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You do everything you can to keep your smile healthy; you brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly as recommended. These efforts are hugely important, but, unfortunately, sometimes dental damage can pop up anyway.

The good news is that, as a patient, you can keep your eyes open for signs of damage and infection, so that you can get the timely treatment that you need. With that in mind, our O’Fallon dentists are here to help you learn more about how emerging oral infections may manifest. Let’s get started!

One of the first clues that you may be dealing with an oral infection is chronic bad breath. The oral bacteria that cause infections also release unpleasant odors when they grow and multiply. So, if you have trouble freshening your smile no matter how diligently you clean your teeth and gums, you may be dealing with a cavity or periodontal disease.

There are also visible changes that can be red flags that infection is present. If part of your tooth, for example, starts to look dark—brown or gray—this may indicate that the enamel is infected. Infected gum tissue may appear red and swollen.

As infections progress, you may develop pain and sensitivity around the compromised dental tissue. Tooth pain occurs because the inner nerves and dental tissues, which reside in the inner core of the tooth, are exposed and irritated. Your gums will also become sensitive as the tissue swells and becomes prone to bleeding.

The best thing that you can do is to reach out for treatment as soon as you notice any of these changes to your smile. Prompt treatment will help you minimize the damage sustained due to these infections. Please feel free to reach out to our O’Fallon dentists for more information and to schedule a personal consultation!

Restorative dentistry will allow you to improve your smile and regain optimal oral health. In our O’Fallon dental office, we customize crowns and restorations to meet our patients’ needs. Keep reading to learn more!

It all begins with a thorough dental assessment. We’ll take a look at your smile, to determine how and why your tooth became damaged in the first place. Once we’ve pinpointed the underlying cause of your oral health problems, we can help you craft a treatment plan that meets your needs, exactly.

If you can benefit from a dental crown or restoration, our dentist will look to your natural teeth for general guidelines on how it should be designed. We take into account:

The shape of your crown: depending on whether your existing teeth or more angular or rounded, we will craft your restoration accordingly. If you take a look at your smile in the mirror, you’ll probably start to get a good idea of your tooth shape.

It’s also crucial that your crown is appropriately sized for your overall smile. A poorly sized restoration can throw off the balance of your entire smile. Over time, this issue can lead to premature dental damage as well as TMJ dysfunction.

Then, considering aesthetics, we’ll shade your crown so that it blends with your existing teeth. Keep in mind that if you want to lighten your natural teeth as well, it’s best to do this before having your crown placed. This allows our team to match your restoration to your newly whitened enamel. Porcelain restorations cannot be whitened with topical whitening treatments.

As you can see, there are many considerations to keep in mind when undergoing restorative dental treatment. As always, our O’Fallon dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have, and to help you schedule your personal consultation. Give us a call to get started!

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