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Battling dental damage and tooth loss? Now is the time to seek treatment and take control of your oral health. Our O’Fallon restorative dentists offer a range of treatment options to fit your life and your dental goals. Keep reading to learn more, and, remember, you can always schedule a personal consultation with our team to get personalized guidance.

  • Bridges

Dental bridges replace missing teeth—either single teeth or multiple teeth in a row—with custom-crafted resin or porcelain restorations. Bridges stay in place because they are attached to adjacent teeth with small brackets. Some bridges are removable, while others stay in place permanently. 

  • Dentures

These dental prostheses are used to replace many consecutive missing teeth or a full complement of top or bottom teeth. Traditionally, dentures stay in place due to the custom-molded base, which fits snugly over the patient’s gum and jaw tissue. Additionally, patients can use denture adhesive to increase stability.  

  • Dental Implants

Dental implants are the latest innovative in the world of tooth replacement dentistry. These restorations are actually permanently anchored in the patient’s smile with a titanium root (which is shaped like a small screw or post). Once the dental implant tooth is in place, the titanium begins to bond with the patient’s natural jawbone tissue. Dental implants provide exceptional stability, oral health advantages, and natural looking results. 

  • Implant-Grounded Prostheses

We’ve already talked about dental prostheses like dentures and bridges, so we know that these appliances have traditionally been designed to sit on top of the patient’s gum tissue. However, our team can now permanently anchor larger prostheses in place using a few strategically placed dental implant roots. For example, it usually takes only three or four implant roots to hold a full denture in place.

When you meet with our O’Fallon Implant Smiles dentists we’ll be able to give you a better idea of what type of treatment is appropriate for your smile. Get started by scheduling a consultation today!

In many cases, making small adjustments to your daily routine can make a big difference to the overall health and appearance of your smile. This is especially true when we take a look at the beverages our patients consume on a daily basis. This short article is all about decisions you can make to protect your smile from harmful drinks; keep reading to learn more from our O’Fallon dentists! 

  • As you may already know, the best drink for your smile, and your health as a whole, is undoubtedly plain old water. Water is sugar-free, and doesn’t leave color deposits on your dental enamel. Additionally, water keeps you hydrated, and prompts saliva production. Any time that you are able to replace a different drink with water, you are helping your smile. 
  • Many of us start our days out with coffee or tea. Unfortunately, both of these drinks can lead to dental staining over time. In order to minimize coffee and tea-related damage, try to consume these beverages in moderate amounts, and in short period of time, rather than continuously throughout the day. 
  • Wine is another indulgence that should be enjoyed sparingly. Wine is quite acidic, so not only does it discolor your smile, but it can also weaken your enamel over time. Try rinsing your smile with water after enjoying a glass of wine; this will rinse away wine traces and simultaneously prompt saliva production.
  • Soft drinks are not a healthy choice for your smile, but, you may be surprised to learn that energy drinks are just as bad. Both of these types of beverages are absolutely packed with sugars; the harmful oral bacteria in your mouth feed on these sugars, and thus grown and multiply. 

Swapping out a few problematic drinks with water every day will leave your smile looking and feeling fresher for years to come. As always, our O’Fallon dentists are happy to answer any questions that you may have—give us a call! 

Many people want to improve the appearance of their smiles, but they’re not sure exactly how to begin. How does one start to refresh and rejuvenate dental aesthetics?

Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists start by helping patients to zone in one specific cosmetic goals. So, with that in mind, read on to get more information about the top 3 cosmetic issues that may be aging your smile unnecessarily.

  • Lingering Dental Damage

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our teeth develop small dental imperfections, like cracked and chipped enamel. These seemingly minor physical issues will make your smile, in general, look unhealthy and older than it really is. Treatments like dental bonding, custom crowns, and veneers are used to correct this type of damage.

  • Worn Dental Enamel

While our teeth are strong, they are by no means indestructible. Dental enamel can become worn down over time due to natural chewing and biting patterns, as well as conditions like bruxism. The result is teeth that appear blunted, too short, and flat. In order to reshape and lengthen these teeth our team uses treatments like dental bonding and cosmetic veneers.

  • Discolored Teeth

Dental enamel naturally comes in many different shades, but no matter what the natural tooth shade, a patient’s smile can become darker and increasingly stained over time. Sometimes this discoloration is due to environmental factors, such as foods, beverages, and tobacco products. Other times, teeth look yellow or dark because the dental enamel has thinned, or the tooth has sustained damage. Depending on the underlying cause of your discoloration you may benefit from professional dental whitening, tooth bonding, or cosmetic veneers.

If you’re unhappy with the current state of your smile, our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists are here to help! Contact our team to schedule a personal consultation with our team; we look forward to speaking with you! 

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