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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.
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 make 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.
The way your smile looks can affect your entire facial appearance and, subsequently, your general sense of self-confidence when in social settings. 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.
Your dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, in Fenton, MO, know patients want to have better-looking smiles, but sometimes 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!
At Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage offer the finest in cosmetic dentistry services. Supplying whatever you need to remake your less than perfect smile, this professional team loves to see patients happy with their aesthetic makeovers. After all, looking your very best is a personal asset that helps you both socially and professionally.
The keys to excellent cosmetic dentistry
There are really two: a realistic, detailed treatment plan and excellent artistic skill. You can find both at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton as cosmetic smile makeovers change smiles and lives, too.
A realistic, detailed treatment plan begins with a complete oral examination by Dr. Kemlage. He'll make sure your teeth are healthy and your gums, pink and intact. He'll look at your dental bite and jaw joint function and discover any signs of excessive wear or dark tooth color.
Additionally, your Fenton cosmetic dentist will ask you how you wish to enhance your teeth and gums. Do you dislike some obvious dental stains from coffee, tobacco or the aging process? Or, are those fine cracks on some lower front teeth becoming more and more obvious? Together, you and your dentist will decide what kind of treatment would suit you best, and in the end, you'll love the results.
Featured cosmetic treatments
Professional teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic treatment. This in-office or at-home service lifts yellow, brown, and just plain unattractive stains from tooth surfaces, leaving smiles shiny and several shades brighter with little to no residual sensitivity.
Another simple, but effective, service is composite resin bonding. This one-visit treatment adds a tooth-colored mixture of glass and acrylic to flaws such as cracks, small gaps, and pits, creating a strong and natural-looking repair which lasts for years. This is the same material Dr. Kemlage uses in white fillings.
Often, bonding pairs with enamel contouring. This is a painless reshaping of uneven enamel.
For more substantial defects, Dr. Kemlage may suggest porcelain veneers, or dental laminates. These thin porcelain shells disguise damage from injury, stains, and more.
Finally, Dr. Kemlage features dental implants, bridgework, CEREC same-day crowns, inlays and onlays, and specialty dentures to combine the best in restoration and tooth replacement with excellent aesthetics. In other words, whatever you need to create a great looking and functioning smile, the team at Kemlage Family Dentistry can provide it on site in a caring, patient-centered manner.
What's your need?
Talk it over with Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage at Kemlage Family Dentistry. You'll love their amazing ideas, listening ears and comfortable treatments that focus on your best possible smile. Call today for a cosmetic dentistry consultation in Fenton, MO: (636) 225-1777.