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All of the component parts of your maxillofacial structure are connected—they affect one another. If even one portion of your smile is damaged your oral health as a whole can suffer. That is why it is so important to pay attention to the health of your gums, and to seek treatment if you notice unwanted symptoms. Keep reading to learn more from our O’Fallon gum disease dentists.

How it starts…

Gum disease develops when harmful oral bacteria infiltrate your oral tissues. This infection can start off in your gums, or it can spread to your oral tissues from infected teeth. 

What you can do about it…

If you are dealing with gum disease our O’Fallon dentists may recommend a number of different treatment options. The type of treatment you require will be based on the severity of the gum infection you have as well as the current state of your oral health overall. Here are a few treatments and therapies that can help you...

  • Flossing every day
  • Frequent professional dental cleanings to clear away plaque and tartar
  • Upgrading your at-home oral hygiene tools, toothpastes, or mouth rinses to specifically address gum disease
  • Removal of diseased tissue to boost your immune system’s bacteria-fighting ability
  • Restorative gum grafts that replace and build up diminished tissue

An infection that begins your gums can quickly spread to your teeth, connective tissues, and even your jawbone. Timely and effective treatment can make all the difference in these situations. 

Don’t let periodontal disease fester and intensify—take control of your smile and your oral health! As always, our O’Fallon dentists are here to answer your questions and provide you with all of the information that you need about preventive and restorative treatments. You can always call our office to schedule a consultation; you can also use the Contact Us page on our site to reach our team.

If you have sustained a dental injury, or you’re dealing with an oral infection, you may benefit from restorative dental care. Our O’Fallon restorative dentists use a number of different treatments and technologies to help our patients achieve their goals. Keep reading to learn more…. 

  • Gum Tissue Care

Prompt treatment for periodontal disease works to kill harmful oral bacteria before they are able to wreak havoc on your oral health. You may need to use specially formulated rinses or toothpastes to help your oral tissues heal. If gum disease has greatly diminished the amount of healthy tissue in your mouth, you may benefit from gum grafts. 

  • Dental Bonding

Custom-shaded composite resin is applied the patient’s natural tooth structure in order to repair chipped or cracked enamel. Not only does this improve aesthetics, it also fortifies your natural tooth to minimize the risk of future damage.

  • Porcelain Restorations

Another option when it comes to treating dental damage is the ceramic restoration. Porcelain crowns and veneers mimic the appearance of natural enamel while providing exceptional strength, stability, and durability. These restorations are individually crafted and then bonded to your natural tooth.

  • Dentures

Dentures are used to replace a number of consecutive missing teeth. Our team molds the base of the denture to fit snugly over your gum and jawbone tissues. We also customize the shapes, sizes, and colors of the replacement teeth in your dentures.

  • Dental Implants

Implant technology takes replacement teeth to the next level; implants have titanium posts that extend into the jawbone, replacing the natural tooth root. This treatment provides an exceptionally stable permanent replacement tooth to the patient.

Many of the treatments that we have talked about today can be used in combination in order to help you reach your dental goals. We hope that you now have a better idea of what’s possible at our state-of-the-art O’Fallon dental office. Remember, no smile is beyond help! 

 Thanks to advances in modern restorative and aesthetic dentistry, you can achieve many of your dental goals in a short period of time. In today’s article, our O’Fallon dentists will be giving you more information about some of the treatments and therapies that deliver results quickly… 

Start with a comprehensive cleaning

The first step in any treatment plan is a complete professional cleaning. Our dental team will clear away any plaque that has accumulated in your mouth, as well as tartar. Tartar is actually plaque that has calcified on to the tooth structure. Tartar is very difficult to remove on your own at home, but we have the tools and technologies to clear it away quickly. 

Once you have completed a professional cleaning you will notice that your mouth feels much fresher. You may also be able to see an aesthetic improvement, since plaque and tartar can look yellow or dark.

Correct damage with restorations

When teeth are damaged, either due to infection or trauma, we need to repair them, and, in some cases, rebuild them from the root up. The fastest restorative treatment options are those that utilize composite resin. For example, dental bonding, which is used to resurface enamel, lengthen teeth, close gaps in a patient’s smile, and improve bite function is completed in just one appointment.

Improve aesthetics

If you are ready to improve the appearance of your smile, you have a number of convenient and effective treatment options at your disposal. Professional teeth whitening treatment, during which our team applies a topical whitening agent to the smile, can deliver measurable results in just one appointment. The aforementioned dental bonding is often used for cosmetic reasons. But, if you would rather use porcelain than use composite resin you can choose custom-crafted veneers to resurface your smile. Veneers only take two or three appointments to design, craft, and place.

Ready to learn more about these treatment options? Our O’Fallon dentists are here to answer all of your questions and help you make the best decisions for your smile. Give our team a call to get started!

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