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When choosing a tooth replacement option, you want to find a treatment that fits you, specifically. Patients have different needs and preferences, so the best thing that you can do is to gather information about many different treatments and then work with a dentist to determine which is best for you.

Our Saint Louis dental office offers both dentures and dental implants for patients who have missing teeth. Today I’m going to explain some of the differences between dental implants and dentures. I hope that at the end of this blog entry you’ll feel better informed about your tooth replacement options, and comfortably discussing them with your dentist.

Now both dentures and dental implants allow you to resume natural functioning after tooth loss. But there are some key differences….

Fit and Stability

Dentures sit on top of the gum line and held in place with dental adhesive. Some patients may experience some slippage when they speak, eat, or drink. Dental implants, on the other hand, are actually surgically implanted into the jawbone. Consequently they are not removable, and they won’t shift during the day.

Dental implants can actually be used—placed in a few strategic spots—to anchor existing dentures. If you find that your dentures are not as stable as you’d like, talk to your dentist about the possibility of adding a few dental implants to secure them.

Keeping Them Clean

Because dentures are removable, you’ll actually take them out to clean them. During the night you’ll soak your dentures in a special solution to keep them clean and fresh. Because dental implants are embedded in the jawbone, patients clean dental implants as they’d clean natural teeth. You’ll need to brush and floss your dental implants to maintain them.

Our Saint Louis dental office can help you decide what kind of tooth replacement option works best for you. When you come in for your consultation we’ll review the options in greater detail and walk you through the treatment process—just give us a call!

Samantha called our office and spoke to our Saint Louis Cosmetic dentists about wanting to change her smile—she just felt that her smile wasn’t looking as perfect and luminous as she wanted. Samantha had considered a number of cosmetic treatments, but she had pretty much decided that she was interested in pursuing dental veneers. We schedule a consultation with Samantha, so that we could review her treatment process and help her understand what the dental veneers process is like.

When Samantha came in for her consultation, we spent some time explaining how the dental veneers process progresses. Although Samantha knew that she wanted the clean, perfected look that dental veneers provide, she wasn’t sure how this is accomplished.

We told her that to begin treatment we’d determine her dental goals and make sure that veneers were suitable for her given the current state of her teeth and gums.

Proceeding with treatment, our team will shave off some of the patient’s existing dental enamel. This is crucial for ensuring a good fit—if the tooth is not shaved down before the veneer is placed, the veneer will stick and look and feel bulky in the mouth.

Once the tooth has been altered, we’ll be able to take a final impression of the tooth. This impression will be used to craft the permanent veneer. The permanent veneer will be designed, therefore, to fit exactly on top of the altered tooth. Once the veneer is crafted and complete, we simply affix the veneer to the tooth with dental adhesive.

Samantha chose to pursue dental veneers treatment, and she’s been thrilled with the results! In just three appointments she was able to transform her smile completely. If you’d like more information about dental veneers, give our Saint Louis cosmetic dental office a call—we’re here to help you realize your dream smile!

In our Saint Louis cosmetic dental office we understand that not every cosmetic dentistry patient is the same, and that cosmetic treatments need to suit the specific patients and his or her needs. That’s why we offer so many cosmetic treatments to cater to our patients, specifically. Today I’m going to discuss just a few of the cosmetic treatments that we commonly use to correct dental problems.

One of the most common complaints that we hear from dental patients is that their teeth are starting to look dark, stained, or dull. Dental discoloration can be caused by a number of issues. Environmental stains result from consuming discoloring foods or drinks, such as wine, cola, coffee, and tea. Structural changes in the tooth can also cause teeth to look darker, as dental enamel thins, more of the dark dentin beneath shows through the surface of the teeth.

Many patients suffering from dental staining benefit from professional teeth whitening treatments. These treatments bleach dental enamel, lightening stains and refreshing the appearance of teeth. If teeth whitening treatments are not successful for you, you may find that dental veneers are effective. Veneers completely cover the enamel surface, so they can mask even the darkest teeth.

Another common complaint from patients is that their teeth are crooked, misaligned, or uneven. Dental veneers can give you the appearance of a straight, seamless smile in only a few appointments. Veneers are shaped and shaded to fit your smile, so they are sure to look natural and enhance your overall appearance.

As you can see thanks to cosmetic dentistry, there are attainable solutions for common dental problems. If you’re unhappy with the state of your smile, give our Saint Louis dental office a call. During your consultation we can discuss your treatment options and help you choose what’s right for you!

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