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By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
November 19, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

After tooth loss, find out how dental implants could replace your missing teeth for life.

If you are missing one or more teeth you may be wondering whether dental implants are the right way to fill those gaps and give you back a smile you can feel confident in. Our Fenton, MO, family dentists Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage understand the importance of getting a natural, strong and reliable smile back after tooth loss. Here is why dental implants are a great tooth replacement option,

They Last a Long Time

When replacing a missing tooth the goal is to keep the new tooth for as long as possible. While bridges and dentures will need to be replaced and readjusted every few years, dental implants area built from strong, resilient titanium so they don’t need any tweaks once they are placed. This, coupled with the fact that the implant fuses together with the jawbone, means that the dental implant could last the rest of your life.

Restore Chewing and Speaking

Dental implants mimic real teeth, so they both function and look like the real thing. The jawbone ensures that the implant doesn’t go anywhere; therefore, you can rest assured that you can eat all of your favorite foods with confidence. Plus any speech impediments that occurred as a result of tooth loss will most likely be resolved once your implant has been placed.

Prevent Bone Deterioration

Another complication of untreated tooth loss is bone loss. Those who wear dentures may need to have their false teeth readjusted regularly to accommodate the changes that occur as the jawbone shortens. The only tooth replacement that actually functions like tooth roots and prevents bone loss is a dental implant.

Feel More Confident

Along with all the wonderful health benefits that dental implants can offer you, one benefit that shouldn’t go unnoticed is the fact that you’ll feel more confident in your appearance once your implant is complete. No more canceling social engagements or feeling self-conscious during business meetings.

Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, prides itself on offering the highest quality dental restorations. From dental implants to crowns, we can provide you with the restorative dentistry you need. Call us today.


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!