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By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
April 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Are you ready to find out what getting cosmetic dentistry in West Columbia can do for you?cosmetic dentistry

You’ve been thinking that it’s time to make some strides to improve the appearance of your smile. Of course, it isn’t always easy to figure out what cosmetic dentistry service you should choose. Our West Columbia, SC, family dentists, Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz, offer up a variety of wonderful ways to boost your smile’s aesthetics.

Here are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you get cosmetic dentistry from us:

A Whiter Smile

If you are dealing with stains caused by smoking or the foods you consume, then you’re in luck. Our West Columbia general dentists can effectively whiten teeth in their office or by providing an at-home whitening kit. With in-office whitening, we can get smiles whiter and more vibrant in often just one session.

Filling Gaps in Your Smile

If you are dealing with missing teeth, then chances are good that you want to fill that gap with a restoration that will look as natural as possible. We offer a variety of treatments for replacing missing teeth, from simple dentures to dental implants, to give you the restoration that best fits your needs.

Even, Uniformed Teeth

Crooked teeth are pretty common unless you were fortunate enough to fix these issues when you were a child or teen. If crooked or misaligned teeth still hound you, you’re in luck. No need to wear metal braces, which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing for many teens and adults. Now you can get a straighter smile with options such as clear, removable aligners and tooth-colored braces, so other people won’t notice your treatment.

If braces just aren’t in the cards for you and you’re only dealing with minor misalignment issues, then talk to us about whether getting dental veneers could actually straighten your smile out.

Hidden Cosmetic Flaws

Whether you are dealing with small cracks or misshapen teeth, there is a cosmetic treatment to improve on these issues. For minor issues, we have dental bonding. By using a tooth-colored resin and molding it to certain areas of the tooth, these flaws are now invisible.

Of course, for more moderate-to-severe imperfections, we can also apply these thin, porcelain shells called dental veneers over the front of your teeth to mask more challenging cosmetic problems.

Three Fountains Family Dental in West Columbia, SC, is ready to give you the beautiful smile you know you deserve. Let’s talk about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you. Call us today to learn more.

By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
April 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
VivicasVeneerstheMakingofaHollywoodSmile

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
March 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
DontLetSmokingIncreaseYourChancesofImplantFailure

There are plenty of good reasons to quit smoking. Here's one more if you're considering replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant: smoking increases your risk of implant failure.

By and large, dental implants are the most reliable and durable tooth replacement option, with more than a 95% success rate after ten years. But that still leaves a small percentage that fail — and twice as many of those failures are in smokers than in non-smokers.

To understand why, we need to look at how smoking affects oral health. Besides burning and thickening the surface skin cells inside the mouth, inhaled smoke can also damage salivary glands and lead to dry mouth. Reduced saliva creates an environment friendly to bacteria, which increases the risk of infection and disease.

The nicotine in tobacco also restricts the myriad of blood vessels that course through the teeth and gums. The resulting reduced blood flow deprives teeth and gums not only of nutrients but disease-fighting antibodies. The mouth takes longer to heal and can't fight infection as well.

The key to an implant's success lies with its titanium post imbedded in the jaw bone to take the place of the tooth root. Titanium attracts bone cells, which grow and adhere to the post over a period of time and create a stronger hold. But the health effects of smoking inhibit this process. Furthermore, slower healing caused by smoking increases the risk of infection, the number one cause of early implant loss.

If you want to improve your chances for a successful implant — not to mention improve your overall health — you should quit smoking. The prospect of a dental implant could be a useful incentive to enroll in a smoking cessation program.

At the very least we suggest you stop smoking a week before implant surgery and then for at least two weeks after to help promote good healing. And you should pay close attention to your daily oral hygiene — brushing and flossing at least once — and regular, semi-annual dental visits for cleanings and checkups.

Smoking can harm your health. If you're considering an implant, it could also harm your chances of a successful outcome.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants & Smoking.”

By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
March 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
NewFrontTeethforaTeenagedDavidDuchovny

In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?

“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.

How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.

With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.

In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.

While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.

Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”

By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
March 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Crowns and bridges are necessary and popular procedures with various uses. However, understanding these procedures and how they restorative dentistrywork are an important factor in determining if they are necessary to help your smile. Learn about crowns and bridges to understand more about them with Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz at Three Fountains Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC.

What makes porcelain dental restorations special? 
Dental restorations like dental crowns and bridges are important in repairing or replacing broken, damaged or missing teeth. Restorations come in various materials, from metal to porcelain. Porcelain restorations, while more expensive than metal restorations, are tooth-colored and blend into your smile whereas other materials will stand out against the white of your teeth. Porcelain also has the same light-reflecting qualities as natural teeth, providing a completely natural look.

How can dental restorations like crowns and bridges help my smile? 
Dental crowns can help restore your smile in various situations, such as:

  • stabilizing a broken or damaged tooth
  • restoring the biting surface of a worn tooth
  • improving the appearance of a misshapen or unsightly tooth
  • reinforcing a tooth with a large filling, such as after a root canal, against everyday use
  • holding a dental bridge in place

Dental bridges replace a missing tooth and consist of what looks like three prosthetic teeth in a row. In actuality, the two prosthetics on the end of the bridge are dental crowns. The crowns hold the bridge in place, using the healthy teeth surrounding the gap as anchors.

Crowns and Bridges in Columbia, SC
Dental crowns require that your dentist prepares the tooth beforehand to ensure a snug and permanent fit. This process requires removal of small layers of enamel from the outside and top of the tooth and shapes the tooth into the same form as the inside of the crown. This helps in the bonding process and also makes room for the crown to fit over the tooth without being too big. Since bridges use two crowns, your dentist will need to prepare two teeth.

For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz at Three Fountains Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC. Call (803)755-0039 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!