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By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
September 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentists in Fenton, Missouri want you to knowroot canal

If you have a tooth that hurts, it may be a sign that you need root canal treatment. A root canal, also called an endodontic procedure, is a great way to eliminate dental pain but still enable you to keep your tooth. Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, Missouri want to share what you need to know about root canal treatment.

These are just a few of the reasons why you should try to keep your tooth:

  • Going without the tooth can cause you to lose bone support
  • Going without the tooth can cause biting and chewing problems

So how do you know if you need a root canal? There are several signs and symptoms to look for including:

  • Drainage or pus near the root of a tooth
  • Swelling and redness around a tooth
  • Throbbing pain that doesn’t resolve
  • Sharp pain when you eat hot or cold foods
  • Pain that radiates into your face or jaws

If you notice these signs or symptoms, you should seek out your dentists in Fenton, Missouri. They will perform temperature and vitality tests and take digital x-rays to determine if your tooth shows evidence of needing a root canal.

If you do need a root canal, your dentists will begin by opening a small hole in the top of your affected tooth. The infected and diseased tissue is drawn out through the opening and a calming, sedative material is placed inside the tooth. After a healing period and the pain and pressure are gone, the sedative is removed and replaced with a permanent inert material. As a final step, the hole is filled in with a small restoration or a dental crown is placed to protect the tooth.

Root canal treatment is the solution to eliminating dental pain without sacrificing your tooth. For more information about root canal treatment and other dental services, call Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, Missouri today!

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
August 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You're probably familiar with the basic idea behind 3D printing, a manufacturing technique where a computer aids in the construction of a cerecsolid, three-dimensional object. It seems too futuristic to be real, but many items are now made in this manner. At Kemlage Family Dentistry, we use a similar concept called CEREC to create beautiful, durable crowns and other restorations right in our office in Fenton, MO. Thousands of dentists worldwide are using this amazing in-office technology. You'll learn here why Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage are proud to offer it to their patients!

What does CEREC stand for?

CEREC is short for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.

How does CEREC work?

After your tooth has been prepared for a restoration, our trained dental team will "scan" the area using a handheld device. The series of resulting pictures will be downloaded to a computer program, where a 3D model of a crown or onlay will be designed. This data will then be sent to our "printer," where it will be milled out to the exact specifications. In about an hour, you'll have a restoration that will fit perfectly and look just like a natural tooth!

Why is CEREC preferred?

Dentists like Dr. Andrew Kemlage and Dr. Thomas Kemlage appreciate the convenience and predictability of CEREC. There's no need to place a temporary crown, which can be unreliable and potentially cause more problems during the period of time that the permanent crown is being crafted in a laboratory. Likewise, patients are impressed with CEREC technology because it saves them time; they do not have to return to their Fenton family dentist's office for removal of a temporary restoration and placement of a permanent one. CEREC restorations are also extremely accurate.

If you'd like to experience CEREC technology for your next tooth restoration, Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO is where you need to be! Call us to schedule an appointment today!

By Thomas Kemlage DDS / Andrew T. Kemlage DDS
July 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
ThreeConsiderationsforWorkingwithYourDentistonYourSmileMakeover

Cosmetic and restorative dentistry is filled with a varied array of procedures, materials and techniques that can address any shortcoming with your smile. Whatever your condition, there’s a means to correct or enhance your smile.

The real question, though, is whether we’re both, patient and dentist, on the same page as to what’s best to enhance your smile. Dentists have a different perspective on smile outcomes than the average layperson. We’re clued into aspects like tooth alignment with facial features or gum-to-lip distance influenced by our professional training and experience. You, though, may see your smile in terms of other features that define beauty like mouth expressions or lip shape.

Bridging these differing points of view requires open and honest communication. Here are three considerations to make that happen.

Build trust between you and your dentist. It’s natural for us to have differing views on what constitutes proper smile aesthetics based on the perspectives previously mentioned. Working through those perspectives to arrive at a unified plan requires trust that both of us desire the same outcome: a beautiful smile you’re happy to display to the world.

