Restorative Dentistry Columbia, SC

Loosing teeth because of traumatic life experiences can leave you in disarray. Failed treatment plans can force you to make additional visits to the dentist to correct reoccurring problems. Fortunately, Dr. Keefer and Dr. Trinkner offer a full range of restorative treatment options and second opinions. We help our patients re-establish function and improve aesthetics to their mouths.

Our dentists have over 40 years of combined experience fixing complex dental concerns! As an educator, Dr. Trinkner teaches the latest techniques to other dentists. The best developments in restorative and cosmetic dentistry come from cooperation between professionals. Dr. Trinkner is one of the most sought after restorative dentists in Columbia, SC.

Our Columbia dental office provides personalized treatments for missing teeth, worn or broken teeth, misshapen teeth, and functional concerns. We will provide personalized dental care for your needs and goals after a dental exam. Our team takes the time to thoroughly evaluate the health and function of your entire occlusal system.

Comprehensive Restorative Dentistry

Before performing restorative dentistry procedures, Dr. Trinkner or Dr. Keefer will develop a detailed treatment plan. We will base this plan on diagnostic records, model work, and a patient consultation.

Our restorative dentistry services will bring everything in your mouth into harmony. We do this by treating oral health and functional issues first. Our restorative dental procedures include dental bridges, periodontal therapy, dental crowns, dental implants, TMJ therapy, and more.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a great way to replace a missing tooth or two. Not only does a dental bridge restore the function of your mouth, it also improves the appearance of your smile. With a dental bridge, your smile will look real, and it will maintain the normal shape of your face.

Additionally, bridges will help prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting into the empty space. They can also prevent strain on your bite. Bridges also prevent future complications by restoring the normal functions of your mouth, such as speaking and eating. To learn more about our dental bridge services, see Dental bridges.

Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal therapy is a type of dental treatment that we provide to treat and prevent gum disease. Common signs of gum disease include red, swollen, or tender gums. Other signs include bleeding gums while brushing or flossing; and receding gums that cause loose teeth.

Seek treatment as soon as you experience any of these symptoms, or suspect that you may have gum disease, to prevent further damage. To learn about how we can help you stop your bleeding gums, see Periodontal therapy.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration that we use to completely cover a damaged tooth. A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that a dentist places over a damaged or decayed tooth to improve its appearance and strength. Our dental crowns are versatile because we can provide them to our patients for the following reasons:

  • Restore a broken tooth.
  • Restore a worn-down tooth.
  • Protect a weakened tooth from breaking.
  • Cover a dental implant.
  • Protect a tooth after a root canal procedure.
  • Improve the look of a discolored or misshapen tooth.
  • Cover a large filling.

We provide porcelain crowns because they last many years without staining. They have the most real tooth-colored appearance, and are easy to maintain. To learn more about our dental crowns treatment, see Dental crowns.

Dental Implants

Dr. Trinkner and Dr. Keefer offer affordable dental implants in Columbia, SC. Our dental implant services provide a permanent and natural-looking solution to tooth loss. Replace your missing teeth to prevent more damage to your natural teeth. They involve inserting a biocompatible titanium post into the jawbone to act as an artificial root.

Once we place the implant, we screw in an abutment and securely attach a prosthetic tooth to the implant. This prosthetic tooth will look and function just like a natural tooth, and should be strong and durable enough to last for many years.

The dental implant procedure is often complete in two or more visits. We can coordinate aftercare to help ensure the success of the implant. Dental implants require a strong, healthy jawbone to be successful. To learn about our dental implant services, see Dental implants.

TMJ Therapy

The condition of your teeth and gums is not the only thing that affects your oral health. The function of your temporomandibular joints, or jaw joints, plays a vital role in the comfort and health of your bite.

TMJ therapy is a type of restorative treatment that helps our patients suffering from jaw pain. It also addresses related symptoms associated with Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD). TMJ issues can cause bite problems that can have a detrimental impact on your teeth, gums jaw, and mouth.

Our dentists will screen you by assessing and diagnosing the problem. Once we make a diagnosis, we may prescribe various treatments to reduce discomfort. Treatments such as mouthguards, splints, and other dental appliances to treat the condition. Many different types of medications can also relieve inflammation and pain associated with the condition.

We tailor all these treatments to each individual’s specific needs, depending on the severity of the disorder. To learn about our TMJ treatment services, see TMJ therapy.

Restorative Dentistry Case

Restorative dentistry before and after in Columbia South Carolina

Mac came to our Columbia dental office by referral for management of extensive teeth grinding and tooth enamel erosion. Upon evaluation, we placed Mac in a Kois deprogrammer to relax his muscles. Using his diagnostic models, we were able to mock up a treatment design and plan.

The plan was to find a position to rebuild his mouth, prepare his teeth, and modify and test the treatment design in his mouth. Dr. Trinkner then duplicated the final temporary position onto a final restoration. See more restorative dentistry before & after photos in our Clinical Cases Gallery.

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Our dental care team strives always to provide you with the most conservative treatments. We use minimal tooth preparation methods and provide the most natural-looking results. Best of all we take into consideration all aspects of your occlusion system and your appearance. We will create the foundation for the best possible result using the most relevant restorative dental treatments.

To request an appointment and maintain the best long-term oral health, call our dentistry in Columbia, SC, at 803-400-8729 today.