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Learn About Oral Health with Frequently Asked Questions in Ballwin & St. Louis

Everyone has questions about their oral health. The DentaLink, with practices in Ballwin and St. Louis, is dedicated to giving patients and community members great dental care and great dental education.

Take note of the frequently asked questions we hear from patients. Then schedule a visit with our practice to review and treat your dental complications. Call us today in Ballwin, MO at 636-496-8584 or in St. Louis at 314-334-1474.

 

Q: How Can You Straighten My Teeth?

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Orthodontics have made amazing advancements in the last few decades. We’re now using many short-term orthodontic treatments like Fastbraces and Invisalign to correct patients’ alignment problems. These two options are ideal for working professionals and even teenagers who want to make big tooth movements but also expect subtle treatments.

Fastbraces uses patented new technology to help straighten teeth in as few as 120 days for many cases. Unlike some treatments, this short-term orthodontic system moves the crowns and roots at the same time and can treat severe alignment issues.

Invisalign uses no braces at all. Rather, we’ll prescribe a series of orthodontic aligners to move teeth into a more appropriate location. The aligners are clear and can be removed for eating and cleaning.

Q: What Is the Best Way to Replace My Missing Teeth?

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Dental implants are widely considered to be the strongest tooth replacement option in dentistry, but the best way to replace missing teeth is specific to the patient. We need to know your treatment goals and budget. There are three ways to replace missing teeth in our office:

  • Dental Bridges — Bridges, a long-term restorative dentistry option, are made from a series of dental crowns. The device literally bridges the gap created by the missing tooth and matches the natural smile.
  • Dentures — These devices can be placed to fill gaps created by multiple missing teeth or even restore entire arches of missing teeth. Dentures rely on fit and often adhesives to stay in the mouth.
  • Dental Implants — Dental implants are placed into the bone. They nearly match the power of natural teeth and can be used to replace single missing teeth or to stabilize dentures.

Q: How Can You Treat Sleep Apnea Without CPAP?

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The CPAP is no longer the only way to treat sleep apnea. The CPAP is the gold standard when it comes to sleep apnea treatment, but many patients find it intolerable.

Instead of using a CPAP, The DentaLink is using a state-of-the-art oral appliance to treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of the disorder. The device pushes the lower jaw forward to help you maintain an open airway. The device helps with snoring and is easy to travel with. As an added bonus, it won’t disrupt your bed partner or others in the house.

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