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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!