Do you find yourself hiding your smile for photos? Do you feel self-conscious about your appearance because of that gap in your front teeth or a misshapen smile? If you find yourself saying “yes” then our Springfield, MO, cosmetic dentist Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery can help transform your smile with a simple restoration known as dental veneers.
What Dental Veneers Can Do for Your Smile
Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain, which mimic the look of real tooth enamel. When these shells are applied to the front of your teeth it can completely alter the shape, size, and color of several or all teeth that are visible when you smile. There are a variety of cosmetic imperfections that are easily hidden with veneers. Veneers are great for those with healthy smiles who may be dealing with:
- Stains and discolorations
- Chips and cracks
- Gaps between teeth
- Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth
- Misshapen or oddly shaped teeth
- Worn teeth
What to Consider Before Getting Veneers
First and foremost you want to turn to a dentist in Springfield, MO, that you trust to give you amazing results. If you’re already a patient with us then you already know what we are capable of; however, if you’re a new patient a consultation is the perfect time to sit down with us and ask us anything about getting veneers. Ask us for photos of our work or ask us questions about our training. We are happy to make you feel at ease about getting cosmetic dentistry with us.
It’s also important to note that in order to get traditional veneers, we may need to remove some enamel from the front of your teeth. While this is painless and rarely requires anesthesia to complete such minimal tooth preparation, this means that veneers are for life. Sure, we will need to replace veneers eventually; however, enamel will not grow back. Therefore, you must be committed to caring for veneers forever.
Of course, veneers aren’t just for serious smile makeovers. Perhaps you have one severely stained tooth or a gap between your front teeth. In this case, our Springfield, MO, dentist can also place one, two, or several veneers.
Interested in getting dental veneers in Springfield, MO? If so, call our office to schedule a consultation. You owe it to yourself to have a smile you love.
How dental sealants from your dentist in Springfield, MO, can help your child’s smile
Did you know that there is an easy, painless treatment that can keep your child from getting cavities? It’s true—it comes in the form of dental sealants, and it's offered right here in Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery's office in Springfield, MO. Read on to learn how this treatment can keep your child's smile in top shape!
More about dental sealants
It’s important for your child to be brushing at least twice a day and flossing once each day. However, these actions sometimes are not enough to keep decay away in from developing in the deep grooves and crevices that are part of tooth anatomy. To combat against this, dental sealants provide an added layer of protection to these perilous areas.
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria contained in the plaque clinging to your child’s teeth. The millions of bad bacteria mix with sugars in the foods and beverages your child eats and drinks. This combination of bacteria and sugar forms bacterial acid, which is strong enough to eat through tooth enamel, causing decay.
Deep grooves and crevices are the perfect places for bacteria to hide and thrive. Dental sealants seal up the deep grooves and crevices, forming a strong, protective coating over your child’s teeth.
Dental sealants are one of the most popular children’s dental services, and for good reason! Sealants are:
- Painless, because they don’t require any anesthetic
- Quick, because each tooth takes only a few minutes
- Inexpensive, because sealants cost far less than other restorative treatments
- Effective, because they dramatically decrease the chances of tooth decay
Dental sealants are recommended for the first permanent molars that emerge when your child is between the ages of 5 and 7, as well as for the second permanent molars that emerge when your child is between the ages of 11 and 14.
Give us a call
To find out more about dental sealants and other family dental services, call Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery in Springfield, MO, today at (417) 883-2111.
The thought of getting a root canal is unnerving for many people, largely because the treatment has unfairly attained a poor reputation in the public mindset. In reality, however, root canal therapy is a routine procedure designed that actually relieves pain by saving badly decayed or injured teeth from accumulating permanent damage or having to undergo extraction.
Dr. Joshua Montgomery, your dentist in Springfield, MO, offers root canal therapy and other dental services to help you achieve and maintain a beautiful smile—read on to learn more!
Root Canal Therapy From our Springfield Office
Try to forget everything you've heard or think you know about root canal therapy. Despite some popular belief, the truth is that this treatment is actually very similar to getting a cavity filled. Root canals become necessary when a cavity or injury exposes the soft tissue and nerves inside of a tooth to bacteria. This part of the tooth is referred to as the dental pulp, and if it becomes infected or inflamed, it can cause a tremendous amount of pain, as well as a number of health problems. fortunately, a root canal can solve the issue!
After cleaning the tooth's outside surface and applying a topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort and pressure, the dentist will remove any damaged tissue and bacteria from the pulp. Following these steps, the tooth is disinfected, sealed back up, and back to a healthy state.
