Dr. Trinkner's Blog

Oct
30

What Should I Look For When Choosing A Dentist?

Even if you brush and floss your teeth daily, both essential for keeping your teeth and gums healthy, this is not a substitute for seeing your dentist for regular checkups, including cleanings and examinations. Untreated dental conditions can lead to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and other… ...Read More

Sep
29

7 Signs You Need to See A Dentist

We get it: going to the dentist isn’t always at the top of your list of things to do, but your teeth may be telling you it’s time to see a dentist. Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner offers comprehensive dentistry for all ages, ranging from routine cleanings to complex… ...Read More

Aug
29

How Long Do Dental Implants Actually Last?

Dental implants are an excellent option for long-term tooth replacement, looking like and requiring only the maintenance given to natural teeth. But how long do dental implants normally last? The answer to this question depends largely on the patient’s choices and overall dental hygiene.  The technology involved in dental implants… ...Read More

Jul
30

FAQ: All About Fillings

Does it seem to you like every time you go to the dentist, you’re told you need another filling? Dentists like Dr. Tom Trinkner of Columbia, SC want you to be aware of the warning signs that can tell you that you may need one, what to expect when getting… ...Read More

Jun
24

6 Common Issues That Dental Implants Solve

Have you had enough of the messy and time-consuming process involved in wearing dentures? Are you tired of their slipping out at the wrong moments (not that there is ever a “right” one?) and embarrassing you? Maybe you are living with the pain due from a broken or severely cracked… ...Read More

May
30

How Dental Bridges Can Help Your Smile

Missing teeth can cause all kinds of problems, from difficulty speaking normally to difficulty eating well, leading to poor nutrition. This is in addition to issues with self-confidence and problems making a good first impression. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry now has several excellent methods for replacing lost teeth available to patients.… ...Read More

Apr
29

5 Indicators That You May Need Dental Implants

Living with dentures and their messy adhesives and tendency to slip can be frustrating and embarrassing. And living with a fractured or broken tooth can be very painful. Dental implants may be the solution for you! No matter whether you’re living with broken teeth, missing teeth or already have dentures,… ...Read More

Mar
30

How Safe is Charcoal Toothpaste?

Activated charcoal is now a featured ingredient in many commercially-available products such as face wash, makeup, and now, even toothpaste where it is billed as a way to naturally whiten teeth. But does it actually work as promised or is it a gimmick that can actually risk the health of… ...Read More

Feb
25

How to Stop Halitosis

Halitosis can happen to anyone. Studies show that 50 percent of all adults report having had bad breath -- also known as halitosis -- at some point in their lives (and those are just the ones willing to admit it). Dr. Tom Trinkner, a dentist in Columbia SC, and his… ...Read More

Jan
29

What is TMJ?

When people say “I have TMJ” they are usually saying that they are suffering from a TMJ disorder. Your temporomandibular joints, called TMJ, are the part of your skeleton that make it possible to open and close your mouth. Your TMJ, located on either side of your skull, work in… ...Read More

Dec
20

Maximize Your 2018 Dental Benefits

Insurance providers often include stipulations in the plan to shift the cost of dental care back onto you, the subscriber. However, the upcoming end of the year allows you get the most out of your plan. If you’re looking to get the most value out of your dental benefits, here’s… ...Read More

Nov
15

What to Do for a Chipped Tooth

Do you have a chipped or broken tooth? Relax, it can happen to anyone, and you now have a variety of ways to treat the troubled tooth, all of which Dr. Tom Trinkner can perform in his Columbia SC office. Dental Crowns Crowns are lifelike caps for your damaged teeth… ...Read More

Oct
29

Smile Brighter with Teeth Whitening

Are big things in your future and you need to look your best? Maybe you’re about to walk down the aisle in your fairytale wedding? Or maybe you’re finally up for that promotion you’ve been after, working hard for years? Maybe you have an interview scheduled for the job of… ...Read More

Sep
30

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Are you tired of being self-conscious about your missing teeth? Have you been told your only way to a healthy confident smile is a set of dentures? Read on to discover why a dental implant may be the best option to restore your smile and you may decide to join… ...Read More

