By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
February 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   invisalign   braces  

What your family dentist in Union wants you to knowinvisalign

You’ve probably heard of Invisalign, the virtually invisible orthodontic treatment, but you want to know more about it. What is Invisalign? How long does it take? Will it hurt? These are some of the common questions about Invisalign. Dr. Michael Scheske, your family dentist in Union, MO, wants to share the facts about Invisalign and what it can do for you.

When you think of orthodontic treatment, it’s easy to envision ugly metal brackets and wires, but think again! Orthodontic treatment has become state-of-the-art, thanks to Invisalign. Consider these important advantages:

  • Invisalign is comfortable, because the appliances, called aligners, are smooth plastic, with no sharp metal parts.
  • Invisalign is discreet, because the aligners are clear, making them virtually invisible to those around you.
  • Invisalign is convenient, because you can remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth normally.
  • Invisalign is patient-friendly, because you can remove the aligners to eat the foods you love, without food catching in your braces.

Invisalign aligners may look delicate and beautiful, but they are strong enough to correct the same tooth alignment and bite issues as conventional orthodontic treatment. Invisalign can correct:

  • Rotated or badly aligned teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Overbite and underbite
  • Crossbite and open bite

Dr. Scheske will provide your first set of aligners, which you wear for two weeks. You switch to another set of aligners, which you wear for another two weeks. At two week intervals, you will receive a new set of aligners as your teeth gradually move into correct position. Invisalign treatment is completed at nine to fifteen months. Imagine comfortably straightening your teeth for a few months, instead of a few years!

Don’t settle for an uneven, crooked smile or a bad bite when you can have a perfect smile with just one phone call. To find out more about Invisalign, call Dr. Scheske, your family dentist in Union, MO. Get started on your perfect smile by calling today!

By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
November 23, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   Root Canals  

Dentists perform over 15 million root canals every year because it is an effective way to preserve your original teeth. Many patients lose root canalteeth or have to have them extracted because they put off this important treatment for too long. Find out if you need a root canal treatment and what this therapy entails before you visit Dr. Michael Scheske at his Union, MO dentist office.

What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that allows your dentist to remove decay from the inside of a tooth. Without treatment, a decayed tooth will eventually degrade to the point where it has to be extracted. When a tooth is removed, it leaves your mouth vulnerable to a number of additional dental problems, such as gum disease and loss of bone tissue. So before an extraction is necessary, it's best to see your Union dentist to see if root canal treatment can help you.

When Do You Need One?
Most cavities can be cleaned up with a dental filling. But when tooth decay grows deep into the pulp of the tooth and starts to affect the nerves, a root canal may be needed. Here are a few signs that you may need one:

  • intense, throbbing pain that doesn't go away
  • severe hot or cold sensitivity that lingers
  • the tooth feels as if it might come loose
  • pimples forming on the gums near the affected tooth

What Your Appointment Will Be Like
After drilling into the decayed tooth, it will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly. The tooth is then filled with a substance that will keep it free from bacteria. In most cases, the process can be completed in one visit. The last step is to come back to the dentist to have a permanent crown placed over the tooth. 

The Earlier You See a Dentist, the Better
The process of fixing a decayed tooth with root canal treatment is easier the earlier you see your dentist for an exam. Call (636) 583-8100 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scheske at his Union, MO office.

By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
August 17, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental bridges  

Find out if this tooth replacement could be the ideal cosmetic solution for your smile.

You have so many choices for treating your tooth loss when you visit our Union, MO family dentist Dr. Michael Scheske. If you are dental bridgesmissing a tooth, then we may have already recommended that you get a dental bridge. Find out more about this procedure and whether this is the right option for you.

What is a dental bridge and how does it work?

These dental appliances are created to look and act just like real teeth. They can contain anywhere from one to three false teeth, which are supported by dental crowns on both ends. These two crowns are cemented over healthy natural teeth to help anchor the bridge into place to fill the gap where your missing tooth used to be.

Traditional bridges can be an easy and convenient way to replace missing teeth when the rest of your smile is healthy. However, you can also talk to our Union dentist about whether implant-supported bridges are a better option. Implants are embedded into the jawbone and can provide a great long-term solution to replacing your missing teeth.

