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By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
May 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

If your teeth are worn or damaged, your dentist may suggest a restorative dentistry treatment plan to hash out the issues with your smile Regular_Dentistand correct them to give you a beautiful, functional grin. However, understanding restorative dentistry and the ins-and-outs of its procedures is crucial to making an informed decision when it comes to your dental health. Find out more about restorative dentistry with Dr. Jeffery Johnson and Dr. Jodi Johnson in St. Louis, MO.

What is a restorative dentist?
Restoration dentistry focuses mainly on the function of your smile and aims to take your broken, worn, or damaged teeth and allow them to work correctly once again. A restorative dentist has extensive post-schooling training in this facet of dentistry and often undergoes ongoing education on the subject.

Can restorative dentistry help me?
Restorative dentistry can achieve many goals in various situations. If you have a broken tooth, a dental restoration such as a crown can cover the tooth to protect it against daily use and ensure that it remains intact. A restoration can also help in the case of a missing tooth. A dental bridge fills the gap and is held in place by a crown on either side. The crowns attach permanently to the healthy teeth around the gap.

Restorative dentistry from our St. Louis office
A restorative dental procedure can increase the functionality of your smile while simultaneously improving its look. A restoration changes the appearance of a tooth and is customized to fit seamlessly into your smile. This allows you to correct slight imperfections, fill in a gap, or otherwise improve your smile’s aesthetic appearance to feel great about the way you look.

Don’t hesitate to increase your smile’s functionality (and your self-esteem) with restorative dental procedures to help you get a look you love. Find out more about restorative dentistry with 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
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.