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Cottingham Family Dentistry, in Columbia, SC, offers veneers, dental crowns, and dental bridges as well as other services. We also serve surrounding areas such as Blythewood, SC.


One of the most modern cosmetic options for perfecting your smile are veneers. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. They are an option for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth, and to close spaces or gaps between teeth. Porcelain veneers are used by attaching them directly to the existing tooth structure. This is a great option for perfecting your smile.


Placing veneers is usually an irreversible process, because it's necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth to accommodate the shell. Your dentist may recommend that you avoid some foods and beverages that may stain or discolor your veneers such as coffee, tea or red wine. Sometimes a veneer might chip or fracture. But for many people, the results are more than worth it.



Dental crowns, also called "caps," preserve the functionality of damaged teeth. Crowns may be used to protect a cracked tooth, restore functionality of a tooth with excessive decay, or replace a pre-existing crown. It can also cover a tooth to help restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance, which of course can lead to an improvement to your self-esteem. In addition, it can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling.


Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. If your dentist recommends a crown, it is probably to correct one of the aforementioned conditions.



A dental bridge spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost. It is anchored by crowns on existing healthy teeth for support. Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be. They can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.


Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist. An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue. Depending on which type of bridge your dentist recommends, its success depends on the foundation. So it’s very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong. If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking; actions that affect our daily lives. Bridges can help restore your smile and assist in making those actions easier.


(803) 776-4234
3722 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29205

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