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By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
February 08, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

Wondering which kind of dentures could restore your smile after tooth loss? We have the answers.

The dentures today are nothing like your grandparent’s dentures (and aren’t you relieved to hear it!). Here in Fenton, MO, our dentists Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage are dedicated to crafting perfectly fitted, comfortable, and realistic-looking false teeth to help restore your smile and rebuild confidence in your appearance. Wondering if dentures are right for you?

Should I get dentures?

How you choose to replace your missing teeth is completely up to you. Dentures can be a great option for someone that has several missing teeth, as this oral prosthetic can fill gaps with natural-looking false teeth while also providing support for the muscles of the face. Dentures also make it possible to chew and speak properly. Our Fenton, MO, dentists create a variety of custom dentures for their patients including,

Partial dentures

If you still have strong, healthy natural teeth then your dentist will likely recommend partial dentures. This dental device fits closely to the gum line and is held in place by neighboring teeth to keep it from moving. While held in place, they can easily be removed to clean or before bedtime.

Full dentures

As you may be able to guess from the name alone, full dentures are designed to replace all of your teeth. These false teeth sit on a plastic base that is made to look like gum tissue and naturally suction into place over the gums but can also be easily removed to clean them and before going to sleep.

Immediate dentures

If you need to have teeth removed, we understand and know that you still want to have teeth to speak and chew properly while the gums heal and before your permanent dentures or tooth replacement option has been placed. This is where immediate dentures come in. They aren’t custom-made like permanent dentures, but they do give you teeth immediately after an extraction, so you don’t have to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the gums have fully healed, then our dental team can place your permanent dentures.

Implant dentures

Instead of using healthy teeth or denture adhesive to hold teeth in place, this type of dentures involves anchoring dental implants into the jawbone. From there, dentures can be anchored to the top of the implants to hold them in place, so they don’t move around. These are often ideal for those looking to replace most or all of their teeth on the lower jaw; however, they can be used to replace teeth on either the upper or lower jaw.

It’s important that you treat your tooth loss as soon as possible. If you are ready to sit down with our Fenton, MO, dentists to discuss dentures, call Kemlage Family Dentistry today at (636) 225-1777 to book an evaluation.

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
December 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth whitening  

Improving your appearance is easy when you opt for at-home teeth whitening provided by your Fenton, MO, dentists, Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage. The teeth whitening procedure isn't complicated and offers impressive results.

How does at-home whitening work?

Whitening your teeth at home can be accomplished in two ways. You can buy a do-it-yourself kit online or at a Felton store, or use an at-home whitening kit provided by your dentist.

DIY kits have a few disadvantages. If you use one of these kits, it may take a long time to notice any change in your smile, and even then, the improvement might not be as dramatic as you hoped. It's not always easy to obtain a good fit with the one-size-fits-all trays in drugstore kits. Unfortunately, a poor fit can cause uneven whitening or even be a factor in tooth sensitivity if the whitening gel comes in contact with your roots and gums.

The at-home whitening kits offered by your dentist provide two important benefits:

  • Better Results: During your visit to the dental office, your trays will be molded to fit your teeth perfectly, eliminating concerns about uneven results. The whitening gel your dentist gives you contains a stronger formulation of hydrogen peroxide than you'll find in over-the-counter kits. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural stain remover that breaks apart the dark pigments that cause tooth stains. The gel can lighten your teeth by three to eight shades.
  • Safety: Thanks to your custom trays, the whitening gel won't seep onto your gums, causing sensitivity.

You'll be given instructions on how to use the gel and the trays and, of course, can always call should you have any questions or concerns during the whitening process. Your dentist will tell you how often you should the whitening trays. Trays are often used for one hour a day for about two or three weeks. At-home trays also offer a convenient way to touch up your results throughout the year.

Could an at-home teeth whitening procedure upgrade your smile? Call your dentists in Fenton, MO, Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage, at (636) 225-1777 to schedule your appointment.

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
August 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Same Day Crowns  

Follow these instructions to keep your CEREC crown looking and feeling its best.

Have you just recently turned to our Fenton MO family dentists at Kemlage Family Dentistry? If so, Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage can provide you with multiple dental services, including CEREC same-day crowns. If so, then we know just how important it is for you to maintain your restoration and to keep it healthy. Here are some tips to follow to provide your CEREC crown with what it needs to last for many years.

Brush and Floss Every Day

Just because a crown can’t develop decay doesn’t mean that you can get lazy with your oral care routine. You still need to be brushing twice a day and flossing daily, including the crown, to get rid of bacteria and food particles that could harm neighboring teeth.