Aug
31

Save Your Teeth, Save Your Life

The saying goes that “the eyes are the window to the soul”. However, to Dr. Tom Trinkner and other dentists, the mouth can be the “window” to a view of your general health. In fact, it can be a “door” as many oral health issues can lead to systemic issues.… ...Read More

Jul
27

How To Prevent Gum Disease

Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that is caused by plaque on the teeth and gums. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease that causes red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a serious oral health concern that… ...Read More

Jun
20

Enhance Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dental care is more than just a bright, shiny smile. Cosmetic dentistry is about building a healthy, stable foundation for your beautiful smile to rely on. Columbia, SC dentist, Dr. Tom Trinkner understands the balance between a healthy and a beautiful smile more than anyone. As an accredited member of the American… ...Read More

May
15

How To Fix Damaged Teeth

How can I fix damaged teeth? Damaged teeth can be embarrassing and may even affect your oral health. Dr. Tom Trinkner offers a wide range of treatment options to repair damaged teeth in our Columbia, SC dental practice. Whether you have sustained damage from an accident or a progressive dental issue, our Columbia dental… ...Read More

Apr
12

Is Invisalign Right For Me?

Are you searching for an effective solution to treat crooked teeth? Dr. Tom Trinkner is an Invisalign® dentist in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Trinkner will perform a comprehensive exam to determine if Invisalign is the right solution to address your dental needs. If Invisalign is not right for you, we… ...Read More

Mar
31

Preventive Dental Care in Columbia, SC

Practicing preventive dental care is a vital part of maintaining a healthy smile. Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner offers a full range of general and restorative dentistry services for patients of all ages. As an experienced dentist, Dr. Trinkner understands the importance of maintaining a healthy smile. Dr. Trinkner recommends that patients… ...Read More

Feb
27

Find A Solution For Crooked Teeth

If not treated, crooked teeth can lead to dental issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities. In some cases, crooked or misaligned teeth may affect your bite, leading to an imbalanced bite. The goal is to treat a crooked smile before it causes more complex dental issues. Columbia general dentist… ...Read More

Jan
31

Treating Gum Disease In Columbia, SC

Bleeding, irritated gums is never a good sign! If you have noticed bleeding gums, we suggest you schedule an appointment with Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner. Often times, bleeding gums can be an early warning sign of gum disease. The best way to determine if you have developed gum disease… ...Read More

Dec
07

How To Choose A Cosmetic Dentist

Are you looking for a cosmetic dentist that will give you the smile of your dreams? A beautiful smile is worth a thousand words. Having straight, white, healthy teeth can build confidence and can help you perform better at work and socially. Choosing a dentist for a smile makeover can… ...Read More

Nov
13

Find Your True Love, At the Dentist!

All relationships have a story, but how many begin at the dentist? For Robert and Alison Wilder, fate would introduce them, but it would be Dr. Tom Trinkner who brought them back together, forever. In this months, Charleston Weddings The guide for Lowcountry brides since 2005 Ali and Robert share… ...Read More

Sep
29

Welcome To Our Columbia, SC Dental Website!

Welcome to Trinkner Smile's Dental Website! We have redesigned our website to provide patients with a comprehensive resource where they can access pertinent information on issues pertaining to their dental health and information on our dental services. We provide a combination of preventative, cosmetic and restorative dentistry for all of… ...Read More

Jun
28

The Benefits of Tooth Bonding

Have 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 Trinkner can help you restore your natural smile so that you can enjoy oral… ...Read More

Apr
28

What Are Dental Veneers?

You 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,… ...Read More

Feb
28

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. Trinkner to provide quality dentistry that can restore both the function and beauty to any smile. We want… ...Read More

Jan
12

Risk Factors for Gum Disease

If 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… ...Read More

Aug
30

Could Your Headache Be Related to TMJ?

