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We believe deeply in the power of information and education. Not only do we take the time to discuss every procedure with our patients and teach you about your dental health, but we are also dedicated to constantly increasing our own knowledge through continuing education courses to stay on top of the latest techniques and improvements in the dental field. This allows us to consistently provide you with the exceptional dental services and procedures that you deserve.
Your questions are always welcome; don’t ever hesitate to ask us anything about your care, our practice, or dentistry in general! We’ve collected some of the most common questions we are asked, and you can check to see if your question is answered here.
If your question is not addressed here or if you’d like more information, just give us a call at 314-291-9000, or send us an email using our convenient online form and someone will quickly get back to you.
Veneers can improve the color, shape, and function of chipped, worn, and crooked teeth by bonding a thin layer of porcelain to the front of the teeth. They can also fill in gaps between teeth.
In order for veneers to be successful, your teeth must be free of cavities and gum disease. Veneers are not as strong as your natural teeth, so if you tend to grind or clench your teeth, you may not be an ideal candidate for veneers.
Reach Out To Your Bridgeton Dentist About Veneers
We understand that paying for dental services can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. We want to ensure that each patient we see can get the care they need with their coverage, and we are proud to work with many insurance providers to achieve this. We accept almost every dental insurance plan except for Medicaid, DMOs, and HMOs. We are in-network providers for Delta Dental and Cigna.
Questions? Call Our Bridgeton Dentist Office!
If you have any questions about insurance, feel free to contact our office to schedule a consultation for any of our services, and we will be happy to go over your unique coverage for dental procedures. Call our experienced team today at (314) 291-9000, or send us an email to get started.
Crowns and Bridges
Bridges don’t require any additional care other than your usual brushing and flossing routine (along with regular visits to our office, of course!). This is one of the benefits that a bridge has over a partial denture, which requires care using special products and occasional adjustments. Your bridge may eventually need an adjustment but it should last for several years with good care.
Our Bridgeton Dental Bridges Are Like Your Natural Teeth
While bridges are made of synthetic materials and can’t decay the way that natural teeth can, you still need to practice good hygiene habits. A bridge can still build up plaque, and if plaque is allowed to harden into tartar along the gum line, you will increase your risk for periodontal disease. Additionally, plaque and tartar build-up between your bridge and your natural teeth can lead to decay.
Bridges are designed to be durable, but they aren’t impervious to damage. Biting down on hard objects such as ice, pens, pencils, or fingernails could cause your bridge to crack or become dislodged. Be especially careful when eating foods that could contain a pit such as cherries and olives. If your bridge does become damaged, please call our office right away so that we can repair your dentistry.
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Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf! If you have any questions about services and procedures, feel free to call our office at (314) 291-0590.
Crowns are used to support and protect teeth that are damaged by trauma or decay or structurally weakened because of infection or extensive fillings (which is sometimes the case following root canal therapy). The goal of placing a crown on your damaged tooth is to restore it to full function so that you can chew, speak, and smile with comfort and confidence.
We don’t believe that any dental treatment should hurt. End of story.
Procedure for Dental Crowns in Bridgeton, MO
The process of getting a crown does involve some shaping of the tooth to make sure that the crown will fit correctly without altering your bite or putting pressure on your other teeth. Dr. Burgdorf takes care to make sure that you are thoroughly numb and comfortable before beginning this procedure. If at any time during the procedure you become uncomfortable, raise your hand, and Dr. Burgdorf will immediately stop and help you get comfortable again.
Your tooth will be placed with a temporary crown while we wait for your permanent crown to come back from the lab. We’ll provide you with options to make sure that you are comfortable during this time, even after your anesthetic wears off.
Once your crown is complete and you return to our office, we’ll carefully remove the temporary crown and bond the permanent crown. You are unlikely to need any anesthetic for this process.
Call our office today to learn more and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.
Crowns and other dental restorations are designed to be durable, but just like your own teeth, they can become worn down and stained over time. Additionally, if they are suddenly exposed to force that they aren’t meant to handle (such as biting down on an unexpected olive pit), they can crack or break.
Worn Out Dental Crowns
If your crowns are worn down or damaged, give us a call so that we can plan replacements. We may need to remove the crown and provide you with a new temporary crown until your new permanent crowns are complete.
A broken crown is a dental emergency. Often, broken restorations cause pain, and we never want our patients to be in pain!
If you’ve had your crowns for several years, you may be troubled by their aesthetics. Older materials used to create crowns were not as natural-looking and lifelike as today’s modern crowns. Metal crowns and porcelain-fused-to-metal may be a giveaway that you’ve had dental work done, and we completely understand that you want your smile to look its best.
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Dr. Burgdorf is happy to examine your dentistry and provide a recommendation as to whether your crowns should be replaced. Give our Bridgeton dental office a call to schedule your evaluation.
A dental crown, sometimes known as a “cap,” is a special type of restoration that is designed to fit over, protect, and support a damaged tooth. Today’s crowns are typically made of porcelain or ceramic and can be shaded and designed to look virtually identical to a natural tooth. Once a crown has been placed, in fact, it’s highly unlikely that anyone will be able to tell your capped tooth apart from your other teeth. A dental crown, sometimes known as a “cap,” is a special type of restoration that is designed to fit over, protect, and support a damaged tooth. Today’s crowns are typically made of porcelain or ceramic and can be shaded and designed to look virtually identical to a natural tooth. Once a crown has been placed, in fact, it’s highly unlikely that anyone will be able to tell your capped tooth apart from your other teeth.
The Difference At Our Bridgeton Dental Office
Our office prefers to practice conservative, non-invasive dentistry whenever possible. Often, preserving your natural tooth is preferable to removing it and replacing it (although sometimes extraction is an appropriate solution). We will always discuss all your options with you so that you understand our recommendations. Capping or crowning a tooth does require shaping of the natural tooth structure in order to allow the crown to fit properly and not create pressure on your other teeth, but it is still a less invasive procedure than an extraction.
Once a crown has been placed, it can be cared for just like a natural tooth. Although the crown cannot decay, the tooth beneath it may without proper dental care. Crowns also do not protect against periodontal disease so good home care is a must.
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Crowns can be used in a number of situations. Dr. Burgdorf may recommend a crown if your tooth is damaged by advanced decay or has broken because of an injury. Sometimes, crowns are used as part of an aesthetic smile makeover because of their ability to completely transform a discolored or misshapen tooth that is detracting from the appearance of your smile.
