Dental Bonding

dental bonding columbia scHave you been feeling self-aware of the appearance of your smile? If you have teeth that are stained, have a gap or are broken or chipped, you may avoid sharing your smile. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Tom Trinker can help you restore your natural smile so that you can enjoy oral health and confidence. Composite dental bonding is a minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure that corrects minor inconsistencies in your smile.
Composite dental bonding can help to correct a variety of dental concerns. Bonding can cover tooth gaps, repair chips or cracks and cover tooth discloration. Bonding can is designed to last from anywhere to 3-10 years and can be repaired and adjusted overtime.

Dr. Tinkner will meet with you in a one-on-one consultation to speak to you about your cosmetic treatment goals and to analyze your oral health. Dental bonding can improve the overall look of your smile as well as your dental health. You and the Dr. Trinker will build a treatment plan and determine how to best use dental bonding to improve the aesthetics and health of your smile. Dr. Trinker will color match your bonding to your natural teeth for a seamelss appearance. With the use of modern dental materials dental bondings are virtually indestiguisable from your existing teeth.

Dr. Trinkner will prepare the tooth by roughening the surface. This rough surface will allow the bonding to make a secure and durable bond to the tooth for long term results. Composite dental bonding causes little to no discomfort. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist molds the resin material to your tooth. The resin will hardened into place once Dr. Trinker has shapend it appropriatley. On average the entire dental bonding procedure is about an hour long.

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If you are expericing concerns with the apperance of your smile, contact our Colombia, SC dentist office. Highly trained and expericed cosmetic dnetist Dr. Trinker can help you build a personalized treatment plan that will address the health and apperance of your smile.

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What Are Dental Veneers?

IMG_2764You should never feel like you have to hide your smile. If you are self-conscious of your smile due to cosmetic dental concerns, porcelain veneers may be the dental solution. Chips, cracks, gaps and oblong teeth can be distracting, embarrassing, and even develop into more complex oral health concerns. Brighten, whiten and straighten your smile with porcelain veneers.

Every patient presents unique oral health concerns and cosmetic goals. Columbia, SC cosmetic dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner uses porcelain veneers for customized smile makeovers. Whether you need one tooth covered, our a total smile redesign, veneers can be used as part of your treatment plan to give you back a smile you feel proud to share.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are made from ultra thin porcelain and cover the front and sides of the tooth. The veneer shell is made of a material that reflects light like natural teeth for attractive results. The porcelain is color matched to your surrounding teeth and permanently bonded to your prepared teeth for a long term cosmetic solution for a range of dental concerns.

Why choose dental veneers?

Dental veneers can correct chips, cracks, misshapen teeth or gaps in teeth. The veneer is a permanent cosmetic restoration that can help prevent further damage to your teeth and gums. Dental veneers are natural looking and function and can be maintained like your regular teeth.

Why fix cosmetic dental concerns?

Repairing cosmetic oral concerns can save you time and money long term. Small cosmetic cracks or chips can worsen over time if left untreated leading to infection or even tooth loss. Preventive dental care is essential in avoiding complex restorative dental procedures.

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Cosmetic dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner creates beautiful, natural looking smiles for patients of all ages at his Columbia, SC dentist office through comprehensive and personalized treatment planning. Dental veneers are one of the many cosmetic dental procedures Dr. Trinker provides. With a focus on individual patient oral health, Dr. Trinker works to build a stable and functional oral health foundation for long lasting beautiful smiles.

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Happy National Dentist Day

12814686_1067719229936452_6812994003254088323_nHappy National Dentist Day! We love this day because we believe dentist everywhere should be celebrated! With out dentists we could not enjoy our beautiful, bright healthy smiles. Our cosmetic and restorative dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner helps keep smiles bright in Columbia, SC. Dr. Trinkner and his entire dental care team dedicate their dental practice to patient focused quality dental treatments for optimal oral health.

