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By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
April 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Need advice from your St. Louis, MO, dentist?restorative dentistry

Restorative procedures are used to treat issues such as tooth decay, the breakdown of enamel, or tooth loss, just to name a few. Good oral hygiene is vital for your overall health. Here are some tips your St. Louis dentists advise you do to maintain dental restorations:

  • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas.
  • Professional dental cleanings every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums.
  • Floss at least once before bed, and make sure to floss between every tooth and areas between teeth and gums.

Here are a few restorative procedures that are available to help damaged teeth:

  • Crowns: These are dental caps that fit over weak and/or unsightly teeth to improve your smile and reinforce your teeth.
  • Dental Implants: This restorative procedure replaces your tooth root when you've suffered from tooth loss.
  • Root Canal Therapy: This is procedure is vital when someone has an infected or inflamed dental pulp that needs to be disinfected.
  • Veneers: These porcelain restorations are similar to crowns but they are cemented on the surface to hide unappealing issues like crack, dents, and yellowed teeth.
  • Bridges: This restoration is similar to dental implants but it doesn't replace a tooth root, just the gap left from losing a tooth.

If you have any questions or concerns about taking care of your dental restorations, just call Drs. Jeffrey and Jodi Johnson, your St. Louis, MO, dentists at (314) 427-7400 today!

By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
November 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

In the past, if your dentist suggested a crown for your damaged or weakened tooth, there was a good chance that you would need to dental crownsschedule two separate appointments to allow time for your dentist and the laboratory to collaborate to create your custom-made restoration. However, you can now cut out the long laboratory waiting times and minimize your amount of dental visits with same-day crowns. Find out more about same-day crowns and what they can do for you with Dr. Jeffery Johnson and Dr. Jodi Johnson in St. Louis, MO.

What are same-day crowns? 
Same-day crowns use CAD/CAM technology to eliminate the laboratory step usually required for traditional porcelain dental restorations. This technology allows your dentist to design, create, and place a dental crown in a single day rather than several separate appointments. The process uses a system with a wand, which takes a 3D model of the mouth, a computer program, where your dentist designs the crown, and a machine, which carves the crown out of a block of ceramic.

The Benefits of Same-Day Crowns 
Same-day crowns are made using quality materials, ensuring the crown is durable and can hold up to everyday use. The system used for same-day crowns eliminates the laboratory step, also eliminating the fees associated with it and the time it takes for a laboratory to create the crown by hand. The time saved also means no need to take an extra appointment’s worth of time off work or school.

Same-Day Crowns in St. Louis, MO
Crowns can restore a broken or damaged tooth, allowing you to eat and speak with ease, all while looking great. Crowns are made from porcelain, a material which closely mimics the natural teeth’s color and light-reflecting properties, ensuring a natural, subtle appearance.

For more information on same-day crowns, please contact Dr. Jeffery Johnson and Dr. Jodi Johnson in St. Louis, MO. Call (314) 427-7400 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
May 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When you lose a tooth, the smile gap affects more than your personal appearance. Your self-confidence, how well you bite and chew dental implantsand the strength and size of your jaw bone rapidly decrease. Your St. Louis, MO dentists, Dr. Jeffrey Johnson and Dr. Jodi Johnson, offer tooth replacement options which restore your oral function and your self-image. They place state-of-the-art dental implants--today's most natural-looking, feeling and functioning prosthetic teeth. How do implants work, and could they restore your smile?

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a completely artificial tooth made up of a titanium metal root, a metal alloy extension post and a custom-made porcelain crown. An implant may be placed singly or used in multiples to replace teeth lost to oral trauma (such as a blow to the face), deep decay and infection, or advanced gum disease. Using simple oral examination and digital imaging, your dentist in St. Louis, MO can tell if you are a candidate for dental implants.

Candidates for dental implants possess:

  • Adequately dense jaw bone
  • Good oral health (no active gum disease or extensive decay)

How does a dental implant work?