Procedure for Dental Crowns in Bridgeton, MO
Before you are fitted for a crown, Dr. Burgdorf will discuss his recommendation with you and the reasons why he feels that a crown is the most appropriate solution in your case. We prefer to use the least invasive option whenever possible, particularly when it allows us to save your natural tooth, and a crown can allow us to do just that, saving you the expense of replacing a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted.
Of course, the final decision always rests in your hands. At our Bridgeton dental office, you are in charge of your healthcare. We offer beautiful porcelain crowns that look completely lifelike, which may help to make your decision easier!
If you are troubled by a damaged or unsightly tooth and want to fix your smile and restore the functionality of your tooth, call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.
Unfortunately, when it comes to insurance coverage, the answer always seems to be “maybe.” Everyone’s insurance plan is a little bit different, and factors such as the insurance carrier, the level of coverage that you’ve selected, and your employer’s group can affect which services are covered and how much your out-of-pocket costs are.
While many insurance companies aren’t yet covering dental implants, the good news is that some are beginning to realize how effective a solution implants are and the long-time benefits they provide (which could actually save both you and your insurance company money in the long run).
Coverage for Dental Implants in Bridgeton
The best way to determine your insurance coverage is to call the customer service number on the back of your card and ask. If you need assistance with this, please don’t hesitate to call us. We want to help you maximize your dental benefits. One of our helpful front office staff will check your benefits and let you know whether dental implants are covered as well as your estimated portion. Please keep in mind that benefits can change without notice, and we are unable to provide a guarantee of coverage. Even if your insurance does not cover implants, we can look at other payment options to help you fit this innovative treatment into your budget.
If you find yourself living with a compromised or missing tooth, dental implants are one of the smartest investments you can make in your oral health. This treatment is highly predictable and reliable as it boasts a 95% success rate. Implants also offer excellent longevity, as they can potentially last a lifetime with the right home care and routine checkups with your dentist every six months. This makes dental implants the best long-term investment for your wallet.
Why Dental Implants in 63044 Work
Dental implants are so successful because they replace your root and your tooth, which closely mimics your natural tooth in both form and aesthetics. A biocompatible titanium post integrates with your jawbone to replace your root and create the foundation for your new tooth. A porcelain crown that is customized to replace your tooth offers all the function you enjoyed before such as eating, talking, and smiling. It's also custom shaded to blend seamlessly with your smile.
Dr. Burgdorf is the cosmetic dentist patients in Bridgeton, MO trust when it comes to implant dentistry. If you would like to learn more about how dental implants might benefit you, give our office a call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Burgdorf.
It depends on your specific needs and goals. What is your budget? Are you concerned about the deterioration of periodontal bone tissue? What will your insurance cover? Are you willing to have oral surgery?
Dr. Burgdorf will discuss these concerns with you and help you determine the option that is right for you. He will also perform an examination to make sure that you are a candidate for a dental implant. If your bone tissue has started to deteriorate, it may not be able to support an implant. In this case, we can discuss options like bone grafting to build up your bone.
Dentures vs. Dental Bridges
While bridges are sometimes cheaper than dental implants, they may not be as permanent of a solution. Implants are placed directly into the periodontal bone and can last a lifetime. Implants also don’t require any alteration of existing teeth whereas bridges will require crowns to be placed on the adjacent teeth to hold the restoration in place.
Another option that is more affordable when you are missing more than one tooth is an implant-retained bridge. In this case, the bridge is held in place with dental implants instead of crowns on other teeth.
Call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.
Have you been thinking about getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth? You’re probably reviewing all your options, and you may be wondering why dental implants cost more than other replacement methods. There are actually a few reasons for this.
- Many insurance plans are still not paying for dental implants (although more are beginning to get on board and realizing what an excellent investment in dental health an implant truly is). Therefore, your out-of-pocket expenses are higher.
- A dental implant is completed in two stages – the surgery to place the implant and the restoration of the implant with a crown. Often, the surgery is the most expensive part of the process, but it’s also the part that makes implants so effective and unique.
- An implant is designed to become a permanent part of your mouth. While your crown may eventually need to be replaced if it becomes damaged, the post will remain in place.
- Implants help your periodontal tissue to maintain its integrity, avoiding problems that are typical with lost teeth. When you replace a lost tooth with a bridge or a partial, the periodontal tissue continues to deteriorate. Eventually, you may need to replace your bridge or partial as the shape of your mouth changes and your teeth begin to shift. In the end, these added expenses and problems may make dental implants the less expensive option!
Contact Our Bridgeton Dentist Office
Before making your final decision, discuss your options with Bridgeton dentist Dr. Burgdorf to make sure you are choosing the option that is right for you. Give our dental office a call today to schedule a consultation!
Dentures and Partials
Decisions about your dentistry are between you and your dentist. When deciding which options are the best, there are many factors to consider such as:
- Which option works best for your lifestyle?
- What level of care are you committed to?
- How permanent do you want your dentistry to be?
- What is your budget?
- What will your insurance pay for?
- Do you have health conditions that might make you a less-than-ideal candidate for a particular type of dentistry?
At your consultation, Dr. Burgdorf will perform an examination and discuss your needs with you to help you come to a decision that will best meet your needs. For many people, that decision will be dentures.
Dentures are often the most appropriate option if you are on a limited budget, have many or all of your teeth to replace, desire a solution that is usually covered by most insurance plans, and are willing to commit to a more involved care routine.
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Getting dentures does not mean that other replacement options will be unavailable to you in the future; however, the longer you wait, the more likely it is that you will lose bone, which would make getting dental implants more a more involved process, requiring bone grafting to build up the depleted tissue.
Call our Bridgeton dentist office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.
With good care habits, your dentures will look great for a long time. Dentures do require a little extra care, however, to keep them in good shape and prevent staining and scratches, which can dull the surface and allow for bacterial growth.
Tips For Cleaning Your Dentures
- Only use cleaning products (including pastes, soaks, and brushes) approved by Dr. Burgdorf. Products designed for natural teeth may be too abrasive for dentures.
- Clean your dentures at least once daily to avoid staining and keep them fresh.
- When your dentures are not in your mouth, keep them moist. Allowing them to dry can cause them to warp and no longer fit properly.
- When rinsing your dentures, use cool to lukewarm water. Hot water can change the shape of your dentures.
