My Blog

Posts for tag: Dentist

By DR. KRIS O'NEILL
May 11, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Is it time to give your dentist a call?

A dentist is an integral part of your health care, making sure that your oral health remains in tip-top shape. In fact, our Columbia, SC, dentist Dr. Kris O’Neill can even spot chronic and systemic health problems through oral symptoms alone, which means that a dentist can easily catch both oral and general health problems. Having a dentist is important for everyone. Is it time to see your dentist?

Is it time for a dental cleaning?

Did you know that you should be visiting your dentist twice a year (every six months) for your biannual cleaning and exam? While you may not be experiencing any noticeable changes or have any symptoms, it’s still important to have your local dentist check out the health of your smile. After all, we often find things that we just can’t see. Plus, with X-rays, we can easily spot problem areas and signs of decay before they wreak havoc.

Are you experiencing pain?

It’s hard to ignore pain once it sets in, especially mouth pain. Your mouth is trying to tell you something. If you have dental pain, you may have an infection. If you’re experiencing jaw pain frequently, you may have a condition known as TMJ. Our Columbia, SC, general dentist knows exactly how to make these aches and pains go away. Don’t wait any longer to make your appointment. The sooner we can tend to your pain, the better this situation will be (and the quicker relief will be on its way).

Do you have a dental emergency?

While dental pain certainly qualifies as a dental emergency, several other situations warrant an immediate trip to the dentist. A bitten tongue, a cracked tooth, or a loose or knocked-out tooth should not be ignored. The sooner you can get to our dental office the better. Don’t wait to get your smile fixed after a dental emergency. Less time between injury and receiving treatment equals a better prognosis.

Are you considering a cosmetic procedure?

Want to get your smile whiter? Wishing your front teeth would be straighter? Now they can be! We have a variety of cosmetic procedures to fit your smile desires. From orthodontics to teeth whitening and dental crowns, we can restore your teeth and give you something to really smile about.

Do you want to correct your crooked smile?

While cosmetic treatment options such as dental veneers can be a great way to make teeth look slightly straighter, they can’t correct more serious misalignment issues. In this case, you may be considering orthodontic treatment. Here in Columbia, SC, our dentist Dr. O’Neill provides a wide range of orthodontic options for kids, teens, and adults. It’s not too late to get a straighter smile.

O’Neill Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing the very best in dental care to patients living in and around Columbia, SC. If you need to schedule an appointment with our family dentist Dr. O’Neill, call us today at (803) 988-1070.

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.