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By William H. Peterson, D.M.D.
November 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you have missing teeth, dental implants are a great option to restore your smile. In addition to replacing missing teeth, implants offer a dental implantsfew other advantages. Clayton, MO, dentist Dr. William Peterson helps his patients keep their smiles full, strong, and healthy with dental implants.

5 reasons to consider dental implants

If you're not sure if dental implants are the best choice for you, consider these benefits:

  • No Impact on Surrounding Teeth: If you need to replace one or more missing teeth, you're probably also considering a bridge, a restoration that consists of artificial teeth anchored by crowns on either end. Before you can receive a bridge, the anchor teeth must be filed down to ensure a proper fit. Dental implants don't require any changes to nearby teeth.
  • One and Done: Your Clayton dentist will do a consult, and then refer you to a specialist to place the dental implant. Titanium dental implants are placed in your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure. Once in place, the implants fuse to the surrounding bone and become a permanent part of your mouth. Although you'll need to replace the dental crowns attached to the implants periodically, your dental implants can last your entire life. If you opt for a bridge or dentures, you can expect to replace those restorations about every 10 to 15 years.
  • A Strong Jawbone: Did you know that your jawbone may begin to shrink after you lose a tooth? Shrinking, called resorption, occurs because your tooth roots no longer provide the constant stimulation needed to keep the bone strong. Although a little shrinking may not seem like a major problem, jawbone resorption can cause your teeth to loosen and fall out. Without adequate support from your jawbone, your lower facial muscles may begin to sag, adding years to your appearance.
  • Straighter Teeth: Once a tooth is lost, nearby teeth lose much-needed support. As a result, they may begin to drift toward the gap in your smile. Drifting, overlapping teeth don't just affect your appearance but can change your bite and make it more difficult to remove cavity-causing plaque.
  • Natural Feel: Dental implants feel like your own teeth because they're rooted in your jawbone just like your natural teeth. Implants offer important benefits for denture wearers. If you choose implant-supported dentures, you won't have to worry about gum irritation or a change in your biting power.

Improve your smile with dental implants! Call Clayton, MO, dentist Dr. William Peterson at (314) 727-4131 to schedule your appointment.

By William H. Peterson, D.M.D.
July 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Your damaged tooth can be restored with a dental crown. A crown is placed over a damaged tooth like a cap and acts as a protective shell.dental crowns The crown strengthens the tooth so it can resume biting and chewing functions again without pain or discomfort. In addition to strengthening teeth too weak to perform routine functions, dental crowns also improve the appearance of teeth with cosmetic flaws, such as stains or cracks, by concealing those imperfections. Dr. William Peterson is your dentist for dental crowns in Clayton, MO.

What are Crowns?

Dental crowns provide teeth a new exterior for teeth with damage, extensive decay, or cosmetic flaws. Each crown is custom made to fit over a specific tooth. The crown fits over the corresponding tooth like a cap and completely encapsulates and protects the tooth once in place. Dental crowns are made to look just like natural teeth so they readily blend in with your surrounding teeth. Crowns can give teeth a new look free of cosmetic imperfections, as well as strengthen and restore teeth too weak and damaged to perform normal functions.

Benefits of Crowns

Crowns provide several benefits, from restoring damaged teeth to transforming the appearance of teeth with cosmetic flaws. Another benefit of crowns is that they are cemented over teeth so they will remain in place permanently. The benefits of crowns include:

  • Restore and strengthen weak and damaged teeth
  • Protect teeth from sustaining additional damage
  • Restore regular biting and chewing functions
  • Alleviate strain on surrounding teeth that were compensating for damaged ones
  • Custom made to fit perfectly and match the appearance of your natural teeth
  • Conceal cosmetic concerns, such as stains, discolorations, chips, and cracks

Restore damaged teeth and improve the appearance of imperfect ones with dental crowns. For crowns in Clayton, MO schedule an appointment with Dr. Peterson by calling the dental office at (314) 727-4131.

By William H. Peterson, D.M.D.
April 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you in need of a dental implant?dental implants

Dental implants are a restorative procedure that beautifies your smile and reinforces your jawbone. Here is some more information your Clayton, MO, dentist, Dr. William Peterson, can provide you with!

What are dental implants?

It's vital to deal with tooth loss as soon as possible. Tooth loss results in the deterioration of bones due to the lack of ample support.

