Are you missing teeth because of traumatic life experiences? Have failed treatment plans ever forced you to make additional visits to the dentist to correct reoccurring problems?
You deserve better. Dr. Keefer and Dr. Trinkner offer a full range of restorative treatment options to help our patients re-establish function and improve the aesthetics of their smiles. They have over 40 years of combined experience treating complex dental concerns! As an educator, Dr. Trinkner teaches other dentists the latest techniques and developments in restorative and cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Trinkner is one of the most sought after restorative dentists in Columbia, SC for the treatment of missing teeth, worn or broken teeth, discolored teeth, misshapen teeth, and other functional concerns. Together with Dr. Keefer, he offers personalized dental care for your needs and goals. He and 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 based on diagnostic records, model work, and a patient consultation. The goal of restorative dentistry is to treat oral health and functional issues to bring everything in your mouth into harmony. Our restorative dental procedures include dental bridges, periodontal therapy, dental crowns, dental implants, TMJ therapy, and more.
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 natural, and it will maintain the normal shape of your face.
Additionally, bridges will help prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting into the empty space, and they can 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 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; bleeding gums while brushing or flossing; and receding gums that can cause loose teeth.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or suspect that you may have gum disease, it is important that you seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent further damage. To learn about how we can help you stop your bleeding gums, see Periodontal therapy.
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 very versatile. 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.
- Improve the look of a discolored or misshapen tooth.
- Cover a large filling.
We provide porcelain crowns because they last many years without staining, have the most natural appearance, and are easy to maintain. To learn more about our dental crowns treatment, see Dental crowns.
Dr. Trinkner and Dr. Keefer offer affordable dental implants in Columbia, SC. Our dental implant services provide a permanent and natural-looking solution to replace your missing 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, with aftercare to help ensure the success of the implant. It is important to note that dental implants require a strong, healthy jawbone in order to be successful. To learn about our dental implant services, see Dental implants.
In addition to the condition of your teeth and gums, 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 and 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, such as mouthguards, splints, and other dental appliances to treat the condition. There are also many different types of medications that can relieve inflammation and pain associated with the condition.
We tailor all of 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
Mac came to our Columbia, SC 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 and help find a position to rebuild his mouth. Using his diagnostic models, we were able to mock up a treatment design, prepare his teeth, and modify and test the treatment design in his mouth. The final temporary position and shape were then duplicated to 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. Taking into consideration all aspects of your occlusion system and your appearance provides a foundation for the best possible result. A result that provides long term oral health. To request an appointment, give us a call at 803-400-8729 today.