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By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
November 19, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

After tooth loss, find out how dental implants could replace your missing teeth for life.

If you are missing one or more teeth you may be wondering whether dental implants are the right way to fill those gaps and give you back a smile you can feel confident in. Our Fenton, MO, family dentists Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage understand the importance of getting a natural, strong and reliable smile back after tooth loss. Here is why dental implants are a great tooth replacement option,

They Last a Long Time

When replacing a missing tooth the goal is to keep the new tooth for as long as possible. While bridges and dentures will need to be replaced and readjusted every few years, dental implants area built from strong, resilient titanium so they don’t need any tweaks once they are placed. This, coupled with the fact that the implant fuses together with the jawbone, means that the dental implant could last the rest of your life.

Restore Chewing and Speaking

Dental implants mimic real teeth, so they both function and look like the real thing. The jawbone ensures that the implant doesn’t go anywhere; therefore, you can rest assured that you can eat all of your favorite foods with confidence. Plus any speech impediments that occurred as a result of tooth loss will most likely be resolved once your implant has been placed.

Prevent Bone Deterioration

Another complication of untreated tooth loss is bone loss. Those who wear dentures may need to have their false teeth readjusted regularly to accommodate the changes that occur as the jawbone shortens. The only tooth replacement that actually functions like tooth roots and prevents bone loss is a dental implant.

Feel More Confident

Along with all the wonderful health benefits that dental implants can offer you, one benefit that shouldn’t go unnoticed is the fact that you’ll feel more confident in your appearance once your implant is complete. No more canceling social engagements or feeling self-conscious during business meetings.

Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, prides itself on offering the highest quality dental restorations. From dental implants to crowns, we can provide you with the restorative dentistry you need. Call us today.

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
November 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

How a root canal from your dentists in Fenton, MO, can eliminate your tooth pain

Have you been struggling with a nagging toothache? You may be dealing with tooth decay, a harmful condition that can cause profoundly Root_Canalnegative consequences to your oral and general health. Fortunately, here at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, your dentists, Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage, can use root canal treatment to fix your tooth decay issue. Read on to learn more.

 

Do you need root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment becomes necessary when the innermost layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp, becomes damaged, bruised, or infected. The pulp is where the blood supply and nerves to the tooth are located. When this area becomes damaged, inflammation occurs, and fluid builds up inside your tooth, in turn, causing pressure and pain to permeate throughout the structure.

Severe tooth pain is often the first sign that you might need a root canal. Some common signs and symptoms you may need a root canal include:

  • Recurrent throbbing pain that doesn’t resolve
  • Increasing pain when you consume foods/beverages that are hot, cold, or sugary
  • Pain that radiates to your face, jaws, or head
  • A white or red bump on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Blood or pus draining from the bump on your gums

You may experience these signs or symptoms and need a root canal due to:

  • Severe decay which has spread to the pulp of your tooth
  • Dental trauma due to an accident or injury
  • Dental trauma due to excessive clenching or grinding at night
  • Repeated trauma to a tooth for any reason

The first step in determining if you need a root canal is to visit your dentist for diagnostic testing. Diagnostic tools that are commonly used include dental x-rays, temperature testing, and vitality testing.

Once your dentist has determined that you need a root canal, your dentist will remove the diseased pulp tissue that is lying inside your tooth. A sedative material is then placed inside the tooth to eliminate inflammation. After the inflammation is gone, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material, thus giving you a newly healthy tooth!

 

Contact Us

To learn more about root canal treatment and how it can help you, call Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, today. Dial (636) 225-1777 now to get rid of your dental pain!

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
September 24, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

Even one missing tooth can have a profound effect on your smile. In addition to the obvious change to your appearance, a lost tooth may Root-Canalmake eating or even speaking challenging. Fortunately, root canal therapy, offered by your Fenton, MO, dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, can help you protect your smile.

 

Why are root canals needed?

The soft pulp at the center of your tooth is covered by hard dentin and enamel layers. Although these layers protect the pulp, it can become infected or inflamed due to cracks or chips in a tooth, blows to the mouth, repeated dental procedures, or severe decay.

