Springfield, MO Dentist
A Joshua Montgomery, DDS, PC
1722 S Glenstone Ave # V
Springfield, MO 65804
Tel: (417) 883-2111
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January 11, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Many people wonder if dentures look like real teeth. The answer depends on the type of dentures you choose and how your choice influences your smile. Learn more about dentures in Springfield, MO today when you call or schedule an appointment with Dr. Joshua Montgomery and his professional team.

Do Dentures Look Real?

Dentures have long been used to replace teeth and restore smiles. However, not all dentures are made the same. Most people have probably heard a story or two about President George Washington and his wooden teeth. Fortunately, Dr. Montgomery doesn’t use wooden teeth in Springfield, MO. There are differences though in the craftsmanship, quality, and longevity of dentures currently available.

For most dentists, the primary objective of a denture is to renew the critical role your teeth play in daily life. How your dentures look is often a secondary objective. Fortunately, the dentures you can choose from today make it much easier to make your smile nearly identical to the real thing.

Cosmetic Dentures

Most people choose cosmetic dentures to restore the natural look of their smile. Cosmetic dentistry today is designed to function like normal teeth, and you'll notice your mouth will work the same way it did before needing dentures.

Dentists today can anchor your dentures to a few dental implants with small screws that serve as a root. The procedure restores your teeths' full arch, which revitalizes your smile and gives you real-looking teeth. The type of material dentures are made from also affects how your smile looks. Here are the most popular materials patients choose for their cosmetic dentures.

Acrylic Resin – This material is considered by many, including the National Institutes of Health and Colgate, as the top choice. Acrylic resin is affordable, lightweight, and fits snugly against your gum line. Acrylic resin also adjusts easily when you bite.

Porcelain – This material is extremely durable and is usually the closest match to natural-looking teeth. The material's durability means you won't need to replace them as often as other materials.

Partial Metal – Dentists use partial metal as a base while the teeth are made from composite and resin. Not only are they comfortable and look great, but dentists can easily shade match these dentures to look more like your natural teeth.

To learn more about choosing dentures in Springfield, MO that look like natural teeth, call Dr. Montgomery and our professional team today at (417) 883-2111.

November 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Sometimes it takes a little more than brushing and flossing to get the smile you really want. If your teeth are stained or discolored, professional teeth whitening in Springfield, MO could be an option for you. Dr. Joshua Montgomery provides this, and many other services to help patients achieve the smile of their dreams. Keep reading to learn more. 

What Causes Teeth Staining?

Teeth can become stained for a few different reasons. One of the most common reasons for teeth staining is smoking. Smoking is bad for your health in many ways, but few people realize that it can also have a dramatic negative impact on the health and appearance of your teeth. 

Another common cause of teeth staining is dark liquids. Dark liquids such as coffee or dark-colored sodas can cause discoloration of your teeth. Medications and age can also contribute to teeth staining over time. 

Who Can Get Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening in Springfield, MO is safe for most patients over 18. If whitening is needed for younger patients, you will need to discuss with the dentist whether or not this is a good option. 

If you have any mouth sensitivities or allergies, you will want to discuss this with the dentist at your consultation. 

How Is Whitening Done?

In most cases, you can have your teeth whitened in the office during a quick procedure. The special whitening formula will be applied to your teeth using an application tray. You will wait while the formula whitens your teeth. Your dentist or dental assistant will check in to make sure the procedure is going well and that you are not reacting to the formula in any negative way. When the procedure is completed, your mouth will be rinsed out thoroughly. 

Depending on the severity of staining, follow-up visits may be required in order to achieve the whiteness you want. 

If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening in Springfield, MO, please contact Dr. Montgomery at 417-883-2111. 

May 20, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Do you have gaps in your smile? If you are missing teeth, dental implants could complete your smile. Dr. Joshua Montgomery, your Springfield, MO, dentist provides cosmetic and restorative treatments, including dental implants.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are placed during minor oral surgery. Your dentist embeds a screw-shaped post into the jaw bone to replace the roots of your missing natural tooth. As it heals over several weeks, the bone will fuse with the post, making it a permanent tooth replacement. You will wear a temporary crown while your custom crown is being made. Your permanent crown will be attached in a final visit, and you will leave with your brand-new tooth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants have many benefits, including:

  • Dental implant crowns are made of light-reflective materials that perfectly match your tooth enamel and blend in with the rest of your smile
  • Taking care of your implants is easy because all you have to do is brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once the way you usually do
  • Dental implants will not be susceptible to decay and could last a lifetime with the proper care
  • Dental implants are versatile and can be used to replace one or many missing teeth. Your Springfield, MO, dentist can also use them with other treatments like implant-supported bridges and implant-supported dentures

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

To be considered for dental implants, your general and oral health have to be able to support the treatment. Any problems with your gums or cavities in your teeth need to be cared for by your dentist before you get dental implants. Your dentist will also need to see if you have the proper bone density before placing an implant. Unfortunately, bone loss accompanies tooth loss, so you may need to get a bone graft before considering implants if this is the case. You also can’t get implants if you are a current smoker because smoking will interfere with the healing process. You have to quit smoking before getting dental implants.

