General Dentistry St. Louis, MO
We Treat You Like Family
Earning Trust – One Patient at a Time
Our first goal from the moment you walk in the door is to earn trust. Through open conversation, we gladly take time to explain and to answer your questions about your oral health. Our general dentists in St Louis, MO work together toward the common goal of a beautiful smile with healthy teeth and gums.
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A Healthy Smile, A Healthy Body
Did you know that the cause of most tooth loss is not decay? It’s gum disease or periodontal disease. And recent studies have established a link between gum disease and your overall health. The good news is that gum disease can be treated successfully, often without surgery. Our commitment to you includes paying meticulous attention to all of your needs for healthy teeth and gums so you not only look your best but also have optimum overall health.
Crooked teeth, worn teeth, fillings, gaps, chips, cracks, and discolorations – you name it, our cosmetic dentists can fix it! It’s no secret that our smiles have a huge effect on how others see us and how we feel about ourselves. Many patients tell us that they would love to fix their teeth, but they assume it will take something extreme to make it possible. They are thrilled to find out there are many conservative options for improvement. Ask us about veneers, bonding, crowns, and more. We also offer KöR™ teeth whitening for tough stains as well as take-home whitening trays.
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Actual Patient – Before
Actual Patient – After
The Isolite™ Dental Isolation System
This multi-function unit’s most important feature is suction that removes droplets and aerosols from the air during treatment. Additionally, its flexible mouthpiece provides an increased level of dental isolation and includes a light for improved illumination of the inside of your mouth. For comfort, there is a built-in bite block that helps you rest your jaw during treatment. Isolite was designed to make your treatment quicker and easier, not only eliminating multiple hand instruments previously used by dentists and dental assistants but also shortening your time in the chair and in our office.
We are pleased to offer dental crowns made with CEREC™, a highly precise computer milling machine that makes crowns right in the dental clinic, in about an hour. No more temporaries, additional visits, or crowns that don’t seem to fit right. These modern restorations dramatically reduce cracking, lowering the likelihood of needing future root canal treatment, and restore a broken, worn-down, or damaged teeth. Due to the custom design and precise fit, CEREC restorations are bonded to the tooth with the optimum strength available. If you have ever had a crown placed the traditional way, we are sure you will notice the difference!
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Ortho Options for Straight Teeth, Fast
With clear aligners it is possible to fix mild to moderate levels of overbites, underbites, crossbites, tooth gaps, open bites, crowded teeth, and achieve straight teeth in as little as 9 – 15 months! No braces, wires, or headgear! And the best part is that no one will know you’re straightening your teeth – because it’s invisible! We offer Invisalign™, ClearCorrect™, and SureSmile™ aligners that are easily removable and allow you to eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Brushing and flossing are also no problem!
Our orthodontist in Saint Louis, MO also offer time-tested traditional orthodontics and Six Month Smiles™, which uses thin, clear bands that are barely visible. Teeth are gently moved to the desired position using a low-force method that takes only a few months – not years. Schedule a visit to see which is right for you!
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Actual Patient – Before
Actual Patient – After
Preview Your New Smile
Cosmetic imaging allows us to show you what can be done with your teeth and smile before you even start treatment. Computer images of your teeth and gums can be shaped, replaced, added to, or lightened, resulting in your new smile. It is exciting to actually see your treatment goal.
Introducing the Soft Tissue Laser
For safe and effective dental treatment that is virtually painless, our practice has adopted the use of soft tissue laser technology for certain procedures that used to require scalpels and sutures. The laser is FDA approved and produces results that only a few years ago would have been considered astonishing. We are able to cosmetically treat uneven gummy smile lines, speed up recovery time, clean and re-contour inflamed tissue around crowns for better long-term results, and treat painful canker sores and mouth ulcers with instant relief! All with virtually no post-op discomfort!
Dental occlusion (i.e. your bite) is sometimes the cause of frequent headaches, aching or popping jaws, shoulder pain, and neck pain. If your teeth have been ground down over the years or lost due to accident or dental disease, your jaw is not able to settle into a naturally relaxed position. This causes tension in the muscles in the jaw, and can lead to a variety of pain that you may have already grown accustomed to living with. Our general dentist provides TMJ treatment can restore your dental occlusion so the jaw can be returned to the position that nature intended.
Do You Find Yourself Falling Asleep on the Job?
Protect Your Teeth During Sports
Did you know that 5 million teeth are knocked out each year in the United States alone? Many sports can be dangerous without a mouth protector. The one-size-fits-all mouthguards found in stores just don’t fit very well. Custom-made sports mouthguards fit well, protect well, and can be worn for any sport.
Beautiful Dentures for Confident Smiles
If you are looking for affordable dentures for missing back teeth, a missing front tooth or missing molars, Dr. Stewart or Dr. Vadnal can design and fit beautiful, natural-looking dentures. All dentures are made custom just for you.
In-House Tooth Extractions
If a tooth is extensively damaged or infected, or if third molars are impacted tooth removal, is the solution to the problem. We do most tooth extractions in our office in St Louis, MO, so you will not be inconvenienced with a referral to another office. Our compassionate manner will make you feel comfortable in our care for this treatment.
Oral Cancer – Minimize Your Risk
It’s an often unknown statistic that oral cancer causes one American death every hour. For 40 years, this mortality rate hasn’t changed. But it’s not all bad news. Early detection means a 90% cure rate for oral cancer. That’s why we conduct a visual screening for oral cancer at every six-month checkup and teeth cleaning. If the hygienist or doctor sees anything that gives them cause for concern, they’ll refer you to an oral surgeon. This screening could literally save your life!
The ICON™ Method for Tooth Decay
Treatment for Headache and Migraine Sufferers
The NTI™ device is an FDA-approved, drug-free treatment for the prevention of migraine and tension headaches, and it’s now available in our practice. It works by relaxing the muscles under the scalp and preventing the majority of headaches. In clinical trials, 82% of migraine sufferers had relief of their headaches, with a 77% reduction in migraine events. It’s painless, fast, and NOT expensive. If you experience migraines or know someone who does, then be sure to ask us about this exciting new treatment.
The Cleanest Your Teeth Can Be
Xylitol Can Help Reduce Cavities
Xylitol is a natural substance found in fruits, berries, mushrooms, and other vegetables. Our own bodies produce from 5 to 10 grams every day. It is particularly effective in combating tooth decay caused by eating foods high in sugars and starches. Over 25 years of clinical testing confirms that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth. It can be taken in the form of chewing gum, tablets, toothpaste, mouthwash, or even candy. It’s also very helpful for those suffering allergies and also comes in a nasal spray. In our practice we offer and encourage our patients to use xylitol products. The results have been amazing.
The dentists work hand-in-hand with patients to create a bond of teamwork. The amazing intra-oral camera is a miniature video camera that displays a closeup picture of the inside of your mouth. You can see for yourself what work needs to be done and which teeth are doing fine. You then become a participant in each dental decision. You’ll love how this works!
Traditional dental X-rays have been “good enough,” but digital X-rays provide clearer and much more accurate pictures of what’s going on inside a patient’s mouth. This makes it easier for the doctor to diagnose issues. Leaks or breaks in fillings that used to go unnoticed, often leading to root canals, can now be found and treated before major damage is done. We can also view your entire mouth in one shot, including the upper and lower jaws, with panoramic digital images.