Aaron M. Schertzer DDS PC

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Saint Louis, Missouri 63129
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Posts for: January, 2017

By Advanced Dental Arts
January 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth extractions  

Find out if your smile could actually benefit from getting a tooth extracted.

In most cases, the longer you can keep your natural teeth the better. After all, nothing is as strong and durable as a real tooth. Of course, tooth extractionsthere are some specific situations in which having a tooth removed might actually benefit rather than hurt your smile. Our Oakville, MO, dentist, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, will only recommend a tooth extraction when absolutely necessary. Here are the issues that constitute this procedure:

You Have a Seriously Damaged Tooth

Whether from decay or trauma, there are many reasons a tooth can become damaged. While in many cases, a dental filling or a crown is often all that’s needed, if the tooth is too damaged or infected to be saved then our Oakville general dentist will need to remove it. After the tooth has been removed we can talk to you about options like bridges or implants for replacing your missing tooth.

You Have Severe Gum Disease

Gum disease is a silent killer and if you don’t keep up with your six-month dental cleanings then you may not know that you have gum disease until it’s too late. Infected pockets begin to form in the gums, causing the gums to pull away from teeth. Over time, teeth become loose. If you don’t seek treatment right away we may not be able to reattach the gums to your teeth and may need to remove loose teeth.

You Have Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Most adults, at one point or another, will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Since wisdom teeth are often impacted, meaning that they never fully erupt through the gums, this can lead to decay, infection or damage to neighboring teeth. To prevent these issues our Oakville restorative dentist will recommend removing this third set of molars.

You Need Braces

While this isn’t a common practice, there are some instances in which crowding is so bad that in order to free up enough space in the mouth for braces to work effectively we will need to remove a tooth beforehand.

Whether you have questions about an upcoming procedure or you are dealing with one of the issues above and want to find out whether an extraction is necessary, turn to the caring dental experts at Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, MO, to answer your questions and give you the care you deserve.

By Advanced Dental Arts
January 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   celebrity smiles  

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Advanced Dental Arts
January 03, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   nutrition  

You've no doubt heard about certain foods and beverages that increase your risk for dental disease. These foods, often high in added sugar or acid, can lead to tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.

But have you heard about foods with the opposite effect — actually protecting your teeth against disease? Many of these dental-friendly foods are plant-based and fibrous: they stimulate saliva production, one of the mouth's best disease-fighting weapons.

But there are also some foods you might not expect to make the good list for dental health. Here are 3 surprising foods that could help you fight dental disease.

Cheese. We've long recognized milk as important to dental health — but cultured dairy products like cheese are also good for teeth. Cheese stimulates saliva, which neutralizes acid and replenishes the enamel's mineral content. Cheese also contains decay-stopping minerals like calcium, phosphorous and casein. And although milk cheese contains the sugar lactose, this particular type triggers less acid production than other sugars.

Black & green teas. You may have heard about the staining effect of tea, and avoided it as a result. But both forms of tea are also rich in antioxidants, substances that protect us against disease, including in the mouth. Black tea also contains fluoride, which strengthens enamel against cavities. If you drink tea, of course, you should exercise diligent hygiene to reduce any staining effect.

Chocolate. Yes, you read that right, chocolate: unrefined cocoa to be exact, which contains a number of compounds that resist decay. Ah, but there's a catch — chocolate in the form of your favorite candy bar usually contains high amounts of sugar. Sweetened chocolate, then, is a mixed bag of decay-resistive compounds and decay-promoting sugar. To get the benefit you'll have to partake of this favorite food of the Aztecs in a more raw, less sweetened form.

Of course, there's no single wonder food that prevents tooth decay. Your best approach is a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and quality protein while limiting sugar-added and acidic foods. And don't forget daily brushing and flossing, coupled with regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups. Having a comprehensive dental care plan will help ensure your teeth remain healthy and disease-free.

If you would like more information on food choices and dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Nutrition & Oral Health.”