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By Garner Family Dentistry
May 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if your smile could benefit from getting dental crowns

While most people know what a dental crown is, they don’t often know when it’s the best way to restore or improve their smile. Our Mount Pleasant, SC, cosmetic and family dentist Dr. Cynthia Garner is here to provide a little more insight into getting dental crowns and why they are sometimes necessary to improve tooth function and enhance your smile.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is designed to look just like the crown of a real tooth. A crown will also be custom-made to fit over and fully enclose a tooth to protect it. This restoration can be made from different materials (e.g. ; porcelain; ceramic, porcelain fused to metal), depending on the tooth that needs to be treated and other lifestyle factors.

All crowns are also customized to fit over your tooth, so you know that when you turn to Dr. Garner at Garner Family Dentistry, LLC, you will always get a beautiful cosmetic restoration that functions and feels natural.

When is a dental crown needed?

There are many situations that may warrant needing a dental crown:

  • If you have a broken or cracked tooth that needs additional protection in order to be fully functional
  • To protect a tooth that has weakened due to decay, teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • To preserve a tooth after root canal treatment
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To improve the appearance of a malformed, misshapen or badly discolored tooth
  • To cover a dental implant (when replacing a single missing tooth)

How do you get a dental crown?

Your treatment plan will really depend on what needs to happen prior to getting your crown, sometimes we need to go into the tooth and remove an infected dental pulp (root canal therapy). Traditionally, a tooth needs to be prepped so that the crown can comfortably fit over the tooth. Once the tooth has been prepared, we will need to take impressions of the tooth using a special mold.

This mold will be necessary for the dental lab to create your custom-fitted dental crown. Once the crown is made, you will come back in so that we can check the fit and make any necessary adjustments before cementing the restoration into place.

If you have questions about getting dental crowns or other cosmetic options in Mount Pleasant, SC, then it’s time you called Garner Family Dentistry to learn more. Not only will a crown look and feel great, but it could positively impact your oral health.

By Garner Family Dentistry
March 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Missing teeth? One or more missing teeth can take away from the smile that's really you and it can have many negative effects on your dental implantsoral health. Dr. Cynthia Garner at Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, offers dental implants to her patients. Read on to find out how dental implants can improve your smile.

Transform Your Smile- Are you embarrassed to smile? Missing teeth makes people appear older than they really are. Dental implants will improve your appearance and make you look years younger. Remember, it's never too late to beautify your smile. 

Help You Chew Food- Just a few missing teeth can make it difficult for people to chew their food. Dental implants will restore your ability to chew food. Dental implants feel and function like real teeth. Dental implants will allow you to eat the foods you love with confidence. Teeth restored with implants are teeth that let you lead your life.

Improve Your Speech- Missing teeth can make it difficult for people to pronounce certain words. Dental implants can improve your clarity of speech. With new dental implants, you will feel confident while speaking in public. Dental implants are the next best thing to healthy, natural teeth. 

Preserve Your Jawbone- When teeth are missing from the jaw, the jawbone shrinks because it is no longer stimulated by your tooth roots. Dental implants stimulate the growth of new bone and prevent jawbone deterioration. 

Prevent Shifting of Teeth- Once a tooth is lost, the adjacent teeth begin to shift. Dental implants restore lost teeth and help prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. Dental implants go in the jawbone and will not impact your natural teeth. If you want to prevent oral health problems, ask your Mount Pleasant dentist Dr. Garner if dental implants are an option for you.

Are you ready to make your smile whole again? Call Garner Family Dentistry at (843) 884-6002 to schedule a dental appointment in Mount Pleasant, SC. Dental implants won't just enhance your smile; they will also change your life for the better!

Having a beautiful smile may seem like an impossible goal if your smile is full of chipped, yellowed, stained, cracked or just plain veneersmissing teeth. However, with help from your Mount Pleasant, SC cosmetic dentist, you can achieve this goal and more. Porcelain dental veneers and dental implants can rejuvenate your smile and give you back the confidence and self-esteem you deserve.

What are veneers and implants? 
Veneers are thin, porcelain shells which fit over the front of the teeth to cover imperfections. These customized dental restorations give your teeth a renewed appearance and feel, function and appear just like natural teeth. Dental implants replace a missing tooth’s root and the tooth itself. A small titanium post, called a fixture, surgically implanted into the jawbone underneath a missing tooth provides a sturdy foundation for the replacement tooth. A porcelain dental crown, which attaches to the fixture via an abutment, replaces the missing tooth itself.

How can veneers and implants work together? 
Veneers give new life to your broken, chipped, cracked, stained, yellowed or misshapen teeth. With dental implants replacing the teeth which are missing, these two powerful cosmetic dentistry procedures work together to give you an entirely new smile. Aside from the obvious benefit of a full, perfect smile, replacing missing teeth gives you a better bite, allowing you to chew and eat with less difficulty. Proper bite also reduces the risk of jaw issues such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

How do I care for my dental restorations? 
Veneers and implants are permanent dental restorations, meaning they may be cared for just like your natural teeth. Simply brush twice daily, splitting the mouth into quadrants and brushing each one for at least 30 seconds. Floss at least once a day. See your Mount Pleasant dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings to keep your natural teeth and restorations alike healthy and clean.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry procedures, please contact Dr. Cynthia L. Holmes Garner at Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC. Call (843)884-6002 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for cosmetic dentistry today!