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When you are building a restorative treatment plan, there are many factors to consider. Our Saint Louis dental implant dentists are here to help you assess your treatment options, and prioritize factors that are very important to you. Keep reading to learn more!

Aesthetics

No matter what treatment you ultimately go with, our Saint Louis dentists will customize the visible portion of your restoration to blend with your natural smile. We actually use your existing teeth as guides; they’ll help us perfect the shape, size, and shade of your “new tooth.” 

Day-To-Day Life

Because dental implants are permanently embedded in the patient’s jawbone tissue, they are not removable. You’ll care for them and clean them just as you clean your natural teeth. Patients additionally love implant technology, because they can eat their favorite foods without worry, knowing that their dental restorations will stay in place.

Long-term Dental Health

The thing that sets dental implant technology apart from other restorative options is that implant treatments include titanium implant root that extends into the patient’s jawbone. Why titanium? Well, titanium has the ability to bond with natural jawbone tissue. So, once your implant root is in place, it will become fully incorporated into your maxillofacial structure 

Having a replacement tooth root from your dental implant will help you maintain oral health and avoid jawbone tissue deterioration. The stability of the dental implant also works to keep your adjacent teeth from shifting along your gum line.

No matter what your smile looks like today, our Saint Louis Dental Implant Dentists are here to help restore your smile so that you can enjoy it for years to come. Get started by calling our dental team to schedule a personal consultation. Once we are able to assess your oral health, we can give you a better idea of what type of treatment will meet all of your needs.  

Although most patients brush their teeth every day, few of us are really optimizing our routines, so that our smiles stay as clean and healthy as possible. That’s why our Saint Louis dentists have put together this short article; we’re here to help you take your brushing routine from basic to brilliant!

First, let’s consider when, specifically you are brushing your smile. The general recommendation from the American Dental Association is that you brush twice a day, specifically in the morning before you start your day and right before you go to bed. In the morning, you will be giving your smile a clean slate for the day, and before bed you need to clear away all of the plaque and dental debris that has accumulated throughout the day.

The next thing to think about is whether your current toothbrush is right for you. The brush needs to be small enough to reach your back molars. Additionally, the bristles of the brush should be as soft as possible, so as to minimize the risk of enamel deterioration. Your dentist can help you make the right decision if you are unsure about bristle strength.

Finally, make sure that you are swapping your old brushes for new ones on a regular schedule—every three months or so. Toothbrushes become vastly less effective as time goes on, and they may actually harbor bacteria and other contaminants. We all fall into ruts sometimes, and forget to replace dental tools, so try setting a reminder on your phone or make a note of it on your calendar to take the guesswork out of it. 

So, what do you think? By implementing just a few small changes into your routine, you can go a long way toward protecting your smile for the future. Get started by giving our Saint Louis dental office a call to schedule a personal consultation! 

Not all dental treatments require a huge time commitment; there are many effective aesthetic options that require only one appointment to deliver full results. Today our Saint Louis dentists are going to be reviewing a few of these popular treatments, so let’s get started!

Comprehensive Cleaning

If it has been awhile since you have been in to see your dentist, your treatment process will begin with a thorough cleaning and oral health assessment. Many people are surprised at just how much better their smiles look and feel once our team has cleared accumulated plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. 

Dental Bonding

Using composite resin, our dental team is able to repair dental damage, lengthen teeth, close gaps in your smile, and completely resurface unsightly enamel. We’ll apply moldable composite resin to your natural tooth structure, and then cure it so that it hardens and bonds to your tooth. This entire process is completed in just one appointment.

Gum Contouring

If your gums are uneven or partially covering your smile, our team can shape and refine the tissue to enhance the aesthetics of your smile overall. The goal is to have all of your teeth appear proportionate and balanced with one another. 

Dental Whitening

Remove stains from your tooth structure using our team’s effective topical whitening formulation. The treatments we provide are much more effective than over-the-counter options; many people achieve dramatic results after just one or two whitening sessions.

As always, our Saint Louis dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have. Please feel free to call our office to speak to our team, or use the Contact Us page on our website to submit an inquiry, and we will get back to you shortly. We look forward to talking with you! 

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