To find out what dental implants can do for your smile, contact your Springfield, MO, dentist, Dr. Montgomery. Call (417) 883-2111 to schedule an appointment today.

July 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

In Springfield MO, the dentist to consult about failing teeth or tooth replacement is Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery. He offers dental crowns and bridges to restore smile strength, function, and aesthetics.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a customized porcelain restoration that covers a tooth above the gums. Your Springfield dentist designs your crown with information from a complete exam and your X-rays and oral impressions at his Springfield, MO, office.

Then, he sends instructions to a trusted dental lab where a skilled ceramist fashions this tooth-shaped cap from medical-grade ceramic. A crown faithfully mimics natural tooth color, shape, and bite and is so durable it should last for ten years or longer with regular in-office and at-home care.

Reasons to get a crown from your Springfield dentist

1. Your tooth has broken or is in danger of fracture.

2. Your tooth has had a lot of restorative work--veneers or fillings, as examples--and it may fail.

3. Teeth whitening treatments cannot remove stains from extrinsic factors, such as tobacco and coffee, or intrinsic reasons, such as root canal therapy.

4. You cannot save a tooth without it.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a prosthetic appliance consisting of one or more replacement teeth along with supporting crowns or dental implants. Some bridges bone to the tongue side of teeth (Maryland bridges) or receive support from teeth on only one side of the appliance (cantilevered bridges). In any case, a dental bridge is permanent: only your Springfield dentist can remove it.

Reasons to get bridgework

!. You have lost one or more teeth and wish to span the smile gap, improve your appearance, and restore your ability to eat and speak properly.

2. Bridges help you retain proper dental alignment. In general, tooth loss causes remaining teeth to drift toward space.

3. In the case of implant-supported bridges, your jaw bone health and integrity will improve despite the loss of your natural teeth, says, Dear Doctor. Dental implants reside in the jaw bone and exercise it when you bite and chew.

The evaluation and treatment process

Come to your Springfield dentist's office for a comprehensive exam, X-rays, and other imaging as needed. Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery will detail your options for preserving injured teeth or replacing missing or soon to be extracted teeth. Oral impressions and detailed specifications tell the dental lab how to construct your restorations or tooth replacements.

Afterward, you should care for your renewed smile with twice-daily brushing, once-daily flossing, and semi-annual check-ups and cleanings with Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery. Plaque and tartar cannot lead to decay of crowns and bridges, but their associated bacteria can attack underlying roots, gum tissue, and bone. So, be disciplined about oral hygiene, and your new smile will remain healthy and bright for years.

Contact us

Please see your dentist for a detailed consultation on dental crowns and bridges. We look forward to helping you with your dental needs. Call Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery in Springfield MO at (417) 883-2111.

March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Dentures can help you regain a full smile and restore lost tooth functioning so you can eat your favorite foods with ease. Several types of denturesdentures are available. The type you need will depend on whether you need to replace a few teeth or a full row. Dr. Joshua Montgomery, the skilled dentist at our office in Springfield, MO, can discuss the different denture options and recommend one that is best for meeting your needs.

Benefits of Dentures

There are numerous benefits associated with having dentures. One of the most significant benefits is that dentures make it possible to restore your smile. No matter how many teeth you have missing, dentures can give you back a full smile. Dentures also restore normal tooth functioning. If you have been unable to eat certain foods due to tooth loss, dentures can make a difference. You can bite into and chew a variety of foods with dentures.

Another benefit of dentures is that they can undo some of the unwanted side effects that often occur with tooth loss. For example, missing teeth means there is less support for facial muscles, which can lead to sagging and drooping. Dentures help restore the natural shape of the face by providing much needed support. Speech can also be affected by tooth loss. Using dentures to fill in the gaps where there are no teeth improves speech by preventing the tongue from slipping into the gaps.

Full Dentures

Also called complete dentures, full dentures are used to replace an entire row or arch of missing teeth. There are three types of full dentures and the dentist at our office in Springfield can recommend the right type for you.

Immediate Full Dentures: Worn temporarily while waiting for the gums to heal from tooth extraction so that you can enjoy a full smile immediately.

Conventional Full Dentures: Replaces immediate dentures and is meant to be worn long-term. This type of denture is custom made for an ideal fit.

Implant-Supported Overdentures: Also replaces immediate dentures and is meant to be worn long-term. Differs from conventional full dentures as this type is held in place by dental implants.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth still remain and you just need to fill in the gaps around them where teeth are missing. Two types of partial dentures are available.

Transitional Partial Dentures: Worn temporarily while waiting for the gums to heal from extraction so you can enjoy a full smile right away.

Removable Partial Dentures: Replaces transitional dentures and is worn long-term. This type of denture is typically held in place by clasps that attach to the natural teeth.

Several types of dentures are available to meet your particular needs. To learn more about dentures and what type might be right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Montgomery, our skilled dentist, by calling our office in Springfield, MO, at (417) 883-2111.