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By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
November 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

How a root canal from your dentists in Fenton, MO, can eliminate your tooth pain

Have you been struggling with a nagging toothache? You may be dealing with tooth decay, a harmful condition that can cause profoundly Root_Canalnegative consequences to your oral and general health. Fortunately, here at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, your dentists, Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage, can use root canal treatment to fix your tooth decay issue. Read on to learn more.

 

Do you need root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment becomes necessary when the innermost layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp, becomes damaged, bruised, or infected. The pulp is where the blood supply and nerves to the tooth are located. When this area becomes damaged, inflammation occurs, and fluid builds up inside your tooth, in turn, causing pressure and pain to permeate throughout the structure.

Severe tooth pain is often the first sign that you might need a root canal. Some common signs and symptoms you may need a root canal include:

  • Recurrent throbbing pain that doesn’t resolve
  • Increasing pain when you consume foods/beverages that are hot, cold, or sugary
  • Pain that radiates to your face, jaws, or head
  • A white or red bump on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Blood or pus draining from the bump on your gums

You may experience these signs or symptoms and need a root canal due to:

  • Severe decay which has spread to the pulp of your tooth
  • Dental trauma due to an accident or injury
  • Dental trauma due to excessive clenching or grinding at night
  • Repeated trauma to a tooth for any reason

The first step in determining if you need a root canal is to visit your dentist for diagnostic testing. Diagnostic tools that are commonly used include dental x-rays, temperature testing, and vitality testing.

Once your dentist has determined that you need a root canal, your dentist will remove the diseased pulp tissue that is lying inside your tooth. A sedative material is then placed inside the tooth to eliminate inflammation. After the inflammation is gone, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material, thus giving you a newly healthy tooth!

 

Contact Us

To learn more about root canal treatment and how it can help you, call Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, today. Dial (636) 225-1777 now to get rid of your dental pain!

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
December 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental bridges  

Find out how this simple dental restoration can fill that gap left over by a missing tooth.

Are you missing one or more teeth? Are you wondering what the best option is for replacing your missing teeth? If so, our Fenton, MO, dental bridgescosmetic dentists Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kelmage offer a full range of tooth replacement options to fit your needs and goals. Find out more about dental bridges and why so many people choose to get this restoration to treat their tooth loss.

What is a dental bridge?

This custom-made oral appliance is fixed in place and is designed to fill the gap or gaps left over by missing teeth with artificial teeth. Bridges can be made from a variety of different materials including porcelain, metal and ceramic.

To make sure the false tooth or teeth look as natural and realistic as possible, they are often made from a tooth-colored material such as porcelain or ceramic so they blend in with the rest of your smile.

How does a dental bridge work?

In order to support the false tooth that will fill the gap in your smile, the false tooth will be sandwiched between two dental crowns. Dental crowns are hollow tooth-shaped caps that will then be cemented into place over healthy natural teeth that surround the gap. These two teeth will provide the support and stabilization to hold your false tooth in place.

In order to place a dental bridge, we will need to prepare the teeth for your dental crowns, take impressions of your mouth to send to a dental lab and then you will have to come back in for a final fitting once your bridge has been made.

Who should consider getting a dental bridge?

Even though some patients may choose to get a dental implant from our Fenton, MO, dentist this isn’t always the best solution for everyone. In fact, a dental bridge may be able to provide a simple and easy tooth replacement for patients. A dental bridge can also be placed in only 2 or 3 visits.

Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, is dedicated to handling your dental problems, from cosmetic issues to tooth loss. If you are an adult who is dealing with tooth loss, call us today and let us know that you are interested in getting a dental bridge.

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
November 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Many people put off going to the dentist or skip treatment altogether due to busy schedules and a limited amount of free time. Getting to cerec crownsthe dentist every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning is one thing, but the prospect of setting aside time for two or three appointments to get a dental crown can be daunting for many busy adults. Thanks to improved dental technology, many repairs and treatments can now be completed in a single visit. Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage offer CEREC same day crowns in Fenton, MO.

CEREC Same Day Crowns in Fenton, MO

Traditional crowns typically require two separate appointments: one to take an impression of the tooth and create a mold, which is then sent offsite to an outside lab for production. The second appointment is to fit and place the crown. CEREC (which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) uses digital technology and software to design the crown on a computer, which is then produced onsite through a milling machine.

