Liberty MO Dentist - Dr. Susan Carter-O'Shea

Liberty Dental Office
Evening and Saturday Appointments Available.
No Charge for Nitrous Oxide.

1504 N. Church Road, Suite A
Liberty, MO 64068

in the Highland Park Professional Plaza

General FAQs

Cosmetic Dentistry | Dentures | Root Canal Treatment

Below are some commonly asked questions. All results depend on the individual and the level of care that you give your teeth. If you would like to know what steps you need to take to properly treat your teeth and all it entails; please and we would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

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Cosmetic DentistryTop

Q. Can existing porcelain crowns or laminates be bleached?
A. No, porcelain does not change color when exposed to dental bleach.
Q. How long do porcelain laminates last?
A. In excess of 10 years, when properly maintained.
Q. Why do people choose porcelain laminates over bonding?
A. Laminates look more realistic, do not stain, feel more natural, and are stronger.
Q. Can porcelain laminates or crowns give me lip support?
A. Yes, if they are built out with bulk, provided it does not interfere with function and local biology.
Q. How do you get rid of spaces between teeth?
A. With porcelain laminates or bonding. Crowns may be used on more severe cases.
Q. Does it hurt to have teeth prepared for laminates?
A. No, it is a painless two visit procedures. Local anesthesia can be given to highly sensitive patients, but is usually not necessary.


Q. What Is A Denture?
A. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. Complete dentures are either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional denture is placed in the mouth about a month after all the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing, whereas an immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed. The drawback behind an immediate denture is that it may require more adjustments after the healing has taken place.
Q. Who needs a denture?
A. Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. A partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining. A denture improves chewing ability and speech, and provides support for facial muscles. It will greatly enhance the facial appearance and smile.
Q. What happens when you get a denture?
A. A dentist can make a full conventional denture when all teeth have been lost or all extraction sites have healed (up to eight weeks or longer.) The denture process takes about one month and five appointments: the initial diagnosis is made; an impression and a wax bite are made to determine vertical dimensions and proper jaw position; a “try-in” is placed to assure proper color, shape and fit; and the patient’s final denture is placed, following any minor adjustments. New denture wearers need time to get accustomed to their new “teeth” because even the best fitting dentures will feel awkward at first. While most patients can begin to speak normally within a few hours, many patients report discomfort with eating for several days to a few weeks. To get accustomed to chewing with a new denture, start with soft, easy-to-chew foods. In addition, denture wearers often notice a slight change in facial appearance, increased salivary flow, or minor speech difficulty.
Q. How do you care for a denture?
A. A denture is fragile, so it is important to handle it with care. Remove and brush the denture daily, preferably with a brush designed specifically for cleaning dentures, using either a denture cleanser or toothpastes. Never use harsh, abrasive cleansers, including abrasives toothpastes, because they may scratch the surface of the denture. Don’t sterilize your denture with boiling water because it will cause it to become warped. If you wear a partial denture be sure to remove it before brushing your natural teeth. When not in use, soak it in a cleanser solution or in water. Get in the habit of keeping the denture in the same safe and handy place to reduce the likelihood of misplacement.
Q. Should a denture be worn at night?
A. While you may be advised to wear your denture almost constantly during the first two weeks — even while you sleep-under normal circumstances it is considered best to remove it at night. Research has shown that removing the denture for at least eight hours during either the day or night allows the gum tissue to rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva. This promotes better long-term health of the gums. Continue seeing your dentist regularly.
It is important to continue having regular dental checkups so that a dentist can examine oral tissues for signs of disease or cancer. As of aging, your mouth will continue to change as the bone under your denture shrinks or recedes. To maintain a proper fit over time, it may be necessary to adjust your denture or possibly remake your denture. Never attempt to adjust a denture yourself and do not use denture adhesives for a prolonged period because it can contribute to bone loss. When in doubt, consult your dentist.
Q. Are there any alternatives to dentures?
A. Dentures are no longer the only way to restore a mouth that has little or no non-restorable teeth. Strategically placed support, or implants, can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost tends to be greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the “feel” of real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative of choice to dentures, but not everyone is a candidate for implants. Call your dentist for advice.

Root Canal Treatment CostsTop

Q.What are the Costs Associated with Root Canal Treatment?
A.Generally the cost of root canal treatment is directly related to the chair time necessary to perform the treatment as well as to the costs of the dentist staff, training, and technology that the dentist has available when performing the procedure. Be sure to ask your dentist about patient financing credit, dental treatment financing, or if there is a possible loan for dental work available.
Q. What factors influence the amount of chair time necessary to treat any particular tooth?
A. The position of the tooth in the mouth.
The number of roots and the number of canals within these roots.
Root curvatures and the length of the roots.
The presence or absence of calcifications within the root canal space.
Q. Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Root Canal Treatment?
A. Dental insurance will usually help with a portion of the endodontic treatment fee. A variety of dental insurance plans are available. A specific benefit package is selected contractually by each employer for the benefit of the employees. Some benefit packages may restrict or not recognize certain procedures, while in other instances the yearly maximums are unrealistic for anything other than the most basic care. The dentist will make a professional judgment and treatment recommendation based on what is best for the patient, not on what is best for the for-profit insurance company. The total fee is the patient's responsibility but the dental office will work with the insurance carrier to get the maximum contracted benefit. The patient should speak with the dental treatment coordinator before treatment begins in an attempt to estimate the available insurance benefit. Be sure to ask your dentist about patient financing, dental treatment financing, or if there is a possible loan for dental work available.
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