CEREC: Reclaim Your Time

cerec toothGet up before everyone else, a quick workout, wake the kids, feed the dog, breakfast ready, shower, out the door to work, meetings, more meetings, back home, dinner on the table, kids ready for bed, maybe you have a minute to yourself…

Who can afford to spend more time at the dentist? Not me. And I’m the dentist.

Let’s face it, there are probably so many things you’d like to be doing rather than getting a crown. I’ll do my best to get you out of my chair and back to your life as quickly as possible!

In the past, if you needed a crown, this was a two-appointment affair. On the first visit, we’d have to prepare the offending tooth: shave it down, take an impression. Then we’ll send that impression to a lab where your crown will be constructed. In the meantime, we’ll put on a temporary crown and you can schedule your second appointment and be on your way. On your second appointment, the temporary is removed and the durable crown is placed on your tooth. Your time is too valuable to make two trips to the dentist in one week. We understand that.

Well, it’s a good thing that dental technology has developed something called CEREC Crowns. CEREC, short for CEramic REConstruction, is a dental restoration product that allows me to produce an indirect ceramic dental restoration using a variety of computer assisted technologies, including 3D photography and CAD/CAM (check out the fancy picture to the right). The great news? It’s all done in one appointment. Wiith CEREC’s technology, the crown is made by a computer and a milling machine while you wait, thus eliminating the second appointment and the temporary crown. CEREC technology can also be used to manufacture porcelain fillings and veneers. Very esthetic veneers or covers for front teeth can be made in a single visit. You can have your beautiful smile with no temporaries, and, more importantly, with no second visit.

What things would you like to be doing instead of getting a crown? Leave me a comment and let me know! And if you DO need a crown, reclaim your time by going with CEREC.

Dr. Rhea and Dr. Doherty can help you achieve your best smile! Click here or call 314-961-3221 to schedule a consultation.

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Intraoral Dental Cameras

intraoral_cameraIf a picture is worth a thousand words, then a picture taken with an Intraoral Dental Camera is worth a thousand…uh….smiles! Ok, that was bad.

Modern dentistry incorporates the use of many technical gadgets. These instruments help us provide you with the most comprehensive, advanced dental care. One of the simplest yet most effective tools in our arsenal is the Intraoral Dental Camera.

The Intraoral Dental Camera is small and can easily fit into the mouth causing very little, if any, discomfort. Completely safe, this camera, with its built in light source, can help us take a close-up tour of your mouth or zoom in a particular tooth. The camera is powerful and can identify potential problems like cracks in teeth or fillings, for example. The best part? You can see the images on a screen while we work!

A great feature of this dental instrument is that images (and sometimes video) from the camera are stored as a part of your dental records. They can be printed out, shared with other dentists, or insurance companies.

We look forward to working with you and helping achieve your best smile! Click here or call 314-961-3221 to schedule a consultation.

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The Benefits of Invisalign

invisalign_logoYou probably know that Invisalign treatment is a great way transform your smile without interfering with your everyday life. But what really are the benefits?

They’re Invisible
Probably the most obvious thing about a product called “Invisalign” is that they’re invisible. Unlike metal or ceramic braces which are cemented to your teeth and visible to the entire world, Invisalign is a clear, plastic tray that rests over your teeth. It’s virtually invisible.

They’re Comfortable
If you’ve had braces, or know someone who has, you’ve undoubtedly heard complaints about pain. Metal braces can poke and aggravate your gums and mouth. Each Invisalign tray is custom fit for your mouth and your mouth only; the edges of the trays are smooth and soft, so they won’t irritate your mouth, cheeks or gums.

They’re Removable
Having food stuck in your teeth is no fun. Having food stuck in your metal braces is even worse. Luckily, with Invisalign, you don’t have to worry. The soft, plastic aligners are removable for easy cleaning. Need to remove Invisalign to give that important work presentation? No problem. Want to brush and floss your teeth without interference? No problem.

They’re Convenient
Invisalign is great for those with busy schedules. Typically, Invisalign patients require fewer visits than those with braces. You can also continue doing all the things you normally would, from brushing and flossing to eating whatever you’d like.

Looking for confidence? Looking for a great smile? Then Invisalign may be right for you! Click here or call 314-961-3221 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rhea.

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Preventative Dental Care

toothbrushesBenjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It makes sense, right? Why not prevent dental issues from happening in the first place?

Establishing proper dental care routines including brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist can keep our teeth, mouth and gums strong and healthy.

But what if, despite your best efforts, you still end up with a dental difficulty – like a cavity or a damaged tooth? Thankfully, there are ways your friendly, neighborhood dentist (like me!) can help.

Cavities. No one likes them, but they happen. Thankfully, treatment can be a simple filling, done by removing the decay itself and then filling the hole or pit with silver alloy, gold, porcelain or composite resin.

If you have a decayed or weakened tooth, you may need a crown, sometimes called a cap. The decayed or weakened area is removed and repaired. A crown is fitted over the remainder of the tooth. Crowns are often made of gold, porcelain, or porcelain attached to metal. Treatment can often save the tooth!

A root canal is recommended if the nerve in a tooth dies from decay or injury. The center of the tooth, including the nerve and blood vessel tissue (pulp), is removed along with decayed portions of the tooth. The roots are filled with a sealing material. The tooth is filled, and a crown may be placed over the tooth if needed.

Other treatments included periodontal therapy and nightguards. I hope you never have to deal with any of these dental issues. But if you do, Dr. Rhea and Dr. Doherty can help you! Click here or call 314-961-3221 to schedule your next (or first) appointment.

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Is Waterlase Dentistry Right for You?

