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Your Initial Dental Examination

Your initial dental exam is the most important process in finding your path to getting what you want from Dentistry.   The first part of your exam should be a discussion with you about your oral health as it relates to you as a person.  Are you happy with your smile?  Can you chew comfortably the foods that you want to enjoy?  Does the clean, healthy appearance of your smile enhance your position socially and/or in business?  How does the health of your mouth relate to your overall health–your heart and circulatory health?  Will you enjoy eating well as a senior citizen or will you have suffered loss of teeth, bone, facial beauty and proportion?  Can we think about what you want to be experiencing…in the future?

The rest of the exam is based upon the answers to the above questions, a comparison of the present state of your mouth to a model of health, and a decision of what you want for you.  With state of the art painless technology we can evaluate the health of your teeth.  Laser decay diagnosis and digital and 3-D radiology will give us a great look at the health of your mouth.

A healthy chewing system is composed of healthy teeth, bones, jaw joints and strong muscles of mastication.  The function of these systems is evaluated with the most current technology.  Doppler, MRI, CT and functionally generated bite records can all be used to evaluate the health of your mouth.  While all of these tests are seldom used for one patient, we can use all of this modern technology to evaluate your mouth if this is in the scope of your needs.

Education, discovery, and participation are the most critical elements of maintaining a healthy mouth.  The support systems of your mouth, the bone and gum tissue that hold in your teeth should be evaluated.  It is our responsibility to teach you to keep your mouth at the highest level of health that you choose.  Our dental hygienist, Kathy, is devoted to keeping you in touch with your personal level of effectiveness.  If a superior level of gum health is your goal, we will do everything in our power to help you develop the skills to maintain the highest level of personal dental hygiene.  Your active participation in the management of your own health can help you enjoy a lifetime of comfort with a great looking smile.


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What is Piezo Surgery?

Our Piezo Surgery unit allows us to gently remove teeth without trauma to the bone and soft tissue adjacent to the involved tooth.   Why is that important???  We can now preserve the boney housing in the area of the tooth extraction so we can use this bone as a great site for your new implant supported tooth.  In the past oral surgical techniques usually wiped out the bone around an extraction with surgical drills, leaving little available bone left for a foundation for a replacement tooth.  Piezo Surgery–a technologically advanced tool using ultrasonic vibration for gentle removal of a tooth and preservation of bone for your new dental implant tooth.  Gentle technique–Happy patients!


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New Dental Technology

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New Dental Technology changes continued their march through our practice.  Digital x-rays, the Dexis Platinum system, are in place for low dosage, no wait, instant imaging.  Important when we need to see an x-ray image “now” or when x-rays need to be enhanced for even more thorough diagnostics.  The amazing 3-D digital cone beam CT scan, the Carestream 9300 has been installed for an in depth look at jaw bone anatomy prior to the safe placement of dental implants.  This tool will be invaluable for routine diagnosis as well as for patients with complex needs.  Regular and Mini implants and new techniques for bone augmentation and grafting have been developed and are also available here.  Our website, www.SmileR4Sharing.com, is a great place to view some of these technology updates, check in with what’s happening here, and view photos of our happy family of patients.

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New Dental Technology

 

New Dental Technology changes continued their march through our practice.  Digital x-rays, the Dexis Platinum system, are in place for low dosage, no wait, instant imaging.  Important when we need to see an x-ray image “now” or when x-rays need to be enhanced for even more thorough diagnostics.  The amazing 3-D digital cone beam CT scan, the Carestream 9300 has been installed for an in depth look at jaw bone anatomy prior to the safe placement of dental implants.  This tool will be invaluable for routine diagnosis as well as for patients with complex needs.  Regular and Mini implants and new techniques for bone augmentation and grafting have been developed and are also available here.  Our website, www.SmileR4Sharing.com, is a great place to view some of these technology updates, check in with what’s happening here, and view photos of our happy family of patients.


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Our Dental Lab Partner

I have partnered with a wonderful dental laboratory in St. Louis to assure you the finest quality and consistency in dental restorations.  Jerry Jacobi is meticulous and artistic, knowledgeable and efficient.  The dental restorations we have been placing reflect the most recent positive developments in dental ceramic research.  I’m so proud to be able to provide this beautiful dentistry.

You may have heard my voice on KMOX letting St. Louis know that our office is here and ready to serve patients with dental implant or sedation needs.  My goal is to maintain this practice in the same location, and to continue to serve our adult family of patients with comprehensive dental care, one important person at a time.  

I’d like to extend my greatest thanks to those of you who have written a review on the internet for my practice.  These kind words drive me to daily renew my efforts to provide you with the highest quality dentistry and the most comfortable dental experience when you come in for a visit.  I will always work to retain your trust and to live up to the testimonials you have written about me and my team.  Of course, special thanks go to Diane and Kathy for their commitment to you, your comfort, and your dental health.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve you.  I love being the kind of dentist that this practice and you, our patients, have let me become.  It’s my dream come true.