Choosing Dr. Trinkner

Dr. Trinkner is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Both a leader and dental educator, Dr. Trinkner dedicates his advanced dental training to keeping current with the most modern dental techniques and technology.

Dr. Trinkner’s dental practice revolves around the whole well being of each of his patients. His dental practice welcomes new and returning patients of all ages. Dr. Trinkner is experienced and trained in all aspects of oral development, providing his patients with lifelong optimal oral health.

What Our Patient’s Are Saying

I went in thinking I would have to get a Crown put on the teeth I had the Root Canal completed on, but Dr. Trinkner saved my teeth, and saved me some money in the process by saving my teeth, and re-completing my filling work. I am so pleased with the services I got today…Dr. Trinkner you deserve more than 5 Stars, but 5 are the highest Stars the website said I can give you!:) I’ll definitely be back”! Job Well Done. Robin C.

I have been a patient of Dr. Trinkner for many years and his office staff has always been exceptional from checik – in to check – out. Dr. Trinkner is the best ever in Cosmetic Dentistry and Restorative. He really takes care of his patients. I have had several accidents and he has met me after hours and on weekends to work on me until other arrangement could be made. There is no better. I consider him a friend also. Wayne M.

Tom Trinkner DDS

Celebrate National Dentist Day

Celebrate National Dentist Day with a visit to our Columbia dentist office. Dr. Trinker provides comprehensive and personalized care to patients of all ages. During a one-on-one consultation, Dr. Trinker will help determine what treatments will exceed your cosmetic goals while restoring the foundation and health of your smile.

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See The Results of Quality Dental Care

Columbia, SC cosmetic and restorative dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner offers a full range of dental procedures for the complete oral health of his patients. His aesthetic eye and advanced training allow Dr. Trinker to provide quality dentistry that can restore both the function and beauty to any smile. We want our patients to share their success stories with you, so you can see first hand how a qualified and compassionate dentist, can change your life for the better.

Patient Success Stories

Patient: Jeff

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Jeff suffered from extensive erosion and wear to his top and bottom teeth. His teeth were misshaped, discolored and had significant wear. Using innovative technology and precise diagnostics, Dr. Trinker was able to restore Jeff’s smile. Dental crowns were used to cover Jeff’s existing teeth. Ten years after the procedure and Jeff’s restorations are still functional and beautiful. Jeff was able to regain confidence in his smile.

Patient: Ann

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Ann had dark spots on her front teeth that were resistant to whitening gels. Ann also had some misalignment of her bite and teeth. Dr. Trinker advised that Ann undergo orthodontics to straighten her teeth to avoid further damage to her teeth or bite . Once her teeth were realigned, Dr. Trinker use a dental crown to cover her discolored tooth. Ann received conservative treatment that restored the foundation of her smile and left her with an aesthetically pleasing smile she loves to share.

Patient: Jill

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Jill wanted to close the gaps in her smile. She was self conscious of the small spaces between her front teeth that were highly visable when she smiled. Using advanced diagnostic computer software, Dr. Trinker was able to design her smile prior to Jill having to commit to any treatment. Once Jill was satisfied with the digital images of her future smile, Dr. Trinker created four porcelain veneers for a natural looking and comfortable restoration.

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Dr. Trinker provides comprehensive and personalized care to patients of all ages. During a one-on-one consultation, Dr. Trinker will help determine what treatments will exceed your cosmetic goals while restoring the foundation and health of your smile.

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Risk Factors of Gum Disease

Preventive Dental Care, Columbia, SCIf your gums bleed regularly, it may be a sign you have gum disease. Nearly 75% of Americans will experience some degree of gum disease during their lives. Often referred to as the silent disease, some patients may go a lifetime without knowing they have it. But in the bigger picture, gum disease, diagnosed or not, has proven to be linked to the development of serious health problems. Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner recommends regular preventative dental care for the prevention of gum disease.

Gum Disease Risk Factors

Genetics could play a role in developing gum disease. Some people are more prone to developing the bacterial infection from the get go. There are other factors that may increase your chance of developing periodontal disease. If any of these risk factors apply to you, be sure to let Dr. Trinker know.