- Use caution when washing not to drop your dentures! Placing a towel on your counter can add an extra level of protection (since dentures can be slippery).
- If your dentures do fall, contact our Bridgeton dental office quickly so that Dr. Burgdorf can examine your dentures for damage that might not be immediately apparent.
- Any damage should be fixed promptly since this can change the fit of your dentures, allow for bacterial growth, or cause sores on your gums.
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Essentially, dentures are designed to replace a full set of teeth, and partials are designed to replace one or more missing teeth. Dentures are made up of artificial teeth set into an acrylic base that is colored to look like your gums. With partials, the teeth may be set into an acrylic or metal base that is worn over your palate. Both options are designed to look natural so that most people will never know that these are not your own original teeth!
Chat With Our Bridgeton Dental Office
If you are missing teeth, call our Bridgeton dental office to schedule a consultation and evaluation with Dr. Burgdorf. He will examine your teeth and periodontal health and help you determine which option is right for you. Even if you still have several teeth and think that partials are right for you, it may be a better option for the long term to remove your remaining teeth if they are not in good health.
While Dr. Burgdorf believes in practicing conservative dentistry and will recommend the least invasive option possible, he doesn’t want to see his patients in pain, and he also doesn’t want patients to waste their money. If your remaining teeth are not in good health, they are likely to cause you pain in the future (even if they aren’t now), and you may eventually wind up paying for a great deal more dental work and a new appliance.
Call us today to learn more and discuss your options with Dr. Burgdorf.
Every dental insurance plan is different, so it’s hard to say for sure what will and won’t be covered. Most insurance plans do cover some portion of dentures, however. To determine whether dentures are covered under your insurance, the best thing to do is call your insurance company and ask. If you need help with this, please let us know, and we will be happy to assist you. We want to help you make the most of your dental benefits!
Insurance Coverage for Dentures in Bridgeton
It’s important to understand that dental insurance coverage doesn’t work exactly the same as medical coverage. Even if dentures are listed by your insurance plan as a covered benefit, you may still be responsible for a portion of the cost – even after your regular copay. We will always be upfront with you about your costs, and we can work with you to determine the best way to fit dentures into your budget. Communicate with us about your needs, and we will do our best to meet these so that you can get the dental care you need without straining your finances.
Call our office today and speak with one of our friendly and helpful front desk staff so that we can best determine how we can assist you.
Dentures have come a long way. Perhaps you remember your grandparents’ dentures from when you were a child – vivid pink “gums” with unnaturally white and even teeth. There was no question that these were “fake” teeth.
A great deal of craftsmanship goes into the making of today’s dentures. The plastic portion that fits over your gums and holds the teeth in place is now naturally colored and translucent for a realistic appearance, and the teeth are now designed and placed individually to allow for the variation that occurs in nature.
The lab we trust with our dentures and partials creates these appliances with an eye toward both aesthetics and comfort. Another flaw of older dentures was slipping and improper fit. These issues affected facial shape as well as speech, giving away the wearer’s secret. Older dentures often only fit properly when adhesive was used.
Modern Dentures in Bridgeton, MO
Today, we design dentures to fit comfortably over your gums and hold without adhesive (although an adhesive may be used if you feel more secure with it). If your dentures do start to fit differently and don’t remain in place as they should, call us right away. Poorly fitting dentures don’t just pose a risk of slipping; they also can damage your gums, leading to sores and infections.
If you have a dental emergency in Bridgeton, MO, look no further than the dental office of Dr. Kevin Burgdorf! We can treat your broken and injured teeth right here in our dental chairs.
Unless your injury is life-threatening or you have a broken jaw, you should avoid going to the emergency room. Hospitals and urgent care facilities aren’t nearly as well-equipped to provide emergency dental care as dentists are, and you can get most of the treatment you need directly from your dentist.
Dental Emergencies in Bridgeton, MO
Rather than driving to the hospital and waiting for your turn, you can call our Bridgeton dentist office at (314) 291-9000, and we will instantly make your care a priority.
We understand that dental emergencies are painful and inconvenient, which is why we offer immediate treatment to relieve your pain and fix your tooth. Whether you have a cracked tooth, broken dental crown, bleeding tooth, or painful dental infection, we’ll get you into our 63044 dentist office for an exam right away. Usually, this means treatment on the same day that you call, even if we’re closed for regular business hours.
Our caring and gentle clinical team will provide the care you need efficiently. We can often repair your compromised tooth with a dental restoration such as a filling or crown.
The next time you have a dental emergency in Bridgeton, MO, call us at (314) 291-9000, so we can see you right away.
You’ve just injured your tooth, and now you’re in pain and shock. What happens next? Should you call your Bridgeton dentist office? Do you wait it out until morning, hoping that the tooth pain relieves itself? Maybe you consider trying to fix the tooth on your own?
While you should never try to repair your own broken tooth, some dental injuries are more urgent than others. Some damaged teeth can wait until the next day for treatment, while your emergency dentist in Bridgeton needs to treat certain situations immediately.
When to Call Your Emergency Dentist in Bridgeton, MO
If you’re unsure about whether you have experienced a true dental emergency or not, ask yourself the following questions:
“Am I in significant pain? Is my pain responding to over-the-counter NSAIDs, or am I still hurting?”
“Is my mouth bleeding a significant amount? Can I stop the bleeding with gauze and mild pressure, or is it more serious than that?”
“Did I knock a tooth out completely?”
“Am I missing a large chip or chunk out of a tooth?
“Has my dental injury exposed the interior of my tooth, my tooth socket, or a vulnerable part of my tooth that was covered by a restoration?”
“Is this injury affecting my ability to chew, smile, or speak?”
If you answered “yes” to several of these questions and “no” to the questions about managing your pain or bleeding on your own, you likely have a dental emergency in Bridgeton.
At the Bridgeton dentist office of Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS, we offer emergency dental care to help patients who have experienced a dental emergency. Our emergency dentist can treat knocked-out teeth, broken teeth, cracked teeth, infected teeth, painful teeth, and loose teeth. We also treat soft tissue injuries, such as lacerations to your tongue or cheeks.
If you have experienced a dental emergency in Bridgeton, MO, do not want to seek professional help! Call (314) 291-0590 ASAP if you are in need of emergency dental care.
