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Posts for: May, 2015

By Thomas Kemlage DDS / Andrew T. Kemlage DDS
May 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   bonding  

So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?

Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!

Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.

If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.

If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.

A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.

Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”

By Thomas F Kemlage DDS / Andrew T Kemlage DDS
May 21, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Many of the cosmetic dental issues that patients of Kemlage Family Dentistry struggle with can be resolved relatively quickly with dental crowns. Crowns are a solution that can give you a beautiful and healthy smile in just a few appointments at the office of Drs. Thomas and Dental CrownsAndrew Kemlage in Fenton MO. Learn more about crowns and how they can help give you a newly restored smile.

What Are Crowns?
A crown, also called a “cap,” is a tooth-shaped covering made of porcelain, ceramic or metal material that’s used to fix a problematic tooth. It is placed over the root of a healthy, natural tooth, just like a crown would be placed on someone’s head. It can be shaped and positioned to perfectly fit your smile. Porcelain and ceramic crowns can also be color-matched to blend in with the rest of your teeth. 

What Are Dental Crowns Good For?
Crowns are a solution to a number of common dental problems that Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage treat at their Fenton MO office. One benefit of a crown is that it improves the overall appearance of your teeth—it can fill in gaps between the teeth and fix intrinsically discolored teeth that don’t respond to tooth whitening treatments. Crowns can also restore tooth fractures and teeth that are poorly shaped. 

How Are They Applied?
Getting a dental crown is a relatively simple procedure. First, the dentist must prepare the affected tooth with dental tools so that it will securely hold the crown. When the permanent crown is ready, it is cemented to the surface of the affected tooth (now called an abutment). Your dentist has to thoroughly evaluate your teeth to ensure that they’re healthy enough for crowns.

Consult Dr. Kemlage
A quick consultation with Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage at their Fenton dentist office is all that's needed to decide if dental crowns are right for you. Call the office at (636) 225-1777 today to schedule an appointment.

By Thomas Kemlage DDS / Andrew T. Kemlage DDS
May 08, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants have become the standard for long-term tooth replacement. From mechanics to movie stars, people from all walks of life have discovered the advantages of replacing a missing tooth with an implant. Obviously, restoring your smile is a definite advantage, but an implant can also help to maintain the health of your jawbone and adjacent teeth.

The implant is a small, screw-like titanium post that is placed into your jawbone to function as the root part of the tooth. The living bone tissue will actually attach to the titanium post, fusing them together. This will not only provide a sturdy anchor for a natural-looking crown, but will provide stability for bridgework or dentures. You will then be able to smile, chew and talk as if all of your teeth are natural. The procedure will also help to stabilize the bone, reducing long-term bone loss that occurs when a missing tooth is not replaced.

At this point, if you are thinking that there must be a lot of pain involved, I have good news for you. There is very little pain involved after the procedure is completed and no pain at all during the procedure. Typically, it is a routine surgery that takes place in a dentist’s office under local anesthesia where the immediate area is numbed. If there is any apprehension at all about the procedure, we will offer alternative anesthesia or sedation options during the planning process.

To determine who will be a good candidate for the implant procedure, a plan must be in place to assure the success of the implant. Part of the plan includes:

  • Reviewing your past medical and dental history. We must know your complete past and present medical history and medication use, since good health is essential. There are certain conditions and diseases that can affect the healing of an implant.
  • Performing a comprehensive dental examination. An evaluation of your dental problems and needs will determine if implants are in your best interests. An assessment of the health and mass of the jawbone as well as the number and location of the implant(s) that are needed to restore your bite and smile back to health will also be determined.

When the implant procedure has been successfully completed, there is one more step. As with your natural teeth, preventive maintenance is crucial for long-term success. A daily routine of brushing and flossing along with regular professional dental cleanings and checkups will help ensure continued gum health and proper functioning of your implants.

If you are wondering whether dental implants are right for you, contact us for more information or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about dental implants by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Dental Implant Surgery.”