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By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
February 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

Anyone who is dealing with tooth loss is most likely looking for a long-term solution to their problems. While there are a variety ofdental implants options for treating your tooth loss, there is only one real alternative that promises a lifelong resolution, dental implants. Sound good? Dental implants can help you in several ways. In addition to filling in gaps and replacing missing teeth, dental implants also restore tooth functioning and improve speech. Different types of treatments are available to meet your needs, from replacing just one missing tooth with a single dental implant to all your teeth with implant supported dentures. At Kemlage Family Dentistry, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage are your Fenton, MO, dentists for dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

By now you’ve probably heard about dental implants, but you may still not be sure what they are. These prosthetic replacements for a missing tooth are comprised of three parts: a small metal post (the implant), an abutment, and a dental crown. The crown is the part of your implant that is visible when you smile and is designed to look and function just like a natural tooth. While the implant is placed into the jawbone it’s the abutment that serves to connect the implant to the artificial tooth above the gumline.

How does a dental implant work?

The first step to getting a dental implant requires your dentist to drill a small hole into the jawbone where your implant will then be placed. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia so you won’t feel discomfort. Then the implant is placed, and the gums are stitched up.

Over the course of several weeks, osseointegration will take place. This is when the tissue and bone cells begin to attach to the surface of the implant, locking the implant into the jawbone. The durability of the material coupled with osseointegration makes the dental implant comparable to natural teeth—something that other prosthetic treatments just can’t promise. Your Fenton, MO, dentist can explain the specific ways in which dental implants can help you. Other benefits of dental implants include:

  • Replacing missing teeth
  • Filling in gaps in your smile
  • Boosting self-confidence
  • Restoring normal tooth functioning, including biting and chewing
  • Improving speech by correcting tongue placement when speaking
  • Creating a more youthful appearance by providing support for sagging facial muscles

Implant Supported Dentures

Dental implants can be used to anchor a complete or partial denture (similar to a bridge). The denture is designed to clip or clamp to the implants, giving you a much sturdier set of teeth. To be a candidate for this denture option, you must have sufficient healthy bone tissue. In most cases, about two to four implants are added to specific areas of the gum line to serve as supports for the device. Implant supported dentures are more stable than traditional dentures, as they are more likely to stay in place and less likely to move around.

Dentures

There are some instances in which traditional removable dentures, whether full or partial, may be the right choice for your situation. From filling in gaps to replacing missing teeth, dentures provide several benefits. The two main types of dentures are partial and full. Partial dentures are best when you still have some natural teeth and do not need to replace a full set of teeth. Full dentures are necessary when there are no natural teeth remaining.

To learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas Kemlage or Dr. Andrew Kemlage, your Fenton, MO, dentists, by calling Kemlage Family Dentistry at (636) 225-1777.

By Thomas Kemlage DDS / Andrew T. Kemlage DDS
May 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  
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For centuries, people who've lost all their teeth have worn dentures. Although materials in today's dentures are more durable and attractive than those in past generations, the basic design remains the same — prosthetic (false) teeth set in a plastic or resin base made to resemble gum tissue.

If you're thinking of obtaining dentures, don't let their simplicity deceive you: a successful outcome depends on a high degree of planning and attention to detail customized to your mouth.

Our first step is to determine the best positioning for the prosthetic teeth. It's not an “eyeball” guess — we make a number of calculations based on the shape and size of your jaws and facial features to determine the best settings within the resin base. These calculations help us answer a few important questions for determining design: how large should the teeth be? How far forward or back from the lip? How much space between the upper and lower teeth when the jaws are at rest?

We also can't forget about the artificial gums created by the base. How much your gums show when you smile depends a lot on how much your upper lip rises. We must adjust the base size to accommodate your upper lip rise so that the most attractive amount of gum shows when you smile. We also want to match as close as possible the color and texture of your natural gum tissues.

There's one other important aspect to manage: how your upper and lower dentures function together when you eat or speak. This means we must also factor your bite into the overall denture design. This may even continue after your dentures arrive: we may still need to adjust them while in your mouth to improve function and comfort.

Ill-fitting, dysfunctional and unattractive dentures can be distressing and embarrassing. But with careful planning and customization, we can help ensure your new dentures are attractive and comfortable to wear now and for years to come.

If you would like more information on removable dentures for teeth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Full Dentures.”

