Porcelain veneers - similar to bonding, veneers can fix the size, shape, spacing and overall general appearance of the teeth, using natural looking composite resin
  • Implants - the cosmetic dental crowns are attached to an implant that replaces the root of the missing tooth

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist in Columbia, SC

Even small cosmetic improvements can have a big impact on the overall appearance of your smile. For more information, and to find the procedure that is right for you, contact the office of Dr. Johnson by calling (803) 788-2555 to schedule an appointment today.

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
December 21, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: bonding  

Dental bonding is an option many people choose to resolve a variety of dental issues, from spacing to chipped teeth.

Bonding procedures have been in use for many years and are generally considered to be easy, quick and painless. In today’s hectic, fast paced world, easy, quick and painless become attractive selling points.Bonding

But such decisions should never be made lightly. If you are in the Columbia area and you are dealing with such issues, Dr. Joel Johnson is a good resource to help you make that decision.

What is bonding?

Bonding is a dental procedure that involves using a plastic resin material to repair or fill teeth. The material is tooth colored and can easily be shaped and molded to fit the individual needs of the patient. Dental bonding is an option that can be undertaken for a variety of issues, including, but not limited to:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Spaces or gaps in teeth
  • Fillings
  • Protection of an exposed tooth root due to exposure from receding gums

There are a number of advantages to bonding. For one, bonding is one of the least expensive treatment options – significantly less expensive than veneers or crowns. Bonding is a fairly simple procedure that does not take a lot of time, nor does it require extensive shaving, grinding, or reshaping of existing teeth, such as is the case in a crown procedure. Bonding is also virtually painless; the patient usually does not need any anesthesia unless they are having a cavity filled.

However, there are some disadvantages that a patient should consider as well. Bonding materials are not as strong as the ceramic used in a crown or a veneer, therefore it will not last as long as a crown or veneer. The material can also, in some cases, cause further chipping or even break a tooth.

Generally, dentists consider bonding to be a better option for simple procedures, temporary fixes, and/or repairs on teeth that do not generate a high bite pressure, such as a front tooth.

Any such decision should be made in consultation with a qualified dentist such as Dr. Joel Johnson. For more information, call 803-788-2555 or visit the website at

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
December 21, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   bonding  

So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?

Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!

Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.

If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.

If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.

A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.

Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”

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