Short, worn down teeth are the result of malocclusion, or a misalignment of the teeth when the jaws come together. They can also be the result of clenching and grinding, which usually occurs at night. In addition, premature loss of permanent teeth can increase the demand on the remaining teeth, resulting in worn, broken teeth.
In order to fix this problem, we need to address the cause first, and then we can restore your teeth to health. Worn, chipped teeth should not be considered the inevitable result of getting older. Something out of the ordinary is causing the changes, and the earlier we can intervene, the better.
Stop Grinding with Occlusal Guards in Bridgeton, MO
If grinding and clenching are the culprits behind your worn teeth, we can help by providing you with a customized occlusal guard to hold your jaws apart while you are sleeping to prevent further wear and tear.
If worn teeth are already a significant problem for you, we can discuss other restorative treatment options, which may include crowns, dental bonding, or veneers depending on the location and condition of your teeth.
Call us today to schedule your examination and consultation so that we can determine the best way to help you.
Occlusal guards, also known as night guards, can be used to treat a range of dental and health conditions depending on the style of the guard.
One common use for occlusal guards is the treatment of bruxism, or clenching and grinding of the teeth. Different styles may be used to achieve relief with some pulling your jaw forward slightly so that your back teeth don’t touch, and others fitting between your teeth to keep the surfaces from touching. Both types protect your teeth from the damage caused by clenching and grinding and relieve the tension on your jaw muscles.
TMJ Treatment in the 63044 Area
Clenching and grinding may lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a condition affecting the joint where your lower jaw meets your skull. The appliance relieves tension on the joint, reducing inflammation and pain.
Both bruxism and TMJ can also be triggers for migraines, so wearing an occlusal guard can also provide relief from this chronic and painful type of headache, reducing both the frequency and intensity.
At Dr. Burgdorf’s Bridgeton dental office, we provide customized occlusal guards, made to fit your mouth and treat your condition. Call us to schedule your evaluation today and get the relief you deserve.
Bruxism is the medical term for a condition that causes people to grind and clench their teeth – particularly while they sleep. While some people think that bruxism is not much of a concern, the truth is that if it is left untreated, it can do a great deal of damage to your teeth and affect your health in other ways, as well.
The force created by bruxism is known to quickly erode teeth. This can cause your teeth to look too short and can strip away the enamel that protects the dentin of your teeth, leading to pain and an increased risk of cavities. Sometimes, people grind hard enough to fracture teeth, which may require restorative treatment to fix or even extraction and replacement. The costs can quickly add up.
Bruxism has also been identified as a migraine trigger in some people because it causes strain in the muscles of the temples, which irritates the nerves. It’s also a common trigger for temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. This condition causes pain in the jaws, neck, and shoulders as well as other issues.
Treating Bruxism in Bridgeton
Treatment is often as simple as wearing an occlusal guard while you are sleeping. The guard prevents your back teeth from touching so that you physically cannot grind and clench your teeth.
TMJ technically stands for the temporo-mandibular joint, the jaw joint located right in front of your ears on which your jaw rotates. TMJ may also refer to TMJ disorder, a condition in which the jaw joint becomes inflamed, causing you to experience pain, clicking, and/or popping. Often, this condition causes you to experience discomfort in the muscles associated with the jaw and face as well.
Common Factors Of TMJ
- Chronic bruxism (grinding and clenching of your teeth)
- Arthritis in the joint
- A slipped disc in the joint
- Damage to the joint caused by a sharp blow
It’s also possible to develop TMJ without a clear cause. More women than men have TMJ, which has led researchers to believe that there may also be a hormonal component to the condition.
Untreated, TMJ can cause pain and permanent damage to the jaw joint. The joint may stick or lock, causing your jaw to become stuck in a closed or an open position.
Finding TMJ Treatment in Bridgeton
TMJ can be treated using a number of different methods including hot and cold therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and surgery. Dr. Burgdorf can also prescribe an occlusal guard to be worn at night that reduces tension on the joint, leading to less discomfort and more flexibility.
When we recommend an occlusal guard for bruxism or temporomandibular joint disorder, many patients ask about the night guards and sports guards that they have seen for sale at drugstores. While these may be a solution in a pinch, we don’t recommend them in the long term for several reasons.
Properly Fitting Night Guard
Our occlusal guards are carefully customized to fit your mouth. This is important because not only will the guard be comfortable when you are wearing it, you won’t have to worry about it causing your teeth to change position. An improperly fitted nightguard will put pressure on your teeth, and over time, cause them to shift. It’s the same principle that makes Invisalign so effective, except in this case, it’s working against you!
Additionally, we know exactly which type of condition we are trying to treat, and we are careful to choose a guard that will work the best for you. Nightguards for sleep apnea are not the same as guards for bruxism, and we want to make sure that the guard you are using will effectively treat your problem.
Reach Out To Your Bridgeton Dentist
For most children, a skilled family dentist, like Dr. Burgdorf, is an appropriate choice for providing dental care. Some children, however, may benefit from seeing a pediatric dentist, which is a specialist who has received extra years of training in children’s dentistry. Children in this category may include those with special needs that make treatment more difficult or children who need extensive specialized dental care.
Dr. Burgdorf has a great deal of experience treating children of all ages and is qualified to treat nearly every situation that may arise. Additionally, his father was a pediatrician, which means that he has extra insight and compassion when it comes to kids and knows how to make each visit as comforting, fun, and interesting as possible.
A Kid-Friendly Dentist Office In Bridgeton
We’ve taken extra steps to make sure that our dental office is kid-friendly. In fact, one of our front desk staff is even an accomplished balloon twister! We love having children come to our office, and bringing your entire family to see the same dentist is a great way to simplify your life while still providing excellent care for your family.
Call today to schedule your child’s appointment at our Bridgeton dental office. Dr. Burgdorf is happy to answer all of your questions about children’s dentistry.
Thumb sucking is one of those childhood habits that causes parents everywhere to worry about the permanent damage that their child may be doing to their teeth. The truth is that most kids will stop sucking their thumbs on their own between the ages of two and four, usually, before any sort of dental problems come up.
If your child is still sucking his or her thumb by the age of four or five – or when the permanent teeth begin to come in – then you might have cause for concern. One sign that intervention may be needed is if the teeth in the front have begun to “tip” or shift as a result of the pressure from the thumb.
Tips To Help End Thumb Sucking
- Use positive reinforcement such as stickers when you catch them not thumb sucking.
