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September 16, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Nitrous Oxide  

Nitrous Oxide is a gas that has been used in the dental setting since the 1840s. Nicknamed "laughing gas," it causes feelings of relaxation, happiness, and, periodically, euphoria. When used during dental procedures, it keeps patients positive and comfortable. Dr. Andrew Kemlage and Dr. Tom Kemlage of Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, utilize nitrous oxide for many of their procedures.

Nitrous Oxide is Safe

Every Fenton dentist in Fenton, MO, understands that nitrous oxide is one of the safest anesthetics available today, with very few side effects when administered properly. In the modern use of it, the gas canisters are regulated so only a certain concentration of the gas can be dispensed. During a visit, the gas is mixed with oxygen from oxygen dispensers, so a person breathing in nitrous oxide is also still getting plenty of oxygen.

How Nitrous Oxide is Used During an Appointment

If you've opted to work with a Fenton dentist in Fenton, MO, such as those found at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, and you've opted to use nitrous oxide for your visit, you will have received a rubber breathing mask that goes over your nose. During your first visit, you'll be given one of these, and you'll take it home. You'll want to bring it back for each dental visit in the future if you wish to use nitrous.

Once in the chair, the dental technician will help you put on your nose mask comfortably, and then they will turn on both oxygen and nitrous. An oxygen level monitor is also placed on your finger. All you have to do is relax. Within a few minutes, you begin to feel very safe, warm, happy, and satisfied. You feel no anxiety or fear during your dental appointment. When finished, the dental technician will turn off the gas and leave the oxygen fully on. In about five minutes, you'll be feeling like yourself again.

Nitrous Oxide May Help You Keep Your Regular Dental Visits

Some of our patients, who previously did not like the dentist, once they experienced the benefits of using the gas during their visits, are pleased to come back for their subsequent follow-up visits and six-month checkups. You'll find you cannot purchase this gas for recreational or home use. Coming to the dentist is one of the few places you'll be able to experience the benefits of nitrous oxide.

If you're seeking a Fenton dentist in Fenton, MO, look no further than the father and son duo of Dr. Kemlage and Dr. Kemlage at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, for all of your dental needs. Contact their caring staff today at 636-225-1777 to make an appointment!

July 27, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: CEREC Crowns  

Improving your smile is easier and quicker than ever, thanks to CEREC crowns. Your Fenton, MO, dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage, and Dr. Andrew Kemlage offer versatile restorations at Kemlage Family Dentistry.

How do CEREC crowns work?

Receiving a crown used to require two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, your dentist made your tooth a little smaller and took an impression of your mouth. The impression was sent off to a dental laboratory that had made other crown requests. Although the technicians made the crowns as quickly as they could, most people waited about two weeks for new crowns.

You left the office wearing a temporary crown and made another appointment to receive your permanent crown. During the second appointment, your crown was adjusted and cemented onto your tooth.

When you replace your tooth with a CEREC crown in the Fenton, MO, dental office, your restoration is made while you wait, eliminating the need for a dental laboratory. Your dentist has a milling machine in his office that acts as a sort of crown printer. The machine removes layers from a block of ceramic or resin to create a durable, attractive, comfortable crown.

CEREC crowns offer these benefits:

  • Only One Visit: You won't have to take time off from work for two dental visits. Your crown will be in your mouth in about an hour after your dentist takes digital impressions of your mouth.
  • Natural Look: Your new crown is made of ceramic or resin, strong materials that look very much like your tooth enamel. Your dentist chooses a shade that matches the color of nearby teeth to ensure that your dental work blends in with your smile.
  • More Comfortable Impressions: Getting an impression used to be the worst part of the crown process for many people. Putty impressions were uncomfortable and even made some people gag. Digital impressions are putty-free and only take a few seconds.
  • No Temporary Crowns: Wearing a temporary crown meant that you had to constantly review your list of off-limit foods. Steak, raw vegetables, pizza crusts, and sticky foods could damage or loosen the crown and were to be avoided. Since CEREC crowns only require one visit to the dental office, there's no longer any need for temporary crowns.

Upgrade your smile with CEREC crowns! Call (636) 225-1777 to schedule an appointment with your dentists in Fenton, MO, Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage of Kemlage Family Dentistry.

April 29, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Bridge  

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.

February 08, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

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,

Partial dentures

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.

Full dentures

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.

Immediate dentures

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.

Implant 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.

December 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth whitening  

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.

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