Brickyard Dental Group Services

Oral Health

At Brickyard Dental Group, we feel that taking care of your gums is just as important as taking care of your teeth. All of our patients get individualized hygiene care and cleaning schedules. We offer different levels of cleanings based on the needs of each of our patients. Many patients only need a cleaning twice a year, while some of our patients may require deep cleaning (also called “Scaling and Root Planing”) or more frequent cleanings to maintain optimal dental health. We are happy to discuss the best way to keep your mouth healthy.

Implants

A Dental Implant is a minimally invasive method of replacing a missing tooth or teeth. In the past, when a patient lost a tooth the best way to replace that missing tooth was with a bridge. To replace a single tooth with a bridge required that both teeth on each side of the missing tooth be prepared for crowns, regardless of whether those teeth needed crowns by themselves. Since dental implants have become mainstream they have changed the way we can replace teeth. Once a tooth is lost, a titanium implant can be placed into the bone where the tooth used to be. Once this implant heals and integrates into the bone, a natural looking tooth crown can be attached to that implant. All without having to drill on any adjacent teeth.

Dental implants can also be used to stabilize an existing partial or denture and can be used to replace single or multiple teeth.

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So what is a dental implant? A dental implant is a titanium “screw” that is placed into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth or to anchor a denture or a partial.

Why is a dental implant better than a bridge? In the past, when a patient lost a tooth the teeth on each side of the missing tooth had to be cut down to anchor the bridge that would replace the missing tooth. With implants, we can replace missing teeth without ever having to touch the teeth next to it. Without a tooth or implant in the jawbone, the body quickly redistributes the bone to other areas of the body leaving a defect or “hole” in the jaw bone. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement option that preserves the bone in the jaw after a tooth has been lost.

Who places the implant? There are two phases to a dental implant — the surgical phase and the restorative phase. Here at Brickyard Dental Group, we focus our practice on the restorative phase of implants. We work with a trusted group of oral surgeons and periodontists who place all of our implants. We have found that having a surgeon place the implant allows us to have excellent surgical and restorative outcomes.

How much do implants cost? The fees associated with implants are different for each patient. Factors such as how many implants are being placed, the complexity of the case, and whether the implant is for a single crown or to anchor a denture all play a part in determining the fee. Although the initial cost of placing an implant to replace a single missing tooth is usually more than a traditional bridge, the expected life span of that implant is significantly higher leading to a lower lifetime cost to replace that single missing tooth.

Who needs “Teeth in a Day”? For some patients, their natural teeth are no longer functional or restorable. For other patients, they are tired of loose or poorly fitting dentures. With the “Teeth in a Day” procedure (also called “All on Four” or “DIEM”), patients can have implant supported teeth placed in one day. At Brickyard Dental Group, we are able to offer CT guided planning, surgery, and restorative care to our patients. With this new technology, we are able to provide extremely precise and stable teeth in a way we have never been able to do before!

Schedule an appointment today to discuss your options.

Cosmetic

Veneers are one option that can reshape and rejuvenate the appearance of your teeth. We utilize two veneer techniques in our practice –porcelain veneers and composite veneers. Porcelain veneers are a thin porcelain ceramic shell that are custom made to an individuals teeth. The veneer is fabricated in a laboratory and then bonded to the tooth giving the patient and beautiful, natural smile. Composite veneers differ in material, number of appointments, and cost. While usually not as aesthetic as porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be used to close spaces and improve chipped, uneven, or discolored teeth. Composite veneers are usually accomplished in one appointment. During this appointment the dentist will hand sculp and bond composite resin to the teeth. In many cases, the results can be almost as aesthetic as porcelain veneers and can be completed in a single appointment.
One of the most frequent complaints dental patients have is that their teeth are not as white as they used to be or would like them to be. Whitening, or bleaching, can drastically improve the appearance of stained or discolored teeth usually in only a few weeks. In our office, we use a take home bleaching protocol that allows the patient to whiten their teeth at their own pace in the comfort of their own home. For a perfect fit, we fabricate custom trays off of a mold of the patients mouth and utilize the safest and most effective whitening peroxides available. In many cases, bleaching one’s teeth may be all that is needed to achieve the perfect smile.
Bonding is a simple method to repair or re-contour a broken, discolored, misaligned, or chipped tooth. During the bonding procedure, the dentist places a composite resin on to the teeth and hand sculpts this material to the ideal form to match the patient’s smile. This minimally invasive procedure is a simple cost effective and safe way to improve a damaged tooth.
Inlays and Onlays are one method used to replace a large part of a single missing tooth without completely crowning that tooth. Unlike a filling, an inlay or onlay is fabricated in a laboratory to fit the missing part of the tooth. It is then bonded to the tooth restoring the function and beauty of the original tooth.

Restorative

Missing teeth are more than inconvenient and unsightly. Once a tooth is lost, the teeth around the missing tooth can shift and drift into that space causing difficulties smiling, speaking, and chewing. A Bridge is one option to replace a single or multiple missing teeth. During the bridge procedure, the dentist will prepare one or more teeth on each side of the space to allow the bridge to attach. A lab will then fabricate a custom made bridge that the dentist will fix into the mouth. Unlike a denture, the bridge does not come out unless the dentist removes it.

In most cases, a dental implant is the ideal way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Complicated medical histories, finances, and patient’s desires sometimes still dictate that a bridge is a preferred restoration over an implant. Only you and your dentist can make the best decision on which treatment is right for you.

As we get older, our teeth start to show the effects of a lifetime of chewing and speaking. Often times cracks develop in the teeth or decay has caused a significant loss of tooth structure that requires a strong way to restore the function to the teeth. A crown is an excellent way to restore a severely broken tooth, to protect a tooth from fracturing, or improve the aesthetics of a worn down or otherwise damaged tooth. During the crown procedure, the dentist prepares the remaining tooth structure to be covered with a crown. A laboratory fabricates a custom crown to replace or protect the damaged tooth and restore its natural beauty and full function.

