Your Fenton, MO, dentists Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage of Kemlage Family Dentistry, can help you close that gap in your teeth with a dental bridge. Thanks to your new bridge, you'll love your smile again.
What are bridges?
Bridges are dental restorations designed to "bridge" the gap in your smile caused by missing teeth. The most common type of bridge, the traditional fixed bridge, consists of one or two artificial teeth called pontics attached to dental crowns on either side. The crown portion of the bridge is cemented onto supporting teeth, anchoring the bridge in place. Porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal are often used to make bridges. Porcelain looks just like tooth enamel and is available in many shades of white.
A cantilever bridge can be used if there is only one supporting tooth, while a Maryland bridge uses thin metal wings to attach the restoration to the backs of supporting teeth. An implant-supported bridge is connected to dental implants, which are small posts that bond to the jaw bone and serve as artificial tooth roots.
If you choose a traditional fixed or Maryland bridge, some of the enamel on the supporting teeth will need to be removed in order to ensure a proper fit for your bridge. After reducing the size of teeth in the Fenton, MO, dental office, your dentist will add a temporary bridge to your mouth. You'll wear the temporary bridge until your permanent bridge is complete in a few weeks.
The benefits of bridges
If you've lost a tooth, you probably feel a little self-conscious about the gap in your smile. A bridge will enhance your appearance and may help improve your self-esteem. Because bridges are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure a comfortable fit no one will be able to tell that you have a bridge.
Has your diet suffered since you lost a tooth or two? Once your bridge is in place, you'll be able to bite and chew normally. Bridges also prevent your other teeth from shifting, a common problem after tooth loss. Shifting teeth can ruin years of orthodontic treatment or cause bite or appearance problems.
Visit Kemlage Family Dentistry
Could a dental bridge help your smile? Call your dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, in Fenton, MO, at (636) 225-1777 to schedule an appointment.
Wondering which kind of dentures could restore your smile after tooth loss? We have the answers.
The dentures today are nothing like your grandparent’s dentures (and aren’t you relieved to hear it!). Here in Fenton, MO, our dentists Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage are dedicated to crafting perfectly fitted, comfortable, and realistic-looking false teeth to help restore your smile and rebuild confidence in your appearance. Wondering if dentures are right for you?
Should I get dentures?
How you choose to replace your missing teeth is completely up to you. Dentures can be a great option for someone that has several missing teeth, as this oral prosthetic can fill gaps with natural-looking false teeth while also providing support for the muscles of the face. Dentures also make it possible to chew and speak properly. Our Fenton, MO, dentists create a variety of custom dentures for their patients including,
If you still have strong, healthy natural teeth then your dentist will likely recommend partial dentures. This dental device fits closely to the gum line and is held in place by neighboring teeth to keep it from moving. While held in place, they can easily be removed to clean or before bedtime.
As you may be able to guess from the name alone, full dentures are designed to replace all of your teeth. These false teeth sit on a plastic base that is made to look like gum tissue and naturally suction into place over the gums but can also be easily removed to clean them and before going to sleep.
If you need to have teeth removed, we understand and know that you still want to have teeth to speak and chew properly while the gums heal and before your permanent dentures or tooth replacement option has been placed. This is where immediate dentures come in. They aren’t custom-made like permanent dentures, but they do give you teeth immediately after an extraction, so you don’t have to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the gums have fully healed, then our dental team can place your permanent dentures.
Instead of using healthy teeth or denture adhesive to hold teeth in place, this type of dentures involves anchoring dental implants into the jawbone. From there, dentures can be anchored to the top of the implants to hold them in place, so they don’t move around. These are often ideal for those looking to replace most or all of their teeth on the lower jaw; however, they can be used to replace teeth on either the upper or lower jaw.
It’s important that you treat your tooth loss as soon as possible. If you are ready to sit down with our Fenton, MO, dentists to discuss dentures, call Kemlage Family Dentistry today at (636) 225-1777 to book an evaluation.
Improving your appearance is easy when you opt for at-home teeth whitening provided by your Fenton, MO, dentists, Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage. The teeth whitening procedure isn't complicated and offers impressive results.
How does at-home whitening work?
Whitening your teeth at home can be accomplished in two ways. You can buy a do-it-yourself kit online or at a Felton store, or use an at-home whitening kit provided by your dentist.
DIY kits have a few disadvantages. If you use one of these kits, it may take a long time to notice any change in your smile, and even then, the improvement might not be as dramatic as you hoped. It's not always easy to obtain a good fit with the one-size-fits-all trays in drugstore kits. Unfortunately, a poor fit can cause uneven whitening or even be a factor in tooth sensitivity if the whitening gel comes in contact with your roots and gums.