- Notice what triggers thumb sucking. Is your child stressed? Anxious? Overly tired? Try hugging your child and talking about what’s wrong.
- Gently remind your child if you see him or her thumb sucking. Don’t scold or punish. It can be difficult to break such a comforting habit.
If you’re concerned about your child’s thumb-sucking habit, call Bridgeton dentist Dr. Kevin Burgdorf. Dr. Burgdorf has plenty of experience caring for children and will discuss your concerns with you and provide advice and encouragement to help your child break the thumb habit.
Giving your kids a great start on oral health sets the stage for building healthy habits that will serve them well throughout their entire lives.
Advice From A Children's Dentist in Bridgeton, MO
- Bring them in regularly for check-ups. This helps to normalize the dentist so your child doesn’t develop fear.
- Make brushing their teeth a habit, as essential as washing their hair.
- Use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste to brush their teeth. Assist them with this task until they are old enough to manage it themselves (usually about age eight).
- Even after they have the dexterity to brush independently, supervise them occasionally to make sure that they are still using good technique. Kids will be kids, after all!
- Provide a healthy diet filled with calcium-rich foods such as dairy and vegetables like kale, spinach, and broccoli.
- Discuss your child’s water habits with Dr. Burgdorf. If they are drinking bottled or filtered water, they may not be getting enough fluoride, which could lead to cavity-prone enamel.
Schedule Your Child's First Dentist Visit in 63044
For many children, the first dental visit occurs when they are very young since we agree with the recommendation that children visit the dentist for the first time by the age of one (or when their first tooth appears, whichever comes first).
Since this age is too young for the child to be very cooperative or sit still for an exam, our goal for the first visit is to normalize the dentist’s office and provide advice and encouragement for proper oral care.
How Our Bridgeton Pediatric Dentist Does Things
Your child will meet Dr. Burgdorf and “go for a ride” in the dentist’s chair. If your child lets us, we’ll take a quick look at his or her teeth to make sure everything looks good. If we do spot anything concerning, we’ll let you know right away.
The next part of your child’s first visit will be spent discussing good home-care techniques with you so that you can take care of those first teeth and keep them healthy. Baby teeth serve several important purposes. Healthy baby teeth not only give your child an adorable smile, they also help your child eat food and hold the places for the permanent teeth that are yet to come. If you have any concerns or worries about your child’s oral development, don’t hesitate to let us know!
Schedule Your Child's First Dentist Appointment
Making oral health care (including dentist visits) part of your child’s regular routine now will help them to develop healthy habits as they grow and prevent fear and anxiety later in life.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.
A pediatric dentist is a specialist who has gone back to school to study for an extra two years topics specifically pertaining to children’s dentistry. A pediatric dentist is an excellent choice if your child requires extensive dentistry or has special needs that make seeing your family dentist more challenging.
For most kids, a family dentist is a reasonable and appropriate choice. Dr. Burgdorf has a great deal of experience treating children of all ages and an excellent understanding of the needs and issues that come at every stage of childhood and beyond. If specialized care is needed, he can refer you to a pediatric dentist, but most of the time, this is not necessary.
What We Do Differently At Our Bridgeton Dental Office
We strive to make our office a fun place to be for both kids and adults. Dr. Burgdorf and his team are friendly and welcoming – Amy, one of our front desk staff, is even an accomplished balloon twister! We’ll make sure that your child always feels comfortable and happy during their visits to our office.
Dental care from a young age is important in establishing the dentist’s office as a safe and normal place to be. Dental care should be seen as a part of your child’s normal routine, and developing these habits early will lead to better outcomes in the future.
Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.
The minimum you should brush your teeth is twice daily – in the morning and before you go to bed. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every snack and meal, but we understand that this is not always practical.
Brushing your teeth regularly is important for a few reasons
Why We Need to Brush Our Teeth
- It removes the traces of sugar that remain in your mouth after eating that bacteria like to feed on.
- It removes the film of plaque before it can harden into tartar.
- It removes surface staining before it can settle in.
- It keeps your breath fresh.
How You Brush Matters
Of course, how you brush is just as important as when you brush! Brushing with the proper technique will help you get the most benefit from this crucial self-care routine.
Use a soft-bristled brush (to avoid damaging the enamel) and a toothpaste with fluoride. Dr. Burgdorf or your dental hygienist will be happy to provide a recommendation for you.
If you have any questions about the actual technique of brushing, talk to your dental hygienist. You don’t have to be embarrassed. It’s a common question and many people didn’t learn to brush correctly. Our skilled hygienists will be happy to give you hands-on guidance in good brushing technique.
Yes! We are a private dental office that just happens to be located in the medical office building of DePaul’s East Building. We are gladly accepting new patients from Maryland Heights and Bridgeton, MO, as well as the neighboring communities of St. Ann, Hazelwood and St. Louis. We are excited to offer the best in dental care for the area, and we would love to help you with all of your dental needs!
Contact Our Dentist Office in Bridgeton, MO
Feel free to contact our office today to schedule your first appointment, or to ask us any questions that you haven't found answers for online. Our team of experienced dental professionals will help you through the process, and we look forward to assisting you in achieving the smile you've always wanted!
Many different conditions can cause sensitivity to cold, sweets, brushing, and so forth. Gum recession, which exposes the more sensitive root surface of the tooth, is often the culprit and is caused by periodontal disease. But cavities, cracked teeth, and tooth grinding/clenching can also cause sensitivity.
If you are suffering from sensitive teeth, it is best that Dr. Burgdorf examines your teeth to diagnose the cause and recommend the best way to reduce and/or eliminate the sensitivity so you can enjoy your ice cream again.
Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
Sometimes, all it takes to reduce the sensitivity you are experiencing is replacing your regular toothpaste with one designed for sensitive teeth. If this appears to be true in your case, Dr. Burgdorf will recommend a good quality brand.
If gum recession appears to be an issue, we will begin by treating your periodontal disease. In its earliest stages, gum disease can often be reversed simply by improving your home-care routine (although gum recession is usually only correctable with surgery). If your periodontal disease is in a more advanced stage, we will provide treatment to stabilize the disease and prevent further damage.
If your tooth is damaged in some way, we will provide the appropriate treatment. A filling may be in order or a crown to cover and protect the tooth.
Don’t let sensitive teeth get in your way. Call our Bridgeton dentist office to schedule an examination today.
