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By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
February 24, 2014
Category: Restoration
Tags: CEREC   CEREC Restorations  

CEREC: The Hero of Dental Restorations

Have you ever been in a dental pinch? It’s not fun. If you are dealing with a crack, chip or discolored tooth, it may seem like it will take forever to fix it, meaning, multiple dental visits. Thanks to CEREC, that doesn’t need to be the case. There are five reasons CEREC restorative dentistry in St. Louis will make you smile. Check it out below! CEREC Restorations
Chairside – your dental restorations can be applied during your original appointment, without waiting for your dentist to send images and impressions off to a dental lab.
Economical – on-site restorations with CEREC promises quality results; plus, restorative dentistry saves your time and money by offering single-day procedures.
Restoration – you can fix many dental problems with restorative dental material. If you have a chipped, cracked, discolored or decayed tooth. A dentist will treat the underlying problem and then start the CEREC process.
Esthetic – you don’t want a restored tooth to stand out. You want it to blend in with your natural teeth. With CEREC, a dentist will also use CAD/CAM software to design and produce restorations that look and feel like your teeth. No one will know the difference!
Ceramics – dental ceramic is the go-to material used during CEREC restorations. It’s biocompatible, so it doesn’t irritate the teeth and gum tissue. A dentist can easily match the restoration to your tooth shade.
At Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS, restorative dentistry in St. Louis is available through Drs. Jeffery Johnson and Jodi Johnson, St. Louis, MO dentists.

To schedule an appointment for CEREC crowns, fillings, on-lays, among others, call (314) 427-7400. Or leave a comment in the section below!Coming soon.

By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
February 21, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral surgery  

During most of your life, your dental healthcare will be mainly provided by your general dentist. Sometimes, though, certain situations and conditions call for the skills of a dental specialist. One such specialist is an oral surgeon.

An oral surgeon is a dentist who has undertaken further training and residencies in the practice of oral surgical procedures and treatments. They are especially distinguished by surgical procedures that may require advanced forms of anesthesia.

The field of oral surgery touches on a wide array of conditions. They are adept at tooth extractions, especially difficult cases like impacted teeth, and surgical procedures that correct issues involving the underlying bone of the jaw. They perform procedures as part of treatment for diseases of the jaws or facial region (including biopsies, and the removal and treatment of oral cancers), reconstructive surgeries of the mouth and jaw following disease or injury, and orthognathic surgeries that correct malocclusions (bad bites) caused by the size of the jaw and its placement with the skull.

Oral surgeons also provide treatments in the area of pain management like temporo-mandibular disorder (TMD), a group of conditions involving the joint that connects the lower jaw with the skull. Because of their background training in oropharyngeal (pertaining to the back of the mouth and the throat) physiology, many oral surgeons have received further training in the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). They also play an important role in cosmetic dentistry, as with the surgical placement of dental implants.

All in all, these professionals are an important part of your dental healthcare team. Along with your general dentist and other oral specialists, they’re committed to helping you gain the highest degree of dental health possible, as well as a vibrant, healthy smile.

If you would like more information on the role of oral surgeons, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Why Consult an Oral Surgeon?

By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
February 05, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

The lengths that some comedians will go to for a laugh! Actor Ed Helms, as dentist Stu Price, pulled out his own tooth in the movie The Hangover. Or did he? Turns out Helms really is missing a tooth, which never grew in. When he was in his late teens, he received a dental implant to make his smile look completely natural.

Helms told People magazine he wasn't exactly eager to remove the implant crown that had served him so well for almost 20 years, but there was no better way to do the famous tooth-pulling scene.

“We started to do different tests with prosthetics and blacking it out and nothing worked,” Helms told the magazine. Helms' dentist said it would be okay to take the implant crown out. “My dentist was really into it,” Helms said. The rest is movie history!

Congenitally missing (“con” – together with; “genital” – relating to birth) teeth are inherited and actually quite common. More than 20% of people lack one or more wisdom teeth, for example. These would not usually be replaced if missing (in fact, wisdom teeth are often removed) but it's a more serious issue when the missing tooth is in the front of the mouth — and not just for aesthetic reasons.

When a particular type of tooth is missing, it disrupts the pattern and function of the teeth. If left alone, sometimes the existing teeth will shift to close the gap. It's like removing a brick from an arch — the rest of the bricks would fall together in a different formation (or collapse entirely). And when upper and lower teeth don't come together properly, they can't function well.

The best treatment for this type of situation is the one Ed Helms had: a dental implant. They look and function like real teeth and do not attach to or damage adjacent teeth as other tooth-replacement options might.

It is important that a child with a congenitally missing tooth wait until jaw growth is complete — different for every person but usually in the late teens — before getting an implant. Otherwise, the artificial tooth might eventually appear too short when the person has stopped growing. In the meantime, there are temporary tooth replacements that can be made.

If you would like more information about options for congenitally missing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “When Permanent Teeth Don't Grow.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Teenagers & Dental Implants.”