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So many of our cosmetic dentistry patients are looking for a reliable, fast, and long-lasting solution to aesthetic dental problems; that’s where LUMINEERS come in. With LUMINEERS patients are able to achieve true smile transformations in a very short period of time. Want to learn more about how this treatment works? Keep reading for information from our O’Fallon LUMINEERS dentist:

Q: What are LUMINEERS made of?

A: LUMINEERS are made of a specific type of porcelain called Cerinate porcelain. This material is very strong, which means that LUMINEERS can be thin, even thinner than traditional veneers, and still be durable enough to stand up to day to day wear and tear.

Q: How long does LUMINEER treatment take?
A: Generally, the entire treatment process can be completed in two or three dental appointments. In the first phase of treatment, our team will prep your teeth and take a mold of the teeth that we’re treating. Then, once the LUMINEERS are crafted, you’ll come back in to have them fitted and attached.

Q: What do LUMINEERS look like?

A: Once your LUMINEERS are in place, they will look just like natural teeth. A LUMINEER covers the entirety of the visible portion of the existing tooth, so it will completely transform the appearance of the relevant tooth. LUMINEERS are made of porcelain specifically because porcelain mimics the appearance of real enamel; the end aesthetic result is seamless.

Many people choose to pursue LUMINEER treatment because they are able to address a number of aesthetic issues at once using LUMINEERS. If you want to correct dental damage, close gaps between teeth, lengthen short enamel, or cover discoloration, then LUMINEERS might be right for you.

The best way to get started is to call our O’Fallon LUMINEER dentists for more information and to schedule a personal consultation!

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!

 

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