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Benefits of Dental Implants vs. Other Tooth Replacements

No one wants to deal with the embarrassment and discomfort of lost teeth. Dental implants are fast becoming the most popular choice to replace missing teeth. This is because they are secure, durable, and look just like natural teeth. Dr. Julie Camp-Tome, Dr. Glen Barker, and Dr. Benjamin Thomas Wietecha are dental specialists at Hilton Head Dental Team on Hilton Head Island, SC. They can meet with you to discuss your options for dental implants.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants have numerous benefits over other tooth replacement solutions. Patients prefer them because:

  • Functionality: Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanently fixed in place. This means that you don’t have to take them out to clean them and they won’t move or click when you are eating, speaking, or yawning. You can eat any food you like with dental implants. Because they are implanted into your jawbone, they stimulate bone regrowth.
  • Aesthetics: Dental implants have the appearance of natural teeth, so no one will know that they are not real. Also, because they preserve your jaw, you won’t have to worry about sunken cheeks or sagging lips. Your natural facial structure will be retained.
  • Oral Health: By replacing missing teeth, dental implants reduce the risk of the build-up of bacteria, and infection in the gaps left behind from lost teeth. Unlike dental bridges, when you are replacing a single tooth, you will not need the adjacent teeth to be touched.

If you live on Hilton Head Island and you would like to discuss dental implants with one of our dentists, call (843) 681-9666 to schedule a consultation.

By Hilton Head Dental
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

How Invisalign from your dentists in Hilton Head Island, SC, can give you a fantastic smile

How much do you know about Invisalign? Did you know it is the most discreet and comfortable orthodontic treatment available today? Here at Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC, your dentists offer this orthodontic option to give you a fantastic smile—read on to learn more.

What is so special about Invisalign?

Invisalign is very different from conventional orthodontic treatments. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a system of clear plastic appliances known as aligners.

How does Invisalign work?

You begin treatment with your first set of aligners, which you wear for two weeks. Next, you progress to a new set of aligners, which you also wear for two weeks. You then move on to a new set of aligners every two weeks as your teeth move into the correct position. You will visit your dentist every few weeks to check your progress.

What types of problems can Invisalign treat?

Invisalign can treat many of the same dental issues as conventional brackets and wires, including underbite, overbite, crossbite, open bite, closing gaps between your teeth, and straightening rotated/overlapped teeth.

How long is the treatment time for Invisalign?

The Invisalign process typically takes between nine and fifteen months to complete.

So, why should I choose Invisalign?

Invisalign is discreet and comfortable because the aligners are made of clear, smooth plastic, with no sharp parts to irritate your soft tissue. The clear aligners are also virtually unnoticeable to those around you. Invisalign aligners have the added benefit of being removable, allowing you to continue enjoying the foods you love. You also remove them to brush and floss your teeth, so it’s easy to keep your smile healthy.

Invisalign has become one of the most popular ways to achieve a straight, beautiful smile. To discover the magic of Invisalign, call our office in Hilton Head Island, SC, at (843) 681-9666. Call now!

By Hilton Head Dental
April 13, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Preventive Care  

Here at Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC, our family dentists, Dr. Julie Tome, Dr. Benjamin Wietecha, and Dr. Glenn Barker, offer preventive care treatments to ensure the health of your gums and teeth. However, on top of preventive care measures from your dentist, you should likewise be doing your part. Start with the following guidelines:

Take Excellent of Your Gums and Teeth at Home

You should be performing the necessary preventive care steps required each day to ensure optimal oral health. Brushing two times daily will help in getting rid of plaque buildup, bacteria, and food particles from your teeth surface. Follow up with thorough flossing afterward. This will help eliminate any debris between teeth and gums that brushing just can’t remove. Additionally, consider using a fluoridated mouthwash to strengthen your teeth against decay and cavities and keep your breath fresher for longer.

Visit Your Dentist on a Regular Basis

No matter how great and thorough you are with preventive measures at home, a routine of flossing and brushing should not, and can not, replace twice-annual checkups with your family dentist in Hilton Head Island, SC. Your dentist can give your teeth and gums the deep cleaning they need, inspect your mouth for early signs of oral health issues, and recommend treatments and extra preventive measures that you need to do at home.