There have been amazing advances in dental materials in the past ten years. Materials such as Zirconia have given us the ability to crown teeth with a material that is as beautiful as porcelain but as rugged as gold. These advances have allowed us to give patients amazing and natural smiles where in the past we would only have been able to place a gold crown.

Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth. A Complete Denture replaces all of a patient’s dentition while a Partial Denture replaces part of a patients dentition. Dentures have been a tool for replacing teeth for many years but have improved dramatically since the dentures of past generations.

With the advent of dental implants, many patients who would have otherwise had to wear complete dentures are now able to restore their entire mouth with natural looking, fully functional, implant supported teeth. The best part about this option is that they don’t have to take their teeth in and out! Also, many patients who have struggled with loose or ill fitting dentures can have implants placed to snap into their existing dentures giving them a stable and functional denture that fits well and allows them to eat and speak without the worry of their teeth falling out.

Fillings have been a part of dentistry since the beginning of dental disease. A filling is a method to repair a decayed, damaged, or broken part of the tooth in a single appointment. In the past, dentists were limited to traditional silver amalgam fillings for back teeth. While we still may recommend a traditional silver filling in certain situations, modern materials and techniques have allowed us to place tooth colored restorations in the majority of cavities. We always recommend the best filling material for the patient and their situation and then allow our patients, with our guidance, to decide what materiel is best for them.

Pediatric

According to the CDC, dental decay (or “cavities”) is the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. Tooth decay is four times more common than asthma among adolescents aged 14 to 17 years. Dental decay also affects adults, with 9 out of 10 over the age of 20 having some degree of tooth-root decay.

At Brickyard Dental Group, we try to prevent dental decay from occurring at all. But when it does occur, we strive to treat it early to stop the decay from spreading and causing greater problems. One of the easiest ways to prevent decay on a tooth is to place a sealant over the deep grooves on the molars.

Children get their first set of molars around the age of 6 and their second set around age 12. We recommend sealants for all fully erupted permanent molars in children. Sealants prevent bacteria from getting into the deep grooves of the molar teeth and thus prevent decay from even beginning in a patients mouth. Sealing these grooves is a safe, painless, easy, and cost effective way of preventing decay in both children and adults.

Dental injuries are one of the most common sports related injuries in both children in adults. The lifetime cost of replacing a knocked out tooth can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

At Brickyard Dental Group, we are advocates of prevention. As such, we recommend custom made athletic mouthguards for anyone involved in contact sports. A custom athletic mouthguard has many benefits over a store bought mouthguard. Our mouthguards are custom made for each patient. Because they are custom made, they are more comfortable, more durable, better fitting and thus more likely to be worn correctly and more likely to protect a patient from dental injury.

Periodontics

Many patients maintain healthy gums with good home care and a professional dental exam and cleaning every six months.

Some patients need a little more. If you have been having your teeth cleaned twice a year and you are still having bleeding gums, you may need a deeper cleaning. This type of cleaning is called Scaling and Root Planing, or S.R.P. for short.

During S.R.P, the dentist or hygienist uses a local anesthetic to numb the area. This allows the hygienist to clean deeper below the gums and to scrape any calculus or tartar off of the root surfaces of the teeth. Patients who have this procedure are usually sore for a few days after the procedure, but heal very quickly after that.

Early intervention and thorough scaling and root planing can stop early periodontal disease in its tracks. At Brickyard Dental Group, we have excellent working relationships with several periodontal offices in the area. If a patient is still having gum issues after a deep cleaning, we will usually refer that patient to the periodontist for a consultation.

Prevention

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can sometimes go unnoticed for years. Oftentimes a dentist will notice some extensive wear on the teeth during an exam and ask a patient if they are aware of grinding at night. Many times a patient tells us that his or her spouse can hear the grinding at night. Although the causes behind grinding and treatments can be complicated, the first step to stop the grinding and the destruction of teeth is to fabricate an Occlusal Splint or Nightguard. Nightguards are safe and effective at preventing further damage to the teeth. They are comfortable and easy to care for. If you think you may be damaging your teeth by grinding, please ask about a nightguard at your next appointment.

According to the CDC, dental decay (or “cavities”) is the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. Tooth decay is four times more common than asthma among adolescents aged 14 to 17 years. Dental decay also affects adults, with 9 out of 10 over the age of 20 having some degree of tooth-root decay.

At Brickyard Dental Group, we try to prevent dental decay from occurring at all. But when it does occur, we strive to treat it early to stop the decay from spreading and causing greater problems. One of the easiest ways to prevent decay on a tooth is to place a sealant over the deep grooves on the molars.

Children get their first set of molars around the age of 6 and their second set around age 12. We recommend sealants for all fully erupted permanent molars in children. Sealants prevent bacteria from getting into the deep grooves of the molar teeth and thus prevent decay from even beginning in a patients mouth. Sealing these grooves is a safe, painless, easy, and cost effective way of preventing decay in both children and adults.

Dental injuries are one of the most common sports related injuries in both children in adults. The lifetime cost of replacing a knocked out tooth can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

At Brickyard Dental Group, we are advocates of prevention. As such, we recommend custom made athletic mouthguards for anyone involved in contact sports. A custom athletic mouthguard has many benefits over a store bought mouthguard. Our mouthguards are custom made for each patient. Because they are custom made, they are more comfortable, more durable, better fitting and thus more likely to be worn correctly and more likely to protect a patient from dental injury.

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Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4 PM
122 North Brickyard Road Columbia, SC 29223
Phone: 803-736-1024