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Dental enamel is designed to be strong, resilient, and fairly non-porous. However, dental enamel isn’t indestructible! The more you can do to preserve the strength and health of your enamel, the more you will help your smile in the long-term. So, today, our Saint Louis dentists are sharing information about how and why dental enamel thins. We hope that this information empowers you to make healthy decisions for your smile.

Acidic Substances

You may have already heard about acid erosion—there are an increasing number of products on the market that are designed to combat this dental health problems. Your dental enamel may start to erode prematurely if it is consistently exposed to acidic foods and drinks. Many very popular foods and beverages are considered acidic: coffee, wine, soft drinks, citrus fruits, fruit juices, and more. Try rinsing your mouth with water after exposing your teeth to acid, and make sure to wait at least 20 to 30 minutes to brush your teeth after consumption, as your enamel will be softer.

Bruxism

Bruxism is a surprisingly common oral health problem, characterized by chronic dental grinding and clenching. The pressure that bruxism—tooth on tooth—pressure puts on your dental enamel will cause it to thin, and develop small cracks and chips over time. You may, as a result, become more prone to developing cavities as well as dental sensitivity. If you find that you are grinding or clenching your teeth, talk to your dentist about things that you can minimize your dental grinding, and to protect your smile from damage.

As always, our Saint Louis dentist are here to help you make the best decisions for your teeth, so that you can protect the integrity of your smile for years to come. Please reach out to our dental team by phone or through the Contact Us page on our website to get started!

Tooth loss is one of the most serious oral health problems in the world of dentistry. When you lose a tooth prematurely, your oral health becomes compromised in a number of ways. Our Saint Louis dentists are here to help you get the restorative treatments that you need in order to reclaim an attractive smile, and avoid secondary oral health issues related to tooth loss.

Today, we are going to be talking about one of the state-of-the-art tooth replacement options that we offer in our office: Implant Smiles.

Implant Smiles is a restorative system that is designed to replace missing teeth in a short period of time. This treatment is suitable for many types of dental patients, and is customizable to the patient. If you are missing a number of consecutive teeth, Implant Smiles allows you to repair your smile quickly and completely.

The key to Implant Smiles is the revolutionary titanium implant root. Our dentist will implant a few of implant roots in strategic spots along your jawline. Once these are in place, we can attach a dental prosthetic on top. For example, we are able to stabilize dentures with implant roots, so that your denture will not slip or slide around.

When you choose Implant Smiles:

· Your replacement teeth are permanent; once your dental prosthetic is secured, it is not removable, and will stay in place 24/7.

· Your dental prosthetic will be exceptionally stable and natural looking

· You’ll be able to care for your replacement teeth with a simple and straightforward oral hygiene routine, just like the one you use now

Implant Smiles has greatly improved the patient experience and treatment outcomes for many people suffering from tooth loss. Our Saint Louis dental implant dentists are here to give you any more information you need—give us a call!

Sedation treatment has come a long way in recent years. Relaxation dentistry treatments are now more convenient and patient-friendly than ever before. If you have been wondering whether sedation treatment could help you, then keep reading to learn more from our Saint Louis sedation dentists!

One type of dental patient that can really benefit from sedation treatment is the person who suffers from dental anxiety. Many people feel so stressed at the thought of going to the dentist’s office that they regularly avoid dental treatment. Unfortunately, this puts the patient at risk of suffering from more serious, and costly, oral health problems down the road.

Sedation treatments, like oral conscious sedation, can help you feel calm and confident before your dental appointment. One unique thing about oral conscious sedation, is that you actually take the sedative before you even get into our office. Oral conscious sedation has been transformative for many chronic sufferers of dental anxiety.

You may also want to use sedation dentistry if you are going to be undergoing comprehensive, multi-phased dental treatments. Many people who want to achieve smile transformations, for example, will combine treatments to meet all of their aesthetic and structural needs.

In general, our dental team is able to complete more treatments in a single appointment when the patient is using sedation. When you think about it, this makes a lot of sense; sedation helps the person stay relaxed throughout the treatment process. When you choose sedation, your body will not tense up as quickly in the dentist’s chair, and you will not become as mentally and emotionally fatigued. Consequently, our team can get more done in a shorter period of time!

To get more information about sedation, and to schedule a personal consultation with our team, please call our Saint Louis sedation dentists! You can also use the Contact Us form on our website to get started!

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