Patients of James Schmidt, DDS, in St. Louis know that he is a dentist offering a wide array of general and family dentistry solutions. Our patients come to use for preventative and cosmetic treatments too, but they can also find many specialized treatments in our dental office.
Do you often wake with sore teeth and jaws? Maybe you have unexplained wear or cracks in your teeth. Perhaps you simply struggle with pain in your neck or jaw upon waking? If any of these issues seem familiar, it could be that you need a night guard. We are glad to work with our patients to help them determine if night behaviors like bruxism (grinding the teeth) or clenching are causing problems.
It could also be that you are in the midst of developing the condition known as TMJ/TMD, and a night guard may be a good way to bring this issue to a halt before it does lasting damage. A night guard simply prevents the grinding and pressure, and prevents the pain and damage from occurring.
Health emergencies are always challenging, but when it involves a dental issue it can become even more stressful. This is due to the patient’s inability to do much to alleviate the problem without intervention by a dental expert. Therefore, we make a point of accepting same day dental emergency calls during our business hours, and ensuring we provide prompt care for any issue.
However, we also encourage patients to remember that most of the emergencies we see were quite avoidable. Patients should never use their teeth to open things, eat overly chewy or hard foods and always wear mouth guards when doing contact sports or extreme activities. Getting regular checkups and cleanings can also cut the risk of emergencies associated with pain or swelling.
We find these tips are some of the best for avoiding a dental emergency. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, you can get in touch today by calling 830-625-7611. Read our FAQs to find out if you’re having a dental emergency.
Our patients may need oral surgery for a wide array of reasons. We may provide it because one or more teeth have been damaged and must be removed. We may have to remove a tooth that is no longer a candidate for root canal or extract a tooth to provide a patient with dentures.
Oral surgery can also be essential to a dental implant, such as providing a bone graft if their jaw tissue is inadequate or if they need something larger than a mini implant. We also offer help for impacted teeth, cleft lip and palate issues, corrective surgeries and more. Wisdom teeth may also necessitate oral surgery, and that too is something we provide.
No two patients are alike and you may need to discuss surgical remedies for anything from TMJ to sleep apnea, and we are here to help.
If you are a parent, you know that you make note of the many changes your child undergoes as they age, but did you know that your child should have their first dental visit around the time of their first birthday? In fact, we recommend a visit as soon as that first tooth has fully emerged.
By booking a visit early in a child’s life, a parent is ensuring several things. The first is that the child’s oral health and tooth alignment can be checked and monitored. Secondly, by making a visit to the dental office an everyday event, it eliminates the risks of a child developing dental anxiety later in life. This is a main reason for adults to suffer with costly and uncomfortable dental issues.
Giving children an early (and ongoing) experience of children’s dentistry in our office ensures they think of their oral health as a very important habit. We have a kid-friendly team that can get them off to a great start.
The largest joint in your head is the one that connects your lower jaw to your skull. It is known as the temporomandibular joint, or the TMJ. It is responsible for opening and closing the mouth, but it also must be remarkably flexible; moving from side to side and with enough strength to allow us to break and chew hard foods. Naturally, it might not always be as tough as we’d like, and when we start to have trouble in this area, it is described as TMJ/TMD, simply temporomandibular joint disorder.
There is often pain and discomfort with this condition, and many may even find it hard to open and close as well as use their mouths. Interfering with speaking, eating, and even yawning TMJ/TMD is a serious matter. Fortunately, we have treatments that can begin to alleviate the symptoms and get the condition under control. Do you have questions about TMJ? Read our FAQs.
Are you feeling extreme levels of fatigue each morning? If you are not under much stress or strain and you don’t recall a fitful night of sleep, it may be that you are one of millions with the condition known as sleep apnea. Though there are several forms of the condition, the most common is obstructive sleep apnea and it occurs when the airway is partially or completely blocked by the soft tissue. Those with OSA have muscles that relax a bit too much and allow the tongue and other tissue to fall back into the airway, blocking flow.
Once the airway is blocked, you are unable to breathe, and gasp until you slightly wake and the airway opens. Fortunately, we have a proven and simple range of treatment options for those diagnosed with sleep apnea, and all of them can reduce the threats to your health and your sleep.
Dental anxiety is the top reason that so many adults avoid coming to the dentist for everything from cleanings to more extensive care. We understand how problematic it can be, and how painful and costly. After all, if you don’t get checkups, you can experience extensive decay, disease and damage; these are more painful and expensive to treat once they have spread. It is why we are glad to offer sedation dentistry to all patients, including IV sedation as well as oral sedation. Relaxing you and eliminating any pain our upset, sedation dentistry may be just what you need.
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These are issues that can be addressed with modern technologies and advanced dental skills, both of which we offer in our dentist office setting. Whether you need support due to ongoing migraines and jaw pain or your child is ready for their first dental visit, we have specialty treatments ready and waiting. If you want to know more about specialized services, you can get in touch today by calling 830-625-7611 or by visiting our contact page.