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.
If you knew something could harm your health, would you try to prevent it? Of course, you would, and your dentists at Kemlage Family Dentistry can help. At our Fenton, MO, practice, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage inform their patients on the dangers of gum disease and show them simple ways to lower their risk for this difficult oral health problem.
It's also called periodontal disease
And, it is the leading reason why people lose their teeth in the United States. Caused by Strep bacteria in the mouth, gum disease often starts with few to no symptoms, but as it progresses, the problem becomes more obvious, with symptoms and inflammation which spread beyond the mouth.
Yes, periodontitis is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and dementia. In fact, the American Heart Association reports that people who do not brush their teeth, floss frequently, or visit their dentist triple their chances of heart failure, stroke, and MI (heart attack).
Preventing gum disease
It starts at home. A healthy diet high in fiber and low in processed sugars encourages a low-risk oral environment. Brushing twice a day and flossing once daily reduces the build-up of toxic plaque and tartar, the yellow, rough biofilms which oral bacteria absolutely love.
Additionally, your gums remain vibrant with sufficient hydration (keep drinking water throughout the day) and no smoking. Tobacco encourages plaque build-up, and also, the heat from cigarette smoke actually burns soft tissue. This keratosis leads to gum disease and both pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions, says the American Academy of Oral Medicine.
Take care of your total smile by visiting our Fenton office
Oral hygiene at home and preventive dentistry services do more than just take care of your teeth—they service your gums, bone structure, dental alignment, and personal appearance, too. For more tips and techniques on preventing gum disease, please contact Dr. Thomas Kemlage or Dr. Andrew Kemlage at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO. These dentists, along with their friendly team, really want their patients to have wonderful smiles for life. Call us at (636) 225-1777.
How good are your oral care habits? Aside from routine visits to your dentists here at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, make sure to follow these guidelines:
How Do You Brush Your Teeth?
By this we mean, not just how often, but the actual brushing itself. Ideally, it would be better to brush at least twice daily for around two minutes. This means spending about 30 seconds at every quarter of your mouth. The toothbrush must likewise be angled at about 45 degrees to clean the area between the teeth and gums and avoid damaging your enamel.
As you clean your teeth, do not neglect your tongue. Clean it in a circular motion to remove the bacteria present. Avoid putting too much pressure because it could damage your teeth and irritate the gums, causing more oral problems. A good brushing habit and technique includes knowing when it is time to replace your toothbrush. You cannot expect much cleaning from worn-out bristles anyway.
Do You Floss?
Some people take flossing for granted because they feel that brushing is more than enough. Flossing cleans out the spaces between teeth that are too hard for brushing to reach. It also allows you to clean under the gum line. Proper flossing requires at least 18 inches of floss so you can wrap it around your fingers and get a good grip. Using the thumb and forefingers, move the floss gently with a rubbing motion. Curve the floss against your tooth once you reach the gum line.
When Do You Visit Your Dentist?
ADA recommends that you visit your dentist in Fenton, MO, at least twice a year. This is of course if you are not experiencing some form of oral health problem like:
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Tooth loss
- Consistent bad breath
- Painful chewing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
At the sign of any of these, you must visit your dentist as soon as possible.
For More Oral Care Tips or If You Have a Dental Emergency, Call Us
Dial (636) 225-1777 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage or Dr. Andrew Kemlage, here at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO.
How CEREC crowns from your dentists in Fenton, Missouri can rebuild your smile
If you have damaged teeth, chances are that you need dental crowns. A dental crown provides superb protection for a damaged tooth, because it covers the entire visible surface of the tooth, above the gumline. If you need dental crowns quick, it’s time to discover the benefits of CEREC Same Day Crowns, the state-of-the-art alternative to traditional crowns.
Avilable from Drs. Thomas F. Kemlage and Andrew T. Kemlage at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, read on to learn how CEREC Same Day Crowns can rebuild your smile quickly and beautifully.
What Same Day Crowns Can do for You
CEREC Same Day Crowns use CAD/CAM (Computer-assisted design/computer-assisted manufacture) technology. This type of technology combines precise computer measurement with three-dimensional imaging to create the most accurately fitting crown.
When you choose CEREC Same Day Crowns, you will enjoy these important benefits:
- A beautiful, natural look, because CEREC Same Day Crowns are made of high-grade dental ceramic that reflects light; your CEREC crown will be virtually identical to your natural teeth.
- A precise fit, because computer measurement and 3D technology mean there are no remakes; your new crown will fit perfectly the first time, every time.
- Quick treatment, because CEREC Same Day Crowns are created right in the office, while you wait; that means you can have a new crown in just one appointment.
To view amazing before and after photos of Kemlage Family Dentistry patients, please visit the Smile Gallery page on their website at https://www.kemlagefamilydentistry.com/gallery.html
Need Dental Work? Give Us a Call
To learn more about CEREC Same Day Crowns and what they can do for your smile, call Drs. Thomas F. Kemlage and Andrew T. Kemlage of Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, at (636) 225-1777. Call now!
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