Dr. Trinkner's Blog

Nov
11

Why is Seeing the Dentist So Important?

If you have good oral hygiene and don’t have any major dental problems, why should you go to the dentist twice a year? It’s true that your at-home oral hygiene is the best way to prevent gum disease and tooth loss, but there are still several reasons why seeing your… ...Read More

Oct
26

Will Composite Dental Bonding Work For Me?

If you feel self-conscious about how your teeth look but don’t want to make a major investment in cosmetic dentistry, composite dental bonding may be right for you. Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner offers dental bonding to patients who want to straighten and whiten their teeth for an enhanced… ...Read More

Sep
24

Are Dental Implants Safe?

If you are looking to replace missing teeth to restore your smile to its healthy and beautiful state, you might already know about dental implants. It is normal to wonder whether dental implants are a safe procedure and if they are good for your oral health long-term. Dr. Tom Trinkner… ...Read More

Aug
18

3 Bad Oral Health Habits That Damage Teeth

Teeth are strong, but they still need to be protected so they last a lifetime. Dr. Tom Trinkner is a Columbia, SC family dentist helping patients build good oral health habits to prevent problems like swollen or bleeding gums, cracked teeth, or jaw problems. Are you guilty of any of… ...Read More

Jul
23

What are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?

For nearly 30 years, Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Thomas Trinkner has been helping patients who experience cracked teeth, deep decay, and tooth deterioration rebuild their smiles with conservative dental procedures. In many cases, dental crowns have proven to be the most successful restorations for a range of cosmetic and restorative… ...Read More

Jun
14

Do Nighttime Mouth Guards Help Stop Teeth Grinding?

One of the most common culprits for worn, broken, or chipped teeth combined with frequent headaches and jaw pain is teeth grinding. Clinically called “bruxism,” this condition can wreak havoc on your teeth and jaw, so it’s important to treat teeth grinding before it leads to more serious consequences. Many… ...Read More

May
17

At-Home vs. In Office Teeth Whitening

Most people would agree that having brighter, whiter teeth makes them feel more confident. If you’ve noticed that your daily coffee or soda habit has made your teeth look a little less bright, you can talk to Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner for your options. Many patients ask which… ...Read More

Apr
19

3 Different Treatment Options For Crooked Teeth

Do you have crooked teeth but don’t know what to do about it? These cosmetic dentistry treatment options for crooked teeth can enhance your natural smile and restore your confidence without needing metal braces. You might be surprised to learn that straightening crooked or misaligned teeth is simpler than you… ...Read More

Mar
15

Treatment for Gummy Smiles

Is your gum line extra visible when you smile, or do you think your teeth appear shorter than they should? A gummy smile, also called excessive gingival display, can be a source of embarrassment for some. With advancements in modern dentistry, there is a wider range of treatment options available… ...Read More

Mar
01

Keeping Up with Your Oral Health Over 55

Although our teeth stay with us for life, the conditions in our mouths change as we get older. Maintaining your oral health is important at any age, and as you reach age 55, there are some slight changes you can make to your oral hygiene regimen to keep your mouth… ...Read More

Jan
28

Dental Implant Q&A

Fill the gaps left by missing teeth for a fuller smile with dental implants. Dental implants restore one or more missing teeth to provide stability and prevent shifting and overcrowding teeth. Each dental implant is made of a titanium post, abutment, and dental crown. We surgically insert the implant post… ...Read More

Nov
17

What Are My Options for Missing Teeth?

Are you missing one or multiple teeth? Do you want to replace missing teeth with high-quality restorations? Dr. Tom Trinkner offers dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures to patients in Columbia, South Carolina. There are many benefits to filling the gaps in your smile. Replacing your missing teeth allows you… ...Read More

Oct
26

Gum Disease: Causes and Signs

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Although periodontitis may seem solely a dental condition, it has been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Gum disease occurs when an infection of the gum tissues… ...Read More

Sep
17

What is Composite Bonding?

Composite tooth bonding is a conservative dental treatment option that is used to repair discolored, misshapen, chipped broken, or worn teeth. Dental bonding covers teeth for a whiter and smoother appearance. In addition, the bonding material that we use can protect damaged teeth from further injury. Columbia, South Carolina dentist… ...Read More

Aug
17

Is Stress Affecting Your Oral Health?

The changes to our normal routines as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak can be stressful and lead to dental concerns such as tooth pain, tooth damage, and jaw tension. If you have been told that you grind your teeth or clench your jaw, stressful situations like the current health… ...Read More

Jul
27

Top 5 Oral Health Tips

Dr. Tom Trinkner is a Columbia, SC dentist that helps patients combat a variety of dental concerns to maintain their smiles. Ensuring your continuing oral health is more than just brushing and flossing, although cleaning your teeth and gums is important. Learn about the top tips for good oral health… ...Read More

Jun
30

Dr. Tom Trinkner Patient Reviews

Dr. Tom Trinkner is a Columbia, SC dentist that is passionate about helping patients get healthy smiles. If you're looking for a dentist that is experienced in treating patients of all ages, call 803-400-8729 or request an appointment online. Learn what patients have to say about Dr. Trinkner and his… ...Read More

May
29

Maintaining Your Oral Health

During this difficult time, we want to remind our patients to continue to take care of their teeth, as several dental problems may arise from feeling stress. Patients who feel overly stressed may be more prone to issues such as TMJ, mouth sores, and gum disease. Dr. Tom Trinkner is… ...Read More

Apr
29

8 Foods to Avoid

You know to not consume too much sugar as it can cause tooth decay. However, there are many other foods that can be hard on your teeth and damage tooth enamel. Dr. Tom Trinker and his professional dental team want to remind patients of ten foods that you should watch… ...Read More

Feb
29

Caring For Your Oral Health Over 55

Every time  you turn on the news, see your news feed, or see your doctor, you are reminded that it is important to maintain good health. Taking care of your oral health is just as important even as we age, perhaps more important due to changing dental issues as we… ...Read More

Jan
31

Top 7 Reasons Not to Skip Flossing

Flossing is a frequently skipped step of a home oral health routine, yet flossing every day can help prevent serious health conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and heart problems -- not to mention severe gum disease. While you may not enjoy having to floss every day, there are many reasons… ...Read More

Dec
31

How Can Dental Bridges Restore My Smile?

In addition to negatively affecting your self-esteem, missing teeth can cause a multitude of problems, from difficulty speaking normally to difficulty eating and poor nutrition. Fortunately, the world of dentistry has several excellent methods of tooth replacement. One of the most simple and reliable methods available is also one of… ...Read More

Nov
28

Should I Be Worried About Bleeding Gums?

You may have noticed bleeding gums during routine brushing and flossing.  It is important for you to know that bleeding gums are not normal. Bleeding gums are one of the most common signs that you may have gum disease, a bacterial infection of the gums. The key to effective treatment… ...Read More

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

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