Nix Habits That Could Damage Your Teeth

While our Fenton CEREC dental professional prides himself on creating CEREC crowns from durable, long-lasting ceramic, even the strongest restorations have a limit. You want to be kind to your crown just as you would your natural teeth. Do you grind your teeth at night? Do you chew your pen during the day? Do you use your teeth to rip things open when you should use scissors? All of these habits could damage your CEREC crown or eventually knock it off. Only use your teeth for speaking, chewing food, and biting.

Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods

Again, Fenton CEREC crowns are incredibly strong, just like real teeth, but we all know that they have their limits. To prevent your crown from cracking, breaking, or coming loose, you’ll want to avoid crunching ice or biting down into hard candies. Sticky foods like caramels can also loosen the crown over time, so you may want to forget these treats. You don’t have to miss out on the foods you love but just play it safe when it comes to your crown.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

To make sure that your smile and crown remain healthy you should still see your dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups. It’s during these appointments that we can pinpoint problems and treat them early, deep-clean your teeth to make your crown sparkle, and address any concerns or issues you may have.

Have questions about getting Fenton CEREC crowns from our Fenton MO dentists? Want to find out if CEREC crowns are right for you? Here at Kemlage Family Dentistry, we are happy to answer all of your questions. To schedule a consultation with Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage, call (636) 225-1777.

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
June 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

If you knew something could harm your health, would you try to prevent it? Of course, you would, and your dentists at Kemlage Family Dentistry can help. At our Fenton, MO, practice, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage inform their patients on the dangers of gum disease and show them simple ways to lower their risk for this difficult oral health problem.

It's also called periodontal disease

And, it is the leading reason why people lose their teeth in the United States. Caused by Strep bacteria in the mouth, gum disease often starts with few to no symptoms, but as it progresses, the problem becomes more obvious, with symptoms and inflammation which spread beyond the mouth.

Yes, periodontitis is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and dementia. In fact, the American Heart Association reports that people who do not brush their teeth, floss frequently, or visit their dentist triple their chances of heart failure, stroke, and MI (heart attack).

Preventing gum disease

It starts at home. A healthy diet high in fiber and low in processed sugars encourages a low-risk oral environment. Brushing twice a day and flossing once daily reduces the build-up of toxic plaque and tartar, the yellow, rough biofilms which oral bacteria absolutely love.

Additionally, your gums remain vibrant with sufficient hydration (keep drinking water throughout the day) and no smoking. Tobacco encourages plaque build-up, and also, the heat from cigarette smoke actually burns soft tissue. This keratosis leads to gum disease and both pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions, says the American Academy of Oral Medicine.

Take care of your total smile by visiting our Fenton office

Oral hygiene at home and preventive dentistry services do more than just take care of your teeth—they service your gums, bone structure, dental alignment, and personal appearance, too. For more tips and techniques on preventing gum disease, please contact Dr. Thomas Kemlage or Dr. Andrew Kemlage at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO. These dentists, along with their friendly team, really want their patients to have wonderful smiles for life. Call us at (636) 225-1777.

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
May 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health

How good are your oral care habits? Aside from routine visits to your dentists here at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, make sure to follow these guidelines:

How Do You Brush Your Teeth?

By this we mean, not just how often, but the actual brushing itself. Ideally, it would be better to brush at least twice daily for around two minutes. This means spending about 30 seconds at every quarter of your mouth. The toothbrush must likewise be angled at about 45 degrees to clean the area between the teeth and gums and avoid damaging your enamel.

As you clean your teeth, do not neglect your tongue. Clean it in a circular motion to remove the bacteria present. Avoid putting too much pressure because it could damage your teeth and irritate the gums, causing more oral problems. A good brushing habit and technique includes knowing when it is time to replace your toothbrush. You cannot expect much cleaning from worn-out bristles anyway.

Do You Floss?

Some people take flossing for granted because they feel that brushing is more than enough. Flossing cleans out the spaces between teeth that are too hard for brushing to reach. It also allows you to clean under the gum line. Proper flossing requires at least 18 inches of floss so you can wrap it around your fingers and get a good grip. Using the thumb and forefingers, move the floss gently with a rubbing motion. Curve the floss against your tooth once you reach the gum line.

When Do You Visit Your Dentist?

ADA recommends that you visit your dentist in Fenton, MO, at least twice a year. This is of course if you are not experiencing some form of oral health problem like:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Tooth loss
  • Consistent bad breath
  • Painful chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures

At the sign of any of these, you must visit your dentist as soon as possible.

For More Oral Care Tips or If You Have a Dental Emergency, Call Us

Dial (636) 225-1777 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage or Dr. Andrew Kemlage, here at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO.