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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.

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
November 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneer  

Do you hate smiling for the camera? Tooth imperfections and damage can make even the most confident person feel a little self-conscious veneerwhen a camera is pointed at them. Fortunately, it's easy to improve your appearance by adding porcelain veneers to your problem teeth. Offered by Drs. Julie Camp-Tome, Benjamin Wietecha and M. Glenn Barker, your family dentists here at Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC, read on to learn what dental veneers can do for you!


How veneers transform your smile

Veneers are thin, custom-made porcelain shells that your Hilton Head Island family dentist attaches to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement.

Have you been avoiding addressing your problem because you don't want to undergo complicated dental procedures? Extensive dental work isn't necessary when you choose veneers. In fact, the restorations require very little preparation at all. Your dentist will only need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel to ensure that your veneers fit properly.


Are veneers right for you?

Chips and shallow cracks may not affect the health of your teeth, but they can certainly have an impact on your appearance. Veneers instantly improve your smile by hiding cracks, chips, and other flaws.

Discolorations caused by antibiotics, large fillings, and other issues that can be easily concealed with veneers that match your natural tooth color. Veneers also provide an excellent, long-term whitening solution and are available in any shade of white you prefer.

If a slight gap between your teeth makes you want to hide your smile, you'll want to consider veneers, as well. The restorations offer a simple way to make those small spaces disappear.

Veneers are also a good choice if you have a short or oddly shaped tooth. They can totally transform twisted, crooked, or pointed teeth. Teeth that are naturally short or become shorter when you grind or clench your jaw at night can also benefit from veneers. If your short teeth are due to grinding or clenching, your dentist can fit you with a nightguard that will prevent damage to your veneers.


Interested? Give us a call

Enhance your smile with veneers! Call your Hilton Head Island, SC, family dentists, Drs. Julie Camp-Tome, Benjamin Wietecha, and M. Glenn Barker, of Hilton Head Dental Team at (843) 681-9666 to schedule an appointment.

By Hilton Head Dental
May 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

You don't have to live with smile gaps and the embarrassment and reduced oral function they cause. Your Hilton Head Dental Team in implantHilton Head Island, SC, place leading edge dental implants and implant-supported prosthetics. Dr. Julie Camp-Tome, Dr. Benjamin Wietecha and Dr. M. Glenn Barker could restore your smile!

What are dental implants?

They are the best tooth replacement available today. Most teens and adults can receive them to replace teeth lost to abscess, gum disease, accident or decay, and implants are rooted in the jaw--just like real teeth.

How can that be? A single-tooth implant is made from biocompatible titanium. When your Hilton Head Island, SC, dentist surgically places a dental implant into your jaw, it immediately begins fusing to the bone. This process is osseointegration, and it secures this artificial root so it can take the substantial forces of chewing and biting just as a real tooth can.

On top of the fused implant, the dentist bonds on an extension post and customized porcelain crown. From evaluation of your jaw bone density to implant insertion to restoration with the crown, this procedure takes many months. However, once complete, the implant is just as strong and functional as a real tooth, and likely, it will stay in place for years, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.

Additional uses for dental implants

Dental implants can support full dentures and bridges of various sizes, says the American Academy of Periodontology. Placed in pairs totaling two, four or six devices, these titanium wonders help partially or fully edentulous patients enjoy fully functional and attractive smiles.

The process

After Dr. Camp-Tome, Dr. Wietecha or Dr. Barker determines you have sufficient bone to receive a dental implant, they will numb the area around the empty socket, and place the dental implant.

After weeks to months of healing, depending on your particular circumstances, the dentist revisits the site and attaches a metal alloy post and porcelain crown to the implant. As you use your implant, the bond between it and your jaw bone will strengthen even more.

Living with your new teeth

Patients say that they cannot feel any difference between their natural teeth and their implants. That's how realistic dental implants are.

Concerning oral hygiene, just brush twice a day and floss as you normally would. See your Hilton Head Dental Team every six months for a professional cleaning and examination.

In addition, if you smoke or chew tobacco, seek the help of your primary care physician regarding smoking cessation treatment. Take the opportunity as a new dental implant patient to kick the habit and have healthier bone and gums underlying your implants.

Contact us

Your Hilton Head Dental Team enhances scores of smiles with dental implants. Could yours be one of them? Call our Hilton Head Island, SC, office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Camp-Tome, Dr. Wietecha or Dr. Barker: (843) 681-9666!

By Hilton Head Dental
January 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

One of the best ways to achieve a straightened smile with the least amount of trouble is to wear Invisalign braces, as this innovative system fixes the positioning of teeth without the need for a clunky, unattractive, uncomfortable metal framework. Read below to learn more about this advanced orthodontic treatment, and call Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC, if you are interested in Invisalign.

How Invisalign Helps
Invisalign is an orthodontic system that requires the patient to wear a series of plastic, molded, tooth-shaped trays over a set period of time which can range from six months to over a year, depending on the individual's orthodontic needs. The trays have grooves for the teeth that encourage them to change position slowly and gently, and as they conform to the mold of each Invisalign tray, the teeth settle into their new alignment. The result is a straighter, more properly arranged set of teeth that you can feel confident about!

Is This Treatment Right for You?
Invisalign treatment is not ideal for every patient, but it might be just right for you. You may be a good candidate if any of the following points apply to your case:

- You are in good general dental health with strong bone tissue, which can be confirmed by your Hilton Head Island dentist.
- Your orthodontic problem is relatively minor, such as a small gap between the front teeth, a slight protrusion, or a bit of crowding.
- You have the discipline to wear a plastic tray at least 20 to 22 hours per day.

Other Benefits of “Invisible” Braces
Sometimes Invisalign braces are called “invisible” braces because many people don’t notice that you’re wearing them—at least not until you are up close and personal with them. This is one of the reasons why it’s such an in-demand orthodontic treatment. Another major benefit to Invisalign is that it gives you certain freedoms that you can’t get with standard metal braces. For instance, you can remove them to eat, brush, and floss properly each day.

How to Start Invisalign Treatment
Once you make the decision to straighten your teeth using Invisalign braces, the next step is to have your dentist model your smile to create the plastic trays you’ll need to wear. Call (843) 681-9666 today to schedule an appointment at Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC, to get the process started!