Who is a good candidate for treatment?

If you are looking to replace up to three missing teeth then dental bridges could be a great option for you. Ideal candidates will be those in good health who don’t currently have issues with gum disease or decay. If any of these issues are detected during your physical evaluation they will need to be treated prior to getting your bridge.

If you choose to get implant-supported bridges then we will also want to evaluate the health of your jawbone and make sure there is enough healthy bone to support the implant. Those who have lost bone density may require bone-grafting surgery prior to getting their implants.

It’s time to find out if you are the ideal candidate for dental bridges. Call our Union, MO dental office today to schedule your next consultation. Let us know you are interested in getting dental bridges.

By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
May 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Oral surgery may be necessary if you experience an injury to your mouth or face or require surgery to treat a dental or jaw issue. Dr. Michael C. Scheske, your Union, MO dentist, explains why oral surgery may be needed.Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom tooth removal

When there's not enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to erupt naturally, or if the teeth have erupted but are decayed or infected, extraction is the best option. If the teeth are impacted, the oral surgeon must break through your gums to remove them.

Dental implants

Dental implants offer an excellent way to replace a missing tooth. Your Union oral surgeon places the titanium implant in an opening in your jaw. Over the next several months, the implant bonds to the surrounding bone, replacing the roots of your missing tooth. Once the process is completed, a crown is added to the implant to allow you to chew and bite food. If your jawbone isn't thick enough to support the implant, your dentist may recommend a bone graft before proceeding with the implant.


Oral surgeons biopsy and remove growths from your mouth, face, lips and neck.

Tooth root infections

When pain lingers even after a root canal, an infection in the tooth root may be to blame. Oral surgeons treat the problem by making an incision in your gum and removing the tip of the root, as well as any inflamed or infected tissue.


Oral surgeons repair facial injuries caused by accidents, falls and sports injuries. They often repair cuts in the skin and treat injuries to your salivary glands and facial nerves. Facial fractures can be repaired by wiring the upper and lower jaws together or placing screws in the bones.

Bite issues

If your upper and lower jaws don't meet perfectly, you may develop bite issues that make it difficult to chew and speak. Misalignment of your jaw can be very painful and may be a contributing factor in the development of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). Although braces can be helpful in some cases, if the problem is severe, oral surgery may be needed.

Are you concerned about an oral health issue? Call Dr. Michael C. Scheske, your Union, MO dentist, at (636) 583-8100 to schedule an appointment.

By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
February 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

Root canals offer an excellent way to treat infected teeth and prevent tooth loss. Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC, who offers root canal root canalstreatment in Union, MO, explains why you might need a root canal and how this important treatment can help you.

Why do I need a root canal?

You may need a root canal if there is an infection or inflammation in the pulp at the center of a tooth. Inflammation and infection can occur due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • Cracks or chip in the teeth
  • A broken tooth
  • Frequent dental work on a tooth
  • A large, deep cavity
  • Trauma

What symptoms may indicate that I need a root canal?

As you can imagine, inflammation and infection can cause significant pain, much more than is common with a cavity. You might notice this pain when you use the tooth to bite or chew, or it can occur during or after you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages. In some cases, the pain may be constant. Your gums might feel sore near the tooth, and you may see a small bump or pimple on the gum.

Why should I save the tooth?

Removing the tooth might seem like the simplest option when you have these symptoms, but extracting a tooth can cause several problems. Missing teeth can change your bite and make it more difficult to chew food. Your tooth not only helps you bite and chew, but also keeps your jawbone strong by constantly stimulating the bone. A missing tooth may also have a negative effect on surrounding teeth, which will try to fill the space in your mouth. Unfortunately, this will cause your remaining teeth to become crooked as they shift.

What happens during a root canal?

During a root canal, your Union dentist makes an opening in your tooth, removes the infected pulp, then cleans and shapes the root canals that run through the tooth. One or more rods may be placed in the tooth to provide added support. Dentists typically use gutta percha, a durable, latex-based material, to seal the tooth before adding a filling and a crown.

If you're concerned about a problem tooth, call Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC, at (636) 583-8100. In addition to root canal treatment, Dr Scheske also offers a variety of general and cosmetic dentistry services in his Union, MO, office. Call today and get the relief you need!

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