How to Know if You Need a Root Canal
One of the most common signs of a problem is pain, specifically a toothache that does not go away on its own or feels worse when you bite down or apply pressure. Other signs that you may need a root canal include:
- Heightened sensitivity to hot or cold
- Signs of infection around the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the gums
- Darkened tooth
- Small pimple or growth on the gums
Find a Dentist in Springfield, MO
For more information about root canal therapy and how to protect yourself from gum disease and tooth decay, contact our office by calling (417) 883-2111 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Montgomery today.
What's the most impressive cosmetic dental treatment? Well, studies cited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry show that it's professional teeth whitening! Safe, quick, and effective, teeth whitening from Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery in Springfield, MO, rejuvenates smiles so well that everyone will take notice!
Those disappointing stains
While tooth enamel is rock-hard, it is also porous, and thus absorbs the pigments of whatever foods, beverages, tobacco, and medicines that we consume. Consequently, teeth lose their sheen over time and their color darkens to a dull yellow. If it becomes severe enough, you may become too embarrassed to even open your mouth, much less smile broadly!
What you can do
Many people use store-bought whitening toothpastes, rinses, and strips to try to achieve a rejuvenated look. However, these products have limitations, and are quite ineffective on deep discolorations and sometimes even cause uncomfortable gum and dental sensitivity.
So, for safe teeth whitening that actually works, talk to your dentist, Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery in Springfield. He offers both in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments that brighten tooth enamel by as many as eight shades of color!
For your complete safety and satisfaction, Dr. Montgomery will examine your teeth and gums before beginning any cosmetic dental treatment, including whitening. Most adults and teens in good oral and systemic health may undergo whitening.
How whitening works
Teeth whitening uses powerful hydrogen peroxide gel to lift dark organic matter right out of tooth enamel. Applied either right here in our Springfield office by a dental professional or at home by you with custom-fitted whitening trays, the peroxide gel changes tooth color without harming the soft tissues of the mouth. In the office, whitening takes about an hour or so, whereas at-home, the process is more gradual and finishes in about a week.
Your rejuvenated pearly whites
Aren't they amazing? To keep them bright and beautiful, try to avoid cigarettes, cut back on dark foods, such as curry and berries, and drink your coffee, tea, or cola with a straw.
Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Also, remember to keep your six-month appointments with Dr. Montgomery, and drink plenty of water to wash tooth surfaces and increase saliva, nature's own whitening agent.
Come see us
At the dental office of Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery, you'll find a complete array of cosmetic dental services. Why not arrange your personal consultation today so that you can learn about whitening and other ways to rejuvenate your smile? Call us at (417) 833-2111, to get started!
Dealing with significant tooth loss? Let dentures restore your smile quickly.
While there are many ways for our Springfield, MO, restorative dentist, Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery, to replace missing teeth, there are still many people who turn to dentures because they offer a quick, inexpensive, and non-surgical tooth replacement option. If you are interested in acquiring a pair of dentures, read on to learn which type is right for you!
If you are dealing with complete tooth loss then these are the dentures for you. This removable prosthetic sits on top of the gums and are closely fitted to the gums where they naturally suction into place. Of course, many people also choose to use denture adhesives to provide a better hold and to prevent them from shifting around too much when chewing or speaking.
Complete dentures are either conventional or immediate. Immediate dentures are placed right after an extraction while conventional dentures are custom-made to provide a better fit but won’t be placed until eight-to-twelve weeks after your extraction.
Partial dentures (sometimes referred to as a dental bridge) are comprised of a plastic gum-like base with several false teeth that are held in place by attachments or clasps. In some cases, dental crowns are placed over neighboring healthy teeth to support and hold the partial dentures in place. Partial dentures are used when the patient still has some natural teeth remaining.
As we mentioned above, immediate dentures are given to you right away after a tooth extraction so that you won’t have to be without teeth while your gums heal. Immediate dentures are not meant to be a long-term solution. They aren’t custom-made to fit your mouth so they won’t fit as ideally as conventional dentures, however, they will give you the ability to speak and chew during the weeks that your gums need to heal from a tooth extraction.
Healthy patients who are missing some or all of their teeth may also turn to dental implants to support replacement teeth. Dental implants function like tooth roots and are placed into the jawbone to hold false teeth in place. Even if you have full dentures already, you can still get dental implants to hold your new teeth in place. Since full dentures can move around, dental implants are a practical solution to prevent this from happening.
Interested? Give us a call!
Do you have questions about dentures? Want to discuss whether you should get removable dentures or implant-supported dentures? Then let’s talk! Call our Springfield, MO, dental office today at (417) 883-2111 to schedule a consultation with us.
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