“Seeing” your future smile can help ease your misgivings. It’s one thing to try to imagine a certain treatment outcome — it’s quite another to actually see it beforehand. And you can, through computer simulation that takes a picture of your current face and smile and then augments them digitally so you can see how your smile will appear after proposed treatment. It’s also possible in some cases for you to wear temporary or “provisional” restorations so that not only can you see how they look, but also how they feel and function in the mouth.

Understand what “type” of restoration patient you are. Although everyone is different, we can usually characterize patients and their expectations in two ways. Some patients are “perfect-minded” — they want restorations that offer the maximum symmetry, regularity and tooth brightness. Others are more “natural-minded” in that the changes they seek don’t drastically alter their natural appearance, but are just enough to look different and create a sense of character. Knowing what you really want — a drastic change or a subtle enhancement — will help you communicate your desires more clearly and help us design the treatment options that best fit your expectations.

If you would like more information on fostering communication between dentists and patients, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Great Expectations.”

By Thomas Kemlage DDS / Andrew T. Kemlage DDS
July 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
HowBigBangTheoryActressMayimBialikGetsHerKidstoFloss

How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA.

Acknowledging her nerdy side, Bialik recently told Dear Doctor magazine, “I'm different, and I can't not be different.” Yet when it comes to her family's oral health, she wants the same things we all want: good checkups and great-looking smiles. “We're big on teeth and oral care,” she said. “Flossing is really a pleasure in our house.”

How does she get her two young sons to do it?

Bialik uses convenient pre-loaded floss holders that come complete with floss and a handle. “I just keep them in a little glass right next to the toothbrushes so they're open, no one has to reach, they're just right there,” she said. “It's really become such a routine, I don't even have to ask them anymore.”

As many parents have discovered, establishing healthy routines is one of the best things you can do to maintain your family's oral health. Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home:

Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth. If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack. When the music's over — you're done!

Flossing can be fun — If standard dental floss doesn't appeal, there are many different styles of floss holders, from functional ones to cartoon characters… even some with a martial-arts theme! Find the one that your kids like best, and encourage them to use it.

The eyes don't lie — To show your kids how well (or not) they are cleaning their teeth, try using an over-the-counter disclosing solution. This harmless product will temporarily stain any plaque or debris that got left behind after brushing, so they can immediately see where they missed, and how to improve their hygiene technique — which will lead to better health.

Have regular dental exams & cleanings — When kids see you're enthusiastic about going to the dental office, it helps them feel the same way… and afterward, you can point out how great it feels to have a clean, sparkling smile.

For more information about oral hygiene, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read the interview with Mayim Bialik in the latest issue of Dear Doctor magazine.

By Thomas Kemlage DDS / Andrew T. Kemlage DDS
June 23, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth grinding   bruxism  
TeethGrindinginOlderChildrenandAdolescentsaCauseforConcern

Teeth grinding is one childhood habit that sounds worse than it usually is: often the most harm done is to your night’s sleep. That said, though, it’s still a habit to keep your eye on.

Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding is so common among children that it’s considered normal behavior by many healthcare professionals. As for causes, some suggest a child’s immature neuromuscular chewing control may trigger it, while others point to the change from deeper sleep to a lighter stage as a possible cause. Problems like airway obstruction, medications or stress also seem to contribute to the habit.

For most children, teeth grinding usually fades by age 11 with no adverse effect on their teeth. If the habit extends into adolescence, however, there’s an increased risk for damage, mainly tooth wear.

This can happen because grinding often produces chewing forces 20-30 times greater than normal. Over time this can cause the biting surfaces of the teeth to wear and reduces the size of the teeth. While teeth normally wear over a lifetime, accelerated wear can pose a significant health risk to your teeth. Any sign of tooth wear in a child or adolescent is definitely cause for concern.

If your child’s tooth grinding habit appears to be developing into a problem, your dentist may recommend a few treatment options. The most common is a thin, plastic night guard worn in the mouth during sleep that prevents the upper and lower teeth from making contact. If the suspected cause is airway obstruction, they may refer you to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist to seek treatment for that, as well as other professionals to help with managing stress or medications.

Like thumb sucking, the habit of teeth grinding usually ends with no permanent ill effects. But if you notice it continuing late into childhood or your dentist finds tooth wear or other problems, take action to avoid problems long-term.

If you would like more information on childhood bruxism, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “When Children Grind their Teeth.”





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