We understand that our patients are bombarded with TV commercials and other ads from companies claiming to have the “best” toothpaste available. The truth is that most toothpaste is very similar. Any toothpaste with fluoride will help prevent cavities. In some instances, we will prescribe a toothpaste with a higher concentration of fluoride should a patient’s needs require it, and some patients may benefit from toothpaste that is specially formulated for sensitive teeth.
Regardless of which toothpaste you choose, it’s important to take the time to brush at least twice daily using an excellent technique. Check with your dental hygienist for an explanation and hands-on demonstration. Additionally, you should brush for two to three minutes. You can time this by humming a song or even setting a timer on your phone!
Don't Forget About Your Toothbrush
It’s also important to choose an appropriate toothbrush. Although different bristle angles are available, it ultimately comes down to technique. You want to make sure that you choose soft bristles over hard bristles, however. Hard bristles can damage your enamel and even your gum tissue.
It’s also possible to brush your teeth too hard. Doing this wears down the enamel, injures the gum tissue, and contributes to sensitivity. Gentle brushing for two to three minutes with fluoride toothpaste using a good technique not only gets your teeth clean but avoids damage.
Call our office to schedule your teeth cleaning and talk to your dental hygienist!
Many patients dismiss a little blood in the sink while they are brushing as normal. The truth is that your gums should never bleed, and if yours are, you should schedule an appointment for a periodontal evaluation so that we can determine if gum disease is the culprit behind your bleeding gums.
Gums also bleed as a result of inflammation, which is caused by plaque at or near the gumline. If it’s been a while since you’ve flossed your teeth or you’re not keeping up with your brushing, your gums will bleed when provoked. But don’t worry, after a thorough cleaning by our hygienist and diligent flossing at home, your gums will “toughen up” and no longer bleed when you floss.
This does not mean, however, that you should “scrub” your gums in an attempt to toughen them. Brushing too hard or with a firm-bristled toothbrush can also provoke bleeding. One of our skilled dental hygienists will be happy to discuss your brushing technique with you to make sure you are getting the most benefit out of this valuable routine – and not unintentionally doing damage to your enamel and your gums!
Give Your Bridgeton Dentist A Call
If you continually experience bleeding gums, it could be a sign of a more serious condition like gum disease, or even something else. Please call our Bridgeton dental office today to schedule your evaluation.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is an important and useful dental procedure that allows us to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost. Root canal therapy in Bridgeton, MO is used to treat teeth that are severely infected or damaged.
Pain is a common symptom that may indicate the need for root canal therapy. The pain associated with a dental infection is usually described as deep or throbbing. Your tooth may also become extremely sensitive to pressure and changes in temperature. Other possible symptoms include:
- Swelling in the gums
- An abscess, which looks like a pimple on the gum
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Pain and tenderness in the gums
It is possible to have no pain at all and still require root canal therapy in Bridgeton, MO. This typically means that the tooth is so infected or damaged that the nerve has died. If left untreated, however, the infection can spread and the result can include bone loss, damage to the adjacent teeth, and eventually, tooth loss.
If You're In Pain, Call Our Bridgeton Dentist Office
If you are experiencing tooth pain or have experienced significant trauma to your tooth, call our Bridgeton dentist office immediately for an emergency dental appointment. We will examine your tooth and determine the appropriate treatment, which may include root canal therapy. We will always discuss your options with you before we start treatment.
Understanding the process of a root canal can help to eliminate some of the stress and worry you may be feeling when you are told that you need this type of dental therapy. It may also help to know that this procedure isn’t nearly as bad as its reputation may lead you to believe and that most people who have actually experienced a root canal describe it as being similar to getting a routine filling.
Dr. Burgdorf will begin your root canal therapy in Bridgeton, MO by applying an anesthetic to make sure that you are completely comfortable and don’t feel a thing. Once you are numb, he will use specialized instruments to access the interior of your tooth, where the infection is located.
Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned out and sterilized. When all of the infected debris is removed, Dr. Burgdorf may determine that an antibiotic is needed to prevent reinfection. The tooth will then be filled and a temporary crown may be placed, if needed.
Call Our Dentist in Bridgeton, MO
Sometimes a crown is needed following root canal therapy, and if this is true for you, Dr. Burgdorf will discuss this with you and make plans for prepping and crafting your permanent crown at our Bridgeton dentist office. For more information, call our dental office today at (314) 291-9000!
Are you worried about your root canal therapy in Bridgeton, MO? We understand your concern. Root canals have an unfortunate reputation. The good news is that these days, this reputation is mostly undeserved.
You are likely to experience some discomfort following your root canal as the anesthesia wears off. This is a normal and healthy response of your immune system. As your immune system recognizes that the infection is gone and your tooth is repaired, the discomfort will pass.
Comfortable Dental Care in 63044
- Avoid chewing foods or drinking hot liquids until after the anesthesia wears off to avoid injury.
- Take any prescribed medications (such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatories) exactly as directed. Take antibiotics for the length of time prescribed by Dr. Burgdorf – even if you are feeling better.
- Discuss over-the-counter pain relievers with Dr. Burgdorf to see which one is right for you.
- You can rinse three times daily with salt water, made by dissolving one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Swish gently around the tooth and then spit it out.
- Follow up with Dr. Burgdorf as directed for your permanent filling or crown.
Part of the fear surrounding root canal therapy may be because of its name. Without knowing much about the procedure, the expression “root canal” can conjure up some pretty scary imagery.
Root canal therapy, often just referred to as “getting a root canal,” is actually named after the part of your tooth on which the procedure is performed. The root canal is a naturally occurring space inside your tooth that houses the pulp chamber as well as your tooth’s nerve.
Sometimes this root canal becomes infected. When this happens, bacteria and debris build-up inside your tooth, setting off your nerve (and probably creating swelling in the gum surrounding your tooth as your body tries to clear itself of the infection).
Root Canal Therapy in Bridgeton, MO
Because of the location of the infection, oral antibiotics won’t do the trick. To treat the infection and relieve your pain, Dr. Burgdorf carefully opens the tooth to access the root canal and then cleans out and sterilizes the interior of your tooth, destroying the infection. Once the infection is cleared out, the tooth is sealed with filling material and sometimes protected with a crown.
If you are in pain, call our Bridgeton dentist office to schedule an assessment with Dr. Burgdorf today.