Benefits of CEREC Same Day Crowns

CEREC crowns offer the same results as traditional crowns, but cut down your wait time to a single visit. Since the restorations are produced at the office while you wait, you will walk out of the office with a new smile in a single visit. If your tooth has recently cracked or fractured, you don't have to wait weeks to fix your smile. Getting a same-day crown also lets you skip the temporary crown while the permanent crown is being produced.

Find a Dentist in Fenton, MO

For more information about CEREC same day crowns and other restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments, contact Kemlage Family Dentistry today by calling (636) 225-1777 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage.

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
June 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have a metal filling, it may show when you smile. Does every cavity have to have an amalgam restoration? The answer is no. In fact, tooth colored fillingstoday's preferred filling materials are tooth-colored composite resin, porcelain, or glass ionomer. Let Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, your dentists in Fenton, MO, tell you about the bright, beautiful fillings they place at Kemlage Family Dentistry.

What is a cavity anyway?

It's a hole in your tooth enamel caused by acids produced by oral bacteria. Found in plaque and tartar, these active microbes eat through that hard outer layer, and if not treated by your Fenton, MO, dentist, they invade the dentin and inner pulp. Fillings repair decay, and for more extensive cavities, which can be accompanied by infection, dental crowns and root canal therapy may be in order.

What is a filling?

For generations, dentists have halted decay at its earliest possible stages. Unfortunately, their dark and very obvious appearance has bothered both patients and dentists. Also, to place them securely, metal fillings require extensive enamel preparation, often weakening healthy enamel over time.

Today, however, your dentists in Fenton, MO, have tooth-colored materials which blend in with your tooth natural color. Bonded in place and strengthened with a curing light, composite resin, porcelain, and glass ionomer fillings are just as strong as your real tooth enamel. Plus, your dentist removes only the decay--not any extra enamel--in order to fill the tooth properly.

Specifically, composite resin is a mixture of glass particles and acrylic. It installs in layers, and the doctor cures each one. This material repairs chips, cracks and other cosmetic defects seamlessly, and the material flexes with the pressure of biting and chewing in the same way tooth enamel does.

Regarding porcelain, dentists use this tried and true ceramic to create partial crowns. These large fillings fit in between or over the cusps of a tooth, protecting and supporting a large area of its structure.

Many excellent choices

Dental restorations truly are better than ever, conferring strength, beauty and longevity to a damaged tooth. When you come to Kemlage Family Dentistry for your next routine exam and cleaning, ask about tooth-colored fillings and other innovative dental materials. Call for your appointment at (636) 225-1777.

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
May 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Would you like your Fenton, MO, dentist to fix your smile?cosmetic contouring

Are you self-conscious about your teeth? Are there dents, grooves, and chips you want to rid yourself of?

First-impression smiles are important for interviews, dates, weddings, and many other big events, which is why Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage offer tooth contouring and reshaping to patients.

Tooth Contouring and Reshaping

Your Fenton dentists offer contouring and reshaping of teeth, which is a simple, cosmetic procedure that will save you plenty of time and money, and give you an improved smile.

This procedure helps fix dental issues like crooked, chipped, cracked, fractured, overlapping or crowded teeth and pits and/or grooves in enamel.

Contouring and Reshaping Process

Your doctor will first examine your teeth by visually scanning them, then assess if these two procedures are right for you.

He will then use an x-ray to ensure there aren't any hidden problems. Serious issues, like severe tooth decay, are dealt with first, then some enamel is removed to straighten your teeth. Your Fenton doctor will then smoothen out and polish your teeth.

If some dental issues are too severe, your doctor will provide restorations such as dental crowns or veneers.

Dental Hygiene and Care

  • Brush your teeth: Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush for a whole two minutes twice a day at the very least.
  • Floss between teeth: Floss your teeth thoroughly every night before bed.
  • Dental Night Guard: Get a mouthguard to prevent serious wear and tear caused by bruxism (grinding teeth).
  • Eat healthily: Maintain a healthy diet by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, like apples, that will scrape plaque off your teeth, and drink water that will wash away food particles and debris.

If you have any questions or concerns about tooth contouring and reshaping, then call Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage at their Fenton, MO, office at (636) 225-1777.