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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, cosmetic 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.
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 the 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.
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, today'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.
Would you like your Fenton, MO, dentist to fix your smile?
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.
Anyone who is dealing with tooth loss is most likely looking for a long-term solution to their problems. While there are a variety of options for treating your tooth loss, there is only one real alternative that promises a lifelong resolution, dental implants. Sound good? Dental implants can help you in several ways. In addition to filling in gaps and replacing missing teeth, dental implants also restore tooth functioning and improve speech. Different types of treatments are available to meet your needs, from replacing just one missing tooth with a single dental implant to all your teeth with implant supported dentures. At Kemlage Family Dentistry, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage are your Fenton, MO, dentists for dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
By now you’ve probably heard about dental implants, but you may still not be sure what they are. These prosthetic replacements for a missing tooth are comprised of three parts: a small metal post (the implant), an abutment, and a dental crown. The crown is the part of your implant that is visible when you smile and is designed to look and function just like a natural tooth. While the implant is placed into the jawbone it’s the abutment that serves to connect the implant to the artificial tooth above the gumline.
How does a dental implant work?
The first step to getting a dental implant requires your dentist to drill a small hole into the jawbone where your implant will then be placed. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia so you won’t feel discomfort. Then the implant is placed, and the gums are stitched up.
Over the course of several weeks, osseointegration will take place. This is when the tissue and bone cells begin to attach to the surface of the implant, locking the implant into the jawbone. The durability of the material coupled with osseointegration makes the dental implant comparable to natural teeth—something that other prosthetic treatments just can’t promise. Your Fenton, MO, dentist can explain the specific ways in which dental implants can help you. Other benefits of dental implants include:
- Replacing missing teeth
- Filling in gaps in your smile
- Boosting self-confidence
- Restoring normal tooth functioning, including biting and chewing
- Improving speech by correcting tongue placement when speaking
- Creating a more youthful appearance by providing support for sagging facial muscles
Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implants can be used to anchor a complete or partial denture (similar to a bridge). The denture is designed to clip or clamp to the implants, giving you a much sturdier set of teeth. To be a candidate for this denture option, you must have sufficient healthy bone tissue. In most cases, about two to four implants are added to specific areas of the gum line to serve as supports for the device. Implant supported dentures are more stable than traditional dentures, as they are more likely to stay in place and less likely to move around.
There are some instances in which traditional removable dentures, whether full or partial, may be the right choice for your situation. From filling in gaps to replacing missing teeth, dentures provide several benefits. The two main types of dentures are partial and full. Partial dentures are best when you still have some natural teeth and do not need to replace a full set of teeth. Full dentures are necessary when there are no natural teeth remaining.
To learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas Kemlage or Dr. Andrew Kemlage, your Fenton, MO, dentists, by calling Kemlage Family Dentistry at (636) 225-1777.