  • Smoking Or Any Tobacco Product: Smoking can lead to a whole spectrum of health concerns. The use of any tobacco product can greatly increase your chances of developing gum disease.
  • Compromised Immune System: Stress, poor nutrition, or chronic illness such as diabetes can lower your immunes system ability to fight off the bacteria that causes gum disease. Patients with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to developing gum disease.
  • Hormonal Changes: Many women will develop gum disease during pregnancy. Large shifts in hormones can increase your risk of developing the disease. Being proactive about dental cleanings and brushing and flossing can help keep gingivitis in check during pregnancy. Woman with advanced gum disease has been shown to have babies lower birth rates.
  • Medication: Certain medications can make your mouth more vulnerable to plaque and bacteria. Be sure to let Dr. Trinker know if you are taking any medications.

Schedule An Appointment

If your gums are bleeding, or you are experiencing tenderness, sensitivity or puffiness, be sure to visit our Columbia dentist office. Our professional, compassionate and experienced dental care team can help find the root of your concern and help to restore your smile so you may enjoy your optimal oral health.

Posted in: Gum Disease

Bad Habits Affect Your Oral Health

Oral health, halitosis, Columbia, SCWhat are your bad habits? Did you know that some bad habits may be damaging to your oral health? Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner encourages all of his patients to kick the habits that may cause harm to their teeth or gums. Through preventative dental care and routine oral hygiene, you may be able to reverse some of the side effects of bad habits. Dr. Trinker offers a full range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments for more complex dental concerns.

Habit: Nail Biting

Consequences: First of all, there is a lot of bacteria under your nails. Chewing them exposes your body to these potentially illness causing germs. Biting your nails may also lead to chipping or cracking of your teeth. When you bite your nails your jaw is strained for prolonged amounts of time which may cause TMJ. Stress of the jaw can be painful and inhibit the way you chew, sleep and speak.

What To Do: Stop biting your nails. Set small goals for yourself everyday. If you know that you chew your nails during certain times of the day or in certain situations, try to keep your hands occupied. Put your hands in your pockets, or lace your hands together so that you can not chew your fingernails. If you have been chewing your nails for many years and are suffering from TMJ pain, Dr. Trinkner offers TMJ treatment options. A mouthguard or restorative dentistry may be able to alleviate some of your TMJ pain.

Habit: Brushing Too Hard

Consequences: Brushing with too much force may cause your gums to bleed or swell. Brushing too hard for many years may cause your gums to recede from your teeth. Your gums help keep your teeth in place and if damaged, may not be able to properly support your teeth.

What To Do:
Make sure you are using a soft bristle tooth brush. Most tooth brushes with the ADA seal will have an bristle strength indicator on the packaging. Dr. Trinkner will recommend that most patients use soft bristles. During your individualized consultation Dr. Trinker can advise you on what oral hygiene products will best help maintain your personal oral health needs.

Habit: Chewing On Ice

Consequences: Ice is hard, and cold, and can cause damage to your teeth. If you have had any dental restorations they are particularly susceptible to damage from chewing ice. You may lose a crown or filling from chewing ice. Some patients have also chipped or cracked their teeth on an ice cube.

What To Do:
Avoid chewing ice. Use a straw if your teeth are sensitive to keep the ice from touching your teeth. If you do break a dental crown or other restoration never attempt to replace it yourself. Contact our Columbia dentist office for assistance. Dr. Trinkner is highly trained is restorative and cosmetic dentistry and can help restore your smile.

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 Are you looking for a clear way to straighten your crooked teeth? Invisalign® clear braces is a discreet and effective way to realign your teeth. Invisalign is ideal for teens and adults who may be avoiding metal braces due to discomfort and social stigma. Invisalign is barely noticeable, so you can feel confident in your social and professional interactions.

You can be fitted for your custom Invisalign clear aligners in the comfort of our Columbia, SC dentist office. Dr. Tom Trinkner will custom design a series of clear plastic aligners using their CAD/CAM software for accuracy and predictable results. Each set of aligners is designed to gradually reposition your teeth into proper alignment. The aligners will each be worn for approximately two weeks. Depending on the degree of realignment necessary, treatment generally takes between 9-12 months.

Invisalign is a great treatment option for adults experiencing orthodontic relapse. If you had metal braces or other orthodontic work done as a child your teeth may have shifted over the years. Invisalign can help realign your teeth to your desired straight smile. Invisalign can also close gaps, fix bite misalignment and reposition crooked teeth.

Invisalign can straighten your smile with minimal impact on your life. Their clear design makes them barely noticeable to other people. Because the Invisalign aligners are removable you can continue eating and drinking the foods you love without limitations. Their removable nature also allows you to brush and floss normally, helping to maintain your oral hygiene.

Dr. Tom Trinkner brings 30 years of cosmetic and restorative dentistry to his patients. Highly trained and experienced, Dr. Trinkner will be able to recommend the best treatment for your specific oral health needs. Invisalign is an effective and comfortable tooth realignment procedure for many patients, but not all. Dr. Trinkner offers a whole list of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments that can help any patient obtain a smile they feel confident about.

Dr. Trinkner encourages all patients to contact our Columbia dentist office to find out what cosmetic and restorative dental treatments can help you discover the beauty in the smile. We accept new and old patients in the Columbia South Carolina area.

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Halloween Candy And Your Teeth

Halloween candy, Columbia, SCThe scariest part of Halloween is the damage all that candy does to your teeth! Spooky plaque feeds off sugar, allowing it to rapidly spread and take over your mouth. Plaque buildup can cause gum disease, bad breath, sensitive teeth, and even tooth decay. Remember, plaque build up is like a ghost! Permanent effects of plaque are not immediately noticeable, but over a lifetime can cause serious and complex dental health concerns.

Columbia, SC Dentist Dr. Thomas Trinkner has some “tricks and treats” for you to moderate your sugar intake this Halloween. By making a few compromises and alterations, you can still have a spooktacular Halloween, and keep your smile healthy all winter long!

Pick Your Poison: If you can’t resist the ghoulish temptation of the candy, try to drink water instead of soda or sugary juice. Less sugar is always better, and the water will help flush out the sugar.

Plan Your Scare: Eat candy after a meal when saliva production is already increased, helping to move that plaque building sugar instead of lingering around in your mouth. Remember to rinse or brush your teeth after enjoying your sweet treat.

Trick with Treats: Make grapes eyeballs, and carrots zombie fingers! Turn healthy snacks into creepy treats! Always offer healthy alternatives at gatherings and parties, but dress them up for Halloween, kids won’t even realize they are eating healthy!

Avoid Braces Busters: Don’t let sticky and hard candies ruin all that hard work you put into straightening your teeth! If you or your kids have braces, make sure you steer clear of any taffy or sucking candies. Hard candies can get stuck and even break expensive braces. If you have any questions about what you can and can’t enjoy this holiday with your braces make sure to contact Dr. Trinkner.

Family dentist Dr. Trinkner also always recommends maintaining your healthy oral hygiene habits especially as the busy holiday season picks up. Brush and floss twice a day and make sure to come in for your regular dental cleanings and a comprehensive oral health screening. Schedule your appointment today!

Posted in: General Dentistry, Oral Health

Fighting Tooth Decay

Fighting tooth decay, Columbia, SCTooth decay and cavities affect most patients at some point in their lives. Children and adults are equally susceptible to decay, which is the result of harmful bacteria making their way into the crevices in our teeth, filled by sugars that are left on tooth surfaces after consuming foods and beverages containing sugar.

Columbia, SC Dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner places an emphasis on preventive dental care, stressing the important role that it plays in maintaining a healthy smile. Routine dental visits provide the opportunity for Dr. Trinkner and our staff to spot the early signs of decay, preventing tooth damage or periodontal disease from advancing. It also offers the chance for us to provide you with personalized oral hygiene advice that is tailored to your unique oral health concerns and lifestyle habits, helping you to keep your teeth and gums healthy between routine dental visits.

