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By Advanced Dental Arts
March 08, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

A tooth extraction could just end up benefitting your smile. Find out why.

You might not realize it but sometimes getting a tooth extraction is a good thing for your health. There are many reasons why Dr. Aaron Schertzer in St. Louis, MO, might recommend having a permanent tooth removed. While the goal should always be to save a permanent tooth whenever possible, tooth extraction might be necessary under these scenarios.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

This is the most common reason older teens and adults have to have a tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth, the third and final set of molars to come in, often don’t fully erupt through the gums or grow in straight. When this happens the wisdom tooth is more likely to damage neighboring teeth or develop decay or an infection. Fortunately, you don’t need wisdom teeth to maintain a healthy smile.

Crowding

Crowding is a common reason children and teens need to have a tooth removed, particularly before getting orthodontic treatment. While a tooth extraction won’t be required for all orthodontic situations, in cases where crowding is severe, removing one or more teeth can free up space to help braces more efficiently shift teeth into the proper position.

Severe Damage

When it comes to damage caused by decay or trauma, the goal is to save the tooth whenever possible. In most cases, teeth can be restored with a dental filling or a crown; however, there are some situations in which the health and integrity of the tooth are compromised and nothing will be able to restore or repair the tooth. When this happens, the best approach is to remove the tooth and then choose the proper restoration to replace it.

These are just some of the reasons you might need to have a tooth removed. Gum disease, an infection, and even a compromised immune system can also be factors for whether you require a tooth extraction now or in the future.

Dr. Aaron Schertzer in St. Louis, MO, offers dental extractions and more. If you are wondering whether it’s time to have a wisdom tooth extracted or if you just need to schedule your next dental cleaning, call 314-892-2120.

By Advanced Dental Arts
March 07, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

Five words no one welcomes: “You need a root canal.” But if you are delaying treatment because you are worried about pain and an uncomfortable day in the dentist’s chair, please think again! Dr. Aaron Schertzer at Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, MO, will put your concerns to rest. Modern root canal procedures are designed to repair your damaged tooth gently and efficiently and leave you with a restored natural tooth that can last a lifetime.

Why might you need a root canal?

First, a little tooth biology. Each tooth has a crown (the part we see above the gums) and one or more roots (the part of our tooth below the gum line that is attached to the bone in our jaw). The tooth has three basic layers: the hard enamel and cementum that cover the outer crown and root, the softer dentin beneath that layer, and, on the inside, the pulp. Pulp is made of living tissue and contains the blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth and keep it vital.

Even with the protection the enamel and dentin provide, sometimes the pulp can be infected or damaged. If you have suffered an injury to your mouth or jaw, or an infection has developed from an opening in the tooth caused by a deep cavity or crack, you may need a root canal to prevent further infection, pain, and even tooth loss. Call our office immediately if you feel pain with chewing or pressure, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, swollen, and tender gums around a tooth, or tooth discoloration.

The Root Canal Procedure

If a root canal is necessary, the procedure is very straightforward. After the area around the tooth is numbed, we will make an opening in the crown to allow access to the pulp inside. Very small instruments will be used to clean the inner tooth and remove bacteria and dead or dying tissue. The area will be thoroughly disinfected, and the inside shaped and then filled and sealed. A temporary filling or crown might be placed on the tooth to prevent bacteria and food from entering the site if a permanent crown needs to be created. The entire process usually takes from one to three visits.

If we suggest a root canal, it is because this is the best way to save your tooth. Please feel free to talk to us about your particular needs and concerns. Which tooth is affected, how many roots are involved, what type of filling or crown might be best—we will work with you to provide all the information you need and all the options you have available.

Common Concerns

Are you concerned about pain?

The most painful part of a root canal is often the severe discomfort your tooth causes before treatment. And infections and damaged nerves can affect not only the injured tooth but the gums, tissue, and even bone surrounding it. With our modern dental techniques, a root canal procedure is often no more uncomfortable than a regular filling. The local anesthetic we use will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, and, while the area around your tooth might be a bit sensitive following treatment, the pain caused by the infection or injury should be gone

No one welcomes the news that a root canal is necessary, but with today’s procedures, this treatment can be just what you need to relieve your pain and keep your natural tooth where it belongs for many years to come. Contact Dr. Schertzer at Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, MO for an appointment. Call the office today at (314) 892-2120.

By Advanced Dental Arts
October 25, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

If you have had a tooth extraction in Oakville, MO it is imperative that you care for your mouth and socket properly following the procedure. Dr. Aaron Schertzer at Advanced Dental Arts strives to help all his patients recover fully from tooth extractions and other procedures. Keep reading to learn how to prevent a dry socket after an extraction. 

What Is A Dry Socket?

A dry socket is a very painful condition that can develop following tooth extraction in Oakville, MO. When a tooth has been successfully extracted, a blood clot will form in the gums. This blood clot is very important in the healing process. If this blood clot comes out or is dislodged somehow, the very sensitive nerves inside the gums will be exposed. This can cause a lot of pain as well as increase the chances of infections. Keeping the blood clot safely in place is important. Let’s look at a few ways you can prevent a dry socket. 

No Straws

Sucking is one of the main ways a dry socket develops. When you suck on a straw you will cause a vacuum inside the mouth. The pressure of this can pull the blood clot out of your tooth socket. Instead of using straws, it is recommended that you only drink from a cup. Avoid straws or any drinking container that requires sucking. 