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
February 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Losing your teeth at any age can be devastating and change the way that you approach people and situations. There are solutions to denturesmissing teeth including dentures. With the changes and improvements in technology, there are many options to choose from these days. Dr. Thomas Kemlage or Dr. Andrew Kelmage, your Fenton, MO, dentists from Kelmage Family Dentistry, work hard to bring all their patients the options they need to change their smile and inspire confidence.

What Dentures from your Fenton​ Dentist Can Do For You

If you are in the market for a beautiful smile and considering dentures it is important to understand your options. You may be looking at partial dentures or complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when you still have some remaining teeth. Complete dentures replace a whole section of teeth such as just the upper or the lower set of teeth. In addition, you will have several options for types of materials used to create the dentures. Dentures could be made out of a plastic or porcelain material depending on the quality that you are looking for and the type of care you want for your dentures. Dentures are cleaned by soaking them in a specialized cleaner. They are also affixed in the mouth with the use of a cream that both helps them stay put and that makes them more comfortable.

You can have a beautiful smile even if you are not able to do so with your natural teeth. If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, you can find the smile you have always wanted with dentures. The first step is to contact your Fenton, MO, dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage or Dr. Andrew Kelmage from Kelmage Family Dentistry. Call us today at 636-225-1777 to learn more about how we can help you reach a new level of confidence with your smile.

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
April 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Let's be honest. If asked, most people would be hard-pressed to say that they WANT dentures. In fact, they are usually considered a last denturesresort, because for starters it means that you've lost some or all of your teeth (and no one wants that!).

But whether due to trauma from an accident, or as a result of gum disease, some degree of tooth loss is an unfortunate reality for many Americans, and not just in old age. People in their 30s and 40s are also at risk of the effects of periodontal disease, one of which is tooth loss.

But there is good news. As with every area of cosmetic and general dentistry, dentures have significantly evolved and improved in both style and function over the years. Modern versions offer many attractive, durable, and discreet options for replacing missing teeth, all of which look natural enough to pass for the real thing.

Tooth Replacement in Fenton

Removable dentures are customized to meet the patient's immediate need. At Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, patients can receive a set of immediate dentures to wear on the same day of an extraction, while they wait for a more permanent (conventional) set, typically available after the gums and bone tissue have fully healed.

Dentures are also an option for people who have lost some teeth but still have some remaining natural teeth as well. Known as partial dentures, they can be held in place by crowns, or fastened to the surrounding teeth. A set of dentures can also fit over the remaining natural teeth (overdentures), making them a good option for people in need of replacing a few teeth while preserving their remaining healthy ones as well.

Contact a Cosmetic Dentist in Fenton

Losing teeth can be a traumatic experience, and impacts everything from quality of life and self-esteem to oral health. To learn more about the tooth replacement option that is best for you, contact Kemlage Family Dentistry at (636) 225-1777 to schedule an appointment today.

By Thomas Kemlage DDS / Andrew T. Kemlage DDS
December 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  
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Although dental disease prevention has made great strides over the last century, tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease continue to pose a major health threat. People who’ve lost all of their teeth (edentulism) or most of them suffer the most with adverse effects on their overall health, function and appearance.

Removable dentures have been the traditional and most affordable means to treat edentulism. But even with material and construction advances in recent years, dentures can still lose their fit over time as the bone in the jaw shrinks. This happens because the bone no longer has the stimulus of natural teeth and older cells can’t be replenished at a healthy rate; the continuing compression of traditional dentures on the jaw’s bony ridges compounds the problem.

As the bone shrinks the dentures become loose and uncomfortable to wear. Among other results, this poor fit can drastically affect how you eat: studies of denture wearers have found a decrease in their diet’s nutritional value because they’re eating fewer vegetables or fibrous, “chewy” foods and more foods with refined carbohydrates and fats that are easier to eat but less nutritious.

There is an alternative, though, that might slow bone loss and provide a better long-term fit: an overdenture supported by dental implants. With this appliance, a few implants are strategically installed in the upper or lower jaw. Matched attachments securely fasten the denture to the implants. In this case, the implants not the jaw ridge and gums support the denture thereby preserving the bone.

If you’re healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction, you should be able to handle implant surgery, a minor procedure usually performed with local anesthesia and with little to no discomfort afterward. It may even be possible to retrofit your current denture to work with the implants, but that will need to be determined during the planning stages.

Although more expensive than a traditional denture, overdentures are much more affordable than fixed restorations stabilized with implants. The difference, though, is the increase in your quality of life — for better nutrition, physical health and social confidence.

If you would like more information on treatment for teeth loss, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Implant Overdentures for the Lower Jaw.”