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By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
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.

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
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.

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
November 20, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

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.

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
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.