During a simple, in-office procedure, Dr. Johnson places the implant device right into the patient's jaw. During the next several weeks to months, the jaw bone adheres to the implant through a process called "osseointegration." Osseointegration is the reason why dental implants are so secure and last so long. In fact, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that dental implants remain in place for a lifetime when properly cared for with regular at-home and in-office oral hygiene. This group of expert dentists indicates that other tooth replacement options have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years and can not strengthen the jaw bone because they only set on top of the gums.

Additionally, dental implants possess great versatility. Dr. Johnson can use them to support full or partial dentures or fixed bridge work. During a personal consultation, the dentist and patient can decide what option is right for his or her particular situation.

Learn more

You could achieve a vibrant, long-lasting smile through dental implants. If you wish to explore these amazing tooth replacements, please contact the office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Johnson. The professional team will be happy to answer all your questions. Please call (314) 427-7400 today.

By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
March 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have a busy life, you probably don't want to spend more time than necessary in the dentist's office. Luckily, CEREC crowns and dental crownsrestorations offer same-day results. Dr. Jeffery Johnson and  Dr. Jody Johnson in St. Louis, MO, discuss the CEREC difference.

No more temporary crowns

When you receive a porcelain crown, one visit must be dedicated to preparing your tooth and taking an impression of your mouth. Because your new crown must be created in a dental laboratory, you'll need to cover your tooth with a temporary crown while you wait for the lab to complete the permanent crown. In most cases, you'll wait two weeks or more until you can receive your new crown and must return to the office for another appointment.

CEREC crowns only require one visit. During your visit to Drs. Jeffrey and Lori Johnson's St. Louis office, your tooth will be prepared and an impression of your teeth will be made. The CEREC system uses digital images to make impressions. After uploading the image to the CEREC software program, the dentists will have all the information they need to design your new crown.

Once the crown is ready to be produced, the design information will be sent to a milling machine located in the office. The machine takes a block of ceramic and creates a crown that blends in with the rest of your smile perfectly. In just about a half-hour after your impression is made, you'll have a brand new crown.

Not just crowns

The CEREC system can also be used for other restorations, such as inlays, onlays and veneers. Inlays and onlays are used when you need a very large filling. Inlays fit inside the edges of your teeth, while onlays extend beyond them. These restorations are usually created in a lab, but thanks to CEREC, they can now be made dental offices. Since CEREC inlays and onlays are tooth-colored, no one will even know that you have a filling. CEREC can also be used to design and create veneers, thin, tooth-shaped shells that are attached to the fronts of teeth to cover flaws.

Could you benefit from a CEREC crown or restoration? Call Drs. Jeffrey and Lori Johnson in St. Louis, MO, at (314) 427-7400 to schedule your appointment.

By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
February 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When a tooth has been damaged by decay or has been experienced trauma, it sometimes requires a dental crown. A crown is a custom-dental crownsmade covering that fits over an entire tooth until the gum line. Dr. Jeffery Johnson or Dr. Jody Johnson, your St. Louis, MO, dentists, can examine each patient and determine whether CEREC restorations are the answer for their damaged tooth.

What are CEREC Restorations?

With the help of CAD/CAM hi-tech equipment, CEREC restorations can be achieved in just one dental visit. Professional dental restorations can be made in just minutes. There is no need for two or three visits or a temporary crown that stays in place for weeks while a dental laboratory custom-makes your restoration. These restorations are convenient and successful as they are precise because of the use of advanced technology.

The CEREC Process

A dentist will first remove any decay present on the tooth and shape it so that it will fit perfectly with this new crown. The tooth is given a dusting of reflective powder and is then scanned to get digital pictures inside the patient’s mouth. The computer will then generate a 3D model of the teeth in just seconds.

While you wait, your new crown will be created using software that can mirror the image that was taken of your tooth. The ceramic material used also aims to match the shade of your teeth. Once your dentist determines the fit is right, any additional aesthetic changes are made. Lastly, the crown is bonded to the tooth.

What a St. Louis Dentist Can Do For Your Teeth

After a comprehensive dental examination, your dentists in St. Louis, MO, can determine whether or not CEREC same day crowns work for your oral health situation. In order to schedule an appointment today, call (314) 427-7400.