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By Dr. Melissa Smith
February 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth with cosmetic imperfections, such as cracks or stains, can affect the appearance of your smile. Weak or damaged teeth can also dental crownsimpact your smile by limiting your ability to perform biting and chewing functions properly. The surrounding teeth take on the additional work of biting and chewing and can become worn down and weak themselves. If you do have teeth that are weak, damaged, or cosmetically flawed, you can restore your smile with porcelain crowns. Dr. Melissa Smith is your dentist in St. Peters, MO, for porcelain crowns.

What are Porcelain Crowns?

Porcelain crowns are protective caps placed over teeth that are weak or damaged, or have cosmetic imperfections. Once placed, the crown completely encapsulates the natural tooth, which both strengthens and protects the tooth. It also conceals any imperfections in the natural tooth, such as chips, cracks, stains, or discolorations. The porcelain material closely resembles the look of tooth enamel and can be color matched to your existing teeth. Both of these factors help give the crown the appearance of a natural tooth.

In addition to closely resembling natural teeth, porcelain crowns function just like natural teeth, as well. Once placed, you can bite into and chew food just as you do with your natural teeth. The crown gives the natural tooth a strong outer shell that can withstand daily biting and chewing functions.

Benefits of Porcelain Crowns

From restoring your smile to strengthening weak and damaged teeth, porcelain crowns deliver several benefits. In addition to several cosmetic and functional benefits, porcelain crowns can even replace missing teeth when placed over a dental implant. Your St. Peters dentist can explain the many ways in which porcelain crowns can benefit you. Benefits include:

  • Restoring your smile
  • Concealing stains and discolorations
  • Covering cracks and chips
  • Reshaping oddly-shaped teeth
  • Protecting and strengthening weak and damaged teeth
  • Restoring normal biting and chewing functions
  • Replacing missing teeth when placed over a dental implant

Whether you wish to conceal cosmetic imperfections or need to strengthen and protect weak and damaged teeth, you can restore your smile with porcelain crowns. To learn more about restoring your smile with crowns schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith, your St. Peters, MO, dentist, by calling the office at (636) 447-6060.

By Dr. Melissa Smith
November 21, 2017
Category: Oral Care
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Good oral hygiene is essential for a healthy smile. Keeping your teeth clean and free of plaque is the key to lowering your risk of common oral hygienedental issues, including cavities and gum disease. St. Peters, MO, dentist Dr. Melissa Smith shares a few oral hygiene tips that will help you protect your teeth.

Longer is better when it comes to brushing

A quick swipe of your teeth with the toothbrush will help your breath smell better, but it may not reduce your tooth decay risk. If you don't brush every surface of your teeth, plaque, the sticky coating responsible for cavities, will multiply. Your St. Peters, MO dentist says that brushing your teeth for two minutes will help you ensure that you've removed every speck of plaque when you brush in the morning and evening.

Children need oral hygiene supervision longer than you may think

Even if your kids know how to brush their teeth, they may not possess the manual dexterity or the desire to thoroughly clean their teeth until they're around 7. When you supervise their twice-daily brushing sessions, you can ensure that they've brushed long enough and help them clean hard-to-reach places. Child-sized toothbrushes make brushing more comfortable.

Don't automatically reach for your toothbrush after you eat

Brushing after you eat is normally a good idea, as long as you haven't had foods or beverages that contain acids, such as soda, wine, sour candy or oranges, grapefruits and other citrus fruits. Brushing immediately after consuming an acidic food or beverage will spread the acid over your teeth, increasing your risk of tooth erosion. Rinse your mouth with water, then wait a half-hour before you brush to minimize the effects of acids on your teeth.

Be a flosser

You may be a consistent brusher, but do you floss daily? If you don't, you may be more likely to develop cavities between teeth. Flossing not only removes plaque between teeth, but also keeps your breath fresher by removing trapped food debris. Toothpicks aren't a good alternative to floss. The picks may be too thick to fit between tightly spaced teeth and may damage your enamel or gums.

Brushing, flossing and regular dental examinations help you protect your smile. If it's time for your next checkup, call St. Peters, MO, dentist Dr. Melissa Smith at (636) 447-6060 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Melissa Smith
September 19, 2017
Category: Oral Care
Tags: family dentistry  

Find out why turning to a family dentist may be the best decision you make for the health of your dentistry

We all know that you want what is best for your family. Of course, it isn’t always easy figuring out what your family needs. Luckily, our St. Peters, MO, family dentist, Dr. Melissa Smith, makes it easy for your entire family to get the array of dental services they require no matter what’s going on with their oral health. Find out why your best bet is to choose a family dentist.

Make it Easier on Your Schedule

We know that between work, dropping the kids off a school and their extracurricular activities, and then running errands, life gets pretty hectic. Most families we know don’t have time to cart the kids to their specific dentist while the parents see a different dentist for their routine appointments.

Why not streamline this activity and choose a dentist in St. Peters, MO, that the whole family can see? This can easily save you a time and save you from those scheduling headaches.

Get the Comprehensive Care You Need

A family dentist is a wonderful option for your growing family because they specialize in offering dental services that cater to the needs of everyone, from kids to senior citizens.

Whether your little one needs braces, you need root canal therapy or you want to find out if dentures can replace your missing teeth, we are here to help give you the care you deserve no matter what your needs may be.

Have a Doctor You Can Trust

Since children should start visiting their dentist regularly, it’s important that they turn to a dentist they can trust. Why not have a dentist that is used to working with children and can make these visits easier on the whole family?

Not only that, but we get to know your family from the very beginning, which means that we understand your medical history and really get to know your family on a more personal level. This means better, more individualized treatment for you that offers a more personal and compassionate approach to dental care.

Are you ready to find out more about the dental services we offer? Need to schedule a routine appointment for the whole family? We have you covered. Call our St. Peters, MO, family dental office today. You’ll be glad you did!

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!

By Dr. Melissa Smith
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you in need of a dental crown? Dental crowns are "caps" that a dentist can put on teeth. Although there are several types of dental dental crownscaps, porcelain caps are the most popular, because they look like natural teeth. Dr. Melissa Smith is one of the finest dentists in St. Peters, MO. He offers a full range of dental services, including crowns. Here are four benefits of porcelain crowns.

#1- Fix Dental Problems

Porcelain crowns are routinely used to restore broken, chipped, cracked, and badly decayed teeth. They are also used to protect teeth following root canal treatment.

#2- Enhance Your Smile

With porcelain crowns, your St. Peters, MO dentist can take your smile from being so-so to stunning. Porcelain dental crowns are beautiful and provide the best natural color of all the dental crowns. Porcelain crowns are a good choice for front teeth. Nothing gives the same translucency, depth, and luster like porcelain dental crowns.

#3- A Better Color Match

Want a natural-looking smile? It's important that you have a dental crown that matches the rest of your teeth. Your dentist can choose from over a dozen shades and give you a crown that is better matched to the natural shade of your teeth.‚Äč

#4- Strength and Durability

Porcelain crowns are fabricated using porcelain or "engineered" dental ceramic. Porcelain crowns are strong and durable and can last for many years. Porcelain crowns can be expected to withstand biting and chewing forces well.

If you are in need of a dental crown, why wait? We can help you today. Call Dr. Melissa Smith's dental practice at 636-447-6060 today to schedule an appointment in St. Peters, MO. A porcelain crown will give you the confidence to smile again and enjoy the things you used to love doing. Remember, it's never too late to beautify your smile.

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