Root canal therapy removes the infected or inflamed pulp and replaces it with a durable filling. Once the pulp is removed, pain and other symptoms end.

 

What happens if I don't have a root canal?

If you develop an abscess in the tooth, you might experience severe, throbbing pain caused by the bacterial infection. Other abscess symptoms can include fever, swollen lymph nodes, facial swelling, tender gums, pus, or a bump on the gum.

If the bacteria destroys the nerves in the tooth, you won't feel pain any longer. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean that the infection is gone. It will continue to spread and will put your oral and general health at risk. Root canal therapy not only saves your tooth but protects your health.

 

Can my tooth function normally without pulp?

Pulp was essential while your tooth was forming, but isn't absolutely necessary now. In fact, you'll be able to bite and chew normally with the tooth after your root canal. Your Fenton dentist may recommend a dental crown to protect the tooth, but you shouldn't notice any difference in the feel or function of the tooth after root canal therapy. Best of all, you won't have a gap in your smile.

Do you think you might need root canal therapy? Call your Fenton, MO, dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, at (636) 225-1777 to schedule your appointment.

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
May 22, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

The way your smile looks can affect your entire facial appearance and, subsequently, your general sense of self-confidence when in social Cosmetic Smilesettings. Here at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, our cosmetic dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, make it their goal to make your smile look even, symmetrical, white, and well-contoured. Read on to find out the ways that they accomplish this mission!

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Are you familiar with some of the most common modern cosmetic procedures? If not, here are a few treatments of note that could benefit your smile:

- Teeth whitening (which only takes about 60 minutes to complete and provides dramatic results).
- Crowns for whole tooth restorations.
- Veneers in cases when the shape, color, and structure of the tooth enamel requires a complete smile makeover.

Which Kind of Procedure Is Right for You?
Determining which cosmetic procedure is right for your case will depend on your dental needs, scheduling requirements, and budgetary concerns. For example, if you simply want to brighten the color of your teeth a few shades for a smile boost, schedule an appointment with your Fenton, MO dentist for professional teeth whitening. For other treatments, like veneers, crowns, or braces, you must maintain good dental health to be a good candidate.

Why Cosmetic Dentistry?
As you’ve probably learned over the years, people tend to put a lot of weight on the quality of your smile. In fact, a recent study conducted by Kelton Research found that smile appearance has a major impact on first impressions when you meet other people. It also found that a nice smile can inspire you to be more successful at work and in your personal relationships.

Restore Your Smile’s Beauty
Many of your insecurities about your smile can be resolved with one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures performed by a dentist at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO. Call (636) 225-1777 today to schedule a consultation and exam with Dr. Thomas Kemlage or Dr. Andrew Kemlage.

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
February 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Your dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, in Fenton, MO, know patients want to have better-looking smiles, but veneerssometimes the cost can be too high. One of the best cosmetic dentistry procedure options to help improve the aesthetic of your teeth is veneers.

More About Veneers

Veneers are made of thin porcelain and used to resurface an individual's teeth, especially if they're damaged.

When you come into the Fenton office, your doctor will examine your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. If they decide you are a good candidate, then they'll first deal with any underlying issues, like cavities, first.

Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth and send it to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made for you.

Your dentist will then remove some enamel from the surface of your teeth then cement the veneers. Your dentist removes some enamel, an irreversible process, you don't feel like your teeth are protruding. Your new veneers will feel smooth and properly aligned with the rest of your teeth.

Veneers fix a variety of issues, such as:

  • Stained or discolored teeth, usually a result of drinking coffee or tea, poor hygiene, smoking, chewing tobacco, or tetracycline-containing.
  • Mishappened teeth, like crooked, overcrowded, and irregularly shaped teeth.

You need to make sure you take proper care of your veneers:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once before bed.
  • Change your toothbrush when it's frayed is important to ensure teeth are properly cleaned.
  • Make sure you use fluoride-containing toothpaste and water.
  • Select an efficient and healthy diet like carrots or apples that scrape teeth clean.

Need a consultation?

For more information on veneers or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact your dentists in Fenton, MO, by calling (636) 225-1777. We will be more than happy to help you with your dental needs!





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