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Posts for: June, 2014

By Thomas Kemlage DDS
June 11, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Porcelain laminate veneers are one of the innovative techniques dentistry has developed for restoring teeth to improve their color and shape so that they look as good as or better than the originals.

What are porcelain veneers? Porcelain is a ceramic material that is baked in a high-heat oven until it becomes glass-like. Your grandmother's antique china teacups are probably made of porcelain. Dental porcelains are especially made to perfectly mimic the color, reflectivity and translucency of natural tooth enamel. A veneer is a covering or shell, a false front; dental porcelains can be fashioned into veneers used to restore the enamel surfaces of teeth.

What is a laminate? A laminate is a structure created by uniting two or more layers of material together. Dental porcelain laminate veneers refer to the combination of tooth enamel bonding material and porcelain veneer.

When are porcelain laminate veneers used? Porcelain veneers are used to enhance the color of stained, darkened, decayed and heavily restored teeth. They are also used to: correct spaces between teeth; straighten slightly rotated teeth; correct problems in tooth shape and some bite problems. They can be good solutions for broken teeth or teeth that have been worn by habitual tooth grinding.

What is the process of placing the veneers? Room generally needs to be created to place a veneer; generally requiring about half a millimeter of reduction of tooth enamel. Artistic dental laboratory technicians fabricate veneers. About a week of laboratory time is usually needed to construct your veneers.

How do I know whether I will like the way my new veneers look? Computer imaging can be used to digitally replicate your teeth and create images of the proposed changes. Models of your teeth can be cast and changes can be made in white wax for your preview. Temporary veneers can also be fabricated as a test drive before the final veneers are fabricated.

How long will porcelain veneers last? Veneers can last 20 years or more. They are very strong but like glass, they can break if extreme force is applied to them. You should avoid such activities as opening bottles, cracking nuts, or biting into candy apples with your veneers.

How do I look after my new veneers? Once the veneers are placed, you should continue daily brushing and flossing. There is no higher incidence of decay around them than with your natural teeth. However, the more dental work you have in your mouth, the more vigilant you need to be. Of course, keeping your sugar consumption low helps to protect all of your teeth from decay.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about porcelain laminate veneers. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Smile Design Enhanced with Porcelain Veneers.”

By Thomas Kemlage DDS
June 10, 2014
Category: Oral Health

A Brief History and Development of Dentures

The problem: a small or large gap in your smile due to missing teeth. The common solution for patients on a budget who need a quick fix: dentures. Learn more about dentures, including their history and development over time in advance of your upcoming appointment with Fenton MO dentists Dr. Thomas F. Kemlage DDS and Andrew T. Kemlage DDSDentures

What Defines Denture?

A denture is a row of artificial teeth that are designed to fit over the gum line. The dentures are bonded to a pinkish red colored material that’s made to resemble the gums so that when you smile it looks natural. Dentures (partial or full) allow you to chew and speak more normally than you would without teeth. The can be removed for cleaning and sleeping. Fenton MO dentists Dr. Kemlage and Andrew T. Kemlage DDS take care to form and shape the dentures to fit in your mouth securely and comfortably.

The History of Dentures

The first denture appliances were created in Northern Italy by the Etruscans as early as 500 B.C. They used teeth from animals to form rows of teeth for human use. This practice continued well into the 1700s when one of the most famous men of that time, George Washington, wore a pair made of ivory from various animals. Some early “dentists” used teeth from fallen soldiers on the battlefield to create denture-like appliances. The modern dentures that dentists use were developed in the 20th century – they are made of porcelain, acrylic and other plastic materials. The design is much more durable and long lasting than primitive dentures used in the past.
Dentures from Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Andrew T. Kemlage DDS
Fenton MO cosmetic dentists Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage are masters when it comes to the development of modern denture appliances. They take care to create dentures that will fit your mouth comfortably and last for an extended period of time. The goal is to have dentures that will make you feel comfortable when eating, talking and smiling at others in social situations. Contact their office at (636) 225-1777 to learn more about modern dentures or explore our website and click “Request an Appointment” to set a date and time for a consultation.