If you are one of the millions of people suffering with daily headaches that have been undiagnosed – it is time to talk to your dentist. Columbia, SC Dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner treats patients with a range of dental problems, including TMJ disorders which can often be the underlying cause… ...Read More

Aug
30

Choosing the Right Cosmetic Treatment For Your Smile

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… ...Read More

Feb
19

Sugar Wars: Combatting Tooth Decay In Children

Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month. Columbia, SC Dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner would like to take this opportunity to join them in promoting awareness about the benefits of good oral health- especially in children. This year’s theme is “Sugar Wars”: combatting tooth decay with… ...Read More

Dec
21

Give Your Smile Holiday Sparkle With Teeth Whitening

As you run from store to store this month looking for the perfect gifts for family and friends, consider taking an hour or two to give yourself the gift of a bright, white smile! Columbia, SC Dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner offers teeth whitening to remove stains and the natural darkening… ...Read More

Nov
24

Preventive Dental Care and What it Offers to You

Preventive dental care is the foundation of your oral heath care and should be performed on a regular basis to ensure a lifelong healthy smile. The goal of Columbia, SC Dentist Dr. Thomas Trinkner is to help patients maintain their oral health, as well as to help avoid dental problems… ...Read More

Oct
16

Is Reflux Affecting Your Oral Health?

Acid reflux, GERD, and heartburn are common complaints for many patients today. There are a variety of reasons why someone may experience these common health concerns from genetics to medications to lifestyle habits. Dr. Thomas Trinkner wants to remind patients of the impacts that acid reflux and related disorders can… ...Read More

Sep
18

Get Your Smile Back on Track

Aside from routine cleanings, restorative dentistry is probably the dental specialty that most patients will experience as they age or as a result of tooth damage from a variety of causes. Restorative dentistry is a rather large umbrella term that encompasses a wide variety of dental procedures, including dental fillings,… ...Read More

Aug
21

Cause and Prevention of Tooth Discoloration with Aging

With the advent of teeth whitening, it seems as though you can’t turn on the television or open a magazine without seeing a gleaming white smile staring back at you. White teeth have become such a common cosmetic dental treatment that there are currently hundreds of products and procedures on… ...Read More

Jul
24

Defeat teeth grinding once and for all

Life often throws us curveballs and demands as we deal with stressful situation after stressful situation. With the constant stress facing many patients as a result of our busy lives, it is no surprise that bruxism, better known as teeth grinding, is such a common parafunctional habit among adults. Dr.… ...Read More

Jun
22

An Ounce Of Prevention…

We all listen carefully during our routine dental visits to the oral hygiene tips that Columbia dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner and his staff offer aimed at preventing tooth decay and other dental problems. We commit to a healthy daily routine as we enjoy our fresh, clean smile! But how often… ...Read More

May
28

What Could Invisalign Do For You?

Could orthodontic treatment be the solution for your dental health or cosmetic concerns? Many patients know that it could but do not want to experience the embarrassment or inconvenience of metal braces. For those who need mild to moderate orthodontic treatment to address their concerns or problems, Invisalign may be… ...Read More

Apr
28

Reducing Risk with Routine Screening for Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a growing health concern with cases rising annually around the globe. Although there are several contributing factors, one of the most important is the lack of routine screening. Sadly, a large percentage of diagnosed cases are late stage disease which, if caught earlier, could have been largely… ...Read More

Mar
23

Replace old fillings for a brighter, more youthful smile

Dental fillings are one of the most common dental procedures used today. They are used to address tooth decay, damage and may even be part of a cosmetic treatment plan. Traditionally, dental fillings were created using silver amalgam- a dark substance that would resist further decay and strengthen the tooth,… ...Read More

Feb
26

Encourage healthy oral habits early

In recognition of National Children's Dental Health Month, take a moment to assess your child's oral health habits and preventive care schedule. Have they been to the dentist in the last 6 months? Columbia family dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner recommends children begin visiting the dentist around age 3, once all… ...Read More

Jan
29

Dental implants can reduce bone loss after losing a tooth

The replacement of missing teeth has been an important facet of modern dentistry and the focus of both restorative and cosmetic dentistry as new options have become available that are both highly functional and natural looking. One of the problems associated with tooth loss is the subsequent loss of bone… ...Read More

Jan
01

Dr. Trinkner tackles tooth sensitivity

Now that winter has arrived in Columbia, SC, you may find yourself wincing in pain from the cold air touching your teeth. You may also experience a similar feeling when eating ice cream, drinking hot chocolate, or simply brushing your teeth. If this sounds like you, you may have sensitive… ...Read More