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August 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You're probably familiar with the basic idea behind 3D printing, a manufacturing technique where a computer aids in the construction of a cerecsolid, three-dimensional object. It seems too futuristic to be real, but many items are now made in this manner. At Kemlage Family Dentistry, we use a similar concept called CEREC to create beautiful, durable crowns and other restorations right in our office in Fenton, MO. Thousands of dentists worldwide are using this amazing in-office technology. You'll learn here why Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage are proud to offer it to their patients!

What does CEREC stand for?

CEREC is short for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.

How does CEREC work?

After your tooth has been prepared for a restoration, our trained dental team will "scan" the area using a handheld device. The series of resulting pictures will be downloaded to a computer program, where a 3D model of a crown or onlay will be designed. This data will then be sent to our "printer," where it will be milled out to the exact specifications. In about an hour, you'll have a restoration that will fit perfectly and look just like a natural tooth!

Why is CEREC preferred?

Dentists like Dr. Andrew Kemlage and Dr. Thomas Kemlage appreciate the convenience and predictability of CEREC. There's no need to place a temporary crown, which can be unreliable and potentially cause more problems during the period of time that the permanent crown is being crafted in a laboratory. Likewise, patients are impressed with CEREC technology because it saves them time; they do not have to return to their Fenton family dentist's office for removal of a temporary restoration and placement of a permanent one. CEREC restorations are also extremely accurate.

If you'd like to experience CEREC technology for your next tooth restoration, Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO is where you need to be! Call us to schedule an appointment today!

By Thomas Kemlage DDS / Andrew T. Kemlage DDS
August 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Ready to learn more about this popular dental restoration and how it can help you?

Dental crowns have become a pretty standard way to repair damaged teeth. After all, they are durable and look just like natural teeth, so dental crownsthere are a lot of benefits to choosing dental crowns. Of course, our Fenton, MO dentists Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage get a lot of questions about dental crowns and perhaps you have some of your own. Here are some of the most common dental crown questions revealed!

Q. What is a dental crown?

A. This hollowed-out tooth-like restoration is made to fit over your tooth to improve its overall durability, appearance, and function. When a crown is cemented into place it fully covers the visible portion of the tooth.

Q. Why might my Fenton general dentist recommend a dental crown?

A. There are many scenarios for which a dental crown might be the best option:

  • To protect a decaying, infected or injured tooth
  • To restore a tooth that is broken or severely worn
  • To protect a tooth that cannot support a large filling
  • To anchor a dental bridge into place
  • To improve the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • To cover a dental implant (to replace a missing tooth)

Q. What goes into getting a dental crown?

A. You will have to go through several appointments in order to get a traditional dental crown in Fenton. The first visit will be the consultation and treatment-planning phase, in which we determine that a crown is right for you.

The second visit will require use to prepare your tooth for your new crown. Under local anesthesia, we will file down the tooth to make room for the crown.

Impressions and molds are taken of your smile so that a dental laboratory can get the exact measurements of your teeth from which to create the perfectly fitted crown. To protect your prepared tooth from damage while your crown is being made a temporary crown will be placed over the tooth.

Once fabricated, you will come back in so we can remove the temporary crown, check the fit of the permanent crown and then cement it into place.

Q. What are dental crowns made out of?

A. Crowns can be made from everything from metal amalgam to tooth-colored porcelain. Metal crowns are often used for back teeth because they are a bit stronger.

Q. How long does a crown last?

A. This will depend on the material they are made of and how well you maintain you oral health. Your at-home care routine is important to keeping your crown healthy for up to 10 years or more.

Still didn’t get one of your questions answered? Then it’s time you turned to the source. Contact Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO today to find out whether crowns are right for you.

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.