Is there a dental procedure with a worse reputation than root canals? Patients perceive root canals as being extensive, painful procedures… but the truth is far from this.
Root canals are actually a valuable dental procedure that will relieve your pain and allow us to save a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted. Patients who have actually had root canal therapy in Bridgeton, MO often describe it as no more stressful or uncomfortable than a routine filling. Perhaps the root canal’s reputation is tied in with the painful conditions that it is designed to treat.
Modern Root Canal Therapy in 63044
The techniques used in dental procedures have advanced considerably in recent years, including in the field of endodontics (root canals). Updated, modern instruments allow us to perform root canals more efficiently and more effectively than ever before, and before we begin your procedure, we’ll take all the steps necessary to make sure that you are comfortable and can’t feel any discomfort at all.
Following your root canal in Bridgeton, MO, you may experience some soreness. This will fade quickly as your immune system realizes that the infection is gone. If needed, we may prescribe some medication to keep you comfortable and ensure that the infection does not return. For more information, call the Bridgeton dentist office of Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS today!
Sleep apnea is a serious health condition that can have long-ranging complications, including fatigue, poor work performance, mood swings, and even heart attack or stroke.
Diagnosing sleep apnea is typically done by a sleep specialist. It may require you to spend a night at a sleep study center, or you may need to take home special equipment to help the specialist see how you are sleeping.
If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, you can contact your general medical provider or our office for a referral to a sleep specialist for an appropriate diagnosis.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Once you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, return to our office for an assessment. We can determine whether you are a good candidate for a sleep apnea night guard, a treatment option that does not require you to sleep with a bulky mask hooked up to a noisy machine. While continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is effective, as many as 50% of patients simply cannot tolerate it. A night guard is discreet, comfortable, and easy to travel with – an important feature if you need to sleep on a plane or enjoy camping!
Sleep apnea is a serious systemic condition that affects your entire body. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your doctor may have recommended that you use a type of therapy called continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. CPAP therapy involves the use of a mask, which is held in place by straps and connected to tubing that runs to a small machine similar to an air compressor. While you sleep, the machine blows air into your mask, which helps to keep your airway open.
This therapy is often quite effective, but it does have some drawbacks. About 50% of the people who try CPAP therapy ultimately fail it. The noise of the machine, the discomfort of the mask and straps, and the inconvenience of having to carry the device anytime you travel can quickly get old.
Sleep apnea can also be effectively treated using a custom-made nightguard. The guard is worn while you are sleeping, and it holds your jaw in a position that allows for unobstructed airflow. Dr. Burgdorf is happy to discuss your sleep apnea diagnosis with you and provide a recommendation as to whether treatment with an occlusal guard is the right choice for you. For more information, call our dental office today at (314) 291-9000!
Sleep apnea is a very serious condition that requires intervention. If you sleep alone, you may not be all that concerned about the heavy snoring and gasping that is associated with sleep apnea, but if you fail to treat it, you will eventually be bothered by the other symptoms and complications that go along with this condition.
The Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea Can Include
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Feeling exhausted in the morning
- Dry or sore throat
- Headaches in the morning
- Difficulty focusing throughout the day
- Decreased productivity
- Depression or mood swings
- Slow reflexes
- Increased risk of falling asleep during the day
- Increased risk of vehicular accidents caused by drowsiness at the wheel
Sleep apnea also takes a heavy toll on your cardiovascular system. This condition is linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. Other health conditions that are linked to sleep apnea include diabetes and weight gain.
Bridgeton dentist Dr. Burgdorf takes the health of his patients seriously. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea but don’t like the idea of a bothersome CPAP mask, talk to us about a discreet and convenient night guard. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel when you get a good night’s sleep, free from sleep apnea.
To make the right decision in your unique circumstances, it’s best to consult with both Dr. Burgdorf and your primary care provider. Dr. Burgdorf is happy to work with your doctor to coordinate care and make sure that you get the treatment that is best for you.
CPAP therapy (continuous positive airway pressure) is often the first-line therapy recommended for patients with sleep apnea. You wear a mask over your nose and mouth that is connected to a machine that pumps air into your nose while you sleep, keeping your breathing passage open. While this therapy is effective when used regularly, about 50% of sleep apnea patients have trouble with it. Some find the mask too uncomfortable, others are bothered by the noise of the machine, and still others are frustrated by the inconvenience of having to bring the machine with them everywhere they go (especially if they travel on a regular basis).
Oral Appliances At Our Bridgeton Office
Oral appliances to treat sleep apnea are often an excellent solution for these patients. They effectively treat the sleep apnea, are comfortable to wear (although it could take a couple days to get used to), and are easily portable. Your sleeping partner will also likely appreciate that they don’t make any noise!
If you’re struggling with CPAP or not interested in trying it, call our office for an evaluation to see if a night guard for sleep apnea is right for you.
Sleep apnea is a serious health condition in which you stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night. In order to breathe again, you must rouse slightly, resulting in broken sleep and daytime fatigue.
Many people do not realize that they have this condition. They may note that they are tired throughout the day, have frequent headaches and mood swings, or that they wake up with a sore throat every day, but unless their partner informs them that they snore and gasp repeatedly, they may never realize the cause of their symptoms.
In addition to causing you to feel lousy throughout the day, sleep apnea also has more serious repercussions. Sleep apnea is linked to other health conditions including high blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks. If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, it’s important to let your doctor know so that you can be tested at an accredited sleep study center.
Talk To Your Bridgeton Dentist About Sleep Apnea
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, the solution may be as simple as a custom-made mouthguard that holds your jaw in a forward position while you are sleeping so that the airway stays open and you can breathe without obstruction. For more information about sleep apnea and night guards, please call our office.
When you hit the dental aisle at your favorite grocery store or pharmacy, you may be struck by all the different products that promise “professional” whitening results. From toothpaste to rinses to gels to strips, each product is accompanied by an image of gleaming white teeth.
The truth is that if you want to whiten your teeth, the safest, most reliable results won’t come from the drugstore. Our office can provide you with whitening products that are customized to fit your teeth and are available in a range of strengths so that you can get exactly the results you are looking for.
Both in-office and professional take-home kits contain a higher concentration of whitening ingredient than you can find in an over-the-counter kit, which means that you will get better results in a much shorter period of time. The customized trays prevent spillover, which reduces your risk of irritation to gum tissue. Plus, many professional products also include a desensitizing ingredient so that even people with sensitive teeth can comfortably achieve a whiter smile.