Why Do You Get Cavities?

Cavities, or tooth decay, is almost always the result of sugars left behind on surfaces of the teeth and gums. Sugars are quickly turned into harmful acids by bacteria, damaging the tooth structure and gum tissue.

Brushing and flossing daily removes these sugars and the bacteria that have begun to grow on our teeth and gums, greatly reducing the risk of decay and cavities. However, even the most diligent oral hygiene routine can be hijacked by several factors:

  • Teeth that have large or many crevices
  • Acidic foods that attack the tooth enamel
  • Certain medical conditions and medications that can affect gum health and cause dry mouth
  • Poorly placed fillings or restorations that allow acid to build underneath and into the tooth structure
  • Lifestyle habits including smoking and a diet high in sugar

Our modern diet and typical lifestyle makes most of us prone to tooth decay to some degree. Dr. Trinkner can help you to minimize your personal risk with tips for keeping your mouth healthy so that you can enjoy your smile for as long as possible. You may benefit from additional dental cleanings, at home oral care products or a certain type of tooth brush.

Schedule Your Appointment

The key to fighting tooth decay is good dental care! Be sure to visit our Columbia, SC dentist office at least twice a year. Looking for a new dentist? We accept new patients- call our office or schedule an appointment online.

Posted in: General Dentistry, preventive dental care

Cosmetic Bonding Vs. Porcelain Veneers

Cosmetic bonding, Columbia, SC Cosmetic dentistry is not just recommended for making over a smile, but can also serve an important role in helping to maintain a healthy smile. As we age, tooth structure is weakened and can cause our teeth to become chipped and damaged. This will eventually reduce the tooth enamel, leaving our teeth more vulnerable to breaking and cracking.

There is range of cosmetic treatments and to learn more about the benefits of cosmetic dentistry and treatment options, visit Two popular treatments to enhance the appearance and improve overall dental health include porcelain veneers and tooth bonding.

Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain, custom-made to improve the appearance of your smile. This cosmetic treatment provides strength and resilience to improve the shape, size and color of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are applied by removing a small amount of the original enamel. This allows the veneer to properly fit within the mouth and provides a more natural result.

Porcelain veneers are able to improve many cosmetic features such as color, fractures and gaps. Many patients enjoy veneers because they are custom-made of high quality materials, which makes it harder to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth.

Veneers resist stains from coffee, tea, and smoking. Veneers can also make even the darkest teeth appear bright and white. However, because enamel must be removed to place a veneer, this is not considered a reversible treatment. Adjustments can be made but you will not be able to return to the original condition of the tooth.

Cosmetic Tooth Bonding

Dental bonding is a popular, less expensive cosmetic treatment. Tooth bonding uses a high-density, composite resin and porcelain to perfectly match original teeth. Cosmetic bonding requires your tooth to first be roughened so the resin can properly adhere. When Dr. Thomas Trinkner applies the resin, it will be molded and hardened to fill in cracks or chips present in your teeth. This custom color matched resin is virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth enamel.

Cosmetic bonding can be used in many ways but works best for repairing damaged teeth. Tooth bonding is a quick treatment for a long-lasting smile. Unlike veneers, the composite resin can be stained over time from coffee, tea and smoking. While this treatment is less expensive than veneers, tooth bonding will only last around 10 years while veneers can last up to and beyond 20 years with good oral hygiene and dental care.

Every smile is unique. Both porcelain veneers and tooth bonding are great cosmetic treatments that can enhance your smile and improve your dental health. After discussing your cosmetic desires, goals and budget, Dr. Trinkner will recommend which treatment is best for you.

If you would like to discuss your dental concerns or learn more about cosmetic dentistry, schedule a consultation with Dr. Trinkner at our Columbia, SC dentist office today.

Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Health