Watch What You Eat

Your eating habits could have a significant impact, not just on your oral health but your overall health as well. Some foods are just better than other foods when it comes to oral health. For instance, dairy products that have calcium could help strengthen the teeth enamel and minimize your risk of developing erosion and decay. On the other hand, certain treats like sugary and acidic drinks and foods, starchy snacks, and sticky candies could all raise your risk of decay, so these should be eaten in moderation or avoided completely.

For More In-Depth Dental Advice, We Can Help

Dial (843) 681-9666 to set your appointment with one of our family dentists here at Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC, Dr. Julie Tome, Dr. Benjamin Wietecha, or Dr. Glenn Barker now.

By Hilton Head Dental
February 21, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

How many Americans wear braces? About four million do, and one-quarter are adults like you. If you wish to straighten your smile, but dislike metal braces, explore Invisalign clear aligners from your Hilton Head Dental Team. In their Hilton Head, SC, office, Drs. Camp-Tome, Wietecha and Barker develop Invisalign treatment plans case by case with spectacular results.

The secret of Invisalign

It lies in thin, crystal clear SmartTrack acrylic. Using sophisticated iTero scans and your dentist's skill and direction, the Invisalign lab crafts 18 to 30 pairs of acrylic aligners, each specifically designed to move your teeth to pre-determined positions.

Over the course of a year or so, your removable aligners straighten your teeth, making them healthier, easier to clean and of course, attractive. Just wear them the prescribed 20 to 22 hours a day, and change them according to the treatment plan your dentists have outlined at their Hilton Head, SC, office.

On a daily basis, you'll brush and floss your teeth as usual and clean your removable aligners with a mild toothpaste and water. Every two weeks, you'll switch aligners to the next pair in the sequence. Progress checks happen at Hilton Head Dental Team every month or so.

The benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign aligners are:

  • Discreet and unnoticeable
  • Removable for meals and oral hygiene
  • Smooth and comfortable
  • Customizable to a variety of orthodontic issues such as overbite, underbite, gaps, crowding, protruding front teeth, tooth rotation and more
  • Quick, with treatment times of six to eighteen months
  • Usable by both teens and adults
  • Perfect for patients who play musical instruments or sports
  • Not restrictive in terms of what you can eat or drink

In addition, Invisalign's innovative design process allows you to preview your smile plan step by step. And, you'll know how your smile will appear when treatment concludes and your retainer is in place.

Excited for a new smile?

Invisalign can deliver it. Contact Hilton Head Dental Team for your personalized Invisalign consultation with Dr. Camp-Tome, Dr. Wietecha or Dr. Barker. Phone (843) 681-9666.

By Hilton Head Dental
January 27, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Unhappy with the state of your smile? Here at Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC, we have a number of solutions for discolored, physically affected, and worn-out teeth. Led by Drs. Julie Camp-Tome, Benjamin Thomas Wietecha, and M. Glenn Barker, read on to learn about how our practice provides a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that can improve your look.

Here are a few options to think about:

  • Teeth whitening brightens your smile up to three-to-eight shades lighter and comes in two different forms. Take-home teeth whitening kits are a safe and fast way to whiten teeth. For this approach, you receive a kit from your Hilton Head Island dentist that consists of custom-made mouth trays that contain a stain-removing gel. In-office teeth whitening uses a powerful bleaching material that, when applied on teeth, removes stains in about an hour. 
  • Cosmetic dental bonding is a great cosmetic procedure that covers up aesthetic flaws with the application of a composite material. Your dentist first prepares teeth for the composite by cleaning teeth to ensure they're plaque-free. Next, they'll apply an acidic gel to open pores on the surface of teeth. The dentist will then rinse the acidic gel and apply a composite resin that matches the color of your smile. The composite is then hardened in place to create a new tooth structure.
  • Veneers resurface teeth that are damaged, stained, discolored, crooked, worn, or chipped. The doctor first examines teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. If they decide it is, a model of your teeth will be sent to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made for you. When the veneers arrive after a couple of weeks, your dentist will remove enamel from the surface of your teeth and cement veneers to the surface.

Interested? Give us a call

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, just call Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC, today by dialing (843) 681-9666.





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