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By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
December 29, 2014
Category: Oral Health

As the co-host of one of America's most beloved television game shows, Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White is recognized for her beautiful gowns and her dazzling smile. However, during an exclusive interview with Dear Doctor magazine, she shared her experiences with cosmetic dentistry. “I had a bridge put in probably 30 years ago where I had a tooth pulled and there was a space,” Vanna said.

Prior to having a permanent tooth pulled, most people are concerned with what can be done to replace it. It's important to follow through and do exactly that. This is especially true with back teeth. Just because you can't see them, it doesn't mean you won't face problems if they are not replaced.

For example, did you know that missing posterior (back) teeth can lead to a wide array or problems with the remaining teeth, muscles, ligaments, joints and jaw bones? This includes:

  • A decrease in chewing efficiency that in turn can impact your diet, nutrition and overall health
  • Excessive erosion or wear of remaining teeth
  • Tipping, migration, rotation and even loss of adjacent remaining teeth
  • Painful jaw problems such as Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD)

One treatment option is to follow in Vanna's footsteps and consider a fixed bridge. This is an excellent option when dental implants won't work. And through our artistry, we can easily blend them in color and appearance with your surrounding teeth.

When implants are possible, they represent the best option. They are easily maintained and are a durable, long-lasting solution that can increase bite support.

To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Replacing Back Teeth.” Or if you are already missing a permanent tooth, you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination. We will also address any questions you have as well as your treatment options. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Vanna White, continue reading “Vanna White.”

By Jeffrey J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson, DDS
December 29, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

CEREC Dental CrownsRestoring your smile is easy when it can be done in a single visit.

Whether your tooth has been damaged by severe decay or a traumatic accident, one thing is certain: you want to find a treatment that can restore your tooth’s proper function and aesthetic appeal. A cracked or damaged tooth doesn’t make for a confident smile, and restorative dentistry in St. Louis offers CEREC dental crowns to bring your tooth back to life.
So what are CEREC dental crowns? CEREC technology consists of a camera, computer and milling machine used for fabricating your dental crown. With the use of CAD/CAM technology, your dentist can quickly design and create a crown that will look and feel just like the rest of your smile.
Interested in finding out more about this restorative technology? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are some facts about CEREC dental crowns that perhaps you didn’t know:

  • While this treatment is new and revolutionary, the CEREC software has actually helped dentists for over 30 years. From creating digital impressions of your smile to virtual models, CEREC technology has been a leader within restorative dentistry.
  • Standard dental crowns usually take two separate visits to complete, but with CEREC technology, you can get your permanent crown in just one visit. This same efficient feature can be used for placing dental implants, as well. The CEREC technology designs the dental implant’s crown all while you’re in the dental chair.
  • A digital 2D photo of your gorgeous face can be uploaded into the software to produce a 3D image that will allow you and your dentist to preview what your final smile will look like before your procedure.
  • Worried about aesthetics? Now you don’t have to. CEREC technology mimics the look of a natural tooth right down to the shading and translucency. The CAD/CAM technology also ensures that the unique rigging and contouring that you find in a natural tooth can also be applied to your dental crown.
  • CEREC has restored over 28 million teeth, is backed by over 250 scientific studies and has a long-term success rate of 95 percent.

Call Jeffrey J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson, DDS Today!

If you want to find out if dental crowns in St. Louis are right for you, then call our office. We would be happy to setup a consultation and talk to you about this amazing technology. You’ll love your new CEREC-restored smile!
Are you a patient of Jeffrey J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson, DDS? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!

By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
December 26, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   bacteria  

Bacteria are bad… right? They can cause diseases like pneumonia, strep throat, and tooth decay. They are the reason we wash our hands with soap (or antibacterial gels) and cook (or refrigerate) our food. Yet it turns out that bacteria are also necessary to keep our bodies healthy — and new research is showing just how important these tiny microorganisms are to our well-being. Here are five facts you should know about bacteria.

The bacteria in our bodies outnumber our cells by a factor of 10 to 1. An estimated 100 trillion bacteria live inside the average human — but because they’re so small, they make up only 1-3 percent of our body mass.

The collection of bacteria we harbor is called our “microbiome.” Like the groundbreaking study of human DNA called the Human Genome Project, recent research is leading to a “map” of our bacterial makeup. This revolutionary study is called — you guessed it — the Human Microbiome Project.

No two people have exactly the same microbiome. But in general, the bacteria that live in a particular spot on the body (the mouth, for example) play the same roles in different individuals. Research has also shown that a healthy microbiome looks very different from a diseased microbiome.

In terms of bacteria, the mouth is one of the best-understood areas of the body. It has long been known that tooth decay can result when “bad” oral bacteria begin to outnumber their “good” counterparts. Now we are gaining a better understanding of how certain lifestyle factors — like cigarette smoking — may influence the bacterial balance in the mouth.

Understanding the microbiome may lead to new treatments for disease. Researchers hope that one day, certain serious diseases could be controlled by bacterial “transplants” that re-balance an individual’s microbiome. Maintaining a healthy microbiome could also help prevent many diseases.

So by all means, don’t stop brushing your teeth or washing your hands — this helps control bacteria that could harm you — but do remember that not all bacteria are harmful. One day, an infusion of bacteria might just cure your illness.


As a successful author, interior design guru (with 127 makeovers in eight years on The Oprah Winfrey Show), and host of his own television program, The Nate Berkus Show, Nate Berkus understands the important role a beautiful smile plays in one's life and career. In a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Nate discussed his oral health history. Berkus credits his all natural smile — no cosmetic dentistry here — to the treatments he received as a child from his dentist. “I'm grateful for having been given fluoride treatments and sealants as a child.” He then added that, “healthy habits should start at a young age.”

Dental sealants are important because they help protect developing young teeth until the enamel has matured. Without dental sealants, the newly erupted immature enamel of teeth is more permeable, meaning that the acids produced by bacteria in the mouth can damage these teeth more easily. This makes the teeth less resistant and thus more susceptible to tooth decay.

Regardless of how much your children brush their teeth, the reality is that toothbrush bristles cannot reach down to clean out the crevices found in the deep grooves (“pits and fissures”) of teeth. And if not removed, the bacteria found in these grooves produce decay-causing acids as a byproduct of metabolizing sugar. However, when sealants are used in combination with fluoride, good hygiene and nutrition (including lower sugar consumption), the odds of having tooth decay is dramatically reduced.

We refer to dental sealants as “pit and fissure” sealants because they protect the grooves found in the top of back teeth and the back of front teeth. Sealants also may reduce the need for subsequent treatments as your child grows older — just as it did for Nate Berkus. For these reasons, sealants are definitely something that all parents and caregivers should consider for their young children.

To learn more about dental sealants, contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination, discuss any questions you have as well as what treatment options will be best for you or your child. Or to learn more about sealants now, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sealants for Children.” And to read the entire interview with Nate Berkus, please see the Dear Doctor magazine article “Nate Berkus.”