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By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
September 16, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Nitrous Oxide  

Nitrous Oxide is a gas that has been used in the dental setting since the 1840s. Nicknamed "laughing gas," it causes feelings of relaxation, happiness, and, periodically, euphoria. When used during dental procedures, it keeps patients positive and comfortable. Dr. Andrew Kemlage and Dr. Tom Kemlage of Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, utilize nitrous oxide for many of their procedures.

Nitrous Oxide is Safe

Every Fenton dentist in Fenton, MO, understands that nitrous oxide is one of the safest anesthetics available today, with very few side effects when administered properly. In the modern use of it, the gas canisters are regulated so only a certain concentration of the gas can be dispensed. During a visit, the gas is mixed with oxygen from oxygen dispensers, so a person breathing in nitrous oxide is also still getting plenty of oxygen.

How Nitrous Oxide is Used During an Appointment

If you've opted to work with a Fenton dentist in Fenton, MO, such as those found at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, and you've opted to use nitrous oxide for your visit, you will have received a rubber breathing mask that goes over your nose. During your first visit, you'll be given one of these, and you'll take it home. You'll want to bring it back for each dental visit in the future if you wish to use nitrous.

Once in the chair, the dental technician will help you put on your nose mask comfortably, and then they will turn on both oxygen and nitrous. An oxygen level monitor is also placed on your finger. All you have to do is relax. Within a few minutes, you begin to feel very safe, warm, happy, and satisfied. You feel no anxiety or fear during your dental appointment. When finished, the dental technician will turn off the gas and leave the oxygen fully on. In about five minutes, you'll be feeling like yourself again.

Nitrous Oxide May Help You Keep Your Regular Dental Visits

Some of our patients, who previously did not like the dentist, once they experienced the benefits of using the gas during their visits, are pleased to come back for their subsequent follow-up visits and six-month checkups. You'll find you cannot purchase this gas for recreational or home use. Coming to the dentist is one of the few places you'll be able to experience the benefits of nitrous oxide.

If you're seeking a Fenton dentist in Fenton, MO, look no further than the father and son duo of Dr. Kemlage and Dr. Kemlage at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, for all of your dental needs. Contact their caring staff today at 636-225-1777 to make an appointment!

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
February 25, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC Crowns  

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!

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.