Sedation dentistry has transformed what our O’Fallon dentists are able to do, and how quickly we’re able to do it. Sedation has also greatly improved the patient’s treatment experience in a number of ways.
Our dental team has seen first-hand how powerful this tool can be. In general, sedation treatment helps patients stay calm through treatment, and comfortable in the dentist’s chair. With sedation, you can have the positive dental experience you want, while getting the treatment you need.
Sedation treatment is tailored and customized to suit the individual patient’s needs. The best way to figure out whether sedation can help you, is to schedule a consultation with our dental team. However, here are some general guidelines and situations in which sedation can be helpful:
Easing patients into invasive procedures: if you are having extensive restorative or cosmetic work done, sedation can help you stay comfortable, and minimize your risk of requiring a lengthy post-treatment recovery period.
Helping anxious patients: certain people are so afraid of dental treatment that they can’t even make it into our office for their appointments. Sedation treatment can help these people face dental care confidently. Oral conscious sedation, for example, begins to work before you even get to our office, so you’ll be ready for treatment.
Shortening treatment timelines: if you are undergoing a series of treatments, sedation may be able to shorten your treatment timeline. Because sedated patients do not become tense and fatigued as quickly in the dentist’s chair, our dental team can get more done in a shorter period of time.
If you want to learn more about sedation treatment, or figure out whether sedation is appropriate in your situation, you can contact our O’Fallon sedation dentists by phone or through our Contact Us page. We look forward to speaking with you!
When patients are able to spot periodontal disease in its earliest stages, they are able to get prompt treatment and minimize their risk of developing long-term oral health issues. That is why our O’Fallon dentists are here with some information about how gum disease manifests. We hope that this short article helps you monitor your own smile for signs of gum disease.
The first thing to consider is how your gum tissue looks. Healthy gum tissue can appear any number of shades of pink and beige. As gums become infected, they can start to look redder and more brightly/intensely colored.
Additionally, you might find that your gums are prone to bleeding. Patients with gum disease often experience bleeding gums when they floss their smiles or when they eat abrasive foods. Bleeding gum tissue is a sign that your blood vessels are weakened due to infection and inflammation.
Hard-to-treat bad breath is another common side effect of gum disease. This type of bad breath develops because the oral bacteria that have infected your gums release unpleasant odors as they multiply. If you find that it’s hard to freshen your breath no matter what you eat or how often you clean your smile, you may be suffering from periodontal disease.
Advanced gum disease undermines the very structure of your smile. Over time, periodontal disease causes your teeth to loosen, your gum tissue to pull away from your enamel, and your connective tissues and jawbone to deteriorate. This is why gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adult dental patients.
If you think that you may be suffering from gum disease, our O’Fallon dentists are here to help you reclaim a strong and healthy smile. The best way to get started is to call our office and schedule a personal consultation. You can also use the Contact Us page on our site to submit an inquiry for our team and we’ll be happy to get back to you right away!
Tooth loss is a complex dental problem because it has both aesthetic and structural repercussions for your smile. That is why it’s so important that tooth replacement options be tailored to suit the individual patient’s needs. Our O’Fallon Implant Smiles dentists take the time to customize restorative treatment down to the smallest detail, in order to ensure an end result that looks stunning, functions optimally, and stands up to the tests of time.
The first thing that we’ll talk about is what type of tooth replacement option, specifically, is right for your smile.
Traditional dentures and bridges: these sit on top of the gum tissue, and replace the visible portions of missing teeth.
Individual dental implants: these stand-alone replacement teeth are embedded in the patient’s jawbone tissue with titanium roots. Once they’re in place, they stay in the patient’s smile permanently, and help to support the rest of the patient’s natural smile.
Implant-stabilized prostheses: our team is able to permanently anchor larger prostheses, like dentures, using just a few strategically placed titanium implant roots.
When it comes time to craft your replacement teeth, we’ll:
- Shape them in such a way that mimics your natural dental shapes. Some teeth are just naturally more angular or rounder—your replacement teeth will reflect your existing dental shapes.
- Shade the visible portions of your replacement teeth to ensure that they blend in with your smile as a whole.
- Make sure that, once your new teeth are in place, your bite is not negatively affected.
The best way to get started repairing and restoring your smile is to call our O’Fallon dental implant dentists for a consultation. Once we take a look at the existing state of your smile, we’ll be able to give you some personalized recommendations on how to move forward with treatment. Give us a call to get started!
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