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By Hilton Head Dental
March 25, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Inlays   Onlays  

Cavities threaten the integrity and the health of our teeth, but thanks to dental fillings dentists can halt the progress of decay and return our teeth to their former structure, and strength. But what happens with cavities that are too big for traditional fillings? In severe cases, your tooth may require a crown, but usually, your dentist can treat these teeth with lab-made fillings, named inlays or onlays depending on the area of the tooth they correct. To learn more about how inlays and onlays can help restore your smile, contact your Hilton Head Island, SC, family dentists Dr. Julie Tome, Dr. Benjamin Wietecha, and Dr. M. Barker of Hilton Head Dental Team.

They Are Just Like a Filling

Inlays and onlays are just like a regular filling in that they fill in for the portion of the tooth that has to be removed because it is affected by decay. A necessary step to halt the progress of decay and to return full natural use and appearance to the tooth.

Traditional fillings, however, can only address smaller cavities, while inlays and onlays can restore large portions of the tooth. They are the step before a tooth would have to be repaired using a crown.

Because of how much of the tooth they are repairing, inlays and onlays are typically made in a lab, like a crown usually is, and it can take a few days until they are ready. So, just like with a crown, you may receive a temporary inlay, or onlay, which require extra care when eating or cleaning your teeth.

The main difference between the two is what part of the tooth they help restore. As the names suggest, inlays are made to fill large cavities just on the inside, the valley of the tooth, while onlays can restore beyond it, onto the natural crown.

Inlays and Onlays in Hilton Head Island, SC

If cavities are a concern, don't put off a visit to the office, as they do not get better on their own. Make an appointment today with Dr. Tome, Dr. Wietecha, and Dr. Barker of the Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC, by dialing (843) 681-9666.

By Hilton Head Dental
December 31, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Do you feel anxious about having your photo taken? Do you cover your mouth when you laugh or smile? If you are self-conscious about your discolored teeth, it’s time you took the simple step to achieve the smile of your dreams with professional teeth whitening. Dr. Julie Camp-Tome and Dr. Benjamin Thomas Wietecha, and Dr. M. Glenn Barker are dentists at Hilton Head Dental on Hilton Head Island, where they provide full dental services including professional teeth whitening.

Why In-chair Whitening is Best

Many Hilton Head dental patients who have tried at-home teeth whitening kits encountered the following problems:

  • The process took too long
  • They didn’t achieve the results they wanted
  • Some discoloration remained
  • The bleaching agent caused sensitive teeth or gums

When you have your teeth whitening at Hilton Head Dental, all of these problems are eliminated. The dentists use specially designed guards to protect your inner mouth, gums, and lips so that you will not experience any sensitivity after your treatment. Because the whitening gel is stronger than that used in DIY kits, professional whitening can improve the brightness of your teeth by up to eight shades. It is also whitened evenly and the whole process typically takes less than an hour.

Get Lasting Results

When you choose Hilton Head Dental for your teeth whitening, you can count on results that will last longer than at-home whitening options. If you maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily and visit your dentist for a check-up every six months, your bright smile can last for several years.

Why struggle with embarrassment a day longer? If you live on Hilton Head Island and you would like to find out more about in-chair teeth whitening, contact Hilton Head Dental at (843) 681-9666.

By Hilton Head Dental
December 15, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

How teeth whitening treatment from your dentists in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina can rejuvenate your smile

Your smile makes a statement about who you are. If your smile isn’t telling people positive things about you, it’s time to change it up a bit. It’s time for a professional teeth whitening treatment. The dentists of the Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry services, including teeth whitening, to rejuvenate your smile.

There are many reasons why your smile can grow dull and uninteresting. Coffee, tobacco use, and eating darkly-pigmented foods can all affect your smile. Normal aging does considerable damage to the brightness of your smile, making your smile appear yellow.

The good news is, professional teeth whitening can give you a whiter, brighter, younger-looking smile. Just consider these amazing benefits of professional teeth whitening:

  • You can whiten your smile up to 8 shades
  • Your amazing results can last up to 5 years
  • Treatment is quick, with the in-office treatment taking only about an hour
  • Products and methods have been tested and approved by the American Dental Association, so you know they are safe

Just imagine having a whiter, brighter smile! A beautiful smile helps you:

  • Make a great first impression
  • Look younger and more attractive
  • Feel more confident about yourself, especially in social situations
  • Have increased self-esteem and feel better about yourself

The dentists at Hilton Head Dental Team offer two effective whitening methods. You can choose from:

  • In-office whitening, which is the quickest way to achieve a brilliant white smile; the process takes only about an hour, so it’s a great choice for busy people who want to look great.
  • Take-home whitening, which is a kit that contains everything you need to whiten at home whenever the time is convenient for you. This is a great option if you want to whiten your smile discreetly, in the privacy of your home.

You deserve a great smile, and professional teeth whitening can help you achieve it. To find out more about professional teeth whitening and how it can rejuvenate your smile, talk with the experts. Call the dentists of the Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina at (843) 681-9666. Call today!

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!

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