The at-home whitening kits offered by your dentist provide two important benefits:
- Better Results: During your visit to the dental office, your trays will be molded to fit your teeth perfectly, eliminating concerns about uneven results. The whitening gel your dentist gives you contains a stronger formulation of hydrogen peroxide than you'll find in over-the-counter kits. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural stain remover that breaks apart the dark pigments that cause tooth stains. The gel can lighten your teeth by three to eight shades.
- Safety: Thanks to your custom trays, the whitening gel won't seep onto your gums, causing sensitivity.
You'll be given instructions on how to use the gel and the trays and, of course, can always call should you have any questions or concerns during the whitening process. Your dentist will tell you how often you should the whitening trays. Trays are often used for one hour a day for about two or three weeks. At-home trays also offer a convenient way to touch up your results throughout the year.
Could an at-home teeth whitening procedure upgrade your smile? Call your dentists in Fenton, MO, Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage, at (636) 225-1777 to schedule your appointment.
Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished you could correct a few tooth-related issues? Cosmetic dentistry services offered by your Fenton, MO, dentist, Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage can help you makeover your smile.
Revitalize your smile with one of these Fenton cosmetic dentistry options
Cosmetic dentistry services and treatments improve the function and appearance of your smile. If you've lost a tooth, want to change the appearance of a few teeth, or need to strengthen or restore a damaged tooth, one of these choices may be right for you:
- Contouring: Contouring is one of the least expensive ways to improve the way a tooth looks and is often used to change the shape or length of a tooth or smooth uneven surfaces. During contouring, your dentist removes tiny amounts of tooth enamel to reshape teeth. Contouring can be combined with bonding, which involves adding small amounts of tooth-colored composite resin in strategic locations.
- CEREC Crowns: CEREC crowns offer same-day convenience if you need a crown. Hollow crowns are used to hide discolorations, change the shape or length of teeth, or protect, strengthen and restore damaged teeth. CEREC crowns are created in the Fenton dental office and only require one appointment.
- Dental Implants: Restoring missing teeth with dental implants offers a long-term tooth loss solution. Small titanium posts implanted in your jawbone bond to the bone, becoming a permanent part of your jaw. The posts act as roots for your new teeth and are topped with dental crowns to complete the restoration of your missing teeth.
- Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is an excellent option if your teeth have become dull and stained. Whitening can lighten teeth by three to eight shades and lasts for several years.
- Veneers: Veneers offer a simple, yet ingenious, way to conceal tooth imperfections. Thin tooth-shaped shells cemented to the fronts of your teeth hide chips, cracks, discolorations, uneven surfaces, and other flaws. Veneers can also change the shape of teeth, add length to short teeth, close gaps, or whiten all of your teeth.
Renew your smile with cosmetic dentistry! Call Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage in Fenton, MD, of Kemlage Family Dentistry, at (636) 225-1777 to schedule your appointment.
Follow these instructions to keep your CEREC crown looking and feeling its best.
Have you just recently turned to our Fenton MO family dentists at Kemlage Family Dentistry? If so, Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage can provide you with multiple dental services, including CEREC same-day crowns. If so, then we know just how important it is for you to maintain your restoration and to keep it healthy. Here are some tips to follow to provide your CEREC crown with what it needs to last for many years.
Brush and Floss Every Day
Just because a crown can’t develop decay doesn’t mean that you can get lazy with your oral care routine. You still need to be brushing twice a day and flossing daily, including the crown, to get rid of bacteria and food particles that could harm neighboring teeth.
Nix Habits That Could Damage Your Teeth
While our Fenton CEREC dental professional prides himself on creating CEREC crowns from durable, long-lasting ceramic, even the strongest restorations have a limit. You want to be kind to your crown just as you would your natural teeth. Do you grind your teeth at night? Do you chew your pen during the day? Do you use your teeth to rip things open when you should use scissors? All of these habits could damage your CEREC crown or eventually knock it off. Only use your teeth for speaking, chewing food, and biting.
Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods
Again, Fenton CEREC crowns are incredibly strong, just like real teeth, but we all know that they have their limits. To prevent your crown from cracking, breaking, or coming loose, you’ll want to avoid crunching ice or biting down into hard candies. Sticky foods like caramels can also loosen the crown over time, so you may want to forget these treats. You don’t have to miss out on the foods you love but just play it safe when it comes to your crown.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
To make sure that your smile and crown remain healthy you should still see your dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups. It’s during these appointments that we can pinpoint problems and treat them early, deep-clean your teeth to make your crown sparkle, and address any concerns or issues you may have.
Have questions about getting Fenton CEREC crowns from our Fenton MO dentists? Want to find out if CEREC crowns are right for you? Here at Kemlage Family Dentistry, we are happy to answer all of your questions. To schedule a consultation with Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage, call (636) 225-1777.
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