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When it comes time to improve the appearance of your smile, you have a number of treatment options that are both effective and patient-friendly. Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists are here to help you evaluate all of your options, and, ultimately, choose the aesthetic solution that works for you smile, timeline, and budget.

In order to ensure that our patients achieve their dream smiles, our dental team customizes aesthetic treatments in a number of ways.

One way to achieve natural-looking aesthetic results is to make sure that dental restorations are shaded to blend with the patient’s natural enamel. Whether you are receiving porcelain restorations or using composite bonding, our dental team is able to precisely shade these materials. Many people want to lighten their natural enamel AND restore select teeth with restorations. In these cases our team first performs professional whitening treatments, and then we shade the patient’s dental restorations to match his or her newly-whitened smile.

Another thing, which many people do not realize, is that various dental patients naturally have different dental shapes. The edges of your teeth, for example, may be angular or rounded. You may have teeth that appear rectangular, or enamel that curves. When crafting individual dental restorations, our dentist takes these particularities into account—there are no one-size-fit-all treatments here!

It is also critical that veneers are crowns are sized appropriately, so that the patient’s smile not only looks attractive, but functions optimally as well. If a restoration is not appropriately sized, you may suffer from dental damage and TMJ problems down the road.

When every aspect of cosmetic care is customized, you are in total control of your final results. If you want to learn more about your cosmetic treatment options, our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists are here to help you. We are happy to walk you through various treatment processes, so that you feel confident moving forward toward your dream smile!

People suffering from tooth loss have more restorative dental options than ever before. We know that, at first glance, it can be daunting for people to evaluate their tooth replacement options. That is why, today, our O’Fallon dentists are giving you more information about the various restorative technologies available to you.

Traditionally, a person suffering from tooth loss would replace his or her missing teeth with bridges or dentures. A bridge is a small oral appliance that stays in place because it is anchored to adjacent teeth. A denture, on the other hand, is used to replace a full set of missing teeth; in the past, dentures stayed in place due to the fact that the bases of these prostheses fit snugly over the patient’s gum tissue.

Now, however, our dental team is able to permanently anchor dentures in place using small dental implant roots. These roots extend into the patient’s jawbone, and the base of the denture is retrofitted to attach to the titanium implant roots. Once in place, an implant-stabilized denture stays in the patient’s mouth 24/7.

Our team also uses individual dental implants to restore smiles. These stand-alone replacement teeth are used to replace teeth on a one-to-one basis. Every dental implant has a titanium root that extends into jawbone (in the spot where the natural tooth root used to sit). This titanium base is then capped with an abutment and a customized dental crown.

We also use mini dental implants to replace missing teeth; mini implants use the same technology and materials as conventional implants, but the titanium implants are thinner than conventional roots, and thus, during jawbone placement, less traumatic to the bone tissue.

Our O’Fallon dental implant dentists will help you evaluate your tooth replacement options, and, ultimately, choose the perfect treatment for you. To get started, call our office to schedule a personal consultation!

There are simple things that you can do every day to help maintain a strong and healthy smile. Our O’Fallon dentists are here with some helpful tips on how to care for your oral health day to day. We hope that this information allows you to further improve your at-home oral hygiene routine. As always, you can give us a call if you need more information!

To begin, the number one thing that you can do care for your smile is to follow all of your dentist’s recommendations regarding at-home care as well as professional cleanings and treatments. For most people, this means brushing their teeth twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and completing professional cleanings every six months or so.

The next step is to pay attention to your diet. Remember that foods and drinks with high concentrations of acid can weaken and deplete dental enamel over time; it is best to consume these things in short, designated time periods, rather than continuously throughout the day. Additionally, you want to minimize, as much as possible, the amount of sugar and refined carbohydrates you consume, as these feed harmful oral bacteria.

One thing that you can do to help refresh your smile throughout the day is to rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking. Also, make sure that you are drinking enough water during the day; when you are well-hydrated, your body is able to produce saliva, and saliva works to re-mineralize your dental enamel and neutralize oral bacteria.

Finally, be mindful about the tools you are using to clean your smile. If you do get food particles stuck between your teeth, for example, use floss to remove these bits, rather than picking at your smile with metal or wooden picks. Make sure, as well, that you are not using a toothbrush that is too abrasive—most people are fine with a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you’re not sure what type of toothbrush is right for you, talk to your dentist to get more information!

Contact our O’Fallon dentists by phone or through our Contact Us page to schedule your personal consultation!

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