WaterlaseNeedles. Novocaine. Bleeding. Pain. That drill sound. (Even dentists hate that sound.) Are these reasons that you avoid the dentist? Well, you don’t have to avoid us anymore thanks to the advancements in dental technology that have given us Waterlase Dentistry.

Many of you have asked about it. So what exactly is Waterlase Dentistry anyway?

Waterlase is a safe, gentle alternative to traditional dental tools. Using air, a laser and water spray, Waterlase can perform many routine procedures without shots, drills and with minimal anesthesia. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1998, it is completely safe for the elderly, pregnant women, and even infants.

Because of the precise nature of Waterlase, bleeding, pain, and swelling are reduced as well as the need for post-operative pain medication. All of this conserves more of the valuable tooth structure, helping you maintain your natural teeth longer. It’s flat out a better way to get your dentistry done and it could be right for you!

Benefits of Waterlase include:

  • Improved Cavity Fillings
  • Less Bleeding & Swelling
  • Accuracy
  • Fewer Dental Visits
  • Versatility

If you’ve experienced a Waterlase Dental treatment at our office, leave us a comment and tell us what you think!

Dr. Rhea and Dr. Doherty would love to talk with your about Waterlase Dental Lasers. Click here or call 314-961-3221 to schedule an appointment.

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What is Restorative Dentistry?

Do you have a damaged teeth due to decay or injury? Are you embarrassed by your smile or teeth? Does it hurt to chew your food? Are you missing a tooth?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then restorative dentistry may be right for you. Restorative dentistry can improve your oral health by repairing damage due to decay or injury – it “restores” your bright, healthy smile. Without a fully functional mouth, something as simple as eating can become burdensome or even painful.

Whether you need a crown for an individual tooth, a bridge to replace multiple teeth, or dentures and implants, we are here for you. You want, and deserve, to feel good about the first impression you make on everyone you meet. Your smile says a lot about you before you even say a word!

Dr. Rhea and Dr. Doherty can help you! Click here or call 314-961-3221 to schedule an appointment. Feel free to visit with us too – we’d be happy to offer advice or options on restorative dentistry and how we might be able to help restore your smile!

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What to Expect on Your First Visit

Let’s face it – very few people enjoy visiting the dentist. It is estimated that as many as 75% of US adults experience some degree of dental fear, from mild to severe. Thankfully, when visiting Dr. Rhea or Dr. Doherty, you have nothing to worry about!

Whether this is your first ever trip to the dentist or this is just your first trip in a while, we want to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed.

Rest assured, there are some things you can do to prepare for your first visit. Coming prepared to your first visit gives us the most opportunity to spend time with you and address your needs.

  • Before your first visit, please print and fill out the New Patient Form.
  • Please include any past X-Rays from previous dentists.
  • Bring any insurance information you have so we can help you receive the most benefit available to you.*
  • Plan on arriving on time or even a bit early. Running on schedule is very important to us.

The main objectives are to talk with you about your concerns, answer all of your questions then set some dental goals. It is also important to spend a bit of time to think about what you want for yourself, today and in the future.

We will perform a thorough examination and then decide what additional evaluation or procedures are appropriate. This may involve taking X-Rays, making plaster models of your teeth, and performing other diagnostic tests.

Once the examination and evaluations are concluded, we’ll work with you to develop a dental health plan that will fulfill your dental goals and preserve or restore your overall dental health. Now, that was painless!

Dr. Rhea and Dr. Doherty can help you! Click here or call 314-961-3221 to schedule your first appointment.

*Please remember that the extent of your insurance coverage is based on an agreement between you (the patient) and your insurance company. It is not an agreement between our office and the insurance company. It is the responsibility of the patient to pay for any treatment agreed to.

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5 Myths About Cosmetic Dental Treatments

Cosmetic dental treatments can help your smile and the overall health of your teeth. So what’s keeping you from considering cosmetic dental treatments? Here are 5 myths that may be to blame.

1. It’s only for aesthetics
The term ‘cosmetic’ can be misleading. While the purpose of some procedures is to improve aesthetics, such as tooth whitening, many cosmetic procedures also restore functionality to the mouth. An addition of a dental bridge used to replace one or more missing teeth can offer improved speech, for example.

2. It’s harmful to teeth
In nearly all cases cosmetic dental treatments are beneficial to the mouth. By restoring functionality to the mouth, other teeth are supported and improper biting and pressure applied to other teeth is significantly reduced.

3. It won’t look natural
Before cosmetic dental treatments were commonplace, this may have been the case. But the materials and techniques used today, like CEREC Crowns, Invisalign, and Waterlase Dental Laser, have improved significantly in recent years. Designing that natural smile has become an art form and a passion for Dr. Rhea and Dr. Doherty.

4. It’s too time intensive
With frantic schedules, who has time for multiple visits to the dentist for cosmetic dental treatments? No one. Thankfully, many of our treatments can be completed in only one or two visits.

5. It’s too expensive
Some treatments can be expensive, but technological advancements in cosmetic dental treatments provide more affordable options.There are many plans that can be explored to fit within your budget. Don’t hesitate to ask us about payment options. We’re happy to answer any questions you have!

So, if you’re looking to:

  • change the size, shape or alignment of your teeth
  • close spaces between your teeth
  • improve or correct your bite
  • lighten or brighten the color of your teeth
  • repair decayed, broken, cracked or chipped teeth
  • replace missing teeth
  • or replace old, unattractive dental treatments

Dr. Rhea and Dr. Doherty can help you! Click here or call 314-961-3221 to schedule your next appointment or ask if cosmetic dental treatments are right for you.

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ADA Patient Smart content is now available on website.

New to our website on the home page is a link to The American Dental Associtaions library of patient education information.

Click on the Patient Smart button and a wide crossection of information can be accessed to be viewed in print or video or even printed out on your personal computer.

Take a look.

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