No Smoking

Following a tooth extraction in Oakville, MO smoking should be avoided. Smoking requires the same sucking behavior as using a straw. Just like with a straw, the sucking can dislodge the blood clot. It is further recommended that a patient avoid all tobacco products following an extraction. Tobacco products and the chemicals in tobacco products reduce the body’s ability to heal properly. 

Many dentists will also recommend that tobacco products not be used the days before a dental procedure as well.

Watch What You Eat 

For the first few days after your extraction, you will need to choose your foods carefully. Soft foods will be best. Applesauce, yogurt, mashed potatoes, oatmeal, and other soft foods are best. The reason for this is because you do not want anything hard or crunchy to get lodged into the tender tooth socket right after the extraction. This can be painful and can lead to infection. Soups may need to be avoided as well since people tend to suck or slurp when eating soup. 

Use Proper Oral Hygiene 

You should also be very careful concerning your oral hygiene right after tooth extraction in Oakville, MO. Poor oral hygiene could lead to infections. If you are in need of dental services, please contact Dr. Schertzer at Advanced Dental Arts. We will be happy to answer your questions and schedule you an appointment. Call 314-892-2120 today.

By Advanced Dental Arts
September 14, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Do you look in the mirror and wish your smile was more attractive? Your cosmetic dentist in St. Louis, MO, also serving Oakville, MO, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, can help you improve your appearance with a variety of cosmetic dentistry services and procedures.

What cosmetic dentistry option is right for you?

Even minor tooth issues can mean big problems for your smile. Tiny chips or discolored teeth are hard to hide and may make you feel self-conscious every time you open your mouth. During your visit to your St. Louis, MO, cosmetic dentist also serving Oakville, MO, we may recommend one of these smile-enhancing procedures:

  • Bonding: Bonding is an excellent choice for many types of imperfections and is one of the least costly cosmetic dentistry options. It's a good option if you want to cover a discolored tooth, hide a crack, fill in a chip or gap, or improve the appearance of a tooth. Bonding involves applying flexible composite resin to your tooth, shaping it, then hardening it with a curing light.
  • Teeth Whitening: If your smile has lost its luster, why not brighten it with teeth whitening? Whitening removes stain-causing pigments from your tooth enamel with professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel. After a one-hour whitening session, you can expect to see a three to eight shade improvement in your smile.
  • Veneers: Veneers conceal many imperfections and don't require any major changes to your tooth structure. The thin shells are cemented to the fronts of your teeth after a tiny amount of enamel is removed. In some cases, it's not even necessary to remove any enamel. Veneers are often used to change the shape and length of teeth, close slight gaps, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, and hide imperfections like chips, cracks, and uneven surfaces.
  • Dental Implants: Implants make it possible to create a brand new tooth from top to bottom. Titanium posts replace your missing tooth roots and bond to your jawbone. They're connected to dental crowns, restorations that replace the tops of teeth, to create brand new, fully functioning teeth.

Upgrade your smile with a cosmetic dentistry procedure! Call your St. Louis, MO, cosmetic dentist also serving Oakville, MO, Dr. Schertzer, at 314-892-2120 to schedule an appointment.

By Advanced Dental Arts
March 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Do the words "root canal" fill you with dread? Unfortunately, root canal therapy has a bad reputation that is completely undeserved. The truth is that root canals end your pain and save your tooth. During the procedure, your Oakville, MO, dentist, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, makes your comfort a priority.

The truth about root canals and pain

You've probably heard plenty of jokes about root canals. Contrary to popular belief, root canals are much more pleasant than jumping into a pit of rattlesnakes or free-falling from a plane without a parachute.

Back in the early 20th century when people started joking about root canals, the procedure may certainly have been painful. Limited dental anesthesia options and less sophisticated techniques may have meant an uncomfortable experience for patients.

Luckily, advances in dental technology have changed things for the better. In fact, the pain won't be a concern during your root canal procedure. You'll receive a local anesthetic that effectively numbs your mouth when you first arrive at the Oakville dental office. Your dentist won't place an instrument in your mouth until he's sure you don't feel a thing. If at any time, you begin to feel a little pain, just raise your hand to let him know.

What you can expect during a root canal

Root canals are performed when the pulp in the center of a tooth is painfully inflamed or infected. During root canal therapy, the tooth pulp is removed, eliminating the source of your pain and preserving your tooth.

A root canal probably won't seem much different than getting a filling. After making sure that your mouth is numb, your dentist will open your tooth and remove the pulp. Since pulp extends into tiny root canals that travel the length of your tooth, he'll also need to clean and shape the canals. An antibiotic will be added to the tooth to prevent infection.

Root canal therapy usually involves one to three appointments. You'll receive a temporary filling in your tooth at the end of the first appointment. Depending on how well your tooth is healing, you'll receive a rubber-based filling during your second or third appointment.

Your tooth may feel a little tender from the procedure for a few days. Over-the-counter medication or medication prescribed by your dentist will help relieve any pain you may feel. In just a week or two, your pain will be gone, and you'll realize that your root canal was much easier than you ever expected.

Root canals help you protect your teeth! Call your dentist in Oakville, MO, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, at (314) 892-2120 to schedule your appointment.