Here is more information about your dental implant procedure:

First, a local anesthetic is applied to the area that will undergo the procedure. Your dentist will then remove any tooth left and drill a hole into the jawbone, then insert a titanium post into it. The titanium post acts as the new tooth root and is biocompatible, so there is no worry of tissue rejection. The doctor will then surgically close the area and allow it to heal for a period of three to six months, while the process of osseointegration takes its full course. It's important to check in with your doctor periodically to make sure there aren't any problems. After the three to six months, you'll return to your Clayton dentist who will re-open the area, insert an abutment and place a crown over the abutment that matches the rest of your teeth.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

  • They are used to fill a single gap in your teeth, a few gaps, or all of your teeth.
  • Implants can have a high success rate, reaching 95 percent, compared to other dental restorations.
  • They can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
  • Dental implants look natural and can give you a beautiful smile.
  • You won't have to worry about being able to bite into and chew your favorite foods.
  • They don't slip out of place like dentures, which makes them comfortable and practical.
  • They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink.

If you have questions or concerns, Dr. Peterson can help you out. Call his office in Clayton, MO, at (314) 727-4131 to make an appoint today!

By William H. Peterson, D.M.D.
October 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces  

What your dentist in Clayton, Missouri wants you to knoworthodontics

You may need orthodontic treatment to correct poor jaw alignment, but you may also want orthodontic treatment to create a more beautiful smile. Modern orthodontic treatment allows you to do both. Dr. William H. Peterson in Clayton, Missouri wants to share why you might need or want orthodontics for your smile.

Orthodontic treatment can correct jaw alignment problems. It’s important for your chewing function to have your jaws come together correctly when you chew. Bad jaw alignment that goes uncorrected can result in wear-and-tear on the joints in your jaw, causing TMJ pain, headaches, and other issues. Some common jaw alignment problems that can be corrected with orthodontic treatment include:

  • An overbite, caused by your upper jaw protruding too far out in front of your lower jaw when you bite
  • An underbite, caused by your lower jaw protruding in front of your upper jaw when you bite
  • A crossbite, caused by your jaws crossing each other when you bite
  • An open bite, caused by your front teeth not closing together when you bite

You may want orthodontic treatment to make your smile look better. Rotated, crooked teeth or spaces between your teeth can be corrected to make your smile more cosmetically beautiful. Your smile will also be easier to clean when you have straight teeth. Tooth alignment issues aren’t just aesthetic issues. Poorly aligned teeth can also become damaged, broken, excessively worn, and traumatized.

Fortunately, Dr. Peterson offers Invisalign, the discreet way to make your smile straight and beautiful. Invisalign uses a system of clear plastic trays called aligners, which you will change out every two weeks until your treatment is complete. You will love Invisalign because it is:

  • Quick; the entire treatment is complete in 9 to 15 months
  • Comfortable; made of smooth plastic with no sharp metal parts
  • Discreet; with clear plastic trays, no one will notice you are wearing them
  • Healthy; you remove them to eat, brush, and floss your teeth

Whether you need orthodontics for functional issues, or you want orthodontics for a more pleasing smile, Dr. Peterson can help. To get started on your new smile call Dr. William H. Peterson in Clayton, Missouri today!

By William H. Peterson, D.M.D.
June 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: loose teeth  
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During your lifetime you’ll eat thousands of meals — and generate a lot of force from chewing over the years. But thanks to a support system of gum tissues and bone, your teeth can normally handle it.

What your teeth can’t handle, though, are higher than normal chewing forces on a continual basis. This can happen if you grind your teeth, which can produce 20-30 times the normal force. The habit often arises in adults because of high stress and often occurs during sleep.

These abnormal forces can stretch the periodontal ligaments that hold teeth in place, cause the teeth to become loose and at increased risk for loss. The best treatment strategy is to reduce clenching with, for example, muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatory drugs or lower the effects with a mouth guard that won’t allow the teeth to make solid contact during clenching.

Your teeth can also become loose even with normal chewing forces if you have advanced periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease arises from dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles left on teeth due to poor oral hygiene. As it builds up, it causes inflammation of the gum tissues resulting in bone loss and causing the gums to detach from the teeth, increasing pocket depth.

Our first step in this case is to treat the gum disease by removing plaque and calculus (tartar) from all tooth and gum surfaces. This includes infected areas below the gum line and around the roots, a circumstance that could require surgical access.

As treatment progresses in either of these scenarios the gum tissues heal and often regain their attachment to the teeth. But that can take time, so we may need to stabilize any loose teeth in the short term. The most common way is to splint them to other secure teeth. This is done by using a clear acrylic bonding material to join the loose teeth together with a strip of metal or other rigid material (like joining pickets in a fence).

When symptoms arise, quick action is the key to preventing lost teeth. If you notice swollen, painful or bleeding gums or especially loose teeth, don’t delay — contact us so we can begin treatment as soon as possible.

If you would like more information on the causes and treatments for loose teeth, 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 “Loose Teeth.”