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  • health-icoA prosthodontist is a dentist who has also completed two to three years of advanced training in an ADA – accredited education program. The successful completion of both dental and prosthodontic board examinations is necessary to practice prosthodontics.

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Enclosed in your welcome package there will be an appointment card where you will find a map on the back of the card to help you locate our office. Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions prior to your scheduled appointment.

Choose Your TreatmentChoose Your Treatment

The correct choice of treatment for you will be a matter of your needs, and your priorities. We schedule consultations in a relaxed environment to assist you in your decisions. Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of carefully thought out treatment planning is the 'open ended treatment plan'.

Brushing Your Teeth ProperlyBrushing Your Teeth Properly

There is probably no greater range of qualities, expertise, and cost among dental services offered in the United States than with dentures. Constructing your dentures from start to finish in my personal lab assures you the best results attainable.

TraumaTrauma

Accidents happen! Trauma care usually involves the highest level of expertise. I have treated everything from gunshot wounds to dog attacks to automobile accidents. Probably the most common source of injury is occupational.

Understanding TMD

Have you heard the term “TMD” and wondered exactly what it was? Perhaps you’ve even heard it from your dentist, but never really understood what having “TMD” meant? We wanted to take a little time and talk about this condition, including what it is and what you can do about it.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a misunderstood condition that often goes undiagnosed and untreated. It can cause so many different types of discomfort that it’s hard to  know if your symptoms are connected to it or due to something else entirely. This is why TMD is often called “the great impostor.”

At the heart of TMD is the temporomandibular joint, otherwise known as TMJ. This joint is very complex and unlike any other joint in your body. Your jaw has two of these joints, and they must work together in perfect harmony to allow for the complicated motion needed to eat.

If something goes wrong, problems like TMD can result. Some of the most common symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain, tenderness in the jaw
  • Tired jaw muscles
  • Migraines or frequent headaches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Trouble opening your mouth widely
  • Clicking or popping when opening or closing your mouth

A number of things can lead to TMD, including poorly aligned teeth, teeth grinding or even accidents. Unfortunately, if left untreated TMD can lead to larger dental problems. It’s also painful to live with, especially if you find yourself dealing with headaches and jaw pain.

If you suspect you have this condition, then it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible. They can help diagnose the problem and create a treatment plan based on your unique situation.

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The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

A dental crown, or cap, can be a great way to support a tooth that’s cracked or damaged due to decay.  But like any procedure, we know that patients must weigh the benefits against the cost to make a well informed decision. To help you figure it out, we wanted to talk about the benefits of getting a crown.

Here are a few of the top benefits to having a crown:

  • Repairing damage due to tooth decay – A crown will halt the decay and allow you to use your tooth normally. It will also reduce tooth decay-related pain.
  • Restoring tooth function after a root canal  – A crown will enable you to use your tooth normally and without pain.
  • Prevent additional damage due to teeth grinding – A crown will act as a barrier to your actual tooth, hereby limiting damage. This is best used with other tools to reduce grinding, like a night-guard.
  • Improve the appearance of a tooth – A tooth that is discolored, too short,too tall, or too narrow can be covered with a crown to look more like the surrounding teeth.
  • Creating an anchor for a bridge – A crown can provide a solid and safe anchor for dental work, like a bridge.

Of course, there are a few things to be cautious about with a crown too. For instance, it’s vital that the crown be fitted properly. Not only is this necessary to ensure that you have a good bite, but it’s important to prevent bacteria from getting under the crown and causing tooth damage. If a crown is being used over a decaying, it’s important that all decay and any infection is cleaned out before the crown is placed.

When done properly, a crown can restore your ability to eat normally and give you years of reliable use. So while crowns do come with a higher price tag, they truly can improve your quality of life.

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Denture Care 101

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They may be partial–where you clip them onto your remaining teeth–or complete–where they replace all your missing teeth. As with natural teeth, you must clean your dentures regularly to keep them looking great and working well. 

Before you put your dentures on in the morning, brush your whole mouth. Brushing your gums and your tongue removes any plaque that could ruin your dentures. At the end of the day before you go to bed, brush your dentures just as you would your teeth. This takes out plaque and food from your dentures, and it also decreases the likelihood of them getting stained. When you take your dentures out of your mouth for the night, keep them in a jar next to your bathroom sink filled with cool water or the occasional denture cleanser. Never use hot water–this changes your dentures’s shape and ruins them!

Have additional questions about denture care? Contact us by phone or email, and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

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Dental Care Resolutions

2017 is here! By now, you have probably already settled on your New Year’s Resolutions. We suggest adding some dental care resolutions to your list! Here are a few of our suggestions:

  • If you want teeth whitening, get it done professionally. At-home teeth whitening strips are cheaper and likely more convenient. However, not only do they not work as well as professional cosmetic teeth whitening can, they may cause problems like uneven lines if applied incorrectly.
  • Have migraines or chronic headaches? Talk to a cosmetic dentist. Sometimes migraines and chronic headaches come from a dental malady called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMD. These cases are complex and time-consuming to fix, so be prepared to discuss your thorough dental history at your appointment!
  • Need veneers? Opt for porcelain. Porcelain veneers do a much better job of replacing or repairing your teeth than plastic veneers do. While plastic veneers are less expensive, they are less convincing than porcelain veneers. They also do not last as long.

If you want to make these suggestions your New Year’s Resolutions for 2017, then we are happy to help! Just schedule an appointment with us here, and we will go over your options!

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What Is a Prosthodontist?

Curious about what a prosthodontist is? A prosthodontist is one of merely nine dental specialties the American Dental Association recognizes. It is also the only dental specialty under the ADA that includes cosmetic dentistry. To become a prosthodontist, a dentist must complete two to three years of additional, advanced training after dental school. A person can only become a certified prosthodontist after completing both dental and prosthodontic board examinations.
Rather than focus on typical dental work like fixing cavities and applying braces, prosthodontists specialize in areas like dentures, fixed bridges, crowns, dental implants and facial replacement prosthetics. While there are around 195,000 general dentists in the country, there are just under 3,400 prosthodontists in the United States. Our office is just one of a handful in Springfield, Missouri alone!

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Get the Most Out of Cosmetic Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic teeth whitening removes discoloration and staining from your teeth. It is also known as teeth bleaching. While it can be done at home with products you buy from the store, the best results come from cosmetic teeth whitening procedures performed by a dental professional.

To get the most out of cosmetic teeth whitening, be careful with certain drinks and foods after your procedure. Coffee, tea and soda are major offenders when it comes to staining teeth. Use a straw as often as possible. If your drink is difficult to consume with a straw, like hot coffee is, then try to limit how much you drink during the day. Foods like marinara sauce and berries discolor your teeth as well. Exercise caution by chewing and swallowing them quickly. Drinking water to fight the staining helps also!

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