Even one missing tooth can have a profound effect on your smile. In addition to the obvious change to your appearance, a lost tooth may make eating or even speaking challenging. Fortunately, root canal therapy, offered by your Fenton, MO, dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, can help you protect your smile.
Why are root canals needed?
The soft pulp at the center of your tooth is covered by hard dentin and enamel layers. Although these layers protect the pulp, it can become infected or inflamed due to cracks or chips in a tooth, blows to the mouth, repeated dental procedures, or severe decay.
Root canal therapy removes the infected or inflamed pulp and replaces it with a durable filling. Once the pulp is removed, pain and other symptoms end.
What happens if I don't have a root canal?
If you develop an abscess in the tooth, you might experience severe, throbbing pain caused by the bacterial infection. Other abscess symptoms can include fever, swollen lymph nodes, facial swelling, tender gums, pus, or a bump on the gum.
If the bacteria destroys the nerves in the tooth, you won't feel pain any longer. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean that the infection is gone. It will continue to spread and will put your oral and general health at risk. Root canal therapy not only saves your tooth but protects your health.
Can my tooth function normally without pulp?
Pulp was essential while your tooth was forming, but isn't absolutely necessary now. In fact, you'll be able to bite and chew normally with the tooth after your root canal. Your Fenton dentist may recommend a dental crown to protect the tooth, but you shouldn't notice any difference in the feel or function of the tooth after root canal therapy. Best of all, you won't have a gap in your smile.
Do you think you might need root canal therapy? Call your Fenton, MO, dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, at (636) 225-1777 to schedule your appointment.
The way your smile looks can affect your entire facial appearance and, subsequently, your general sense of self-confidence when in social settings. Here at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, our cosmetic dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, make it their goal to make your smile look even, symmetrical, white, and well-contoured. Read on to find out the ways that they accomplish this mission!
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Are you familiar with some of the most common modern cosmetic procedures? If not, here are a few treatments of note that could benefit your smile:
- Teeth whitening (which only takes about 60 minutes to complete and provides dramatic results).
- Crowns for whole tooth restorations.
- Veneers in cases when the shape, color, and structure of the tooth enamel requires a complete smile makeover.
Which Kind of Procedure Is Right for You?
Determining which cosmetic procedure is right for your case will depend on your dental needs, scheduling requirements, and budgetary concerns. For example, if you simply want to brighten the color of your teeth a few shades for a smile boost, schedule an appointment with your Fenton, MO dentist for professional teeth whitening. For other treatments, like veneers, crowns, or braces, you must maintain good dental health to be a good candidate.
Why Cosmetic Dentistry?
As you’ve probably learned over the years, people tend to put a lot of weight on the quality of your smile. In fact, a recent study conducted by Kelton Research found that smile appearance has a major impact on first impressions when you meet other people. It also found that a nice smile can inspire you to be more successful at work and in your personal relationships.
Restore Your Smile’s Beauty
Many of your insecurities about your smile can be resolved with one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures performed by a dentist at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO. Call (636) 225-1777 today to schedule a consultation and exam with Dr. Thomas Kemlage or Dr. Andrew Kemlage.
Your dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, in Fenton, MO, know patients want to have better-looking smiles, but sometimes the cost can be too high. One of the best cosmetic dentistry procedure options to help improve the aesthetic of your teeth is veneers.
More About Veneers
Veneers are made of thin porcelain and used to resurface an individual's teeth, especially if they're damaged.
When you come into the Fenton office, your doctor will examine your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. If they decide you are a good candidate, then they'll first deal with any underlying issues, like cavities, first.
Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth and send it to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made for you.
Your dentist will then remove some enamel from the surface of your teeth then cement the veneers. Your dentist removes some enamel, an irreversible process, you don't feel like your teeth are protruding. Your new veneers will feel smooth and properly aligned with the rest of your teeth.
Veneers fix a variety of issues, such as:
- Stained or discolored teeth, usually a result of drinking coffee or tea, poor hygiene, smoking, chewing tobacco, or tetracycline-containing.
- Mishappened teeth, like crooked, overcrowded, and irregularly shaped teeth.
You need to make sure you take proper care of your veneers:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once before bed.
- Change your toothbrush when it's frayed is important to ensure teeth are properly cleaned.
- Make sure you use fluoride-containing toothpaste and water.
- Select an efficient and healthy diet like carrots or apples that scrape teeth clean.
Need a consultation?
For more information on veneers or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact your dentists in Fenton, MO, by calling (636) 225-1777. We will be more than happy to help you with your dental needs!
Find out how this simple dental restoration can fill that gap left over by a missing tooth.
Are you missing one or more teeth? Are you wondering what the best option is for replacing your missing teeth? If so, our Fenton, MO, cosmetic dentists Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kelmage offer a full range of tooth replacement options to fit your needs and goals. Find out more about dental bridges and why so many people choose to get this restoration to treat their tooth loss.
What is a dental bridge?
This custom-made oral appliance is fixed in place and is designed to fill the gap or gaps left over by missing teeth with artificial teeth. Bridges can be made from a variety of different materials including porcelain, metal and ceramic.
To make sure the false tooth or teeth look as natural and realistic as possible, they are often made from a tooth-colored material such as porcelain or ceramic so they blend in with the rest of your smile.
How does a dental bridge work?
In order to support the false tooth that will fill the gap in your smile, the false tooth will be sandwiched between two dental crowns. Dental crowns are hollow tooth-shaped caps that will then be cemented into place over healthy natural teeth that surround the gap. These two teeth will provide the support and stabilization to hold your false tooth in place.
In order to place a dental bridge, we will need to prepare the teeth for your dental crowns, take impressions of your mouth to send to a dental lab and then you will have to come back in for a final fitting once your bridge has been made.
Who should consider getting a dental bridge?
Even though some patients may choose to get a dental implant from our Fenton, MO, dentist this isn’t always the best solution for everyone. In fact, a dental bridge may be able to provide a simple and easy tooth replacement for patients. A dental bridge can also be placed in only 2 or 3 visits.
Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, is dedicated to handling your dental problems, from cosmetic issues to tooth loss. If you are an adult who is dealing with tooth loss, call us today and let us know that you are interested in getting a dental bridge.
Many people put off going to the dentist or skip treatment altogether due to busy schedules and a limited amount of free time. Getting to the dentist every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning is one thing, but the prospect of setting aside time for two or three appointments to get a dental crown can be daunting for many busy adults. Thanks to improved dental technology, many repairs and treatments can now be completed in a single visit. Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage offer CEREC same day crowns in Fenton, MO.
CEREC Same Day Crowns in Fenton, MO
Traditional crowns typically require two separate appointments: one to take an impression of the tooth and create a mold, which is then sent offsite to an outside lab for production. The second appointment is to fit and place the crown. CEREC (which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) uses digital technology and software to design the crown on a computer, which is then produced onsite through a milling machine.
Benefits of CEREC Same Day Crowns
CEREC crowns offer the same results as traditional crowns, but cut down your wait time to a single visit. Since the restorations are produced at the office while you wait, you will walk out of the office with a new smile in a single visit. If your tooth has recently cracked or fractured, you don't have to wait weeks to fix your smile. Getting a same-day crown also lets you skip the temporary crown while the permanent crown is being produced.
Find a Dentist in Fenton, MO
For more information about CEREC same day crowns and other restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments, contact Kemlage Family Dentistry today by calling (636) 225-1777 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage.
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