If You're Interested In Whitening, Call Your Dentist
Call today for your consultation. We are happy to recommend a product to give you the brighter, more beautiful smile you are seeking, whether you’d like to whiten quickly in our office or in the privacy of your own home.
When you choose a professional teeth whitening treatment, you want your results to last for a while. Fortunately, teeth whitening can last quite a long time – from months to even as long as years. A lot of it depends on what kind of whitening treatment you use and how you care for your teeth afterward.
After your whitening treatment is complete, we’ll discuss ways to increase the amount of time that your teeth stay bright and white. It’s helpful to be aware of the staining foods and drinks that we consume and keep them to a limit. This includes coffee, tea, cola, red wine, and dark fruit juices along with foods like curry and chocolate. When you choose to enjoy these, rinse well afterward and brush your teeth as soon as you can. Smoking, of course, will stain your teeth quickly, and we strongly discourage it – for many reasons!
Your Routine Is Important
Keeping up with a good home-care routine will help keep your teeth beautiful, and your dental hygienist will be happy to provide tips for the best technique and products.
We are also happy to discuss maintenance, which can help you keep your results for a lifetime.
Call Hazelwood dentist Dr. Burgdorf today for a teeth whitening consultation!
We are proud to offer our patients different options for whitening their teeth, allowing for even more customization. We know that when you can fit your treatment into your schedule and lifestyle, your chances of sticking with it are increased and you are likely to have better results.
Your Hazelwood MO Teeth Whitening Options
For our patients who would like to see immediate results or who have a special event coming up, we offer in-office whitening using Zoom, which can give results in as little as an hour.
If you’d like results quickly but prefer to whiten your teeth on your own schedule in the comfort and privacy of your home, we also offer custom whitening trays with Opalescence gel, which you wear at home for twenty to forty minutes each day for around two weeks until the desired shade is achieved. You can also use this system to touch up your whitening every month or so afterward.
If your budget is tight, but you’d still like to see professional results, or if you just don’t want to deal with gels and trays, we offer the TresWhite product, a much-improved version of over-the-counter Crest White Strips.
Call our Hazelwood dental office today to discuss teeth whitening with Dr. Burgdorf and find out which one of these options will be right for you.
Tooth-Colored (Composite) Fillings
Actually, the composite resin used for tooth-colored fillings does have other uses! One of the most common other uses for this versatile material is dental bonding. Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that is used to fix a number of different flaws such as discoloration, chips, damage to the enamel, gaps, or erosion.
What sets dental bonding apart from other cosmetic procedures?
One of the reasons that bonding is such a common procedure is the simplicity, effectiveness, and speed of the procedure. Unlike porcelain veneers, which often require alteration of the enamel and take weeks to come back from the lab, bonding requires very little prep and can usually be done in the same day. Because there’s no lab involved, the cost of bonding is typically considerably cheaper than veneers.
Composite resin can be mixed to match your natural tooth shade practically perfectly. Dr. Burgdorf applies to it to the area and then shapes it to the correct form. Once placed and cured, it will be difficult to tell where the bonding is. We think you’ll be quite happy with your results!
Give Your Bridgeton Dentist A Call
To learn more about composite tooth-colored fillings and dental bonding and to find out if this technique is right for you, call our Bridgeton dental office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.
Your comfort is extremely important to us, so before we begin filling your cavity, we’ll take steps to make sure that your tooth is numb so that you don’t feel a thing.
Once you are comfortable, we’ll begin by carefully removing the decayed portion of your tooth. One of the features we love about composite resin fillings is that we don’t have to remove as much healthy tooth material as we do with amalgam fillings, which allows us to preserve more of your tooth.
After the area has been cleaned and sterilized, we’ll start applying the filling in layers, curing each layer as it is applied. This allows the material to actually bond with your tooth, holding it in place securely and significantly reducing the risk of the filling falling out later.
Once the entire cavity has been filled, we’ll gently scrape away any extra filling material and then polish the tooth so that the filling blends in perfectly with your enamel. When the filling is complete, it’s highly unlikely that even you will be able to tell where it is!
Looking To Schedule At Our Bridgeton Dental Office?
Are you due for a cleaning and examination? Call Bridgeton dentist Dr. Kevin Burgdorf today to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you and helping you achieve the dental health you're looking for.
Many patients have wondered if their old silver fillings should be replaced with new composite resin fillings.
There are a few reasons to remove a silver filling:
- A cavity is present beneath the filling.
- The filling is leaking or broken.
- The filling is in a visible place and you are unhappy with the esthetics.
Silver fillings have been shown in countless scientific studies to be safe and shouldn’t be removed without reason. Dr. Burgdorf prefers to place composite resin fillings because they better replicate the original tooth color and he can be more conservative with his tooth preparation. This means more healthy tooth structure is preserved when doing a filling.
What We Do At Dr. Burgdorf's Office
We prefer to avoid invasive procedures whenever possible, which means that unless your silver fillings are causing you problems, there’s no reason to remove them. If you do happen to develop a new cavity, we will fill your cavity with tooth-colored composite filling. We will also check your fillings at each examination to make sure that they are in great shape. If we find a problem, we’ll let you know right away and discuss your options.
If you are bothered by your fillings, call our office for a consultation and we’ll give you our professional recommendation.
Tooth-colored fillings have a few distinct advantages over traditional silver (amalgam) fillings. The biggest advantage – and the reason that many patients and dentists prefer them to metal fillings – is the fact that once they are placed, they so closely match the color of your own natural tooth enamel that you are unable to tell the difference. This is particularly important when you need a filling in a tooth that is easily visible. Tooth-colored fillings allow us to fill your cavities without discoloring your teeth.
Another advantage of white composite fillings is that they require less tooth prep than metal fillings. Metal fillings are held in place mechanically, so the area around the cavity must be shaped in a way that keeps the filling securely in place. Composite fillings are made of a putty-like substance that is placed in layers and then, upon curing, actually binds with the material of your tooth. This means that we only have to remove the decayed portion of your tooth, preserving more of your natural tooth structure, which we think is always a good thing!
Material That Lasts
Because tooth-colored fillings are made of resin instead of metal, the material doesn’t expand and contract in response to temperature change, reducing or even eliminating the risk of your filling becoming loose or falling out.