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By Dr. Melissa Smith
December 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownFind out why dental crowns are one of the most popular dental restorations.

Has our St. Peters, MO, family dentist Dr. Mazen Sultan told you that your smile could benefit from a dental crown? You probably know someone who has a dental crown even if you never realized it. This hollow tooth-shaped cap is cemented into place over a tooth to restore functionality, strength and aesthetics back into a tooth.

While crowns can often be made from different materials, our St. Peters, MO, dentist understands the importance of having a restoration that resembles a real tooth so no one will even be able to tell that you have a dental crown. This is why our crowns are often made from porcelain, which can be matched to the shade of your smile so that it blends right in.

When are dental crowns used?

There are many instances in which our dentist Dr. Sultan will recommend getting a dental crown. This restoration is very versatile and can be used to,

Protect a damaged or decayed tooth

This goes for teeth that have been weakened or damaged by decay, an infection (which will require root canal therapy) and traumatic injury. If a tooth sustains an injury (e.g. cracked or chipped), permanently placing a dental crown over the tooth can protect it from further damage and preserve the rest of the tooth’s natural structure.

Improve your appearance

While there are certainly different cosmetic options for improving the overall shape, size or color of a tooth, if a tooth requires a little boost to alter the way it looks then you may want to consider getting a dental crown. Often times, weak or damaged teeth also have other issues. They may be misshapen, worn down or discolored. If this is the case, a dental crown can drastically change its appearance for the better.

Replace a missing tooth

No matter if you’ve lost a tooth to gum disease or severe damage, it’s important to replace the tooth as soon as possible to prevent teeth from shifting into the open gap and to prevent bone loss. A crown is used in two ways: to cover a dental implant, a restoration that is placed within the jawbone to replace missing teeth, or to be placed over natural teeth to support a false tooth in the gap or gaps in your smile (an oral device known as a dental bridge).

Confident Smiles and Implants of St. Peters, MO, is dedicated to providing your smile with the proper and comprehensive dental care you need to get your oral health back on track. If you want to find out if dental crowns could improve the appearance and resiliency of one of your teeth then call our office today to learn more.

By Dr. Melissa Smith
July 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but looks certainly play an important role when it comes to your smile. While good oral health is veneersa top priority, studies have shown that most people admit to wishing for cosmetic improvements to their teeth - and for good reason. Even healthy teeth and gums can suffer from cosmetic damage that can lead to low confidence and self-esteem, as well as negative first impressions both at work and in social settings. But you don't have to live with a mediocre or damaged smile. Dr. Melissa Smith, a dentist in St. Peters, MO, recommends porcelain veneers to reshape your smile and fix common cosmetic damage.

A Brand New Smile with Porcelain Veneers in St. Peters, MO

Veneers can change the size, shape, and color of teeth damaged by common dental issues like stains and discolorations, chips and cracks, and mild to moderate gaps and spaces (if you have bite and alignment issues, you may need orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth and protect your oral health).

A dental veneer is a thin, translucent layer of porcelain that the dentist bonds onto the surface of a tooth to change the size or shape. Veneers are a minimally invasive and natural looking solution to cosmetic damage to your teeth, or if you simply don't like the way your smile looks and would like to make aesthetic changes to the smile you were born with. They are also used for restorative procedures, like to seal a tooth after root canal therapy.

With good oral hygiene and care, veneers generally last between five to ten years, but often much longer.

Find a Dentist in St. Peters, MO

For more information about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, contact our office by calling (636) 447-6060 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith today.

By Dr. Melissa Smith
August 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

If you've even glanced at the covers of magazines, you've noticed the stunning smiles that grace their covers. For most of those veneerscelebrities, it's not just good genetics at work: it's veneers! Bright, straight teeth enhance your entire face, giving you the confidence you need and others a great first impression. With porcelain veneers from Dr. Melissa Smith, your dentist in St. Peters, MO, you too can have a Hollywood worthy smile! Here's how.

What are veneers?

Veneers cover up visible teeth that have cosmetic flaws but are otherwise healthy. Each veneer is made individually to fit over the teeth that show when you smile; your St. Peters dentist typically recommends 4 to 10 veneers for the bottom and top teeth, depending on how broad or narrow your smile is. Veneers are shaped, painted and shined in a dental laboratory out of porcelain, a ceramic material that offers both strength and realism. The result is a straight, white and unblemished smile!

What do veneers fix?

With veneers, you don't have to "pick and choose" cosmetic dental procedures to fix what's wrong with your teeth, because veneers are extremely versatile. They cover up damage like chips and cracks, smooth out spaces and overlaps, and mask discoloration that whitening might not be able to improve.

How are veneers applied?

The process of veneers starts with a consultation to review your goals, take measurements, and make sure your teeth are healthy. In order to ensure a comfortable fit, your St. Peters dentist will need to remove a layer of your natural teeth's enamel. This puts the veneer in line with your gums, as well as giving it a better attachment surface. Dr. Smith uses the latest in dental bonding cement to ensure that your veneers will stay in place for many years to come.

Veneers might sound too good to be true, but at Dr. Smith's office in St. Peters, MO, they're very much a reality! Contact our office today to set up your initial consultation!



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