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By O'NEILL FAMILY DENTISTRY
September 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Crown   Crowns  

Dental crowns are one of the most versatile cosmetic restorations your Columbia, SC, dentist, Dr. Kris O'Neill offers. Whether you're concerned about the appearance of a tooth or worried about damage, crowns offer an excellent solution. Just contact O'Neill Family Dentistry today.

How do dental crowns work?

Dental crowns are hollow inside, allowing them to completely cover the visible parts of your teeth. Before you receive a crown, your Columbia, SC, dentist reduces the size of your tooth. She then uses digital imaging techniques to make an impression of your mouth. The impression helps her design a new crown that looks and feels perfectly at home in your mouth. After making a few tweaks to the fit of the crown, she attaches it to your tooth with dental cement.

Thanks to same-day CEREC crowns, you'll only need one appointment and won't have to wear temporary crowns. Your new crown is made in the Columbia dental office while you wait. The in-office milling machine creates your crown from a block of ceramic or resin in an hour or less.

Could a dental crown help my smile?

A dental crown can be a good choice if you have an unattractive tooth. The crowns completely conceal discolorations caused by tetracycline, large metal fillings, or other issues. If your smile isn't quite uniform due to oddly shaped teeth, crowns may be the answer to your problems. The restorations improve the appearance of pointed, twisted, or crooked teeth, enhancing the symmetry of your smile. Has grinding your teeth at night caused a few of your teeth to become too short? Crowns will restore its natural height.

Brittle, cracked, or weak teeth are more likely to fracture, causing serious damage to your smile. Crowns strengthen fragile teeth and absorb the strong biting forces generated when you chew. The restorations are often used to protect teeth after a root canal or large filling.

If your tooth has already fractured, a crown will:

  • Restore its normal appearance
  • Make chewing easier
  • Prevent the jagged edges of the teeth from cutting your mouth, lips, or tongue
  • End your pain by covering the broken ends of teeth

Enhance your smile with dental crowns! Call your dentist in Columbia, SC, Dr. O'Neill of O'Neill Family Dentistry at (803) 988-1070 to schedule your appointment.

By O'NEILL FAMILY DENTISTRY
September 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Dr. Kris O'Neill of O'Neill Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC, provides her patients with a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve your smile. The treatment options are simple and reliable for most people, but here's a closer look as to what some of those services are and what they entail.

Veneers are custom-made porcelain shells. They are tooth-colored designed to cement, or adhere, to the front surface of teeth to improve your smile. Veneers change the color, shape, size, or length of teeth. The prosthetic device is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that may require local anesthesia to alleviate discomfort. Your Columbia cosmetic dentistry office provides veneers to help conceal chips, cracks, minor gaps, and discoloration.

Invisalign is a functional and cosmetic dentistry treatment that straightens teeth discreetly. It's a great option for older teens and young adults who have minor issues, like slightly crooked or gapped teeth. Your dentist makes a sequence of custom-made aligner trays using special software called CAD/CAM. Every two weeks you exchange the tray with the next one in the sequence to continue applying gentle pressure on teeth until teeth move to their corrected position.

Teeth whitening uses bleaching trays to remove stains and discoloration of teeth surfaces. The trays are used at home when your Columbia cosmetic dentist provides at-home kits that you can use at your convenience. 

Other cosmetic dentistry treatments include crowns (caps), fillings, dentures, and bridges.

Do you need a consultation?

To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, speak to Dr. Kris O'Neill at O'Neill Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC, by calling (803) 988-1070 today!

By O'Neill Family Dentistry
July 08, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist have the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.Teeth Whitening in Columbia, SC

Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.

Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. You dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.

What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.

How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.

Contact Your Dentist

You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.

By O'NEILL FAMILY DENTISTRY
June 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Flossing  

While flossing just takes just a couple of minutes per day, you may be wondering if you're spending your time wisely. In Columbia, SC, your dentist, Dr. Kris O'Neill, assures you that flossing is well-worth it. After all, flossing battles the plaque and bacteria that can damage your smile.

Food particles and bacteria

While unpleasant to think about, bacteria can lead to big problems like dental decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that a full 50 percent of American adults over the age of 30 have gum disease. This is especially concerning given that gum disease also impacts your overall health, as it's been linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, dementia, and more.

Brush and floss

The American Dental Association (ADA) maintains that daily brushing and flossing are the best weapons against gum disease and decay. They remove bacteria-laden plaque when applied every day.

Brush two times a day for two minutes, carefully cleaning all tooth surfaces. For in between your teeth and at the gum line, where plaque can hide, floss once a day. Most people who floss have few to no signs of gum disease (i.e. gingival bleeding, puffiness, tenderness, and loose teeth).

Your Columbia, SC, dentist and her team highly recommend flossing daily. Your hygienist will show you ways to improve your flossing routine at home. Common recommendations include:

  1. Using a floss product that you can easily manipulate. Strand floss may not be the right choice for an adult with dexterity issues. A water flosser or interproximal brushes are simpler to handle and both are just as effective as regular floss.
     
  2. Flossing gently. Do not snap strand floss against your gums. Instead, insert it carefully between your teeth, carefully sweeping it up and down. Flossing should never cause pain.
     
  3. Remembering to floss your back teeth. Molars are cavity-prone because of their chewing surfaces and so need extra care.

Finally, see Dr. O'Neill every six months for a cleaning and check-up. No matter how well you floss and brush—or how good your diet is—you still need in-office preventive care. O'Neill Family Dentistry provides treatment plans suited to your unique oral health needs.

Have your best oral health

You can enjoy a fabulous, healthy smile when you include flossing in your daily oral care routine. To improve your flossing technique, talk to your friendly hygienist or dentist, Dr. Kris O'Neill of O'Neill Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC. Call today for an appointment: (803) 988-1070.

By O'NEILL FAMILY DENTISTRY
February 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Are you a smoker? Over the age of 40? Diagnosed with HPV? If so, you may be at increased risk for oral cancer.

While oral cancer is also more common among men, heavy drinkers, and unhealthy eaters, it can still develop in almost anyone. That means even the healthiest among us should keep up with regular oral cancer screenings.

Here at O'Neill Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC, your dentist, Dr. Kris O'Neill, offers oral cancer screenings that are quick, painless, and accurate, allowing you to feel at ease during the screening and confident in your results.

What are the signs of oral cancer?

Oral cancer can develop in both the throat and mouth, and can develop symptoms such as bleeding patches, lumps, red/white spots, and numbness or pain when eating. Additional signs include loosening teeth, a hoarse voice, jaw swelling, mouth ulcers, sores, and/or a swollen jaw.

Why is an oral cancer screening so important?

Oral cancer patients who are diagnosed early have a far greater survival rate than those whose cancer is discovered in later stages. If a screening at our Columbia, SC, office comes back with positive results, our dentist can develop an appropriate treatment plan to address your specific case.

What happens during an oral cancer screening?

Your dentist will use a small apparatus with an angled examination mirror to check all areas of your mouth, including the palate, tongue, and pharynx. We will also look for discolorations, sores, protrusions, or other abnormalities. If an issue is found, we will send a tissue sample to a lab for further diagnosis. Your dentist may also feel your neck for any unusual lumps.

Your screening should be fairly quick, and can generally be performed during your regular checkup and dental exam.

Concerned? Give us a call

If you haven't undergone an oral cancer screening before, or are due for one of these life-saving examinations, make an appointment here at O'Neill Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC, by dialing (803) 988-1070.





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